July 2022 - Italy

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

Italy Reviews

Kirkland Signature 2017  Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
94 points
$14
Best Buy
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of tart red cherries and sweet bing cherries, garrigue, fig and espresso bean, and sweetened orange peel with a full body and a long dried red cherries, luxardo cherries in a vanilla and chocolate syrup with hints of amaro, subtle hint of balsamic, and strawberry juice finish. A beautiful Brunello to pop now and then set down the rest of your bottles for another decade.
94 points $14 Best Buy
Cupcake 2020  Pinot Grigio
93 points
$11
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of pear juice and honeysuckle, peach candies, lemongrass, and fresh linen with a satiny, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish with notes of candied lemon zest, white and yellow flowers, poppy seed muffin, and pine nut and dry hay. A vivacious variation on a classic theme to please the whole party.
93 points $11 Best Buy
Luna Nuda 2021  Alto Adige
93 points
$13
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas of tart red cherry, under ripe raspberry, and cranberry with a full body and a long sweet vine ripened tomato, berry fruit reduction, and sour plum finish. A crisp and refreshing aperitif to accompany almost any Mediterranean meal.
93 points $13 Best Buy
Luna Nuda 2021  Prosecco di Treviso DOC
93 points
$13
Best Buy
Straw color. Floral, citrusy aromas and flavors of candied jasmine and lime zest, orange gelatin candy, and lemon verbena with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long finish displaying notes of under ripe pear and candied lemon, fruit salad, and yuzu with no oak flavor. A crisp and floral sparkler and fruity crowd pleaser, but with sufficient acid and structure for cocktails and dry wine fans.
93 points $13 Best Buy
Luna Nuda 2020 Brut Rosé Prosecco Treviso
93 points
$13
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Creamy, floral aromas and flavors of dried wild strawberry, raspberry cream, candied nuts, and white and red flowers with a round, lively, fizzy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish with notes of strawberry sweet tarts, quince, tangerine, and lime leaf with no oak flavor. An interesting and more nuanced Prosecco with added red fruit structure and complexity.
93 points $13 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2019 Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG
92 points
$8
Best Buy
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of fresh herb and tomato garden, cocoa nibs, prosciutto, and pecorino with a full body and a long sweet tomatoes, ripe but tart raspberry, cherry syrup, and clove finish. A delightful Tuscan masterpiece to cellar, pair with a meal tonight, or transport you to memories of dining on a piazza in Italy.
92 points $8 Best Buy
Giovina 2020  Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
92 points
$18
Best Buy
Brick red color. Aromas of dark chocolate covered pomegranate, raspberry, tart red cherry, sweet cherry tomato, and raspberry jam with a full body and a long blackberry, grilled pineapple, pomegranate, sage, and and cedar finish. Dark red fruits balanced with crisp acidity and well integrated oak; enjoy with a decant or after a few years of cellar aging.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2018  Barolo DOCG
92 points
$19
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of rose petal, leather, figs and red cherries, and sun dried tomato with a full body and a long sour cherry candies, strawberry jam/ balsamic, wet saddle leather, and pomegranate finish. A delightful and well structured Barolo that needs food as well as time to open up.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Luna Nuda 2019 Red Blend Alto Adige
91 points
$11
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of blackberry, juicy black cherry and plum, dried oregano, and cocoa nibs with a full body and a long berry concentrate, blackberry, cherry cordial, and pine finish. A beautiful example that reminds you drink Italian wines with dinner other than the typical Sangiovese and Nebbiolo options.
91 points $11 Best Buy
Midnight Hour NV  Prosecco DOC
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of white peach, nectarine,and yuzu, lilly of the valley and poached pear, and fresh linen and potpourri with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long finish that exhibits impressions of citrus zest, roasted lemon, and creme anglaise with no oak flavor. Fruity and floral but with a crisp palate to make this a more versatile pairing with foods than the average Prosecco.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Chloe 2020  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$16
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of welsh’s white grape juice, peach, white flowers, green apple, and blanched almond, honeyed stone fruit, and parmesan with a velvety, lively, dry medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish revealing suggestions of under ripe peach, under ripe mango, canned fruit cocktail, and yuzu. A refreshing and crowd pleasing Pinot Gris with enough fruit to sip by itself and enough structure to pair with foods.
Santoreggia 2020  Sangiovese
88 points
$18
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of fresh tomato leaves and fresh basil, sun ripened tomatoes, and tart red cherries, tomato paste, and taleggio with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long red cherry, dried cranberry, herbs, clay pots, leather, tobacco, and rose petal finish. A lovely Tuscan table wine to pair with red sauce and any grilled meat.
Luna Nuda 2021  Pinot Grigio
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of cheese-clothed lemon, bartlett pear and yellow apple, and pink flowers with a round, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium finish that shows elements of herbal green tea, orange blossom honey, yellow apple and kiwi, and almond skin with no oak flavor. A rounded, orchard fruit driven crowd pleasing Pinot Grigio with good structure and acid.
86 points $13 Best Buy
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