Italian Wines


Alois Lageder Beta Delta Bianco
Alois Lageder Beta Delta Chardonnay

Producer: Alois Lageder
Variety: White Blend
Designation: Beta Delta Bianco
Country: Italy
Region: Trentino-Alto Adige
SubRegion: Alto Adige
Appellation: Alto Adige – Südtirol

Beautiful white wine from biodynamic grapes. Acidic without being overbearing. Very complex, amazing nose, minerals, pineapple, citrus, fresh and delicious.
90 points Wine Spectator 2008 vintage

Broglia Gavi Gian Piero Gavi di Gavi La Meirana, 2009

Winemaker: Donato Lanati
Country: Italy
Appellation: Gavi
Varietals: 100% Cortese di Gavi

brogliaFermentation four months in stainless steel vats. Straw-yellow color with lemon, cream, beautiful floral nose, mid-palate is mineral with green herbs, hint of cinnamon, balanced acidity, honey on the finish. Balanced, velvety mouth feel. Rich and intense bouquet, with complex fragrances of ­wildflowers and honey. Dry and elegant with a great finish.
92 points

Ca’ Lojera Lugana, 2013

Producer: Ca’ Lojera
Variety: Trebbiano
Country: Italy
Appellation: Lugana

Medium gold, lots of clarity, and a silvery hue. Nose: pear, apple, lemon, honey, flowers, sea salt, thyme, minerals, white pepper, stem, pine nut, steel. Notes of pear, apple, lemon, honey, flowers, sea salt, thyme, minerals, white pepper, stem, lime, steel. Medium savory mouth feel and medium finish.
88 points

Inama Soave Classico, 2009Inama Soave 2009

Producer: Inama
Variety: Garganega
Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Appellation: Soave Classico

Understated, unusual, smooth, balanced. Not as complex and creamy as the Prà. Pineapple, pear grapefruit, dry finish. Perfectly good.
88 points

Nino Franco Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Rustico, 2010

Producer: Nino Franco
Variety: Glera
Designation: Rustico
Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Appellation: Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG


Perticaia Trebbiano Spoletino, 2009perticaia_spolentino

Producer: Perticaia
Variety: Trebbiano Spoletino
Country: Italy
Region: Umbria
Appellation: Umbria IGT

Super dynamic, fresh nose, lemon, white pepper, mineral, nice acid, balanced, lovely and delicious, nice finish.
92 points

Pieropan Soave Classico

Producer: Pieropan
Variety: 85% Trebbiano di Soave: 15%.
Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Appellation: Soave Classicopieropan_35

Made entirely from fruit grown in the Pieropan vineyards, planted only with indigenous grape varieties. Holistic, low environmental impact approach to pest control. The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed with the free run juice fermented separately between 14-18°C in glass-lined cement tanks.

Tasting Notes: Brilliant straw yellow color with greenish hints. The delicate nose is reminiscent of almond blossoms and marzipan. Good depth of fruit on the palate, nicely balanced by a zingy acidity that enhances its long length.
90 points

Prà Soave Classico, 2006

Producer: Prà
Variety: Garganega
Country: Italy
Region: Venetopra soave 2006
Appellation: Soave Classico

This wine is delicious, soft, balanced and a great value. Gargenega grapes are dry and understated (in such a nice way.) Floral nose, creamy, citrus peel, melons, nice acid, great wine.
91 points

Tedeschi Soave Capitel Tenda Classico

Producer: Tedeschi
Variety: Garganega
Designation: Capitel Tenda
Country: Italy
Region: Venetotedechi_117227l
Appellation: Soave Classico

The color is yellow with green reflections, clear and transparent. The bouquet is strong, fruity and complex. Very clean with notes of dry fruits such as almonds. Rich and elegant. Good body and good acidity. Relatively warm, rounded and well-balanced. Pleasing and elegant. The after-taste confirms the notes in the bouquet.
89 points

Tenuta Guado al Tasso (Antinori) Vermentino Bolgheri

Producer: Guado al Tasso
Country of Origin: Italybolgheri
Appellation: Bolgheri
Region: Tuscany
Varietal: Vermentino
Alcohol Content: 12%

Tasting Notes: The wine is characterized by its luminous straw yellow colour, by a nose which shows, along with mineral notes, the floral and citrus aromas typical of the Bolgheri area. It is a fresh, crisp wine, balanced and with a lengthy finish and aftertaste.

Terenzi Maremma Toscana Balbino (Vermentino)

Zuani Vigne Bianco

A white wine obtained from a blend of native Friulano grapes and international varieties. A bright yellow hue introduces a soft, complex, fruit-rich nose enhanced by lingering mineral notes. The warm, broad palate echoes the nose, revealing balanced acidity and impressively rich fruit on the long finish.


Ca’ del Baio Langhe Nebbiolo, 2011

Producer: Ca’ del Baio
Variety: Nebbiolo
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
SubRegion: Langhe
Appellation: Langhe DOC

Colosi Nero d’Avola, 2009 Colosi Nero d'Avola

Sicilia IGT, Italy, Sicily

Red cherry, red raspberry, plum jam, white pepper, medium bodied, slightly disjointed, very nice nose, smooth mid-pallet, finish falls short. Drinkable and perfectly good.

88 plus points.

Donnafugata Nero d’Avola

Marco Felluga Cabernet Franc Carantan

Morgante Nero D’Avolamorgante nero d'avola 2009

Fruity but not sweet, lots of cherry on the front and a little later black pepper. Huge delicious factor. Notes of blackberry, smooth tannins. Great with pizza, but fine to drink alone. Bitter finish. Decant.
90 points

2010 Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Chianti Rùfina Nipozzano Riserva

Producer:Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi
Variety: Sangiovese Blend
Designation: Nipozzano Riserva
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
SubRegion: Chianti
Appellation: Chianti Rùfina

Marco Felluga Collio Friulano

Oddero Barbera d’Alba, 2009Image

Producer: Oddero
Variety: Barbera
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
SubRegion: Alba
Appellation: Barbera d’Alba

Earthy and woodsy notes accent the otherwise pure floral and cherry flavors in this elegant yet intense red. Structured and built for food. Fine length.
90 points Wine Spectator


La Palazzetta (Flavio Fanti) Rosso di Montalcino, 2010

Producer: La Palazzetta (Flavio Fanti)
Variety: Sangiovese
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
SubRegion: Montalcino
Appellation: Rosso di Montalcino

2009 Paolo Scavino Barbera d’Alba

Producer: Paolo Scavino
Variety: Barbera
Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
SubRegion: Alba
Appellation: Barbera d’Alba

Seghesio Zinfandel

Valle dell’Acate Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Sicily, Italy

Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Appellation: Vittoria Frappato
Varietals: Frappato
Organic: Practicing
Orientation: Southeast.

Vineyards are located south of the winery near the coast.
Soil: the soil – locally known as “Milaro” – is characterized by a particular substrate of calcareous sandstone, inter¬leaved with packets of clay that allow the vines to produce high quality grapes.
Viticulture: Low trained on wires system, spur pruned cordon, 5.000 plants for hectare. Hand harvested.
Vinification: Fermented in stainless steel using indigenous yeast.
Aging: Aged 6 months in steel tanks, then 3 months in bottle

Tasting notes: This shows aromas of blueberry, forest fruit and salt. Medium to full body, bright acidity and a mineral finish. Goes on for minutes. Tangy and savory. Drink now (2013).
Lively and floral, with beautiful red fruit flavors and a touch of spice. Light- to medium-bodied and displays the tones from the sandstone and clay soils. $16

Rating 2013: 91 Polaner Selections

Sicilia IGT, Italy
This is a really delicious, complex, dark wine. Dark cherry, blackberry, herbs and spice. Smooth, structured with a nice long finish. Enjoyable with food, but you can drink it alone, more old world style. 90 points.

Tami Frappato Sicilia IGT, Italy
Light-bodied, soft & fruit-forward w/vibrant fresh red fruit notes, and a short-to-medium finish. Strawberries, lots of berries, with lingonberry and cherry leading the way with hints of lavender and herbs. Still young & slightly primary. $17 (CT: 2009 88pts in 6 notes, 2010 89 pts in 4 notes.)

Terredora di Paolo Aglianico Campania IGT, Italy
A medium-bodied dense ruby/purple red wine that makes attractive drinking as a young wine. In the glass the wine is a bright dark cherry red with spicy aromas of ripe red berries, violets and a slight gamey character. A young easy to drink style of wine it has soft berry flavours and soft subtle oak characters. It has a delightfully finish.$14 (CT: 2004 87 in 2 notes, 2005 86 in 1 note, 2006 87 in 7 notes, 2007 89 in 30 notes [87RP], 2008 87 in 43 notes, 2009 87 in 8 notes.)

Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella, Italy
The nose suggests dusty raisinated fruit. The palate provides cherry fruit and a wonderful barnyardy flavour that gives the fruit tremendous depth. The wine generally has fantastic concentration. The tannins are very moderate and well balanced. What can I say, I love this wine and it is the best value wine I’ve had in a long time.$18 (CT: 2004 88 in 12 notes, 2005 89 in 2 notes/86 in 12 notes, 2006 89 in 10 notes [ws 85], 2007 85 in 10 notes, 2008 90 pts in 9 notes/88 in 25 notes, 2009 82 in 5 notes.)

Marco Felluga Collio Merlot, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
It has a deep red color with light garnet tones. On the nose it is fresh and fruity with scents reminiscent of red-berry jam and cherries steeped in alcohol. In the mouth, it is rich and harmonious with a long finish. $16 (CT: 2004 90 pts in 1 note.)

Tenuta Monteti Monteti Toscana IGT (Super Tuscan)

Tenuta Sant’Antonio Valpolicella Superiore Monti Garbi Ripasso, Italy
Rich dried fruits on the nose, along with plum, cherry, and tar. Leather coming through on the palate, as well as some cherry, dark plum, blueberry, tar, and spice towards the end. Medium, dry finish. Nice depth of flavors, good. $21 (CT: 2008 89 in 22 notes .)

Gulfi Carjcanti Sicilia IGT, Italy (white)
Pale yellow with green reflections, intense, big, fruity with undertones of green apple. Dry, harmonious, pleasantly tart, with finish of anise and almond. $22 (CT: 2004 87 in 2 notes, 2005, 90 in 1 note, 2006, 90 in 3 notes, 2007 88 in 3 notes, 2008 90 in 2 notes .

Gulfi Rossojbleo Nero d’Avola, 2010Gulfi Rossojbleo Nero d'Avola 2010


Cherries, plum jam, minerals, black pepper on the nose, sea salt finish. Smooth, relatively balanced. Ruby red, drinkable, lovely wine but would like more complexity. Decant.

88-89 points.