November 2015 - Italy

This month's Wine feature is Italian Wines
Italy Reviews
213020
Cantina Zaccagnini
2011 San Clemente Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213019
Villadoria
2011 Barolo DOCG
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212556
Ricossa
2014 Moscato d'asti DOCG
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212486
Il Borro
2012 "Pian di Nova" Super Tuscan Arezzo IGT
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212577
Cara Mia
2014 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212713
Santoreggia
2014 Sangiovese
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212684
Acinum
2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212559
Ricossa
2011 Barolo DOCG
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213021
Cantina Zaccagnini
2013 Dry Red Wine Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213018
Villadoria
2012 Bricco Magno Nebbiolo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212681
Acinum
2014 Soave Classico DOP
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212683
Acinum
2013 Ripasso Valpolicella DOP
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212485
Il Borro
2011 "Il Borro" Signature Wine Arezzo IGT
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212492
Contrada Santo Spirito
2012 "Animardente" Nerello Mascalese
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212570
Vitanza
2013 Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212488
Sultana
2014 Grillo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212712
Giovina
2014 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212682
Acinum
2014 Valpolicella DOP
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212557
Ricossa
2014 Brachetto Piedmont DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212711
Spruzzi
2014 Grillo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212490
Sultana
2014 Frappato e Nero d'Avola
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212477
Hidden Vines
2011 Chianti Riserva
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212560
Ricossa
2013 Barbera d'Asti DOCG
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212484
Il Borro
2010 "Polissena" Single Vineyard Sangiovese
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212558
Ricossa
2014 Dolcetto Piedmont DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212489
Sultana
2014 Nero d'Avola
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212487
Il Borro
2013 "Lamelle" Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212491
Contrada Santo Spirito
2013 "Animalucente" Etna Bianco
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212680
Acinum
NV Prosecco
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212571
Busi
2013 Chianti Rufina DOCG
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213073
Benedetto
2014 Trambusti Chianti DOCG
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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