My Italian Cousin

Arianna Occhipinti

Sicilia Il Frappato 2015

The colour has the evidence of a developing wine. Complex aromas of cherries, figs and a hint of leather. Notes of sour cherries, red plums, maraschino cherries and figs on the palate. Lovely acidity that cuts through the layers of drying fruit. It has the perfect balance between fresh and dry fruit for my taste right now. — 14 days ago

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Produttori del Barbaresco

Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2016

At this stage Ferrando Carema White Label ‘16 blows away Produttori Barbaresco ‘16. Produttori is very ripe, and the alcohol is less in balance. The ‘16 normale does not really exhibit the freshness and elegance I associate with classic Barbaresco. Yes, the concentration and depth is impressive, and maybe at 10-20+ years the wine will achieve harmony. For now it exhibits more climate change character than the high tone energy desired. This is a Grey Market bottle purchased recently. I wonder if less than pristine storage and/or transit was an influence. I will compare notes with bottles purchased on release and via authorized Importer somewhere down the road. — 14 days ago

Lyle, Severn and 4 others liked this

Cantina Bartolo Mascarello

Barolo Nebbiolo 2004

Reasonably deep garnet , terracotta rim . Lighter with more red fruits , slightly floral , spicy , really quite elegant. Long on the palate , good acidity , quite noticeable slightly rustic tannin. Red rose and red fruits on the palate . Good length . Drinking well and will continue to do so for the next 10 years or so. — 18 days ago

Tom, Severn and 11 others liked this


The best !!


Le Pergole Torte Sangiovese 2006

Medium ruby , quite wide but healthy rim. Lovely dried red fruits , cranberry , raspberry , touches of dried herbs . Quite mineral and serious also after a while . On the palate , more red fruits, touch of black tea , dried Provençal herbs , really vibrant acidity , quite ripe but fine and noticeable tannins . Very good length with a refreshing vibrant finish . This is drinking well now , especially with time in the glass , will probably still improve over the next 5 or so years and hold for a further 5-10. — 10 days ago

Tom, Daron and 7 others liked this


Costasera Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Corvina Blend 2015

Delicious dark fruits and pepper! Really enjoyed it, especially with a beef Wellington. 😋 — 14 days ago

LM, Daniel P. and 2 others liked this

Tenuta delle Terre Nere

Etna Rosso Nerello Mascalese Blend 2020

Vintage 2020 | light colour strawberry nose quaffable beautiful — 4 days ago

Eric, Jay and 12 others liked this

Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga

Riserva Rancia Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend 2015

Outstanding, a classic Rancia that thrills and promises a long life ahead. Textbook Berardebga style! 94+ — 3 days ago

Tom, Deborah and 5 others liked this

Tenuta Il Poggione

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2013

So balanced and complex. Nose shows tobacco leaf, moist loamy gravel, macerated ripe cherry, incense. Concentrated and mouthfilling, but it’s very soft and showing lots of secondary and some tertiary flavors. Such richness. Wow. Thanks to my brother for popping this! — 22 days ago

Angelo Casagrande
with Angelo
Angelo, Severn and 16 others liked this


Nom nom.

Giacomo Conterno

Cascina Francia Barolo Nebbiolo 2004

Pretty similar colour to the Bartolo , medium deep garnet core , slightly less terracotta at the rim. Porcini mushrooms , sous bois , dried meat , really quite complex. On the palate more mineral , but with a strong meaty , porcini mushroom note , then with blueberry , blackberry . Very fine but present tannins , lovely balanced acidity . Long and really refined . With time in the glass shows well , but will improve over the next 5 -8 years and continue on a further 10 at least — 18 days ago

Vino, Tom and 18 others liked this

Giuseppe Quintarelli

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Corvina Blend 2004

Aged to perfection, it takes on a whole new life. Something you can only do with a well-made wine. — 12 days ago

Daniel P., Ira and 2 others liked this