A Rosé Standing Alone: 2014 Valentini Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo

Posted by Joe Salamone

It's become a bit of a ritual that we offer Valentini's Cerasuolo in the dead of winter.

At first glance, offering a rosé now may seem bizarre, but it drives home the fact that this is no ordinary rosé.

Valentini's Cerasuolo exists in a stand alone category. There are a handful of rosés that are hunted down, aged and offer stirring experiences. Think of things like Château Simone, both Cotats, etc.

Even in this context, Valentini is special in the fascinating textures, complexity and the unique spectrum of fruit, flowers and minerals it offers. There's a waxy density to the wine with an evocative interplay of flowers, cherry fruit, citrus skin, honey and something resembling a scorched earth minerality.

In most cases, the Montepulciano grape is far from something to write home about. However, in Valentini's hands the grape is transformed into something very much deserving of the world stage.

His Cerasuolo from Montepulciano is soaring, mesmerizing and vivid. The wine always wows with its clarity and precision. There's a beautiful harmonious complexity with ripe berries, fresh-cut herbs, wet rocks, saline notes and citrus. There's a thrilling cut and deep structure as well.

Valentini's Cerasuolo is something that we never miss a vintage of. Having tasted bottles with 5 years or more of age over the years, we're convinced that it's a singularly captivating wine and one of the world's great rosés.

To order, please email us at offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2014 Valentini Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo