March 2020 - Italy

March 2020 - Italy
This month's Wine feature is Italian Wines

Italy Reviews

Emporium 2017 Appassimento Salento IGP
93 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Brown brick red color. Smoky, savory aromas and flavors of grilled berries, pickled and roasted ramps, tar and pomace, and farmyard earth with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, intriguing, long finish that shows accents of craisins and spiced toffee with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A great range and balance of bright fruit and smoky flavors make this a delightful choice for a BBQ outing.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Collina San Ponzio 2016 Barolo Fossati Barolo DOCG
93 points
$85
Garnet black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of dried cherry and apricot, raspberry, sun dried tomato, mushrooms, grilled baguette brushed with olive oil, and barnyard with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, long finish manifesting notes of toasted pine nuts and tar with light oak flavor. A dreamy Barolo with enticing notes of maturity and great length; cellar.
Ca’ Montini 2018 Single Vineyard Pinot Grigio
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of Amalfi lemon, star fruit, wet slate, tangerine zest, jasmine, and hints of sweet almond with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish manifesting suggestions of apricot fruit leather, poached apple, and tarragon with light oak flavor. A crisp and easy-drinking Pinot Grigio with a nice mineral element.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Collina San Ponzio 2016  Barolo DOCG
92 points
$44
Garnet black color. Aromas of marinated white bean, jasmine tea, fruit punch, tobacco, and toast with pomegranate jelly with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long cracked red peppercorn on focaccia finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruity Barolo that will shine with food.
Alberto Nani NV  Prosecco DOC
91 points
$18.99
Golden straw color. Fresh, floral aromas and flavors of mango with Tajín, salt water taffy, quince, and hint of rubber sap with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish displaying notes of citrus relish, spiced apple and pear, and dried flowers with no oak flavor. A bright and tropical Prosecco that hits all the right notes and is sure to please.
91 points $18.99
Lignum 2018 Red Blend Terre Siciliane IGP
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of plum jam, blueberry compote, rose petal, chocolate-cherry cookies, red licorice, and vanilla with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, appealing, medium-length finish revealing notes of spice cake and charred oak with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A balanced and juicy red for the table.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
It’s a Headsnapper NV Extra Dry Prosecco DOC
89 points
$19
Emerald straw color. Aromas of poached pear, chalk, lemon zest, and heirloom apple with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length underripe apricot, hints of star fruit, and tarragon finish with no oak flavor. A classic aperitivo Prosecco that refreshes the palate.
Terre di Poggio 2017  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of no. 2 pencil, plums, roasted carrots with cinnamon, licorice, and sweet black tea with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, charming, medium-length finish with shades of rhubarb cobbler and diced tomatoes. A juicy, made-for-food Montepulciano with big fruit and a steak-friendly body.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Farmers of Wine 2018 Red Blend Puglia IGT
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pomegranate, raspberry candies, peach yogurt, black olives, and herbs with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and an even, compelling, medium-length finish. A light-bodied red quaffer with smooth and fruity style.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Riondo NV  Prosecco DOC
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pale straw green color. Aromas and flavors of juicy pear, green apple, and carnation with a supple, crisp, spritzy, off-dry light body and a smooth, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A light and floral Prosecco with kisses of sweetness.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Vegania 2018  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Fresh aromas and flavors of roasted almond butter, dried peach, ripe cantaloupe skin, and caramel green apple in milk with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a graceful, engaging, medium-length finish with shades of cashew milk with no oak flavor. A nice quaffable Pinot Grigio with charming flavor and a gentle finish.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
ONE LEAF 2019  Moscato dAsti DOCG
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of sugared pineapple, pastry, and lime custard with a round, bright, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length ripe peach and lychee syrup finish with no oak flavor. A sweet Moscato with notes of bright peach and tropical fruit.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
The Collection NV Prosecco Prosecco DOC
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, hints of dried peach, and wet stone with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a polished, delightful, medium-length finish that presents accents of savory herbs and honeydew with no oak flavor. A bright and concentrated Prosecco in an elegant style.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
VOGA NV  Prosecco DOC
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon peel, stone, melon rinds, white peach, and hint of elderflower with a supple, bright, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, cheery finish that presents notes of powdered sugar and key lime custard. A classic, spritzy Prosecco and a solid aperitif offering.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
It’s a Headsnapper 2018  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe apple, spring peas, and lemon meringue with a satiny, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish with no oak flavor. A solid DOC Pinot Grigio that will be great on its own or paired with spring meals.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Luna di Luna 2018 Red Blend Tre Venezie
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of diced bell pepper, cherry jam, and moss with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, brisk juicy plum and toast finish with light oak flavor. A juicy Italian red that will easily pair with weeknight meals.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Gemma di Luna 2018  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of golden apple, straw, dressed spring vegetables, and honey with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, rapid finish revealing notes of pineapple with no oak flavor. A simple white for weeknight pairing.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
13 Celsius 2017  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas of slivered almonds and pear with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk finish. An easy, breezy white for everyday enjoyment.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Chloe 2018  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$16.99
Pale gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried apple, honey, marigold, yellow bell pepper, and citronella with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish that presents suggestions of almond cookie and peach jam with no oak flavor. A sunny, easy drinking Pinot Grigio.
86 points $16.99
Luna di Luna 2018  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$9.99
Straw green color. Aromas of hints of green apple, dried apricot, and minerals with a soft, shy, light body and a smooth, short-lived finish with no oak flavor. A white quaffer for hot day refreshment.
85 points $9.99
VOGA 2018  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$10.99
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pear, artichoke, and lime leaf with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and an effortless, appealing, medium-length finish revealing accents of crushed almonds and wet stone. A smooth palate refresher that’s highly pairable.
85 points $10.99
VOGA 2018 Rosa Tre Venezie
85 points
$10.99
Pale pink coral color. Aromas of raspberry macaron, rose hips, and peony with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length parchment finish with no oak flavor. A pleasing, easy-drinking Rosé for sharing with friends.
85 points $10.99
VOGA 2018  Moscato
85 points
$10.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach preserves, wedding cake, orange blossom, and savory herbs with a supple, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy finish conveying accents of white grape juice with no oak flavor. A fruity Moscato pleaser to share.
85 points $10.99
It’s a Headsnapper NV Sparkling Rosé Italy
85 points
$12.99
Steely orange color. Aromas of cherry slushy, dried apricot, lemonade, shoreline, and ripe apple with a supple, soft, spritzy, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy marzipan finish with no oak flavor. An easy blush bubbly for anytime quaffing.
85 points $12.99
Vegania 2018 Red Blend Terre Siciliane IGP
85 points
$12.99
Indigo color. Fruity aromas and flavors of blueberry sorbet, blue raspberry candy, wafer cookies, and cacao nibs with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and an even, breezy finish with notes of fig jam, leather, and black tea with moderate oak flavor. Blasts of blue fruit and lip-smacking acidity make this an accessible, fun, and crowd-pleasing red.
85 points $12.99
Gemma di Luna NV Italian Sparkling Wine Prosecco DOC
85 points
$14.99
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, hints of tangerine, pressed flowers in parchment, and green banana with a supple, bright, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and an even, brief finish with suggestions of green almond with no oak flavor. A bubbly quaffer for anytime sipping.
85 points $14.99
The Collection NV Sparkling Rosé Italy
85 points
$14.99
Pale pink coral color. Aromas of strawberries in cream, lemon custard, pistachio tea cakes, and hints of candied rose with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish with no oak flavor. A cheerful Rosé sparkler that won’t let you down.
85 points $14.99
Li Per Te 2016 Leggermente Appassito Red Blend Veneto IGT
85 points
$18.99
Dark garnet color. Aromas of oregano, blueberry, coconut, lanolin, and vanilla yogurt covered almonds with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, amusing, medium-length raisins, cherries, fruit cake, and spiced apples finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold Italian red for rich meals; try with cream sauces.
85 points $18.99
Psecco NV White Sparkling Wine Prosecco DOC
84 points
$10.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon macaron, vienna cream, lemon candies, and water crackers with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length finish that shows notes of poached pears on pavlova with no oak flavor. A tasty and welcoming Prosecco with a delicate charm.
84 points $10.99
Gemma di Luna NV Italian Sparkling Wine
84 points
$14.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of tinned peaches, struck match, honey, and overripe pineapple with a gritty, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish with shades of lemon tea and Pez candies. A fun, bubbly wine for your sweet tooth.
84 points $14.99
VOGA NV Rosé of Pinot Grigio
84 points
$14.99
Pale pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of bruised pink lady apple, poached pear, and hint of watermelon with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, breezy finish manifesting notes of fruit cake with no oak flavor. A fun and bubbly quaffer for weeknight celebrations.
84 points $14.99
Lunardi 2018  Pinot Grigio
83 points
$11.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas of dried stone fruits, barrel whole grains, fish net, and waxy cheese rind with an light body and an odd, brisk wax paper wrapped apples finish. A very earthy and dry Pinot Grigio for the table.
83 points $11.99
Chloe NV  Prosecco DOC
81 points
$17.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of glue, hints of peach, green apple, flint, and spring blossoms with a soft, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a smooth, short finish with no oak flavor. An easy-drinking, pretension-free quaffer.
81 points $17.99
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