Current top 10 & Rating System 8

Red wines

  1. 2005 Agriverde – Plateo – Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC
    THE Perfect wine – harmonic, full-bodied, persistently long finish, aromatic. My absolute favorite and my only 5/5stars red wine!
  2. 2005 Trabucchi d’Illasi – Dandarin – Rosso Veneto IGT
    Stunning red wine
  3. 2008 Tenute Loacker – Granfalco – IGT Maremma Toscana
    Sensation of spices, fruits and cocoa. Full-bodied, war, dry. Sophisticated, lingering finish.
  4. 2006 Trabucchi d’Illasi – Amarone – Amarone della Valpolicella DOC.
    Trabucchi makes ones of the best if not the best Amarone out there.
  5. 2006 Tenute Loacker – Brunello di Montalcino – Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
    Ripe cherry, tobacco and spices on the nose. Firm tannins, very long finish. 96/100 Points from James Suckling.
  6. 2008 Cantine Due Palme – Selvarossa Riserva – Salice del Salento DOC
    Won three glasses from the Gambero Rosso Wine guide. Fruity, light oak notes. Complex wine.
  7. 2008 Cavalierino – Vino Nobile – Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva
    Very good Vino Nobile. Hard to match. 91 Points at Veronelli  – Vini d’Italia wine guide.
    Other recommended vintages: 2007
  8. 2009 Planeta – Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico Dorilli – Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG
    Interesting blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato. Long finish, big body. Mellow, pleasing tannins. Very harmonic wine.
  9. 2005 Vinosia – Taurasi – Taurasi DOCG
    Well-balanced wine. Notes of red fruits. Harmonic, long finish.
  10. 2008 Azienda Agricola Girolamo Russo – ‘a Rina – Rosso Etna DOC
    Unusual wine with volcanic and fruit aromas on the nose. Nothing can compare to this wine. It’s so unique.

White Wines

  1. 2011 Saint Clair Family Estate – Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc – Marlborough
    Passionfruit all over! Fantastic wine with persistently long finish.
  2. 2012 Colle Stefano – Verdicchio – Verdicchio di Matelica DOC
    Fruity, little acidity, a bit mineralic, long finish. One of my favorite white wine.
  3. 2012 Ca’ dei Frati – I Frati – Lugana DOC
    Simply spectacular! A must-try!

  4. 2009 Markus Molitor – Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Kabinett – Qualitätswein
    Excellent Riesling from the Mosel area. One of my favorite German wines!
  5. 2011 Feudi di San Gregorio – Greco do Tufo – Greco di Tufo DOCG
    Great white wine from Campania. Always worth a buy
  6. 2011 Azienda Agricola Ca’dei Frati – I Frati – Lugana DOC
    Almost as good as the 2012 vintage!.
  7. 2012 Gustavshof – ‘Riesling Feinherb’ – Qualitätswein Rheinhessen
    A real fruit basket on the nose! Great palate and very good quality-price ratio.
  8. 2012 Pratello – Terre Bianche – Lugana DOC
    Another very good Lugana.
  9. 2011 Il Feuduccio – Pecorino – IGT Abruzzo
    Pecorino is not just a cheese but also a great white wine grape. This wine won’t disapoint.
  10. 2011 Azienda Agricola Marega – Friulano – Friulano DOC
    Interesting wine from Friuli Venezia-Giulia. Many herbs on the nose. Refreshing on the Palate.

Sweet/Dessert Wines

  1. 2006 Trabucchi d’Illasi – Recioto – Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG
    My absolute favorite (sweet) wine. By far the BEST wine that I’ve ever tasted.
  2. 2006 Trabucchi d’Illasi – Recioto di Soave – Recioto di Soave DOCG
    Elegant describes this wine best.
  3. 2010 Donnafugata – Ben Rye – Passito di Pantelleria DOC
    Intense Amber color. On the bouquet candid oranges. An unforgettable experience.
  4. 2010 Trabucchi d’Illasi – Passito Sparavieri – IGT Veneto
    The review for this dessert wine will come soon!
  5. 2006 Tenute Loacker – Rosa dei Venti – Dessert wine
    Hard to find and only produced in 2006 but a real treasure! One of my favorite dessert wine.
  6. 2005 Tenute Loacker – Chrysanta – Alto Adige DOC
    Sweet wine from South Tyrol. Aromas of elder, honey & white flowers. Fruity and sweet. Long finish.

Rosé/Rosato Wines

  1. 2012 Cà dei Frati – Rosa dei Frati – Riviera del Garda Bresciano DOC
    Fantastic rosé – a must try!
  2. 2011 Planeta – Rosé – IGT Sicilia
    Stunning pink wine from Sicily made with 100% Syrah grapes. Very fruity and sweet.
  3. 2011 Domaine des Planes – Flamant Rose
  4. 2011 Leone de Castris – Five Roses – IGT Salento

Rating System

Our rating system is easy to understand. Wines are rated on a scale from 1 to 5. The best rating a wine can achieve is 5. Wines with a rating lower than 2.5 are not recommended but you are better off trying wines rated 3 and higher. The 100 point rating system, which was invented by Robert Parker and is used by many, is more confusing since there are 51 different ratings (see it is already weird to have a 100 point rating system with just 51 unique ratings) but most wines rated are somewhere above 85. Or have you seen a wine rated 62 or 77 by Robert Parker? And what is the difference between a wine rated 91 and 92? It is much easier to define the differences between unique ratings when there are only a few of them.

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