Valori Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Vigna Sant Angelo DOC Riserva 2015
1 or more bottles$39.99
James Suckling92 points
An organic Montepulciano from the north east of Abruzzo. Sourced from the old vines of the Sant’Angelo vineyard, which takes its name from the ancient eighteenth-century chapel that stands in the middle of the vineyard. Generous aromas of black cherry, blackberries, dark chocolate and cloves with a fine woody edge. Full bodied with bold tannins and juicy black fruit acidity. Aged in new French oak for 18-20 months, a classic Montepulciano Riserva that is structured but elegant, capable of long aging.
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"Aromas of ripe blackberries, tobacco, cloves and dark chocolate. It’s full-bodied with firm, smooth tannins and a creamy texture. Layers of ripe dark fruit and spices. From organically grown grapes."
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Italy has some of the oldest wine production methods in the world and almost every part of the country is planted under vine. From the Alps in the north to the very southernmost parts of Sicily where Africa is almost in sight, wine is successfully cultivated. In addition to the latitude covered, Italy's many mountains and hills provide a plethora of altitudes for grape growing in various soils and micro-climates. The extensive coastlines along the peninsula that is Italy provide maritime climates for the coastal wine-growing areas. Over 350 grape varieties are 'authorised' in Italy, though up to 550 varieties are thought to be grown.
The classification system of Italian wines has four classes, with the intention of defining a wine's origin a quality. Two of these classes are table wines, whilst DOC and DOCG fall under the EU quality wine produced in a specific region category. Vino da Tavola (VDT) means that the wine comes from Italy. Most of these wines are generally basic table wines that are consumed domestically. Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) denotes a more specific region within Italy, and the resultant will be of higher quality than simple table wines, but won't conform to the rules required for higher certification. Both Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) are regionally more specific than IGT, and have stricter rules regarding the grape varieties grown, yields per hectare, minimum alcohol levels and so on. The major difference between DOC and DOCG is that the latter has to undergo a blind-tasting session to ensure the highest quality is achieved. Italy has 32 DOCG appelations, 311 DOC appelations and 120 IGT zones.
Key regions include Piedmont, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Veneto, Sicily and Sardinia. Common white varieties grown are Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Vermentino, Verdicchio, Fiano and Moscato. The red varieties grown the most are Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, Primitivo, Nero d'Avola and Corvina.
Abruzzo is a historic wine region located on the east coast of central Italy that traces its viticultural roots back to the sixth century B.C. when the Etruscans first introduced wine production to the area. However, the region experienced a decline in winemaking for many centuries until around 50 years ago when there was a concerted effort to revive viticulture in this stunning region, which is surrounded by mountains and is home to many national parks and forests.
Although the low hills of Teramo are considered to have the most favorable grape growing conditions, the entire Abruzzo region is blessed with ideal conditions for viticulture. The unique soil structure, rich in various minerals, combined with bountiful sunshine, moderate rainfall, and cool nighttime temperatures, results in grapes bursting with full, rich flavors.
The region is renowned for producing three DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) wines, including Contro Guerra, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, as well as one DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita), Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane, which is considered the pinnacle of quality in the region. The primary grape varieties grown in Abruzzo are the red Montepulciano and white Trebbiano.
Visitors to Abruzzo can indulge in a variety of wine experiences, from tours of vineyards and cellars to tastings of the region's delicious wines. The region is also known for its stunning landscapes, historic towns, and ancient ruins, making it an ideal destination for wine enthusiasts and history buffs alike. With its rich viticultural history, ideal growing conditions, and exceptional wines, Abruzzo is an undiscovered gem waiting to be explored.
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About the brand Valori
“When you grow completely organically,” says Luigi Valori of Azienda Valori in Abruzzo, “an interesting thing happens to the grapes. The skins become very thick.” That’s more than an obscure botanical fact. It completely changes the potential of the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grape.
Colour, tannin, and polyphenols all dwell in the skins of red wine grapes. More of those things make up for the shortcomings of mass-produced wine. Like many Italian wines, the reputation of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo suffers from a tradition of overproduction. Wines can still meet DOC standards while being grown at weights up to 10 kilograms per vine. Since the grape has naturally sweet and soft tannins, overproduction creates wines that are soft, flabby and don’t age well. But properly grown with a limited yield and vinted with care for its peculiarities, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo can be an elegant, structured, and noble.
A former professional footballer for Ascoli Calcio, Valori is a botanist by training. His vineyards in the commune of Teramo in northern Abruzzo near the Marche border are certified 100 percent organic. He has been producing wine on the estate since 1996. His yield is aaround 1.5-2 kilograms of grapes per vine/ In keeping with organic regulations, he treats the vines only with copper and sulphur. But he notes that grapevines find the copper mildly toxic. They react to it by forming slightly smaller berries with much thicker walls. By growing organic grapes with skins packed with tannins and polyphenols, Valori gives himself a leg up in the quest to make a great wine from Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.