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Professional Ratings: 90 The Wine Advocate
Varietal: Other Red Wine
Style: Smooth & Supple
Item no. 104768
Recipient of Italy's coveted "Tre Bicchieri", or 3 Glasses award.
San Calisto is Valle Reale's flagship wine. This muscular yet refined wine is made from 100% Montepulciano grown in the San Calisto parcel, the oldest plot in the Valle Reale estate. Located within one of Italy's most beautiful national parks, and surrounded by the Gran Sasso mountain range. This unique vineyard benefits from the high elevation, a wide diurnal temperature range, lots of cool, breezy ventilation and limestone rich soils.
Deep, ruby-red in color, San Calisto offers layered aromas of ripe blackberries and crushed black cherries, followed by spicy notes of cassis, leather and dried herbs. Its excellent structure is perfectly complimented by a silky, rich mouthfeel and a long, persistent finish. San Calisto is excellent with sharp cheeses, barbecued ribs, lamb, filet mignon or steak au poivre.
The 2005 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo San Calisto saw a fairly long maceration of 25 days followed by 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels. The wine blossoms on the palate with an intense floral quality that is followed by layers of blueberries, spices, mint and sweet oak. The finish is long, pure and refined. This is an especially exuberant, richly-textured Montepulciano to enjoy over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2015.
Valle Reale is one of my favorite properties in Abruzzo. These rugged terrains located inside one of Italy’s national parks routinely yield wines of notable character. Consulting oenologist Carlo Ferrini oversees wine making.