Italian Red Wine
Picturesque hillsides, endless coastlines and a favorable climate ...
While picturesque hillsides, endless coastlines and a favorable climate serve to unify the grape-growing culture of this country. The apparent never-ending world of indigenous grape varieties gives Italy an unexampled charm and allure. From the steep inclines of the Alps to the sprawling, warm, coastal plains of the south, red grape varieties thrive throughout.
The kings of Italy, wines like Barolo and Barbaresco (made of Nebbiolo), and Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino (made of Sangiovese), as well as Amarone (mostly Corvina), play center stage for the most lauded, collected and cellar-worthy reds. Less popular but entirely deserving of as much praise are the wines made from Aglianico, Sagrantino and Nerello Mascalese.
For those accustomed to drinking New World reds, the south is the place to start. Grapes like Negroamaro or Primitvo from Puglia and Nero d’Avola from Sicily make soft, ammicable, full-bodied, fruit-dominant wines. Curious palates should be on the lookout for Cannonau, Lagrein, Teroldego, Ruché, Freisa, Cesanese, Schiopettino, Rossese and Gaglioppo to name a few.
- Other Red Blends238
- Other Red Wine59
- Tuscan Blends48
- Bordeaux Red Blends46
- Nero d'Avola22
- Pinot Noir13
- Cabernet Sauvignon10
- Cabernet Franc6
- Nerello Mascalese2
Le Macchiole Paleo 2005Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy
Poggio al Tesoro Dedicato A Walter Toscana 2005Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy
Maurigi Sicilia Granny 2005Cabernet Franc from Sicily, Italy
Giuseppe Quintarelli Alzero Cabernet 2005Cabernet Franc from Veneto, Italy
Az. Agricola Ronchi San Giuseppe Colli Orientali del Friuli Cabernet Franc 2005Cabernet Franc from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Tenuta Luisa Cabernet Franc 2005Cabernet Franc from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy