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#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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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: 97% Sangiovese

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  2. Tenuta Tignanello Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#91955

    RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 19th Sep 2019
    The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Marchese Antinori is Sangiovese enhanced with touches of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Renzo Cotarella and the extended technical team at Marchesi Antinori are working hard on perfecting their tannin management, and the beautiful results are evident across this line of new releases from the classic 2016 vintage. The finish is silky and long, and the tannins are never dry. The fruit is evident and bright with wild cherry, rose and Italian garden herb.
    VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Aug 2019
    The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Marchese Antinori emerges entirely from Antinori’s Tignanello estate. Plump and forward, with juicy dark fruit, the Marchese Antinori is done in a decidedly modern, lush style. Mocha, sweet spice, licorice and black plum meld into the creamy finish. The 2016 is attractive, but I can’t help thinking a lighter hand in the cellar might yield a wine with greater finesse and expression of place.
    SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jul 31, 2019
    A hefty dose of spicy oak wraps around the black cherry, plum and leather flavors. Muscular and broad, with a lingering aftertaste of fruit, tar and spice. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2021 through 2028. 5,000 cases imported.
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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese

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  3. Volpaia Chianti Classico

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#84140

    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

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    Organic

    Organic: Made with organic grapes

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  4. Tenuta Il Palagio Roxanne Sangiovese Toscana

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#91279

    JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, July 16, 2019
    Delicious intensity and focus to this red here with fresh dark cherries, licorice, tea leaves and some eucalyptus. Round and juicy but grainy and suave, this delivers solid, crunchy cherries, across a wealth of sturdy tannins. Full-bodied and medium-chewy on the finish. Drink now.
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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese

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  5. Basilisco

    Aglianico del Vulture
    2011 / 750 ml. | Item#92649

    RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Apr 2015
    The 2011 Aglianico del Vulture Basilisco is from the hottest vintage among the three wines (2009, 2010 and 2011) I tasted in this mini-vertical. In many ways, this is the most immediate and successful of the three wines thanks to the fact that the ripe fruit adds softness and fleshiness to counter the natural astringency of the Aglianico grape. Generous spice, tobacco and blackberry fruit are woven together with a thick and penetrating texture. Sweet tobacco appears on the close and signals that this wine is only at the beginning of a long evolution.
    JS9090 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, October 22, 2018
    This red shows aromas of tar, dark berries and wet earth that follow through to a full body, juicy and ripe fruit and a firm tannin structure. Pretty wine that needs drinking now.
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    Primary Grape: Aglianico | All Grapes: 100% Aglianico del Vulture

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  6. Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino

    2015 / 750 ml. | Item#93571

    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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  7. Torre Raone Raone Pecorino

    2020 / 750 ml. | Item#95143

    VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2021
    The 2020 Pecorino Raone is very pretty yet understated with a display of honeysuckle, peach and wet stone. Its silky textures are quickly contrasted by a mix of salty minerals and savory spice. Hints of sour melon and green apple resonate beneath an air of tropical florals, as the 2020 tapers off youthfully poised. I recommend giving this another year to flesh out a bit.
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    Primary Grape: Pecorino | All Grapes: Pecorino

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    Organic

    Organic: Made with organic grapes

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  8. Renieri Brunello di Montalcino

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#95038

    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.
    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.
    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.
    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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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese

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  9. Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#94504

    VN9797 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2020
    I’m not sure how Il Poggione manages to remain one of the largest producers of Brunello, maintaining such a high level of quality and turning out some of the best wines of the vintage year after year - but they do. The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is yet another stunning example. Depths of mineral-encased black cherries, sage, allspice, licorice, tobacco and crushed violets lift up from the glass. It’s seamlessly silky, even as the palate is peppered with tart red and black berries, nervous acids and savory exotic spices. This shows the density and weight of the vintage in a youthfully monolithic stance, yet with all the necessary components to maintain perfect balance. The 2016 Il Poggione seems to fold in upon itself through the finish, which is dark, mysterious and structured, with only hints of black tea and licorice to tempt the imagination. It’s a classic in the making.
    RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2020
    The Il Poggione 2016 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a medium dark appearance with pretty Sangiovese shine and a little ruby sparkle. This vintage shows a slightly untamed or wild side with a dense and heavier fruit profile. The focus here is on blackberry, dried cherry, tobacco and even a touch of smoky tobacco or horse saddle. The wine shows the firm grip and tannic backbone that is a common trait in this vintage, especially with the vineyards on this southern, sunlit side of the appellation. I also get a considerable flash of acidity on the close, almost too much, that certainly needs a few more years to soften. You really need to wait with this one. Production is an ample 200,000 bottles.
    JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, November 11, 2020
    A red with blackberry, cherry, some walnut and chocolate, as well as mahogany. Tea, too. It’s full-bodied and firm-tannined with beautiful length and depth. Linear and very fine. Drink after 2024.
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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese

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  10. Planeta Chardonnay

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#95361

    VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Jun 2021
    The sweetly scented 2019 Chardonnay opens up with an alluring bouquet of dusty yellow florals, dried apricot, sage and hints of almond. It boasts oily, glycerol-like textures, lifted by stimulating acids, citrus-tinged orchard fruits and minerals. This is rich and savory with power in reserve, tapering off a bit tropical yet in perfect balance. A salty flourish keeps you coming back to the glass for more.
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    Primary Grape: Chardonnay | All Grapes: 100% Chardonnay

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  11. Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione

    2015 / 750 ml. | Item#88773

    JS9999 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Saturday, November 3, 2018
    A really exotic nose with so much dried herb character, ranging from thyme and sage to Thai basil. Then there’s more familiar and equally appealing dark blackcurrants, crushed stones and lavender. Full body with very refined tannins that both coat and caress the palate. A long, chewy finish. Drink in 2022.
    RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Oct 2018
    The 2015 Il Carbonaione presents a thick and darkly saturated side of Sangiovese. This expression opens to a dark garnet color with ripe aromas of black cherry, prune and blackberry. This edition delivers extra thickness and richness, yet that mid-weight approach is never compromised. This wine should spread out and gain in volume as it evolves in the bottle. Some 26,000 bottles were made (whereas only 2,000 bottles of the 2015 Capogatto were produced).
    SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jul 31, 2018
    This is lush, featuring a light touch of oak spice shading black cherry, blackberry and plum flavors. Firm yet well-integrated, with a lingering, fresh finish. Sangiovese. Drink now through 2022. 2,200 cases made.
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    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese

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