10 Good Italian Wines

Good Italian WinesWith so many different grape types grown in from the mountains to the sea, there is guaranteed to be a wine that suits every palate and accompanies every dish perfectly. Below are 10 of the best wines that Italy has to offer.

  1. 2010 Brunello di Montalcino by Il Poggione produced in Tuscany. It’s tasting notes by Bruce Sanderson say it is: “Rich, with excellent density, ripe cherry and plum fruit, and a well-integrated structure. Liquorice, earth and tobacco notes add depth while this cruises to a long, tobacco- and mineral-tinged finish. Shows balance and grip. Best from 2018 through 2033.”
  2. 2008 Serego Aligheiri “Vaio Amaron” Amarone della Valpolicella Classico by Masi produced in Veneto. It’s tasting notes by Alison Napjus say: “An elegant, impeccably balanced red, layering sculpted tannins with finely knit flavours of plumped black cherry, plum sauce, cured tobacco, dark chocolate and woodsy spice. A rich vein of smoky minerality sings on the lasting finish. Drink now through 2035”.
  3. 2010 Brunello di Montalcino by La Serena produced in Tuscany. Cinelli Colombini sums it up best: “The Brunello 2010 unite three virtues of Sangiovese from Montalcino: elegance, concentration and longevity.”
  4. 2010 Brunello di Montalcino “Montosoli” by Altesino produced in Tuscany. Antonio Galloni says: ”The 2010 Brunello Montosoli possesses gorgeous textural depth and resonance, both in the classic, mid-weight style of the year. Sweet red cherry, plum, tobacco, spice and savoury herb overtones flesh out as the 2010 Montosoli shows off its distinctive personality. Finessed, silky tannins round out a finish laced with rose petal, cherry pit and pipe tobacco.”
  5. 2010 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva by Carpineto produced in Tuscany. Joe Fattorini’s tasting note: “Enjoy the refined tannins and rich, bitter-cherry fruit of Sienna’s ‘Noble Wine’ in this delicious wine. This is perfect with rich beef dishes with its distinguished leather and oak spice aroma”.
  6. 2010 Brunello di Montalcino “Pertimali” by Livio Sassetti produced in Tuscany. Tasting notes say: “This has depth and complexity, from the cherry and menthol notes to the earth and mineral elements. Tightly wound, with a core of sweet fruit offsetting the burly tannins. This red lingers on the finish, showing fine equilibrium and the potential to develop. Best from 2019 through 2035.”
  7. 2012 Bolgheri “Volpolo” by Podere Sapaio produced in Tuscany. Tasting notes say: “Dry, harmonious, still young with lustrous, ruby to purple colour. Blueberries, subtle, concentrated. Drink now through 2018.”
  8. 2010 Brunello di Montalcino by Collosorbo produced in Tuscany. Tasting notes say: “Coffee and chocolate aromas signal this exotic and fragrant red. The cherry and plum notes are almost afterthoughts, while spice, leather and tobacco flavors come to the fore, with vivid acidity through the lingering finish. Best from 2019 through 2035.”
  9. 2011 Chianti Classico by Castello d’Albola produced in Tuscany. Tasting notes say: “This medium to full-bodied wine has excellent structure with prominent tannins, lively cherry and sweet herb flavours that gain intensity as this vibrant red builds to a lengthy, delicate finish.”
  10. 2010 Barolo by Bartolo Mascarello produced in Piedmont. Peter Newton says: “Rich and intense, with dark-plum and liquorice aromas that envelop a pure, bright core, this wine is all about the texture. It has a cashmere-like mouthfeel, with finely integrated fruit tannins which are expertly married with its muscle and assertiveness. Volumes of dark fruit and a hint of sour cherry remain consistent across the palate, while its classy, persistent length – intense yet accessible – rolls out on the finish. It’s the perfect blend of masculine and feminine characteristics.”