March 2021 - Italy

March 2021 - Italy
This month's Wine feature is Italian Wines

Italy Reviews

Guerrieri Rizzardi 2019 Cuvée XV Bardolino Classico
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Inviting aromas of bay, oregano, dried cherries, candied orange, honey, and almonds with a tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-length carob and graphite finish with light oak flavor. A firm and savory Bardolino with alluring herbaceous notes.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Ricossa 2016  Nebbiolo
91 points
$34
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of rose hips, persimmon, mandarin zest, candied ginger, and peony blossom with a tannic, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of fennel seed, cacao nib, and black tea with a suggestion of oak flavor. A rock solid Barbaresco that delivers intense aromatics and ready-to-drink style.
San Clemente 2015  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
91 points
$49.99
Black garnet color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spiced dried figs, ripe plum, bay leaf, sassafras, licorice, and cola with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium body and a polished, complex, medium-long finish imparting impressions of toast with cinnamon and fine tea with light oak flavor. A bold, fruity Montepulciano d’Abruzzo that checks all the delicious boxes.
91 points $49.99
Bella Bolle NV  Prosecco DOC
90 points
$8
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of lemons in cream, lime candies, fresh golden apple, and jasmine with a round, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length hints of almond, melon and delicate herbs finish with no oak flavor. A bright and fruity Prosecco that opens the palate.
90 points $8 Best Buy
12 e Mezzo 2018  Primitivo
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Fruity, herbal aromas of raspberry, wild strawberry, blackberry leaf, pipe tobacco, and licorice with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length caramelized eggplant, cranberry relish, hay, and bergamot finish. A juicy and flavorful Primitivo that doesn’t skimp on Italian style.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Guerrieri Rizzardi 2019 Cuvée XX Soave Classico DOP
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of peach, limestone, fresh thyme, and hints of papaya with a satiny, vibrant, dry light body and an even, interesting, medium-length lemon spritz and gravel finish with no oak flavor. A fresh, crisp and shellfish-friendly white.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Varvaglione 2016  Salice Salentino DOP
90 points
$19.99
Black violet color. Aromas of mulling spices, olives, chocolate, blistered blackberries, root beer float, and sun dried tomato with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length tangy forest berry preserves and pink peppercorns finish with light oak flavor. A rich and spicy Salice Salentino that may appeal to Syrah fans.
90 points $19.99
Ricossa 2015  Barolo DOCG
90 points
$39
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of rose hip jam, tar, black olives, and dried leaves with a lightly tannic, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish revealing accents of tart peach, pressed flowers, and black tea with light oak flavor. A vivacious young Barolo best suited to the cellar.
Collina San Ponzio 2017 Fossati Barolo DOCG
90 points
$85
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of molasses cake, raisins, fragrant lime, tar, magnolia, and sandalwood with a tannic, vibrant, dry medium body and a tingling, complex, long finish displaying suggestions of leather with light oak flavor. A complex and distinctive Barolo that offers nuance and power now but will surely deliver more with cellaring.
Bella Bolle NV Pink Moscato Italy
89 points
$8
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of rose petal jam and strawberry preserves with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with accents of peach and honeysuckle with no oak flavor. A rock solid Flavored Moscato with the sweet and springy scent of rose petals.
89 points $8 Best Buy
Viola Rosa 2020  Moscato dAsti DOCG
89 points
$9
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Elegant aromas and flavors of honey on delicate crackers, peach gelee, honeydew melon, and pressed flowers with a satiny, vibrant, fizzy, sweet light body and a sleek, captivating, medium-long finish with notes of banana creme and lily with no oak flavor. A delicious and mouthwatering Moscato with an elegant style.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Cloud Watcher 2019  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of orange marmalade, sea shells, sliced green apple, and hints of almond pastry with a supple, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish that exhibits overtones of candied ginger and grilled lemon with no oak flavor. A fresh and zingy Pinot Grigio.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Gran Conti 2020  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of diced apples in vanilla yogurt and sweet tea with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length hints of elderflower, lavender, lemon zest, and almond finish with no oak flavor. A fresh and tea-like Pinot Grigio that drinks effortlessly.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Pizzolato 2019  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of golden apples and delicate bread with a satiny, crisp, light body and a seamless, buoyant finish with notes of almond biscotti with lemon glaze, wet stones, and sea salt with no oak flavor. A simple, crisp and fruity Pinot Grigio that whets the whistle.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Cantina Zaccagnini 2020  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$16.99
Straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe melons in creamy yogurt, green apple, and dandelion with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a seamless, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A zingy, balanced Pinot Grigio for anytime sipping or casual seafood pairings.
89 points $16.99
Ricossa 2019 Appassimento Barbera
89 points
$19
Rich deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry coulis, hints of licorice, shortcake, shale, and cola with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of rosemary. A fruit-forward, exuberant Barbera with big raspberry notes; very crowd-pleasing.
Collina San Ponzio 2017 Pietro Balocco Barolo DOCG
89 points
$54
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of dried cherries, sandalwood, blood orange, and hazelnut latte with a tannic, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and an appealing, long dried herbs and hints of black olive finish. A bold, taut and commanding Barolo with extroverted citrus notes and a chewy center.
Bella Bolle 2020  Moscato dAsti DOCG
88 points
$8
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of orange flower honey, pear tart, honeycrisp apples, and powdery florals with a vibrant, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length lemon-ginger custard and lavender finish with no oak flavor. A juicy and nuanced Moscato d’Asti with distinctive complexity.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Gancia 2019  Chianti DOCG
88 points
$9
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of juicy plum, lingonberry preserves, soda bread, earthy mushrooms, and herbed dried tomatoes with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-to-long finish displaying notes of hints of leather and beets with moderate oak flavor. A juicy and earthy Chianti.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Gran Conti 2020  Sangiovese del Rubicone
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of blistered cherries, sweet pickled beets, and marjoram with a supple, vibrant, dry medium body and an even, medium-length tangy raspberries and roasted vegetables finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A rustic Sangiovese with big acid; a simple red to enliven any Italian meal.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Cupcake 2020  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$11
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of ripe pear, hints of persimmon, and tea with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, medium-length lemon-glazed almonds finish with no oak flavor. A joyful Pinot Grigio in an easy-drinking style.
88 points $11 Best Buy
12 e Mezzo 2019  Malvasia
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of lemon verbena, gardenias in bloom, white tea, and violet with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of ginger and no oak flavor. A kaleidoscopic floral experience with a bright and refreshing palate.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Villa Puccini 2020  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of roast bananas, papaya, green apple, and lime with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A fruit-forward, easy-drinking Pinot Grigio that will shine at the summer table.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
12 e Mezzo 2019  Primitivo del Salento IGP
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of red and black licorice, cassis tart, strawberry fruit leather, and hints of vanilla with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length raspberry jam, shortbread, and hints of mocha finish with light oak flavor. Fruit forward and lipsmacking, this Primitivo is a great pasta or pizza pairing.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Guerrieri Rizzardi 2018 Cuvée XVII Valpolicella Classico
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of wild cherry, violet petals, cinnamon, eucalyptus, candied tomato, and ground cherries with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, appealing, medium-long chocolate-covered almonds, earth, tapenade, and suede finish with light oak flavor. Endless pairing opportunities are presented in this balanced, highly pleasing Valpolicella.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Candoni NV  Moscato
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe peach, honeysuckle, and floral soap with a round, crisp, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of honeyed melon and lemon-lime candies with no oak flavor. A juicy, candied Moscato with a peachy nuance.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Cantina Zaccagnini 2018  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
88 points
$16.99
Black ruby color. Inviting aromas and flavors of graham cracker, blackberry jam, roasted nuts, coffee, cloves, and earth with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish conveying notes of strawberry leaf, graphite, and black tea with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bold and fruity Montepulciano d’Abruzzo that finishes long and dry; great for Italian meals.
88 points $16.99
Collina San Ponzio 2017  Barolo DOCG
88 points
$44
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of Curaçao oranges, blood orange, dried strawberry, rose talc, cinnamon, and hints of dark chocolate with a lightly tannic, lively, dryish medium body and a polished, appealing, medium-length leather finish with light oak flavor. A distinctively citrus-forward Barolo with a juicy youthfulness; drink now.
It’s a Headsnapper 2019  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Interesting aromas of citrus zests, hints of cedar, and toasted crumpet with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a polished, brisk dried pear and pressed flowers finish with no oak flavor. A dry and subtle Pinot Grigio for casual sipping and pairings.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Benedetto 2019  Chianti DOCG
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of olive foccacia, dried herbs, black tea, dried cherry, and rosehips with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish with notes of beets with moderate oak flavor. A very old world, rustic Chianti that will pair effortlessly.
87 points $10 Best Buy
RICCO NV Dolce Italy
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Violet color. Sweet aromas and flavors of raspberry pastilles, honey on berries, and pomegranate juice with a slightly chewy, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, agreeable finish manifesting elements of seedless grapes. A juicy, fruity, bubbly red that’s great for spicy fried chicken or daytime celebrations.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Abbazia NV  Prosecco DOC
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of baklava, baked apple, and hints of white peach with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-long finish revealing shades of hints of lemon zest and pistachio with no oak flavor. An elegant Prosecco with great typicity.
87 points $13 Best Buy
13 Celsius 2019  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of sweet apples, honey, pressed flowers, and hints of banana pastry with a satiny, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish displaying impressions of minerals with no oak flavor. A silky smooth and fruity Pinot Grigio that hits the spot.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Candoni 2020 Organic Pinot Grigio
87 points
$17
Khaki orange color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe nectarine, mixed melons, plantains, guava, and floral bouquet with a satiny, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A ripe, fruit-forward, wide-appealing Pinot Grigio.
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Prosecco DOC
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, ripe pear, lime, and almond croissant with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light body and a medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A cheerful, fruity Prosecco with a kiss of sweetness.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Stella Mia 2019  Prosecco DOC
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas of dried lemon, diced pear, straw, and bread dough with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a sleek, breezy panettone finish with no oak flavor. An easy-drinking Prosecco quaffer for anytime indulging.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Stella Mia 2019  Moscato dAsti DOCG
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of citron, honey, and apricot with a satiny, crisp, fizzy, moderately sweet light body and a seamless, breezy finish that exhibits accents of honey-drizzled apples and sliced pear with no oak flavor. A juicy, lighthearted Moscato that drinks effortlessly.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Testa Family Selection 2019 Villa Anna Pinot Grigio
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of banana soufflé, lime zest, and jicama with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, agreeable finish with no oak flavor. A juicy white quaffer that refreshes.
86 points $12 Best Buy
12 e Mezzo 2019  Negroamaro
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Curious, herbal aromas of bay leaf, eucalyptus, and forest berries with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium body and an effortless, charming, medium-length sun dried tomato and black tea finish with no oak flavor. A rustic Italian red for Sunday suppers.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Astoria NV  Prosecco DOC
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon shortcake, glazed pecans, and sliced apples in vinaigrette with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. An elegant, understated Prosecco to toast to the day.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Candoni 2019 Organic Merlot
86 points
$17
Dark ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis preserves, cinnamon-raisin swirl bread, graphite, and sun dried tomato with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, appealing, breezy finish displaying notes of whole grain toast, dried plums, and cola with heavy oak flavor. An easy, chewy Italian Merlot for the table.
Varvaglione 2017 Papale Primitivo di Manduria
86 points
$25.99
Black garnet color. Aromas of spice cabinet, tobacco, dried olives, and banana with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick melon rind and carob finish with no oak flavor. A simple everyday red with ripe and chewy style.
86 points $25.99
Abbazia NV Cuvée Prestige Extra Dry Sparkling Wine Italy
85 points
$10
White gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of hints of peach, pineapple, green apple, melons, green almond, and honey with a satiny, tangy, dryish light body and an even, buoyant finish with no oak flavor. A vibrant, fruity sparkler for casual celebrations.
Gran Conti 2019  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
85 points
$10
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled forest berries, dark chocolate, and fine black tea with a satiny, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with suggestions of rhubarb with a hint of oak flavor. A lively, high-acid, rustic Montepulciano best for rich pastas.
Stella Mia NV Pink Moscato Italy
85 points
$10
Pale silvery pink color. Aromas of citrus punch and green apple with a supple, crisp, spritzy, sweet light body and a polished, brisk watermelon-strawberry smoothie finish. A sweet and bubbly treat for anytime quaffing.
Abbazia NV Sparkling Rosé Dolce Italy
85 points
$12
Bright pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of raspberries in whipped cream, sweet honey, watermelon candies, and peach gummies with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A candied quaffer for your sweet tooth.
RICCO NV Cherry Moscato Italy
85 points
$12
Bright pink coral color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cherry smoothie, green apple taffy, and lavender with a tangy, spritzy, very sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A boldly fruity and tangy flavored sparkler for sweet tooths.
12 e Mezzo 2020  Malvasia
85 points
$13.99
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, peach, powdery florals, and jasmine with a satiny, vibrant, light body and a smooth, medium-length finish revealing suggestions of lemon-ginger tea with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, refreshing Malvasia with plenty of personality.
85 points $13.99
Testa Family Selection 2018  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
85 points
$14
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of mulberry, parchment, hints of vanilla soft serve, and tomato with a lightly tannic, dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, brisk finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A simple Italian red for the table.
Gancia 2019  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$9
Pale straw color. Aromas of golden apple compote with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a graceful, brisk hints of lemon zest, herbs, and lime peel finish with no oak flavor. An effortless Pinot Grigio that refreshes the palate.
Abbazia NV Dolce Moscato
84 points
$10
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of honey cake, peaches in syrup, sweet anise, and key lime with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, very sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy finish. A very sweet and nectar-like Moscato for indulging.
RICCO NV Mango Moscato Italy
84 points
$12
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of mango sherbet and pineapple jelly with a round, vibrant, effervescent, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish with notes of tropical Skittles with no oak flavor. A tropical treat with fun bubbly sweetness.
RICCO NV Peach Moscato Italy
84 points
$12
Pale pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of mixed melons, raspberry yogurt, and peach gummies with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, easy finish that exhibits notes of strawberries in sweet cream with no oak flavor. A bright and bouncy sparkler for anytime indulging.
12 e Mezzo 2019  Chardonnay
84 points
$14.99
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of pickled apples, pear kombucha, ginger-orange marmalade, and vanilla with a supple, soft, dryish light body and a smooth, rapid finish with notes of jicama and pastry crust with a suggestion of oak flavor. An easygoing Chardonnay quaffer to serve with a good chill.
84 points $14.99
Chloe 2019  Pinot Grigio
84 points
$16
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of hints of pear, pastry, almonds, and straw with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and an even, brisk finish that presents notes of lime, peppercorns, and basil with no oak flavor. A restrained Pinot Grigio for anytime sipping.
Saracco 2020  Moscato dAsti DOP
84 points
$16.99
Straw color. Aromas of hints of violet, chamomile, and pears in syrup with a round, crisp, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy honey and marmalade finish with no oak flavor. A soft and mild Moscato with honeyed sweetness.
84 points $16.99
Candoni 2019 Organic Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$17
Dark garnet color. Aromas of cherry jam, rhubarb, and lanolin with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, snappy underripe berries, rose, and graphite finish with light oak flavor. A solid pairing for the weeknight table.
Collina San Ponzio 2019 Bric Dei Pittatori Barbera dAlba
84 points
$23
Brick red color. Curious aromas and flavors of cranberry quick bread, dill, herbed crackers, and honeyed peanuts with a supple, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish that exhibits elements of tapenade with a suggestion of oak flavor. A savory yet juicy Barbera for your next charcuterie board.
Santo NV Rosé Vino Frizzante Italy
83 points
$7
Amber salmon color. Aromas and flavors of dried apricot, muddled watermelon, sea shore, and Greek yogurt with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dry light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A dry and refreshing Rosé sparkler for hot days.
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