Vino’s December sale continues, this week featuring some of our favorite “natural” winemakers. Today we feature the wines of legendary Abruzzo producer Valentini, which will be available to taste from 5:30pm!
Widely regarded as Abruzzo’s greatest winemaker, Edoardo Valentini (left) produced wine for sale from the 1956 vintage until his death in 2006 at age 72. During that half-century his renown among fans of fine Italian wines grew as bottles of his Montepulciano, Cerasuolo and Trebbiano found their way onto tables and into tastings all over the world. His unique approach to handling vines that were thought inferior by many in the wine community combined with his eccentric personality caused his legend to grow but it was the excellence in bottle that really solidified his reputation as one of Italy’s great craftsmen of natural wines.
Giving up a career in law, Valentini returned with his family to their ancestral home in the village of Loreto Aprutino, about a half hour inland from Pescara. He tended about 170 acres of vines spread across several vineyard sites as well as hundreds of acres planted to fruit trees and olives. While farming made up a good part of his living, life in a rural village also allowed him to count agriculture and winemaking among his intellectual pursuits. He was famously reluctant to advise visitors on his techniques in the cellar but we do know through the consistent quality of his wines across the decades that whatever those methods were he practiced them with discipline and expected excellence in quality and style.
Valentini became notorious for his shunning of the media and disregard for wine marketing. Consequently, what little information we can glean about the man and his wines only serves to enhance the mystique surrounding both. The above images are the work of Keiko Katagiri, a Japanese photographer and friend of the Valentini family, to whom Edoardo gave exclusive access to him and his home in Loreto Aprutino. Since Edoardo Valentini’s passing his son Francesco Paolo (above, with Edoardo) has carried on the production of the family’s much-admired line of Abruzzese wines with fidelity and rigor. It is evident in tasting that the Valentini legacy remains strong and will be well tended.
From 5:30pm today you can taste Valentini’s extraordinary Trebbiano and Cerasuolo wines and save 20%! Remember, this offer is valid TODAY ONLY, while stocks last!
Trebbiano d’Abruzzo 2005
was $105, now $84
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Cerasuolo 2007
was $100, now $80
Visit our website for a full list of December’s featured producers and tastings*. Look for your favorite producers and be sure to plan ahead: 20% sales are for one day only! As usual, we’ll be hosting our free tastings every Friday from 5:30pm, continuing today with Valentini!
Please call 212-725-6516 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.