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.

2017 Capezzana Villa di Capezzana Carmignano

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

In Italy, the history of Carmignano winegrowing dates back to 1716 when Cosimo III de' Medici granted the area special legal protections. In the 1500’s the queen of France sent cuttings of Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux to Carmignano. This wine is made from a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from certified organic vineyards, and fifth-generation winemaker Benedetta Contini Bonacossi crafts a wine that offers subdued fruit of stewed prunes, black cherry, boysenberry, and resin. There is solid acidity and tannic structure to make this workable with a variety of foods.

Corvo 2020 Irmana Grillo

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
90
Grade: 
Current Price: 
$12.99USD

A native grape to the island of Sicily, this Grillo is light and delicate, with notes of butterscotch, honeysuckle, guava, white peach, lemon-lime, and a hint of grapefruit and summer wildflowers. Like all good Italian wines there is a proper acidity to work with food, which is always the goal. This is a soft wine with a smooth viscosity and its success is that it doesn’t steal the show but enables food to complement the wine, a balancing act that makes for a terrific dining experience. ORIGIN: Sicily, Italy. ALCOHOL: 12%

2014 Dei Principi di Spadafora Nero d'Avola Selezione Limitata, Italy, Sicily, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

This red is from the island of Sicily,  Ruby/purple in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, black cherries and slight black olive notes.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, more black cherry than cherry.  A bit of underlying char.  Moderate finish.  Fully mature at this point.  This will work better with food.  Pork chops or burgers off the grill would do well.  drink over the next few years.  

NV Corvezzo Prosecco DOC Rosé Extra Dry, Italy, Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$13.00USD

This is a blend of Glera and Pinot Noir grapes.  Salmon pink in color.  Frothy with a variety of sized bubbles.  The nose has strawberries and slight apple notes.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, there is nice acidity.  Slightly sweet.  Cherries and strawberries.  A lingering finish.  An enjoyable Prosecco with some depth as well.  Very nice on its own, this should work well with food.  It would go nicely with roasted turkey or duck.  Drink over the next couple of years.  

NV Art of Earth Prosecco Frizzante, Italy, Wine Review

Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

This an Organic, semi-sparkling Prosecco from Italy.  It is made from 85% Glera grapes, with 15% other allowed varieties.  The packaging is attractive.  Silvery/green/gold in color with a good amount of frothy bubbles.  The nose has minerality and some salinity along with green apples.  Refreshing.  On the palate, the green apples come thru along with a bit of sweetness.  Nice acidity to balance that.  Good finish.  This is nice on its own and should work well at the beginning or end of a meal.  It will work nice with fired calamari and also a not too sweet pound cake.  

NV Mosketto Frizzante Bianco, Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$12.00USD

This is non vintage but the Lot No. is L221095.  It is a delightful, low alcohol (5%) low alcohol wine from Italy.  This year's version seems a bit rounder and more fruity than prior versions.  Green/gold in color.  The nose has some peach with minerality and slight citrus.  Frothy.  Lightly sweet.  The palate again has some peach with a nice crispness to balance the sweet.  Easy to drink and tasty.  This will work well with fried appetizers or on its own.  Drink over the next couple of years.  

2019 Luretta Boccadirosa Malvasia Aromatica di Candia, Italy, Emilia-Romagna, Colli Piacentini, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

This is an interesting white from central Italy.  Golden in color, slightly deep, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with apricots and slight honey note.  Medium bodied.  Oily texture.  Dry on the palate with good acidity.  On the palate, guava with almonds and slight lime.  Some depth and complexity.  Long finish.  This is nice on its own but better with food.  It would go nicely with a plate of Proscutto di Parma.  Drink over the next few years.  

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