Top-Rated Italian Wines

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Take a journey through the Italian countryside with these top-rated Italian wines. Wine critics loved them, and you will, too!

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  1. Colle Bereto Chianti Classico

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#53043

    SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 15, 2020
    Aromas of blood, iron and raw beef lead off, followed by flavors of cherry, plum and leather. Rich and harmonious, with a dense underlying structure and terrific length. Approachable now, but this should evolve well over the next few decades. Drink now through 2040. 3,500 cases made, 2,800 cases imported.
    JS9191 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, November 7, 2019
    Lots of dried peppers here, as well as earth, dried plums and spices. Firm and tangy on the medium-bodied palate, but quite succulent on the finish. Lemon-zest aftertaste. Drink now.
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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: 97% Sangiovese, 30% Colorino

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  2. Rengo Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

    2015 / 750 ml. | Item#51892

    SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Feb 29, 2020
    Toffee, dried mint, singed orange peel and iron accents waft from the glass of this full-bodied version. On the palate this is less forthcoming, with flavors of crushed black cherry, melted licorice and espresso cream tightly knit to dense, fine-grained tannins. Let this mouthwatering red shine with decanting or short-term cellaring. Best from 2022 through 2032. 2,000 cases made, 2,000 cases imported.
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    Primary Grape: Corvina | All Grapes: 70% Corvina Veronese, 20% Rondinella, 10% Molinara

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  3. Poggerino Chianti Classico

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#51117

    VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Aug 2019
    The 2016 Primamateria, the estate’s Sangiovese/Merlot blend, is another exceptional wine in this range. Raspberry jam, spice, new leather, dried flowers and mocha lend striking aromatic nuance. The 2016 is sleek, ripe and exceptionally polished, not to mention flat out delicious.
    SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2019
    This is pure, but also velvety and vibrant, featuring cherry, black currant, tar, stony and iron notes. Firm and dense on the finish, with a juicy finish. Drink now through 2028. 3,400 cases made, 1,100 cases imported.
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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese

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  4. Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino

    2015 / 750 ml. | Item#52692

    JS9797 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, September 20, 2020
    This understated Brunello delivers dried cherries, cumin, terracotta, rust and bark. The full-bodied palate presents an intricately detailed tapestry of finely interwoven tannins, interspersed with compressed, vibrant cherries and gilded in colorful, gleaming acidity. The finish is vivacious and polished and very long. Drink from 2024.
    RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Jan 2020
    Poggio Antico brings us a classic expression of Sangiovese in its 2015 Brunello di Montalcino. The warm vintage has shaped more density and volume in the fruit, but fundamentally this wine holds tight to the bright and fresh taste profile that is characteristic of Brunello. The key is the acidity that remains an integral and important element in the fundamental architecture of this wine. That natural crispness serves to underline lively fruit flavors of wild cherry and pressed violets. Background tones of earth and black licorice also appear. The team at Poggio Antico, located at one of the highest altitudes in the appellation (from 500 to 550 meters above sea level), has worked well to preserve the cool climate characteristics in this very warm and sunny vintage. Some 36,000 bottles were made. This wine went into bottle in August 2018 and hit the market in January 2020.
    VN94+94+ pts. - Vinous - Apr 2020
    Bright red with a pale rim. Captivating aromas of ripe red fruits, blueberry nectar, marzipan and Oriental spices. Boasts outstanding inner-mouth perfume and precise flavors of ripe red cherry, redcurrant jelly, potpourri and minerals. Finishes long and seamless. This is one of the best non-single vineyard Brunellos of the vintage and one of the better wines from Poggio Antico in some time.
    SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2020
    Cherry, plum, earth, wild scrub and salty flavors are the hallmarks of this dense, hefty red. An iron note becomes more prominent as this evolves on the palate. Well-balanced, with the ripe fruit and saline elements lingering on the finish. Best from 2023 through 2043. 3,000 cases made, 1,200 cases imported.
    WE9292 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 7/1/2020
    Forest floor, mature red berry, dried tobacco leaf and balsamic whiffs of camphor come together on this. It’s firm and concentrated, delivering dried black cherry, licorice and coffee bean framed in velvety tannins. Drink 2022–2027.
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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: 100% Sangiovese

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  5. Volpaia Chianti Classico

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#49459

    JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    A racy, fine-tuned Chianti Classico with blackberry, black-cherry and wet-earth aromas. Medium-bodied with medium polished tannins and a long finish. Transparent. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.
    VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Sep 2020
    The 2018 Chianti Classico is a gorgeous, mid-weight wine that captures the essence of the estate’s high-altitude vineyards. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, licorice, mint, pine and cedar are some of the many aromas and flavors that are woven throughout. The 2018 is gracious, inviting and impeccable in its balance.
    RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 11th Mar 2021
    This is a delightfully open and accessible value red that could pair with a simple chicken dinner. From an organic farm, the Volpaia 2018 Chianti Classico is a smooth, silky and fruit-driven expression that delivers on the basic promises of elegance and freshness that are associated specifically with Sangiovese from Radda in Chianti.
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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese, Merlot

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    Organic

    Organic: Made with organic grapes, Certified organic by Q Certificazioni

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  6. Il Grigio da San Felice Chianti Classico Riserva

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#13075

    RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 19th Sep 2019
    The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Grigio is a beautiful wine with an inky dark appearance and softly contoured aromas of ripe cherry and dried blackberry. There is plenty of spice, tar and sweet tobacco to smooth over that beautiful fruit intensity; this is the sort of Chianti Classico you’d open for a marinated ribeye on the grill. The wine is compact and tight in the mouth. With 260,000 bottles made, Il Grigio is one of Italy’s ultimate value reds.
    JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, November 7, 2019
    A very pretty, refined red with ultra-fine tannins, vivid fruit of crushed berries and tar, which all follow through to a medium to full body. Flavorful finish. Structured. So you can be patient; drink or hold.
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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: 100% Sangiovese

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