Robusto Rosso Italian Red Wines from VinItaly 2017 Tour

From my previous article, I showed you which white, sparkling, and sweet wines I thought were of excellent quality at the #VinItaly tour held in Vancouver.  But of course, Italy is well-known for their red wines, from the north, e.g. Nebbiolo, to the south, e.g. Nero D’Avola and Nerello Mascalese.  Again I ask you to try a grape you may not have tried before; start a love affair with the Nebbiolo grape, from which the famous Barolo wines are made.  Italian wines, in my opinion, are very food friendly, not being overly extracted fruit bombs; rather have a good balance of red and black fruit flavours, acidity, and Old World tannins.  Cin cin.

My Red Wine Recommendations

Castello di Magione Sangiovese, Donnafugata Tancredi 2012, Ciabot Berton 3 Utin Nebbiolo, and Castello Romitorio Il Toro wine

Castello di Magione Sangiovese, Donnafugata Tancredi 2012, Ciabot Berton 3 Utin Nebbiolo, and Castello Romitorio Il Toro wines

Cantina Colli Del Soligo Sac, Veneto, Soligo “Levigato” Pinot Nero NT IGT 2014 – Pinot Nero is the Italian name for what we call Pinot Noir.  This wine has smoky bacon and red fruit aromas in the glass. Dry, round, with medium plus body.  Some sweetness and smokiness on the palate, mixed with cassis fruit and soft tannins.  Medium acidity.  A fun wine to drink. 4.5 Stars

Cantine Dei Marchesi di Barolo S.P.A. Langhe Nebbiolo Sbirolo DOC 2014, Piedmont – Closed candied red cherry nose. Dry and mineral, with candied red cherries and floral flavours. Tasty. 4.5 Stars

Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2011, Tuscany – Very aromatic nose, with aromas of vanilla, cedar and red fruit. Medium body, silky with fine tannins. Red fruit and some sweet spice on the palate. I like. 4.5 Stars

Castello Romitorio IGT Toscana Rosso “Il Toro” 2012, Tuscany – Light vanilla and cassis aromas. Dry with soft tannins and a light mouth feel. Nutmeg, cherries, and cassis with a mineral component. Very good. 4.5 Stars

Ciabot Berton Langhe Nebbiolo 3 Utin DOC 2014, Piedmont – Old World oak nose. Medium minus body and mouth feel. Red cherries and apples on the palate. Dry with firm tannins. Very good quality. 4.5 Stars

Ciabot Berton Barolo del Comune di La Morra DOCG 2012, Piedmont – Wood, red cherries and a hint of beef bbq on the nose. Medium body, dry with a light mouth feel. Light cherry and oak flavour. Medium plus acid and fine tannins. 4.5 Stars

Conte Tasca d’Almerita Soc Agr A. R. L. Regaleali Nero d’Avola 2016, Sicily – Restrained, cassis and vanilla aromas. Medium minus body, dry; semi-round mouth feel. Medium intensity cassis flavour, with pepperiness that builds in your mouth. Medium minus tannins. 4.5 Stars

Donnafugata SRL Societa Agricola Tancredi 2012 Terre Siciliane IGT 2012, Sicily – Very aromatic, complex nose, with a mix of cedar and ripe cassis fruit. Dry, medium body with fine tannins. Lighter mouth feel. Cherries, followed by apples and some pepperiness. The wine finishes light in your mouth. 4.5 Stars

Fattoria di Casalbosco SRL Chianti Riserva DOCG 2014, Tuscany – Nice light vanilla, cassis, and vanilla nose. Round, medium plus body with soft mouthfeel. Ripe cassis. Medium tannins. 4.5 Stars

S.Agri.V.It SRL Sangiovese IGT 2015, Lazio – Ripe cassis nose. Medium body, smooth and round. Cassis and vanilla flavours, with medium minus acidity 4.5 Stars

S.Agri.V.It SRL Refosco, Lazio – Nice ripe cassis and cherry nose. Medium body, dry and soft mouth feel. Medium acidity. Cassis flavour with fine tannins 4.5 Stars

Azienda Vinicola Umani Ronchi Spa, Marche, Cumaro, Conero Riserva DOCG 2012 – Initially upon nosing, I thought this wine was too much of a fruit bomb.  Very intense vanilla, oak, apples, and sweet cassis aromas. But I was wrong when I tasted the wine.  Dry and round, with medium plus body; cassis flavour.  Mineral with firmer tannins. The structure in the wine made me consider that this wine if held for 4-5 years, would be quite interesting. 4.5 Stars

Drink Good Wine. That is my motto and I really want to help you drink good wine. What is good wine? That can be a different thing for each people. Some people prefer red wines. Some only like Cabernet Sauvignon. MyWinePal was started by Karl Kliparchuk, WSET. I spent many years with the South World Wine Society as the President and then cellar master. I met many great wine makers. I love to travel around the world, visiting wine regions and sharing my passion for food & wine with you. Come live vicariously through me, and enjoy all my recommended wines.

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