Posts Tagged Italy

2008 Feudi di San Gregorio ‘Ognissole’ Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy

Dry red fruit, menthol, tobacco and black pepper hide behind a veil of alcohol that refuses to blow off. That imbalance likewise hides the meaty taste of dark, fleshy plums and roasted dates, relegating this inky wine to the BBQ and burger bin.... Read more

2012 Librandi Ciro Rosato, Calabria, Italy

To be sure, this is the first time I've seen or sampled a wine made from 100 percent Gaglioppo grape. It finds its home in the Calabrian region of Italy, which likewise is not always the first that comes to mind when one thinks of that country's... Read more

NV Stella Rosa ‘Stellaberry,’ Italy

Take a sweet Moscato wine that is a perennial best-seller, add a bit of natural berry flavors, and what do you have? A crowd-pleaser, that’s what. The sweet nose shows lots of strawberry and raspberry flavor, which follows through in the mouth.... Read more

2011 Serragghia Fanino Catarratto e Pignatello, Pantelleria, Italy

Psst! Hipster wine geeks! Look here! Made from old vines on a virtually unknown island near Sicily? Check. Vinified in clay amphorae, the old way? Check. Entirely natural? Check. Impossibly strange? Check, double check, triple... Read more

2005 Fattoria Le Pupille, Tuscany, Italy

Opaque dark crimson color. Oodles of smoke, earth, and nuts, which gives way to show dark chocolate, cherry liqueur, citrus, and anise. The tannins at the end are chewy. Cellar for a few more years. Retail Wine Price: $50 Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2009 Enzo Boglietti Nebbiolo Langhe, Piemonte, Italy

Translucent bright ruby color. A mélange of aromas, including cherry, banana essence, pie crust spices, and berry fruit. Initial sweet fruit impression in the mouth, then shows some earthiness mid-palate and some grip at the end. Retail Wine... Read more

2010 Cantina Girlan Aimé Gewürztraminer, Alto Adige, Italy

Bronzed straw color. Aromas and flavors of litchi nut, honeysuckle, light rosewater, and honeyed fruit. sweet and viscous on the palate. Retail Wine Cost: $20 Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2010 Azienda Agricola Donati Camillo Malvasia dell Emillia ‘Il Mio”

Malvasia is hardly a commonly known grape in the U.S. market, and this is hardly your everyday sparkler. Gold and almost appearing oxidized, there's pear, cedar, beeswax and lemon balm on the nose, with a taste remotely akin to slightly sweet cider.... Read more

2011 Frank Cornelissen ‘Susucaru 4,’ Mt. Etna, Sicily, Italy

Frank Cornelissen makes the kind of wine I adore -- and other people frequently (and quite literally) turn their noses up at. Cornelissen's wines, vinified from a combination of white and red grapes that grow on the side of the volcano, are not... Read more

2010 Terredora Dipaolo Aglianico, Red Blend, Campania, Italy

Bright red berry fruit mingles with ashen, volcanic soil that lends a dusty, flinty quality to this light Italian red best served with a slight chill. Smooth and quaffable, there’s an acidic finish that makes this wine easy to drink with robust... Read more