This Montepulciano was grown on vines up to 40 years old. The fruit was vinified in stainless steel and the wine spent 16 months in a mix of 2,500-liter Slavonian oak casks and new and used barriques. About 5,000 cases were made.
It’s youthful looking, a shiny ruby red with a clear rim, and fragrant of ripe cherry, macerated strawberry, cedar wood, and juniper berry. The palate continues the theme, offering ripe fruits and a sueded tannic texture. The finish is the most interesting aspect of the wine, an interplay of earthy sous bois and tart juicy fruit.
Smart but too young now; at this price most will drink it early, but if you have the patience, age the bottle for a couple of years to let the tarnish of time deepen its interest. If you do open it now, pair it with rich cuisine: sausages, cassoulet, confit of duck, mushrooms browned in butter.
2015 La Valentina Spelt Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva DOC
13.5% abv | $22 (sample) Imported by Dalla Terra