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2019 Valentini, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo

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Regular price $130
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2019 Valentini, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo

Vinous

95

CellarTracker

93
Regular price $130
/

Produced using the low-yielding, traditional clone, Trebbiano d’Abruzzese, the wrought, old vines generate incredible density and energy in what is widely accepted to be the finest example of Trebbiano in the world. Fermented and aged in large, old barrels, Rife with ripe and dried citrus tones and marked salinity & savory spices, these age like a fine white Burgundy, developing a new layer of complexity with each year.

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So often you read about "traditional" farming, or even in some wine profiles words like "ungrafted"; in one case, Edoardo Valentini went an extreme step further: he tore out the mass-producing, modern clone of Trebbiano and in its place planted the ancient version that yields only a tiny percentage of the quantity, but quality that can't be measured by numbers. Put simply, Valentini's quest for perfection has them firmly atop our wine pantheon.

Valentini

Now in the capable hands of Francesco after Edoardo passed in 2006, Valentini continues to make the finest wines in all of Abruzzo, no matter the color. Francesco worked with his father from a very young age and continues the traditional methods that set his family's name apart from the rest. 

Over his fifty years of crafting his own wines, Edoardo retained an aura of mystery as to his winemaking; truly what set the wines apart anyway was what happened in his vineyards, some 60 hectares' worth. In keeping with what was tradition prior to the dawn of mass-production, the canopies were trained high, allowing maximum ripeness to occur. We do know there were no modern techniques in the cellar - no stainless steel or Burgundy barrels - and the wines were traditionally only released when they were deemed ready. Edoardo often cut his output even further, selling off up to 95% of his wine every year when it didn't meet his incredibly high standards. So says Doug, "It's similar to white Burgundy - acid for days and structure to age unlike any other."

 

Apart from the legendary Trebbiano, two wines are made from the Montepulciano grape: the Cerasuolo and the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. The Cerasuolo is a legend in its own right; whereas the Montepulciano is said to macerate for about 25 days, the Cerasuolo receives only a small percentage of that duration, lending the most beautiful translucent cherry-red hue. Almost indescribably, it coats the palate and is simultaneously rich and snappy, the salty-spicy flavors perfectly complementing the bright red fruits. 

The Montepulciano Rosso takes on the darker side of fruits, both red and black. With time in bottle (usually held back for at least four years at the estate) this becomes one of the most wondrous reds, both unctuous and savory. 

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Valentini

So often you read about "traditional" farming, or even in some wine profiles words like "ungrafted"; in one case, Edoardo Valentini went an extreme step further: he tore out the mass-producing, modern clone of Trebbiano and in its place planted the ancient version that yields only a tiny percentage of the quantity, but quality that can't be measured by numbers. Put simply, Valentini's quest for perfection has them firmly atop our wine pantheon.

Now in the capable hands of Francesco after Edoardo passed in 2006, Valentini continues to make the finest wines in all of Abruzzo, no matter the color. Francesco worked with his father from a very young age and continues the traditional methods that set his family's name apart from the rest. 

Over his fifty years of crafting his own wines, Edoardo retained an aura of mystery as to his winemaking; truly what set the wines apart anyway was what happened in his vineyards, some 60 hectares' worth. In keeping with what was tradition prior to the dawn of mass-production, the canopies were trained high, allowing maximum ripeness to occur. We do know there were no modern techniques in the cellar - no stainless steel or Burgundy barrels - and the wines were traditionally only released when they were deemed ready. Edoardo often cut his output even further, selling off up to 95% of his wine every year when it didn't meet his incredibly high standards. So says Doug, "It's similar to white Burgundy - acid for days and structure to age unlike any other."

 

Apart from the legendary Trebbiano, two wines are made from the Montepulciano grape: the Cerasuolo and the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. The Cerasuolo is a legend in its own right; whereas the Montepulciano is said to macerate for about 25 days, the Cerasuolo receives only a small percentage of that duration, lending the most beautiful translucent cherry-red hue. Almost indescribably, it coats the palate and is simultaneously rich and snappy, the salty-spicy flavors perfectly complementing the bright red fruits. 

The Montepulciano Rosso takes on the darker side of fruits, both red and black. With time in bottle (usually held back for at least four years at the estate) this becomes one of the most wondrous reds, both unctuous and savory. 


Vinous

Vinous

95

The 2019 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo displays a vivid yellow-golden color. The bouquet captures the imagination as dried apricots and peaches are complemented by almond custard and cardamon. It's the fruit that impresses first, ripe yellow apple and young peach, followed by depths of stony minerality and enriching hazelnut traces. The 2019 keeps the taster guessing, at first juicy and remarkably fresh, then suddenly adding tension and a salty flourish that sways the sensation to the savory spectrum. This is expertly balanced, wonderfully complex and easily one of the most exciting young Trebbianos I've ever tasted from Valentini.

What the Critics are Saying

Vinous

Vinous

95

The 2019 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo displays a vivid yellow-golden color. The bouquet captures the imagination as dried apricots and peaches are complemented by almond custard and cardamon. It's the fruit that impresses first, ripe yellow apple and young peach, followed by depths of stony minerality and enriching hazelnut traces. The 2019 keeps the taster guessing, at first juicy and remarkably fresh, then suddenly adding tension and a salty flourish that sways the sensation to the savory spectrum. This is expertly balanced, wonderfully complex and easily one of the most exciting young Trebbianos I've ever tasted from Valentini.