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Date Printed: 7/11/2014
La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2008
La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2008
(search item no. 109653)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

At first sight the deep, intense ruby red color of the wine is striking, with small violet arches. The bouquet suggests red fruit, rose petals and hints of wet spices. It is soft and warm to the palate with notes of red prune, cherry and blueberry which are harmoniously intertwined around a lively tannic theme. Being fruit of an exceptional harvest, gives it a full, enveloping body, which finishes with liquorice and cloves. The fine performance is completed with an after-taste of black pepper and cranberry. This wine may be drunk immediately or laid down for 5 years. It is ideal to accompany pasta timbale, lamb stew, char-grilled cod and seasoned, pecorino cheese. Drink immediately or keep for 5 years too.
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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.