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 2017 $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 2018 $19.99 $18.95
    Chianti and Tuscany are basically synonymous, made from Sangiovese and a little Canniolo, it expresses the nature and terroir of Chianti, perfumed, slightly floral, saline, dry and clean yet almost addictive. Medium bodied with lovely texture, concentration and enough power, soft, persistent and an ideal partner for any Tuscany dish, pastas, lasagne etc. Drink now or over the next couple of years.
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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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Lombardy

  • Straccali Pinot Grigio 2019 $18.99 $17.95 Out of Stock
    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!

Piedmont

  • 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 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 2017 $44.99 $39.99
    An impressive cuvée from this lovely producer situated in Marche, old vines, rigorous vineyard selection and immaculate attention to detail has produced a Verdicchio that is full bodied and concentrated with a huge middle palate and is incredibly perfumed. Drinking beautifully now however will also cellar for a number of years. Excellent with fish and white meats.
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  • Garofoli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2016 $23.99 $21.95
    Verdicchio had a great comeback over the last 15-20 years, situated in Marche, central east of Italy and has also been known for producing a crisp, flinty and mineral wine that is excellent with shellfish, fish and white meats. The modern versions are mostly tank fermented with no oak or over elaborate winemaking but yet displaying excellent concentration, depth and freshness. Try with fish, shellfish or pastas.
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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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  • Grati Chianti Riserva 2012 $29.99 $27.95
    A stunning Chianti Riserva that delivers an array of dry flowers and herbs with wonderful structure and concentration. This is something that is ideal with pastas, prosciutto or any cured meats. The 2012 Riserva is approachable now but it will also cellar for the next 3-4 years.
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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

  • 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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  • Col Vetoraz Prosecco Brut 2017 $34.99 $27.95
    Scents of ripe stone fruits lead to a dry, smooth and intense palate with subtle notes of white blossoms, citrus zest, and a touch of toasted bread and elegant, fine bubbles fills the mouth with creamy texture. Energetic and clean, Col Vetoraz Prosecco complements a wide variety of foods, making it an ideal to pour with appetizers, salads, even brunch! Located in Cartizze, one of the prime areas of the Valdobbiadene region of the Veneto, Col Vetoraz grows its grapes organically at about 1,300 feet above sea level on very steep hills in vineyard sites where the Prosecco, or Glera, grape has grown since 1838. The grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and wine enjoys a second fermentation in tank in the “Charmat” method.
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