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April 2013 - Italy - All Wines

April 2013 - Italy - All Wines
This month's Wine feature is Italian - All Wines

Italy - All Wines Reviews

Villa Monteleone 2008  Amarone della Valpolicella DOC Classico
96 points
$43.99
Deep ruby black color with a brick rim. Dense aromas and flavors of chocolate craisins and nuts and delicate spice with tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, concentrated finish with notes of cedar, dried cherry and forest floor. A fantastically flavorful and balanced Amarone.
96 points $43.99
Villa Monteleone 2010 "Campo San Vito" Valpolicella DOC Classico Superiore Ripasso
95 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Deep brown with a brick rim. Vibrant, floral aroma of spiced plums, chocolate, and dried apricot with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, cocoa nut and raisin, cedar, and mineral nuanced finish with lightly dusty tannins. A paragon of a Valpolicella that will triumph at the table.
95 points $16.99 Best Buy
Terra Jovia 2007  Primitivo
93 points
$60
Funky wild yeast aromas of nougat, tree bark, red licorice, black raspberries and lively taut prune and spice flavors follow. Honeyed black fruits and leather flavors and a very supple texture with a bit of air.
Resta 2011 "Gelso Moro" Chardonnay
92 points
$17.50
Best Buy
Bright golden color. Fascinating aromas of toasted hazelnut toffee, dried apples and lemons with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a well balanced melange of bright autumn and citrus fruits and delicate smoky minerality on the generous, tangy finish. A great choice for grilled lobster.
92 points $17.50 Best Buy
Terra Jovia 2007 Riserva Primitivo
92 points
$60
Funky wild yeast notes suggest pear cider, leather, and olive tapenade and are a pleasant surprise. On the palate, red fruits come on most notably blackberries and mulberries. Very good length and balance and the innate acidity lifts the flavors. A superb, traditional Old World table wine to pair with braised meats.
Villa Monteleone 2011 "Campo Santa Lena" Valpolicella DOC Classico
91 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Deep ruby garnet color. Attractive, lightly floral aromas of spiced plums, melted toffee, vanilla and dried apricot with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a pencil shaving and earth accented finish. A refreshing, flavorful red that will be great at the table.
91 points $8.99 Best Buy
Romio 2011  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
90 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Deep purple. High toned nose, spiced black cherries and creme brulee. A bit of toasted cherry pastry and chestnuts frame out the wine nicely. Balanced lively flavors and smoky mineral notes follow with ample fine tannins. A wonderful grilled steak and lamb wine and a great deal.
90 points $7.99 Best Buy
Pizzolato 2011 "Frederik", Brut Veneto IGT
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Floral, fruity aromas suggest candied pineapple and lime with a tangy, medium-to-full body and a racy and refreshing quince and lemon tart finish. Excellent acidity makes this a great choice for the table.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Ricossa 2012  Moscato dAsti DOCG
90 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Sweet peach jam, apple sauce, and creamed honey aromas with a crisp, fruity sweet medium body and nice touch of earth on the refreshing finish. A lovely well balanced moscato d’asti that is sure to please.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Mocavero 2009  Primitivo
90 points
$23.50
Fun nose of cherry-raspberry compote and chocolate syrup framed out with toasty oak. Jazzy motif of lively acidity across the palate. Hints of cream, nuts and olive skin on the finish. A nice, layered sipper or pair with pasta.
90 points $23.50
Ricossa 2012  Casorzo DOC
89 points
$16.99
Lucid crimson color. Aromas and flavors of cherry and peach sodas and honeycomb with a frizzante fruity sweet medium body and a tangy, orange sorbet and dried lilac accented finish. A tasty, lightly effervescent red dessert wine that will be great with cheeses or sipping on the patio.
89 points $16.99
Ricossa 2011  Barbara dAsti DOCG
89 points
$16.99
Deep garnet violet color. Rich aromas of cherry-boysenberry compote and melted toffee with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy nut and mineral accented finish with chewy tannins. A solid Barbera that will shine at the table.
89 points $16.99
Resta 2009 Gelso Moro Negroamaro
88 points
$17.50
Deep garnet black color. Earthy aromas of tar, clay, peat moss, and grilled berries with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy cranberry, pencil shaving, and forest floor finish. Nice smoky, rusticity for the table; will pair well with grilled boar.
88 points $17.50
Cantina Colle Moro NV  Pecorino Frizzante
88 points
$19.99
Toasty yeast aromas dominate a muted nose. Yellow apple skin/cider notes and frizzante. Refreshing crisp clean flavors and a supple texture. Tart dry finish.
88 points $19.99
Pizzolato 2012  Moscato IGT
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Pure golden silver color with a vigorous rocky, mousse. Aromas of chalk, banana custard pie, and nectarine with a supple, fruity medium body and a frothy spiced apple and mineral finish. A nice drier styled moscato.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Cupcake 2012  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Nice vibrant nose of spiced peaches and a hint of gravel. Easy refreshing rounded flavors follow. Nice impression of sweetness but would like a little more length.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Vigneto Edoardo 2008  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
87 points
$39.95
Scents of earth, caramelized fruits and a hint of black olives and licorice. Briary berries with ample, nutty, dusty tannins and nice innate acidity. An earthy, traditional table wine that needs aeration prior to serving.
87 points $39.95
Romio 2011  Chianti DOCG
86 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of floral plums and cherries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and tangy salted praline, mineral and apple accented finish with nice gripping tannins.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Tavernello Collezione 2012  Trebbiano-Chardonnay
85 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Lovely aromas of banana custard and pear tart with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy, clementine, chalk and almond biscotti accented finish. A very nice summer sipper.
85 points $5.99 Best Buy
Tavernello Collezione 2011  Sangiovese
85 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Aromas of toasty chocolate nuts and dried berries with a crisp, dryish medium body and mocha and spice accented finish with powdery tannins. A nice tidy table wine.
85 points $5.99 Best Buy
Romio 2011  Romagna DOC Ssangiovese Superiore
85 points
$7.99
Garnet black color. Aromas of raisins, spiced cherries, chocolate, and leather with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a drying cedar and earth driven finish. A solid table wine.
85 points $7.99
Le Seianti 2009  Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
85 points
$21
Jazzy nose of spiced dark cherries and a hint of chestnut shell. Flavors are a bit of a subdued with a short baked parchment and forest floor finish. A rustic table wine.
Martin Ulisse 2011  Trebbiano dAbruzzo DOC
84 points
$10.99
Deep straw colored color. Shy nose, muted scents of gravel and a hint of green pears. Fairly neutral flavors follow.
84 points $10.99
Martin Ulisse 2011 Cerasuolo Rosé Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
84 points
$13.50
Pretty crimson color. Aromas of strawberry compote and dried cherry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart, terse watermelon rind finish. A nice choice for the table.
84 points $13.50
Martin Ulisse 2008 Signature Collection Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
84 points
$13.99
Deep purple-garnet opaque color. Dark roasted cherries with a charred oak note. Nice extracted flavors are rather smothered under a heavy blanket of tongue coating, firm oak tannins. Needs a charred beef dish.
84 points $13.99
Salatin 2010  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$14
Dusty stone fruit/peachy aromas lead. Soft entry and peachy flavors follow with a relatively short papery finish.
Tavernello Collezione 2011  Garganega-Pinot Grigio
83 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Aromas of gingerbread cookie and toasted cranberry bread with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tart citrus, grape leaf, and apple skin finish.
83 points $5.99 Best Buy
TINI 2011  Romagna DOC Sangiovese
83 points
$7.99
Garnet color. Earthy aromas of briar berries, nougat, soy and olives with a supple, dryish medium body and a berry vinaigrette, nutskin and forest floor accented finish with pithy tannins. A rustic red for the table.
83 points $7.99
Le Seianti 2011  Chianti DOCG
83 points
$9
Ruby black color. Aromas of salty butter roasted nuts and faint dried cherries with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a tangy, cherry skin, nougat, and hay accented finish with dusty tannins.
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