Tag: Italian wine

Tenuta Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 2019, Italy



This is a nice and easy drinking Sangiovese from Italy.

Very pretty color of ruby with medium intensity, and a wide red rim.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with a nice mouthfeel.

Showing red currants, cherries, raspberries, spices, light oak, tobacco leaf, earth, dark coffee, black pepper and light vegetables.

Short finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

A good quality wine that will continue to age nicely in the next few years.

Wine Enthusiasts 87 Points.

Good right out of the bottle, and calms down a bit after 30 minutes in the glass.

A good food wine.

14% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$25.

BellaVista Vigna Convento Santissima Annunciata 2016, Italy



This is a very interesting Chardonnay from Lombardi, Italy.

Strong fruity nose, and dry on the palate. Loved the nose here.

Showing yellow apples, butter, oak, light vanilla, wild flowers, spices and white pepper.

Nicely balanced with nice complexity. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel.

This 6 year old Chardonnay will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 years.

Good by itself or with food. A great sipping wine, smooth and elegant.

100% Chardonnay grapes were aged in Oak barrels for 4 years.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$40.

Bolla Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2008, Italy




Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick rim.

Beautiful nose of blueberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, light licorice, earth, chocolates, tobacco leaf, light must, peppercorn, raisins, herbs, dried figs and light alcohol.

Full bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with black currants, sweet plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates, earth, herbs and licorice.

Spicy long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This 14 year old Amarone is still delicious, with a beautiful color and a great nose. Tangy and very spicy.

Elegant and fruit forward. Easy drinking and good right out of the bottle.

Will not last much longer, so drink up if you have one.

Robert Parker 90 points.

Thank you Elvira for sharing this with me.

Paired nicely with Pizza.

A blend of 70% Corvina and Corvinone, and 30% of indigenous grapes. Aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50(current vintage).

I Greppi Greppicaia Bolgheri Superiore DOC 2019, Tuscany, Italy



Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cooked plums, licorice, light earth, oak, light vegetables, cola, light barnyard, chocolates, tobacco leaf and coffee.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cherries, wood, spices, vanilla, tobacco, espresso, chocolates, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn and cola.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux blend from Tuscany. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Spicy and entertaining.

Needs a few hours to open up properly.

Still young and will continue to age nicely in the next 15 years. Has great potential to be a 95+ point wine.

Fruit forward with a great mouthfeel. Rich and extracted.

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot. Aged in (80% new) French oak barrels for 18 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.

InSerrata Indaco Rosato Toscana 2019 Tuscany, Italy




This week’s #MerlotThursday is an interesting Rosé from Italy.

Neon orange in color with a peachy hue.

Strong nose of over ripen citrus fruits, apples, spices, light vegetables, cherries and raspberries.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with apples, citrus, raspberries, ripe limes, almonds, bitter herbs, earth and vegetables.

Spicy finish with bitter herbs.

This is an elegant Merlot based Rosé from Tuscany.

Soft and smooth with a nice mouthfeel. Gets earthier once it opens up.

Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Paired nicely with Brie cheese and fresh berries.

A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Sangiovese. Organic.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$28.

Orsolani Casa di Vinicola Spanna Nebbiolo 1976, Piedmont, Italy

This 46 year old Nebbiolo from Piedmont, is still drinking nicely, although definitely past its peak.

Cherry in color with a wide reddish rim.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity.

Showing cherries, brine, raspberries, currants, plums, bacon, earth, vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, light forest floor, must, black pepper and vinaigrette.

I didn’t decant it, which was a good idea, as it did not last longer than an hour.

Good by itself, and better with food. I paired it with carpaccio.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

85 points.

Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia 2003 Tuscany, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a wide red/brick rim.

Pretty nose of currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, herbs, light vegetables, pencil lead, light vinaigrette, olives, peppercorn, leather, tobacco leaf, earth and dark coffee.

Full bodied and elegant, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cooked black plums, ripen cherries, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, earth, light vanilla and black pepper.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Tuscany. Smooth with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

This 19 year old is Interesting and tasty. Not from the best vintage, but still very yummy, and at its peak right now.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 3 hours of airtime.

Robert Parker 92 points. Wine Enthusiasts 91 points.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 24 months in oak barrels (30% new).

14% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$350.

Inserrata Winery  Rosso Toscano Insieme 2019, Italy

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby/ purple in color with a wide reddish rim.

Pretty nose of sweet cherries, raspberries, black plums, spices, light oak, earth, eucalyptus, light alcohol, tobacco leaf, herbs and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, spices, earth, dark chocolates, peppercorn, light wood, vegetables, herbs, tobacco leaf and light forest floor.

Long tangy finish with fine grained tannins and pomegranates.

This is a very tasty Merlot – Sangiovese blend from Tuscany.

Needs 90 minutes of air time to smooth out the tannins, and remove some of the alcohol.

This 3 year old shows nice complexity already, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and nuts. Paired nicely with the Brie cheese.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$25.

InSerrata Inusuale Bianco Toscano Sangiovese 2019 IGT, Italy




Pale lemon in color with a golden tint.

Earthy nose with citrus, limes, earth, minerals, green apples, bitter herbs and vegetables.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, earth and vegetables.

Tangy finish with limes and bitter almonds.

This is a nice and easy drinking white Sangiovese from Tuscany.

Refreshing and earthy. Good by itself and better with food.

I paired it with a cheese plate and had it by the lake.

A small production of only 6,680 bottles made. This is bottle number 3,785. Organic.

13% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$25.

Antonella Corda Cannonau di Sardegna 2019, Italy

Light ruby in color with a wide reddish/brick rim and light intensity.

Fruity nose of raspberries, strawberries, earth, herbs and spices.

Light to medium in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, cherries, spices, peppercorn, dark chocolates, earth and light vegetables.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is an interesting Grenache from Sardinia. Light and easy drinking. A good replacement to Pinot Noir.

A good quality wine. The high alcohol is well integrated.

Fruit forward right out of the bottle, and and gets earthier as it opens up (45 minutes).

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and crackers.

15% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$25.