Tag: Italian wine

Fratelli Ponte Roero Arneis 2018 DOCG, Italy

Pale lemon in color.

Light nose of lemons, citrus, apples, spices and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, bitter herbs, vegetables, earth and white pepper.

Tangy finish with limes and grapefruits.

This is a nice food wine from Italy. Tangy, crispy and spicy.

A good wine to pair with seafood.

13% alcohol by volume.

$23.

86 points.

Fattoria di MonteMaggio Torre di MonteMaggio Toscana 2016 IGT, Italy

Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a great surprise from Italy.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Great nose of black cherries, blueberries, wood, cloves, vanilla, espresso, chocolates, earth, wet leaves, tobacco, vinaigrette, forest floor and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with black plums, black cherries, light vegetables, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, tobacco, wet leaves, herbs, earth and leather.

Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Merlot from Tuscany. What a great surprise. Tasty and spicy with a soft mouthfeel.

Good by itself or with food and easy drinking.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, and show that beautiful nose.

Feels much older than a 4 year old, and would be nice to revisit it in 3 to 5 years.

High in alcohol, but very nicely integrated. Loved the nose here.

Thank you Wendy for sharing.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

100% Merlot grapes, were aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. Unfiltered.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.

Covalli Barolo 2014 DOCG, Italy

This is a nice Barolo from Italy.

Showing cherries, red currants, spices, oak, peppercorn, earth, green vegetables, herbs, black tea, rose pedals, barnyard, tobacco leaf and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Showing a very nice nose, and very dry on the palate with mild complexity.

Medium on the finish with medium plus tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Barolo need a few hours to open up properly.

A good food wine that will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

Thank you David and Elvira for sharing this with me.

Still unbalanced and would be nice to revisit it in a few years.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$25.

Jasci and Marchesani Janu Montepulciano D’abruzzo 2011, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

On the nose black cherries, cooked strawberries, plums, licorice, coffee, spices, oak, dark chocolates, black pepper, tobacco leaf, vegetables, earth, light barnyard and light balsamic reduction.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, spices, earth, vinaigrette, tobacco, herbs, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a tasty red from Italy. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. A little oxidized on the nose, though.

This 9 year old is still drinking nicely, but was probably better a year or two ago. If you have one, drink it now.

Alcohol is nicely integrated by now. Tasty and rich, very tangy and extracted.

Good right out of the bottle.
Thank you Elvira for sharing this with me.

A good food wine, but good by itself too. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

Fratelli Ponte Barbera D’Asti Superiore 2016, Italy

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose cherries, red currants, strawberries, bitter herbs, light wood, licorice, coffee, spices, barnyard, vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with tart cherries, strawberries, raspberries, espresso, peppercorn, black tea, vegetables, herbs and spices.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Italian Barbera is a good food wine that will pair very nicely with pizza. Tangy with a light mouthfeel.

A good week day wine, and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers. I wish I had a pizza.

100% Barbera grapes where aged in oak barrels for 1 year.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$25.

Rocca Felice Barolo Riserva 2004, Italy

Brownish in color with a wide brick rim.

Light nose of blueberries, raspberries, light oak, earth, wet leaves, blood, herbs, black pepper, iron, licorice and spices.

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

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, licorice, light oak, earth, wet leaves, vegetables and black pepper.

Long finish with big tannins, yet fine, and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice surprise. This 16 year old is drinking very nicely now, and has at least 10 years in it.

Showing nice complexity with a nice, soft mouthfeel. The nose is strong and smells like blood, which is interesting.

I loved the intensity of the mouthfeel, but I expected more complexity at this age.

Always interesting to try these kind of wines. Thank you Sean for sharing this with me.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show the complexity.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$50 (current vintage).

Amantis Sangiovese Riserva 2007 DOC, Tuscany, Italy

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

Wonderful nose of blueberries, black cherries, black currants, earth, chocolates, licorice, wood, light vanilla, tobacco, coffee, light vinaigrette, leather and wet leaves.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cooked cherries, chocolates, earth, wood, spices, black pepper, leather, light vinaigrette, wet leaves, herbs and licorice.

Long finish with fine grained tannins.

This 13 year old is drinking very nicely now. This is a delicious Sangiovese from Tuscany. Drinks like a nicely aged Brunello.

Nicely balanced with great complexity and a great nose. Loved smelling on it for a while. Soft, rich and interesting.

At its peak now, but will drink nicely in the next few years. Needs 2.5 hours to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle, too. (So much better once it opens up, so be patient). Started declining after 4 hours.

This is a great surprise. Thank you Elvira for sharing this with me.

I paired it with cheeses, light appetizers and pizza.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

Omina Romana Diana Nemorensis I 2017, Italy

This week’s #MerlotThursday is from Italy.

Dark ruby in color with medium plus intensity.

Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, light oak, spices, earth, herbs, light vegetables and dark coffee.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, plums, raspberries, wood, peppercorn, earth, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite and bitter herbs.

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

This Bordeaux blend from Italy is nice and easy drinking.

Tangy and spicy with a nice mouthfeel. Fruit forward with mild complexity.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself or with food. I paired it with a gorgeous view of the lake.

I had this vintage before and this time it’s a little better. Is it the view?

A blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$35.

Ca’ d’Or Winery Franciacorta Brut Rosé Non Vintage DOCG, Italy

Pale salmon in color.

Light nose of citrus, lemons, yeast, raspberries, minerals and herbs.

Medium bodied with small bubbles and medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, limes, green apples, grapefruits, strawberries, spices, earth, bitter herbs, light vegetables and white pepper.

Nice tangy finish with tangy cranberries.

This is a nice sparkling Rosé from Italy. Tangy and easy drinking.

Needs 30 minutes to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle. A good quality wine.

A good pool wine and good with food. I paired it with Parmesan cheese on a baguette.

Made in the traditional method. Spent 30 months on its lees.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$20.

Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico 2006 DOCG, Italy

Ruby in color with a wide brick/ orange rim.

Fruity nose of cherries, ripen strawberries, light wood, vinaigrette, dark coffee, earth, forest floor, spices, black pepper and tobacco leaf. Nice nose.

Medium-bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, currants, barnyard, vegetables, dark chocolates, diet cola, earth, leather, tobacco leaf, spices, wood, light cloves, herbs and peppercorn.

Nice tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This 14 year old Chianti Classico is still drinking very nicely. Nicely balanced with a nice soft mouthfeel.

A good food wine and even good by itself. Need is an hour of airtime to open up.

Paired very nicely with the double cream Brie cheese.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.