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16 Italian in the Top 100 di Wine Spectator

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After launching release in fits and starts on the top ten most anticipated by manufacturers, retailers and wine lovers , the drafting of Wine Spectator has unveiled the wine judged best of the year , Spain’s La Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva 2004 Cune , with a score of 95 / 100 , priced $ 63 , and secondly the Bordeaux St.- Emilion 2010 Château Canon -La Gaffelière , in third place Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir Willamette Valley of Oregon’s Domaine Serene . Only nectar in the top ten is the Italian Barolo Monprivato 2008 Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio .


A ranking that , as far as we are concerned , on the whole still spoken mainly in Tuscany and Piedmont. With no absolute results of excellence with respect to the new world wine countries , with France and Spain , but with the positive aspect of seeing among the top 100 wines of the world also territories not so obvious to the general public . In other words: not very well on the assessments recognized that there were 10-15 years ago , its space to the usual suspects , but with emerging territories of absolute interest – in the past completely snubbed – finally recognized at the international level , such as Valtellina , Campania, Basilicata and Sicily. This is the trend that emerges from the famous “Top 100″ prestigious magazine ‘s 2013 American Wine Spectator .


Sixteen Italian wines classified (as in 2012) , of which 5 Piedmontese : 4 Barolo and Barbaresco 1 , and 6 Tuscany : 2 Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico 1 , 1 Nobile di Montepulciano , Bolgheri 1 and 2 IGT Toscana . To keep company with Barolo from Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio , who finished in 6th place , arrive Barolo Albe 2008 GD Vajra to occupy 16 square ᵃ and Chianti Classico 2010 Poggerino , 18 ° . Following this, the 21st Bolgheri 2011 , Le Macchiole ; 24 ° Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Pertimali Livio Sassetti .


In 50th place is the scene of Sicily, with the Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2010 from Cos ; 58th Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2010 Avignonesi ; 61 ° Barbaresco 2007 Barbaresco producers , at an altitude of 66 states Basilicata, with Aglianico del Vulture Macari ‘ 2007 Macarico . At n . 80 stands in the Tuscan Maremma Mongrana 2010 Querciabella , below, at n . 82 – big surprise – from Valtellina Superiore Sassella 2009 Mamete Prevostini . At n . 86 debuts Ranked Barolo La Rosa 2008 Fontanafredda . At n . 91 another great classic of Italian , often unfairly overlooked : Taurasi Radici Riserva 2006 Mastroberardino . At an altitude of 94 Barolo Prapò 2009 Schiavenza . Closure without surprises , the whole of Tuscany, with the Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Montosoli Altesino n. 96 , and with the Tuscany Gates 2011 Badia a Coltibuono, n. 100 .



List Of Popular Wine Grapes in Italy


20-italian-wine-regionsIn Italy there more than 2000+ varieties of wine grapes, but The Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry authorized only 350 wine grapes.


The most popular wine grapes  come from Tuscany, Piedmont, Veneto, Lombardy, Sicily, Friuli, and also Apulia and Trentino.


Red Wine Grapes


Sangiovese:  A grape with many names planted throughout Italy. Sangiovese is the main grape of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino in Toscana.


Nebbiolo: A grape that is known for the ageworthy high tannin wines of Barolo and Barbaresco in Piemonte.


Barbera: A dark-skinned grape producing wines with lower tannin & high acidity grown mostly in Piemonte, Italy.


Lambrusco: A grape and also a region of Emilia-Romagna (and part of Lombardy) that produces a light bubbly red wine of the same name.


Montepulciano: A grape grown commonly in Central and Southern Italy. Easily confused with vino Nobile de Montepulciano which is actually Sangiovese from the city of Montepulciano inToscana. Montepuliciano d’Abruzzo is a dark rustic wine with full body, black pepper spice and high tannin.


Amarone: A style of wine from Veneto made with a blend of grapes (Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara) that are partially dried to produce a richer, high alcohol wine with a hint of sweetness on the finish.


Valpolicella: Ripasso della Valpolicella is a style of wine from Veneto made with three grapes: Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. Produced by fermenting fresh juice with leftover pomice from Amarone winemaking to add richness.


Primitivo: A grape from Southern Italy that is a close relative to Zinfandel.


Negroamaro: A Southern Italian wine grape sometimes blended with Primitivo to add tannin and structure. Wines from Puglia that are dominantly Negroamaro include Salice Salento Rosso, Brindisi Rosso and Squinzano Rosso.


White wine Grapes


Pinot Grigio: The most familiar zesty Italian white wine grape of French origin (Pinot Gris). It is actually a Pinot Noir mutant that is a pale red-gray colored grape. It is grown mostly in Alto AdigeFriuli and Lombardy, where it is known as Oltrepò Pavese.


Trebbiano: aka Ugni Blanc. Trebbiano is Italy’s most planted white wine grape and is the same grape used to make Cognac and Balsamic Vinegar. Trebbiano is found as a blend in white wines all over Italy. It’s called Orvieto DOC in Umbria.


Garganega: The white wine grape that makes up the majority grape in the regional wine called Soave (pronounced “Swah-vey”) in Veneto. Soave Classico DOC is often oaked in a style simliar to oaked Chardonnay with more almond-like aromas.


Cortese: The grape in the regional wine called Cortese di Gavi or just Gavi from Piemonte. A light citrus and floral high acid white wine in a similar style to Pinot Grigio or Chablis from France.


Verdicchio: A zesty and slightly bitter white wine grape grown most notably in Marche. Also used in Soave where it is called Trebbiano di Soave (not the same as Trebbiano).


Fiano: A Southern Italian white wine grape from Campania with floral, citrus and nutty aromas that’s commonly blended in white wines from the region along with Trebbiano. Fiano di Avellino DOCG is 100%.


Arneis: A grape from Piemonte region most notable for the regional white wine Roero DOC.


Vermentino: A grape from Sardegna and also cultivated commonly in Toscana Bolgheri where is a D.O.C A Vermentino wine is a crisp white, often similar tasting to Sauvignon Blanc with more bitterness not unlike Grapefruit pith.


Moscato: Moscato aka Muscat is a very aromatic grape most known for its sweet and bubbly version, Moscato d’Asti from Piemonte.


Muller Thurgau: A grape from Trentino with floral and very fruity.


Ribolla Gialla: A grape from Friuli crispy and frutity at the same time know as the most important wine Doc from Friuli and also for the Durello Sparkling Wine


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