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La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009

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La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009


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At first sight the deep, intense ruby red colour of the wine is striking, with small violet arches. The bouquet suggests red fruit, rose petals and hints of wet spices. It is soft and warm to the palate with notes of red prune, cherry and blueberry which are harmoniously intertwined around a lively tannic theme. Being fruit of an exceptional harvest, gives it a full, enveloping body, which finishes with liquorice and cloves. The fine performance is completed with an after-taste of black pepper and cranberry. This wine may be drunk immediately or laid down for 5 years. It is ideal to accompany pasta timbale, lamb stew, char-grilled cod and seasoned, pecorino cheese. Drink immediately or keep for 5 years too.
Category Red Wine
Region Italy, Abruzzo, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Brand La Valentina
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Wine AdvocateAnother screaming value, the 2009 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo punches well above its weight. Rich, deep and expansive, the 2009 bursts from the glass with deep layers of fruit, all in a medium-bodied style that is hugely appealing, especially considering its very friendly price point. Plums, blackberries and grilled herbs linger on the finish in a wine that shows the darker, more brooding side of Montepulciano. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016.

Antonio Galloni, February 2013
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Wine SpectatorA gamy red, with moderate plum and currant fruit, showing light hints of pepper and bitter almond. Drink now.

Nathan Wesley, 2013