Each Tuscany—situated in central/northern Italy—and the island of Sicily— southernmost within the nation—share sun-drenched vintages that usually produce wealthy, hearty, full bodied crimson wines. Friuli—additional north than each these areas—produces scintillating whites awash with florals, freshness and minerality. As summer time winds down and eating tables are moved from outdoor to inside, take into account opening any of those wines to kick off a night after which glide into dinnertime.
Premiata Fattoria Di Castelvecchi. Chianti. Mandonnino dell Pieve. DOCG. 2015.
Named after the Mandonnino winery from the place these Sangiovese grapes develop, this Chianti Classico consists of pungent aromas of acorns, chestnuts, moist forest leaves, crimson plums eucalyptus and just a little petrol. Within the mouth—assault of plums, cranberries, chestnuts. A nonetheless younger wine with tannins overshadowing acidity and fruit. Pair with duck breast or duck a l’orange, or a curry that features sultanas and oranges.
Mazzei. Siepi. IGT. 2018. 92 to 94 factors.
This mix of Sangiovese and Merlot is gentle purple in shade with brisk, fulfilling and luxurious aromas of black and bitter cherries, crimson plums, charcoal and slight cocoa. Complicated, ebullient and well-integrated mid palate with darkish fruit, sultanas, crimson plums, licorice and sage. Juicy, although barely acidic on the end. Pair with sausage risotto, roasted spare ribs in crimson wine sauce or a dessert of Italian carrot cake.
Podere Le Ripi. Sogni & Follia. Rosso di Montalcino. DOC. 2016. 92 factors.
From winemaker Sebastian Nosello comes this wine named ‘goals and craziness.’ This 100% Sangiovese ages 30 months in giant oak casks. Stunning gentle brick/amber shade. Agency, structured aromas of brick, leather-based, Amarone and teak on this biodynamic wine. Vibrant acidity and a meaty mid-palate of prunes, cooked figs, crimson plums. Low key however properly structured tannins. Pair with charcuterie, Tuscan roasted rooster alla contadina, or a dessert of espresso cookies.
Podere Le Ripi. Amore & Follia. Toscana Rosso. IGT. 2019. 92 factors.
That means ‘love and craziness,’ this wine is a a 50/50 mix of Syrah and Sangiovese. Gentle cherry in shade. Aromas of peat, moist earth, leather-based and orange slices on this biodynamic wine. A chewy mid palate of wealthy crimson fruit and slight licorice, backed by agency acidity and properly structured tannins. A lingering mint and anise end. A really recent and energetic crimson from two such highly effective and darkish grapes.
Podere Le Ripe. Lupi Sirene. Riserva 2015. Brunello di Montalcino. DOCG. 2015. 96 factors.
The title means ‘mermaid wolves.’ This biodynamic 100% Sangiovese wine aged 33 months in oak, 9 months in cement tanks and one other 19 months within the bottle. Gentle amber shade from this biodynamic producer. Buoyant, hefty, assertive aromas of sunshine crimson cherries, slight licorice, orange peel and graphite. Vibrant and assertive acidity on the assault, a full flush of complicated, wealthy fruit mid palate—plums, figs, prunes, clementines and spice—and a scrumptious lingering end with sultanas and menthol. Effectively-structured tannins. Lusciously deep flavored, but additionally gentle and welcoming. Take into account pairing with pork chops and pesto, potato croquettes and pancetta.
Podere Le Ripi. Amore & Magia. Brunello di Montalcino. DOCG. 2016. 93 to 95 factors.
That means ‘love and magic,’ this 100% Sangiovese from this biodynamic producer ages 33 months in giant barrels, 12 months in cement vats and one other 12 months in bottle. Colour of brick and ruby. Structured, layered aromas embody orange rind, black pepper, cloves, teak and eucalyptus. Plush crimson cherries on the assault, plum, minestrone and Dutch licorice mid palate with juicy, beneficiant acidity and a lovely end that begs a second glass. Take into account pairing with marinated lamb, or potato gnocchi and herbs. (And pairing with cinghiale wild boar whereas in Tuscany is at all times a winner.)
Petruna. Valdarno di Sopra. Il Borro. Sangiovese in Anfora. DOC. 2018. 92 factors.
From the magnificently renovated complete medieval village of Il Borro in Tuscany comes this Sangiovese wine that’s fermented and aged in clay amphorae. Gentle ruby shade. Aromas of charcoal, cranberries, walnuts and enticing herbaceousness. Cherries on the assault, raspberries and prunes and fantastic acidity mid palate. Take into account pairing with butternut squash ravioli.
Bosco del Merlo. Terranio Sauvignon Blanc. Friuli. DOC. 2019. 94 factors.
After separate vinification of parcels, this wine (named after a 5th century monk) is aged 5 months in metal. Leaping, dazzling aromas of salt, grapefruit, lime, paw paws, gunpowder and flint. A mid-weight juicy mid palate with well-heeled acidity, a style of white pears and a delightful, creamy end. A succulent, Friuli magnificence—offering proof of the stellar high quality of whites from this area. Pair with a fried fish with character—resembling barracuda, or a shrimp and lime platter.
Cantine Settesoli. Mandrarossa. Cartagho. DOC. 2018. 94 factors.
From a producer situated close to the southwest coast of the Italian island of Sicily comes this 100% Nero d’Avola that features aromas of crimson plums and black cherries. A full mouthful of strong darkish fruit flavors and mouthwatering acidity. Purple fruit mid palate and a end with cocoa and plums. A generously juicy wine that wants meals: pair with focaccia and cheese, or goat cheese and salami with a honey-based bread.
Cantine Settesoli. Mandrarossa. Bonera. DOC. 2019. 95 factors.
This mix of Nero d’Avola and Cabernet Franc from a Sicilian producer is ruby coloured and consists of aromas of violets, black cherries, wild raspberries, hibiscus and orange rind. An opulent and deep flush of flavors within the mouth consists of licorice, chocolate brownies and crimson plums. Licorice and aniseed on the end. Has the darkish heft of Nero d’Avola with the silky acidity of a Napa Cabernet Franc. That is an arresting black magnificence with embracing acidity. A wine with a wallop that’s prepared for hearty Italian meals. Pair with rigatoni and salsa casareccia al basilico, and possibly even white asparagus.
Cantine Settesoli. Mandrarossa. Timperosse. IGT. 2019. 90 factors.
This 13% alcohol and 100% Petit Verdot consists of considerably herbaceous aromas of inexperienced scrub, in addition to crimson fruit—plums and raspberries. A juicy mouthful with wealthy and considerably heavy tastes that embody cookie dough and plums mid palate. Pair with molasses cookies or roasted duck breast.
Cantine Settesoli. Mandrarossa. Urra di Mare. Sauvignon Blanc. DOC. 2020. 90 factors.
Succulently robust aromas of grapefruit, clementines, cotton sweet and mango juice—a real blast of acidic tropical fruits. A chewy and juicy white wine that gives a wealthy mouth really feel. Barely honeyed and velvety with a candied end. Pair with shellfish or sushi.