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Incredible Wine Finds in Italy

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Incredible Wine Finds in Italy Wine – The 2016 vintage for Tuscany is widely considered to be excellent.

Incredible Wine Finds in Italy – In 2016, the winter was cool and damp with the conditions continuing through to spring. Although flowering was generally a success, the wet weather meant some did fail, which marginally cut yields.

Summer eventually came with July bringing hot, dry weather which was broken once by rain in August which, by that point, was welcome. Late August saw an early harvest for Merlot, however September saw some rain and the hot days and cool nights proved ideal for Sangiovese.

Unfortunately, the September rains in Montepulciano did make rot a concern and some crops had to be brought in early. However, for the most part the harvest was a success.


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2016 Le Macchiole Messorio Toscana IGT

$275, Rating 95

Messorio, first produced in 1994, Messorio was a personal challenge with one of the most planted varieties in Bolgheri, on the Tuscan coast, and in the world: Merlot.

From the start, the idea was to transform the best bunches into an impactful wine with a lot of personality, staying as far away as possible from the more soft, predictable style that is often associated with Merlot and instead making a thoroughbred eager to win the race.

The name “messorio” refers to the wheat harvest, one of the most fundamental parts of the agricultural cycle.

This wine shows beautiful clarity and class on the nose with roses, tar, currants, green and black olives and plums.

It’s exceptionally fine-tannined with such polish and finesse.

So sophisticated and intense for this vintage.

Long, chewy finish, yet this is mouth-filling and caressing.

Pure merlot.


Incredible Wine Finds in Italy – Here is a wine to buy today and jealously keep in the cellar. This Mazy Chambertin Grand Cru from Domaine Armand Rousseau is a great wine that needs time to express itself. Not that today it is not pleasant to the nose, with that bouquet of red fruits and flowers that immediately conquer, or that power of the sip that suggests great longevity. Here it is a question of understanding if you want everything immediately, or if you are able to wait a few years for what today is a great wine, to become a legend. The soil from which this wine is born is calcareous from the Bathonian period, rather superficial on a thin layer of debris from the Combe Lavaux. Open it during an important dinner, at least two hours before, by covering it with a linen cloth. 

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CHARMES CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU ARMAND ROUSSEAU

$500, Rating 95

Armand Rousseau owns 2.55 ha of the Grand Cru, facing east. The work of the vineyard is done entirely with the horse, the machines cannot enter this vineyard. 

The soil is mostly composed of limestone; in the lower part there are more stones and absurdly in the upper part the soil is less rich in minerals. Chambertin or wine of the Kings is always determined by so much power and vigor.

The wine has a rather intense red color.

The work of the rouesseau must have been incredible in this vintage, because the sweet notes reach the nose as well as in the mouth, demonstrating a perfect maturity of the fruit. distinctive trademark of the wine are mentholated and balsamic notes.

A wide and voluminous wine also in the mouth, stretched to the right point by an acidity that is never banal.


Incredible Wine Finds in Italy – That of the Langhe is one of the most important geographical areas of Piedmont. Extending between the territories of the two provinces of Asti and Cuneo, as well as bordering two other equally important areas – such as that of Roero and Monferrato – the Langhe area has been included by Unesco in the list of the “Heritage of ‘Humanity’, but above all it is to be considered as an undisputed reference point for what concerns the highest Italian wine excellence. In this panorama, the Giacomo Conterno winery is one of the most exciting wineries of what is, precisely, the magical territory of the Langhe: every descendant of the Conterno family has placed a fundamental piece of history and prestige in this reality. which the company deservedly enjoys today worldwide.

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Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva DOCG, Italy, 2014

$900, Rating 98

The 2014 vintage for Piedmont fell on the tricky side.

Both the winter and spring were unusually cool and wet with temperatures only picking up in May.

However, conditions quickly warmed up and rescued the fruit set, giving the promise of a good growing season.

Since 1978, both Barolos—Monfortino and Cascina Francia—have been sourced exclusively from Cascina Francia. Monfortino represents, of course, a selection of the best grapes in the greatest years.

But it also made differently, first undergoing an uncontrolled fermentation at relatively high temperatures.

On average, Monfortino also remains an additional three years longer in large oak casks (botti). Monfortino’s extra aging in cask, says Roberto, is a consequence of the extraordinary structure, power and concentration of the wine.


Incredible Wine Finds in Italy – Fans of crisp, savory rosé should familiarize themselves with Italy’s bounty of beautiful pink-hued offerings. While in the past it was not common throughout much of the country, producers from north to south have ramped up production of stellar vini rosati from native and international grapes. There are a number of styles and designations, but the best are bright, vibrant and dry. Here’s two of the best rosatos out there. 

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Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2020
Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, South of France, France

$25, Rating 91

Whispering Angel is today’s worldwide reference for Provence rosé. Made from Grenache, Cinsault and Rolle (Vermentino), its pale color is pleasing to the eye and draws one in.

The rewarding taste profile is full and lush while being bone dry with a smooth finish.

Highly approachable and enjoyable with a broad range of cuisine.

Pale peach in color, this 2020 wine very youthful with some pear drop character that will subside, a little cherry note and soft red berry fruits.

On the palate Whispering Angel’s trademark combination of elegant, cool precision with very easy-going, open and attractive fruitiness.

Nicely textured, the raspberry fruit and edge of acidity is ripe but bone dry, and there’s a hint of stony minerality adding to the sophistication of the finish.


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Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso ‘Scalabrone’ Rosato di Bolgheri 2019
$19, Rating 91

Scalabrone 2019 is a light peony pink in color.

Its nose offers intense notes of red berries, in particular cherries and pomegranate, accompanied by floral sensations of rose petals and blossoms.

The palate is pleasantly fruity, delicate, with excellent freshness and persistence.

Radiant cherry pink.

The nose shows notes of cherries, strawberries and forest fruits. 

Medium-bodied on the palate, taut and juicy with a good draw, good overall harmony.


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