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Cory G.
Cory G.
2004 - Baglio di Pianetto Ramione
May 28, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
I really like Nero d'Avola from Sicily for its ability to pair with a variety of Italian foods, and I liked this blend as well.  50% Merlot and 50% Nero d'Avola is medium red to red rim to clear on the outside.  Intoxicating nose of deep red berries and a hint of raspberry liquer.  Earthy on the midpalate with a bright, slightly tannic finish.  Not a huge fruity wine, this one has character.
Glenn R.
Glenn R.
1996 - Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche Brunate
Ceretto's Best Barolo in at least 35 Years!
May 26, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
When Barolo is on, it may be my favorite wine.  No other wine--not even Burgundy--can match its combination of richness, complexity and power with that ethereal, "light on its feet" quality that makes the wine feel weightless in the mouth, while marrying beautifully with food.

Sadly, for me, Ceretto's wines were never that wine, at least through most of the 80's and 90's.  Too often thin, overly austere, and sometimes even slightly oxidized  on release (!), they seldom merited their fame (or price!).  But oh, that '96 Brunate.................

Though still very young, it has hit the first phase of maturity, when the tannins have begun to meld in, but there is still fruit from the bouquet thru the finish.

To smell this wine is to be put into such a stuper of pleasure and contentment that everything seems to stop--I (almost) didn't even need to drink it!  I guess that's what the Italians mean by "Vino da Meditazione."  At first, the bouquet reveals aromas of wild red berries, rose petals, and tar, but with air, hints of white truffles, mint, camphor, and almond nougat come through.  On the palate (yes, I did finally succomb), a medium bodied entry of red berries, almond, truffles and mint showed none of the thin, sinewy, austere qualities of many Ceretto wines of the past.  Just wave after wave of new flavors with every sip, and a laser sharp finish that lingered on and on.

 So complex and complete a food was this wine, that it needed nothing else.  Fortunately, our host paired it with a delicious grilled Tuna steak, served almost rare.  The smoky, charry herbal flavors of the fish were perfect with the wine (like Pinot Noir and Salmon, Nebbiolo and grilled fleshy fish is a match made in heaven.).

It is impossible, if not just plain wrong, to assign a number to a wine like this, so I'll
steal a phrase from Steven Tanzer (used while describing another 1996), "the full Barolo experience, in 3D and technicolor!"  WOW.

Cory G.
Cory G.
2005 - Bertani Le Lave
Apr 28, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
Bright green, like melted gummies.  Not your typical Chardonnay, but that's because it's half Garganega.  Buttery desserts & custard on the nose.  The acid on the palate balances out any hint of sweetness and adds lots of minerality & apples.  A crisp Italian white that would sing with food.
Tessa C.
Tessa C.
2002 - Colosi Rosso
Mar 13, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Deidra T.
Deidra T.
9998 - Riondo Prosecco
Great in a pinch
Mar 01, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
Cheap but suprisingly good.  Very light and not sweet.
Cory G.
Cory G.
2005 - Cantiana Rotaliana Teroldego Rotaliano
Feb 26, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
The 2005 Cantiana Rotaliana Teroldego is less on the rustic Italian side and more on the frisky, tart, refreshing side. A deep red with a dark pink rim, the wine is light in the mouth and smooth to drink with flavors of blackerry and grape skin.  Higher in acid than alcohol, this wine stood up to a homemade pancetta and fried sage pizza.
Lisa G.
Lisa G.
2003 - Castellani, Michele Ca del Pipa Amarone Classico Cinque Stelle
Feb 07, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Alex L.
Alex L.
2006 - Querciabella, Agricola Chianti Classico
Jan 16, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Let me preface this note by saying that I was in Chianti with my dad in November 2006 shortly after harvest so I have a tough time bagging on any wine from that vintage / area. With that said this is actually a pretty stellar wine from top to bottom. It boasts a real savory component on the nose with some dried plum, anise, and sage. Some meaty / gammy character as well with light salt-water. This is so clearly Italian (in a good way) - It shows what Chianti is all about when produced in a fashion wherein the Sangiovese grape can express itself without being over-dressed to mimic a more 'modern' wine, which it's not. This should age well, but it's so nice right now - Why wait?
Robin S.
Robin S.
2006 - Castello Banfi Cabernet Sauvignon / Sangiovese Col di Sasso
Oct 19, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Dana B.
Dana B.
2000 - Falesco Marciliano
what a wine
Oct 12, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
this is a beauty, what more could you want from a cab. tastes like a classified bordeaux from a pedigreed estate but with the friendly attitude of an Italian. It has depth, length, fruit, tannin, earthiness. A sexy devil with room to grow and pleasure to give. How long will it last? About a week around my house!
Rick M.
Rick M.
2007 - Spinetta (Giuseppe Rivetti), La Moscato Bricco Quaglia
Delicious
Oct 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Looking for an absolutely easy drinking, effervescent, enjoyable light and sweet wine?  Look no further than this low alcohol, lightly bubbly treat from Italy.  The Moscato D'Asti wines are always a crowd favorite for their universal appeal and ease in drinking.  A sweet treat, this wine will go with anything light from a shrimp salad to a nice chicken taco.  And even for some excellent Moscatos, you won't need to fret about costs, these usually roll in under $15.  A nice price that won't leave you moaning for aspirins the next morning.  Enjoy!
Nancy V.
Nancy V.
2004 - Nottola Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Sep 07, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Benjamin S.
Benjamin S.
2003 - Zaccagnini, Cantina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
very good
Aug 27, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Chrissy M.
Chrissy M.
9998 - Mastroberardino Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio
I agree and One up you :)
Jul 29, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
I agree that Mastroberardino does a great job with thier Lacryma but I tasted a Lacryma made by DigiOr and thought it added a bit of refining and a larger burst of red fruit and have moved to that one for now :) try it... its good too
Mike K.
Mike K.
9998 - Mastroberardino Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio
A MUST enjoy little known Italian red
Jul 08, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Mastroberardino's Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio rosso is fantastic.  The best red around.  Let it breathe some - and it's smooth and full of flavor.  Fantastic by itself, or with any foods.  Especially pizza, pastas or meats....  It's my favorite - I KNOW you'll love it.
Mike Supple
Mike Supple
2005 - Passopisciaro
Jun 27, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Bold ruby red core with a slightly lighter ruby rim. Fresh aromas of raspberries, milk chocolate, orange zest with a touch of white flowers, dusty slate and caramel. Amazing entry and mouthfeel. Silky doesn't really even begin to describe it. Fantastic acidity is balanced very well by the fruit and ripe tannins. This wine has the smooth feel of a well-made Pinot Noir. Raspberry and cherry fruits with a touch of fresh anise, black truffle and orange zest. Long, smooth finish.
Amy P.
Amy P.
2005 - Saracco, Paolo Moscato d'Asti
reformed wine hater!
Jun 11, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

I experienced this wine in 2003 with a girlfriend in Colorado. I have traveled most of my life and have tasted many wines, finding myself disliking so many, the dry, smooth, long aftertaste, even sometimes bitter libation served with most of my dinners and deserts over the years. I simply never enjoyed any that I ever tried, till this one. This simple, sparkling, light, sweet, and deliciously fruity wine.  I love to pair it with seafood, the contrasting flavors of the peach and pear against the saltiness of the seas, seem to compliment each other very well. Enjoy this wine, as I now do, at dinner or on a sunny day by the pool.

Colin C.
Colin C.
9998 - Fantinel Prosecco
Good Sparkler
Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a good sparkling wine from Italy.  This wine has a light woodsy yellow appearance with tiny beads. It smells of apples and peaches. The taste is sour and tangy with good fruit development.
Holley J.
Holley J.
2003 - Falesco Sangiovese IGT
Loved it!
Jun 08, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Some will disagree with me on this but I thought this was better than the 01. The streak of blackberry running through the middle is just great, and the firm ripe tannins serve as a reminder that this is still just a baby. Great balance for 2003 - some of these "Super Tuscans" are just overdone in this vintage, but I liked this one a lot.
Holley J.
Holley J.
2001 - Falesco Sangiovese IGT
Italian and Tasty!
Jun 08, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This was an extremely tasty Italian wine we had with roasted lamb. Rustic yet elegant notes of mushrooms, earth, and cassis on the nose turn to bright fruit on the midpalate and finish. Tannins are mild and well integrated. I would say you get a lot of bang for your buck here.

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