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October 2020 - Italy

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

Italy Reviews

Ruggeri 2018 Giustino B. Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore DOCG
93 points
$31.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas of dried pear, hints of dried peach, purple flowers, and lime curd with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length green apple, almonds, and shortcake finish with no oak flavor. A fruity, palate-pleasing Prosecco that’s a joy to sip and celebrate with.
93 points $31.99
Villadoria 2016 Bricco Magno Nebbiolo
92 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Bright burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of cherry preserves, wild strawberry, rose potpourri, orange peel, incense, anise, hint of horse saddle, and hibiscus with a lightly tannic, lively, dryish medium body and a graceful, complex, long finish that shows nuances of basalt and fine black tea with well-integrated, firm tannins and light oak flavor. Bold, intoxicating aromatics jump from the glass in this overdelivering Langhe Nebbiolo; certainly one to drink now or cellar.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Carletto 2018  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
91 points
$10
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Inviting aromas and flavors of stewed forest berries, ripe plum, biscuit with honey butter, red apples, and nutmeg with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish displaying notes of pomegranate, black tea, and sweet tobacco with light oak flavor. A bold, fruity wine with lots of appeal; a great choice to serve as an all-around crowd pleaser or for Italian wine lovers.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Ruggeri NV GiallOro Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore DOCG
91 points
$19.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of green almond, white peach, pressed lilac, and lemon peel with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of ripe melons and fresh green apple with no oak flavor. A vibrant, easy-to-love Prosecco with complex aromatics of stone fruit, blossoms and citrus.
91 points $19.99
Villadoria 2016  Barbaresco DOCG
91 points
$31.99
Brick red color. Inviting aromas of tar, rose petals, cola, black tea, hints of leather, and clove with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, layered, medium-long strawberry jam, rose hips, and crispy wheat crackers finish with light oak flavor. A rock solid Barbaresco with classic Nebbiolo character.
91 points $31.99
Villadoria 2015  Barolo "Serralunga dAlba"
91 points
$44.99
Burnt sienna color. Fruity aromas and flavors of sun dried tomato, dried rose petals, spiced cherry, chocolate drizzled banana, dates, and prunes with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish imparting accents of graham cracker, caramelized eggplant, and raisins with light oak flavor. An almost juicy, dried fruit-focused Barolo with aromas of the Italian countryside.
91 points $44.99
Candoni 2018  Chianti DOCG
90 points
$10
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of dried cherries, foraged mushrooms, rose hip jam, tomato leaf, and paprika with a silky, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long dried leaves, leather, cherry tart, and tonka bean finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A luxuriously textured Chianti that will fit in very nicely at the table.
90 points $10 Best Buy
ROCENO 2019  Nero dAvola
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of sweet plum jam, pomegranate juice, sweet tobacco, black pepper, and earth with a supple, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, carefree finish with moderate oak flavor. A bodacious, fruity, juicy weeknight red.
89 points $12 Best Buy
ROCENO 2019 Rosè Nerello Mascalese
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Pale pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of strawberries in cream and thyme with a supple, vibrant, dryish light body and a polished, medium-length finish that shows notes of raspberry crumble and hints of apricot with no oak flavor. A simple but bright and crushable Rosé that refreshes.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Belposto NV  Prosecco DOC
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe apple, hints of peach, lilac, and crystalized lemon peel with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with nuances of almond with no oak flavor. A juicy Prosecco pleaser that hits all the notes.
89 points $14 Best Buy
642º 2017 Red Blend Maremma Toscana DOC
89 points
$16.99
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted beets, black currants, cherry vinaigrette, ripe tomatoes, paprika, hazelnut, and horse blanket with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, appealing, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. A rich and rustic Tuscan Red that will pair quite well with Italian-style roasted meats.
89 points $16.99
Eughenès 2019  Zibibbo
89 points
$20
Golden straw color. Herbal aromas and flavors of candied lemon, honeysuckle, spearmint, clove, and lavender with a round, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-long finish that shows accents of sunflower, mandarin, ripe peach, and honey with no oak flavor. A charming dry but gushingly fruity Italian White that delivers a nice harmony of fruits, honey, flowers and herbs.
Punta In Alto 2019  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$9
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, almond, toasted brioche, and wet stone with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length finish. A juicy, food-friendly Pinot Grigio for light pairings.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Carletto 2018 Red Blend Marche Rosso IGT
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Jammy aromas of cherry cobbler, plum pie, cassis tart, and blueberry jam with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length dried figs and dates and hints of dark chocolate pudding finish with moderate oak flavor. Piles of cooked berries abound in this fruity and easy-drinking Italian Red.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Belposto 2018  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Deep violet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled strawberry, raspberry, hints of barnyard, honey, licorice, and chestnut with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with overtones of chai tea with light oak flavor. A wild, fruity and earthy Montepulciano for upscale-rustic fare.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Ruggeri NV Argeo Prosecco DOC
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of fresh scones and peach preserves with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, breezy finish with no oak flavor. A ripe, easy-drinking Prosecco for laid back refreshment.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Saracco 2019  Moscato dAsti DOP
88 points
$16.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of fruit cup, honeysuckle, candied lemon, and peach blossom with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that shows notes of pineapple cakes, apricot, and allspice. A fruity Moscato d’Asti with a nice balance of sweetness and acidity that hits the spot.
88 points $16.99
Eughenès 2019  Nero dAvola
88 points
$20
Black ruby color. Meaty aromas and flavors of macerated strawberries, leather, pink peppercorns, coffee, and roasted pork with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length finish that shows notes of cranberry and orange marmalade with chewy tannins. A funky, rustic Nero D’Avola.
Eughenès 2016 Red Blend Terra Siciliane IGT
88 points
$20
Black violet color. Aromas of dried cherries, cassis pie, spice cookies, chocolate biscuit, black plum, and spearmint with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, appealing, medium-length underripe strawberry and peppercorns finish with light oak flavor. A spicy, fruit-forward Italian Red Blend to serve with grilled meats.
Tenuta Chiccheri di Ruffo Giancarlo 2012  Valpolicella Superiore DOC
88 points
$21
Dark brick red color. Woody aromas of cedar, raisins, and fruit cake with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length dried figs, dates, dried orange peel, and salted caramel finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward, cedar-scented Valpolicella for Ripasso fans.
Varvaglione 2016 Papale Primitivo di Manduria
88 points
$25.99
Black garnet color. Oaky aromas and flavors of raspberry sauce, dark chocolate ganache, red bell pepper, roasted meats, and maple-vanilla cream with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, intriguing, medium-length finish with notes of pumpkin loaf, cafe au lait, and spiced berry jam with heavy oak flavor. A rich, oak-centric Primitivo that’s great for winter months.
88 points $25.99
Candoni 2019 Estate Delle Venezie DOC
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas of fresh autumn apple, hints of orange zest, and white flowers with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, agreeable ripe pear and hints of almond finish with no oak flavor. A fruit-forward Pinot Grigio that drinks effortlessly.
87 points $10 Best Buy
ROCENO 2019  Grillo
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of candied lemon and pineapple, whipped cream, tangerine cake, and celery leaf with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a polished, medium-length finish with notes of quartz with no oak flavor. A simple and crisp, mineral-driven and citrusy white with great body.
87 points $12 Best Buy
SENSALE 2019  Nero dAvola
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of concord grape, raspberry jelly, chocolate taffy, and fennel seed with a slightly chewy, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length finish with notes of toast and black peppercorns with moderate oak flavor. A solid Nero D’Avola with big spicy flavor.
87 points $14 Best Buy
SENSALE 2019  Chardonnay
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw color. Herbal aromas of green apple, lavender, and ginger tea with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-length minerals finish with no oak flavor. A crisp, clean and pleasantly herbal Chardonnay.
87 points $14 Best Buy
12 e Mezzo 2019 Organic Chardonnay
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale straw green color. Interesting aromas of honey butter, multigrain toast, lemon curd, and hints of apricot with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, relaxed fresh sprouts on rye crisps finish with light oak flavor. A distinctive Chardonnay with atypical oaky notes balanced by a bright and light body.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Candoni 2018 Organic Merlot
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherries, coriander, hints of tobacco, and hints of cedar with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with light oak flavor. A highly pairable weeknight red with big acid that will stand up to rich meals.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Candoni 2019 Organic Pinot Grigio
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Brilliant silvery straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of crusty pear custard tart, kiwi yogurt, nutskins, and hint of wet leaves with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, engaging, medium-long finish with notes of clementine and cucumber, hearts of palm, winter melon, and dewy meadow with fine, chewy tannins and no oak flavor. A pure and nicely restrained Pinot Grigio pleaser.
86 points $12 Best Buy
SENSALE 2019  Syrah
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Dark dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas of black tea, fruit leather, cedar, dried figs and dates, and fruitcake with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length sassafras, thyme, and peppercorns finish with firm tannins and light oak flavor. A big rich red that warms the soul.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Cantina Zaccagnini 2018  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
86 points
$16.99
Black violet color. Oaky aromas of candied bacon, mocha latte, apple pie, green pepper, and plums with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length berry jam on black toast finish with heavy oak flavor. An oak-driven Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.
86 points $16.99
Carletto 2019  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$10
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of golden apple, fallen lemon, and hints of overripe mango with a supple, soft, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish that shows accents of hints of minerals with no oak flavor. A lighthearted, juicy Pinot Grigio.
12 e Mezzo 2019  Malvasia del Salento IGP
85 points
$13.99
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of white floral bouquet, lemon oil, ripe apricot, honey-drizzled tropical fruit, and chalky stones with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish manifesting impressions of panettone with no oak flavor. A round, generous Malvasia with bold floral aromas and a gentle dry-yet-fruity palate.
85 points $13.99
Pino Pino 2018  Pinot Noir
85 points
$18.99
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, roasted nuts, and dried flowers and leaves with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with nuances of roasted cherries pits and plums, singed herbs, and slate with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A crisp and quenching Italian Pinot that will work nicely at the table with grilled or braised meats.
85 points $18.99
Tenuta Chiccheri di Ruffo Giancarlo 2012  Amarone DOCG
85 points
$46
Indigo color. Aromas of ripe plum, cedar, and mustard seed with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, rapid raisin toast and parchment finish with moderate oak flavor. A chewy, food-friendly Amarone for rustic Italian dishes.
ONE LEAF 2019  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$9.99
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of pressed flowers, straw, and honeycomb with a supple, bright, dry light body and a smooth, scant golden apple and parchment finish with papery tannins and no oak flavor. A dry and quenching Pinot Grigio for the crew.
84 points $9.99
Cupcake 2019  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$11
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of golden apples, baked pear, hints of caramel, dairy cream, melon, and lemon balm with a vibrant, fruity light body and a graceful, breezy finish. A fruity, juicy Pinot Grigio with a pop of zingy acidity.
Candoni NV  Provincia di Pavia IGT
84 points
$14
Yellow straw color. Aromas of lime custard and dried flowers with a satiny, crisp, petillant, sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, rapid honey on peach pie and elderflower finish with no oak flavor. A peachy-sweet Moscato that will pair well with sweet or spicy foods.
12 e Mezzo 2017 Organic Primitivo
84 points
$14.99
Deep purple color. Aromas of freshly cracked peppercorns, hints of blackberry, and mango with a supple, bright, dry medium body and a smooth, agreeable spicy mint and ginger finish with light oak flavor. A spicy, robust Primitivo with big notes of peppercorn.
84 points $14.99
Cantina Zaccagnini 2019 Rosé Terre di Chieti
84 points
$16.99
Salmon orange color. Confected aromas and flavors of watermelon candy, mango slushie, peach gummies, and honeycrisp apples with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, breezy finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, fruity Rosé that will be a real crowd pleaser.
84 points $16.99
12 e Mezzo 2017  Primitivo
83 points
$13.99
Garnet black color. Aroma of patent leather with a soft, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk jam and charcoal finish. A weeknight red quaffer.
83 points $13.99
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