Tag: Italian wine

Yehuda Winery Jacob’s Ladder Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014, Israel

A fruit forward Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel.

Showing black fruits with earth, wood, spices, vegetables, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates and bell pepper.

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

Nice length on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

Very enjoyable by itself or with food. Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show some tannins.

Could use a few more years in the bottle to mature and remove some of the vegetable notes.

I had it a couple of years ago and it was very austere, now it is very drinkable although still young.

Aged for 24 months in New French oak barrels.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$45.

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Alfredo Prunotto Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva 1983, Italy

This 36 Year old Barbaresco, is still drinkable, but over the hill by now.

Showing red fruits with earth, light wood, vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, forest floor, mushrooms, herbs, spices and bell pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and tart pomegranates.

Better after 60 minutes of airtime.
Nice, round tannins come in after 2 hours with a nice mouthfeel and good structure.

This is another great experience. Thank you, Keith for sharing.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

Caiarossa Toscana 2010 IGT Tuscany, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Nice nose of red currants, cherries, blueberries, vanilla, licorice, oak, cloves, spices, dark chocolates, wet leaves, earth, leather, light vinaigrette and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with dark cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco leaf, spices, wood, vanilla, vegetables, vinaigrette, bitter herbs, forest floor, river rocks, leather, pencil lead, peppercorn and earth.

Long tangy finish with grippy tannins and tart cherries.

This is a nice surprise. This 9 year old Tuscan is still young and austere. Needs 5 years to mature properly.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly and show the big tannins.

Still unbalanced, but already enjoyable and better with food. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

Wine Enthusiasts 92 points.

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sangiovese, Petit Verdot and Alicante.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$70.

Pasqua Vigneti Amarone della Valpolicella 2014 DOCG, Italy

Ruby in color with a wide reddish/brick rim.

Fruity nose of black cherries, strawberries, raspberries, wood, licorice, earth, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with sweet plums, cooked cherries, strawberries, raspberries, wood, licorice, vanilla, earth, espresso and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and pomegranates.

This is a nice Amarone, but not what one might expect from an Amarone. Not too big, with mostly red fruits and not tannic.

Enjoyable with mild complexity, but a little unbalanced. Nonetheless, it is tangy and tasty. A little over ripe, and might have been better a year or two ago.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses, nuts and dried fruits.

15% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$21.

Tamellini Soave Classico Le Bine de Costiola 2016 DOC Verona, Italy

Light yellow in color with a light golden tint.

Pronounced nose of citrus, lemons, peaches, light grass, spices, apricots, red apples and minerals.

Medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, ripped citrus, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices and white pepper.

Long finish with tangy limes and almonds.

This is a very nice Italian Soave from Veneto. Well balanced with nice complexity, crisp and refreshing.

This three year old is starting to show over ripping flavors on the palate and it is earthier on the palate than on the nose.

I had it with the 2017 vintage. The 2016 is much better, more mature with nicer complexity and paired well with brie cheese.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

100% Garganega grapes aged in stainless steel vats for 4 months.

12% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

Tommasi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2013, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Light nose of blueberries, dried figs, raisins, vanilla, sweet raspberries, tobacco, herbs, wood, earth, chocolates, coffee, vegetables, leather and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, dark cherries, blueberries, wood, cloves, vanilla, spices, espresso, vegetables, earth, wet leaves, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with grippy tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is a young Amarone. Still not fully balanced, but already enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

I would recommend to let it open for a couple of hours to show the complexity and the big tannins.

Needs 5 to 10 years of additional bottle time, to properly mature and tone down on the tannins.

A Blend of 50% Corvina Veronese, 30% Rondinella, 15% Corvinone and 5% Oseleta. Aged for 3 years in Slovenian oak barrels.

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$68.

Cantina Delibori Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2010 DOCG, Verona, Italy

A beautiful color of ruby with a wide brick/orange rim.

Wonderful nose of baked black cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, earth, eucalyptus, prunes, raisins, leather, light alcohol, spices, light vegetables, vinaigrette, beef jerky and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs, smooth and elegant.

Dry and fruity on the palate with raisins, cherry syrup, prunes, dried figs, oak, spices, chocolates, earth, tobacco, leather, alcohol, vinaigrette, graphite and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Amarone. Well balanced with great complexity and a smooth and elegant mouthfeel.

This Amarone is still young, and still showing some alcohol notes, both on the palate and nose, which will go away in years to come.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly. Drinking very nicely now, and will be better in the next 5 to 10 years.

Yummy and Delicious 😋

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.