Tag: Italy

Zeni Soave Classico 2016

This is a sound Soave Classico from Zeni, and a blend of garganega and trebbiano. In the glass, there are aromas of peach and cedar which gives a chardonnay like impression. The palate is medium bodied and dry, with some residual sugar. Pleasant enough, this wine will suit current drinking. Rating: Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $16. Website: https://www.zeni.it/en/. Reviewed: November 2019.

Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2017

This is a good wine at a fair price. Lightly coloured in the glass, the 2017 vintage of Antinori’s Peppoli Chianti Classico has typical sangiovese aromas of sour cherry and licorice. The palate has firm tannins and good length. This wine can be approached now, but will suit a couple of years in the cellar. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $27. Website: https://www.antinori.it/en/. Reviewed: October 2019.

Villa Antinori Rosso Toscana 2015

Villa Antinori’s Toscano Rosso continues to be a great value wine.  The 2015 vintage is quite the blend, featuring sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, syrah and merlot.  Yet it retains a sense of place, and is identifiably Italian in style in the glass.  The 2015 vintage is deeply coloured in the glass, with aromas of earth, blackcurrant and cedar.  The palate is savoury and has good balance and length. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $20+. Website: www.antinori.it

Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore 2013

This is a very serious Bolgheri cabernet blend from Grattamacco in Tuscany.  Organically grown, it’s a blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 20% cabernet franc, 10% merlot and 10% sangiovese.   In the glass, it is a hypothetical cross between a Napa Valley cabernet and a Bordeaux from an outstanding year.  In terms of aroma, there’s plenty of new oak and cassis.  The palate has saturated flavours of blackcurrant and bay leaf and is supplemented by firm tannins.  This wine is an outstanding example of a Tuscan cabernet blend and is but a baby tasted in 2018.  It will benefit, I expect, from at least a decade in the cellar.  Rating: Outstanding. Abv: 14.0%. Price: $100+. 

Tenuta Buon Tempo Brunello di Montalcino 2012

From the 2012 vintage, this is a very good expression of sangiovese from Tenuta Buon Tempo in Brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany.  A medium intensity ruby colour in the glass, the wine opens to aromas of chocolate, earth, licorice and dried cranberries.  The palate is full bodied, with quite firm but very fine tannins, high acidity and a long, earthy and savoury finish.  This wine can be approached now (a good decant is recommended) or cellared and approached over the next decade.  Rating: Very Good. Abv: 14.5%. Price: $80.

Allegrini Valpolicella 2016

This Valpolicella from Allegrini is bottled under screwcap and opens to restrained aromatics of red fruits and sour cherry.  The palate is medium bodied and fruity with quite firm acidity and a short length finish.  Overall, this is a wine to be consumed in its youth and is pleasant enough.  Quite prominent acidity sees some loss of balance.  Rating: Acceptable. Abv: 13%. Price: $30.