January 2013 - 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
200722
Astoria
2011 "Alisia" Pinot Grigio
Bright golden straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of peach cobbler, honeydew, and apple sauce with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, tangy, lemon curd and nut accented finish. A delicious and balanced pinot grigio.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200704
Cantina Zaccagnini
2010 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, honeycomb, and dried berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy mixed berry, cocoa and earth finish. Ripe and nicely structured; pair with steaks.
92 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200599
It’s a Headsnapper
NV Prosecco DOC
Attractive aromas and flavors of lime custard, wintergreen, nut and spice with a light fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy, mouthwatering finish. A delightfully fruity and flavorful Prosecco that is sure to please.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200724
Astoria
NV "Lounge", Sparkling Moscato Italy
Pale golden straw color. Fruity aromas of honeyed peaches and golden apples with a crisp, effervescent fruity-sweet medium body and a long candied stone fruit, raisin, vanilla, and golden plum finish.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200846
Mocavero
2008 Primitivo
Garnet violet color. Exotic aromas of grilled and marinated peppers, cedar, and craisins with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a chewy grilled wild berries, honey, and mineral driven finish. A vibrant table wine that will be great with lamb and boar.
90 points $23.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200728
Bella Bolle’
NV Red Moscato Provincia di Pavia IGT
Vibrant aromas of mixed berry compote and vanilla cream with a lightly carbonated, fruity medium body and a tangy pomegranate sorbet, red apple, and slate finish. Very tasty.
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200849
Resta
2010 "Gelso Moro" Chardonnay
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of roasted apples, pineapples and lemon with a round, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a finely balanced finish with a hint of earth. A very nice Old World chardonnay; pair with scallops.
89 points $17.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200723
Astoria
NV "Lounge" Prosecco DOC
Aromas of meringue and peach with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry light body and a cream nougat and citrus snap on the lively finish.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200850
Martin Ulisse
2010 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC
Aromas of dried flowers, golden plums, banana chips, and vanilla nougat with a silky, dryish medium body and a tangy, kiwi, pear and grassy earth accented finish. A nice dry shellfish wine.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200731
Villa Malizia
2011 Pinot Grigio
Aromas of nougat, coconut cream, lime and papaya with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a melon, chalk and lime finish. A zesty refreshing pinot grigio that will shine with food or on its own.
86 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200726
Bella Bolle’
NV Sparkling Moscato Italy
Aromas of nougat, dried flowers, and overripe nectarine with a fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy green apple and citrus zest finish.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200527
Gooseneck Vineyards
2011 Pinot Grigio
Mild aroma of nectarine and dusty whole almond with soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body with more intensity of stone fruit and lemon, nut and cream flavors and a mineral kissed finish.
86 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200848
Resta
2008 "Gelso Moro" Negroamaro
Dark garnet color. Aromas of crayon, leaves and dried berries with a supple, dryish medium body and a dried currant, roasted pepper, olive, ink, and clay accented finish. Somewhat rustic but charming table wine.
86 points $17.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200725
Bella Bolle’
2011 Moscato d'Asti DOCG
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of honeyed peaches and lemons with a supple, lightly effervescent fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy, stone fruit and mineral finish. A solid Moscato d’Asti.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200650
Pizzolato
2011 Chianti DOCG
Aromas or chocolate cherry cake and earth with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a poached apple, cedar, and peppery spice accented finish. A modest yet nicely balanced Chianti for the table.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200651
Pizzolato
2010 Merlot
Aromas and flavors of dolmades, dried currants and marinated artichokes with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tart cranberry, cedar and mineral accented finish. A racy food wine; try with mushu pork.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200730
Santa Bachelli
2011 Chianti DOCG
Mild aromas and flavors of marinated tomatoes and cherry sauce with a supple dryish medium body and a tart dried citrus, nut and cherry finish. A solid everyday Chianti.
84 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200727
Bella Bolle’
NV Pink Moscato Italy
Crimson color. Aromas of cranberry compote with a frothy, fruity medium body and a tangy, pomegranate ice and mineral accented finish. A nice rose sparkler for food.
84 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200649
Pizzolato
2011 Pinot Grigio
Aromas of lemon, nuts, and cream with a soft, dryish light body and a tart apple core and peach pit finish.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200851
Martin Ulisse
2010 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Aromas of vanilla nougat, raspberry jam, and toasted cake with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pencil shaving, apple core, and earth accented finish with powdery tannins.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200648
Pizzolato
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby color. Aromas of toasted rosemary, pencil shaving, and craisins with a lively, dryish medium body and a tart earthy finish. Server with strip steak.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200852
Martin Ulisse
2011 Sangiovese
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of tomatoes, craisins, and chestnuts with a round, dryish medium body and a chewy, currant and leafy earth driven finish with firm tannins.
84 points $12.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200671
Valente
2011 Pinot Grigio
Aromas and flavors of nutshells, lemon cream, and peach pits with a dryish light body and a crisp, brisk, apple, melon and earth finish.
83 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200729
Bella Bolle’
NV Sweet Red Italy
Scarlet color. Aromas of sour cherry soda and delicate fresh herbs with a effervescent tangy light-to-medium body and a cranberry sauce and leafy, twiggy, earth finish.
83 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200853
Martin Ulisse
2007 Malvasia
Vibrant yellow gold color. Aromas of toasted coconut, latex, and soursop with a dry light-to-medium body and a slightly oxidized salty whole almond and grilled apple finish with coating wood tannins. Very mature and oak driven.
82 points $12.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200847
Mocavero
2003 "Puteus" Salice Salentino DOC
Dark brown black color. Umami aromas of dried meat and fish, clay, cherry tobacco and soy sauce with a savory, dryish medium body and a prune skin, root vegetable puree, ground nut, grape leaf, and mineral finish. An intriguing, highly mature and oxidized wine that will make an exotic digestif or culinary ingredient.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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