Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

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


2007 L’Astore Masseria ‘Jema’ Primitivo, Puglia, Itay

Inky, glass-staining Primitivo. Spicy and briary in the nose like rich, warm California Zinfandel, then shrinking on the palate to something a touch more lithe and delicate. There’s a hint of leather, too — supple, soft, sueded cowhide. Bright… Read more


2010 Correggia ‘Anthos’ Brachetto, Puglia, Italy

Regular readers of Wine Lines know that I’m a sucker for elusive, lesser-known varietals and funky, unusual chilled reds from small-scale vignerons. The 2010 Anthos, then, is practically made for my palate, with vibrant Rainier cherries, a touch of… Read more


2007 Villa Mongalli ‘Le Grazie’ Rosso, Montefalco, Italy

Still very young, with a current of tannins and noticeable alcohol, but with a lovely, ripe nose. Notes of plump summer raspberries, red roses, cedar and wet rocks are indicative of yet another juicy, easily drunk Italian ‘Rosso,’ and the 2007 Le… Read more


2010 Poggiotondo Rosso IGT, Tuscany, Italy

Deep ruby color. A muted nose hints at dark, fleshy fruit. Sweet, supple and rounded in the mouth, showing lightly spiced red fruit. Should pair well with summer picnic fare, or artisanal breads and cheese. MSRP: $11 (May 2012) Wine Lines rating:… Read more


2009 Poggiotondo Chianti Cerro del Masso DOCG, Tuscany, Italy

Primarily Sangiovese, with dollops of Merlot, Syrah and Colorino. Translucent red plum color. A sharp nose of crushed dark berries and tar gives way to more rounded berry fruit with cherries in the mouth. Clean, with a solid acid underpinning, it… Read more


2011 Poggiotondo Vermentino IGT, Tuscany, Italy

Clear, light straw color. Honey-kissed aromas of white flowers and moderate stone fruits lead to ripe apple fruit in the mouth, picking up some salted cashew notes along the way. Delicate and nuanced, this is an understated, pretty wine that keeps… Read more