Antinori Guado al Tasso Bolgheri

Antinori Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Antinori’s Guado al Tasso Bolgheri is the last Super Tuscan to get the Wine90 treatment this month. Antinori Guado al Tasso Bolgheri is a blended Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot wine in almost equal amounts with just a splash of Syrah (usually 5%). These Super Tuscans are ITG wines which means they don’t…

Sassicaia 2005

Sassicaia 2005 Sassicaia 2005 from Tenuta San Guido is another one of those Super Tuscans that might have had a rough time in 2005. Sassicaia is pretty much the undisputed king of Super Tuscans, and along with Tignanello and Ornellaia make up the triple crown of Super Tuscan wines. With half the production of Antinori’s…

Gaja Barbaresco 2005

Gaja Barbaresco 2005 Gaja Barbaresco 2005 is one of the most hotly awaited wines in Italy. Gaja Barbaresco is considered to be the very best Barbaresco money can buy, and in the very best vintages, like 2004, sells out fast and becomes very collectible (indeed I have a few ’04’s tucked away myself). So what…

Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro

You’re reading the super old version of this blog, to go to the new blog visit www.wine90.co.uk Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro is the top Chianti Classico bottling from Ruffino. The Riserva Ducale Oro edition has a gargantuan production of some 600,000 bottles and I’m reviewing this today, along…

Primitivo di Manduria

Primitivo di Manduria Primitivo di Manduria is a DOC zone in the Puglia region of Italy. Primitivo is not only grown within the Manduria region of Italy, in fact, some of the very best Primitivo is registered as ITG wine grown outside of the DOC zone around the Brindisi region. Gambero Rosso’s current Primitivo beau…

Poderi Colla

Poderi Colla Poderi Colla have to be one of the best value producers in the Piedmont, improving year on year Poderi Colla are my choice for some really good Nebbiolo to stick away for 10 years and some choice Barbera and Dolcetto for drinking today. I drink more Poderi Colla than most, selling it at…

Colli Euganei Wines

Colli Euganei Wines Colli Euganei Wines are improving at a crazy fast rate. Colli Euganei is a wine growing area of the Veneto in the hills around Padova. This famously flat area of Italy has but a small serious of hills rising up out of the volcanic and mineral filled soil, the Colli Euganei. Upon…

Bistrot de Venise

Bistrot de Venise Bistrot de Venise is one of Venice’s premier wine restaurants. Bistrot de Venise, located a few blocks north of Saint Marks square is a favourite for both well informed tourists and the dwindling local population of Venice and the wider Venice area. The restaurant is run by Sergio Fragiacomo, energetic and generous…

Italian Rosé Wine

Italian Rosé Wine Italian Rosé wine report summer 2008! Italian Rosé is the best Rosé in the whole world. Really? No, not really, but what Italian Rosé is, is Super Mario value for money with many of the top producers pitching in to bring up the quality level of Summer’s official vino. Now, many people…

Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia 2005 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia 2005, recently released and enjoyed here in la belle paese is another of those 2005 vintage Super Tuscans, usually such a flag bearer for Italian wine, that might have suffered from the wet and wild 2005 Tuscan weather. Bad vintages set apart great winemakers…

Mazzi Valpolicella

Roberto Mazzi Valpolicella Roberto Mazzi Valpolicella Classico Superiore and Roberto Mazzi Valpolicella Classico Superiore Poiega are among two of the best Valpolicella wines produced in Italy. Subtly different, these are two wines both under €20 that are real bargain wines. The very best Valpolicella wines can be classed as “little Amarones” and a savvy wine…

Livon Tiare Mate Merlot

Livon Tiare Mate MerlotLivon Tiare Mate Merlot is a 100% Merlot from the Friuli region of Italy (see, I got it right this time) and the last of our Merlot Month wines. Finally I have worked my way, painstakingly and without praise, through 10 of Italy finest Merlots recommended to me by friends, colleagues and…