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November 2017 - Italy

November 2017 - Italy
This month's Wine feature is Italian Wines

Italy Reviews

Monteversa 2014 Rossodiversa Colli Euganei
94 points
$55
Light garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of tar, freshly turned earth, foraged mushrooms, and ripe sour cherry with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, subtle, medium-long graphite, forest berries, dried fig, and dried herbs and lavender finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak. A dreamy, slatey, terrior-driven red to take seriously.
Candoni 2016  Pinot Grigio
93 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of apricot, honeycomb, limestone, and dried fruits and nuts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, complex, medium-long raspberry pavlova, lime zest, and Turkish delight finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A beautiful, delicate, serious expression of pinot grigio.
Awards: 2017 Top 3 Best Pinot Grigio, 2017 Top 2 Best Italian White Wine
93 points $12.99 Best Buy
Cielo 2014 Centanni Red Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC
93 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of sweet tobacco, dried sultanas, sweet pea blossom, chocolate coated figs, and tangerine with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a polished, elaborate, medium-long toasty cedar, creme filled chocolate bon bons, blueberries in cream, and rice pudding with warm spices finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak. A decadent Valpolicella to sip slowly with great friends.
93 points $16.99 Best Buy
Polvaro Tenuta 2016 Oro Blanco Delle Venezie IGP
93 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Floral aromas of aloe vera, tropical flowers, magnolia, and fresh juicy pear with an bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long ripe green apple, coriander and cardamom, and honey butter finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A weighty and perfumed white with great complexity and character.
93 points $16.99 Best Buy
Monteversa 2015 Animaversa Rosso Colli Euganei
93 points
$98
Ruby black color. Aromas of pomegranate and dill pickle with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long cassis, basalt, pickled watermelon, and bay leaf finish with cottony tannins and a suggestion of oak. A poignant red with a great sense of place.
Cielo 2016  Pinot Grigio
92 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Creamy, fruity aromas and flavors of lemon custard, honeydew melon, and floral honey with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, delightful, brisk ripe nectarine finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A clean and pure pinot grigio the offers effortless enjoyment.
92 points $8.99 Best Buy
Carletto 2016  Pinot Grigio
92 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of ripe melons, mojito, and bright peach with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length lime coulis and mango finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A lovely, fruit forward pinot grigio that exudes summertime.
92 points $10.99 Best Buy
Alta Luna 2014 Phases Rosso Vigneto delle Dolomiti IGT
92 points
$13.99
Dusty garnet black color. Herbal aromas of cherry skins, eucalyptus, graphite, sandalwood, and jasmine tea with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long tar, nutskins, and pressed wildflowers finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. An earthy and dry European red that will be at home with rich meals.
92 points $13.99
Alta Luna 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$13.99
Emerald straw color. Fruity, minerally aromas of fresh grapefruit, slate, dried papaya, and clover honey with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long fresh cut grass, cilantro, dill, shiso, echinacea, and lemon lozenge finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins and no oak. A terrific nuanced Sauvignon Blanc with loads of minerality and complex herbal charm.
92 points $13.99
90+ Cellars 2015 Lot 27 Reserve Series Barbera dAlba Superiore
92 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of crushed raspberries, shortcake, warm spices, and pomegranate with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, intriguing, medium-long chocolate genache finish with medium tannins and light oak. A big juicy Barbera the seems tailor-made for charcuterie.
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
Monteversa 2016 Versavo Bianco Veneto IGP
92 points
$59
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of homemade lemon pound cake, chamomile tea, and apple compote with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length lily, marcona almond, and caponata finish with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A delicious white wine with excellent texture and a complex balance of fruits, florals, herbs, and earth.
Passaia 2016  Toscana Rosso IGT
91 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Mature aromas and flavors of bright berry melange, patent leather, cherry cola, and chocolate brownie with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long finish with well-integrated, chewy, earthy tannins and heavy oak. A generous super-Tuscan that will be at home with any steak.
91 points $15.99 Best Buy
90+ Cellars 2013 Lot 26 Collector Series Barolo
91 points
$34.99
Dusty brick red color. Inviting, sweet, spicy aromas and flavors of sweet violet, dried orange, tobacco, and nutmeg with a tannic, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-length star anise, cocoa powder, dried rosebud tea, and raw walnuts finish with firm tannins and light oak. A intensely aromatic Barolo that begs for juicy steaks and great company.
91 points $34.99
Monteversa 2016 Animaversa Manzoni
91 points
$78
Golden straw color. Elegant aromas of fresh pear, marzipan with toasted coconut, underripe pineapple, and petrol with a satiny, crisp, dryish full body and a polished, appealing, medium-long fruit cup, dried wildflowers and parsley, mixed nuts, and honeycomb finish with well-integrated, silky, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. An elegant and nuanced Italian white with a great sense of place.
Cielo 2015  Pinot Noir
90 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of fine furniture, decadent cherry confection, roasted nuts, and sweet cigar wrapper with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long white pepper, sweet paprika, and musk perfume finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak. An enticing and rich Pinot Noir with a sensual nose.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy
Amatore 2016 White Bianco Verona IGT
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Grassy aromas of pink grapefruit, sliced golden apples, fresh cut grass, and honeydew melon with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-long mincemeat pie finish with no oak. A dense Veronese white for sauvignon blanc lovers.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
ONE LEAF 2016  Pinot Grigio
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Floral aromas of almond sponge cake, orange blossom syrup, and cantaloupe with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length apricot stone, hay, and lime zest finish with soft tannins and no oak. Perfumed aromas of orgeat dominate this pretty pinot grigio.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Polvaro Tenuta 2016 Classico White Lison DOCG
90 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of fresh apple sauce, tangerine zest, dried white flowers, and hint of walnut with a round, vibrant, dryish medium body and a graceful, medium-length lemon bar and almond skins finish with silky, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A richly textured white with delicate flavors for sipping and pairing.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Cavit 2016 Oak Zero Chardonnay
89 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Clean aromas of homemade applesauce and white flowers with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length juicy lemon and wet stone finish with soft tannins and no oak. A crisp, clean un-oaked chardonnay that offers elegant fruit.
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
Freschello NV Extra Dry Spumante Italy
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas of almond paste and yeasty dough with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, engaging, medium-length lemon zest, meringue, and apricot stone finish with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. An ultra-refreshing sparkler with nectar-like appeal to delight your guests.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
90+ Cellars 2015 Lot 60 Reserve Series Langhe Rosso
89 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Spicy aromas of coriander, grilled peppers, fresh juicy plums, and sweet tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length leather, dark chocolate, and orange marmalade finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and light oak. A lovely nuanced red with endless pairing possibilities.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Pradio 2016 Priara Pinot Grigio
89 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of straw and lime blossom with a round, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, breezy peach iced tea finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A lighthearted pinot grigio for anytime sipping.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Polvaro Tenuta 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$16.99
Deep purple color. Rustic aromas of barnyard, leather saddle, blackberry pie, and rosemary with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, appealing, medium-length finish with well-integrated, medium tannins. A juicy and rustic Cab that earns its place at the table; try with braised meats.
89 points $16.99
Graffiti 2016 Beneventano Falanghina
89 points
$18
Bright golden yellow color. Fruity aromas of apple pie, caramel, apple blossom, and banana custard with a round, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length fruit cocktail, caramelized pineapple, and apple cider finish with medium, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A rich and boldly fruity wine.
La Marca NV  Prosecco DOC
89 points
$18
Straw color. Fruity, clean aromas of orchard fresh apple, apricot, and lime blossom with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length wet stone, underripe raspberry, and almond skins finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A solid and pure prosecco for special moments.
Monteversa 2016 Biodiversa Rosso Veneto IGT
89 points
$50
Ruby purple color. Earthy aromas and flavors of iron-rich soil, stewed plums, and overripe raspberry with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-length fresh herb stems finish with silky tannins. A very earthy red for dinner pairings.
Monteversa 2016 Versacinto Rosso Colli Euganei
89 points
$60
Garnet black color. Earthy aromas and flavors of overripe plum, green beans, and raspberry jam with a fruity medium body and a smooth, easy mushrooms and espresso bean finish with well-integrated, medium tannins. A plush red that offers earthy intrigue complimented by big bursts of fruit.
Monteversa 2016 Animaversa Chardonnay
89 points
$78
Straw color. Aromas of dried apple and pistachio with a satiny, soft, fruity medium body and a brisk butter poached orchard fruit and nut brittle finish with soft, fruit tannins. A creamy and gentle chardonnay for effortless sipping.
Cielo 2016 Rosé Veneto IGT
88 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas of strawberry vinegar and paprika with a round, bright, fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length watermelon, honeydew, chalk, and marinated grape leaves with pepper finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. An intriguing rose for summertime crushing.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Freschello NV Extra Dry Spumante Rosé Italy
88 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Bright pink coral color. Candied aromas and flavors of cotton candy and strawberry hard candies with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy red licorice, anise, and peach sauce finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A tasty and effortlessly drinkable sparkling rose for any occasion.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Candoni 2016  Pinot Noir
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of blackberry swirl vanilla gelato, sweet pea blossom, and garden fresh vegetables with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length ground white pepper and ground ginger finish with medium tannins and light oak. And inky, brambly wine that offers a different take on pinot noir.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Alta Luna 2016  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of banana pudding, almond creme, and lemon-lime and cream soda with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, breezy pear puree finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. An effortlessly drinkable pinot grigio.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Alta Luna 2015  Pinot Noir
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Brick red color. Fruity aromas of sour cherry candies, chocolate biscotti, fresh chives, and crimini mushrooms with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length espresso dusted dried cherry finish with medium, silky tannins and light oak. A pleasant and easy drinking pinot noir for weeknight meals.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
642º 2015  Maremma Toscana DOC
88 points
$16.99
Black garnet color. Aromas of raisin, butter pecan ice cream, and peach skins with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, medium-length crumpets with orange marmalade, roasted beets, black tea, and clove finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A raisiny and concentrated super Tuscan.
88 points $16.99
Bella Mente 2016  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$16.99
Silvery straw color. Aromas of lemon peel, dried peach skin, and wool with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a graceful, snappy celery, wet stone, and pineapple finish with soft tannins and no oak. A clean and bright Pinto Grigio with wide appeal.
88 points $16.99
Gran Maestro 2016 Red Puglia IGT
88 points
$16.99
Ruby color. Oaky aromas and flavors of roasted coffee bean, chocolate fig and citrus peels, and bramble with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, medium-length balsamic glazed berries and cherries and vanilla yogurt nuts finish with medium, fine tannins and light oak. A zesty and appetizing Italian red with a nice layer of toasty oak well suited for tomato and meat dishes.
88 points $16.99
Scusami 2016  Nero DAvola-Merlot
88 points
$16.99
Deep purple color. Aromas of honey wheat biscuits and lingonberry jam with a slightly chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy roasted nuts, coriander, and graham cracker finish. A distinctive Sicilian red with great versatility for pairings.
88 points $16.99
Lunetta NV Sparkling Rosé Italy
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Pale salmon orange color. Aromas of freshly baked bread, strawberry preserve, and honey graham cracker with a satiny, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length meyer lemon finish with fine, soft tannins and no oak. A fun sparkler with zippy acidity and elegant texture.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Amatore 2016 Red Rosso Verona IGT
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of stones, dried herb melange, and forest berries with a slightly chewy, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a brisk dried plum and earth finish with earthy tannins. A food-friendly wine for weeknight meals.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Prosecco DOC
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of straw, quartz, and citron peel with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light body and a polished, breezy vanilla scented lime peel finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp and light prosecco with a hint of sweetness.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Carletto 2016  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of ripe berries in vanilla cream, leather saddle, and fresh herbs in butter sauce with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, buoyant chocolate covered blackberries and spearmint finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A fruity and creamy Montepulciano for sipping or pairing.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Lunetta NV  Prosecco DOC
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Pale light golden straw color. Fruity aromas of poached green pears and lemongrass with a soft, crisp, effervescent, dryish thin body and an even, brisk underripe apricot finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A palate cleansing prosecco.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Polvaro Tenuta 2016 Estate Grown Pinot Grigio
85 points
$16.99
White gold color. Aroma of green apple with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, buoyant poached pear and chamomile syrup finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A gentle quaffer.
85 points $16.99
Cielo NV  Prosecco DOC
84 points
$10.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of lemon scone with pears, marzipan, and green apple with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, short cherry pit, pressed flowers, and tangerine spritz finish with soft tannins and no oak. A crisp prosecco with an easy drinking character.
84 points $10.99
Graffiti NV Spumante Falanghina
84 points
$23
Golden straw color. Aroma of buttered lobster with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a buoyant lemon butter and apple compote finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A full-bodied sparkler for chardonnay lovers.
Cavit 2016  Moscato
83 points
$8.99
White gold color. Aromas of paint and peach gummies with a soft, prickly, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, swift orange sweet tarts and grape runts finish with soft tannins and no oak. An off-dry quaffer for effortless sipping.
83 points $8.99
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