Some of these wines I tried at ProWein and VinItaly, others I tasted with friends and family. Below you find sixteen tasting notes. These wines range from fresh whits to full-bodied, complex reds and delicious sweet wines.
2012 Mas des Quernes – Le Grand Travers – Saint-Guilhem-Le-Désert IGP
Grenache Noir & Carignan blend; aged in stainless steel tanks. Aromas of raspberries, blueberries, black cherries and hints of spices like cinnamon. Slightly alcoholic nose. On the palate, dry, fresh and fruit-driven. Medium-bodied, crisp. Medium-short finish. Decent every-day wine.
Rating: 2.5/5 Average price on Wine Searcher: €8
2007 Trabucchi d’Illasi – Terre del Galante Amarone della Valpolicella DOC
Amarone blend; aged in French oak. Lots of forrest fruit as well as some cocoa and nutmeg, followed by vanilla and black pepper aromas. In the mouth, dry, warm and perfectly balanced. Imposing structure and wonderfully full-bodied. Pleasing, mellow tannins. Notes of raspberries and chocolate. Lingering aftertaste. The Terre del Galante line offers an excellent good-value Amarone but unfortunately Tabucchi stopped producing this wine (last vintage was 2007). Buy it if you still find it.
2004 Castello di Trebbio – Pazzesco Toscana IGT
Blend of Merlot, Sangiovese & Syrah; aged 16 months in barrique. Beautiful nose which opens with blueberries, blackcurrant jam and cinnamon, followe by hints of cloves and pepper. In the mouth, dry warm with smooth tannins. Elegant with medium body. Good balance but the wine seemed a little tired. Medium-long finish.
Rating: 3.5/5 Average price on Wine Searcher: €23
2014 Meloni Vini – Le Sabbie Vermentino di Sardegna DOC
100% Vermentino; aged in stainless steel tanks. Intense nose with herbal and fruit aromas, especially tropcial fruit like mango but also apricots. In the mouh, fresh and very mineral. Complex and well-structured. Good balance. Notes of fresh fruit and herbs recall the aromas from the nose. Lingering aftertaste.
2014 Ott – Fass 4 Wagram
100% Grüner Veltliner, aged stainless steel tanks. Green apple, tobacco leaves and lemon aromas. Very fresh. juicy and crisp with fine notes of green apple. This is a highly mineral, very harmonic Grüner Veltliner with a persistent aftertaste.
Rating 4/5 Average price on Wine Searcher: €12
2009 Vini San Filippo – Katharsis Rosso Piceno Superiore DOP
50% Montepulciano & 50% Sangiovese; aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. Heavy aroma of dried plums, black cherry jam, hints of blackcurrant and vanilla. Dry and still fresh with a vivid acidity. Full-bodied and of good balance. Notes of cocoa and bitter almonds. Powerful tannins. Long lasting aftertaste. Great value for money.
Rating: 3.5/5 Average price on Wine Searcher: €7
2013 Borgo di Colloredo – Gironia Biferno Bianco DOC
Blend of 70% Trebbiano, 10% Malvasia and 20% other local varieties; aged in stainless steel tanks. Intense aromas of peaches and honey as well as hints of flowers and yellow apples. Dry with medium acidity. Good sapidity. Notes of gooseberry, herbs and lemons. Lingering aftertaste
Rating: 4/5 Average price on Wine Searcher: €11
2013 Casale del Giglio – Tempranijo Lazio IGT
100% Tempranillo; aged in cherry wood casks and stainless steel tanks. Fruit-driven Tempranillo with aromas of raspberries and blackcurrant. In the mouth, very dry with vivid tannins. Full-bodied, not too complex. Notes of spices and forrest fruit. Very unusual to find Tempranillo in Italy so if you like the variety then make sure to try this.
Rating: 3.5/5 Average price on Wine Searcher: €11
2013 Saint Clair – Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
100% Sauvignon Blanc; aged in stainless steel tanks. Incredibly intense nose with aromas of passion fruit, grape fruit, honey melon and hints of blackcurrant. In the mouth, very fresh and salty with a silky texture and a strong acidity. Fruity with notes of passionfruit and grapefruit. This Sauvignon Blanc is quite balanced and has a long-lasting aftertaste. Pairs excellent with sea bass.
Rating: 4/5 Average price on Wine Searcher: €16
2011 Bulichella – Coldipietrerosse Cabernet Suvereto DOCG
Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & hints of Petite Verdot; aged in French oak for about 18 months. Bilberries, roasted coffee, redcurrant and dark chocolate on the nose. On the palate, very dry, complex and harmonious. Full-bodied Cabernet with slightly green, powerful tannins. Needs a little more time to smoothen the tannins. Beautiful, very intense aftertaste.
Rating: 4/5 Average price on Wine Searcher: €22
2012 Donnafugata – Ben Rye Passito di Pantelleria DOC
100% Zibibbo; aged in stainless steel tanks; 0.375 liters bottle . Wonderful nose with white peaches, figs, dried apricots and candid oranges. Super smooth, very fresh, complex and perfectly balanced. Outstanding passito with a persistent, long-lasting finish. Ben Rye is a must try.
Rating: 4.5/5 Average price on Wine Searcher: €52
2011 Morgante – Don Antonio Sicilia IGT
100% Nero d’Avola; aged in months in French barriques. Nose opens with plums, hints of vanilla and raspberry jam. Later on, toast and cocoa become more present. On the palate, dry and powerful. Full-bodied, with present tannins but the medium acidity keeps it balanced. Rather alcoholic taste with notes of vanilla and bilberries. Medium-long finish.
Rating: 3.5/5 Average price on Wine Searcher: €23
2011 Gulfi – Valcanzjria Sicilia IGT
Blend of Carricante, Chardonnay and Albanello; aged in stainless steel tanks. Intense nose with aromas of red apples, hay, almonds, toffee, chamomile and pineapples. In the mouth, warm, quite fat, mineral and sapid.
Rating: 3.5/5 Average price on Wine Searcher: €15
2010 Cusumano – Moscato dello Zucco Sicilia IGT
100% Moscato Bianco (passito style); aged in oak; limited production with numbered 0.500 liters bottles. Rich nose with flowers, acacia honey, dried stone fruit and lemon zest. In the mouth, deliciously sweet with perfectly balanced acidity. Complex, highly-concentrated passito. If you like sweet wine then you have to try this!
Rating: 4.5/5 Average price on Wine Searcher: €38
2013 Proprietà Sperino – Rosa del Rosa Piemonte DOC
85% Nebbiolo & other local grape varieties; aged in stainless steel tanks. Grapefruit, cherries and woodland strawberries aromas. Dry with a strong acidity. Medium-bodied, supple tannins. Rosa del Rosa has a savoury, mineral character and a clean finish with notes of strawberries which recalls the smell from the nose.
Rating: 3/5 Average price on Wine Searcher: €16
2010 Spier – Creative Block 5 Stellenbosch
Bordeaux blend (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot & Malbec); aged 18 months in French & American oak. Black cherries, dark chocolate and marzipan. Quite tannic, medium-full-bodied, with notes of spices and red berries.
Rating: 3.5/5 Average price on Wine Searcher: €18