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What our expert thought of Valle Reale, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo




the tasting

The Tasting


The colour is a pale-ish straw, which is still deeper than I was expecting from this very pale grape in such a recent vintage.  I suspect that this wine has seen some pre-fermentation skin contact to enhance the aromas, which has the side-effect of deepening the colour.
 
There's a delightfully summery nose of white flowers and citrus: camomile and lemon oil.  There’s pear too, especially as the glass warms.  Although only medium intensity, the nose is very pure and clean, and obviously unoaked.
 
It’s fresh and pure on the palate too, but surprisingly intense.  Fully dry with medium+ acidity, it starts off light-bodied but then puts on weight in the mouth – rather more than I was expecting for 12.5% ABV.
 
There’s real concentration here, but it isn’t fruity.  Instead there’s a mouthfilling stoniness that you feel as much as taste, softened a little by a creamy texture that makes me think this was aged on its lees.  Behind that there are delicate pear and citrus flavours (first lemon, then grapefruit).
 
Pithy grapefruit continues into the long, mouthwatering and minerally finish.


Assessment


This one really surprised me when I first tasted it – such amazing mineral intensity from a 12.5% wine with Trebbiano on the label!  The delight was rather tempered by the prospect of having to eat my words about a grape I’ve always dismissed.
 
It turns out that this Trebbiano d’Abruzzo isn’t made from Trebbiano Toscano, so my prejudices can remain intact.  But if you know of a great real Trebbiano that would prove me wrong, do let us know.
 
Though it doesn’t taste like other Trebbianos, there is something very Italian about this wine.  Its subtle, summer-scented nose reminds me of Greco di Tufo, or Soave without the almonds.  The back-loaded stoniness is quite Greco di Tufo too; they’re both mountain wines, and somehow you can taste that.



Tasting notes

Appearance
clear medium- straw
Nose

Intensity medium

Aromas floral (camomile), citrus (lemon oil), orchard fruit (pear, esp. as glass warms)

Development youthful
Palate

Sweetness fully dry

Acidity medium+

Body medium+, despite modest 12.5%. Starts light, but builds in the mouth.

Intensity medium+

Flavours mineral (stony), lees (cream), delicate pear and citrus (first lemon, then grapefruit)
Finish

Length medium++, mouthwatering

Flavours grapefruit pith. stones
Other notes
Very pure & clean & unoaked. Concentrated but not fruity.


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