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Italian Wines

"Il Santo" Nistri (Sweetish white) Half bottles
Similar to Vin Santo, but technically a Vino Liquoroso because it's fortified (it is consequently considerably cheaper!). Excellent value. Although fairly sweet it is best drunk on its own, or dunked with cantuccini.


Excellent value red: lots of colour, only 12% alcohol, but with a surprisingly full flavour. A really good example of what you might call a trattoria wine.


An interesting, highly individual flavour. Fresh tasting - goes well with seafood.


COPERTINO Rosso 2009 Leone de Castris (Red)
From the heel of Italy.


DOLCETTO D'ALBA 2013 Azienda Agricola Ronchi (Red)
Delicious Dolcetto, with plenty of colour and lots of character.


SPANNA  DOC Colline Novaresi 2013 Antonio Vallana
This comes comes from the north-eastern corner of Piedmont, near Lake Maggiore. In that region the Nebbiolo grape is known as Spanna - but this is a very different expression of Nebbiolo: lighter, bouncier, but with ageability.


"CAMPOLIETI" Valpolicella Ripasso 2012 Luigi Righetti (Red)
This is a tip-top Ripasso, given oak barrel treatment (though the oak is nicely integrated) - a slightly lighter, fresher vintage than the preceding two.


CHIANTI 2004 Fattoria Fiano (Red)
Mature Chianti: soft, mellow, brown at the rim (but don't be disconcerted - the wine is in excellent order!), with a touch of pepper and spice.


CHIANTI Colli Fiorentini Riserva 2006 Fattoria di Fiano (Red)   
More youthful than the 2004, with a deeper, darker colour, this still has a spicy edge to it, promising a longer life than the 2004. Would be an excellent match for game.


 "CAPITEL DE ROARI" Amarone della Valpolicella 2012 Luigi Righetti (Red)
Terrific, powerful, full-on Amarone - and very reasonably priced.