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Italian Discoveries

Last week we tasted three Italian whites and three Italian reds. As they say, not a clunker among them.
January 4, 2023


Italian Discoveries, New and Old


Last week we tasted three Italian whites and three Italian reds. As they say, not a clunker among them. The 2020 Gulino Pretiosa Albanello was light and pretty and showed off its Sicilian origins. The 2021 Ciavolich Pecorino Aries from Abruzzo got tasters to say it was the most exciting white for the price they had ever had. The 2019 Serego Alighieri Possessioni Bianco and the 2018 Serego AlighieriPossessioni Rosso showed this historic property's true class and heritage. Citrus with a nice touch of honey for the Bianco and textured spicy Valpolicella style for the Rosso. The 2020 Renato Ratti Lange Nebbiolo Ochetti showed a very approachable Nebbiolo style with fruit, flowers, and spice. The 2020 Condello Sangiovese di Predappio showed amazing complexity and depth. Tasters were very happy with the quality and range of these wines.

2019 Serego Alighieri Possessioni Bianco:  straw yellow with green highlights. Citrus and pear aromas and flavors. Good structure and refreshing acidity with deep floral notes. Long nutty finish  Very Good Plus Plus  21/bottle, Case 17.99


2020 Cantine Gulino Albanello Pretiosa:  Bright straw with a hint of green. Aromas and flavors of flowers and fresh fruit. Nuts, capers, and salinity in the fresh flavors and balanced acidity. Very Good Plus Plus 21/bottle, Case 17.99

2021 Chiara Ciavolich Pecorino Aries:  Straw yellow, green highlights. Dry mineral, acacia, and jasmine. Crisp fresh peach accented by dry herbs. Sensitive and expressive with rich flavor and a nutty, savory finish. Excellent  21/bottle, Case 17.99

2018 Serego Alighieri Possessioni Rosso: Bright ruby. Cherry, dried berry, pepper, and spices with a touch of licorice. Medium to full-bodied with good structure and soft tannins. Delicious finish. Very Good Plus Plus  21/bottle, Case 17.99

2020 Chiara Condello Sangiovese di Predappio: Bright ruby. Cherry and other red berry notes with terrific texture and notes of spice. Olive blossoms in the finish and velvety acidity. Excellent 26.99/bottle, Case 22.99

2020 Renato Ratti Langhe Nebbiolo Ochetti: Bright ruby. Classic Nebbiolo aromas and flavors with Dark cherry, violets, and spice. The mouthfeel is balanced with moderate tannins and fresh acidity. Long finish. Excellent  26.99/bottle, Case 22.99

Italian Discoveries Case; 2 bottles of each $235

Mix any 12 or more at their discounted case prices


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