A blend of equal parts Merlot from Panzano and Sangiovese from Castellina, the Gagliole 2017 Valletta is a cheerful wine with a plump and dark core of cherry and blackberry. Sometimes understated simplicity can make the biggest statement, and that's the main takeaway here. This is a crisp and linear red that puts most of the emphasis on freshness and purity. Honestly, this is all you need next to a simple spaghetti with basil and fresh tomato sauce.
92 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Mar 2021)
Cherries and strawberries with floral and cedar undertones. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a bright, vivid finish. It’s linear and long, especially for this hot vintage. Drink or hold.
92 points, James Suckling (Jul 2020)
Offers an immediate impression of fruit, but this is also delicate, with a graceful frame that belies the solid backbone of tannins on the finish. Balanced, needing time to knit together. Wild herb, iron and tobacco notes accent the aftertaste. Sangiovese and Merlot. Drink now through 2027. 666 cases made, 75 cases imported.
91 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct 2020)