6 bottles of outstanding red wines from across 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:
Vigna Cataratte Aglianico del Taburno Riserva DOCG 2015: Aglianico is sometimes known as the “Barolo of the south”. The wine is powerful, full-bodied with notes of wild berries, black pepper, tobacco, liquorice, tar, balsamic notes, ages very well, developing complexity in the bottle, but are much less expensive than Barolos of comparable quality, ideal for big, rich meat- or vegetable-based dishes. This wine has won several awards.
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.
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.
Ghemme DOCG 2009: produced from the Nebbiolo grape, garnet red in colour with ripe dark fruit, crushed violet flavour, a touch of exotic spice and a balsamic note. A modern, polished wine, big in style, with powerful tannins supporting mature black cherry, dried tobacco and liquorice. Goes well with beef, lamb, veal, rabbit, game and pasta with truffle.
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.