2015 La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva Spelt 1.5 L

Year: 2015
Appellation: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 88
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"Creamy and balanced, with aromatic dried marjoram and iron accents to the pureed black raspberry and citrus peel flavors. Fresh and medium-bodied, with a chewy, lightly spiced finish. Drink now through 2022. 11,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported. -AN" (WS)

"Bright ruby. Clean, fresh aromas of red berries and herbs show a strong balsamic-peppery nuance. Then flavors similar to the aromas, plus a hint of flint. The finish is long and pure. Lovely wine." (VM)

"A rich and layered red with dark berries, chocolate, and spice. Medium body, very fine tannins and a delicious finish. Balanced and ready. Drink now." (JS)

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.

"Dense black berry and cherry meld with integrated oak tones of anise and clove in this red that sees time in Slavonian oak. There's a real sense of energy come first sip, displaying loads of thick-skinned berries framed by soft oak spice. This is structured with broad yet well-knit tannins and a healthy vein of acidity, ending on lingering cherry skin and cocoa notes." (WE)

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.

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