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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.


"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.


BARBARESCO 2011 Azienda Agricola Ronchi (Red)
I went to see this estate in October 2012, and have been shipping from them since then. It is run by the Rocca family, husband and wife, and the wine is delicious, displaying flavours of fresh fruit, earth, truffles, cinnamon, damsons, with a wonderful, long, bitter almond finish. I have recently shipped the 2011 vintage - a really great vintage in Barbaresco, better than in Barolo.


 "CAPITEL DE ROARI" Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 Luigi Righetti (Red)
Terrific, powerful, full-on Amarone - and very reasonably priced.