Italy

"Ah, Italy - what a beautiful, hedonistic, disorganised, frustrating country! Italy can provide wine lovers with so many distinctive, unique flavours and styles, bottles full of Italian verve and creativity. It also sluices forth rivers of disgracefully thin, characterless stuff to be sold under its most commercially useful names: Pinot Grigio, Soave, Valpolicella, Lambrusco, Frascati and the like.

Although the key to understanding Italy is to understand that it is a group of regions rather than a single homogeneous country, from the heady, often sweet, ferments of the deep south to the delicate sub-alpine essences of the north, it is possible to generalise about Italian wine styles to a certain extent. Reds have a certain bitterness that is by no means unpleasant. In fact it is so addictive that I find Italy is the one country I come home from positively determined to continue to drink its wines (rather than, as usual, desperate for a complete change). Italian white wines, once distinguished by their lack of aroma and lack of obvious fruitiness (very un-modern), are now generally very well made, offering an attractive combination of fruit and refreshment." - Jancis Robinson

 

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  • Poliziano Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG 2020

    Poliziano Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG 2020

    Region: Italy - Chianti

    TRADITIONAL DOCG SANGIOVESE WITH SAVOURY FLAVOUR AND A SOFT STRUCTURE

      "80% Sangiovese, 20% Canaiolo Nero, this is a very drinkable and versatile Chianti, ideal to accompany antipasto, pasta dishes, risotto and pizza. Try it with char-grilled peppers and melanzane (eggplant), roast rabbit or chicken, or Scarmorza...

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    Current stock: 12

    $30.00
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  • Alois Lageder Riff Pinot Grigio 2020

    Alois Lageder Riff Pinot Grigio 2020

    Region: Italy - Other

    QUALITY PINOT GRIGIO FROM THE ALTE ADIGE REGION OF ITALY - FRESH AND BRIGHT

      "The 2020 Riff Pinot Grigio is fresh, bright, and smooth on the palate; This wine exhibits pleasing aromas and flavors of sandalwood, dried earth, and ripe citrus." - Wilfred Wong   "As one of the iconic wine producers of Alto Adige,...

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    Current stock: 12

    $23.00
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  • Luciano Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo D'Alba 2019

    Luciano Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo D'Alba 2019

    Region: Italy - Other

    POWERFUL, MINERAL, STUNNING EXPRESSION OF NEBBIOLO FROM ROERO, PIEMONTE

      "93 Points. The Luciano Sandrone 2019 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore is a beautiful expression of this mighty red grape from the north of Italy. The Valmaggiore vineyard in Roero offers a spicy and accessible interpretation with plenty of wild...

    Current stock: 6

    $90.00
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  • Luciano Sandrone La Vigne Barolo 2017

    Luciano Sandrone La Vigne Barolo 2017

    Region: Italy - Barolo

    WINE ENTHUSIAST 97 POINTS! JAMES SUCKLING 97 POINTS! WINE AND SPIRITS 96 POINTS! VINOUS 95+ POINTS!

      "Opulent and very sexy with perfume, cedar, dried flowers and dried strawberries and just a hint of nutmeg. It’s medium-to full-bodied with round and finely velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. So seductive." - James...

    Current stock: 2

    $245.00
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  • Luciano Sandrone Aleste Barolo 2017

    Luciano Sandrone Aleste Barolo 2017

    Region: Italy - Barolo

    JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS! VINOUS 95 POINTS!

      "The purity and brightness of nebbiolo is so impressive here. Strawberries and blue fruit abound. Full-bodied, yet tight and very polished with a long, persistent finish. Very transparent and appealing. Drink in 2025 and onwards." - James...

    Current stock: 2

    $280.00
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  • G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso 2020

    G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso 2020

    Region: Italy - Other

    MADE FROM SIX VARIETIES, INCLUDING NEBBIOLO, BARBERA AND DOLCETTO, THIS IS A JUICY, SOFT AND THROUGHLY ENJOYABLE RED WINE BY THE BAROLO MASTER

      "G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso is a hug from Piedmont. It’s an invitation to explore its different varieties and to get to know its personality. From young vineyards, it is a fruity, delicately complex wine – an ideal companion at the table...

    Current stock: 7

    $32.00
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  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco 2018

    Albino Rocca Barbaresco 2018

    Region: Italy - Barbaresco

    WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS!

    "A beam of pure cherry is the hallmark of this round, supple red. Floral, mint, mineral and tobacco notes add depth as this unfolds gracefully to a lingering finish. This is firmly structured, yet balanced, with an aftertaste of fruit and wild herbs, tar...

    Current stock: 4

    $85.00
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  • Vietti Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco 2019

    Vietti Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco 2019

    Region: Italy - Barolo

    GREG SHERWOOD MW 93+ POINTS!

      "Deep, dark and richly coloured, there is every suggestion this is going to be a big old wine! On the nose, the Nebbiolo fruit delivers aromatic layers of ripe sweet red cherries, red liquorice, hints of crème de cassis together with sweet...

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    $52.00
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  • Tenuta Russobruno Greco di Tufo 2020

    Tenuta Russobruno Greco di Tufo 2020

    Region: Italy - Other

    INTENSE, MINERAL DOCG WHITE WINE FROM THE BEST APPELATION FOR THE ITALIAN GRAPE GRECO

      "Roberta Russo and Marco Bruno purchased an old vineyard in Tufo with one clear goal in mind, to make great Greco. They enlisted Campanian specialist Vincenzo Mercurio and made their first wine in 2013. Today, there are four hectares under vine...

    Current stock: 9

    $45.00
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  • Porconero Fiano IGP 2019

    Porconero Fiano IGP 2019

    Region: Italy - Other

    "PORCONERO (BLACK PIG) IS THE BEST FRIEND OF THE MAN, INDEED. AND OF THE TABLE, TOO."

      A fabulous medium bodied expression of the variety, from mountainous regions of central Italy. Orange zest, lemon curd with delicate hints of nectarine and peach. Finished with notes of almond and distinct minerality.  This is textural and...

    Current stock: 6

    $27.00
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  • Coroncino Gaiospino Verdicchio 2019

    Coroncino Gaiospino Verdicchio 2019

    Region: Italy - Other
    Farming Sustainably-made

    INTENSE AND MINERAL LADEN, DEMONSTRATING WHY THIS DOCG IS KNOWN AS THE 'WHITE BAROLO'

      "Lucio Canestrari makes Verdicchio wines, among others, with his wife Fiorella and his son Valerio. Lucio is a kind and matter-of-fact person, who has farmed his vineyards with minimal intervention since 1993. He doesn't allow any machinery in...

    Current stock: 4

    $82.00
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  • Castello Della Rosa Pinot Grigio 2021

    Castello Della Rosa Pinot Grigio 2021

    Region: Italy - Other

    CRISP, FRUIT FORWARD AND LIVELY - PERFECT FOOD WINE!

      "Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGP 2021 - The wine has a lovely straw color with slight hues of green. The bouquet offers delicious aromas of citrus fruit, peaches and honeysuckle. The palate is crisp, lively and complex, with a pleasant...

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    $27.00
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  • Barone Sergio Nero D'Avola Eloro DOC 2018

    Barone Sergio Nero D'Avola Eloro DOC 2018

    Region: Italy - Other

    BIG AND BOLD BUT WITH SOME LASTING REFINEMENT AND COMPLEXITY - CABERNET DRINKERS WOULD LOVE THIS!

      "This family-run estate is managed by our good friends Giovanni and Caterina Sergio, along with their daughters Angela and Luigia. The Sergio Nero d'Avola is intense with rich balsamic notes and hints of red fruit like cherry jam, and spices...

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    Current stock: 18

    $35.00
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  • Josetta Saffirio Langhe Nebbiolo 2019

    Josetta Saffirio Langhe Nebbiolo 2019

    Region: Italy - Other

    BEAUTIFULLY BALANCED NEBBIOLO, LIVELY AND POWERFUL

      "Lively garnet red with a very characteristic nose of dried fruit and raspberries. Exceptional balance on the palate, round tannins and sensations already present on the nose. Wine of important body, perfect pairing for main courses of red or...

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    $55.00
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  • Bonacchi Gentilesco Chianti DOCG 2020

    Bonacchi Gentilesco Chianti DOCG 2020

    Region: Italy - Chianti

    FANTASTIC CHIANTI WITH SOFT, MEDIUM BODIED PALATE

      "Cantina Bonacchi, has been making fine Tuscan wines for three generations. Modern technology and family expertise enables Bonacchi to offer excellent products from their four estates in Tuscany. The Sangiovese grapes of Chianti DOCG...

    Current stock: 7

    $28.00
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  • Giovanni Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo 2019

    Giovanni Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo 2019

    Region: Italy - Other

    SEAMLESS LANGHE NEBBIOLO, POWERFULLY STRUCTURED WINE

      "Perfumes: violet and roses, some nice fruits with cherry and raspberry hints.Taste: quite easy to drink, with a fine structure; elegant tannins together with a good freshness.Pairings: perfect for any situation, it can be wonderfully enjoyed...

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    $52.00
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  • Zaccagnini Ikebana Novello IGT 2021

    Zaccagnini Ikebana Novello IGT 2021

    Region: Italy - Other
    Farming Vegan-friendly Sustainably-made

    LIGHT AND FRUITY - A MIDWEEK CLASSIC!

      "Novello is an Italian term for a freshly made wine, and it is a light, fruity, red wine that is similar to its French cousin Beaujolais Nouveau in taste, body and color. Grapes used in Italian Novello however differ to the typical French variety...

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    $28.50
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  • Le Monde Cabernet Franc 2018

    Le Monde Cabernet Franc 2018

    Region: Italy - Other
    Farming Vegan-friendly Sustainably-made

    VELVETY MID WEEK CAB FRANC - WE LOVE IT!

      "A rich, lingering bouquet with intense notes of fruit preserve and hints of grass. A velvety, mouthfilling palate, balanced by supporting acidity; with excellent length. Its warm, assertive body means it goes well with cured and red meats, as...

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    Current stock: 17

    $25.00
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  • Occitan Italian Dry Gin 42% 700mL

    Occitan Italian Dry Gin 42% 700mL

    Region: Italy - Other

    'LONDON DRY' STYLE ITALIAN GIN WITH WILD JUNIPER FORAGED BY HAND FROM THE MOUNTAINS OF PIEMONTE

      "Gin was first made by Bordiga in 1889, and this gin is still made from the original recipe. In addition to orange and lemon peel, only four main botanicals are used, juniper, angelica, cardamom, and a secret ingredient the distillery harvests...

    Current stock: 1

    $80.00
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