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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  • Adami Prosecco Garbel Brut N.V.

    Adami Prosecco Garbel Brut N.V.

    Region: Italy - Other

    In local dialect, the word “Garbèl” expresses a satisfying sensation of freshness and pleasant lightness. Recognizable for its dry finish, youthful nose and pleasing drinkability, Garbèl is suitable as an aperitif or an accompaniment to...

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  • Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello 1997

    Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello 1997

    Region: Italy - Barolo

    Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 Points!   "Monforte d'Alba. Not one of the deepest wines but a healthy crimson. Very autumnal nose. Well-melded flavours on the mid-palate but the overriding impression of this wine from the arch-traditionalist is of chewy,...

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    $195.00
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  • Azelia Langhe Nebbiolo 2018

    Azelia Langhe Nebbiolo 2018

    Region: Italy - Other

    "Well, surely this is a Langhe Neb for Pinot drinkers. It’s bright and red fruited, perfumed with aniseed and sweet new leather, almost comes over a bit like that stuff you pop in your hand using a small spoon when you pay the bill at an Indian...

    Current stock: 6

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  • Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2014

    Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2014

    Region: Italy - Chianti

    "Brunello di Montalcino was Italy’s first wine to be accorded DOCG status, a testament to its aristocracy, balance and fabulous proclivity for aging. Stony, calcareous and well-structured, the grapes for this Brunello di Montalcino are grown at altitude...

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    Current stock: 11

    $85.00
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  • Banfi Chianti Classico DOCG 2017

    Banfi Chianti Classico DOCG 2017

    Region: Italy - Chianti

    SANGIOVESE, WITH A LITTLE TOUCH OF CABERNET AND CANAIOLO NERO, THIS IS A STRUCTURED AND PLEASINGLY FRUIT-FORWARD CHIANTI.  "Chianti Classico zone located between Florence and Siena. The soil is calcareous and well-structured. Fermentation...

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    Current stock: 14

    $37.00
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  • Barolo la Serra Marcarini 1997

    Barolo la Serra Marcarini 1997

    Region: Italy - Barolo

    Vinous 92 Points! "Captivating, lively, pinot-like red fruit aromas (strawberry, redcurrant, raspberry) complicated by a minty nuance. Sweet, fat and broad; unusually open and already immensely appealing. Like a liqueur yet somehow maintains its...

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    $145.00
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  • Benanti Etna Rosso DOC 2016

    Benanti Etna Rosso DOC 2016

    Region: Italy - Other

    SUPERB VALUE. A BLEND OF TWO INDIGENOUS MT ETNA VARIETIES, A REGION MADE FAMOUS BY BENANTI FOR MAKING COMPLEX AND ELEGANT WINES TO RIVAL BURGUNDY.   "Ruby Red. Ethereal, intense, with hints of vanilla and ripe fruit. Elegant, harmonic,...

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    $45.00
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  • Borgo dei Trulli Vermentino 2018

    Borgo dei Trulli Vermentino 2018

    Region: Italy - Other

    "Pale yellow in colour, the wine displays attractive aromas of peach, lemon peel, mango and dry herbs. On the palate the saline minerality comes through and blends with a complex and pleasantly fresh acidity." - Masseria Borgo dei Trulli  

    Current stock: 3

    $23.50
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  • Braida Bricco Della Bigotta Barbera d'Asti 2011

    Braida Bricco Della Bigotta Barbera d'Asti 2011

    Region: Italy - Other

    This Barbera undergoes extended maceration with careful cap management before spending 18 months maturing in oak barriques. It spends a further year aging in bottle before release. The wine is an intense ruby red showing aromas of liquorice, violets,...

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    $105.00
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  • Braida Montebruna Barbera d'Asti 2016

    Braida Montebruna Barbera d'Asti 2016

    Region: Italy - Other

    "Montebruna is a wine that speaks of its land. The vineyards are located in Rocchetta Tanaro, a narrow hilltop ridge just outside of Asti. In contrast to nearby Barolo and Barbaresco, this area is characterised by patches of dense, misty forest and...

    Current stock: 5

    $53.00
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  • Bruno Giacosa Spumante Extra Brut Piedmonte 1996

    Bruno Giacosa Spumante Extra Brut Piedmonte 1996

    Region: Italy - Other

    "Good pale color. Vibrant aromas of lemon, chalk and biscuit. Ripe and supple in the mouth, with harmonious acids framing the citrus and spice flavors. Smooth yet firm on the moderately persistent finish."Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media, November...

    Current stock: 3

    $200.00
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