Italian Wine Producers

by winenews on Dec.22, 2008, under Articles, Tips & Terms

If you’re into Italian wines you have many, many choices.  Following is a list of some of the more well known labels.

Some Links to Major producers:

Some Recommended labels:

Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Riserva Nipozzano 1999
Lush, lovely red fruit and nice acid structure; long, balanced, and satisfying.
Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva Rocca Guicciarda 1998
Racy and ripe, rich and dense, with fine fruit and solid structure.
Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2000
Fresh and spicy, with bright black raspberry fruit and keen acidity; long and balanced.
Da Vinci Chianti Riserva 2000
Up-front plum and blackberry fruit; racy on the palate, with lifted flavors.
Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2000
Juicy berry fruit mixed with overtones of leather and violets; long, pure, and delicious.
Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2000
Mature with spice and berry fruit and notes of leather and tobacco; quite complex and lovely.
Valiano Chianti Classico Poggio Teo 2000
Fleshy, packed with ripe berry fruit and full-bodied plum flavors.
Agricola Villa Cerna Chianti Classico Riserva 2000
Bright, smooth, long, and intense, with notes of wood and spice and plummy tones.
Terrabianca Chianti Classico Scassino 2002
Smooth on the palate, with racy, bright black-raspberry fruit and a fresh, balanced finish.
Valiano Chianti Classico Riserva 1999
Intense and raisiny, with chocolate, spice, and dry, concentrated fruit.
Terrabianca Chianti Classico Riserva Croce 2001
Richly textured, deep, and complex; long and luscious on the finish.
Brancaia Chianti Classico 2001
Juicy and bright, with plenty of ripe plum and spice; long and lively.
Panzanello Chianti Classico Riserva 2000
Dense with concentrated plum and blackberry fruit; wonderful balance.
Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro 1999
Lifted cherry-berry fruit and zippy acidity; made in a slightly lighter style.
Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2000
Flagship wine from this important estate (a Riserva in all but name); stylish, and supple, with gorgeous plum, raspberry, violets, and spice; great length and complexit

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