November 2013 - Italy - All Wine

This month's Wine feature is Italian - All Wines
Italy - All Wine Reviews
204263
Saracco
2012 Moscato d'Asti DOP
Golden silver color with a fine mousse rim. Aromas of apricot marmalade, golden raisin, gherkin and faint petrolly minerals with a tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a long, acacia honey and mineral nuanced finish. Very rich and stylish.
94 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204269
Vigneto Edoardo
2009 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Dark ruby black color. Complex aromas of espresso bean, olive, cocoa, nuts and dried fruits with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and tangy, layered finish with notes of vanilla and delicate baking spices with seamless tannins. A wonderful robust marriage of fruit and oak.
94 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204262
Villadoria
2009 Barolo DOCG
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of leather, spiced berries, chestnut brittle, dried flowers, and red clay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy chocolate craisin, and cedar mulch finish with chewy tannins. A spot-on Barolo. Try with mushroom risotto or osso bucco.
93 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204289
Spasso
2011 Toscana Rosso IGT
Aromas and flavors of floral honey, blueberry gelato, and yams, exotic peppercorns, and sour cherries have an añejo tequila like quality with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body a craisin, cocoa, and toasty cedar nuanced finish. Very tasty. Try with rabbit and pasta.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204237
Mazzaro Intensita
2011 Sicilia IGT
Deep garnet violet color. Bright aromas and flavors of raspberry, lime, and blueberry gelatos and coconut cream with a silky, fruity, medium-to-full body and a long, juicy dried cherry and sweet spice accented finish with fine tannins. A decadently delicious red.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204266
Pinnacoli
2011 Primitivo di Manduria DOP
Deep ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler, sour cherry jam, and pickling spices with a silky, fruity medium body and a juicy, creamy vanilla accented finish. Very tasty and versatile.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204271
Cantina Zaccagnini
2011 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Dark ruby color. Aromas of cranberries, olive tapenade, peppercorn, and oiled leather with a supple, dryish medium body and a chocolate cream, cedar, and dolmades accented finish. A great choice for Greek foods.
89 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204148
Case Sugan
2012 Pinot Grigio Friuli Grave DOC
Golden yellow color. Aromas of peaches, cream, and nut brittle with a silky dryish light-to-medium body and a scintillating, sweet citrus and mineral accented finish. A very refreshing and lively pinot grigio.
89 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204238
Villa di Ponticello
2012 Pinot Grigio
Brassy silver color. Aromas and flavors of spiced apples and almond nougat with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, melon and lemon ice accented finish. Tasty.
88 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204265
Villadoria
2009 "Bricco Magno" Langhe Rosso DOC
Ruby with a red-orange brick cast and rim. Aromas and flavors of vanilla nut fudge and cherry custard pie with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a buoyant, tangy berry cider, nut, cream and earth driven finish. A nice lively table wine.
88 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204270
Cantina Zaccagnini
2012 Pinot Grigio
Golden color. Aromas of warm peach cobbler, spiced figs, cardamon, and almond nougat with a crisp, dryish light body and a tangy melon rind and green apple skin accented finish with crunchy fruit tannins. An appetizing pinot grigio that will excel with oysters and seafood.
88 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204264
Villadoria
2011 "Tardòc" Barbera d'Alba DOC
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of blueberries, vanilla, and peppery spices with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, cranberry, blackberry and mocha accented finish. Tasty.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Shortcut: http://www.tastings.com/Calendar-Wine/Review-2013-11-07-Italy-All-Wine.aspx