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2023 Holiday Gift Guide: Italian Wines | WineTransit.com

We assembled a collection of top wines and spirits for gift-giving and entertaining in our 2023 Holiday Gift Guide. Here are some of our favorite Italian wines from the past year. The picturesque landscapes of Italy produce some of the finest wines on earth. We highly recommend these bottles, either for gifting or enjoying yourself.

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Gran Passione Rosso

2021 / 750 ml.

Item #: 38432

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Italy | Veneto

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Primary Grape: Merlot

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Renieri Brunello di Montalcino

2016 / 750 ml.

Item #: 39754

JS9696 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, November 11, 2020
This is a very tight, refined Brunello that shows so much beautiful fruit and polish with dark-berry, cedar, walnut and cherry character. It’s full-bodied with layers of fine tannins and a fresh, pretty finish. Needs much more time to open. Try after 2024.
RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2020
The Renieri 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a plush, fruit-forward and accessible wine that captures the purity and elegance of the vintage. The best take-away, however, is the fresh, ready and bright state of this wine that makes it almost ready to enjoy straight out of the gate. This Brunello from a nine-hectare plot with limestone clay soils offers bold cherry and blackberry with delicate spice, smoke and blue flower. The wine is marked by balanced acidity, and there is some tannic tightness that should further relax by the time this wine hits the market at the start of 2021. This is a go-to bottle (in a 50,000 bottle release) if you want a first and memorable taste of the classic 2016 vintage.
WE9393 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 5/1/2021
Floral aromas of violet and rose mingle with new leather and menthol on this fragrant red. Racy and linear, the palate features dried cherry, licorice and blood orange set against firm, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2024–2031.
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2021
A dense, solid style, this red displays cherry, plum, iron, wild herb and scrub aromas and flavors. Concentrated and compact, needs time to unfurl all its nuances and equilibrium. Best from 2024 through 2042. 4,000 cases made, 1,200 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2020
The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a sweetly spiced and fruit-forward expression of the vintage, yet it manages to color within the lines of refinement. Mulled apples and strawberries with a balsamic tinge give way to mentholated herbal tones. It’s soft with a wonderful mix of inner sweetness, pure red berry fruits and minerals, yet it lacks momentum toward the close. Rounded tannins linger along with hints of plum, tobacco and dark inner florals. With the exception of a lull on the mid-palate, the 2016 Renieri is really quite pleasurable, yet it’s better to enjoy this sooner rather than later.
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Italy | Tuscany | Brunello di Montalcino

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Primary Grape: Sangiovese

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I Veroni Elacaia Rosso di Toscana

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 38139

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Italy | Tuscany | Toscana

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Primary Grape: Sangiovese

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Fiamme Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 57609

VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2022
The 2019 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva is dark and moody in the glass, opening slow with a smoldering mix of red currants, grilled herbs and flowery underbrush. It’s texturally deep and pliant, showcasing polished ripe red and hints of blue fruit that are carried effortlessly across a core of juicy acidity. The 2019 tapers off with a subtle tug of fine tannin and sweet raspberry tones that leave a lasting impression. (Eric Guido)
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Italy | Abruzzo | Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

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Primary Grape: Montepulciano

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Giacomo Mori Chianti

2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 57544

VN8989 pts. - Vinous - Jul 2022
The 2020 Chianti offers up crushed red/purplish berry fruit, spice, mint and dried flowers. Soft and fruity, it offers good purity, but also comes across as a bit light. In 2020, the Mori Chianti is attractive, but not quite the overachiever it can be. (Antonio Galloni)
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Italy | Tuscany | Chianti

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Primary Grape: Sangiovese

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JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Rich aromas of ripe black plums and dried flowers follow through to a full, round and juicy palate with well-integrated tannins and a long, balanced finish with persistent fruit and minerals. Delicious now.
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Italy | Abruzzo | Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

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Primary Grape: Montepulciano

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Lucignano Chianti

2021 / 750 ml.

Item #: 52495

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Italy | Tuscany | Chianti

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Primary Grape: Sangiovese

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Ca’Marcanda Promis

2021 / 750 ml.

Item #: 56115

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Italy | Tuscany | Toscana

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Primary Grape: Merlot

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Tenuta Degli Dei Cavalli

2017 / 750 ml.

Item #: 59505

JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Here is a red with a solid palate of red berries, crushed stone and fresh flowers. Full-bodied with beautifully crafted tannins that are soft and relaxed. The fruit character is complex with some fresh mushrooms and rose petals to the dark fruit. From organically grown grapes. Drinkable now, but will be much better in two or three years. Drink after 2022. (James Suckling)
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Apr 2021
The Tenuta degli Dei 2017 Cavalli sees a base of Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot and is a terrific dinner wine. It is polished and deep with some of the fruit nuances you can expect of this vintage. However, the overall effect is balanced and smooth with plenty of fruity power, weight and length. Production is about 16,000 bottles. (Monica Larner)
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Italy | Tuscany | Toscana

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Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon

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