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Italian Red Wine Finds


Italian Red Wine Finds

Italian Red Wine Finds – One of Italy’s (and the world’s) greatest wines, Brunello di Montalcino is small wine region in southern central Tuscany, producing particularly impressive wines from the Brunello grape – a local strain of Sangiovese.

Italian Red Wine Finds -Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy’s most famous and prestigious wines. In Tuscany, its homeland, it perhaps ranks alongside Chianti Classico.

On global markets it seems to command even greater attention.

Italian Red Wine Finds – The wine is typically garnet in color with aromas of red and black fruit with underlying vanilla and spice, and perhaps a hint of earthiness.

Italian Red Wine Finds – The wines are usually full bodied with alcohol levels around 14 or 15 percent.

Good tannic structure and bright acidity provides balance.

Italian Red Wine Finds


Italian Red Wine Finds – Caprili Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2016

Rating Points – 94

Price $55

Brunello di Montalcino Caprili is a red still wine, made from Sangiovese, made with indigenous yeasts, very deep and intense, aged only in large barrels in wood for 25-48 months.

Ideal for full-bodied and very intense red wines that need deep aeration to fully develop their complex aromas.

Ruby red with garnet reflections; intense on the nose, with notes of sour cherries, red fruits, spicy and slightly smoky hints. 

On the palate it is fresh, structured, tannic and persistent.

The Brunello di Montalcino by Caprili is a Tuscan top wine variety, obtained from Sangiovese grapes from calcareous soils and vinified only with native yeasts. 

After aging for 36 months in Slavonian oak barrels, it is ready to best express the richness of its character, traditional and elegant at the same time. 

Destined to improve over time.


Italian Red Wine Finds – Pian di Conte Riserva Brunello Di Montalcino 2016

Rating Points – 95

Price $100

Warm, slightly nutty and hints of tobacco and wood spice aroma of ripe black but also red fruits with dark spice hints, preserved cherries, hints of liquorice and a little tar.

Tight, tangy, relatively fresh fruit, some roast and tobacco, spice reminiscent of allspice, taut, fine, youthful tannins, persistent on the palate, a little tar and juniper.

Some acidity, good depth, surprisingly cool in view of its power, clearly salty mineral tones, very good, firm, tart finish, again with bite.


Italian Red Wine Finds – Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato Bolgheri

Rating Points 92

Price $30

Il Bruciato 2020 is an intense ruby red color. Its nose is intense and enticing with notes of currants, blackberries, delicate hints of vanilla and sweet spices.

Excellent harmony on the palate where a fruity finish dominates and imparts good persistence and easy drinkability.

Compared to the previous vintage, this edition is richer and slightly denser with nicely concentrated fruit.

That extra textural support is a characteristic of this fortunate vintage.

This accessible blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah offers tight mineral notes, toasted spice, almond and lots of dark, luscious fruit.

To the palate, the wine exhibits softly caressing tannins


Italian Red Wine Finds – IGNI AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE 2016

Rating Points – 90

Price $33

IGNI is a joint venture between Jeff Porter and Shelley Lindgren, two of America’s most Italian-focused sommeliers. Passionate for the volcanic soils of Italy, the duo’s mission is to highlight the unique and ashy growing sites of Italy’s Basilicata region.

Fruit for this varietal Aglianico is hand-harvested and native yeast fermented in steel tanks.

After ten days of maceration, the wine is racked into used barriques and ages for 12 months (followed by an additional 18 months in bottle).

The medium-bodied wine is noted with flavors of cherry, ripe strawberry, minerals and violets.

Perfect for pairing with pizza or pasta at home.


Italian Red Wine Finds – Siro Pacenti Pelagrilli Brunello Di Motalcino 2016

Rating Points 94

Price $60

The 2016 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Pelagrilli is balanced, fresh, and very finely structured.

It is recommended to decant before serving.

Underbrush, camphor, tobacco and oak aromas mingle with dark cherries, herbs and young leather.

On the linear full-bodied palate, fine-grained polished tannins and bright acidity support Marasca cherry, raspberry, baking spice and espresso.

Pelagrilli presents itself already more open and pleasing than Pacenti’s flagship Vecchie Vigne when young.

The palate is punchy, precise and excellently structured, the recognisable wood well integrated.

In the long final, we discover salty notes in addition to a very appealing extract sweetness, which can otherwise only be found in Casanova di Neri’s Tenuta Nuova.

A beautiful Sangiovese from a great vintage with an almost ideal climate.


Italian Red Wine Finds – Castel Giocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2016

Rating Points – 94

Price $55

The Frescobaldi Castel Giocondo Brunello di Montalcino presents itself in a medium garnet red with a violet edge. 

The wine smells fruity with hints of ripe blueberries, blackberries, cherries and plums. Fine spice, roasted notes, chocolate and some tobacco underline the fruity part of the aroma. 

The wood fits perfectly into the good structure. It leaves room for further development. 

On the palate, the Brunello confirms its great aromatic diversity. It is juicy, elegant, powerful and creates a non-slip, warm mouthfeel. 

The Sangiovese has a very good density, length and enough potential for enjoyment over two decades. 

Brilliant simply with steak, braised beef, goulash and matured Italian hard cheese.


Italian Red Wine Finds – I Sodi Di S. Niccolo Toscana 2017

Rating Points – 96

Price $70

he single layer for this wine is located directly around the small property below the winery. 

Here you can not only find the home of Castellare owner Paolo Panerai, but also the small church of San Niccolò, which gives the wine its name. 

The Castellare I Sodi di San Niccolo IGT is aged in French oak barrels, 50% of which are new.

 In the Barricaia under the church it matures until bottling. 

The wine then matures for another time in the winery on the bottle. 

The Castellare I Sodi di San Niccolo IGT is the flagship of the Castellare di Castellina winery . 

The bouquet of the Castellare I Sodi di San Niccolo IGT is intense, fruity and complex with scents of red cherries, forest fruits and berries paired with spicy notes of vanilla. 

The play of aromas is repeated in the taste: a lot of cherry and red fruit up to the spicy tones.

For the 40th anniversary of the winery, the I Sodi with the 2017 vintage comes with a black label.

Grape variety : 85% Sangiovese, 15% Malvasia Nera 

Color : strong ruby red 


Italian Red Wine Finds – Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2016

Rating Points – 94

Price $55

Giacomo Neri is undoubtedly one of the absolute top modern Brunello producers. In recent years he has acquired a large number of the best vineyards, which is why he also calls the wine Tenuta Nuova – the new domain. 

The Casanova di Neri Brunello the Montalcino Teunta Nuova inspires with a complex nose with blueberries, tobacco and balsamic notes. 

This wine has great potential, it is very harmonious in taste, extremely dense with a very long finish!

Style : Dry, fruity
Grape variety : Sangiovese
Color : Dark ruby red

Italian Red Wine Finds – All Brunello di Montalcino wine is made exclusively from Sangiovese Grosso grapes grown on the slopes around Montalcino – a classic Tuscan hilltop village 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Siena. Sangiovese Grosso is the large-berried form of Sangiovese.

Italian Red Wine Finds – Its name here translates roughly as ‘little dark one’.

Italian Red Wine Finds – The use of this synonym and its inclusion in the name of the wine was part of a clear strategy to differentiate the wine from Chianti.

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