Italy

2016 Fratelli Grati Chianti Classico G, Italy, Tuscany

Grade: 
B
Score: 
87

Ruby in color.  The nose has cherries and dust.  On the palate, this has sweet cherry fruit.  A bit one dimensional but nice enough.

2004 Giacomo Grimaldi Barolo Sotto Castello di Novello, Italy, Piedmonte - Wine Review

Grade: 
A
Score: 
93

Excellent showing for this wine.  It is a more modern take on a Barolo.  Deep ruby in color.  The nose has dark cherries, spice, and slight vanilla notes.  On the palate, this d

2011 Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti Superiore Nizza La Court, Italy, Piedmont - Wine Review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
91

Purple in color.  Dusty cherries with slight plums on the nose.  On the palate, this is a bit more serious than many Barberas.  It has some depth with nice plum and cherry fruit.&nbs

2003 Merk Aquileia Treuve Bianco, Italy, Friuli - Wine Review

Grade: 
B-
Score: 
83

Sometimes wine fool you and they last.  Not so much this time.  At 14 years from vintage, this is not dead but well past prime I think.  Of course, with age, all bottles are differen

2013 Antinori Villa Antinori Toscana IGT, Italy, Tuscany - Wine Review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
91

I have always been a fan of this wine going back decades.  It used to be labeled as a Chianti but now they add fruit outside the zone and about 55% Sangiovese.  It is still a great value

2013 Conte di Bregonzo Amarone della Valpolicella, Italy, Veneto - Wine Review

Grade: 
B
Score: 
86

This is a staple at Trader Joe's (at least my local store).  For under $20, it is hard to find a less expensive Amarone.  The only problem is that it really doesn't taste like an Amarone.

2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo, Italy, Piedmont, Barolo - Wine Review

Grade: 
A
Score: 
93

Very nice showing for such a young Barolo.  I was surprised by how well it showed just 4 years from vintage.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose has cherries, dark cherries, black raspb

Top 20 Tuscan Wines Under $45

Forty-five dollars is a lot of money to spend on a bottle of wine.  Yet, it is also a threshold pricing for wine.  For many people, that is the most they are willing to spend on a bottle.  For others, that is a typical Tuesday night pizza wine.  The real question is what kind of quality you can get for that price.  Unfortunately, the best wines often cost more.  On the other hand, spending more does not guarantee quality.  With that in mind, this article turns its attention to Italy in general and Tuscany in particular.

The Compelling Wines of Crete

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Sicily, Italy Vintage Chart

Sicily, Italy    
2010 90 D/H
2009 91 D/H
2008 90
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