2007 Valle Reale Montepulciano d' Abruzzo

Year: 2007
Appellation: Abruzzo
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 87
Wine Advocate: 91
Red Wine
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"Ripe notes of black plum and cherry follow through to hints of cedar and spice on a medium frame. Well-balanced, showing fine length." (WS)

"The 2007 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is impressive in the way it coats the palate with masses of dark fruit, flowers, tobacco, chocolate and cinnamon. This full-bodied, generous Montepulciano will drink beautifully for at least several years. Hints of chocolate linger on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2017. " (WA)

Winery Notes:
Wine Description
At 1,000 feet above sea level, Valle Reale’s vineyards are nestled into one of Italy’s most beautiful national parks. This rich 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is made from the oldest estate vineyards, planted back in 1975 on soils rich in chalk, clay and pebbles. Harvested by hand in the second part of October, the grapes are gently pressed and macerated with the skins for 10-12 days to ensure ideal color concentration and structure. After full malolactic fermentation in barrels, the wine is matured for one more year in the same French barriques and then refined in bottle for another eight months.

Tasting Notes
Valle Reale introduces the wine lover to a new breed of Montepulciano. Surprisingly concentrated, with silky tannins and layers of dark berry fruit and spices, this is a rich and aromatic Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Full-bodied and firm, yet supple, it is ready to be enjoyed with hearty pasta dishes, roasted poultry or lamb, and ribs.