Full Review

Gran Maestro

Gran Maestro
2016 Red, Puglia IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Regional Other Italian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$16.99

Gran Maestro
2016 Red, Puglia IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Regional Other Italian Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
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 finish that presents notes of balsamic glazed berries and cherries and vanilla yogurt nuts with medium, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A zesty and appetizing Italian red with a nice layer of toasty oak well suited for tomato and meat dishes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Juicy & Smooth & Savory
Aroma Aroma: roasted coffee bean, chocolate fig and citrus peels, and bramble
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of balsamic glazed berries and cherries and vanilla yogurt nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Steak With Red Wine Demi-Glace, Lasagna, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A zesty and appetizing Italian red with a nice layer of toasty oak well suited for tomato and meat dishes.

The Producer

Cielo s.p.a

The Producer
I 36050 MONTORSO VIC. (VI)
Via IV Novembre, 39 Italy
39 -0444-485211 or 805-220-6035

Their Portfolio

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87 Amatore 2017 Bianco, Verona IGT 12.5% (Italy) $9.99.
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89 Cielo NV Brut, Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $14.99.
93 Cielo 2015 Appassionatamente Red Wine, Veneto IGP 14% (Italy) $15.99.
97 Cielo 2013 Cent’anni, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 15% (Italy) $32.99.
88 Cielo 2016 Rosé, Veneto IGT 11.5% (Italy) $8.99.
90 Cielo 2015 Pinot Noir, Delle Venezie IGT 12% (Italy) $8.99.
93 Cielo 2014 Cent’anni Red, Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC 13.5% (Italy) $16.99.
84 Cielo NV Prosecco DOC 10.5% (Italy) $10.99.
92 Cielo 2016 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie IGP 12% (Italy) $8.99.
89 Cielo 2016 Pinot Noir, Delle Venezie IGT 12% (Italy) $8.99.
91 Cielo 2016 Appassionatamente Red, Veneto IGT 14% (Italy) $17.99.
86 Cielo 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Tre Venezie IGT 12% (Italy) $8.99.
89 Cielo 2017 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie DOC 12% (Italy) $8.99.
90 Cielo 2014 Cent’anni, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 15% (Italy) $34.99.
92 Cielo 2015 Cent’anni, Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC 13.5% (Italy) $18.99.
88 Cielo NV Brut, Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $12.99.
93 Cielo 2017 Pinot Noir, Tre Venezie 12% (Italy) $9.99.
86 Cielo 2018 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie DOC 12% (Italy) $9.99.
90 Cielo NV Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $14.99.
92 Cielo 2015 Centenero, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 15% (Italy) $35.99.
89 Cielo 2017 1908 Appassionatamente Red Blend, Veneto IGT 14% (Italy) $17.99.
88 Cielo’s 2014 Casa Defra, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 15% (Italy) $34.99.
88 Freschello NV Extra Dry Spumante Rosé, Italy 9.5% (Italy) $8.99.
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Regional Other Italian Red

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
There are red wines produced in every region in Italy, from the far north to the island of Sicily in the south. Many of these reds have a good deal of spice, as well as good acidity; some of them are meant for consumption upon release, while others are meant for many years of cellaring.

Among the most singular of these Italian regional reds are those from Abruzzo, produced from the Montepulciano grape. Deeply colored with plum and black fruit flavors, these are medium-bodied wines with tobacco and spice notes that are good values and can be consumed upon release.

There are also some beautiful reds in Sicily, especially the fragrant and fruit-driven Frappato, which has very light tannins. Nero d'Avola is a spicier, more robust style of Sicilian red.

Also in the south, Campania is home to many beautiful red wines. The best of these is Taurasi, a superb red made from the Aglianico grape. Displaying black cherry and dark chocolate notes, this is one of Italy's most sublime and longest-lived reds, with a few examples drinking well at fifty years of age.

One other regional red of note is Montefalco Sagrantino from Umbria. Sagrantino is an extremely tannic variety and this is a powerful, earthy red that needs five to seven years to shed its youthful tannic bitterness.

While Taurasi and Montefalco Sagrantino are relatively expensive reds, wines such as Montepulciano d'Abruzzo as well Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno from the Marche region are excellent values.

These regional reds pair well with foods ranging from salumi to grilled chicken or pork to roast veal or steak.