Italian Wines

We have imported wines from Italy for over 20 years now and we find the wines ever more unfathomable, perhaps I am taking it too seriously for this is a country full of life, literally when considering the line of volcanic activity running up its spine, and the wines are born out of a love of food and friendship.

The unique line up of wines in every region is the result of history, it is not part of some big plan.
Italy was only unified in 1870 and it is a story of independent city states rather than of a nation. This independence ensured the diversity of culture, food and wine and local traditions have been proudly defended.
Again, the more I read the less I know.

 Abruzzo /  Alto Adige /  Aosta /  Apulia /  Basilicata /  Calabria /  Campania /   Emilia Romagna  /  Friuli /  Lazio /  Liguria /  Lombardia /  Marche /  Molise /  Piemonte /  Sardegna /  Sicilia /  Sudtirol /  Toscana /  Trento /  Umbria /  Veneto

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  1. Frentana. Montepulciano 'Frentano' 2015

    Deeply flavoured, energetic wine with damson and black cherry fruit.  A boisterous, puppy of a red, always willing to please.


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  2. Broccatelli Galli. Grechetto 'Selezione' 2015

    A lovely weight of fruit and fine mineral structure (decent body), almond, ripe herb and grapefruit.  Very superior everyday drinking.


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  3. Sampietrana. Ambasciatori Primitivo 2014

    Fresh, correct, damson, strawberry and floral flavours.  The genuine article with its beautifully faded brick patina, a rare wine.


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  4. Ciu Ciu. Rosso Piceno 'Bacchus' 2014

    Soft, supple brambly fruit, open and easy with a touch of spice, pepper and savoury on the finish.  A mini-classic Piceno.


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  5. Frentana. Rosso 'Torre Vinaria'

    A big softy of a wine, velvety berry fruit, cassis, and a whiff of smoke.


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  6. Frentana. Bianco 'Torre Vinaria' 2014

    Soft and easy tropical fruit, these grapes were made for each other.


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  7. Sampietrana. Brindisi Riserva '1952' 2012

    A massive mouthful of ripe fruit, deep and plummy with soft rounded tannins.


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  8. Santa Vittoria. Poggio al Tempio 2013

    Elegant dark cherry and red berry fruit, cedar and tobacco with hints of truffle and leather, an unusually complex wine.  It just seems far better than it should be, if that makes any sense.


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  9. Villa Giada. Monferrato Rose Chiaretto 2014

    There is a little more colour on the 2013, but the fruit is fresh and pure, alluring strawberry and cherry, just a touch of cream, divine.


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  10. Villa Giada. Barbera D'Asti 'Suri' 2014

    All bramble and raspberry, joyous and vibrant, it is remarkably flexible in that the full forest fruit is the perfect partner to linguine and wild boar ragù, alternatively it can be chilled (there is very little tannin) and works well with spiced seafood.


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