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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2004
La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2004
(search item no. 88490)

PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $12.79

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
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color, deep ruby red; scent, intense complex, matured red fruit, persistent; cleanly- flavoured, deep, full, round and harmonious with a hint of red fruit, redcurrants, tobacco andliquorice at the end defined aromas of blackberries, black cherries and distinct spicy hints.

The style is a blend of modern and traditional, approachable and drinkable yet full-bodied, perfectly reflecting the grape variety. Drink now or lay down for 3-5 years.

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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.