Wines by Country: Italy

Abruzzi

  • Podere Castorani Pecorino Superiore “Amorino” DOC 2019 $46.99 $37.99
    Made from 100% pecorino grapes. The wine has a pale yellow colour, clear and brilliant. On the palate it delivers wonderful intensity with lovely flavours of exotic fruits, ripe pear and fig. This is one of the upcoming grape varieties from Abruzzi that offers extraordinary value for money.
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  • Gran Sasso Alta Quota Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2012 $44.99 $39.99
    Now there is Montepulciano and there is Montepulciano… Gran Sasso produces stunning old fashioned Montepulciano with impeccable structure and concentration, depth and yet everything encompassed in a beautiful parcel. This is the 2012 vintage which is starting to drink beautiful now and over the next 4-5 years. Full bodied and balanced with lovely texture and composure.
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Basilicata

  • Piano del Cerro Aglianico del Vulture 2018 $43.99 $37.99
    Aglianico, or as it’s known in some parts of Italy as the Borolo of the South, is a full bodied, grunty, perfumed and full frontal wine however it is also carried with a core of lovely acidity, robust tannins, concentration and depth. The palate is rich, slightly mineral with a lot of berry fruit, a hint of dry herbs and spice. Considering its price point, it’s just excellent value for money!
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Chianti - Tuscany

  • Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di San Niccolo 2013 $139.99 $119.95
    “The 2013 I Sodi di S. Niccolò is 85% Sangioveto (a more antique name for Sangiovese) and 15% Malvasia Nera from a single vineyard. This wine opens to a darkly saturated appearance and shows ruby, garnet and purple highlights. The bouquet is powerful but seamless at the same time with smooth transitions between dark cherry, spice, tobacco and moist clay. In the mouth, this wine shows dense extraction, but it never feels too weighed down by that mass. Instead, the freshness of the fruit and the natural acidity give the wine a bright and buoyant personality. Aged in barrique for 30 months, this is a delightful Tuscan red. - Monica Larner” -- 96/100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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  • Straccali Chianti Classico 2018 $29.99 $26.99
    This is Chianti Classico, this is definitely Chianti Classico… When we were trying this it took a while to open up but when it did it was on point. This is always the case with Chianti Classico, it’s almost like a spring flower waiting for the summer. This is exactly what you expect from Chianti Classico, roasted meats, pancetta on the grill and freshly sliced prosciutto, lovely perfume with hints of pine nuts and lavender with a pinch of sea salt, medium to full bodied, expressive and concentrated. It only needs a beautiful Tuscan dish to go with it. Drink now or over the next 5 years, enjoy because you’ll love it!
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  • Straccali Chianti 2019 $19.99 $18.99
    2019 is a wonderful vintage in Tuscany and the proof of that is this stunning Chianti. Chianti in the classical style being savoury, medium body with bright acidity, ripe cherry, salty with hints of roasted pancetta and prosciutto. This is something that can go with any pasta or anti pasto dish, it’s just ideal. Just be careful with the temperature especially now in summer as ideally you should drink it between 17-18 degrees, it brings out the acidity the freshness and the vibrancy.
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  • Straccali Toscana Rosso 2018 $18.99 $17.99
    Rosso di Toscana or simply put, red from Tuscany, as the name indicates can vary a lot but this is one of the best value for money reds from Straccali. It’s quite unbelievable the sheer quality, flawless winemaking and accuracy that they put into this wine even though it is quite a straightforward and simple wine. 2018 is a good vintage in Tuscany, this is ripe with hints of grilled pancetta, prosciutto and a touch of salt. Simply put, Tuscany in a glass! Drink now at about 17-18 degrees, not too warm and over the next few years.
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2017 $279.99 Out of Stock
    85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc. “The balance and beauty to this is impressive, offering sweet, ripe currants and flowers with some crushed-stone and dry-earth undertones. Full-bodied with soft, polished tannins and a long, creamy-textured finish. It’s polished, yet concentrated. Better after 2022, but already very seductive.” – James Suckling

    “To recap my assessment, and with the memory of the 100-point 2016 vintage so fresh in my mind, I would give this wine a seven out of 10 in terms of aromas, a five out of 10 in terms of mid-palate, and an eight out of 10 in terms of structure. Another way to read those conclusions is as follows: The 2017 Sassicaia was expertly built to withstand a long aging future, yet only time will tell if the beauty of the bouquet will evolve at the same pace. This fascinating wine magically captures the hallmarks of cool-temperature winemaking in one of the hottest vintages in recent years. Vintners, not vintage, won this round.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Lombardy

  • Straccali Pinot Grigio 2019 $18.99 $17.99
    This is really what you would expect from a Northern Italian Pinot Grigio, crisp, light and beautifully perfumed with lovely texture and acidity. It’s exactly what you want from classical Italian Pinot Grigio, ripe pear and Turkish delight with freshness, vitality and exuberance yet soft, rounded and beautifully smooth. At this price it’s simply stunning!
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Piedmont

  • Rivetto Barbera D’Alba Zio Nando DOC 2016 $39.99 $36.99
    Barbera D’Alba has been always considered the little brother in Alba compared to Nebbiolo and can produce extraordinarily fine wines and this is a perfect example. Full bodied with truffle and ripe cherry overtones and a beautiful middle palate. The vineyard that produces the Zio Nando, thanks to a terrain that tends towards sandy and its western exposure, permits them to obtain a wine with a powerfully fruity aroma, optimal colour intensity and extreme refinement. Drinking just about perfectly now but will also keep.
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  • Rivetto Langhe Nebbiolo DOC 2018 $47.99 $44.99
    An extremely pleasing and drinkable wine, and although it has a high alcohol grade this never overpowers its fruity character. Its red colour has Bordeaux reflections and the slow trickle from the edge of the glass confirms its optimal concentration and good body. The palate is caressed by a smooth tannin content typical of the Nebbiolo grape and by a warm and enveloping flavour.
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  • Rivetto Barolo Serralunga d’Alba DOCG 2016 $109.99 $94.99
    Extraordinary Barolo from this to-be giant producer, all the vineyards are farmed bio-dynamically letting the soils and vineyard sites do all the talking… and they do! “Savory licorice, balsamic and eucalyptus flavours highlight this intense red. Cherry and kirsch flavors emerge midpalate as this finishes with energy and a mineral aftertaste” 93 Points - Wine Spectator 2014
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  • Borgogno Barolo 2012 $109.99 $94.95
    A magnificent, perfumed, full bodied and concentrated Barolo from a very good vintage. This producer epitomizes what Barolo really is, full bodied and powerful with great depth, structure and longevity. Even though approachable now, it will cellar for a further 10 years, exactly what you would expect from a top notch Barolo. Irresistible now but it will only get better!
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Puglia

  • Menhir Sale Fiano e Malvasia 2016 Salento IGT $25.99 $19.99
    The brothers Gaetano and Vito Marangelli fell in love with Salento, a beautiful region at the Southern end of Apulia in Southern Italy, often referred to as the "heel" of the Italian "boot".
    They had the dream to combine 3 different realities: a winery, a restaurant and an organic farm and so in 2002 Menhir was born.
    Menhir is situated in Minervino di Lecce, a hidden little town with a lot of history. It hosts, in fact, intact archaeological sites and it’s famous for its scattered upright rough monoliths called menhirs, hence the name.
    The Sale Bianco is a blend of two native aromatic varieties, Fiano and Malvasia that is bursting with fresh and fragrant aromas, notes of exotic fruit, mango, melon and peach and hints of white flowers.
    On the palate it’s fresh and crisp but with a nice creamy texture and a subtle almond note which adds another dimension to the wine.
    It’s the perfect companion for raw fish and fresh cheeses but also ideal with ethnic dishes like couscous.
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  • Menhir Salento Organic Pietra Primitivo 2018 $33.99 $29.99
    Outstanding ruby red with violet hues, the bouquet is reminiscent of wild strawberry and blackberry with hints of blue berries. On the palate it is fresh with excellent acidity, soft rounded tannins with an under-core of fresh acidity. Full bodied with rich tannins that are ideal to have with casseroles, roasted meats etc. Your perfect winter wine! Drink now or over the next 4-5 years.
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  • Podere Castorani Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2015 $69.99 $59.99
    This is one of the greatest value for money wines that we have had over the last 2 years. There is Montepulciano and then there is MONTEPULCIANO… this Castorani Riserva oozes spice and liquorice with aromas of dark forest fruits with an infusion of dark chocolate and cocoa. The wine is fermented in cement and transferred to oak for 12 months. Approachable now but will also cellar for 10 years plus.
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  • Masseria Borgo dei Trulli Primitivo 2015 $33.99 $28.95
    Salento and Puglia is synonymous with Primitivo. This offers an array of dry herbs, spice, cocoa and ground coffee, full bodied with immense richness and great concentration, powerful yet balanced. The most beautiful thing about this Primitivo is that it captures the traditional with the modern, it’s juicy with a hint of mineral overtones yet beautifully balanced. Magnifico!
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Sardinia

  • Agricola Punica Barrua 2012 $64.99 $59.99
    The so-called Sassicaia of Sardinia, made in collaboration with local Sardinian growers, is becoming a reference point for wines from this island and even Italy. Made from a blend of 85% Carignan, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. On the nose it exhibit spice, black fruits, game and hints of leather. The palate is superb, balanced, poised and full bodied with great depth, length and concentration. This is a wine that has the potential within years to rival Sassicaia itself but at a fraction of the price.
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Marche

  • Garofoli Podium Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore DOC 2017 $44.99 $37.99
    Wine experts consider the Garofoli winery a jewel among the wineries of the Marche region.
    Started in 1871 by Antonio Garofoli, it has become synonymous with top quality thanks to hard work and the family desire to improve and strive for excellence in every single detail from the vineyards to the winemaking techniques, always respecting the traditions and the territory.
    Podium is made from one of Italy’s oldest known white grape varieties – and undoubtedly one of its best and most characterful, Verdicchio. Grown from old vines, this is a Verdicchio that is incredibly perfumed, full bodied and concentrated with plenty of weight and texture that can age well for up to a decade.
    Expect to find flavours of lemon and ripe yellow fruit combined with a note of honey, almond and nuts.
    Verdicchio goes extremely well with food: a perfect accompaniment for seafood dishes and poultry flavoured with herbs.
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Trentino

  • Villa Vescovile Pinot Grigio 2019 $26.99 $24.99
    From one of the principle regions for the production of Pinot Grigio, Trentino, this is our brand new import! Slightly oak aged in old wood with beautiful freshness, crisp acidity and a touch of oiliness, fresh with hints of Turkish delight, ripe pear and green fig. This is magnificent to go with fish, shell fish or on its own simply because it is wonderfully balanced, textural Pinot Grigio.
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Tuscany

  • Podere Le Ripi Brunello di Montalcino Amore e Magia 2015 $149.99 $139.99
    One of the upcoming super stars in Tuscany producing extraordinary single vineyard Brunello and occasionally Brunello Riserva. This state has been pushing the boundaries for some time and is really starting to pay off. The colour is magnificent follow by an array of spice, leather, roasted meats and prosciutto on the nose. 2015 was an excellent vintage in Tuscany and it offers incredible depth, structure and power. It will cellar beautifully for the next 10 years plus.
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  • Podere Le Ripi Canna Torta IGT Toscana Bianco 2019 $69.99 $59.99
    After fermentation and maceration for 8 months in terracotta jars, the wine is aged 8-12 months on grape skins in clay amphorae. The result is a light amber color wine given by the skins contact, it has a fresh and elegant bouquet similar to a white wine with notes of honey and herbs. On the palate is almost like a red, due to the light tannic structure and the crunchy texture. Serving temperature from 14° to 15°.
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  • Le Volte dell’Ornellaia 2018 $54.99 $49.99
    Le Volte dell’Ornellaia combines a Mediterranean expression of generosity with structure and complexity, reflecting the philosophy of Ornellaia. It represents the first step into the Ornellaia family, and is an ideal wine for everyday enjoyment. Le Volte dell’Ornellaia 2018 perfectly reflects the characteristics of the vintage, revealing great elegance and balance. Its nose is wonderfully complex, very fruity with delicate floral and spicy notes. The tannic and smooth texture is striking on the palate, ending in a crisp and lively finish.
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  • Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" 2017 $454.99 $389.99
    "A stunning wine, the 2017 Ornellaia offers a captivating interplay of richness and energy. Picking early was the key. Young vine Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc were harvested in August for the first time ever. In the glass, the 2017 offers up an enticing mélange of mocha, cedar, tobacco and licorice, with soft curves that add to its sensuality and allure. The 2017 is sumptuous and racy, as Ornellaias from warmer years tend to be, but it is not at all heavy or overdone. In a word: superb! Drink 2025-2042." Score: 97 - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com
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Veneto

  • Ruggeri Prosecco Brut Treviso DOC NV $22.99 $19.99
    If one thing’s for sure, Prosecco is loved by all! But there is Prosecco and Prosecco and Ruggeri is definitely one of our favourites.
    Located in the famed Santo Stefano village in the heart of the Prosecco wine region, the Ruggeri winery is overlooking the dramatic, dream-like beauty of the steep slopes dotted with century old Glera vines.
    This splendid hilly area enjoys a unique blend of climate, soil and exposure producing the best quality grapes of the entire appellation hence resulting in wines with the finest texture, concentration and the greatest length.
    Ruggeri is a family owned winery with a centuries-old tradition in viticulture but it’s also considered a benchmark for quality Prosecco.
    Ruggeri’s beautiful Prosecco is bursting with fruity and floral aromas of green apple, pear and lemon finishing with a touch of almond which adds complexity. Crisp acidity and persistent fine bubbles lead into a dry, refreshing finish. In 2 words? Graceful and vibrant.
    Perfect as an aperitif and ideal with fish, this wine goes particularly well with hors d’oeuvres and light first courses.
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  • Perlage SGAJO Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry Vegan $29.99 $27.99
    Fresh in taste and color! Sgajo means smart and exuberant. So is this organic sparkling wine, a delicately sweet and aromatic version of an Extra Dry Prosecco. Sparkling limpidity, fine and persistent perlage, pale straw yellow colour. Showing fruity flavours with notes of apple, apricot and some banana. On the palate there is a great freshness, long and persistent flavour, bitter aftertaste and a very drinkable scent of pear. Pairs well with ethnic dishes based on raw fish and rice or vegetable dishes and vegan cuisine.
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  • Masi Mazzano Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 $259.99 $214.95
    Mazzano is an austere and majestic wine, the prototype for Amarone. The grapes come from the eponymous vineyard, famous for the quality of its produce since the XII century, and are laid out in traditional drying lofts during the cold winter months. Another single vineyard that is quite different to the Campolongo, slightly more austere, concentrated and less giving on its youth. However after about 10-15 years it develops into a complex, powerful and rich wine with beautiful smooth velvety texture that is capable of again up to 20 years.
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  • Masi Campolongo di Torbe Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 $259.99 $214.95
    Campolongo di Torbe is Masi’s elegant cru version of Amarone, with smooth almond aromas, great intensity and balance. The grapes come from the eponymous vineyard, which has been noted for its quality since the XII century. Grapes are left to dry naturally in traditional drying lofts during the cold winter months. Amarone and more so single vineyards are one of the most unique and rare wines in the world known for their aging capacity, they are very full bodied wines with intense flavours, power and concentration. Even at 9 years old it is still relatively young. The palate is full with aromas of toasted almonds, sweet coca, a touch of caramel and baked brioche. Approachable now or cellar for 15-20 years.
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