Item #: i_302680
Bottle Size: 750ML
Vinous Media: 94
QOH: 46
In stock
One of our absolute best values for the month comes from the rugged, untamed national park lands in the central-Italian region of Abruzzo. The red variety Montepulciano is the regional star, a favorite of Italian enotecas for its highly drinkable wines at a value. One of its finest producers, the Valle Reale winery, has been a staple winery for Hi-Time Wine Cellars, and we're happy to welcome in the 2018 vintage of their entry-level Montepulciano, which received a rarely-seen score from a highly reputable critic for a wine that retails for $12.95!

Just like Valle Reale itself, there's no gimmick, just honest wine at a more-than-fair price. The Valle Real 2018 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo reflects the nearly untouched naturalness of the land: made from organically-farmed grapes, and fermented with the native strains of yeast, its sits in stainless steel for just 3 months before being bottled. It has the brightness and perfume of a mountain wine (from their cooler Popoli vineyard) imbued with the soft and generous ripeness of a warm lowland valley wine (from their Capestrano vineyard). Just take a look at Italian wine expert Ian D'Agata's 94-point review for "Vinous!"

ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 94 POINTS - "Bright red. Red cherry and flowers on the perfumed nose; much more fragrant than the 2017 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. Then fresh and juicy, with bright red fruit repeating in the mouth. Finishes long and savory, showcasing notable purity. Outstanding cool-climate Montepulciano of noteworthy refinement. Very, very well done; I'm not sure readers fully realize just how hard it is to obtain a result of this level in a cold-weather environment such as that of Popoli. This success speaks loudly of the capability and talent of owner Leonardo Pinzolo and his Valle Reale technical team."

Like with most traditional Italian wines, the experience will be even better with the right food. The Abruzzesi like hearty lentil soups, skewered meats on the grill, or pastas with lamb, but let your creativity shine!

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