Magnifica Italia

Autumn Wines from Italy

 

Italy is one of the most iconic wine-producing countries. Rich landscapes and robust traditions continue to captivate us—there’s just so much to discover! From Piedmont to Sicily, Italy is home to hundreds of indigenous varietals and over 400 appellations.

So much diversity means there’s an Italian wine to pair with any meal and every season. It can also be a bit intimidating to navigate… If you need a boost to get into Italian wines or a step outside of your usual stomping grounds, we’ve got you covered with fall picks from our staff!

Lugana, Ca’ Lojera $18.96

The Lugana region is known for spectacular bargain whites. You may be surprised to know that this “Trebbiano” varietal is actually Verdicchio, which gives it sleek minerality, gorgeous aromatics and fresh ripe melon fruit. Pair with lighter meats, shellfish, or white pizza. – Erik Guzinski, Sales Consultant

Brunello di Montalcino, Pian delle Querci 2008 $49.96

There’s nothing like a Brunello with age. This bottle is drinking incredibly well now! It comes from vines in the heart of Montalcino in Tuscany. Pian delle Querci is a classic winery, practicing the use of native yeasts, long fermentation, and aging in large, old Slavonian oak barrels. – Lorena Ascencios, Wine Buyer

“Scantianum” Red, Maremma Toscana $11.96

I initially dismissed this wine, mostly because of the ubiquitous “Toscana,” which, to me, meant international varietals. Boy, was I wrong! Maremma is actually the coastal area of Tuscany and this wine is a Sangiovese blend featuring the indigenous varietals of Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo, Malvasia Nera, and Colorino. Bright, fresh fruit and lively acidity make for a delicious, well-balanced wine that is perfect with food. – Josh Mizrahi, Sales Consultant

Valtellina Superiore Sassella “Grisone,” Alfio Mozzi $29.96

Want all the perfumed headiness of great Barolo without the need to wait ten years to pop the cork? Alfio Mozzi’s Sassella Nebbiolo vines are trained on steep, sun-bathed slopes. The slate soil reflects light, ripening grapes and taming their tannic bite. It’s floral, friendly, and fantastic. – Jared McGuire, Sales Consultant

Montebuono, Barbacarlo 2012 $56.96

The Lino Mago estate makes incredible, age-worthy wines that are reminiscent of a grand Nebbiolo—even though these wines are made from the local grapes of Croatina and Uva Rara. With the steep inclination of the Montebuono vineyards and the winery’s hands-off approach, their wines can please anyone—especially those looking for esoteric bottles. Drink or hold onto this sophisticated red for decades. – Lorena Ascencios, Wine Buyer

Barolo Riserva, Bartolo Mascarello 1964 $849.96

1964 was one of the greatest vintages of this decade. Who else could you align with that than the great Bartolo Mascarello? Today, Bartolo’s daughter, Maria Teresa, is at the helm, running the winery in the same style as her father. Bartolo was intent on making majestic Baroli blended from many vineyards. This is an exemplary bottle: rich, supple, and aromatic. This is one of the great bottles to enjoy in your lifetime. – Lorena Ascencios, Wine Buyer