April 2016 - Italy

This month's Wine feature is Italian Wines
Italy Reviews
214575
Saracco
2015 Moscato d'Asti DOP
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 honeyed apricots and lemon sorbet finish with no oak. A delicious fruity, floral and vibrant Moscato d’Asti.
93 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214561
Stella Rosa
NV "Stella Peach" Semi-Sweet Sparkling Wine Italy
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 tangerine sherbet, cream, and orange blossom water finish with no oak. A lovely, lightly floral dessert in a glass with sweet and pure flavor.
91 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214704
Armatura
2014 Governo all'uso Toscano Rosso di Toscano IGT
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, easy vanilla cherry custard, mocha, and spice finish with fine, chewy, crunchy tannins and light oak. A very tasty and well structured sangiovese that will cover a lot of bases.
91 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214573
Cantina Zaccagnini
2015 Pinot Grigio
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, breezy ripe apple and sweet cream finish. A very tasty and appetizing pinot with nice balance and sense of place.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214576
Tenuta La Badiola
2013 "642º Il Canapone" Rosso Maremma Toscana DOC
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 vanilla cream, delicate spiced nuts and cherries, and earth finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. A delicious and easy drinking Italian red blend that is sure to be a hit.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214550
Essenza di Vita
2015 Pinot Grigio
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 apple, pickled citrus and melon, white nut, and earth finish with no oak. An attractive, spot-on pinot grigio.
89 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214560
Stella Rosa
NV "Stella Berry" Semi-Sweet Sparkling Wine Italy
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, butter caramel and berry custard finish with no oak. A rich and nicely layered sparking dessert wine.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214562
Stella Rosa
NV "Red" Semi-Sweet Sparkling Wine Italy
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.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214559
Stella Rosa
NV "Stella Pink" Semi-Sweet Sparkling Wine Italy
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 buoyant strawberry and cherry sorbets and watermelon candy finish with no oak. A sweet and fruity sparkler.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214494
Al Dente!
2014 Primitivo
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 vanilla custard finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A nice juicy primitivo pleaser.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214495
Al Dente!
2014 Pinot Grigio
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 nectarine, apple, and brazil nut finish with no oak. A dry, perky pinot grigio with a an intriguing touch of smoke.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214685
Ca’ Montini
2014 Terre Di Valfredda Pinot Grigio
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.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214496
Al Dente!
2014 Moscato
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, easy spiced pear and earth finish with no oak. A crisp and refreshing off dry with a nice floral note.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214568
San Antonio
NV Lambrusco
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, breezy finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214635
Casa Catelli
2015 Pinot Grigio
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 body and a warming, interesting finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214563
Stella Rosa
NV "Platinum" Semi-Sweet Sparkling Wine Italy
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, breezy finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214351
Stella Rosa
NV Semi-Sweet Moscato
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, breezy finish with soft tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214636
Casa Catelli
NV Prosecco DOC
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, quick finish with soft tannins and no oak.
85 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214566
Fontana Gina
2014 Pinot Grigio
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 peach pit, lemon, and melon rind finish. A nice, dry quaffable pinot grigio.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214574
Saracco
2013 Pinot Noir
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 herbed citrus peels, earthy roasted root vegetables, and pepper finish with dusty, firm tannins and light oak. A pleasant dry table wine.
83 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214565
Villa Alena
2014 Pinot Grigio
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 momentary overripe melon, bruised green apple, and grassy earth finish with crunchy, fruit tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214493
Al Dente!
2014 Chianti DOCG
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 cherry pit, nutshell, and smoky earth finish with firm, barky tannins and moderate oak. A lean, dry, somewhat austere sangiovese that needs food.
81 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214564
Stella Rosa
NV Extra Dry Prosecco DOC
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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