Italy: Highly-Rated and Affordable

Italy: Highly-Rated and Affordable | WineDeals.com

Getting great wines from Italy need not be an expensive proposition. We've assembled some highly-rated red wines from Italy priced well under $30/bottle. Put these in your wine rack for hearty meals as the weather begins to turn cooler. Steaks, pizza, BBQ or "Sunday sauce", these wines never met a robust meal they didn't like!

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  1. Colle Bereto Chianti Classico

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#94038

    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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    Wine Grapes

    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: 97% Sangiovese

    Compare at $29.99 $19.99

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  2. Sella & Mosca Cannonau de Sardegna Riserva

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#77877

    VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Mar 2021
    The 2018 Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva is a very pretty yet understated effort that slowly comes to life in the glass with a display of fresh roses, cardamom and wild strawberries. This is silky and cool-toned with a pure display of mineral-tinged red and blue fruits, gaining an inner sweetness toward the close. Round tannins mix with residual acids to create a push and pull of tension through the finale, as this tapers off to a flourish of violets and spice. The 2018 is a wonderfully harmonious and pure expression of Cannonau.
    Wine Grapes

    Primary Grape: Grenache | All Grapes: Cannonau

    $14.99

    Only $13.49 each when you buy a solid or mixed case

  3. Fattoria Le Pupille Morellino di Scansano

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#95712

    RP90+90+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 5th Nov 2020
    The Fattoria le Pupille 2019 Morellino di Scansano is a bright and lively value wine that trusts its basic identity to cherry, dried raspberry and some wild bramble or rosemary essence. This is a lean and sprightly red wine that boats the freshness and intensity of Sangiovese along with the wild fruit and blue flower sensations that are most often associated with this mighty Tuscan grape. I could see a happy pairing with oven-cooked pasta or lasagna.
    VN8989 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2021
    The 2019 Morellino di Scansano is bright, perfumed and very easy to like. Drink this lithe, easygoing Morellino over the next few years, while the flavors remain bright. Dark red cherry, dried herbs and spice linger nicely.
    Wine Grapes

    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese

    $16.99

    Only $15.29 each when you buy a solid or mixed case

  4. Le Volte dell’Ornellaia

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#87252

    VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2021
    The 2019 Le Volte dell’Ornellaia is terrific. Bold, juicy and wonderfully expressive, the 2019 will drink well right out of the gate. Juicy black cherry, lavender, spice, menthol and chocolate are all kicked up a few notches. In 2019 Le Volte is especially dark and sumptuous, both of which add to its considerable immediacy and overall appeal. This is an especially fine vintage for the Ornellaia’s entry-level bottling.
    RP8888 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 6th May 2021
    The entry-level 2019 Le Volte dell’Ornellaia is mostly Merlot that is blended with Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. As the text on the back label suggests, the wine aims for a so-called Mediterranean flavor profile that presents the cherry softness of the Merlot against the spice of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the bramble or blue flowers of the Sangiovese. This wine also shows a specifically Italian side, thanks to that food-friendly freshness. I’m thinking pasta with a hearty meat ragù. This vintage is thinner and shorter than I would like to see, but the results are versatile and accessible nonetheless.
    Wine Grapes

    Primary Grape: Merlot | All Grapes: Merlot

    $29.99

    Only $26.99 each when you buy a solid or mixed case

  5. Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#80208

    VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2020
    Luminous dark red. Lively aromas of redcurrant, red licorice, and mint, plus complicating nuances of balsamic oils and violet. Juicy, spicy flavors of red berries and cherries are very deep and pure. In a cooler, low-fat style than usual for this wine, with harmonious acidity nicely extending the flavors on the long juicy and perfumed back end. A declassified Brunello, this is a really outstanding Rosso di Montalcino.
    Wine Grapes

    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese

    $27.99

    Only $25.19 each when you buy a solid or mixed case

  6. Giacomo Mori Chianti

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#80063

    VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Sep 2020
    Mori’s 2018 Chianti is absolutely delicious. Bright and punchy, with tons of Sangiovese character, the 2018 bristles with energy. Sweet red cherry, white pepper, mint and chalk all race out of the glass in a translucent, mid-weight Chianti Classico that hits all the right notes. Floral and orange zest accents perk up the finish nicely. The 2018 is a fabulous wine by any measure.
    Wine Grapes

    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese

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    You save: $5.00 (25%)

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