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Wine: Fattoria La Valentina Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2010

Fattoria La Valentina Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2010 Review:
4 out of 5 wine glasses for the money ($11-$15)

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Fattoria La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Sorry this is a little blurry. I may have already had a bottle when I took it.

Fattoria La Valentina Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is one of our favorite everyday Italian wines (we have favorite wines from all the wine producing countries and drink one from each country per day as recommended by our physician). This one we usually have with pasta dishes.

Italian wine with pasta. I know. We’re really blazing our own path with that one. We’re like Lewis and Clark that way. Only with less syphilis.

Anyway, our awesome boutique wine store Bin 201 in Annapolis (small but fabulous selection – even the cheapest bottles are good) has it for $14.99, but I’ve seen it as low as $11.99 online (and if you get a case discount, as we do, that helps too.) We’re going to get all the money back when we sue Bin 201 for liver failure in few years.

Fattoria La Valentina Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2010 (the actual review)

Fattoria La Valentina Montepulciano d’Abruzzo has a red fruit flavor at first sip, without being “fruity.” It’s clean on the palate. It really is meant to have with food, like red pasta dishes and beef. A nice boar ragu. The finish is black cherry/cranberry/licorice, but not obnoxiously so. And I, of course, mean black licorice. Are there Black Vines like Red Vines? I’m not sure because I live in Twizzler country. Do they call them Black Vines or just Red Vines that are black, and wouldn’t that be false advertising?

I hope I get better at writing these wine reviews. I feel like this one got a bit rambly.

Amy Vansant

Voted Funniest Non-Mommy Blog by a Bunch of Moms I Got Really Drunk.Amy has been finding creative ways to make no money since high school.

One Response

  1. Melissa Marie

    I tend to buy wine based on something catchy/cute/exciting on the label. My beau and I were having romantic weekend in the mountains (romantic = he watches football while I nap) and I just grabbed a bottle of something red because the label was cute. I can’t remember what was on it… maybe a bunny or a sasquash or something. It was TERRIBLE. He wouldn’t drink it. I drank some because it was too cold to go back out to the liquor store and I had to prove to him it was drinkable. It really was not and I’m not remotely snobby about wine.

    Often after purchasing and surviving a bottle of bad wine with a nice label, I save the bottle… because I really like the picture. So it sits on my table or counter like a decoration and then after a few months I can’t remember if it was the bottle with the lady bugs on it or the chickens that was the bad wine and end up buying it again and it’s terrible… again.

    To wrap this up, I like the label on this wine. It definitely tells me it’s classy and sophisticated wine. But if there was maybe a cow or little piggy on it, I’d be more likely to buy it.
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