Italy

Top Ten Italian Red Wines - 2016

I tend to taste and drink a lot of wine over the course of a year.  I am in a few tasting groups, sometimes the wines are consumed at various local wine store tastings and a number drunk with friends and family. 

Wine Tasting Videos: Piedmont Reds

In these episodes of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Edward Ruiz, Cezar Kusik, and Bartholomew Broadbent convene at one of San Francisco's finest restaurants, Incanto, to taste and discuss Piedmont Reds

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Wine Tasting Videos: Italian Whites

In these episodes of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent, Cesar Kusik, and Rob Renteria convene at one of San Francisco's finest restaurants, Incanto, to taste and discuss Italian Whites.

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NV Fratelli Ferrero Barolo Chinato, Italy, Piedmont - Wine Review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
90

A very unusual wine.  It's hard for me to put into context.  Sort of like a sweet Barolo mixed with good Vermouth.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose has botanicals, herbs and sli

2004 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, Italy, Piedmont - Wine Review

Grade: 
A
Score: 
95

This is remarkably approachable at this point.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has cherries and rose notes with a bit of dust and spice.  On the palate, there are silky t

2004 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba, Italy, Piedmont - Wine Review

Grade: 
A
Score: 
95

Despite a four hour decant, this still needed more time.  After a few hours more in the glass, it really started to open up.  Ruby in color.  Gorgeous nose of cherries, slight dried

2004 Dessilani Piemonte Nebbiolo Spanna Riserva, Italy, Piedmont - Wine Review

Grade: 
B+
Score: 
88

Bought on release for $19.99 and consumed in 2017, this is what value wines are all about.  Sure, its not Barolo, but it drinks in that style and is excellent.  Ruby in color.  The n

2016 Folonari Pinot Grigio Venezie IGT, Italy, Veneto - Wine Review

Grade: 
B
Score: 
85

Light green gold in color.  The nose has minerals, limes and slight steely notes.  On the palate, this is easy drinking.  Minerals and slight citrus.  Nice texture with good aci

2016 Folonari Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy, Abruzzo - Wine Review

Grade: 
B
Score: 
83

This is under $10 per bottle so it is a fair value.  Purple in color.  The nose has dark cherries and slight hay notes.  On the palate, this is a bit sweet with black cherry fruit.&n

2016 Folonari Chianti, Italy, Tuscany - Wine Review

Grade: 
B
Score: 
85

This sells for about $7.  It certainly is an excellent value at that price.  A nice wine to order at a local Italian restaurant or buy for a party.  Ruby/purple in color.  The n

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