Tag Archives: Italy

Baracchi Sparkling Rosé of Sangiovese, NV, Tuscany, Italy

16 Jan

DSC03208Sparkling rosé of Sangiovese? Sounds delicious! This rare sparkling displays aromas of cherry, wild berry, and fresh rose petal. The palate is dry, refreshing and harmonious with an elegant finish of black currant and sweet almond. Expect amazing things from this wine at any celebration, both for the quality and the presentation. $55

COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico, 2010, Sicily, Italy

15 Jan

DSC03201When was the last time you had a Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico? If the answer was “never,” give this bad boy a try. A blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato, both grapes native to Sicily. “Cerasuolo” translates to cherry-colored, or having the aroma or flavor of cherries–both translations apply here.

“Complex layers of salumi, forest floor and spice box lead off in this medium-bodied red, as firm tannins settle around the pure cherry and currant fruit. Needs time in the cellar, but the long, minerally finish shows potential. Best from 2014 through 2020. 5,000 cases made.” 92 pts WS. $36

#50 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2013

Bastianich “Adriatico” Friulano, 2011, Friuli, Italy

15 Jan

DSC03204Typical Friulano, a varietal that expresses the history and terroir of Friuli. Medium bodied with ripe, luscious pear flavors carried by a refreshing mineral flavor and zesty, mouthwatering acidity. A classic match with prosciutto. $18

Nemorino Rosso, 2012, Tuscany, Italy

15 Jan

DSC03200“Super Tuscan” is an unofficial term coined to describe lush, full-bodied, modern Italian wines that don’t play by the rules governing Tuscan appellations like Chianti. This one is 60% Syrah with equal parts Sangiovese and Merlot. Fruit-forward and rounded on the palate, making it a perfect cocktail-style wine, but with enough acidity to play well with dishes like peppery roast pork loin. $16

Vino dei Fratelli Nero d’Avola, 2011, Sicily, Italy

14 Jan

DSC03195Nero d’Avola is a grape indigenous to Sicily, where the warm, dry climate contributes to the ripe, dense fruit flavors characteristic of the variety. Fratelli’s is luscious and explosive with ripe red plum and blueberry, full-bodied and mouth-filling across the palate. This is great cocktail wine, easy on the tannins, but it’s also a good match for grilled meats and aged cheeses. $10

Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, 2010, Tuscany, Italy

14 Jan

DSC03199Lush, gorgeous Sangiovese from Brunello’s little sibling down the road, and great bang for  the buck. “This round version is laced with black cherry and raspberry fruit, showing hints of cocoa and spice. Firm tannins lend support, making this well-balanced overall, with a lingering finish of warm chocolate cake. Drink now through 2022. 4,000 cases imported.” 91 pts WS. $32

#58 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2013

Campo Alla Sughera “Arnione” Bolgheri Superiore, 2007, Tuscany, Italy

14 Jan

DSC03198An Italian blend of red Bordeaux varietals from Bolgheri in Tuscany. There are notes of blackberries, blueberries and strawberries and a harmonious blend of bell pepper, sweet licorice and vanilla. In the mouth, the flavors are mellifluous, balanced, smooth and elegant, with refined, velvety tannins. A natural match for Tuscan pasta e fagioli. $54

Bastianich “Vespa” Rosso, 2010, Friuli, Italy

12 Jan

DSC03190A blend of Merlot, Refosco, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from northeastern Italy’s Friuli region. New-world in style, lushly fruited and accented by the spicy earth notes common in Friulian reds. Crushed flowers, raspberries and tobacco linger on the polished finish. Try this stunner with slow-braised beef short ribs and creamy, buttery parsnip puree. $42

Bastianich “Vespa” Bianco, 2011, Friuli, Italy

12 Jan

DSC03189A white blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Picolit, a grape native to Italy’s Friuli region, which this wine calls home. The bouquet of citrusy minerality evolves into wildflowers, clover honey and ripe pear. The palate is intriguingly tannic for a white wine, with fine acid structure making it an ideal companion to rich seafood, like scallops seared in bacon fat. $40

Il Follo Prosecco Extra Dry, NV, Treviso, Italy

12 Jan

DSC03182Delicious Prosecco from Treviso, in northern Italy’s Veneto region. Honeyed on the nose, fresh and lively on the palate, where there’s a hint of sweet, ripe tangerine hiding behind the Fuji apples. A small amount of residual sugar fills out the mouthfeel, rather than reading as sweetness. Try this with savory hors d’oeuvres like prosciutto and spiced almonds. $12