Italian Red Wines

I love Italian red wines, Amarone is a particular favourite of mine, especially the Amarones from Zenato. Both the standard Amarone and the Sergio Zenato Riserva are consistently superb year on year. If you can't stretch to this price point Zenato Ripassa is known as "baby Amarone". It is Valpolicella wine that has gone through the "Ripasso" treatment of a secondary fermentation on the Amarone pommace which gives it more depth, flavour and alcohol. Indeed Zenato's Ripassa is better than many cheap Amarones.

There is much more to Italian red wines than just Amarone though. Many of Italy's best red wines are world famous in their own right such as Brunello di Montalcino, the pinnacle of Sangiovese. Barolo is known as "the king of wines" although personally despite having tasted many of the highly rated ones, it's just not my personal cup of tea, but everybody has their own preferred taste. There is great Sangiovese in the form of good Chianti Classico Riservas. Superb Bordeaux blends such as DOC Bolgheri, and we have an organic beauty from it''s neighbour Maremma from Cantina La Selva. The "Super Tuscans" sprang up when the authorities over regulated production and great winemakers chose to avoid the classification system altogether and label their top wines as "Vino da Tavola" - costing upwards of £100 per bottle for the great ones!

There are a great many natural producers in Italy too such as Sequerciani farming traditional grapes such as Pugnitello and Foglia Tonda. And good value hot weather wines coming from Puglia such as Negroamaro and Primitivo. Without a doubt Italy has a red wine to suit every taste and budget.




Italian Wine Regions

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  1. Valpolicella Superiore Zenato

    Valpolicella Superiore Zenato. The image of Valpolicella suffered in the UK in the 1990s when cheap inferior Valpolicella and Chianti were everywhere. But a good Valpolicella is one of northern Italy's most popular and most respected red wines. Zenato are one of the Veneto region's best producers and members of the elite Amarone Consortium. All their wines are high quality. You will note this Valpolicella is  a "Superiore" meaning it has to be aged for at least one year before release and must be at least 12% abv - a guarantee of quality.

    This wine is delicious, and a long time favourite with many of our customers. It's very smooth with great fruit and a long finish.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £11.99
  2. La Selva Organic Avorio

    An easy drinking good healthy red, soft and fruity, very low in sulphites, fermented and aged for six months in steel tanks.

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £10.99
  3. La Selva Organic Sangiovese

    A straight forward but delicious, soft and smooth Sangiovese. Exceptionally low in sulphites and very healthy for you!

    Free sulphur: 4mg/l

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £10.99
  4. La Selva Privo sulphite free wine

    La Selva Organic Privo NAS Sangiovese - a sulphite free Sangiovese which has cherry flavours and a lovely natural balance.

    This is one of our best selling sulphite free wines.

     

    Free sulphur: <5

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £11.99
  5. Moncaro Montepulciano D'Abruzzo DOC

    Moncaro Montepulciano D'Abruzzo DOC is a good value, very tasty Montepulciano from Moncaro, one of Italy's best cooperative producers. Being based in Le Marche Montepulciano is their forte.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £7.99
  6. Moncaro Marche Sangiovese IGT

    Moncaro Marche Sangiovese IGT is an easy drinking Sangiovese, great value at this price.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £7.99
  7. Primitivo di Salento IGT Il Medaglione Leone de Castris

    Primitivo di Salento IGT Il Medaglione Leone de Castris is a great quality Primitivo and a great value price. Soft and fruity with just a minimal amount of oak.

    We have a couple of the old presentation left then we are onto new stock with the new label.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £10.00
  8. Passo del Sud Appassimento

    Luca Maroni  95 Points

    Passo del Sud is a new wine for us made in the Appassimento method of pre drying the grapes in the sun to concentrate flavour, alcohol and power.

    This wine is the collaboration of two friends (Benedetto & mario) using local indigenous grapes with a little Merlot.

    It is very good indeed. Made on a slightly larger scale than our boutique wines but still much smaller than mass produced wines. We have given it a medium rating for sulphites just to be over cautious, so please avoid it if you have a sulphite intolerance. For everybody else though this is an excellent choice if you want a powerful wine at the right money.

    Big, powerful yet velvet smooth. Excellent wine!

    Sulphite level: Medium

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    £11.99
  9. Tombacco Aglianico del Beneventano IGT

    A big, powerful wine well suited to food. 

    We are on the new presentation, not the blue label any more, but the wine is the same.

    Sulphite level: Medium

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    £10.50

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