La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Spelt 2008

Red Wine from Italy

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Item No. 120998
  • red wine
  • RP92
Style: Earthy & Spicy

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.

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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.

Critical Acclaim

"A more sophisticated side of Montepulciano emerges from the 2008 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Spelt. Sweet floral notes lead to dark red berries and spices in this polished, gracious Montepulciano. La Valentina did a great job with the 2008, a wine that shows the pure elegance and refinement that Montepulciano is capable of. Sweet floral notes add lift on the finish. A pretty, beautifully balanced, silky wine loaded with class, the Spelt should drink well for the better part of the decade. Best of all, the Spelt is a fabulous value. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020. "
92 Points

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Rating:
(5/13/2014)
Style: Big & Bold
Took a while for this big wine to open up but once it did I really enjoyed it. Has dark cherry/plum flavors with some vanilla and black licorice in the background. Silky smooth with almost a creamy texture.It lacked a dgree of freshness otherwise would have given it 5 stars.
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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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