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. 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. Rosso 'Torre Vinaria'

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


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  3. Sampietrana. Brindisi Riserva '1952' 2012

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


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  4. Poggio Argentiera. Ciliegiolo 'Antonio Camillo' 2014

    Poggio Argentiera Ciliegiolo Antonio Camillo
    Maremma Toscana DOC


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  5. 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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  6. Sampietrana. Masseria del Gelso Squinzano Riserva 2012

    A supple and welcoming wine, perhaps too easy to enjoy with its deep cassis and currant fruit, lifted with roasted pepper and mocha flavours.


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  7. Conte Emo. La Montecchia 'Ca Emo' 2014

    Dried Raboso grapes have been added to the assemblage releasing an element of raucous joy.  Deep, damson laced red with fig and caramel flavours, soft inviting and open, an absolute pleasure


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  8. 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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  9. Ciu Ciu. Pecorino 'Merlettaie' 2013

    This vintage leans towards apricot, with kiwi and basil enriching the experience.  Beautiful creamy texture, a fine complexity that suits everything from convivial company to blue cheese to fish dishes.


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  10. Frentana. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 'Rubesto' 2010

    Damson and sloe, deeply flavoured full wine with elements of mocha, balsamic, pepper, even slightly floral.


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