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November 2016 - Italy

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

Italy Reviews

Masseria Supreno 2015  Primitivo
93 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of berry tart, spiced nougat, and chocolate muffin with a fruity medium-to-full body and a long chocolate orange peal, craisins, and floral honey finish. A rich sumptuous juicy primitivo that assured to please.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Tenuta Arbeta 2015  Gavi
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of honeycrisp apple, melon, and spicy nougat with a satiny, vibrant, medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long clementine and delicate spice and mint finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A pure, delicious Italian white wine that will be very versatile.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Masseria Supreno 2015  Negroamaro
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, cherry tart, and delicate spice with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and an appealing, medium-length dried peach and sandalwood finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A supple, delicious, satisfying red.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Nuragico 2015 "Justu" Vermentino
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Attractive, fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of peach and apple custard, praline, and dried pineapple and mango with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long lemon granita and pickled melon finish with silky, crunchy, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A silky, and attractive Italian white with a rich core of fruit and great balance.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Santa Venere 2015 "Scassabarile" Rosato Marsigliana Nera
91 points
$21.99
Dusty sunburst amber color. Aromas and flavors of lime blossoms, lime zest and canvas, key lime custard, and minerality and bark with a tangy, dry full body and a short finish with barky, cottony tannins and light oak. Really liked the citric component in this wine.
91 points $21.99
Santa Venere 2013 "Vurgada" Merello cappuccio Gaglioppo
91 points
$24.99
Opaque black ruby color. Aromas of roasted dark berries, mulberries and spiced black cherries, planked oak and turned earth, and black pepper with a lively, dry full body and a prodigious, medium-length finish with well-integrated, crunchy, woody, earthy tannins and moderate oak. Really impressed with the fruit intensity that is nicely integrated with the oak and sense of place.
91 points $24.99
Masseria Supreno 2014  Sangiovese
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of baked berries and cherries, melted chocolate, and roasted nuts with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-long vanilla toffee and cedar and spice finish. A round ripe Italian red blend that will be very versatile.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Santa Venere 2015 "Vescovado" Bianco Guardavelle
90 points
$21.99
Yellow straw color. Dusty, floral aromas and flavors of pressed flowers, baked and pickled peach, and flan with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, cheery nectarine skin, nut skin, and earth finish with no oak. A mouthwatering, layered savory white that will be very versatile.
90 points $21.99
Santa Venere 2015 Bianco Greco
89 points
$16.99
Straw green color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced apricots and apples, clementine, and grass with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length lemon and earth finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A refreshing, savory white that will be great at the table.
89 points $16.99
Santa Venere 2015 "Speziale" Marsigliana Nera
89 points
$21.99
Bright dusty ruby color. Aromas of dried herbs and garrigue, dried berries and strawberries, sandalwood, and sour cherries with a tangy, dry medium-full body and an intricate, buoyant finish with woody tannins. Lovely integration of unique scents and flavors.
89 points $21.99
Torrea del Sale 2015  Sangiovese
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Nearly opaque violet color. Fruity, roasted aromas and flavors of chestnut brittle, roasted berries, creme brulee crust, and tar and earth with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, appealing, medium-length marinated root vegetables, reduced lemon and pomegranate, and nuts finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and no oak. A juicy, lightly smoky red that will pair nicely with grilled meats.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Santa Venere 2014 Rosso Gaglioppo
88 points
$16.99
Ruby color. Earthy, smoky aromas and flavors of sandalwood incense, spiced mulberries, peppercorn, and dark chocolate with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and an intriguing, medium-length sour cherry, salted nuts, and beets finish with crunchy, chewy, barky tannins and light oak. A tangy, crunchy Italian red that will be great with red sauce meat dishes.
88 points $16.99
Santa Venere 2015 Rosato Gaglioppo
88 points
$16.99
Bright light Siam color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cake and a cherry danish, star anise, gravel, and green straw with a crisp, dry full body and a brisk finish with earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak. Nice pastry shop flavors.
88 points $16.99
Biagio 2014 Toscana Rosso Toscana
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of toasty cedar, berry tart, and craisin with a supple, bright, dryish body and an interesting, medium-length cocoa and earth finish with fine tannins and light oak. A pleasant, savory table wine.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Torrea del Sale 2015  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$9.99
Bright golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of toasted yeast, dried grass, lemon pith, and peach pits with a crisp, dry full body and a complex, relaxed finish with earthy, leafy tannins and a suggestion of oak. Nice subtle flavors came on with a bit of air.
85 points $9.99
AMBO Nero 2015  Pinot Noir
83 points
$13.90
Ruby color. Earthy, spicy aromas and flavors of red berries, hay, and spiced nuts with a supple, body and a smooth, interesting, easy pomegranate finish with chewy tannins. A crisp earthy red.
83 points $13.90
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