From an almost impenetrable ruby colour that reveals itself with violet tones, opens an intense nose that registers clear mineral notes of graphite and dark fruit, blackberry in primis, and draws on the deep end slightly balsamic nuances. The taste is always very soft and enveloping thanks to the sweetness of the tannins. The typical acid vein of these grapes, that gives a pleasant sense of freshness, also gives to the wine a dynamic taste that makes it better to appreciate the structure and the depth. In the long finish the mature nuances of fruit of the bouquet return.
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.
|A beautifully rich aromatic wine, firm but supple, it can be consumed young with hearty pasta dishes, roasted poultry or rack of lamb.
|Valle Reale was founded in 2000 with the goal of producing world-class wines. The Pizzolo family, in close consultation with Professor Leonardo Valenti and the agronomic faculty of the University of Milan, are working to develop a model for central Italian wines and winemaking. Working primarily with the Montepulciano varietal, they aim to create wines that highlight the grape’s intrinsic qualities: strength, exuberance, vitality, color, elegance, balance and depth. The process begins with the careful selection of clones that are best suited to Valle Reale’s soil and climate, and therefore best express the distinct characteristics of the varietal. Their success is evident in the young, vibrant DOC base wine, and even more so in the cru, a new benchmark for Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.