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

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

Vigna Dogarina 2008  Carmenere
94 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Villa Monteleone 2007  Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC
94 points
$41.99
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
Ricossa 2011  Moscato dAsti DOCG
93 points
$15.99
Best Buy
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
Riserva del Canapone 2009 "642°" Maremma Toscana IGT
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Villa Monteleone 2009 "Campo San Vito" Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso DOC
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Il Roverone 2006  Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso DOC
93 points
$28.99
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
Podere Sapaio 2008 "Volpolo" Bolgheri DOC
93 points
$39.99
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
Ricossa 2010  Barbara dAsti DOCG
92 points
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.
Tenuta Polvaro 2010 Polvaro Nero Veneto I.G.P.
92 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Villa Monteleone 2010 "Campo Santa Lena" Valpolicella Classico DOC
91 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Cascina Bianca 2010  Moscato dAsti D.O.C.G.
91 points
$17.99
Best Buy
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
Listra 2009  Bolgheri Rosso DOC
91 points
$21.99
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
Gorgio Meletti Cavallari 2006 "Borgeri" Bolgheri Rosso DOC
91 points
$29.99
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
La Cantina Pizzolato 2010 NSA Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Ca’ Montini 2010 Tierre di Valfredda Pinot Grigio
90 points
$15.99
Best Buy
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
Nicolas Potel 2010  Pouilly-Fuissé
90 points
$19.99
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
Di Filippo 2009 "Sallustio" Montefalco Rosso DOC
90 points
$21.99
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
Carletto 2010  Montepulciano dAbruzzo D.O.C.
89 points
$7.99
Best Buy
ruby color. 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
Candoni 2010  Merlot
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Tenuta Polvaro 2010 Polvaro Oro Veneto I.G.P.
89 points
$13.99
Best Buy
yellow color. 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
Pinnacoli 2008  Primitivo di Manduria
89 points
$16.99
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
Ottella 2008 "Campo Sierso" Rosso Veronese IGT
89 points
$21.99
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
Ottella 2010 "Le Creete" Lugana Le Crette DOC
89 points
$21.99
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
Vigna Dogarina 2004 "Rós de Plana" Veneto IGT
89 points
$21.99
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
Di Filippo 2006  Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG
89 points
$32.99
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
Villa Malizia 2010  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$4.99
Best Buy
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
Capa Rota 2009  Monatrell-Syrah
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Casalini 2010  Pinot Girgio
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Ela 2011  Vinho Verde DOC
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Ela 2011 Rosé Vinho Verde DOC
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Vigna Dogarina 2009  Manzoni Bianco
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Nicolas Potel 2010  Bourgogne
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Nicolas Potel 2010  Mâcon-Villages
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Ricossa 2011  Casorza DOC
88 points
$16.99
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
Vignamato 2010 "Versiano" Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi
88 points
$17.99
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
Lulu B NV  Moscato
87 points
$7
Best Buy
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
Tenuta Polvaro 2010  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Vigna Dogarina NV Extra Dry Prosecco di Valdobbiadene DOC
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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
Ricossa 2007  Barolo DOCG
87 points
$49.99
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
Carletto 2010  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$7.99
Best Buy
yellow color. 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
Carletto NV  Prosecco D.O.C.
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Candoni 2009  Pinot Noir
85 points
$9.99
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
Spartico 2010 NSA Tempranillo
85 points
$11.99
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
Tenuta Polvaro NV  Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G.
85 points
$16.99
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
Candoni 2009  Merlot
84 points
$9.99
ruby color. 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
Candoni 2009  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$9.99
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
Capa Rota 2010  Macabeo
84 points
$9.99
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
Spasso 2010  Pinot Girgio
84 points
$9.99
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
La Cantina Pizzolato 2010 NSA, "Rosso Convento" Piave DOC
84 points
$11.99
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
La Cantina Pizzolato 2010 NSA Merlot
81 points
$11.99
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
Camelot Cellars 2011 Spanish Rosé Spain
81 points
$15.95
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
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