La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2007

Red Wine from Italy

Price: $15.79
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Item No. 103141
  • RP88
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Deep ruby, purple-red color; clean, bright vibrant, lingering aromas with hints of saffron, red berries, blackberries and black cherries. It has a rich, rounded palate full of clean, ripe red berries and a well-balanced, full textured finish. This is a great example of the montepulciano grape variety made in a style that is both traditional and modern. Serve with substantial first courses with game sauces, grilled meats and richly textured fish dishes. Drink immediately or keep for 5 years too.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2007 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is a big super-ripe, jammy wine bursting with fruit. Some rough edges remain, but that is a relatively small critique for a wine that delivers so much sheer pleasure at this price point. La Valentina's Montepulciano will make a great house wine and is an excellent choice for casual drinking over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2014."
88 Points

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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...

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Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Umbria Lombardy Home of the fashion capital of Milan, Lombardy is not quite Italy's capital of wine. It is, however, home to a few wines worth noting. Most vineyards are far north, far south or far east. First, in the south, the sparkling wine Franciacorta - this sparkling wine is made in the methode champagnoise and the better wineries produce...

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Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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