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Date Printed: 10/31/2014
Valle Reale San Calisto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2005
Valle Reale San Calisto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2005
(search item no. 104768)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/31/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Recipient of Italy's coveted "Tre Bicchieri", or 3 Glasses award.

San Calisto is Valle Reale's flagship wine. This muscular yet refined wine is made from 100% Montepulciano grown in the San Calisto parcel, the oldest plot in the Valle Reale estate. Located within one of Italy's most beautiful national parks, and surrounded by the Gran Sasso mountain range. This unique vineyard benefits from the high elevation, a wide diurnal temperature range, lots of cool, breezy ventilation and limestone rich soils.

Deep, ruby-red in color, San Calisto offers layered aromas of ripe blackberries and crushed black cherries, followed by spicy notes of cassis, leather and dried herbs. Its excellent structure is perfectly complimented by a silky, rich mouthfeel and a long, persistent finish. San Calisto is excellent with sharp cheeses, barbecued ribs, lamb, filet mignon or steak au poivre.

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About Valle Reale:

Valle Reale is a territory that seems predestined for wine. The geological characteristics and ambient beauty are unique in these vineyards that are set in one of Italy's most beautiful national parks.

Valle Reale possesses all of the natural elements conducive to the production of great wine. There is an abundance of water, proximity to the sea and the benefits of a maritime climate, ample sunshine and mineral rich soils.

The Pizzolo family together with Leonardo Valenti have striven to produce a model of central Italian wine: strength, exuberance, vitality, Mediterranean color, elegance, balance and depth. They are working exclusively with the Montepulciano varietal and seek to highlight the grape's intrinsic qualities in both the young, vibrant base wine as well as the cru San Calisto which they hope will offer critics and consumers alike a new benchmark for Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.