2007 La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Spelt

Year: 2007
Appellation: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 90
Red Wine
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"The 2007 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Spelt caresses the palate with layers of silky red fruit. In 2007 the Spelt impresses for its textural elegance, fabulous balance and overall radiance. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Fermentation and maceration with délestage, for roughly three weeks in vertical (temperature controlled) stainless steel vats. After alcoholic fermentation, the wines are transferred into 25hl oak barrels, new and used barriques where spontaneous malolactic fermentation takes place. After approximately 18 months, a careful selection, barrel by barrel is made. The wine is blended and bottled unfiltered one year before release.

A wine which you notice for its ruby red color with purplish lecks. The nose notes wild berries, leading into violets, resin and bergamot for this substantial wine. To the palate it has a full, seductive body with no tannic overtones which melt into blackberry and blackcurrant intertwined with suggestions of cocoa and coffee. The palate is overwhelmed by rich balsamic emotions followed by the merest hints of wet graphite. It is perfect to accompany roast mountain lamb with aromatic herbs or Italian polenta with basil and wild mushrooms.