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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.


MORELLINO DI SCANSANO "Fiore di Aliso" 2012 Poggio Argentiera
From the newly fashionable area of the Maremma, this is a blend of mainly Sangiovese (85%) with Ciliegiolo and Grenache making up the rest. The Grenache adds a certain plumpness to the wine. In style it is similar to Chianti, but, being in a more maritime climate than the Chianti vineyards, it has a touch more freshness.


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


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


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 di 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 2013 Luigi Righetti (Red)
Terrific, powerful, full-on Amarone - and very reasonably priced.