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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.

  • Adami, Bosco di Gica Prosecco Superiore NV

    91+ points Vinous"Luminous straw-green. Honey, white flowers, crushed rocks and lemon oil all come alive in this nicely chiseled, creamy yet vibrant Prosecco. Showcases gorgeous balance and plenty of early appeal, but also offers plenty of richness and...

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  • Antonelli Grechetto Colli Martani DOC 2015

    Jancis Robinson"Organic. Deep honey colour. Attractively lifted and aromatic. Really ripe and appealing on the front palate with real grip and structure. The bottle doesn't look that smart but this is a wine bursting with character (and alcohol). It has...

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  • Barone Ricasoli, Casalferro 2013

    93 points Wine Spectator"A silky, polished red, boasting cherry, currant, iron, tobacco and spice flavors. Features a solid core of tannins, but also vibrant acidity and fine length. Merlot." 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate"Tasted from vat, the...

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  • Bibi Graetz, Toscana Casamatta Bianco 2016

    91 points James Suckling"A bright and energetic young white with sliced pear, green apple and light stone character. Medium body, citrusy flavors and a vivid finish. Drink now." Vinous Reverie NotesVermentino 60%, Trebbiano 30%, Moscato Bianco...

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  • CA DEL BOSCO, CUVEE PRESTIGE ROSE NV

    92 points James Suckling “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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  • Casanova della Spinetta, Toscana Sezzana 2006

    94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate"The 2006 Sezzana is a twin of the Sassontino, but not an identical one. Although the grape used is the same (100% Sangiovese from 45-year-old vines), this vineyard site sees heavier soils with gravel and bigger...

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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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  • Collosorbo, Rosso di Montalcino 2016

    93 points James Suckling"Offers more concentration on the nose with mostly notes of blackberry pie, plum cake and even some Christmas pudding. On the palate, the fruit is melded beautifully with chewy yet tight tannins and taut acidity. Great stuff for...

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  • Cortese Barbera D'alba 2014

    90 points James Suckling“A Barbera with candied red fruits, dried flowers and some terracotta, too. Sharp and edgy palate but with enough fruit to balance it.” Vinous Reverie NotesMade from 100% Barbera d'Alba grown in limestone and clay...

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  • Donnafugata, Sicilia Grillo SurSur 2017

    Donnafugata, Sicilia Grillo SurSur 2017

    90 points Wine Enthusiast"Grapefruit, white stone fruit and Mediterranean herb aromas lead the way along with a scent reminiscent of tomato leaf. Bright and juicy, the medium-bodied palate doles out pineapple, white peach and sage set against crisp...

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  • Franz Haas Manna 2015

    92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate“Made from a blend of white grapes, including Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Kerner and Gewurztraminer, the 2015 Manna (in a screw cap bottle) offers impeccable balance and a high sense of distinction...

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  • I Stefanini, Soave Monte de Toni 2014

    Vinous Reverie NotesThis wine comes from some of the oldest I Stefanini vineyards, ranging up to 70 years old, located in the hills around Monte Tenda Castalunga village. In this area the soil is a volcanic red, rich in iron oxides. Tasting...

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  • Isole e Olena, Chianti Classico 2015

    93 points James Suckling "Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and burnt orange follow through to a full body with round yet firm tannins. A lovely, pure finish. Shows focus and finesse. Drink now or hold."   92 points Robert Parker's Wine...

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