Itaians wine on Top 50 wines of the year 2013 from Decanter

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

 18pts/20 (93/100pts)

 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

 Drink 2014–2020

 Alc 16%

43 San Giusto a Rentennano, Chianti Riserva, Tuscany, Italy 2009

18pts/20 (93/100pts)

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

Drink 2015–2020

Alc 14%

33 Castello di Tassarolo, Spinola NS, Gavi, Piedmont, Italy 2011

18pts/20 (93/100pts)

Soft apple-crumble flavours that are tangy and broad not spritzy and lean, with an enveloping savouriness.

Price: £9.99 Vinceremos

Drink 2014

Alc 12.5%

31 Librandi, Cirò, Calabria, Italy 2012

18pts/20 (93/100pts)

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

Drink 2014

Alc 12.5%

29 Mario Marengo, Brunate, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy 2006

18.25pts/20 (94/100pts)

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

Drink 2015–2025

Alc 14%

24 Tua Rita, Giusto di Notri, Tuscany, Italy 2010

18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)

Zesty, elegant oaky nose. Suave and succulent, with lovely mouthwatering fruit. Invigorating, with a long, chocolatey finish.

Price: £45.60–£59 Armit, Swig

Drink 2014–2022

Alc 14.5%

19 Pio Cesare, Fides, Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy 2010

18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)

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

Drink 2014–2016

Alc 14.5%

18 Inama, Vigneti di Foscarino, Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy 2011

18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)

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

Drink 2014–2015

Alc 12.5%

14 Terredora, Fiano di Avellino, Campania, Italy 2011

18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)

Delightful hazelnuts and pear fruit on the nose and palate. Fine racy acidity and a good body.

Price: £16.10 Tanners

Drink 2014–2020

Alc 13%

3 Pian dell’Orino, Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy 2010

19pts/20 (96/100pts)

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

Drink 2014–2017

Alc 14%


2 Comments Add yours

  1. i just tried the Bricco dell’Uccellone, is a great wine… but to admire it you need to wait at least 10 years

    good thinks come to people who wait..


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