The top direct import sell-out sensation returns. A wine that has more reorders than any other in its class, Tenuta Vitalonga proves there is beautiful Italian life outside Tuscany and the Sangiovese varietal, although don’t get us wrong we love them too.
The addition of Merlot adds charm and spice to this dark-hued looker. But our Tasting Panel was all about the rich aromas that they said “speak directly to the principal varietal.” So, cheers to Umbria, the small, land-locked region surrounded by Tuscany, Lazio and Marche, that showed us all its vibrancy in just a couple of sips.
Reasons why we love it
Recently, we came across the term “Super-Umbrian.” This descriptive title seems to embrace a wine with a certain Tuscan charm, but that holds Umbria’s more favorable price point. Okay! We get it! And we apply the descriptor to this powerful cuvée with ease. It is outstanding. Gaining its structure from two easy-drinking varietals that make the wine silky and approachable while not skimping on the dark fruit and plush properties, this vintage showcases one of central Italy’s preferred varietals.
We love what the Maravalle family decided to do with this vintage. It’s like they chose to cheer for the underdog, blending two varieties that are more notably accepted as smaller roles within larger blends. Think of Merlot’s stance with Bordeaux blends or how Montepulciano normally accompanies Sangiovese. But the wonderful kicker is that this blend stands on its own two feet with an abundance of tannins and a color we still can’t get over. It’s so richly pigmented our teeth turn purple just looking at it.
As one of the Italian wine scene’s insider treasures, this Umbria vintage will delight at every occasion. It knows no season and invites you to enjoy now, into the summer and for an easy 5+ more years.