“Intense traditionally-made wines that ooze with character.”—Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate
Vallana is a “go-to” winery for wine aficionados with traditional palates, not only are their wines stunning but terrific values as well. You may have noticed their traditional labels on our shelves over the years, they represent the family’s connection to the past as well as their deep roots in the wine world. The estate as we know it today was formed in 1937, but the Vallana name was synonymous with great wine as early as the 18th century. Vallana is situated in the village of Maggiora in the Alto Piemonte, more than 100 miles north of Barolo. Today, the estate is run by Giuseppina Vallana, together with her son Francis (a Ph.D. in Viticulture and Oenology), and her daughters Marina and Miriam.
Today we have their Campi Raudii bottling from the heralded 2016 vintage on special. Is this the best value Italian red we have in the store? It just might be. It definitely makes a strong case with it’s silky texture, overall purity, soft tannin and drinkability. If you are looking for a new midweek vino to enjoy with that pizza you had delivered, look no further.
Antonio Vallana Campi Raudii 2016
Shelf Price $16.99
Sale Price $13.97
Nebbiolo (95%) Vespolina (5%)
Fermentation in concrete vats (28-30C) with selected yeasts native to the region for about 10 days with no temp control other than racking into a cooler cement tank with 2-3 pump overs per day. The wine is racked off the gross lees into cement tank until transferred to oak the following spring (towards the end of May). Aged in old oak for one year and finished in cement.
A delightful bright nose of ripe red fruits with an ever so slight floral aspect. A light on its feet red that has a bit of depth without the power. Good acidity holds this together and balances the soft, but present, tannins. Do not over think this one, just pop the cork and enjoy!
Campi Raudii (Latin for red fields) is the name of one of the most important battles in Roman history against Germanic tribes which took place near the estate’s current foundation.