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April 2018 - Italy

April 2018 - Italy
This month's Wine feature is Italian Wines

Italy Reviews

Tenuta Rocca 2013 Bussia Barolo DOC
95 points
$80
Light garnet color. Aromas of red licorice and peony with a tannic, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a refreshing, medium-long black licorice, allspice, dried raspberry, rosemary, and tobacco finish with cottony tannins. A fruity and well-structured Barolo with tannins built for the long haul; this is one to cellar until the finest occasion.
Villadoria 2015 Senatore Primo Piemonte DOC
94 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Bright ruby color. Clean, floral, fresh, fruity, herbal aromas and flavors of spray roses, dried cranberry, clove, and wild strawberry with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, refreshing, buoyant rose wood, raspberry, orange zest, and blueberry finish with silky, soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fresh, charming blend from Piedmont with lovely structure and pretty fruit and floral notes.
94 points $13.99 Best Buy
Recchia 2010 Ca Bertoldi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
94 points
$39.99
Black garnet color. Aromas of stewed plums, spray roses, herb garden, and sweet tobacco with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long dark chocolate, cherry-coconut bar, candied tangerine peel, sundried tomato, green almond, and mocha finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and fruit-forward Amarone that should please any fan of the style.
94 points $39.99
Villadoria 2014  Barbaresco DOCG
93 points
$29.99
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of smoky clove, carob, thyme, crushed dried roses, and creme de cassis with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long hint of tobacco finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A steak-friendly Barbaresco with enticing herbal notes and mouthfilling tannins.
93 points $29.99
Reva 2013  Barolo DOCG
93 points
$54.99
Brown brick red color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spiced berries and nuts, toasted meringue with mint, and dried flower with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long craisins and dried sour cherries, cedar cigar box, and earth finish with dusty, firm tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant and pure Barolo that will be sensational with roasted meats.
93 points $54.99
Giacondi 2016  Pinot Grigio
92 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Clear emerald straw color. Fruity aromas of lime cordial, orange candies, crushed pineapple, and dried thyme with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long wet stone, coriander, ripe apricot, and kumquat finish with no oak. A lengthy and sophisticated Pinot Grigio that will be an excellent companion to fish.
92 points $8.99 Best Buy
Reva 2015  Nebbiolo dAlba
92 points
$29.99
Light garnet color. Aromas of fig paste, cherry jam, peony, pomegranate, tack room, and green beans with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length red apple, plum, tar, and tobacco finish with grippy tannins and moderate oak. A dry Nebbiolo with a beautiful floral, fruity nose.
92 points $29.99
Nativ 2016  Irpinia Aglianico DOC
92 points
$45
Black garnet color. Aromas of rose, blueberry figs, geranium, watermelon, roasted beets, tanned leather, and molasses with a round, crisp, fruity medium-full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length salted nuts and sweet red peppers finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A bold, earthy red with intriguing caramelized notes and juicy fruit flavors.
Nativ 2014 Eremo San Quirico Aglianico
92 points
$65
Black garnet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of cherry-vanilla gelato, rose petals, sundried tomato, and forest berries and floor with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and an elegant, medium-long compressed watermelon, marinated strawberries, and dark chocolate finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A unique melange of flavors is found in this delicious wine.
Rendola 2013  Brunello di Montalcino
92 points
$70
Dark burnt sienna color. Elegant, mature aromas of rum drizzled fruit cake, leather, dried roses, watermelon candy, and dark chocolate shavings with a slightly chewy, lively, dry medium body and a warming, subtle, medium-length salted nuts, caramel coated peanuts, molasses, and espresso grounds dusted fudge finish with light oak. A nuanced Brunello with killer acidity; gracefully aged with a beautiful path ahead.
Vigna a Solatío 2014 Riserva Single Vineyard Vernaccia di San Gimignano
91 points
$24.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized pear, yellow flowers, star anise, puff pastry with creme, beeswax, and peony with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length pez candies, lemon zest, and hourglass sand finish with a suggestion of oak. A fresh Vernaccia with mouthwatering acidity; a nice pairing for buttery lobster.
91 points $24.99
Villadoria 2013  Barolo DOCG
91 points
$44.99
Brick red color. Inviting aromas and flavors of baked berries, buttery caramel, and suede with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and an even, refreshing, medium-long dried cherries, cocoa-dusted nuts, wet cedar, and earth finish with chewy, dusty tannins and light oak. A rock solid Barolo that will shine with a fine meal.
91 points $44.99
Cantina dell’Alunno 2012  Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG
91 points
$55
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cologne, mint jelly, musk, and jasmine green tea with a chewy, vibrant, dry full body and a tingling, elaborate, very long lime leaf, cedar, violet, and cherry pits and almond stone finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A cellar-ready Montefalco that will explode with intensity and charm.
Villadoria 2012 Sori Paradiso Barolo DOCG
91 points
$64.99
Ruby black color. Earthy aromas and flavors of cherries, waxy honeycomb, herb roasted tomato, and baking chocolate with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long pomegranate and bark finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A bright, delicious chewy Barolo that is drinking well now.
91 points $64.99
Recchia 2013 Le Muraie Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore DOC
90 points
$18.99
Bright black garnet color. Aromas of wet cedar and juniper, forest floor, smoked tomato and beets, and wild raspberry with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, intricate, long red and black licorice, leather, molasses glazed nuts, and charred meats finish with earthy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A mysterious and enticing Valpolicella fit for excellent meals.
90 points $18.99
Haustor 2015  Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC
90 points
$30
Bright garnet black color. Minerally aromas and flavors of spiced plums, cedar, cherry liqueur, rhubarb compote, and aniseed with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, breezy leather, figs, balsamic glaze, and poached apricot finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A solid Ripasso for casual pairing now with velvety tannins and an expressive character.
Poggio Stella 2013  Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG
90 points
$35
Brown brick red color. Vegetal aromas of minestrone, roasted beets, dried oregano and savory, black garlic, and black fig with a supple, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, stimulating, medium-length basalt, black tea, and ground pepper finish with chewy, crunchy tannins and light oak. A light-bodied, savory red with a big pop of food-friendly acidity.
90+ Cellars 2014 Riserva Sangiovese
89 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of aromatic cherries, sweet pea blossom, ripe raspberries and blackberries, and spiced sun tea with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length rosemary, geranium, tobacco, and leather finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A bright and fruity Chianti for new world wine drinkers.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Benozzo Gozzoli 2016  Vernaccia di San Gimignano
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of pineapple, pear, and underripe muskmelon with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length slate, alpine herbs, and sea spray finish with no oak. A balanced, mineral-forward Vernaccia that will be a great aperitif or shellfish pairing.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Luna Nuda NV  Prosecco
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear silvery emerald straw color. Fresh aromas of underripe apricot flesh and stone, cucumber salad, and freesia with a satiny, vibrant, fizzy, dryish light body and a breezy quartz finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp and refreshing Prosecco with poignant aromas and flavors.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Falchini 2011 Riserva Vin Santo del Chianti
89 points
$36.99
Brilliant brushed amber color. Nutty aromas and flavors of roasted chestnut, salted toffee, cedar, Seville oranges, and orange blossom with a round, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. An old-school Vin Santo that will bring you back to the old country.
89 points $36.99
Montaleo 2015 Pagani dei Marchi Montescudaio DOC
89 points
$40
Tomato bisque color. Aromas of grilled berries, roasted nuts, spiced berries with walnut skins, and mossy earth with a bright, medium-to-full body and a captivating, medium-to-long sea buckthorn and cardboard box of caramel chews finish. A fruity, chewy Italian red that will play nicely at the table
Falchini 2011 Campora Estate Bottled Toscana IGT
89 points
$56.99
Bright brick red color. Candied, earthy, floral, green, herbal aromas and flavors of grilled sweet peppers, roasted beets, minestrone, and blueberry preserves with a tannic, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length oregano, crushed red pepper, dried cherries, and leather finish with well-integrated, medium, firm tannins and light oak. A food-friendly, balanced and delicious Tuscan Cabernet with great earthy notes.
89 points $56.99
Mora Di Selva 2014 Rosso Toscana IGT
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Bright ruby color. Floral, interesting, inviting, meaty, roasted aromas and flavors of roasted beets, minestrone, savory herbs, and balsamic vinegar with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-length tomato water finish with firm tannins and light oak. An earthy Super Tuscan with big acid; a cellar candidate.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Giacondi NV  Prosecco DOC
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Brilliant silver color. Aromas of nougat, wool, sea foam, minerals, and tinned peaches with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and a breezy lemon chiffon and sea salt finish with no oak. A cheery, crisp and stony Prosecco.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Paretaio 2013  Toscana IGT
88 points
$24.99
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced cherry chutney, pomegranate, diced jalapeño, wild sour cherry pastry, and wintergreen with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy fertile earth, suede, and dried rose finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A spicy Super Tuscan with an herbal streak.
88 points $24.99
Reva 2015  Barbera dAlba Superiore
88 points
$29.99
Black violet color. Sweet aromas and flavors of sweet goat cheese gelato, boysenberry compote, honey, buttercream, and rose hips with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish. A smooth and crowd-pleasing style makes this a solid choice for a red sipper; malbec fans need apply.
88 points $29.99
Falchini 2012 Campora Estate Bottled Toscana IGT
88 points
$54.99
Nearly opaque dusty garnet color. Spicy, smoky, savory aromas and flavors of tobacco, dried jalapeño peppers, sundried tomato, and blackberry with a tannic, crisp, dry full body and a warming, complex, medium-long juicy berries finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A tidy and juicy Tuscan Cabernet with a wide variety of pairing possibilities.
88 points $54.99
Nativ 2017 Suadens Campania Rosso IGT
88 points
$65
Black violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of acai, vanilla fondant, eucalyptus, and geranium with a velvety, crisp, off-dry medium-full body and a tingling, buoyant bacon jam finish with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A bold, concentrated wine packed with fruity-sweetness and crowd-appeal.
VOGA 2016  Moscato
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of white flowers, cherry blossom, sweet almond, apricot tart, and honey drizzled pears with a round, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy candied ginger finish with no oak. A light dessert sparkler for spiced desserts.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Gemma di Luna 2017  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Clear white gold color. Fruity aromas of white peach and mango taffy with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length sweet yogurt, lime zest, and underripe strawberry finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A friendly Pinot Grigio with elegant, plush fruit.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
12 e Mezzo 2015  Malvasia del Salento IGP
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear yellow straw color. Buttery, fruity, fresh, floral, exotic aromas and flavors of lemon soufflé, sea shore, apple blossom, and ginger with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length Greek yogurt, lemon supremes, and underripe raspberry finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A clean and floral Malvasia for effortless shellfish pairings.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Vigna a Solatío 2016 Estate Bottled Vernaccia di San Gimignano
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear yellow straw color. Creamy aromas of sweet lemon custard, puff pastry, lime pop, and peach stone with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length lemon and lime zest, wet stone, white flowers, and juicy pineapple finish with no oak. A clean and crisp Vernaccia with pure fruit flavors and cool minerality.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Luna Nuda 2016 Estate Grown Pinot Grigio
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of lemon soufflé, tart pear, and finger lime with a satiny, bright, dryish thin body and a polished, brisk slate and oregano finish with no oak. A breezy Pinot Grigio quaffer for anytime sipping.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
12 e Mezzo 2017  Rosato del Salento IGP
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Fruity aromas of raspberries in whipped cream, mandarin orange, lemon zest, and vanilla bean with a satiny, crisp, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk orange sherbet finish with soft tannins and no oak. A spritzy, refreshing rose for patio pounding.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
12 e Mezzo 2014  Negroamaro del Salento
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Nearly opaque dusty garnet color. Floral, fresh, fruity, clean aromas and flavors of ripe plum, lavender, rosemary, black tea, and graphite with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, brisk blueberry muffin, chocolate chunks, and lemon spritz finish with fruit, fine, soft, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. Juicy fruit flavors in this Negroamaro will attract Italian wine lovers and malbec fans alike; try with a slight chill for extra refreshment.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Saracco 2017  Moscato dAsti DOP
86 points
$15.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of fruit cup, honeysuckle, and apricots in syrup with a syrupy, bright, frothy, sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length watermelon candy and orange blossom finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A very sweet Moscato that would be a great choice for pouring atop fruits or sorbet.
86 points $15.99
Cantina dell’Alunno 2014 Rosso Umbria IGT
86 points
$30
Dark ruby color. Vegetal aromas of organic beets, tomato leaves, kidney beans, and cranberry sauce with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and a brisk herbs de Provence, charcoal briquettes, roasted turnip, and eucalyptus finish with earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A savory Umbrian red with a distinctive old-world flair.
Luna Nuda 2016 Rosé Italy
85 points
$12.99
Steely pink color. Fruity aromas of white strawberry yogurt, melon, brazil nut, and hint of mossy earth with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long sour cherry, kiwi, and wet balsa finish with no oak. A bright and vivacious Italian rose that will liven up a salad and summer soiree.
85 points $12.99
Titolato Colombaia 2015 Single Property Chianti Colli Senesi
85 points
$15.99
Black ruby color. Aromas of leather, allspice, cigar box, oregano, and dried cherries with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a polished, cheery dark chocolate shavings, dandelion, and gentian finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A food-friendly Chianti with wide appeal.
85 points $15.99
Ab Vinéa Doni 2015  Vernaccia di San Gimignano
85 points
$21.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of shortcake, wet stone, basil, candied lime peel, and caramel corn with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, breezy cantaloupe rind finish. A table-ready Vernaccia for weeknight pairings.
85 points $21.99
VOGA 2016 Rosa Delle Venezie IGT
84 points
$9.99
Clear orange amber color. Candied, citrusy, fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of watermelon water, white raspberry, limestone, and peach iced tea with a lean, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, fast apple skins finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A patio pounder rose.
84 points $9.99
Riva Leone 2016  Gavi DOCG
84 points
$14.99
Bright straw green color. Cheesy, citrusy, fruity, nutty aromas and flavors of lemon buttercream, egg white omelet, and green apples with a lean, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, fast lemon drop candies, lime zest, and quartz finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A tart and refreshing Gavi.
84 points $14.99
Reva 2013 Ravera Barolo DOCG
84 points
$89.99
Dusty garnet color. Earthy aromas of wet straw, sweet tomato jam, incense, blackstrap molasses, red plum, peppermint, and lime candies with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length cherry pits and straw finish with grippy tannins. A very dry, old-school styled Barolo to wash down a rich meal.
84 points $89.99
12 e Mezzo 2015  Primitivo del Salento IGP
83 points
$14.99
Nearly opaque dusty ruby color. Floral, fresh, fruity, jammy aromas and flavors of boysenberry, fig, sawdust, coconut, vanilla, and raspberry leaf with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk iron-rich soil and hoisin sauce finish with soft, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. Fresh and fruity red wine that is crowd pleasing.
83 points $14.99
Recchia 2013 La Guardia Recioto della Valpolicella Amarone Classico
80 points
$34.99
Black violet color. Mature aromas of smoked plum and apple cider with a velvety, bright, very sweet medium-full body and a swift spiced plum butter, rhubarb compote, rosemary infused honey, and milk chocolate finish with silky tannins and light oak. A rich choice for spicy fare or after dinner indulging.
80 points $34.99
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