Fine Italian Reds

Fine Italian Reds

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A collection of six red wines. 

Italy has long been looked to as one of the best red wine making countries in the world. In this case we show you exactly why. A string of excellent vintages in recent years means that Barolo, Barbaresco, and Brunello have never tasted so good and we have paired these with three other iconic reds to keep you excited and intrigued. Hey you could even hold onto these for a few years, but we think they’re drinking pretty well right now…

2015 Brunello di Montalcino, Caparzo - Tuscany
2015 produced some of the best Brunello in recent decades and Caparzo are looked to for their elegant and pure Sangiovese expressions. The first producer to bottle a single vineyard Brunello, Caparzo and this Green Label Brunello are iconic across the world. This has beautiful cherry fruit character on the nose, with liquorice and orange peel. The palate is firm and round with mouth-felling fruit that is both delicate and austere. 

2017 Barbaresco, Produttori del Barbaresco - Piedmont
Considered one of the greatest value, quality, Italian wines, a benchmark Nebbiolo. The cooperative that is the Produttori del Barbaresco can be thanked for Barbaresco's increased fame worldwine. The winery is joint owned by the growers and they share in the profits of the winery's success. For years they have been turned to for consistently excellent Nebbiolo wines and a beautiful expression of this famed terroir. Red fruits, dried flowers, concentration, complexity and elegance.

2016 Barolo Serralunga, Ettore Germano - Piedmont
The wine of kings and probably Italy's most revered red wine, this Barolo from Serralunga is the essence of Piedmontese winemaking. The Nebbiolo grape gives a fruit profile like no other with crushed red berries at play with blood orange, leather and forest floor. The wine is firm yet always elegant and pairs so well with game and mushroom based dishes. Ettore Germano is a historic producer based in the heart of the Serralunga sub-region and they have the highest commitment to quality.

2015 Chianti Classico Riserva 'Cortevecchia', Le Corti - Tuscany
The stony soils just south of Florence produce spicy, long lived Sangiovese based wines. The Corsini family are now in their 32nd generation and they have been making wine here since the 16th Century. Unlike many Chianti, their wines are never over-oaked, choosing instead to prioritise the elegance of the red Sangiovese fruit. This has spicy black berry and red cherry character, with soft spiced notes and a warm, round finish. 

2016 Amarone Classico, Le Salette - Veneto
This rich and sumptuous red wine is one of Italy's most famous. Made in the unique appasimento style, using grapes that have been dried for months before fermentation. The fruit is dark, sweet and spicy with notes of prunes, figs and dried cherry. Vanilla, nutmeg and cloves give way to a lingering, fruity finish. Le Salette are known for their elegant expressions and the bright acidity in the wine here makes for a beautifully balanced wine.

2017 Etna Rosso 'Contrada Cavaliere', Benanti - Sicily
Benanti can be thanked in part for Etna's growing status on the international wine stage. They have been growing grapes for quality wine production since the 70s. Nerello Mascalese, the dominant red grape on Etna, is an intriguing one. Light in colour yet concentrated with red fruit flavours, firm acidity and great age-worthiness. This Etna Rosso is from a specific vineyard site, or Contrada, and gives dark cranberry, blood orange, dark cherry and mineral notes with a brightness that makes you want to keep sipping. Elegance and balance in a glass!