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.




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  1. Ripassa Zenato

    James Suckling 93 points

    Sommelier Wine Awards - Gold

    Ripassa Zenato is a powerful wine with sweet fruit initially, balanced by more savoury mid palate flavours and a long finish. It's very smooth, and like all good Italian wines is superb with food. This one from Zenato is often referred to as "baby Amarone" and is certainly better than many co-operative produced or supermarket listed Amarones out there. While Zenato are very highly regarded for all their wines, particularly their Amarones, they are the undisputed Ripassa champions with this wine.

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    £19.99
  2. Santa Cristina Cabernet Sauvignon

    Santa Cristina Cabernet Sauvignon is a stunning wine from the Zenato family's smaller Santa Cristina winery on the shore of Lake Garda.

    It's a blend of 85% cabernet sauvignon and 15% cabernet franc. It's aged for 18 months in a combination of first fill and used French oak then a brief spell resting in stainless steel followed by a further 6 months or so in bottle prior to release.

    It has initial sweet fruit with a delicious natural aspect. Full bodied, elegant and smooth with a long finish. This is a great wine.

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    £19.99
  3. Alanera Appassimento Zenato

    93 Points - James Suckling

    A new "Appassimento" wine from Zenato. 

    Big, smooth and delicious as you would expect. This is a neat fit between their Valpolicella and Ripassa.

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    £16.00
  4. Valpolicella Classico Superiore Caterina Zardini Campagnola

    Valpolicella Classico Superiore Caterina Zardini Campagnola is one of the finest Valpolicellas produced. It is a superb wine.

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    £19.00
  5. Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore Campagnola

    Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore Campagnola is a delicious smooth easy drinking Ripasso wine, perfect with red meat dishes.

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    £12.49
  6. Sequerciani Aleatico Passito 375ml

    Organically certified by ICEA and Demeter

    A truly magnificent dessert wine! Aleatico is a grape native to Maremma. Please note this is a half bottle 375ml.

    "grapes, sun and earth - that's it"

    Free sulphur: <5

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £19.99
  7. Sequerciani Foglia Tonda sulphite free wine

    More on order - Sequerciani are bottling the new vintage now so fresh stock should be here by mid July.

    Foglia Tonda is an old Tuscan grape dating back to the 1800s. Similar to Sangiovese, although later ripening, but producing significantly more grapes per plant, hence Sequerciani crop the plants back dramatically in July leaving only the best bunches to ripen.

    Free sulphur: 0

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £20.95
  8. Sequerciani Ciliegiolo

    Organically certified by ICEA and Demeter

    Sequerciani Ciliegiolo grapes which were previously blended with Sangiovese in their superb Libello, now used to produce a straight Ciliegiolo, fermented in concrete with no wood used.

    Big black fruit flavours, super smooth with good weight. This is excellent.

    Free sulphur: <5

    Organic: Yes

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £19.99
  9. Sequerciani Libello

    Organically certified by ICEA and Demeter

    A beautiful wine from this amazing tiny natural wine producer! This is one of our biggest selling sulphite free wines. 

    it has become so popular that we are already on the 2019. Although you can drink it now it'll certainly improve with a few months bottle age as it will settle down and mellow a bit. Right now it's a bit lively, and has a natural rustic feel much like Philippe Virets 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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    £14.99
  10. La Selva Organic Morellino di Scansano Colli del Uccellina Riserva DOCg

    Wine Spectator 90 Points

    90 points Wine Enthusiast

    90 points Guida Veronelli

    2 glasses Gambero Rosso

    A fantastic sangiovese blend from this very highly rated DOCg. 8 months in French barriques. 

    Free sulphur: 17

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £15.95
  11. La Selva Organic Prima Causa

    La Selva Organic Prima Causa is a delicious oak aged Bordeaux blend. Fantastic wine, and of course genuinely organic and healthy too.

    Free sulphur: 8mg/l

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £19.99
  12. La Selva Organic Ciliegiolo

    La Selva Organic Ciliegiolo is a lovely wine. Soft cherry flavours followed by strong vanilla. Very smooth and balanced. Delicious and highly recommended!

    Free sulphur: 7mg/l

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £15.95
  13. Borgo Salcetino Chianti Classico DOCg

    Borgo Salcetino Chianti Classico DOCg - absolutely superb, having picked up Gambero Rosso's highest award of Tre Bicchieri.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £15.95
  14. Borgo Salcetino Chianti Classico Lucarello Riserva DOCg

    Borgo Salcetino Chianti Classico Lucarello Riserva is a top class Chianti Riserva from the Livon family. Absolutely superb wine in a more powerful style with more wood ageing than their Classico Chianti.

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    £19.99
  15. Chianti Classico Capraia

    Chianti Classico Capraia is a superb Chianti from the owners of Rocca di Castgnoli.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £16.80
  16. Chianti Classico Riserva Capraia

    Chianti Classico Riserva Capraia is a superb limited production Chianti Riserva from Rocca di Castagnoli.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £20.99
  17. Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio a Frati Rocca di Castagnoli

    Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio a Frati Rocca di Castagnoli. A superb Chianti winning Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri for several vintages.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £20.99
  18. Primitivo di Manduria San Gaetano Celebration Cantine due Palme

    Luca Maroni  91 Points

    Another very good wine from Cantine due Palme. Named "celebration" and bottled in a heavyweight bottle to reflect it's quality.

    Big, full flavoured and velvet smooth. Great with virtually any food or just to enjoy on it's own by the fire.

     

    Sulphite level: Medium

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    £13.99
  19. Selvarossa Riserva DOC Salice Salentino Cantine due Palme

    Gambero Rosso - Tre Bicchieri - every vintage since 2004

    Selvarossa Riserva, Cantine due Palme is one of the best reds to come out of Southern Italy, regularly being awarded Gambero Rosso's highest accolade of Tre Bicchieri. I've been stocking it for years and every vintage has been superb. It's a big powerful warming red with sweet tannins. Super smooth.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £19.99
  20. Salice Salentino Riserva DOC Leone de Castris

    Just moved onto the 2015

    Leone de Castris is one of the region's top wineries, established in 1665. They make some excellent wines which are great value. The previous vintage was awarded Tre Bicchieri by Gambero Rosso. Fantastic value wine.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £14.99

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