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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. Broccatelli Galli. Grechetto 'Le Ripaie' 2016

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


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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Vicentini. Soave 'Terrelunghe' 2015

    Ripe apricot and almond aromas, it was a hotter than average vintage and the fruit is subsequently fuller with roast chestnut and almond flavours woven through fresh lemon and pink grapefruit.


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  8. Broccatelli Galli. Montefalco Rosso 2013

    A wine that is comfortable in itself and makes no effort to masquerade the dark, earthy patina of Sagrantino freshened with the black cherry and damson of Sangiovese.


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  9. Ascheri. Dolcetto 'Nirane' 2015

    Bright cherry and damson fruit, a picture of modern dolcetto: perfectly defined pure fruit, well judged, natural weight, a simple and joyous wine.


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  10. Righetti. Valpolicella Ripasso 'Campolieti' 2012

    Coffee, chocolate and ripe fruit on the nose, there is more than hint of Amarone in the background. This is a full and forward wine that is delicious when young and always has the structure to improve for years.


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