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Date Printed: 5/22/2015
Valdipiatta Rosso di Montepulciano 2008
Valdipiatta Rosso di Montepulciano 2008
(search item no. 106192)
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 5/22/2015: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 80% Sangiovese, referred to locally as Prugnolo Gentile, along with 15% Canaiolo Nero and 5% Mammolo from different vineyards planted between 1993 and 2004. The grapes are handharvested at their ideal ripeness to ensure an easy drinking, ripe style of Rosso.

This fresh, youthful Rosso offers ripe aromas of blackberries and raspberries with subtle notes of flowers and spices. It is silky on the palate, with balanced tannins and lively acidity. This Rosso pairs well with a wide range of dishes, from buttery rich pastas with truffles to grilled tenderloin with herb sauce.

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About Valdipiatta:

Valdipiatta was founded in 1973, but it was not until Giulio Caporali purchased the property in 1990 that it began to earn a reputation for producing some of the finest Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Through vision, determination and lots of hard work, Giulio transformed a small Tuscan farmhouse and its vineyard into a modern and successful winery. Not surprisingly, his program of renovation and revitalization began in the vineyards. After a studied, careful analysis of soil conditions, clonal selections, vine densities, and pruning systems, the vineyards were re-planted with the aim of producing Prugnolo Gentile (the local name for Sangiovese) grapes of exceptional caliber. These same standards guided Giulio in the following years as he purchased additional vineyards in prime growing areas of Montepulciano. Next, Giulio set about overhauling the cellar with the installation of the most up-to-date equipment and the introduction of small oak barrels from the finest French coopers. Finally, he built an impressive underground cellar by digging deep into tufaceous rock in one of the property’s hillsides. Today, the Valdipiatta estate comprises 100 acres of land, at an average of 1,200 feet above sea level, in the very heart of the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano appellation. Since 1998, the estate has collaborated with renowned enologist Yves Glories from the University of Bordeaux.