Tag: Italy

Allegrini Amarone Recioto Della Valpolicella Classico Superiore 1982, Italy




Ruby in color with a wide and dirty brick rim.

Showing a wonderful nose with lots of earth notes.

On the palate, sweet cherries, over ripen plums, raisins, dried fruits, chocolates, citrus, tobacco, coffee, peppercorn, earth, black tea, wet leaves and herbs.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Nice tangy finish, yet not very long, with fine grained tannins.

I did not decant it, but let it open up in the bottle. I really liked the nose, after 30 minutes of airtime.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

Nice to see how this lasted so well, even though it is from a bad vintage.

This 39 year old is not at its peak any longer, but still very drinkable. I believe it was way better 10 years ago. Lucky to have the bottle all for myself, as no one else liked it. 😃

Also, great to see that the alcohol is kind of low (for an Amarone).

Aged for 2 years in wood barrels.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$120.

Nicolis Angelo & Figli Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Ambrosan 2009, Italy





Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, dried figs, wet leaves, raisins, licorice, spices, tobacco leaf, earth, herbs and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity, bold and spicy.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, raisins, dried figs, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates, coffee and mocha.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Amarone. Nicely aged, big and tasty. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 90 minutes of airtime. I did not decant it, but only let it open in the bottle.

This 12 year old from an excellent vintage is peaking now, and will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 years.

Delicious by itself or with food. I paired it with a delicious pizza with prosciutto and fresh arugula.

A blend of 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella and 10% Croatina. Aged in French oak barrels for 30 months. 800 cases produced.

16% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$65.

Podre il Castellaccio Orio Bolgheri 2017 DOC 2017, Italy




Dark ruby in color, almost Inky, with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, black currants, black cherries, light vanilla, coke, licorice, Indian spices, tar, light vegetables, earth, tobacco leaf and graphite.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, wood, spices, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso and earth.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Franc blend from Italy. Tangy and interesting with lots of fruit.

Better after 90 minutes of airtime.
Really loved the nose after 2 hours in the decanter.

Showing very nicely at this point, once it opens up, with nice complexity, good structure and a nice mouthfeel. I love these Italian Bordeaux style reds.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food too. I paired it with cheeses and Italian dried meat.

A blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 10% Syrah. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. A small production of only 8,000 bottles.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$28.

Azienda Agricola Cesconi Pletter Trentino Lagrein Riserva 2016 DOC, Italy



Deep purple in color with a short purple/ reddish rim. Not showing its age.

On the nose black currants, black plums, cherries, light oak, licorice, barnyard, bitter herbs, spices, dark coffee, earth and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, blueberries, raspberries, light wood, earth, river rocks, coffee, tobacco leaf, bitter vegetables, spices, light herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Italian red from Italy. Rich and extracted with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and better with airtime. Tannins show up after an hour.

This 5 year old is still young, and needs another 5 years in the bottle to mature properly.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and olives. Paired nicely with French Camembert.

100% Lagrein grapes were aged for 12 months in neutral oak barrels. Certified Organic.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$35.

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.