Fifteen Italian red wines

"... fifteen Italian reds include three from Piedmont, seven from Tuscany, two from Veneto and single wines from Vulture, Venezia Giulia and Umbria ..."

available in Ontario after March 4, 2017

This latest release featured a large number of Italian red wines, and I have recommended fifteen. These include two Nebbiolos and a Dolcetto from Piedmont, and seven from Tuscany: two Brunellos, three Chianti Classico Riservas, a Chianti Classico, and a Morellino di Scansano — a Sangiovese from Scansano in Maremma.

Of the remaining five wines, two are from Veneto: an appassimento-style Refosco and a Valpolicella Classico Superiore. The final three are an Aglianico from Vulture and two Cabernet Sauvignons: the first from Venezia Giulia and the second from Umbria.

7587

RIZZI BARBARESCO DOCG 2012

Vintages #478958 • $38.95 • 750ml. • 90/100
The wine is medium-red, turning garnet on the rim. The complex nose suggests violets and cherry blossoms, perfumed maraschino cherries, then fresh, ripe raspberries and blackberries, with dried herbal notes, baking spice and vanilla. Vivid acidity and high tannins balance warm alcohol, the fruit on the palate still shows some youthful freshness, and the tannins linger on the finish. Drink now with decanting. Oak is integrating, but three to five more years in cellar will help to tame the tannins. Well-structured.
Tasted 17-Feb-2017 • BRAND NEW DAY WINES & SPIRITS (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



7588

ROCCHE COSTAMAGNA ROCCHE DELL'ANNUNZIATA BAROLO DOCG 2012

Vintages #413484 • $51.95 • 750ml. • 90/100
The wine is medium intensity garnet-red, with garnet and orange on the rim. On the nose, bright cherry and blackberry fruit still shows some freshness, with evolving leathery notes and earthy undertones. Dry and medium-full bodied, the firm acidity and fine but grippy tannins drive the palate, infusing the fruit, leather and earthy flavours with lots of life. Drink now with red meat, or cellar for the longer term.
Tasted 17-Feb-2017 • GLENCAIRN WINE MERCHANTS (Agent) • Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



7586

RIZIERI SORÌ DEL RICCHINO DOLCETTO DI DIANO D'ALBA DOCG 2015

Vintages #480657 • $18.95 • 750ml. • 89/100
Diano d'Alba is a commune in Barolo, with a DOC dedicated to Dolcetto, and this wine is from a single vineyard, Sori del Ricchino. It is ruby-purple, fading to red on the rim. Pretty blueberry, blackberry and plum aromas are complemented by spicy and earthy tones. Tannins are pronounced, and persist into the fruit-filled finish. Exuberant and lively, with enough tannic oomph to make it interesting. Fermented and aged in stainless steel.
Tasted 17-Feb-2017 • VON TERRA ENTERPRISES LTD. (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



7594

FULIGNI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG 2011

Vintages #245225 • $61.95 • 750ml. • 90/100
The wine is somewhat deep red-garnet, with garnet and orange on the rim. Aromas suggest both ripe and drying fruit — spicy cherry and plum — with a light floral note and a savoury undertone. The palate is rich and well-structured, with firm acidity, warm alcohol and fine tannins. The core of ripe fruit is still vibrant on the palate, though taking on leathery and savoury elements, dry earth and tobacco leaf, with a dusty and slightly resinous finish. Very nice example of Brunello.
Tasted 17-Feb-2017 • HALPERN ENTERPRISES (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



7597

QUERCECCHIO BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG 2011

Vintages #438580 • $33.95 • 750ml. • 90/100
The wine is moderately deep red, showing garnet on the rim. The nose suggests a mix of ripe cherries and plums with some leathery and drying fruit elements as well, backed by savoury, dried herbs and dusty earth. It is dry, with brisk acidity, elevated alcohol that generates some heat, and fine, persistent tannins. The fruit is fresher on the palate, suggesting bright red cherries, raspberries, blackberries and plums, while the savoury and earthy elements add depth and contribute to the cedary finish. Vibrant and compelling. I prefer this to the previous 2010 vintage.
Tasted 17-Feb-2017 • RUBY WINES & SPIRITS (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



7595

IL MOLINO DI GRACE RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG 2009

Vintages #382945 • $24.95 • 750ml. • 89/100
This 100% Sangiovese was aged for 12 months in Slavonian and French oak of various sizes and fills. It is deep, dense red, with bricking on the narrow rim. The nose shows some evolution, with leathery and drying cherry and plum aromas and a slightly cooked tone, with a suggestion of baking spice and humus. The wine is dry, with firm acidity and still-grippy tannins. There is a core of fresher fruit inside the evolving palate, with a cedary and earthy finish. A complex and interesting Chianti Riserva with a little age — an excellent value that I'd drink over the shorter term for maximum enjoyment.
Tasted 17-Feb-2017 • FRONTIER WINE MERCHANTS (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



7596

ISOLE E OLENA CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG 2013

Vintages #704346 • $29.95 • 750ml. • 89.5/100
The wine is medium-depth red, just hinting at garnet. An immediate earthy-savoury attack is followed by bright cherry, raspberry and blackberry fruit. Brisk acidity and fine tannins add good structure to the medium body. The pretty, fresh fruit is quite vibrant on the palate, and integrated oak offers a hint of vanilla. Very attractive and just 13% alcohol. 80% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 5% Syrah.
Tasted 17-Feb-2017 • HALPERN ENTERPRISES (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



7598

VIGNAVECCHIA ODOARDO BECCARI RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG 2010

Vintages #478875 • $33.95 • 750ml. • 89/100
The wine is deep, dense red, showing some garnet on the rim. Drying cherry, blackberry and plum aromas are accompanied by notes of dusty earth and leather. Firm acidity balances the fine tannins, while the alcohol is constrained and neutral. The ripe fruit on the palate is still balanced towards freshness, but starting to show evolution. The tannins carry into the stony finish. This is in prime drinking mode right now.
Tasted 17-Feb-2017 • APPELLATION WINES (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



7592

CASTELGREVE RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG 2011

Vintages #344416 • $21.95 • 750ml. • 88.5/100
The wine is deep purple at the core, showing red on the very narrow rim. Aromas of vanilla, black cherry and blackberry are backed by notes of smoke and dry earth. It is dry, with brisk acidity, balanced alcohol and fine, chalky tannins. Fruit is very ripe, but maintains some freshness on the palate, with gentle spice and lingering tannins on the cedary finish. Aged 24 months in larger oak casks, with 5% Merlot supplementing the Sangiovese.
Tasted 17-Feb-2017 • VIN VINO WINE MERCHANTS INC. (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



7593

ERIK BANTI MORELLINO DI SCANSANO DOCG 2011

Vintages #479444 • $19.95 • 750ml. • 88/100
Morellino is the local name for Sangiovese in the region around the village of Scansano in Maremma. The wine is unoaked, aging for 12 months in stainless steel tanks. It is deep purple, starting to show red on the narrow rim. Vibrant blackberry and black cherry aromas are complemented by notes of violets and zesty citrus. The wine is dry, with fresh acidity and fine-grained tannins. Dried herbs and spice add a savoury element to the palate. Pleasant, good value. 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tasted 17-Feb-2017 • WINEONLINE MARKETING COMPANY LTD (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



7603

MASI GRANDARELLA APPAXXIMENTO 2012, IGT Rosso delle Venezie

Vintages #606921 • $28.95 • 750ml. • 89/100
This wine is made from Refosco grapes from the Tenute Stra' del Milione in the Grave area of Friuli, using the appassimento technique. It is deep, dark purple-red, showing a narrow red rim. Notes of underbrush and earth underlie aromas of ripe, red cherry, blackberry and plum. Alcohol is elevated at 15%, but the wine is surprisingly balanced by firm acidity and ripe tannins. Oaky resin becomes more obvious on the palate, underlying the ripe, dense fruit. A surprising lightness despite the alcohol.
Tasted 17-Feb-2017 • AUTHENTIC WINE & SPIRITS MERCHANTS (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



7604

MASI SEREGO ALIGHIERI MONTE PIAZZO 650 ANNIVERSARIO VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE DOC 2012

Vintages #661306 • $21.95 • 750ml. • 88.5/100
From the Monte Piazzo vineyard owned by the Counts Serego Alighieri, this traditional blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara is dense purple, showing some red on its narrow rim. Aromas of very ripe cherry, blackberry and plum are complemented by lighter notes of rose petals and baking spice. The wine is dry, with brisk acidity, moderate alcohol and gritty but fine tannins. The fruit replays on the palate, taking on some raisined elements, and a woody resin note carries into the long, dusty finish. A ripe and slightly extracted style of Valpolicella.
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7584

TEODOSIO AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE DOC 2011

Vintages #473173 • $24.95 • 750ml. • 89/100
This wine is 100% Aglianico, grown on volcanic soils in the Vulture region of Basilicata, and was aged 10-12 months in second and third-fill barrels. The wine is deep red, with aromas of plum, blackberry and black cherry. Tannins are firm and chewy, and alcohol is obvious. The fruit is very ripe on the palate, with a dusty, earthy underpinning. This needs food for early consumption, but several more years in cellar will soften the tannins. I like the structure and potential.
Tasted 17-Feb-2017 • STEM WINE GROUP (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



7585

BORTOLUZZI CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013, IGT Venezia Giulia

Vintages #487892 • $22.95 • 750ml. • 88.5/100
The wine is red in colour, with light smoky, roasted and resin aromas followed by fresh and ripe notes of cherry, blackberry and black currant. Bright acidity and grippy, grainy tannins frame the palate, where the ripe fruit comes to the forefront, and the finish lingers with tannins, fresh berries and a stony firmness. Plenty of life here, with good freshness. Enjoy now with salty protein, or cellar for a year or two to tame the tannins.
Tasted 21-Feb-17 • WOODMAN WINES & SPIRITS (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



7600

LUNGAROTTI CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014, IGT Umbria

Vintages #477737 • $14.95 • 750ml. • 88/100
The wine is a rather deep intensity red. Fresh and ripe fruit aromas suggest cherries, blackberries and black currants, with a light floral lift. Crisp acidity balances fine tannins, while the fruit on the palate is bright with a hint of cherry candy added in, and a savoury undercurrent provides a pleasant contrast. A light, easy-drinking style, very well-priced and a very good value.
Tasted 21-Feb-17 • VIN VINO WINE MERCHANTS INC. (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



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