Berkmann's Wine Cellars

Fattoria La Valentina

Sabatino di Properzio’s Montepulciano is as stylish as his labels. While this may sound like a contradiction in terms for a grape more often associated with rough-and-ready country wine, Sabatino has set out to prove otherwise, using low yields, old vines and increasingly organic viticulture to wring new depths from the DOC. The ‘basic’ Montepulciano, if it can be called that, sees little oak, and is an intense, civilised representation of the grape’s myriad fruit and spice flavours. The single-vineyard Spelt is given a longer maceration and 18 months in oak, making for a more complex, structured wine, for drinking a little bit older.