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November 2015 - Italy

November 2015 - Italy
This month's Wine feature is Italian Wines

Italy Reviews

Cantina Zaccagnini 2011 San Clemente Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
93 points
Black ruby color. Bold, jammy, interesting fruity boozy aromas of black raspberry, dark chocolate, preserved cherries, and licorice with a creamy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long black raspberry, cherry jam, star anise, and mocha finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Decadent in style, balanced and massively generous layers of sweet vanilla, ripe, dark fruit and well integrated tannins, like an old vine zin, but with classic Italian acid, balance and grace.
Villadoria 2011  Barolo DOCG
92 points
Dusty garnet color. Fruity, elegant vinous exotic aromas of plum compote, raspberry chocolate torte, cherry wood cigar box, and red and black licorice with a chewy, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, very long dried black cherry, crushed pomegranate, plum skin, and dark roasted cocoa nibs finish with chewy, crunchy tannins and light oak. Rich, chewy and satisfying with dense, dark, intense black fruit flavors that unfold into mocha and tightly woven tannins that will unfold beautifully over several years.
Ricossa 2014  Moscato dasti DOCG
92 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Bright yellow straw color. Lively, fruity, floral confected tropical aromas of candied golden pineapple, vanilla soaked tropical fruit salsa, lemon curd, and yellow flowers with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long dried pineapple, champagne mango, preserved Meyer lemon, and passion fruit puree finish with no tannins and no oak. Textbook moscato certain to pleasure the novice and connoisseur alike with exceptionally well balanced exotic fruit, preserved citrus, fine bubbles and honey sweetness that is perfectly balanced with sweet lemon.
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
Il Borro 2012 "Pian di Nova" Super Tuscan Arezzo IGT
92 points
$22.99
Bright medium brick red color. Rich aromas of spiced dark cherries, ripe blackberry, chestnuts, and black pepper with a crisp, dry full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long finish with firm, papery, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
92 points $22.99
Cara Mia 2014  Pinot Grigio
91 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, floral, earthy aromas of jasmine, chestnut honeycomb, and peaches with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, compelling, cheery kiwi, apple, and minerals finish with crunchy, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A remarkably pure and precise pinot grigio that is sure to please.
91 points $8.99 Best Buy
Santoreggia 2014  Sangiovese
91 points
$18.99
Black ruby color. Delicate, savory, smoky aromas of sundried tomato sauce, honey roasted nuts, caramelized berries, and meat with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-length cedar, earth, and cocoa finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A attractive fruity and smoky red that will play nicely at the table.
91 points $18.99
Acinum 2012  Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG
91 points
$35
Dusty garnet black color. Rich, fruity, vinous jammy aromas of black cherry, dried plum, toasty vanilla, and dried raspberry with a creamy, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long dried raspberry, morello cherry, dansom plum, and vanilla mocha finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Juicy, layered and satisfying with a well structured combination of juicy plum and dried berries all wrapped up with fine tannins.
Ricossa 2011  Barolo DOCG
91 points
$59.99
Light brown brick red color. Rich, savory, rustic fruity earthy aromas of vanilla spice cake, dried morello cherry, vintage encyclopedia, and tar and roses with an racy, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, very long dried cherry, braised porcini mushroom, vanilla bean, and forest floor finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Long and complex with aromas and flavors that range to beautiful, fresh, red fruit and roses to dried raspberry, tar and braised mushrooms all framed with taught tannins on the long, complex, well-balanced finish.
91 points $59.99
Cantina Zaccagnini 2013 Dry Red Wine Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
90 points
Indigo color. Bright, fruity aromas of cherry, plum, vanilla, and garden soil with an lively, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length cherry jam, crushed plum, vanilla, and sweet earth finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and light oak. Juicy plum and cherry are nicely framed with vanilla, rich earth and silky smooth and balanced acid and tannins.
Villadoria 2012 Bricco Magno Nebbiolo
90 points
Dusty light ruby color. Bright, fruity, exotic elegant earthy aromas of wild raspberry, preserved plum, fine vintage library book, and backed cherry cobbler with an puckering, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long dried pomegranate, mocha-strawberry truffle, red licorice, and candied bacon finish with chewy, well-integrated tannins and light oak. Elegant, complex and layered with beautiful cherry, plum and raspberry flavors for enjoying now, but with a rich layer of chocolate, coffee, bacon and chewy tannins that will continue to unfold for several more years.
Acinum 2014  Soave Classico DOP
90 points
$11
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Delicate, fruity, floral aromas of white blossoms, spiced mangos and papayas, and nut flour with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length slaw, salted nuts, roasted citrus, and olive finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A wonderfully savory and appetizing white wine.
90 points $11 Best Buy
Acinum 2013 Ripasso Valpolicella DOP
90 points
$23
Burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, exotic jammy vinous aromas of black raspberry, plum jelly, red licorice, and pomegranate with a creamy, tangy, dry medium body and a smooth, layered, medium-long raspberry, pomegranate, chocolate covered blood orange, and roast tenderloin finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Lush and juicy while at the same time quite vinous with layers of fruit, olives, vanilla, dried berries, roast meat and forest floor.
Il Borro 2011 "Il Borro" Signature Wine Arezzo IGT
90 points
$49.99
Medium brick red color. Bright, fruity, nutty toasty aromas of dark cherries, spiced blackberries, mocha, and black pepper with a lively, dry full body and a peppery, subtle, medium-length finish with firm, fine tannins and light oak.
90 points $49.99
Contrada Santo Spirito 2012 "Animardente" Nerello Mascalese
90 points
$54.99
Light brick red color. Bright, vinous, fruity elegant earthy aromas of dried wild raspberry, blood orange zest, forest floor, and leather with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium body and a polished, layered, medium-long boysenberry jam, grilled blood peach, cigar box, and vintage book finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and light oak. Long and complex and perfect for drinking now with its lush tannins beautifully framing dried cherry, wild berry, plum skin and cigar box notes along with a savory and toothsome finish.
90 points $54.99
Vitanza 2013  Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Light brick red color. Fruity, savory vinous aromas of red cherry, plum, dried berry, and dark soil with a vibrant, dry medium body and a smooth, breezy cherry, plum, vanilla, and garden soil finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. Medium-bodied, elegant and well balanced with plum and cherry flavors working beautifully with sweet vanilla and a most pleasant earthiness.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Sultana 2014  Grillo
89 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Delicate, fruity aromas of peaches, spiced apple, and earth with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, relaxed tropical citrus, nougat, and minerals finish with no oak. A a well rounded, mouthwatering, Italian white.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Giovina 2014  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
89 points
$17.99
Deep purple color. Bold, jammy, fruity confected aromas of maraschino cherry, candied plum, black raspberry, and vanilla chocolates with an lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length juicy black plum, maraschino cherry, vanilla, and boysenberry finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Jam packed with lush fruit and ripe tannins, a generous style, fruit forward and with plenty of sweet vanilla oak but enough stuffing to handle it with grace.
89 points $17.99
Acinum 2014  Valpolicella DOP
88 points
$16
Dusty garnet color. Fruity, elegant earthy aromas of plum, black pepper, cherry compote, and vanilla with a satiny, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a seamless, distinctive, medium-long plum, cherry, vanilla, and black pepper finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Juicy and lush cherry-plum flavors get a generous, but balanced treatment of fine French oak, adding sweet vanilla to the round tannins and bright, food-loving acidity.
Ricossa 2014 Brachetto Piedmont DOC
88 points
$16.99
Brilliant light siam color. Fruity, floral confected aromas of strawberry, milk chocolate, raspberry, and preserved blood orange with a silky, lively, finely carbonated, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, appealing, breezy strawberry, raspberry, watermelon, and blood orange sorbet finish with no tannins and no oak. Fun, juicy, fruity and well balanced with structure that can be enjoyed on its own, but also a real treat with a box of chocolates.
88 points $16.99
Spruzzi 2014  Grillo
88 points
$16.99
Bright medium amber beige color. Rich, fruity, tropical citrusy creamy aromas of mango, soft Meyer lemon, butter cream, and pear skin with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-length finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak.
88 points $16.99
Sultana 2014  Frappato e Nero dAvola
88 points
$16.99
Light garnet black color. Fruity, jammy pure aromas of cherry, plum, vanilla, and roasted meat with a lively, dry medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length cherry, plum, vanilla, and black earth finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. Nicely chewy tannins and earthiness keeps the cherry and plum flavors in balance in a rustic style ready for roasted meats and rustic vegetables.
88 points $16.99
Hidden Vines 2011  Chianti Riserva
88 points
$20
Medium garnet black color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas of cherry jam, grilled blood orange, plum, and freshly turned garden soil with a creamy, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, layered, medium-long juicy plum, grilled blood orange, cherry conserve, and garden soil finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Juicy grilled blood orange and plums interplay with sweet vanilla oak, fine tannins and a framework of rich, garden soil.
Ricossa 2013  Barbera dAsti DOCG
88 points
$24.99
Deep purple color. Bold, oaky, jammy fruity aromas of black cherry, blackberry, toasty vanilla, and mocha with a creamy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long cherry jam, dried blood orange, plum mostarda, and vanilla finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. Dark, bold, fruity and rich cherry, plum, berry flavors with notes of mocha and vanilla finishing with food loving crunchy tannins.
88 points $24.99
Il Borro 2010 "Polissena" Single Vineyard Sangiovese
88 points
$32.99
Bright medium dark garnet color. Bright, nutty aromas of spiced cherries, chestnut bread, gravel, and baked parchment with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with firm, fine, well-integrated tannins and light oak.
88 points $32.99
Ricossa 2014 Dolcetto Piedmont DOC
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Neon light garnet color. Lively, fruity, earthy minerally aromas of cherry, raspberry, vanilla-blueberry scone, and dried lingonberry with a tart, dry medium body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long red cherry, tart raspberry, blood orange, and dried plum finish with chewy tannins. Red fruit upon red fruit upon red fruit both fresh, crushed and dried from nose to palate to the satisfyingly chewy tannic finish.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Sultana 2014  Nero dAvola
87 points
$15.99
Deep purple color. Bright, fruity, roasted aromas of plum, cherry, lingonberry, and grilled bread with an lively, dry medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length plum, cherry, dried raspberry, and vanilla finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. Ripe, juicy fruit finishes bone dry with well integrated tannins and sweet vanilla oak that does not overpower the lush fruit.
87 points $15.99
Il Borro 2013 "Lamelle" Chardonnay
87 points
$22.99
Bright gold color. Delicate, fruity, minerally aromas of apple, river rock, white peach, and pink grapefruit with a supple, lively, dry medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length yellow watermelon, white peach, granny smith apple, and creek stones finish with no tannins and light oak. Light, crisp and mineral driven with elegant, bright fruit and a gentle touch of oak.
87 points $22.99
Contrada Santo Spirito 2013 "Animalucente" Etna Bianco
87 points
$32.99
Bright gold color. Oaky, fruity creamy aromas of Asian pear, apple, vanilla, and toast with a creamy, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length ripe pear, golden pineapple, exotic citrus, and toasty vanilla finish with no tannins and moderate oak. Generous style with golden pineapple, toasty vanilla and juicy pear.
87 points $32.99
Acinum NV  Prosecco
86 points
$11
Best Buy
Bright light straw green color. Lively, fruity aromas of Meyer lemon, peach pits, gauze, and gravel with an crisp, finely carbonated, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, brisk finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Busi 2013  Chianti Rufina DOCG
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Rich, fruity, jammy earthy aromas of black cherry, kalamata, lingonberry, and vanilla with a lively, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length plum jam, olive tapenade, toasty vanilla, and lingonberry finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. Beautifully savory with plum and cherries balancing with notes of olive tapanade and grilled bread, all wrapped up with chewy food-loving tannins.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Benedetto 2014 Trambusti Chianti DOCG
85 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Bright, fruity, jammy complex aromas of cherry jam, plum, dried strawberry, and freshly turned garden soil with a tangy, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length juicy plum, orange zest, currant, and cherry compote finish with dusty, chewy tannins and moderate oak. Perfect food wine with tight tannins and crisp acid literally begging for the dinner table to be enjoyed with its plum, cherry and currant flavors and gentle touch of oak.
85 points $4.99 Best Buy
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