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La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Spelt 2006

Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
  • RP91
13.5% ABV
  • V94
  • RP90
  • JS93
  • RP92
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Winemaker Notes

Deep ruby, purply red color; clean, vibrant, lingering aromas with hints of red berries, blackberries and black cherries. Very rounded clean flavor with red berries in the finish and hints of tobacco and licorice, perfectly reflecting the grape variety with a style that is both traditional and modern.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Spelt is insanely beautiful. Fresh and vibrant to the core, the 2006 possesses dazzling inner perfume and well-articulated fruit, all supported by firm yet well-integrated tannins. This is another flat-out delicious wine for the money. The 2006 is a touch firmer than the 2007 but just as pretty. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.
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Fattoria La Valentina, , Italy
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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 are managed like a well kept market garden. Yields are low and harvesting by hand carries on until late October achieving optimum ripeness.

The results are remarkable with intense rich red wines that have oceans of fruit, bright rich black fruit flavours, as well as enough spice, elegance and depth to make them ideal partners to many Italian dishes ... especially pastas and risottos.

A large and diverse wine region in northeastern Italy, the Veneto is home to a vast array of different styles of wine. With no defining regional characteristics, it can be a bit confusing to the general consumer to parse through its many subzones, but the patient wine lover will find many treasures to be discovered here, typically at wallet-friendly prices. Red and white wines are produced here, with more emphasis on the latter, as well as the ultra-popular sparkling wine Prosecco. The region is sheltered from harsh northern European winters by the Alps, which form its northern border, but the climate is still relatively cool, making the Veneto ideal for white wine production.

Much of Italy’s Pinot Grigio hails from the Veneto, where it can range from neutral and inoffensive to crisp and refreshing. Soave, made primarily from the Garganega grape, has a reputation for producing relatively ordinary, bulk wines, but can be very elegant when yields are carefully monitored, with aromas of lemon, almond, and white flowers. Valpolicella is the region’s best-known red wine, with juicy, tart red cherry flavors derived from the Corvina grape. Recioto and Amarone wines made from dried grapes are a regional specialty and can be very intense, heady, and cerebral.

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Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of white grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are regional indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent wines on their own, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics and aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal, Italy, and Greece are known for having a multitude of unique varieties.

GZT9451617_2006 Item# 109810

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