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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Spelt 2008
La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Spelt 2008
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Beautiful rich ruby red. It is firm and opens with hints of mediterranean spices though a pleasant, earthy, mineral tone can already be noted. There is also a hint of chocolate, promising great development. It is powerful to the mouth - a rush of sensations without losing quality and suggestions of blackcurrant and mulberry wait to combine with traces of coffee and cocoa. It overwhelms the palate with rich, balsamic emotions, which are followed by light touches of wet graphite.

It would be well paired with roast mountain lamb in aromatic herbs or served with wild mushroom polenta with basil.

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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.