Valentini's Trebbiano is a wine that makes its own category.
It's not Trebbiano, it's Valentini's Trebbiano.
If Trebbiano has any reputation at all, it is for watery, simple, limp wines - the Oxford Companion to Wine calls the grape "undistinguished."
In Valentini's hands, Trebbiano becomes ridiculously complex, age-worthy, and just unforgettable.
Valentini's Trebbiano is luxuriously textured and powerfully complicated. When you catch his Trebbiano 'in the zone,' it steals attention away from the world's best wines. This Trebbiano is one of the great and utterly special wines of the world.
The wine delivers a fascinating salty minerality, honeyed and floral notes along with a subtle earthiness that speaks of the dry, sun-scorched land. Overall, they're dense and saturating wines.
The 2015 is wildly complex. There's everything from stone fruits, to more exotic fruit notes, to baked hay, buoyant tangerine and lemon notes, and a broad spectrum of herbs. You get a seamless melding of creaminess and zippy energy.
What is known about Valentini's methods all points to traditional winemaking and a maniacal commitment to quality. The vines are trained in the traditional pergola method and yields are aggressively restricted. The wine is fermented and aged in large Slavonian oak barrels, the youngest of which is 70-years-old; no barriques or stainless steel tanks are used. When the grapes aren't of a quality deemed appropriate, they are sold to the co-op.
For these reasons, the wines of Eduordo Valentini are cult treasures of Abruzzo. Only Valentini's friend and neighbor, Emidio Pepe, has achieved a comparable level of fame and respect.
Valentini's Trebbiano d'Abruzzo is one of the most compelling and singular wines. It's a pleasure to have another chance to offer the 2015.
To order, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the store at (212) 980-9463.
Crush Wine & Spirits