Trebbiano d’Abruzzo

Trebbiano d’Abruzzo

Trebbiano d’Abruzzo is a huge D.O.C area in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Trebbiano d’Abruzzo wines can be, at their very best (see Valentini) epic whites capable of ageing, honeyed and nectar-esque and at their worst, like myself and pal Tina experienced last night, like Apple Tizer with some lemon Jif (no, hang on, Cif) mashed in for that extra kick.

So last night Italy were smiled upon by the footballing gods once more as red cards flew from the refs pocket and French players were sent cursing from the field. There wasn’t a seat in the house at the local pub in Piazza Ferretto, well, not a seat facing a TV anyway, so we sat in a cramped corner all the while being eyed up by those guys that sell the fake Gucci bags on the tartan rugs at Piazzale Roma. Much more Apple Tizer d’Abruzzo and today we’d both have our fill of faux Fendi accessories but alas resistance came easily.

Before the game we decided on Sushi and from the choice of 6 unnamed whites, we opted for the Trebbiano. I can’t tell you where it was from because the label said this, “Trebbiano“. That’s it folks. So really, it quite possibly wasn’t even a Trebbiano d’Abruzzo but this is my SEGUE (thank you Tara from Boston) to what I really want to talk about today which is Trebbiano d’Abruzzo and more specifically the expert Valentini production.

If you only try one Trebbiano d’Abruzzo make sure absolutely that it is a Valentini. There are hundreds of Trebbiano d’Abruzzo wines out there but Eduoardo Valentini was a traditionalist and the wines have that air of someone taking their time. You know when you can just tell a wine is low yield and human industry heavy? That’s what Valentini wines taste like. The sweet essence of blood, sweat and tears.

The techniques at the vineyard are fairly guarded and the wines of Valentini are not really typical of Trebbiano d’Abruzzo as a varietal but there are still unmistakable characteristics and the producer is pretty much universally agreed to be the regions best. Only 50,000 bottles come out of the estate each year, which is teeny tiny and an indication of the attention to detail. Eduoardo’s son, Francesco, now handles the operation. This is a producer who shunned the critics and media and as such, I can’t find a website for him to link up for you. However, I can recommend a wine with a tasting note… what a novel idea!?

Valentini Trebbiano d’Abruzzo 2004BUY – €33
A cloudy golden yellow in the glass with a super packed nose of total minerality as well as the usual lush honey and flower aromas, a little bit of stone fruit too. Lovely mouth feel, caressing and super stylish, complex with good length and a real sweetness on the finish, fruity and unabashed! Brava. 90 Points

Where can I buy this wine?
Europeans – Web di Vino – €33
Americans – Chambers St Wines – $67
Brits – Web di Vino – £25

Question of the Day?
What wine should I drink with Sushi if Martinelli’s is off the menu?

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Checking out Google Analytics I see my visitor count went thru the roof yesterday. First page google result for “Italy Vs France The Result”!Not for the wine at all. Boooo Hisssssssssss

  2. Anonymous says:

    gewustraminer

  3. Matt Rowe says:

    Sushi is difficult especially with the spices, maybe an austrian wine

  4. futronic says:

    Have you tried Valentini’s 2001 Trebbiano recently? I’ve tucked a couple away in the cellar that I was fortunately able to find in Lanciano (Abruzzo) several years ago, as it’s not possible to find in Canada.My understanding around Valentini’s Trebbiano is that you should drink them extremely young, or better yet, wait 10+ years in strong vintages so the oxidized note goes to the background and really releases the pure essence of outstanding Trebbiano. I found it that Gambero Rosso’s review of the 2001 stated that the wine will easily go 25 years.

  5. Ciao Futronic,I haven’t, we sell the 2002 and I have some of those knocking around but I don’t believe its the best vintage, unlike the ’01s.I should imagine your 01s are going to get very interesting very soon. If you have a case it could be fun.

  6. tasuhu says:

    Nice use of segue 🙂I always like reading your blogs

  7. David says:

    dry riesling/sauvignon blanc

  8. futronic says:

    Unfortunately I’ve only got a couple bottles as that was all the space I had left in my luggage. I think 36 bottles for one trip through the Langhe, Montalcino, and Abruzzo is enough, no?

  9. Aye! How annoying you can’t take any liquids through airports now. Venice airport has nothing but pap wines after you go thru the scanners.

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