Posts Tagged Italy

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

2011 A-Mano Fiano-Greco, Puglia, Italy

Light straw color. The crisp, floral nose has haunting aromas of exotic, fleshy tropical fruit. There is a pretty, sweet-tart juiciness in the mouth that begs for the next sip. This unusual grape blend is a refreshing change-of-pace white that would... Read more

NV Albino Armani 1607 Moscato Spumante, Italy

Intense Muscat aromas of honeysuckle, rose geranium, candied orange peel and papaya lead to a frankly sweet mouth presence, but the carbonation keeps it fresh, not cloying. This would be a perfect party wine, or serve it well chilled with lighter... Read more

NV Albino Armani 1607 Prosecco, DOC, Italy

This Italian sparkler is made “Extra Dry,” showing aromas of sweet apple and slate, with a note of yeast. On the palate, there is a nice balance of sugar and acidity. The finish is clean. Made from the Guyot grape grown in the Friuli region at... Read more

2011 Vigneto Saetti Rosato dell Emilia, Italy

This no sulfur-added sparkling wine from a land best known for its eponymous cheese would be plenty at home alongside a few aged shavings of that dairy product. Yeasty brioche fills the nose along with delicate unstained wood and wet rocks. The... Read more

2010 Azienda Vinicola Calabretta ‘Gaio Gaio’ Rosso, Mt. Etna, Sicily, Italy

At only 11.5 percent alcohol, this Rosso is impossibly easy to drink. But in stark contrast to some easy to drink wines, the “Gaio Gaio” (“Joy Joy”) is also complex. The opening is a veritable forest of flavor, with crushed red berries,... Read more

2010 Antonelli ‘Trebium’ Trebbiano Spoletino, Umbria, Italy

Roasted and salted Marcona almonds mingle with Anjou pear and bitter grapefruit, producing a white wine with remarkable savoriness. Much like a good margarita, the saline aspect of this wine pairs wonderfully with its acidity and nut-inflected... Read more

2011 Campi di Fonterenza ‘Pettirosso,’ Montalcino, Italy

100 percent carbonically macerated Sangiovese, from an up-and-coming estate founded by two sisters. Funky mushrooms and wet dirt in the nose, with a lingering spice note. Despite that dark, brooding opening, the wine is delicate, with notes of... Read more

2009 Hauner Hiera Rosso, Sicily, Salina IGT

Tightly wound, young Rosso bristling with forest berries and scented woods. Light and faintly acidic in the mouth, with penetrating notes of summer figs and Turkish dates, dusted with exotic Eastern spices like cardamom and coriander. Tasty now, but... Read more