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.
Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco (1.5L Magnum) 2004Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
Fattoria La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva (1.5L) 2004Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Fattoria La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy