April 2017 - Italy

This month's Wine feature is Italian Wines
Italy Reviews
219082
Earthshaker
2015 Tempesta Di Stelle Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of wood smoke, dark olives and heirloom tomatoes, and berry tart with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-long craisin, green apple, and nuts finish with fine, crunchy, earthy tannins and light oak. A spot-on montepulciano with great flavor, finesse, and sense of place.
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218787
Roversi
2012 Barolo DOCG
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, marinara, and green olive with an bright, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-length spiced berries and cocoa-dusted nuts finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. An inviting, supple Barolo with nice savoriness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219122
Gran Conti
2014 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler a la mode, cherry custard, and chocolate with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a compelling, medium-length cedar and spiced toffee finish with well-integrated, chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A ripe, fruity, international take on the classic Italian red.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218881
Trifula
2015 Rosso Red Blend Piemonte DOC
Dark dusty garnet color. Inviting, rustic aromas and flavors of earthy forest berries, leather saddle, candied rose petal, and thyme with a tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an elaborate, very long finish with well-integrated, grippy tannins and light oak. Beautifully integrated flavors and tannins make this wine a spectacular for special occasions.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218900
Famiglia Castellani
2011 Brunello di Montalcino
Medium color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, herbs, and stones with a bright, dryish medium body and an interesting, brisk finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A young red that shows well now, but short term cellaring may help.
92 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219120
Gran Conti
NV Sangiovese
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of spiced amarena cherry preserve, fine leather, and balsamic glaze with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried cherries and dried basil finish with well-integrated, medium, grippy tannins. A food friendly wine that will be a crowd pleaser.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219059
Candoni
NV Elviana Rosé Veneto IGP
Pale orangey salmon pink color. Aromas of sweet cherry, nougat, grape jelly, and candied lime and fig with a lively, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length spiced Fuji apple, cotton candy, and strawberry shortcake finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. Mouthwatering, juicy flavors erupt out of this summer crusher.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219056
Carletto
NV Extra Brut Prosecco DOC
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of melon in cream, spiced peach, and minerals with an tangy, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long lemon-banana custard and lime sorbet finish with no oak. An elegant, mouthwatering Prosecco with great flavors and acidity.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218899
Famiglia Castellani
2015 Vermentino
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of banana custard pie, apple tart, and praline with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, long spiced mango and pineapple, lemon curd, and creme brulee finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A robust marriage of tropical fruit and delicate creamy oak tones.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219007
Villadoria
2013 Bricco Magno Nebbiolo
Medium color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, earth, and forest floor with a bright, dryish medium body and a compelling, brisk finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A dry red with dark cherry, earth and tar flavors.
91 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218879
Ricossa
2016 Moscato d'Asti DOCG
Bright straw color. Aromas of nectarines, root vegetables and turnip, lemon curd, and potters clay with an lively, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium body and an intriguing, breezy finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak. An excellent example.
91 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219006
Villadoria
2013 Barolo DOCG
Light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried plantains and cherries and chocolate toffee with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length lime spritzed apple and tomato, nutskin, minty earth, and cedar finish with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A very nice traditional Barolo with lovely flavors and balance.
91 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218786
Roversi
2013 Barbaresco DOCG
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of marinated tomatoes and cherries and dark roasted nuts with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a stimulating, medium-long pomegranate and plantain custard, sandalwood, and dusty earth finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A bright and stimulating Barbaresco that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219057
Candoni
2016 Pinot Grigio
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of gooseberry jam on toast and banana chips with an bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a captivating, medium-length ripe peach, honeyed apple, and tropical fruits and flowers finish. A ripe, well balanced Pinot Grigio that hits all the right notes.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219052
Tenuta Polvaro
NV Prosecco DOC
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of nectarine and spiced citrus and fig with an vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and an amusing, medium-long honeyed apple, peach custard, and minerals finish with crunchy tannins and no oak. A crisp, flavorful Prosecco with great flavor and length.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219038
Avincerre
2015 Rosso Piceno DOC
Medium black ruby color. Jammy, fruity aromas of blueberry compote, fresh mint, and shortcake with a chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an intriguing, medium-length dried mulberry, leather, and mint cream finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. Juicy fruit flavors make this a very appealing italian red.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219061
Candoni
2015 Buongiorno Red Blend Puglia IGP
Medium black ruby color. Attractive, fruity, jammy aromas and flavors of violet, dark chocolate truffle, candied berries, and cherry cola with an bright, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length finish with fine, fruit, chewy tannins and no oak. A berry forward red blend with elegant floral notes.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219211
Soledoro
NV Vino Spumante Brut Prosecco DOC
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of melon coulis, powdered almond cookie, and mossy earth with an tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a charming, medium-length honeyed lemon, kiwi and baby banana, and peach skin finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A nice, easy drinking Prosecco with lively acidity and delicate tropical flavors.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219051
Tenuta Polvaro
2015 Pinot Grigio
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of spiced apple and nuts, banana skin, and bran muffin with an tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a delightful, easy lemon spritzed peach, lime sorbet, and nutskin finish with dusty, fruit tannins. A nice bright, lightly earthy pinot Grigio that will be versatile.
89 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219191
Bella Bolle
NV Sparkling Red Dessert Wine Italy
Brilliant ruby color. Inviting aromas and flavors of wild strawberry, jasmine tea, fruit cocktail syrup, and yuzu with a lively, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length wild strawberry, mint candy, tarragon, and earthy cherries finish with fruit, fine, well-integrated tannins. This juicy, light-on-its-feet sparkler will be an instant crowd-pleaser.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219060
Candoni
2015 Merlot
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of graphite pencil shavings, smoked nuts, and spiced cherries and apples with an tangy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, breezy pomegranate, melon rind, and nutskin finish with soft, crunchy tannins and light oak. A zesty merlot that livens the palate for a good meal.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219165
Cupcake
2015 Pinot Grigio
Silvery emerald straw color. Fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of peach pastry, mango yogurt, pear skin, and kid leather glove with a soft, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length lemon curd, nougat, and ripe nectarine and apple finish with fruit, fine tannins. Terrific fruit flavors make this balanced Pinot Grigio dinner-party worthy.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218975
Guerrieri Rizzardi
2015 Soave Classico DOP
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla mint, delicate floral herbs, exotic tropical fruits, and nectarine with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an engaging, carefree almond brittle, apple skin, melon, and earth finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. An interesting lightly nutty and minty soave sipper.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219036
Spruzzi
2015 Grillo
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of white chocolate graham cracker, banana nut muffin, and spiced apple and peach with an bright, dryish medium body and a charming, easy toasted lemon meringue, nutskin, and minted melon finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lively, delicately spicy and creamy white that is a pleasure to drink.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219049
Tenuta Polvaro
2013 Nero Venezia DOC
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of grilled watermelon rind, pico de gallo, and chocolate covered cherry with a coarse, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a buoyant blistered cherry tomatoes finish with a suggestion of oak. A savory red wine that can stand on its own or pair up with Italian dishes.
88 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219083
Earthshaker
2012 L'Amis Barbaresco DOCG
Medium color. Aromas and flavors of red fruit, cherry liqueur, and gravel with a bright, dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A Barbaresco for drinking early. Soft tannins, nice bright fruit with a hint of violets.
88 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219189
Whispering Hills
NV Pinot Grigio
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked peach and lime and hint of rubber leaf with an bright, light body and an interesting, snappy apple sauce and praline finish with no oak. A juicy, fruity, easy drinking Pinot Grigio crowd pleaser.
87 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219192
Bella Bolle
NV Moscato d'Asti
Pale silvery straw color. Floral aromas of cola with lime, water lilly, jicama, and meyer lemon with an crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length honeysuckle, white peach sangria, turkish delight, and orange blossom finish with fruit, fine tannins. A very nice, nutty and floral moscato.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219054
Carletto
2015 Pinot Grigio
Pale golden yellow color. Fruity, funky aromas and flavors of candied lemon peel, ripe apples, shoe polish, and fennel with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a rapid shale, underripe stone fruit, and nutskin finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A clean, neutral, easy drinking pinot Grigio.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219080
90+ Cellars
2016 Lot 134 Italy
Bright golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach syrup, meyer lemon zest, toasted yeast, and roasted nuts with a lively, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium body and a snappy finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak. A fairly good quality example.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218898
Famiglia Castellani
2015 Toscana Rosso
Medium color. Aromas and flavors of cherry, cola, and spice with a lively, dry medium body and a easy finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An easy to drink red to serve with pizza and pasta.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219190
Bella Bolle
NV Prosecco DOC
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of green twigs, bark, and grass, wood glue, and spiced figs with an tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length lime and kiwi custard and dried apricot finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. An interesting and herbaceous Prosecco to pair with exotic cheeses and Asian seafood dishes.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219084
Parla
2015 Pinot Grigio
Light silvery emerald straw color. Fresh aromas and flavors of glycerin, apple blossom, soursop, and melon rind with a crisp, dry thin body and a short , coconut water, and bitter almonds finish with fruit, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice, light and savory Pinot Grigio.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218880
Ricossa
2016 Brachetto Piemonte
Brilliant light garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberries, baked oak, raspberry saltwater taffy, and dried straw with an lively, fruity sweet medium body and a captivating, fast finish with cottony tannins and no oak. A better than average quality example.
85 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219050
Tenuta Polvaro
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Medium color. Aromas and flavors of red berries, cherry, and green pepper with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a charming, fast finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice Italian red to accompany a wide variety of foods.
85 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219121
Gran Conti
2015 Pinot Grigio
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of butter toasted nuts, banana bread, and dried peach with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk green apple core and earth finish with no oak. A solid Pinot Grigio sipper.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219210
Seratina
2015 Pinot Grigio
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of granny smith apples, crayon, and dill with a shy, light body and a brisk orange pith, dill, and apple core finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak. A decent pinot Grigio quaffer; serve with a good chill.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219008
Villadoria
2014 Barbaresco DOCG
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of cranberries and moss with a tart, dry light-to-medium body and a breezy blackberries, cherry vinaigrette, and doused campfire finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A dry, tart Italian red for the table.
84 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219058
Candoni
2013 Elviana Red Wine Veneto IGP
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of salty dried green pepper, dark chocolate, and fruit punch with a bright, fruity sweet medium body and a medium-length sweet cherry gastrique, vanilla bean, and sweet hibiscus tea finish with fine, fruit, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. An off-dry red that can stand up to savory foods.
83 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219124
Replica
2015 Scapegoat Pinot Grigio
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach yogurt, sourdough, and mossy earth with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a quick apple core, citrus pith, and grass finish with leafy, fruit tannins. A dry, earthy Pinot Grigio for the table.
83 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219037
Ibrido
2015 Manzoni Bianco
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of cedar incense, spicy turkey jerky, baked fruits, and sour cream with an tart, dry light body and an odd, snappy starfruit and kiwi, nutshell, and earth finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and no oak. A funky, earthy white to pair with rustic cheeses.
82 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219081
90+ Cellars
NV Lot 49 Vino Spumante Rose Italy
Bright silvery pink color. Unpleasant, pungent aromas of fishing net, goat cheese, and bruised fresh fruits with a tangy, effervescent, dry medium body and a easy ocean spray and underripe stone fruit finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak. A funky sparkler, best with cheeses.
80 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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