April 2012 - Italy - All Wines (Still Wines Only)

This month's Wine feature is Italian - All Wines (Still Wines Only) Wines
Italy - All Wines (Still Wines Only) Reviews
197965
Vigna Dogarina
2008 Carmenere
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of pickling spices, cedar, pepper, and cranberry-tomato chutney with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, tangy long lasting finish. A superb table wine that will go great with a broad range of foods, especially lamb.
94 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198148
Villa Monteleone
2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC
Rich barrique-driven aromas of caramelized fruits and nuts and spicy vanilla with a fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and long, honeyed craisin, cocoa, cedar, cherry brandy, and peppery spice finish. Colossally flavorful.
94 points $41.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198128
Ricossa
2011 Moscato d'Asti DOCG
Pale silvery straw color. Perfumed aromas of potpourri, candied lemon, herbal lotion, and honeycomb with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a long, honeyed, caramelized citrus and lilac finish. Rich and delicious.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197707
Riserva del Canapone
2009 "642°" Maremma Toscana IGT
Deep garnet color. Aromas of cherries, berries, cedar, and cracked peppercorns with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, robust sour cherry, spice and cedar mulch driven finish. An exceptionally vibrant and satisfying red wine.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198149
Villa Monteleone
2009 "Campo San Vito" Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso DOC
Aromas of cocoa powder, prunes, blossoms, and delicate spices with a supple, dryish medium body and a vibrant, craisin and dried citrus accented finish. A zesty utility knife at the table.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197934
Il Roverone
2006 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso DOC
Garnet color. Sumptuous aromas of chocolate prunes, black raspberry chutney, and sandalwood with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a tangy, straw, cedar, and mineral accented finish. Superb vibrancy and complexity.
93 points $28.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197940
Podere Sapaio
2008 "Volpolo" Bolgheri DOC
Dark purple color. Toffee, roasted carrot, black pepper, ginger-cassis marmalade, and clay aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, elegant and poised berry, cocoa, gherkin and cedar driven finish with chewy tannins. Classy and complex.
93 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198126
Ricossa
2010 Barbara d'Asti DOCG
Aromas of blackberries, candied citrus, chestnuts, and faint incense with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshingly crisp, mouthwatering finish. A great choice for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197908
Tenuta Polvaro
2010 Polvaro Nero Veneto I.G.P.
Ruby color. Aromas of spicy poached plum, chocolate cherry, and poultry seasoning with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy apple, pomegranate, spice and earth accented finish with chewy tannins. A very good table wine with bright acidity.
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198150
Villa Monteleone
2010 "Campo Santa Lena" Valpolicella Classico DOC
Dark ruby color. Lush warm boysenberry-blueberry pie a la mode, roasted nut, faint dried meat aromas with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a tart bloody orange and pencil shaving accented finish. A delicious and balanced everyday wine
91 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197705
Cascina Bianca
2010 Moscato d'Asti D.O.C.G.
Silver straw color. Aromas of peach, honey and orange blossoms with a effervescent fruity sweet medium body and a long, tangy candied apricot and lemon finish. Delicious and a beautifully structured.
91 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197939
Listra
2009 Bolgheri Rosso DOC
Aromas of cherry and celery sodas, pink peppercorn, and sweet spice with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, beet and sandalwood accented finish with firm tannins.
91 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197941
Gorgio Meletti Cavallari
2006 "Borgeri" Bolgheri Rosso DOC
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of baked wild strawberries, chocolate, and minty spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a spiced apple, blueberry, birch bark and powdery tannin finish. Impressive.
91 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198152
La Cantina Pizzolato
2010 NSA Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of roasted green pepper, toffee, and craisin chutney with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy pomegranate, black pepper and toasted cedar accented finish. A nice savory table wine; try with pepper steak or fajitas.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198133
Ca’ Montini
2010 Tierre di Valfredda Pinot Grigio
Pale golden color. Honeyed apple and citrus, fleur de sal, and nougat aromas and flavors with a dryish light body and a hint of rubber, apple and lemon pulp on the crisp finish. A great choice for seafood.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197702
Nicolas Potel
2010 Pouilly-Fuissé
Pale golden color. Aromas of apples, pears, and delicate spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, praline, Meyer lemon and earthy mineral accents on the finish. Very nicely styled and a great choice for the table.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197936
Di Filippo
2009 "Sallustio" Montefalco Rosso DOC
Aromas of cherry creme brulee, beeswax and pistachio praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a rich, chewy, cherry and cedar accented finish. A lush, concentrated table wine.
90 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197902
Carletto
2010 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo D.O.C.
Aromas of mocha gelato, char-roasted hazelnut, and creme brulee have a smoked meat edge and follow through to a supple, dryish medium body with pomegranate, pear skin, and slate earth notes on the chewy tannin finish. Try with mushroom risotto.
89 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197911
Candoni
2010 Merlot
Deep garnet color. Aromas of spiced plum, currant jelly, and pencil shavings with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and and a juicy, flower bed earth accented finish. Very refreshing and easy drinking.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197906
Tenuta Polvaro
2010 Polvaro Oro Veneto I.G.P.
Fun aromas of kiwi, melon, mint cookie, and nougat with a supple, dryish medium body and a zesty, lightly herbal, apple and grassy earth accented finish. A nice table wine.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197706
Pinnacoli
2008 Primitivo di Manduria
Aromas of craisin chutney and cherry cider with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, cedar and apple accented finish. A rock solid sipper or table wine.
89 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197937
Ottella
2008 "Campo Sierso" Rosso Veronese IGT
Deep garnet color. Mild aromas of blackberries, nuts, ironed linen and earth with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, spicy, berry chutney, sandalwood and earth finish with powdery tannins.
89 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197938
Ottella
2010 "Le Creete" Lugana Le Crette DOC
Bold aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, honeydew melon, and meringue with a racy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, apple skin and dusty mineral accented finish.
89 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197964
Vigna Dogarina
2004 "Rós de Plana" Veneto IGT
Ruby with a red brick rim. Sour cherry yogurt, craisin, and sweet pickled okra aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an elegant, cedar and peppery spice finish.
89 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197935
Di Filippo
2006 Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG
Aromas of cherry cake, gherkin, anise and delicate gingery spices with a chewy, tangy medium-to-full body and mulberry, pepper, and cedar plank accented finish and firm, mouth coating tannins. Needs time.
89 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198239
Villa Malizia
2010 Pinot Grigio
Golden silver color. Watermelon sorbet, citrus and delicate spiced praline with a crisp, dryish medium body and a long, tangy, chalky, apple pie and lemon tart finish. Very tasty.
88 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197416
Capa Rota
2009 Monatrell-Syrah
Garnet violet color. Bright mixed berry compote, poached apple, and pencil shaving aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, black raspberry, straw and mineral finish with powdery tannins. A wonderful everyday wine.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198064
Casalini
2010 Pinot Girgio
Nickel straw color. Aromas of peppered melon, pistachio and lemon yogurt with a soft, dryish medium body and a smooth citrus zest and yellow apple accented finish. An easy-going sipper.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198129
Ela
2011 Vinho Verde DOC
Very pale silvery straw color. Aromas of nectarine, apple, and lemon with a lightly spritzy dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a touch of nougat on the crisp, refreshing finish. A lively, spot on vinho verde.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198130
Ela
2011 Rosé Vinho Verde DOC
Electric garnet color. Bright spicy cherry, blueberry and strawberry coulis aromas with a fruity medium body and a tangy, watermelon ice, red licorice, and mineral accented finish. Very refreshing, flavorful, and almost sangria-like.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197966
Vigna Dogarina
2009 Manzoni Bianco
Golden yellow color. Interesting aromas of sweet buttery batter, smoky bbq rub, and grilled tangerines with a supple, dryish medium honeyed lemon zest, smoky peat and rubber sap accented finish. A bone dry, unique table wine; serve with smoked fish.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197703
Nicolas Potel
2010 Bourgogne
Beautiful ruby color. Bright, slightly smoky aromas and flavors of cranberries, cherries, and raspberries with a dash of chocolate. Supple and roundly fruity with pleasant notes of cedar, blood oranges, pepper and earth on the lively, lightly tannic finish. A fine food wine.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197704
Nicolas Potel
2010 Mâcon-Villages
Aromas of sponge cake, baked apple, and cream with a supple, dryish medium body and a crisp, citrus and chalk snap on the finish. Nicely balanced and refreshing.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198127
Ricossa
2011 Casorza DOC
Garnet with a bubbly rim. Sweet honeyed boysenberry, apple sauce, and cherry taffy aromas and flavors with a fizzy, fruity sweet medium body and a tangy, lively orange sorbet accented finish. Fun.
88 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197942
Vignamato
2010 "Versiano" Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi
Aromas of butter cashew brittle, spiced apple and carrot cake with a supple satiny dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spicy pineapple cake, melon, and grassy earth accented finish. A lush and flavorful white.
88 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197350
Lulu B
NV Moscato
Golden color. Bright floral fruity aromas of apricot blossoms and spicy peach-raisin chutney with a lively, fruity medium body and a refreshing pear, honey butter and delicate spice accented finish. A tasty, carefree off-dry sipper.
87 points $7 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197907
Tenuta Polvaro
2010 Pinot Grigio
Pale golden color. Lemon, nectarine and melon aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp and green apple and earth accented finish. Nice.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197963
Vigna Dogarina
NV Extra Dry Prosecco di Valdobbiadene DOC
Bright, toasty aromas lemon cake, macadamia praline, pine cone, and rubber leaf with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and earthy, lemon sorbet and grass notes. Lots of rustic character here; best with food.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198125
Ricossa
2007 Barolo DOCG
Deep ruby color. Shy aromas of dried cherries, beets, and tomato skin with a supple, dryish medium body and mulberry, nut and earth accented finish.
87 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197903
Carletto
2010 Pinot Grigio
Rather neutral aromas suggest peach pit and lemon pith with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a crisp lemon spritzed green apple and cashew accented finish. A nice choice for the table.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197904
Carletto
NV Prosecco D.O.C.
Pale golden color with medium bubbles. Aromas of lemon grass, beeswax, and grapefruit with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp, mineral and honey finish.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197910
Candoni
2009 Pinot Noir
Deep ruby color. Aromas of spicy cherry sauce and watermelon sorbet with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a brisk, tart cherry, tea rose, and cedar finish.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198151
Spartico
2010 NSA Tempranillo
Deep garnet color. Very smoky grilled cedar and beet and baked berry and okra aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, dried berry finish with chewy tannins. An earthy, fruity wine to serve with grilled meats.
85 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197905
Tenuta Polvaro
NV Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G.
Pale straw color. Lightly yeasty apple yogurt and lemon aromas with a tart, dryish light-to-medium body and a crisp, linear, mineral and citrus driven finish.
85 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197909
Candoni
2009 Merlot
Aromas of cranberries, beeswax and smoky cedar with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and tart, tangy sour cherry and spiced chocolate nut finish. A nice everyday table wine.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197912
Candoni
2009 Pinot Grigio
Nickel straw color. Yeast hard apple cider and lemon pith aromas and flavors with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a tangy dried honey, flint dust and mossy stone accented finish. Very dry and mineral focused.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197417
Capa Rota
2010 Macabeo
Pale golden amber color. Lightly oxidized toasted almond, rubber leaf, and honey roasted lemon aromas with a soft, light-to-medium body and a white strawberry, melon rind and slate accented finish.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198065
Spasso
2010 Pinot Girgio
Pale golden straw color. Faint aromas of lemon scone and nectarine with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tart lemon, balsa, and stone finish.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198153
La Cantina Pizzolato
2010 NSA, "Rosso Convento" Piave DOC
Garnet color. Spicy marinated beet, caraway, black pepper, cocoa, and cherry pie with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, melon rind and mint accented finish.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198154
La Cantina Pizzolato
2010 NSA Merlot
Aromas of roasted beets, cocoa, and plums with a soft, dryish medium body and a tangy green apple skin and firm, pithy, bark tannin finish.
81 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198142
Camelot Cellars
2011 Spanish Rosé Spain
Interesting reddish, copper brown color. Aromas of cola, sassafras, and fig paste with an off-dry light-to-medium body and an almond and honey baked apple and pear accented finish. Curious.
81 points $15.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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