James Suckling 91 points!
Fattoria La Valentina, founded in 1990 by Sabatino Di Properzio, is located in Spoltore on the central Adriatic coast. In recent years several artisan producers have arrived on the scene and are turning out top quality wines from Abruzzo's indigenous Montepulciano and Trebbiano varietals. La Valentina is at the forefront of this movement. Two major developments in 1998 supported this goal - initiating the Binomio project with Stefano Inama and hiring Luca D'Attoma as winemaker. While taking a very traditional approach to farming and employing organic and biodynamic farming methods, Di Properzio also uses current technology, ensuring the fruit's integrity from grape to glass.
"Inky-purple. Very deep smoky nose hints at blackberry, blueberry, flint and violet. Then refined and juicy, with smooth deep flavors of mineral-accented blueberry and aromatic herbs. Long, multilayered and extremely elegant finish boasts real depth and complexity. This is a knockout, really grand, Montepulciano wine. Very, very well done. "--Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 94 points! (on the 2013 vintage.)
Enjoy La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva Spelt over the next 12-14 years with a grilled steak, osso buco, lasagna, and aged cheeses.