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November 2019 - Italy

November 2019 - Italy
This month's Wine feature is Italian Wines

Italy Reviews

Contempo 2018  Montepulciano
90 points
$10
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Rustic aromas and flavors of ripe forest fruit, braised greens, honeycomb, and baking spices with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting accents of sunflower seeds and brown butter with light oak flavor. A fruity, highly pairable Montepulciano.
90 points $10 Best Buy
La Mora della Valtramigna 2015  Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore
89 points
$13.15
Best Buy
Violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of apple cider doughnuts, raspberry jam, dried apricot, sweet paprika, and tangerine with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a silky, delightful, medium-length finish that shows overtones of cocoa butter and toast with dusty tannins and light oak flavor. Friendly notes of fruit and pastry delight the senses in this flavorful Ripasso wine.
89 points $13.15 Best Buy
1870 2016  Recioto di Soave Spumante DOCG
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of buttered brioche, toasted marshmallow,lemon curd, pickled mango, ripe honeycrisp apple, and graham cracker crust with a crisp, off-dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with overtones of candied almonds, honeyed golden plums, grapefruit zest, nutmeg, and flint with a suggestion of oak flavor. A complex, toasty, off-dry sparkler with toasty, nutty accents; a festive, flavorful wine to serve during the holidays.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Molino di Sant’antimo 2018 Perpaolo Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$25
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis jam and candied orange with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long finish that shows suggestions of chocolate biscuit, roasted nuts, graphite, and green peppercorns with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry, ageable cabernet that will appeal to new world and old world Cab lovers alike.
Cerasum 2012  Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG Riserva
89 points
$40
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas of rum raisin cake, cafe latte, and kirsch with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-long spiced nuts, candied strawberry, licorice, and dried leaves finish with leafy tannins and light oak flavor. A flavorful Amarone with a seductively fruity nose.
Trifula 2017 Bianco Piemonte DOC
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of peach pie, sliced bananas in creme, fresh herbs, and jasmine with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a graceful, medium-length ripe mango and pineapple, toasted pound cake, minerals, and roasted nuts finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich, buttery Italian white.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
12 e Mezzo 2018 Organic Chardonnay
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe mango, pineapple pastry, and baklava with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish that shows notes of toasted marshmallow with light oak flavor. A bright, flavor-packed Chardonnay that will hit the spot.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Pizzolato 2018 Sparkling Dessert Wine Moscato
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright gold color. Aromas of honeysuckle, ripe apricot, and angel food cake with a round, vibrant, sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length peach nectar, sweet apple, orange marmalade, and honey finish with no oak flavor. A balanced and floral Moscato that is sure to please fans of the varietal.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Paloma Rose 2018 Sparkling Veneto IGP
88 points
$16.99
Topaz gray color. Aromas and flavors of almonds, lemon chiffon, ripe apples, and summer peach with a silky, vibrant, fruity light body and a polished, medium-length finish. A friendly sparkler with a sophisticated side; appropriate for celebrations of all sizes.
88 points $16.99
Kin 2015  Erbaluce Di Caluso DOCG
88 points
$75
Golden straw color. Aromas of buttered toast, golden apples, blond tobacco, and pressed flowers with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length bruleed citrus finish with moderate oak flavor. A nice oaky Italian white sipper for fans of dry, oak driven Chardonnay.
Trifula 2017 Rosso Piemonte DOC
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, rosehip jam, smoke, and vanilla with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish that exhibits notes of chocolate genache and licorice with moderate oak flavor. A fruity Italian red that’s easy to pair.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Molino di Sant’antimo 2018 Asso Toscana Rosso IGT
87 points
$17
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of cherry tart, roasted beets, dried rose, tapenade, and mushrooms with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium body and a graceful, medium-length black tea, ink, and carob finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy Italian red with wonderful savory notes.
Giancarlo Ceci 2018 Parco Naturale White Blend Castel del Monte DOC
85 points
$10.99
Straw color. Aromas of white tea, cantaloupe, candied pear, and elderflower with a satiny, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy sliced lemons and baked apple finish. A cheery Pinot Grigio.
85 points $10.99
Fattoria di Romignano 2018  Chianti DOCG
83 points
$15.99
Violet color. Aromas of raspberry shrub, tangerine, dried figs and dates, mesquite, and banana bread with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, breezy blackberry pie, nutmeg, and dark chocolate finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A distinctively fruity Chianti for New World wine fans.
83 points $15.99
Giò 2017  Pinot Grigio
80 points
$12.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon, pear, and melon rind with a silky, bright, dryish light body and a graceful, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A breezy Pinot Grigio that goes down easy.
80 points $12.99
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