November 2016 - Italy

This month's Wine feature is Italian Wines
Italy Reviews
217398
Masseria Supreno
2015 Primitivo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217394
Tenuta Arbeta
2015 Gavi
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217399
Masseria Supreno
2015 Negroamaro
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217400
Nuragico
2015 "Justu" Vermentino
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217309
Santa Venere
2015 "Scassabarile" Rosato Marsigliana Nera
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217312
Santa Venere
2013 "Vurgada" Merello cappuccio Gaglioppo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217397
Masseria Supreno
2014 Sangiovese
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217310
Santa Venere
2015 "Vescovado" Bianco Guardavelle
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217307
Santa Venere
2015 Bianco Greco
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217311
Santa Venere
2015 "Speziale" Marsigliana Nera
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217396
Torrea del Sale
2015 Sangiovese
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217306
Santa Venere
2014 Rosso Gaglioppo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217308
Santa Venere
2015 Rosato Gaglioppo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217313
Biagio
2014 Toscana Rosso Toscana
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217395
Torrea del Sale
2015 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217401
AMBO Nero
2015 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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