Unlike the vast majority of Montepulciano vineyards, Valle Reale is situated up in the Appenines, near the earthquake zone of Aquila. Result: the slopes get good sunshine in the day, but very cool nights and mornings, so the wine has a backbone of acidity that gives depth and liveliness to this red. The vineyard yields are far less than the wines from the coast, and the weather is more chancey, thus the wines are pricier, but they're in a class by themselves.
|Wine maker notes
|Valle Reale - located 1000 ft. above sea level, with southwestern exposure and a mixed clay, chalk and rock soil composition.
85 acres planted in 1999 with a density of 3,000 vines per acre. The vines are planted in the low spur pruned cordon method and yield 3.2 tons per acre.
Fermented in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 86 degrees for 7 days.
Malolactic fermentation is totally carried out
The wine is not refrigerated prior to bottling.
|A beautifully rich aromatic wine, firm but supple, it can be consumed young with hearty pasta dishes, roasted poultry or rack of lamb.