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…

Baffonero Igt 2011 – Rocca di Frassinello

100% Merlot. A deep ruby red colour. An explosion of fruit with an unending range of black fruits, in particular blackberry and blueberry wrapped in a soft veil of vanilla. In the glass the aromatic components evolve towards tobacco, chocolate and a touch of coffee. The complexity is immediately apparent to the palate with a…

Map of Italian Wine Regions

Italian wine is one of the most difficult regions to get to know. Why? Well for one, the Italians use an esoteric wine labeling system, like the French. But that’s not even the biggest problem. The hardest part is learning all the different grape varieties. At the moment, there are about 350 official Italian wine varieties….

Barolo Docg Prapo’ 2009 – Schiavenza

#94 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013  Grape:  100% Nebbiolo Vineyard: Prapò hamlet of the village of Serrralunga d’Alba Altitude 350 metres a.s.l. south-east exposure Calcareous and tuffaceous ground – guyot growing system Densitiy 4.000 plants per hectare – surface 5.000 mq Grape-harvest: Tardy, manual, – period half/end October Wine-making: Fermentation in vitrifield cisterns for 15-20 days at 25-30…

Radici Taurasi Riserva Docg 2006 – Mastroberardino

#91 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013 APPELLATION : Taurasi Riserva DOCG ALCOHOL 13.5% GRAPE VARIETY : Aglianico 100% VINEYARD : Montemarano VINES PER HECTARE : 4.000 vines per hectare TRAINING SYSTEM : Shoulder with cordon spur pruning system AGE OF VINEYARD : About 12 years VINIFICATION : Vinification with long skins maceration at controlled                …

Vigna “La Rosa” Barolo Docg 2008 – Fontanafredda

#86 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013 Region: Piedmont Appellation: Barolo DOCG All grapes for this single vineyard offering come from the “La Rosa” vineyard in the village of Serralunga. Vines are planted in 820-980 feet above sea level and the soils of Miocene-Helvetian origin are packed with calcareous marl and clay, with plenty of quartzose sand…