Italy

With a wine history dating back more than 4,000 years and a climate ideally suited to viticulture, Italy is one of the most diverse winemaking countries in the world. Italy has consistently been a world leader in wine production. Wine is made in all twenty regions and follows the European system of laws based on very specific geographical areas, grape varietals, aging requirements and other winemaking quality controls. In the North East region, the famous Amarone is produced in Veneto. This powerful and concentrated wine is made by recioto grape, which is dried out naturally by wind.

In the North West region, Piedmont is the most well-known wine producing area. Their Barolo is described as King of the wine while Barbaresco is named as Queen. Both are made from 100% Nebbiolo but the character is different because of the Terroir. They are all elegant and have an extremely long ageing potential to develop complex flavours. In Central Italy, Tuscan has a diverse production. The traditional Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino are made from mainly Sangiovese but with different clone. Brunello is especially fragrant and full of fineness. Some fine and famous Super Tuscan are also produced by international grape like Cabernet Sauvignon in this region.

Winery Description Vintage Format Bot. Price by Case Rating
Antinori Guado al Tasso Bolgheri 2008 75CL 2680 RP 95
Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1971 75CL 7050
Caiarossa Toscane Vin Italie Rouge 2013 6X75CL 2280 RP 94
Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi, 6x75cl 2008 6X75CL 12600
Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi, 6X75cl 2004 6X75CL 15240 RP 95
Gaja Assorti Case (2 x Sori Tildin, 2 x Sori San Lorenzo, 2 x Costa Rusi) 2003 6X75CL 93800
Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi 2008 75CL 2410
Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi 1999 75CL 3200 RP 92
Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi 1998 75CL 3200 RP 92
Gaja Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo 2000 75CL 3550
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2005 12X75CL 25200 RP 95+
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva 2001 75CL 11100
Giuseppe Quintarelli Alzero, IGP, 6X75cl 2005 6X75CL 17040
Masseto Masseto, 3x75cl 2014 3X75CL 13350 RP 94
Masseto Masseto, 3x75cl 2015 3X75CL 18600
Masseto Masseto, magnum 1995 150CL 16000
Masseto Masseto 2001 75CL 10500 WE 99
Masseto Masseto, magnum 1996 150CL 16000
Masseto Masseto, 150cl 2014 150CL 10450
Masseto Masseto 2014 75CL 5150 RP 94
Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia Ornellaia, 6x75cl 2014 6X75CL 6840
Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia Ornellaia,  Magnum 2006 1X150CL 4360 RP 97
Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia Ornellaia 2006 75CL 2180 RP 97
Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia Ornellaia, 150cl 2013 150CL 2450 RP 94
Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia L’ Incanto, 300cl 2012 300CL 27550
Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia L’ Esuberanza, 300cl 2013 300CL 27550
Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia Ornellaia, 150CL 2014 150CL 2800
Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia L’Essenza, 300cl 2014 300CL 6000
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia, 6x75cl 2013 6X75CL 9840 RP 95-97
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia, 6x75cl 2015 6X75CL 9540

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