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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2003
La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2003
(search item no. 84332)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Plenty of soft and spicy character with hints of black pepper, even eucalyptus. Medium-bodied, with round and velvety tannins and a long finish. Very well done. Tuscan enologist Luca d'Attoma has turned this winery around. Drink now through 2008. 11,600 cases made.
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About Fattoria La Valentina:

La Valentina owns and rents a total of 30 hectares of vineyards at 200 to 300 metres altitude in the rolling Abruzzo hills, just inland from the port of Pescara on the Adriatic coast.

The area benefits from a special microclimate, taking advantage of cool breezes from the mountains and the maritime winds from the Adriatic.

The vineyards are impeccable, on clay and gravel soil, they are managed like a well kept market garden. Yields are low and harvesting by hand carries on until late October achieving optimum ripeness.

The results are remarkable with intense rich red wines that have oceans of fruit, bright rich black fruit flavours, as well as enough spice, elegance and depth to make them ideal partners to many Italian dishes ... especially pastas and risottos.