Tag: Italy

Montaribaldi Barbera D’alba DOC Dü Gir 2017, Italy



Dark ruby in color with a red/purple rim.

Strong fruity nose of blueberries, sweet raspberries, cherries, licorice, light oak, vanilla, earth, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, tobacco and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, black cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, light oak, vanilla, earth, licorice, spices, herbs, chocolates, peppercorn and light vegetables.

Short finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Barbera from Italy. Much bigger than I expected it to be. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Still young and would be better in a few years. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years. A good quality wine.

Good right out of the bottle, and gets earthier as it opens up. After 90 minutes of airtime, tannins show up, and bring in more structure. After 3 hours, the tannins become grippy.

A good food wine that I paired with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

100% Barbera grapes were aged in New oak barrels for 20 months.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$25.

Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo Toscana IGT 2018, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose, black plums, black currants, stewed cherries, vanilla, oak, light vegetables, coffee, licorice, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, plums, black currants, oak, light vanilla, spices, licorice, tobacco, earth, herbs, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty and tangy Sangiovese based red from Tuscany. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Spicy, powerful and tangy.

Still young and would be better in 3 to 5 years. A good quality wine with good potential. Would continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Needs time to open up. I gave it 90 minutes, but I don’t think it was enough. Still a little hot, which will dissipate with time.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and olives. Will pair nicely with pizza.

A blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$25.

Tenuta MonteRosola Corpo Notte 2016 Toscana, Italy

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

On the nose blueberries, cherries, cooked strawberries, earth, wood, licorice, spices, chocolates, eucalyptus, pencil lead, light alcohol, herbs and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, dark chocolates, peppercorn, earth, black tea, wet leaves, herbs, pencil lead, dark coffee, leather and spices.

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

This is a very nice Sangiovese based Tuscan wine. Showing nice complexity and structure. Tangy and interesting.

Still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature, but starting to drink nicely now. Will age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

This Single Vineyard needs time to open up, so be patient. I gave it two hours in a decanter to open up properly, and show the structure, tannins and the pretty nose.

A good food wine that I paired with meats, cheeses and crackers. Will pair nicely with BBQ meats too.

A blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in French oak barrels for 15 months. Limited production.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$50.

Tenuta Scuotto Oi Ni Campania Fiano 2016, Italy

Beautiful deep gold in color.

Nice nose of citrus, lemons, apples, melons, pears, minerals, light spices, light earth and white pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, red apples, melons, pears, honey, light sweet grapefruits, tropical fruits, herbs, earth, almonds and black pepper.

Spicy finish with limes and grapefruits.

This is a really nice surprise. This 5 year old Fiano from Italy is drinking very nicely now. Tasty and well balanced. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Delicious by itself. Rich, elegant, fruity and spicy. Alcohol is nicely integrated by now.

A good quality wine. Good right out of the bottle, and takes about 30 minutes to show the nose.

I had it all by itself, but it will pair nicely with seafood too.

Aged in neutral oak barrels for 12 months. Vegan, unfiltered and unfined.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$29.

MonteRosola Winery Canto Della Civetta 2016, Italy

Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a nice one from Italy.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Pretty nose with blueberries, currants, black cherries, earth, oak light vegetables, wet leaves, leather, espresso, pencil lead, peppercorn, herbs and spices.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cooked cherries, red currants, sweet strawberries, earth, oak, licorice, chocolates, tobacco leaf, light vegetables, pencil lead, espresso, spices, black tea and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Merlot from Tuscany. Showing a great nose with nice complexity and structure. Tangy and spicy. Interesting and rich. Feels like a right Bank Bordeaux.

This Single Vineyard is still young and would be better in 5 years of bottle time. Would age nicely in the next 15 years.

I decanted it for 90 minutes, which is when the the tannins showed up.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Paired very nicely with the Prosciutto.

100% Merlot grapes were hand picked and fermented in concrete vats. Aged in French oak barrels for 15 months. Limited production.

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$65.

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.