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Abruzzo & Molise: This Year It’s Reds Over Whites

featured, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

The latest releases from the beautiful and generally underrated Abruzzo region demonstrate that the difficult 2016 vintage growing season was tough on white wines, but newly released reds from 2015, 2014 and earlier are not just good but in many cases outstanding. Improvements are afoot in Molise as well.

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The Wines of Basilicata: Paradise Lost and Regained

featured, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Apr 2017

The combination of the majestic Vulture volcano’s soil and microclimate and a world-class grape variety, Aglianico, should have ensured Basilicata and its wines worldwide fame and fortune decades ago. But it’s only now that a new generation of young winemakers is making fresh, precise, site-specific wines.

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Donnafugata's Mille e Una Notte: 1995-2011

featured, Italy: Center & South, Verticals & Retrospectives

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2016

Donnafugata’s Mille e Una Notte is one of Italy’s most complex and refined red wines, admirably showcasing the high quality Nero d’Avola can attain. My recent vertical tasting of every vintage released to date revealed many riveting bottles, still with years of life ahead of them.

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Sicily: Moving Fast While Slowly Rediscovering its Past

featured, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2016

Sicily’s 2015 and 2014 white wines are quite successful thanks to their generally lively, harmonious acidities. As for the island’s reds, the 2013 and 2011 vintages are better than average, while the recently released 2014s from Etna are downright epic.

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Elena Fucci Aglianico del Vulture Titolo: 2000-2014

featured, Italy: Center & South, Verticals & Retrospectives

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2016

Elena Fucci’s Aglianico del Vulture Titolo, one of Italy’s greatest red wines, showcases the potential of both a grape variety, Aglianico, and a viticultural area, the Vulture in the region of Basilicata, that deserves to be better known.

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Benito Ferrara Greco di Tufo Vigna Cicogna: 2008-2015

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2016

Benito Ferrara is one of Italy’s best white wine producers. Ferrara’s most famous wine, the Greco di Tufo Vigna Cicogna, is an Italian icon and perhaps the most elegant Greco di Tufo made in Italy today.

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The Wines of Campania: Getting Better and Better

featured, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Nov, 2016

Campania’s white wines vie with those of Alto Adige and Friuli Venezia Giulia for top spot on Italy’s list of quality whites. And today’s reds from the region are increasingly removed from the old southern Italian stereotype of unclean, overripe and high alcohol wines.

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Sardinia on a Roll

featured, Sardinia, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Oct 2016

There are few more exciting wine-production areas in Italy today than Sardinia. Family-run estates and cooperatives are producing a bevy of high-quality, generally inexpensive red and white wines that deserve to be better known. Add in some of Italy’s best rosés and sweet wines, and Sardinia offers something for everyone, beginners and experts alike.

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Abruzzo and Molise Coming of Age

featured, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Aug 2016

Once widely viewed as the source of nothing more than hearty red wines and inexpensive, inoffensive whites, Abruzzo and Molise are on the upswing. The wine scene in Abruzzo, long a sleeping giant of Italian wine, is especially exciting today. Molise’s climb to wine respectability is a recent event, so the region’s wines are still a work in progress, but there are enough encouraging signs to suggest the region has a bright future.

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Argiolas Turriga – Looking Back at an Italian Icon: 2012-1988

featured, Italy: Center & South, Verticals & Retrospectives

Ian D'Agata, Aug 2016

Turriga is Sardinia’s most famous wine, and also one of Italy’s best reds. A blend of roughly 85% old vine Cannonau (the Sardinian version of Grenache), with small percentages of Carignano, Bovale Sardo and Malvasia Nera that vary from vintage to vintage, Turriga is a big, powerful and age-worthy wine that showcases extraordinarily well just how good the wines of southern Italy can be.