La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Bellovedere 750ML
La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Bellovedere is hugely impressive. The blackest, sweetest of cherries, licorice, melted road tar and spices are some of the notes that burst from the glass in this opulent, full-bodied wine. Despite the Bellovedere's sheer exuberance and glycerin, there is plenty of underlying minerality to give the wine its sense of energy, purity and vibrancy. This is an unquestionably full throttle style, but it all works beautifully. I especially like the way the wine continues to open up in the glass, seemingly turning more vibrant with air. Sweet spice and cloves flesh out on the generous, inviting finish. There is so much to like here.