6 bottles of outstanding red wines from across 3 well-known regions of Italy, all with strong local and international reputations. These are fine wines, intense, complex, but at the same time elegant, and will appeal to all true wine-lovers. Reflecting the essence of Italian wine culture, these wines are perfect for both informal and formal drinking occasions.
Each case contains one of each of the following wines:
Fatja Marche Rosso IGT 2015: a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, it spent 24 months ageing in barrels and 12 months in bottle. At 15% alcohol this is a big, complex wine with floral notes and aromas of bush fruits such as blueberry and raspberry, followed by leather, spices, coffee and finishing on balsamic notes. Soft and silky on the palate, ideal for stews and red meats. May need decanting before drinking.
Dorico Conero Riserva DOCG 2015. The 1988 vintage of Dorico was the first wine in the Marche to receive the prestigious Italian award ‘Tre Bicchieri’ from Gambero Rosso. In 2014 Dorico was selected as one of 30 wines that contributed to the history of Italian oenology. Big, complex and long-lasting on the palate with intense dried fruit character, mineral and earthy notes, accompanied by softness, freshness and perfect tannins. Ideal with red meats and stews, matured cheeses.
Barolo DOCG 2014: made from a selection of the best grapes from a vineyard located in Bussia Sopranna, between Monforte d’Alba and Castiglione Falletto, one of the best areas for Barolo. 2014 was a great vintage and this wine will continue to develop and improve for many years. Intense and clear with scents of pinks and violets, followed by hints of cherry and cooked plum, undergrowth, vanilla and pepper. Dry, full, robust but velvety, this wine goes well with game, meat, truffles and cheeses.
Inssieme Toscana IGT 2014: a finely-structured Super Tuscan red, full of fruits, coffee and spices. This wine is turning heads internationally after coming second in a tasting line-up including such illustrious names as Sassicaia, Solaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia, but at a more affordable price. Goes well with vegetarian dishes, pasta, risotto, meats, medium aged cheeses.
Maronea Bolgheri Superiore DOC 2013: Maronea is the perfect marriage between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Aromas of stewed black fruit, coffee, exotic spice with a balsamic note lead to a rich and intense flavour dominated by toasted oak, grilled bell peppers and notes of black plum, backed up with coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. Works well with pasta and rice dishes with meat sauces, stews, braised meat, game and medium-aged cheeses.
Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG 2013: an award-winning wine that appears on the wine list of both the Quirinale (Rome’s Presidential palace) and the Vatican. Classically elegant with notes of tobacco, smoke and mushroom overlying a mineral/graphite structure. A good match for meat or sauce based dishes and strong, mature cheeses such as Parmesan or Pecorino.