From more than 3,200 wines recommended in Decanter over the past year, our tastings team has picked out not only the highest-scoring but also the best value wines. These top 50 are listed her in one handy guide with updated prices and stockists
Italy is rapresented on this list from 10 wines. 4 comes from Piedmont, 3 from Tuscany, 1 from Campania, Veneto and Calabria. Pian dell’Orino, Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy 2010 was the Bronze Medal in this competition after Faustino, Faustino I, Rioja Gran Reserva, Spain 2001 Gold Medal and Santa Ana, Unánime, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina 2007 Silver Medal.
Full List of The Italian Wines Decanter Top 50 Wines of the year.
48 Braida, Bricco dell’Uccellone, Barbera d’Asti, Piedmont, Italy 2009
Spicy, vibrant, black cherry nose with remarkable elegance. Sweet but not jammy: bright and fresh, with lively acidity and integrated alcohol. Limpid and long.
Price: £46.50 Hedonism
43 San Giusto a Rentennano, Chianti Riserva, Tuscany, Italy 2009
Young and fragrant. The palate has great volume, with densely packed tannins and ripe, concentrated fruit on the finish. More solid than refined at the moment. Needs time.
Price: £28.50 Corney & Barrow
33 Castello di Tassarolo, Spinola NS, Gavi, Piedmont, Italy 2011
Soft apple-crumble flavours that are tangy and broad not spritzy and lean, with an enveloping savouriness.
Price: £9.99 Vinceremos
31 Librandi, Cirò, Calabria, Italy 2012
A 100% Greco that is lively, summery and fruity. There’s a citrus zing to a pear drop and apple sherbet nose with soft sweet vanilla notes, and the palate displays appley, off-dry flavours and a rounded mouthfeel. Great to enjoy on its own.
Price: £8.75–£11.99 Blanco & Gomez, Christopher Keiller, Eclectic Tastes, Exel Wines, Fine Wine Co, Valvona & Crolla, Weald Wine Cellar, Winedirect
29 Mario Marengo, Brunate, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy 2006
The Brunate cru makes the most intensely perfumed and balanced Barolos of all. Plenty of floral finesse and energy here.
Price: £34.90–£38.90 Fine & Rare, Justerini & Brooks
24 Tua Rita, Giusto di Notri, Tuscany, Italy 2010
Zesty, elegant oaky nose. Suave and succulent, with lovely mouthwatering fruit. Invigorating, with a long, chocolatey finish.
Price: £45.60–£59 Armit, Swig
19 Pio Cesare, Fides, Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy 2010
Incredible vanilla and spice from the oak. Floral nose of rose and liquorice. Tannins are evident, but well integrated with good acidity. Amazing complexity with luscious summer fruit pudding character and exemplary length.
Price: £35 Edencroft Fine Wine, Exel Wines, Fine & Rare, Jeroboams, Planet of the Grapes, Portland Wine Co, Roberts & Speight, Whitebridge Wines
18 Inama, Vigneti di Foscarino, Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy 2011
A fine Soave producer who has been in the business for more than 40 years. Garganega is hand-harvested from a single 10ha vineyard on basaltic lava soils. Gorgeous nose of honeyed citrus and melon, and a nutty, toasty character. Savoury notes mingle with citrus and stone fruit, and lead to a long, complex finish.
Price: £24 Swig
14 Terredora, Fiano di Avellino, Campania, Italy 2011
Delightful hazelnuts and pear fruit on the nose and palate. Fine racy acidity and a good body.
Price: £16.10 Tanners
3 Pian dell’Orino, Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy 2010
Crisp hawthorn aromas, followed by rounder but still firm red cherry and raspberry flavours that coat rather than strangle your tongue for a richly digestible mouthful.
Price: £21.99–£33 AG Wines, Christopher Keiller, Exel Wines, Fine & Rare, Les Caves de Pyrène, Wine Bear