2012 Azienda Agricola Valentini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo #127702159
Based on 8 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 94 points Wine Advocate "Slightly held back or restrained on first nose, the Valentini 2012 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo opens slowly and contemplatively to sensations of dark fruit, smoke, tobacco and cured meat. Despite the rather heavy and sun-drenched nature of that first wave of aromas, it's impossible to miss the enormous intensity and textural richness packed tightly underneath. That full-bodied power is a celebrated signature of this wine and is a consistent feature of past editions. Give the glass a few robust swirls and a second act is soon to follow. Those heavier dark fruit aromas magically lift to reveal an enormous color palette of camphor ash, saffron and wild licorice root. (ML)" 94 points Vinous "Deep ruby. Initially reticent aromas open slowly with aeration and a hint at dark red cherry, blueberry, underbrush, plus a perfumed violet topnote. Bright, juicy and suave, with a seamless quality to the tannins that provide backbone to the ripe blue and black fruit and herbal flavors. Finishes long and very pure, with a charming, easy to drink quality, though this will repay cellaring. (ID)"
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About Azienda Agricola Valentini
Their Trebbiano d'Abruzzo is a cult favorite, with its intense, complex, and aging-worthy profile, while the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is famous for its rich flavors of red and black fruit, tobacco, and minerals. Valentini's rare rose is a testament to the coastal influence, with its signature salinity and pithy fruit adding rich texture.
Despite owning 170 acres of land, Valentini is highly selective, only using the best grapes from the best vintages, about 5% of the total. Fans of fine Italian wines should not miss the opportunity to taste Valentini's wines.