On the Trail

IL VALENTIANO

Fabiano Ciacci and his wife Valentina combined their names to form Valentiano, a newer producer in our Italian direct import portfolio. The property was inherited from his grandfather, but was then divided into smaller estates. Located in Tavernelle, a decidedly different growing area where Gaia and Soldera are located in the southwest. The property sits higher up with a southwestern exposure and they get a cooling breeze in the evening, preventing rot and slowing the ripening process to create grapes of supreme complexity. They make an elegant, drinkable, less ripe style of Brunello that values finesse over power and structure. Fabiano is a big fan of the NBA as well, so when he’s not making wine he’s watching basketball. We began importing the wine directly with the 2009 vintage.