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
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2010 12X75CL 290
Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi 2004 6X75CL 2540 RP 95
Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi 2008 6X75CL 2100
Gaja Barbaresco Sori San Lorenz 2003 12X75CL 2600
Gaja Barolo Sperss 2004 6X75CL 2240 RP 96
Luigi Einaudi Barolo Costa Grimaldi 2009 12X75CL 270
Masseto Margaux 2013 3X75CL 4350 RP 95-97
Masseto Margaux 2014 3X75CL 4450 RP 94
Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove 2014 6X75CL 350
Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia Ornellaia 2003 6X75CL 1590 RP 93
Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia Ornellaia 2014 6X75CL 1140
Tua Rita Redigaffi 2006 6X75CL 2500 RP 97

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