The Ecco Guide to the Best Wines of Italy: The Ultimate Resource for Finding, Buying, Drinking, and Enjoying Italy's Best Wines

By Ian D'Agata


The definitive consultant to Italy's top wines by means of most effective professional Ian D'Agata, the director of the overseas Wine Academy of Roma
The Ecco consultant to the simplest Wines of Italy is a straightforward, hassle-free advisor to the pinnacle Italian wines—packed with info on buying it in the US, with counsel for traveling wineries in Italy. as well as a close word list, classic desk, and index, D'Agata provides a chain of "best of" lists:

The a hundred top purple wines lower than $100
The 60 most sensible white wines less than $100
The forty five top wines at $25 or less
The 25 most sensible cult wines
The 25 most sensible wine estates and producers
The 10 top debut wines
This is a different book—a actually complete consultant to Italian wines. D'Agata, a huge wine insider, lives in Rome and is at the street six months out of the 12 months, traveling estates and cellars all through Italy. This publication represents the summation of 25 years of tastings, travels to wineries around the globe, and interviews with vintners.

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Frescobaldi. it; electronic mail: info@frescobaldi. it; overall bottles: three million; overall ha: 1,000; Tasting room: definite; stopover at: via appointment; road go out: Firenze nord or sud or Certosa (A1) different suggested WINES below $100 through FRESCOBALDI: Pomino “Il Benefizio” (chardonnay—oaked white), Chianti Rufina Castello di Nipozzano Riserva (sangiovese/others—red), Chianti Rufina “Montesodi” (sangiovese—small barrel oaked red). THE 15 top glowing WINES AND ROSéS lower than $100 1 Franciacorta “Prestige Cuvée” CA’ DEL BOSCO • 94/100 • LOMBARDY Maurizio Zanella is without doubt one of the nice names in Italian wine, and this needs to be essentially the most outstanding wineries on the earth to go to. If the good wines don’t bowl you over, then the trendy paintings, of which Maurizio is a fan, definitely will. the entire wines made listed below are quite nice, characterised via unbelievably consistent and very top of the range 12 months after yr. The nonetheless wines, which i think are underestimated, are unprecedented, and the lineup of sparklers could be the easiest in Italy. the simplest of the latter is the Anna Maria Clementi, even though it truly is pricey and above our $100 restrict. even more reasonable, and such as all of the universal Champagne names you recognize, is the newly named “Prestige Cuvée,” which has taken where of the outdated Franciacorta Brut. This wine has a more energizing, livelier mouthfeel than its predecessor, with attractive citrus and intensely gentle yeasty and truffled scents. It additionally impresses within the mouth as a result of the ripe citrus and strawberry flavors, with a touch of beeswax and hazelnut. It has a flippantly creamy caliber to which the pinot blanc within the mixture doubtless contributes. A wine of amazing finesse, it indicates that the easiest Franciacortas are on the subject of the easiest in Champagne. THE WINE Grape kinds: chardonnay (70%), pinot nero (20%), pinot bianco (10%); variety of bottles: 400,000; Alcohol: 12. five; Retail rate: $40–45; test it with: fried basil prawns with Franciacorta foam; poached cod with mushroom-accented leek and coriander cream sauce; Imported by way of: Paterno Wines foreign (www. terlatowines. com); previous nice vintages: nonvintage wine THE manufacturer: AZ. AGR. CA’ DEL BOSCO tackle: through Case Sparse 20, 25030 Erbusco (Brescia); Tel/fax: 030 7766111/030 7268425; electronic mail: cadelbosco@cadelbosco. com; net: www. cadelbosco. it; overall bottles: 1. 2 million; overall ha: 147; Tasting room: definite; stopover at: by way of appointment; road go out: Rovato (A4) different instructed WINES by way of CA’ DEL BOSCO: Franciacorta “Anna Maria Clementi” (sparkling white), “Ca del Bosco” (chardonnay—small barrel oaked white), “Pinero” (pinot nero—small barrel oaked red), “Maurizio Zanella” (cabernet sauvignon blend—small barrel oaked red). 2 Brut “Perle” FERRARI • 94/100 • TRENTINO with out query, Italy’s top Blanc de Blancs is the “Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore,” a sparkler of superb breeding and refinement, however it bills greater than our $100 restrict. the excellent news is that the opposite sparklers of Ferrari are nearly nearly as good, and value a long way much less. The “Perlé,” one other a hundred% chardonnay, is gorgeous, with an exceptional and protracted perlage (the tiny flow of bubbles usual of gleaming wines) and a light gold-green hue.

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