Tag: Italy

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.

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Azienda Agricola Attilio Ghisolfi Barolo Riserva Fantini 2001, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a wide brick rim.

Strong nose of red currants, cooked cherries, sweet raspberries, licorice, oak, vanilla, spices, tobacco leaf, vegetables, vinaigrette reduction, earth, peppercorn and leather.

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

Dry on the palate with sour cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, cloves, spices, tar, earth, peppercorn, leather, green vegetables, tobacco, coffee, vinaigrette and pencil lead.

Long finish with firm and grippy tannins and tangy raspberries.

The 17-year old barolo is very interesting. Still showing grippy tannins with a great mouthfeel. Feels like an aged Brunello.

Not fully balanced, but very enjoyable even by itself, but better with food.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly and show those big tannins, although it is fruitier after 15 minutes of opening up.

I paired it with meats, cheeses and light appetizers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$75.

Famiglia Castellani Chianti Classico Riserva 2012, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

On the nose, blueberries, sweet strawberries, raspberries, wood, tobacco, spices, earth, black licorice, vegetables, vinaigrette, sweet herbs and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, tobacco leaf, spices, vegetables, bitter herbs, graphite, earth, vinaigrette and peppercorn.

Short finish with fine grained tannins and tart pomegranates.

This 6 year old Chianti Classico Riserva is drinking nicely now. A bit unbalanced and better with food.

Showing a soft mouthfeel with mild complexity.

Would pair nicely with pasta and red sauce.

13% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$15.

Igino Accordini Le Bessole Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2007, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose with black cherries, oak, earth, raisins, dried figs, vanilla, licorice, cloves, cedar, light vegetables, mint, graphite, tobacco, chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.

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

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, sweet cherries, oak, strawberry pie, coffee, vanilla, licorice, cloves, cinnamon, tobacco, leather, earth, light vegetables, herbs and peppercorn.

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

This is a very tasty Red from Italy. Not fully balanced yet, but already very enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

This 11 year old Amarone, needs a few more years in the bottle to mature and balance itself out.

Good right out of the bottle and better and better with time as it needs 3 hours to open up properly and show some tannins.

15% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$55.

Corvo Vendemmia Nero D’Avola 2015, Italy

Ruby in color with a wide red/ brick rim.

On the nose raspberries, strawberries, plums, wood, vanilla, spices, earth, wet leaves, red candy, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, vegetables, vanilla, earth, tobacco, dark coffee, herbs, peppercorn and pencil lead.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is a simple and easy drinking red wine from Italy. Unbalanced, but enjoyable nonetheless. Might have been better a year ago as it has lost some of the fruits.

Good right out of the bottle. Better with food than all by itself. Will pair nicely with pizza or tomato based pasta.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

83 points.

$12.

Cantine Polvanera Calx Primitivo 2017 Puglia, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of black currants, black cherries, oak, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light vegetables, sweet vinaigrette and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, cloves, earth light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn, leather, tobacco leaf, licorice, spices and chocolates.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Italian Primitivo is simple and drinkable, but not fully balanced and better with food.

Still young and needs another year to chill in the bottle.

Reminds me of an earthy Zinfandel.

Good right out of the bottle and better with food. I paired it with a pizza.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

84 points.

$16.

Rengo Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2014, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of dried figs, raisins, blackberries, vanilla, cedar, leather, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, peppercorn, spices, cloves, mocha, pencil lead, spices, light vegetables and coke.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, mocha, tobacco, earth and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Amarone. Still young, but already drinking very nicely. Very complex with a great mouthfeel. Powerful, spicy and fruity. Reminds me of a young Napa Cabernet but smoother.

Delicious and yummy by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella and 10% Molinara. Aged in French Oak barrels for 3 years.

15% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$30.