April 2013 - Italy - All Wines

This month's Wine feature is Italian - All Wines
Italy - All Wines Reviews
202068
Villa Monteleone
2008 Amarone della Valpolicella DOC Classico
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202067
Villa Monteleone
2010 "Campo San Vito" Valpolicella DOC Classico Superiore Ripasso
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202016
Terra Jovia
2007 Primitivo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202011
Resta
2011 "Gelso Moro" Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202015
Terra Jovia
2007 Riserva Primitivo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202069
Villa Monteleone
2011 "Campo Santa Lena" Valpolicella DOC Classico
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202021
Romio
2011 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201956
Pizzolato
2011 "Frederik", Brut Veneto IGT
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201685
Ricossa
2012 Moscato d'Asti DOCG
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202013
Mocavero
2009 Primitivo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201686
Ricossa
2012 Casorzo DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201684
Ricossa
2011 Barbara d'Asti DOCG
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202014
Resta
2009 Gelso Moro Negroamaro
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202008
Cantina Colle Moro
NV Pecorino Frizzante
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201957
Pizzolato
2012 Moscato IGT
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201870
Cupcake
2012 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201645
Vigneto Edoardo
2008 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202022
Romio
2011 Chianti DOCG
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202024
Tavernello Collezione
2012 Trebbiano-Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202025
Tavernello Collezione
2011 Sangiovese
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202020
Romio
2011 Romagna DOC Ssangiovese Superiore
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201721
Le Seianti
2009 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202010
Martin Ulisse
2011 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC
Deep straw colored color. Shy nose, muted scents of gravel and a hint of green pears. Fairly neutral flavors follow.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202012
Martin Ulisse
2011 Cerasuolo Rosé Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202009
Martin Ulisse
2008 Signature Collection Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201723
Salatin
2010 Pinot Grigio
Dusty stone fruit/peachy aromas lead. Soft entry and peachy flavors follow with a relatively short papery finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202026
Tavernello Collezione
2011 Garganega-Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202023
TINI
2011 Romagna DOC Sangiovese
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201722
Le Seianti
2011 Chianti DOCG
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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