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April 2016 - Italy

April 2016 - Italy
This month's Wine feature is Italian Wines

Italy Reviews

Saracco 2015  Moscato dAsti DOP
93 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Bright, floral, fruity earthy aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, orange custard, and lanolin lotion with a silky, tangy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, long finish with notes of honeyed apricots and lemon sorbet with no oak flavor. A delicious fruity, floral and vibrant Moscato d’Asti.
93 points $16.99 Best Buy
Stella Rosa NV "Stella Peach" Semi-Sweet Sparkling Wine Italy
91 points
$9
Best Buy
White gold color. Bright, attractive aromas and flavors of elderflower and peach sorbet with a supple, tangy, effervescent, moderately sweet medium body and an effortless, appealing, medium-long finish with notes of tangerine sherbet, cream, and orange blossom water with no oak flavor. A lovely, lightly floral dessert in a glass with sweet and pure flavor.
91 points $9 Best Buy
Armatura 2014 Governo alluso Toscano Rosso di Toscano IGT
91 points
$22.99
Violet color. Delicate, roasted aromas and flavors of nuts, chocolate mint, and touch of menthol with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and an effortless, stimulating, breezy finish that exhibits notes of vanilla cherry custard, mocha, and spice with fine, chewy, crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A very tasty and well structured sangiovese that will cover a lot of bases.
91 points $22.99
Cantina Zaccagnini 2015  Pinot Grigio
90 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of baked kiwi, apple and nectarine and delicate minty spices with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, snappy finish displaying elements of ripe apple and sweet cream. A very tasty and appetizing pinot with nice balance and sense of place.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Tenuta La Badiola 2013 "642º Il Canapone" Rosso Maremma Toscana DOC
90 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of berry tart, praline, and chocolate covered orange peels with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length finish displaying accents of vanilla cream, delicate spiced nuts and cherries, and earth with silky, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A delicious and easy drinking Italian red blend that is sure to be a hit.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Essenza di Vita 2015  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Delicate, floral aromas and flavors of pressed flowers and ripe nectarine with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of apple, pickled citrus and melon, white nut, and earth with no oak flavor. An attractive, spot-on pinot grigio.
89 points $7.99 Best Buy
Stella Rosa NV "Stella Berry" Semi-Sweet Sparkling Wine Italy
89 points
$9
Best Buy
Silvery pink coral color. Lively, candied, fruity aromas and flavors of raspberry and coconut sorbets and dream bar with a supple, tangy, spritzy, moderately sweet medium body and a silky, delightful, medium-to-long finish with shades of butter caramel and berry custard with no oak flavor. A rich and nicely layered sparking dessert wine.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Stella Rosa NV "Red" Semi-Sweet Sparkling Wine Italy
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Bright dark garnet color. Confected, fruity aromas of pink cotton candy, morello cherries, and lemon cream with a chewy, lively, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, brisk finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Stella Rosa NV "Stella Pink" Semi-Sweet Sparkling Wine Italy
88 points
$9
Best Buy
Dark pink coral color. Delicate, candied, floral aromas of peach and apple sodas, tropical punch, and fancy floral soap with a supple, tangy, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a crisp strawberry and cherry sorbets and watermelon candy finish with no oak flavor. A sweet and fruity sparkler.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Al Dente! 2014  Primitivo
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Mild, roasted aromas and flavors of cocoa roasted nuts, berry pie crust, and coffee with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, relaxed finish with overtones of vanilla custard with fine, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A nice juicy primitivo pleaser.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Al Dente! 2014  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Mild, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled stone fruits and nuts with a silky, crisp, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish that shows shades of nectarine, apple, and brazil nut with no oak flavor. A dry, perky pinot grigio with a an intriguing touch of smoke.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Ca’ Montini 2014 Terre Di Valfredda Pinot Grigio
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright medium topaz gray color. Mild, fruity aromas of nectarines, lemon pith, lemon gummy bears, and pressed linen - butter with a crisp, dryish medium-full body and a sleek, complex, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Al Dente! 2014  Moscato
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Bright, floral, tropical aromas and flavors of white blossoms, ripe peaches and mangos, and honeycomb with a silky, off-dry medium body and a seamless, engaging, buoyant finish that exhibits notes of spiced pear and earth with no oak flavor. A crisp and refreshing off dry with a nice floral note.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
San Antonio NV  Lambrusco
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Bright aromas of blackberries, gauze, clarified butter, and lanolin with a lively, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, delightful, cheery finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak flavor.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Casa Catelli 2015  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright light steely pink color. Bright, fruity, earthy citrusy aromas of green nectarines, lemon cream, lemon pith, and gravel with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Stella Rosa NV "Platinum" Semi-Sweet Sparkling Wine Italy
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Brilliant pale bright gold color. Bright, creamy, confected fruity sweet aromas of lemon lime sweet tarts, vanilla nougat, mandarin zest, and yellow gummy bears with an lively, spritzy, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, delightful, relaxed finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Stella Rosa NV Semi-Sweet Moscato
85 points
$12
Bright light golden straw color. Bright, fruity, funky aromas of pears, peach skin, putty, and lemon zest with a lively, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, carefree finish with soft tannins and no oak flavor.
Casa Catelli NV  Prosecco DOC
85 points
$16.99
Pale bright straw green color. Bright, fruity aromas of stone fruit, phosphates, lemon zest, and gravel with a lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, brisk finish with soft tannins and no oak flavor.
85 points $16.99
Fontana Gina 2014  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$13
Straw green color. Faint, earthy aromas and flavors of dried citrus, straw, and loam with a soft, crisp, dryish light body and a polished, brisk finish displaying notes of peach pit, lemon, and melon rind. A nice, dry quaffable pinot grigio.
Saracco 2013  Pinot Noir
83 points
$19.99
Light garnet color. Mild, savory aromas and flavors of baked cherries and beets, caramelized nuts, and delicate spice with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish imparting notes of herbed citrus peels, earthy roasted root vegetables, and pepper with dusty, firm tannins and light oak flavor. A pleasant dry table wine.
83 points $19.99
Villa Alena 2014  Pinot Grigio
82 points
$13
Yellow straw color. Bright, baked aromas and flavors of roasted mangos and papayas, coconut water, and tapioca with a silky, crisp, sourish light-to-medium body and a short finish that presents notes of overripe melon, bruised green apple, and grassy earth with crunchy, fruit tannins.
Al Dente! 2014  Chianti DOCG
81 points
$11.99
Violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of marinated citrus and berries and mint leaf with a soft, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, short finish that shows accents of cherry pit, nutshell, and smoky earth with firm, barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lean, dry, somewhat austere sangiovese that needs food.
81 points $11.99
Stella Rosa NV Extra Dry Prosecco DOC
80 points
$15
Bright light golden yellow color. Lively, fruity, dusty aromas of canned peaches, spic and span, gravel, and lemon pith with a crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, short finish with dusty tannins and no oak flavor.
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