April 2015 - Italy

This month's Wine feature is Italian Wines
Italy Reviews
210055
Saracco
2014 Moscato d'Asti
Bright clear straw color. Bright, floral, fruity aromas of peachy, white flowers, honeysuckle, and simple syrup with a even, lively, fizzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, snappy finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Balanced and easy.
94 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210056
Saracco
2011 Pinot Nero
Medium clear bright garnet color. Bold, toasty, fruity floral spicy aromas of spiced black cherries, rhubarb custard, toasted oak, and bitumen with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a seamless, long finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. This lovely wine, lends much credence to the cliché that Piedmont is the most "Burgundian" of all the Italian wine regions.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210053
Cantina Zaccagnini
2014 Pinot Grigio
Bright pale light golden straw color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas of nectarines, baked parchment, whipped butter cream, and gravel with a even, tangy, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with fine well-integrated tannins and light oak. A savory, old world style that can take on flavorful food.
91 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209690
Barefoot
NV Bubbly Prosecco DOC
Light straw color. Delicate, fruity aromas of kiwi, tapioca, orange blossoms, and stone fruits with a soft, vibrant, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length lime custard, green apple, pineapple, and minerals finish. A vibrant and fruity Prosecco that is sure to please.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209849
Chloe
2014 Pinot Grigio
Bright clear light golden straw color. Lively, fruity, attractive aromas of ripe stone fruit, peach skin, hint of green herbs, and bitter lemon with a even, tangy, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Nice rich flavors are well balanced.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209850
Cupcake
2013 Pinot Grigio
Bright pale light golden straw color. Bright, fruity, inviting savory aromas of peach cobbler, cream, dried straw, and green nectarines with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, long finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A richly textured, complex white for the table.
89 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210054
Cantina Zaccagnini
2012 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Dark bright violet color. Bright, fruity, toasty attractive aromas of cherry licorice, pipe tobacco, turned earth, and dried violets with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, medium-length finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. Lovely scents, this wine will flesh out with mildly spicy dishes.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210065
Casa Catelli
2014 Organic Chianti DOCG
Brilliant medium dark garnet color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas of morello cherries, roasted chestnuts, potter’s clay, and dried twigs with a even, lively, dry medium body and a warming, compelling, brisk finish with firm tannins and light oak. Classic Sangiovese nose.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210067
Casa Catelli
2013 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Medium dark garnet color. Bright, fruity, spicy savory aromas of spiced berries, pine cones, cedar planks, and dried leaves with a chewy, crisp, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, short finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. Inviting warm rusticity.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209113
Mazzolada
2013 Merlot
Medium violet color. Bright, fruity, toasty interesting aromas of ripe plums, fruitcake, black currants, and dried leaves with a even, crisp, medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle finish with firm tannins and light oak. Subtle, nice integration of classic merlot flavors.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210066
Casa Catelli
2013 Organic Rosso Toscana IGT
Clear bright dark violet color. Bold, toasty, funky aromas of sour cherry gum, chestnuts, wild yeast, and sun dried tomatoes with a puckering, bone-dry medium-full body and a subtle, medium-length finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. Lovely complex nose.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209746
Belmondo
Pinot Grigio
Clear pale light golden straw color. Delicate, floral, fruity buttery savory aromas of sautéed apples, dried straw, butter cream, and gravel with a even, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An easy drink made in an earthier savory style.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209114
Mazzolada
2013 Pinot Grigio
Bright medium golden straw color. Delicate, fruity, savory aromas of green nectarine, green apples, salinity, and Meyer lemon with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, compelling, brisk finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Refreshing, very cleansing and crisp.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209112
Mazzolada
2013 Prosecco Extra Dry DOC
Clear straw color. Bright, creamy, fruity aromas of dried citrus, minerals, carnation, and peach skin with a even, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a stimulating, breezy lemon curd and green apple skin finish with no oak. A crisp and delightfully engaging Prosecco.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209837
Kirkland Signature
2014 Pinot Grigio
Pale clear bright golden straw color. Bright, floral, fruity aromas of under-ripe peaches, clarified butter, and gravel with a lean, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, delightful, breezy finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Lean, earthier style.
85 points $5.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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