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November 2018 - Italy

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

Italy Reviews

Saracco 2017  Moscato dAsti DOCG
95 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of acacia, turkish delight, honeysuckle, and peaches in cream with a round, vibrant, very sweet medium body and a smooth, involved, medium-long baby’s breath, mango lassi, pineapple confection, poured fondant, and candied pear finish. A very sweet, completely delicious Moscato that drapes that palate in opulence.
95 points $16.99 Best Buy
Ruggeri 2017 Giustino B. Superiore Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
95 points
$32.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Fresh aromas of finger lime, exotic flowers, candied pear, and bamboo with a fruity fat body and a layered, long turkish delight, wet stone, orange sherbet, and lily finish. A stylish Prosecco with intriguing minerality, memorable length, and kisses of sweetness.
95 points $32.99
Azienda Uggiano 2011 Petraia Super Tuscan Toscano IGT
94 points
$38.99
Black ruby color. Mature aromas of raisin, plum butter, wood-grilled mushroom, spearmint, compressed watermelon, lingonberry preserve, and coffee cake with an vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long sun dried tomato, cedar, graphite, and charcoal finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lovely Super Tuscan that delivers a mature, savory streak alongside its friendly fruits.
94 points $38.99
Ruggeri NV Gialloro Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of sliced apples, underripe nectarine, gravel, raw pistachio, and custard with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a silky, captivating, carefree finish revealing notes of freshly peeled orange. This is a showstopper example of the heights that DOCG Prosecco can reach, showing off a serious and dry palate to complement its natural fruity qualities, and a finish that goes on for days.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Jermann 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$30
Straw green color. Aromas of grapefruit marmalade with butter on toast, meyer lemon, lime leaf, and tomato vine with a round, lively, fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-long white grapefruit, ripe papaya, sea salt, magnolia, and lemon custard finish. A very concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with an outgoing personality.
642º 2016  Maremma Toscana DOC
92 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Herbal aromas and flavors of dill pickles, bergamot, pickled watermelon rind, mulberry chutney, and mango lassi with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish that exhibits touches of cocoa powder, dried blueberry, and shortbread with crunchy tannins. An herbal, vibrant red from Tuscany that will likely emerge from a long period in the cellar as an fascinating treat.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Cielo 2015 Centanni Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC
92 points
$18.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Complex aromas and flavors of sandalwood, autumn leaves, mulberry, saffron, and fine cigars with a round, fruity medium body and a warming, layered, long finish with touches of smoked meats, cranberry mostarda, candied ginger, chocolate with balsamic reduction, and espresso with light oak flavor. A generous, sultry Ripasso that rewards that selective wine drinker.
92 points $18.99 Best Buy
Armatura 2015  Marche Rosso IGT
92 points
$22.99
Dusty black violet color. Complex aromas and flavors of beets, roasted sunflower seeds, dried berries, dark chocolate coated espresso bean, pickled plum, almond bark, and harissa with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An outgoing, roasty Italian blend with lots of appeal.
92 points $22.99
Allegrini 2014 Palazzo Della Torre Red Blend Veronese IGT
91 points
$22
Ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of marinated beef, pickled beets with dill, and white bean spread with berry chutney with a satiny, vibrant, dryish full body and an amusing, medium-long finish with accents of cumin and dark chocolate with firm tannins. A savory Italian red with an upright posture and dry appeal.
Papale 2014  Primitivo di Manduria
91 points
$24.99
Sedimentary black garnet color. Aromas of strawberry, cedar, plum pudding, allspice, and aged cinnamon with a velvety, vibrant, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length sweet baked berry compote and croissant with plum butter finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, toasty Primitivo that will warm up cool evenings; vivid.
91 points $24.99
Allegrini 2016  Valpolicella DOC
90 points
$22
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, strawberry candies, potted geranium, black tea, licorice, and ginger with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish that shows nuances of vanilla-chai latte with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A light, bright and juicy Valpolicella that will be entirely gulpable with salumi and great friends.
Cielo 2014 Centanni Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
90 points
$34.99
Black garnet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of dried cranberry, fresh chicory coffee, melon, pine, caraway, and paprika with a vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish with notes of cola and caramel corn with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A spicy, bright Amarone to accompany savory steak.
90 points $34.99
Giancarlo Ceci 2017 Parco Naturale Red Blend Castel del Monte DOC
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of berry chutney, beet salad, fig, leather, and carnation with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a polished, medium-long finish that shows accents of tar and fertile earth with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A firmly structured red that will stand the test of time.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
La Marca NV  Prosecco DOC
89 points
$18
Straw color. Tropical aromas of pineapple sorbet, key lime, and baby’s breath with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length pineapple upside down cake finish with no oak flavor. A fabulously fruity Prosecco that is pairable and wide-appealing; fun!
Martin Ulisse 2017  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
88 points
$11.99
Garnet black color. Aromas of wild raspberry, black cassis, pomegranate, white chocolate, and key lime confection with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a breezy tropical iced tea finish with medium tannins. A bright and juicy Montepulciano.
88 points $11.99
12 e Mezzo 2015  Primitivo del Salento IGP
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of vanilla cream cheese danish, raspberry sorbet, prune, and campfire with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-length dark chocolate, dried figs and dates, and parsley salad finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold Primitivo with lots of vanilla-centric oak and bursts of berry notes.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
La Marca NV Collezione Prosecco DOC
88 points
$20
Straw green color. Fruity aromas and flavors of sweet apple and pear medley, icing sugar, and lychee with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light body and a smooth, easy finish with notes of underripe peach with no oak flavor. A crisp Prosecco that serves as a friendly aperitif.
Jermann 2016  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$30
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of underripe strawberry, smoked sea buckthorn, birch, and yellow apple with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish that shows elements of celery root, apricot chutney, and green beans with no oak flavor. An intriguing pinot grigio with earthy appeal and unique style; pair with care.
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Prosecco DOC
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Fruity, attractive aromas of peach taffy, vanilla poured fondant, tuberose, and chalk with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length almond brittle and glazed fruit finish with no oak flavor. A lightly sweet, effervescent charmer that will be a nice pairing with spicy, Calabrian pepper spiced dishes.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Giancarlo Ceci 2017 Parco Naturale White Blend Castel del Monte DOC
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon bar, corn cakes, dried fruits in honey, and jasmine with a satiny, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, cheery finish revealing notes of underripe pear and apricot stone with no oak flavor. An anytime white that covers a lot of bases.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
12 e Mezzo 2015  Negroamaro del Salento
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dusty black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of baked blackberry, carob, chocolate pie crust, and aromatic barks with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with elements of gingerbread and bread pudding with figs with light oak flavor. A substantial Negroamaro with lots of pairing possibilities.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Azienda Uggiano 2017  Vermentino
86 points
$18.99
Golden straw color. Savory aromas of artichoke hearts, overripe peach, stewed tomato, banana puree, bruised apple, parmesan, and lemon cream sauce with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a graceful, breezy jicama and marigold finish with no oak flavor. An Italian white best served with vegetarian entrees.
86 points $18.99
Ruggeri NV Argeo Treviso Prosecco di Treviso DOC
85 points
$15.99
Pale straw green color. Aromas of ripe peach, honey, pear tart, and honeysuckle with a supple, fizzy, dryish light body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length lime and bitter almond finish with no oak flavor. A citrusy prosecco that will be a good aperitif option.
85 points $15.99
Martin Ulisse 2017  Trebbiano dAbruzzo DOC
84 points
$11.99
Golden straw color. Aromas of gooseberry, green apple, parmesan, roasted plantain, and straw with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, brisk lemon slices and green fig finish. A solid Italian white for casual dinners.
84 points $11.99
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