“Roberto’s daughter, Valentina, is an outstanding student, athlete and musician. Named after (per) Roberto’s daughter (Vale), the diminutive for “Valentina”. “PerVale”, or “for Valentina” is the dedication of Roberto’s first wine to his daughter.
Winery: Azienda Agricola Urlaric
Grape variety: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Alicante Bouschet
Region/Area: Riparbella (Tuscany)
Type: Dry red wine
Soil: Sand clay and clay with presence of pebbles
Closure: Natural cork
Serving temperature: 16-18° C
Laying potential: Long shelf life, no data available yet
The grapes are placed on a conveyor belt which moves them by gravity (to avoid damaging the skins) to the destem machine, where the leaves and stems are removed. From there, the fruit travels via a conveyor belt to a filter machine that gently breaks the skins to release juice as the grapes fall to fill conically shaped stainless steel tanks. The temperature controlled fermentation begins and the juice is pumped over the grapes every 6 hours. After 2 weeks, the grapes are gently pressed and the wine matures for 12 months in half new/half used French oak barrels and 12 months in bottle.
The Pervale has an intense ruby red color.
Intense and complex with notes of peach, cassis, chocolate and spicy vanilla oak.
The Urlari Pervale is well structured with a nice acidity that reflects the territory. It also has a long and well-defined finish.
The Pervale goes very well with game meat with beans, such as wild boar.
“Half a century ago there was a shock wave, a tsunami, a landslide through Tuscany. A winegrower had had the unheard of revolutionary idea of planting burgundy grapes Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot! And turn it into wine!
While chianti, the age-old traditional wine of Tuscany, consisted of sangiovese, with a single indigenous grape remaining.
Unfortunately, a lot of that chianti also tasted centuries old. Rusty., Dusty. Time for renewal.
By now, cabernet and merlot jet-set grapes are as well established here as they are anywhere in the world.
But grape alicante bouschet, that’s something else. A rough customer from the south of France, once created from crossings to make cheap reds for the working class, in times when wine was still invigorating. Here he gives a nice earthy note to this wine, which is smoothly international with its scents of cassis (cabernet sauvignon) and leather (merlot), the fine fruit and a hint of autumnal scent of sangiovese. And so that tough earthiness of Alicante Bouschet. And, to top it off, the marks left by a careful upbringing of a year in French oak.”