Valentini Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2016
(vintage not reviewed yet, 2013 for reference below)
96 points - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, April 2020
The Valentini 2013 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo is immediately crystalline and pure in appearance, although the wine's bouquet opens very slowly, keeping you in nail-biting suspense the entire time. Will it, or won't it? With an extra dose of patience and swirling, this beautiful Trebbiano d'Abruzzo opens a floodgate of aromas, spanning from dried nectarine and passion fruit to powdery ash and curry leaf. All at once, these aromas converge onto the senses with intensity and inebriating beauty. This vintage is radically different in terms of mouthfeel next to the 2014 edition. You are made instantly aware of the dense textural fiber of the wine that is stitched tightly together with a vein of crisp acidity. This bottle goes to the back of your cellar and expect it to get even better in time. - Monica Larner
I am long overdue for a vertical of Valentini that was first put off because of car troubles and is now deferred indefinitely because of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. I can tell you, however, that just as soon as my car and the virus permit, one of my first trips will be to the Abruzzo, if only to touch base with the beautiful territory that shapes this gorgeous set of wines from the iconic estate, Valentini.