A regional tour of Italian Reds
Italy – what a beautiful and hedonistic wine country! It provides wine lovers with so many distinctive, unique flavors and styles. Wines full of verve and creativity. 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 generalize about Italian wine styles to a certain extent. See if you can make an assessment from this batch.
La Berta, 'Solano' Sangiovese Superiore 2016
"The 2016 La Berta Solano leads off with a dark and perfumed display of Sangiovese, showing black cherry with peppery herbs, giving way to savory spice and dusty dried floral notes. Silky textures splash across the senses with a burst of black cherry and spice, propelled by zesty acids, then framed by a complex web of minerals and tannins, which slowly dries the senses. The finish is long and wonderfully floral, yet clenching the palate with youthful structure, as dried red fruits and botanicals slowly fade. Its a classic expression of Sangiovese."
Grapes: Sangiovese. Region: Emilia Romagna.
Feudi di Guagnano, Terramare Primitivo 2017
Aromas include plums, soy, and ripe figs. Flavors include blackberries, dark plums, and chocolate. There is medium body, good balance, and a nice full finish.
Grapes: Primitivo. Region: Puglia.
Valle Reale, Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2019
Bright ruby-red in color, this youthful red offers explosive aromas of blueberries, cherries, licorice, and sweet spices. On the palate, it is medium-bodied with plentiful acidity and a pleasant finish.
Grapes: Montepulciano. Region: Abruzzo.
Speri, La Roverina Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2017
90 points Wine Enthusiast
"Made with organically grown grapes, this single-vineyard bottling opens with intense aromas of red berry, violet, cooking spice and a balsamic note. The juicy, lively palate features red cherry, cinnamon and star anise alongside smooth tannins. Drink soon to enjoy the fruit richness."
Grapes: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, Molinara and Oseleta. Region: Veneto.
Fattoria del Cerro, Chianti Colli Senesi 2017
"This opens with aromas of blue flower, resin and medicinal herb. On the lean, rather muddled palate, you'll find suggestions of dried cherry alongside bitter notes of powdered sage and a hint of mocha. Drying tannins leave a dusty finish."
Grapes: Sangiovese. Region: Tuscany.
Cantine Garrone, Munaloss 2014
The Munaloss bottling is the quintessential mountain wine - super aromatic, high-toned and elegant, so it takes the symbol of a mountain for its label.
Grapes: Nebbiolo, Croatina and Barbera. Region: Piedmont.