Italy

A major player in world production, Italy is a hotbed for viticulture, which covers almost all of its territory. Its different regions are steeped in indigenous traditions that are framed by a two-level hierarchical system of appellations of origin, distinguishing between DOCs (Denominazione di Origine Contrallata) and DOCGs where the epithet G (Garantita) implies additional constraints . In this organization, there are renowned and extensive vineyards, such as those of Chianti, as well as confined areas, attached to strong particularisms. Wines that are more common or have a lesser identity find their place in IGT designations (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) that qualify products from a wide range of zones, delimited to scale of an entire region. The regulation of IGT is more flexible and allows to integrate non-standard wines, such as the famous "Super Tuscan" with their massive use of imported grape varieties.

  • 2014 Cantele Salice Salentino Reserva

    89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "The 2014 Salice Salentino Riserva is a heavy and concentrated wine with prune, raisin and blackberry jelly. The wine is hearty and dense with sweet flavors on the finish that are interwoven tightly with equally...

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  • Bisceglia Gudarra Aglianico del Vulture 2014

    Bisceglia (whose aglianico del Vulture, called Gudarra, is an amazingly distinctive wine with earthiness of dried porcinis), is one of the most highly regarded producers of aglianico del Vulture. 89 points Wine Spectator “This is medium-bodied...

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  • CA DEL BOSCO, CUVEE PRESTIGE ROSE NV

    James Suckling 92 points “Rich and complex aromas of peaches, apricots and crushed blueberries. Hints of almonds, too. Full body, an elegant and refined texture and a harmonic finish. Nice and fine bubbles. Drink now. Disgorged in 2017.”...

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  • Ceretto Barolo 2014

    91 points James Suckling  "Really attractive dried fruit on the nose of this Barolo, including dried red cherries and dried hibiscus as well as five spices, dried rose petals, wet earth and tea leaves. Medium body, polished tannins and a...

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  • Mount Etna

    Feudo di Santa Tresa Frappato 2016

    Jancis Robinson "Certified organic. Very light eco-friendly glass bottle. Very pale, almost more of a dark rosé. Turkish Delight and pink liquorice on the nose. Super-sappy, tart red fruit, like a glass of cranberry juice. No tannins –...

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  • Inama Soave Classico DOC 2016

    91 points Vinous "Bright straw. Pear and apple on the fresh, deep nose. Then juicy with clean flavors of apple jelly, white stone fruit and minerals; has good weight and texture. Finishes clean, fresh and with a delightful crystalline quality. Very...

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  • Luigi Baudana, 2011 Barolo, Cerretta DOCG

    94 points Wine Enthusiast "Dark berry, pressed flower, iron, leather and spice aromas come together on this firmly structured wine. The full-bodied palate delivers juicy black cherry, eucalyptus, anise and clove alongside big, velvety tannins. A...

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  • Luigi Baudana, 2016 Langhe Bianco DOC

    Notes With all the juice steel fermented and with little/no malolactic fermentation, the aromas are pure and clean with loads of white citrus, familiar apple and pear skin from the Chardonnay, and subtle hints of melon rind. As it opens up there are...

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  • MASTROJANNI, Brunello di Montalcino 2012

    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate   "Beautifully saturated and dark, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino offers a distinctively sophisticated personality. There's an air of nobility that is natural to Brunello, but that comes in limited supply...

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  • Montonale Lugana Orestilla 2016

    96 points Decanter "Amalfi lemon zest, honeysuckle and lemon cream shine on the expressive nose. Creamy and velvety in texture, the palate shows toasty almond, straw and elderberry. A rich style, mineral driven with a very long finish...

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  • Paolo Scavino Langhe Bianco Sorriso 2017

    Paolo Scavino Langhe Bianco Sorriso 2017

    Winemaker Notes Since 2000, the Langhe D.O.C. SORRISO®, is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Viognier. A fresh white wine vinified and aged in stainless steel with distinctive character and finesse. A unique combination of these three...

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  • Paolo Scavino Rosso Vino da Tavola 2016

    Paolo Scavino Rosso Vino da Tavola 2016

    Winemaker Notes Rosso is a blend which represents our autochthon varietals. The grapes from the younger vines of the Estate combined together, offer a fresh, aromatic, charming wine with a Piedmontese character. Brilliant ruby-red with purple hints...

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  • Pecchenino Estate

    Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani 2017

    90 points James Suckling "Roasted herbs, elderberry pie and spices. Full-bodied with plenty of fruit-compote flavors and a fruity finish." (9/2018) Vinous Reverie Notes From Winery: The Pecchenino wine estate dates back to the end of...

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  • PLANETA Etna Bianco 2016

    PLANETA Etna Bianco 2016

    93 points James Suckling "A beautiful white with sliced apple and lemon rind character. Salty, too! Full body, plenty of fruit and a oily yet fresh finish." (10/2017) 92 points Wine Enthusiast   "Radiant and refined, this...

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  • Planeta, Santa Cecilia, DOC Noto 2014

    Planeta, Santa Cecilia, DOC Noto 2014

    93 points Wine Enthusiast "Red fruit, exotic spice and blue flower aromas mingle together on this elegant wine. Made entirely with Nero d'Avola, the focused, linear palate evokes black cherry, pomegranate, star anise and wild herb framed in taut,...

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  • Schiopetto, Collio Friulano 2015

    95 points James Suckling “A wine with gorgeous fruit such as peaches in addition to spices and minerals. Very aromatic. Medium-to full-bodied, very spicy and very intense. Powerful and rich. Almost burns with spiciness. Dense center palate...

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