November 2017 - Italy

This month's Wine feature is Italian Wines
Italy Reviews
221785
Monteversa
2014 Rossodiversa Colli Euganei
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222108
Candoni
2016 Pinot Grigio
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.
93 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221977
Cielo
2014 Cent'anni Red Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222112
Polvaro Tenuta
2016 Oro Blanco Delle Venezie IGP
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221784
Monteversa
2015 Animaversa Rosso Colli Euganei
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221984
Cielo
2016 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222109
Carletto
2016 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222127
Alta Luna
2014 Phases Rosso Vigneto delle Dolomiti IGT
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222130
Alta Luna
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221807
90+ Cellars
2015 Lot 27 Reserve Series Barbera d'Alba Superiore
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221777
Monteversa
2016 Versavo Bianco Veneto IGP
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221978
Passaia
2016 Toscana Rosso IGT
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221805
90+ Cellars
2013 Lot 26 Collector Series Barolo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221779
Monteversa
2016 Animaversa Manzoni
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221976
Cielo
2015 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221981
Amatore
2016 White Bianco Verona IGT
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221820
ONE LEAF
2016 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222111
Polvaro Tenuta
2016 Classico White Lison DOCG
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222124
Cavit
2016 Oak Zero Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221983
Freschello
NV Extra Dry Spumante Italy
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221806
90+ Cellars
2015 Lot 60 Reserve Series Langhe Rosso
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221975
Pradio
2016 Priara Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222114
Polvaro Tenuta
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221914
La Marca
NV Prosecco DOC
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221783
Monteversa
2016 Biodiversa Rosso Veneto IGT
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221782
Monteversa
2016 Versacinto Rosso Colli Euganei
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221778
Monteversa
2016 Animaversa Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221973
Cielo
2016 Rosé Veneto IGT
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221974
Freschello
NV Extra Dry Spumante Rosé Italy
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222107
Candoni
2016 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222128
Alta Luna
2016 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222129
Alta Luna
2015 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221945
642º
2015 Maremma Toscana DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221871
Bella Mente
2016 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221979
Gran Maestro
2016 Red Puglia IGT
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221872
Scusami
2016 Nero DAvola-Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222126
Lunetta
NV Sparkling Rosé Italy
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221980
Amatore
2016 Red Rosso Verona IGT
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221908
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Prosecco DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222110
Carletto
2016 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222125
Lunetta
NV Prosecco DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222113
Polvaro Tenuta
2016 Estate Grown Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221982
Cielo
NV Prosecco DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222123
Cavit
2016 Moscato
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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