March 2022 - Italy

March 2022 - Italy
This month's Wine feature is Italian Wines

Italy Reviews

Collina San Ponzio 2018  Barolo DOCG
94 points
$44
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of lingonberry, capers, buttery pastry crusts, and pate with a tannic, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a warming, layered, very long finish with notes of caramel and tar. A firm but generous Barolo with distinctive caper berry flavors; stylish, balanced, bodacious.
Collina San Ponzio 2018 Fossati Single Vineyard Barolo DOCG
93 points
$85
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of toasted cinnamon sticks, spiced raisins, and ripe persimmon with a tannic, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, long hints of espresso, five spice, and pressed flowers finish with light oak flavor. Excellent balance, beckoning style.
Villa Puccini 2017  Toscana IGT
92 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberries, red cassis, hints of tobacco, leather, and candied aniseed with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish that shows nuances of pine nut brittle, honey and hints of cafe au lait. A tasty Tuscan Red that is sure to please; lovely balance.
92 points $14 Best Buy
Zeni 2015 Barriques Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
92 points
$58
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas of dried figs, dates, orange peel, and suede with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long sun dried tomato, toast with cocoa spread, tea with cream, and peppercorns finish with light oak flavor. A lush Amarone with a silky style and high-impact flavors.
Zeni 2018 Classico Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
91 points
$35
Dark ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of kirsch, sage, cocoa-dusted almonds, prosciutto-wrapped melon, and earl grey latte with a round, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long finish displaying overtones of cherry fruit leather, hints of apricot, almond nougat, and rose petal jam with light oak flavor. A tasty, easy-to-love Amarone.
Villa Puccini 2018  Chianti Riserva DOCG
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Dark burnt sienna color. Aromas of grilled almonds, pomegranate, dried herb melange, clove, and rose petals with a satiny, crisp, medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long dried cherry, tobacco, graphite, and menthol finish. A tasty, complex Chianti that checks all the boxes.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Ricossa 2020 Appassimento Barbera
90 points
$21
Dark ruby color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry granita, violet petal tea, and caramel truffle with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of caramelized mushrooms and prosciutto with no oak flavor. A luscious Barbera with rich raspberry notes that finishes with to-die-for savory character akin to cured meats; excellent with a salumi plate.
Cielo 2021  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of lime peel, minerals, and hints of coconut with a velvety, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, delightful, medium-length finish with shades of crushed pineapple, fresh herbs, and slate with no oak flavor. A fresh and rounded Pinot Grigio with a rush of sophisticated minerality.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Saracco 2021  Moscato dAsti DOCG
88 points
$17
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of white flowers, apricot, honey, and ripe papaya with a satiny, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-length finish with overtones of sweet peach and hints of rainier cherry with moderate oak flavor. A sweet and candied Moscato with all manner of stone fruit and sweet honey accents.
Zeni 2019  Valpolicella Ripasso DOC
88 points
$22
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of leather, fresh herbs, crushed cherries, cinnamon, and turmeric with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish that exhibits elements of rose hips, sun dried tomato, balsamic reduction, and toast points. A friendly Valpolicella with rich flavor.
Stella Rosa NV Orange Moscato Fior DArancio Colli Euganei DOCG
88 points
$25
Light gold color. Aromas of toasted hazelnuts, brioche, and apple butter with a round, crisp, spritzy, very sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long honey, ripe apricots, and floral citrus rind finish with no oak flavor. A very sweet, dessert-style Moscato that can be paired with nutty cookies or panna cotta with fruits.
Cielo NV Rosso Di Famiglia Red Blend
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced plum pastry, raspberry jam, hints of peony blossom, and portobello mushrooms with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length finish displaying accents of roasted walnut with a suggestion of oak flavor. An easy Italian red that offers sophisticated fruit flavors and kisses of floral notes; an elevated weeknight red.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
12 E Mezzo 2020  Primitivo del Salento IGP
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plum, blackberry, and lilac with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length finish that shows shades of pomegranate, rose hips, and baking spices with well-integrated tannins. A firm, palate-pleasing red for effortless pairings.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Ricossa 2021  Moscato dAsti DOCG
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of crisp apple, white flowers, honeycomb, and crumpets with a supple, bright, petillant, sweet light body and a smooth, crisp sweet melon, pineapple smoothie, honey, and white peach finish. A sweet palate pleaser for after-dinner indulgence.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Villa Puccini 2021  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Fruity aromas of green apple and kiwi with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, agreeable hints of almond creme and banana finish with no oak flavor. A sprightly, friendly Pinot Grigio
87 points $14 Best Buy
Bariano 2020 Brut Rose Prosecco DOC
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Aromas of ripe watermelon and cantaloupe with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a silky, engaging, breezy lime spritz, hints of almonds, and thyme finish with no oak flavor. A juicy and fresh Prosecco Rose that’s perfect for summer tippling.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Cantina Zaccagnini 2019  Montepulciano Dabruzzo DOC
87 points
$17
Ruby black color. Aromas of forest berries and tapenade with a supple, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a silky, brisk tart plums, hints of earth, sun dried tomato, and tea finish. A structured old world red for the pizza pairings.
Shoreside 2020  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$8
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of lime zest and hints of hazelnut with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length italian ice and candied chamomile blossom finish with no oak flavor. A fresh, citrus-forward Pinot Grigio with rounded nutty undertones.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Cielo 2021 Rosé Veneto IGP
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of ripe watermelon, bay leaf, and thyme with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish that shows elements of lingonberry and cream with no oak flavor. A fruity, widely-appealing Rose with tasty herbal nuances.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Bariano NV Extra Dry Prosecco DOC
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of hints of baked pear, lime, and hints of honey-roasted almonds with a satiny, bright, spritzy, fruity light body and a smooth, brisk finish with no oak flavor. An effortless Prosecco quaffer for everyday celebrations.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Cloud Watcher 2020  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$10
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked lemon, ripe peach, kiwi, and chalk with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, swift finish conveying touches of crushed minerals and almonds with no oak flavor. A fuller bodied Pinot Grigio that maintains a refreshing style.
Cantina Zaccagnini 2021  Pinot Grigio
85 points
$17
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of yellow bell pepper, warm lemon, and mango with a satiny, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a warming, medium finish with nuances of hints of pineapple and pine nuts. A welcome respite during hot al fresco activities.
Porticina 2020  Terre Di Chieti IGT
85 points
$18
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of sweet ginger, hints of vanilla, and white flowers with a round, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of apricots with honey, toasted hazelnut, and bergamot. A crisp and friendly Malvasia with sweet aromatics and a pleasingly dry, refreshing palate.
Cielo 2020  Pinot Noir
84 points
$9.99
Brick red color. Aromas of cranberry, clay, basil, and bakelite with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, crisp cocoa powder, raisins, licorice, and ripe tomato finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A solid Pinot Noir for the table and patio.
84 points $9.99
Stella Rosa NV Blackberry Flavored Wine Piedmont
84 points
$12
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of ripe raspberry and cherry cola with a tart, finely carbonated, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed finish. A sweet and candied quaffer for dessert.
Stella Rosa NV Black Cherry Flavored Wine Piedmont
84 points
$16
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cordial and shirley temple cocktail with a satiny, tangy, sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, brisk finish. A fun cherry soda-like wine.
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