Agricole Vallone Vigna Flaminio Riserva 2008 Front Label
Agricole Vallone Vigna Flaminio Riserva 2008 Front Label

Agricole Vallone Vigna Flaminio Riserva 2008

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The color is ruby-red with purple reflections, taking on a garnet red rim and streaks when aged. The nose is strong and complex with scents of fruits and spices that follow through to the palate. It is elegant, balanced and smooth in the mouth, with good body and a long finish.

Grape Varieties: 80% Negroamaro, 20% Montepulciano

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A pretty fine red from the Apulia region of Italy, the 2008 Agricole Vallone Vigna Flaminio has all the right stuff for those who like rich red wines that are more than merely blockbusters but have a little complexity that makes the picture more lovingly complete. Medium to deep ruby color; impressive and expressive sweet earth and black fruit aromas, excellent depth and range of elements; medium bodied, good weight on the palate, fine structure; dry, medium acidity, well balanced; fine black fruit, with fine sweet, savory notes; medium finish, nicely aged aftertaste. (Tasted: June 19, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
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Agricole Vallone was founded in 1934 by the Vallone family. Passed down generation to generation, today, it is owned by Vittoria and Maria Teresa Vallone, who alongside their viticulturist Donato Lazzari and winemaking consultant Graziana Grassini produce some of the best wines in the province of Brindisi, in the heart of the Salento peninsula. The Vallone family believes their wines are the mirror of this part of the world whose “reflections show a unique personality and unveil the kept promise of a taste like no other”.

The winery covers 420 acres and is made up of three different vineyards, Castel Serranova, Flaminio and Iore. All of the vineyards contain both newly-planted blocks as well as sections over 50 years old, especially of head-trained vines; this mixture ensures a balanced production and one of high quality. The vineyards are planted on well-drained calcareous- clayey soils, with low nutrient content. They are largely flat and sit below 300 feet above sea level.

The Salento lies wholly within the Mediterranean macroclimate, and its vineyards benefit from light rainfall in autumn and winter, and dry, windy summers. The prevailing winds off the sea, ensure healthy conditions for the fruit. Good diurnal thermal ranges between night and day encourage optimal ripening and an aromatic richness in the wines.

The main goal of the winery is to produce great wines from this terroir, that reflect the unique qualities of the indigenous varieties on the Salento peninsula. The Salento peninsula has always been prized for high quality and distinctive wines that are rich and complex. The wines are allowed to mature slowly in the cellars, in both oak and steel, before they are judged worthy to appear in their various markets. After bottling, they rest for still more time prior to being released.

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Well-suited to the production of concentrated, fruity and spicy red varieties, Puglia is one of Italy’s warmest, most southerly regions. Its entire eastern side is one long coastline bordering the Adriatic Sea. About half way down, the region becomes the Salento Peninsula. This peninsula, bordered by water on three sides, receives moist, nighttime, sea breezes that bring a welcome cooling effect to the region, where little rain creates a challenging environment for its vines. In fact, the region is named for the Italian expression, “a pluvia,” meaning “lack of rain.”

Puglia’s Mediterranean climate and iron-rich, calcareous soils support the indigenous Primitivo, Negroamaro and Nero di Troia. Primitivo produces an inky, spicy, brambly and ripe red wine whose best expression comes from Manduria. Nero di Troia produces tannic, rustic reds from Castel del Monte DOC while Negroamaro, typically blended with Malvasia nera, plays a large part in may blends made throughout the peninsula.

Puglia produces a small amount of white wines as well, predominantly made of the fruity, Trebbiano Toscano, or light, Bombino bianco grapes.

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Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal and Italy are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

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