For many British wine consumers, Italian wines have, over the years, fallen into two main classes, the populist and the unknown. The former have included wicker-flasked Chiantis, Asti Spumante, Lambrusco, Prosecco and the now-ubiquitous Pinot Grigio. As for the unknown, much of the confusion is because of the myriad of grape-varieties and the host of, often very small, wine-producing regions. The confusion is compounded because many of the best growers have sought to work outside the traditional boundaries and sell their best, and most expensive wines, at the simple IGT appellation level.
We are proud of our range, which includes both ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ wines. Improved winemaking means that Italy now produces some of the best value-for-money wines for everyday drinking, as well as great bottles recognised internationally as being ‘classics’. There is much pleasure to be had at all price-levels.
Pinot Grigio continues to be a favourite, and here we have some great value in the Capriano and Villa Albini wines - these are produced by the well respected, family owned Vinicola Botter. Beyond Pinot Grigio the wines from the South of Italy are starting to gain widespread appeal, look out for the Falanghina Terradora from Campagnia and the Fiano Lunate from Sicily.
In the reds we have added the critically acclaimed Dolcetto D’Alba from Mascarello, the top quality Ripassa Valpolicella of Corte Sant Alda and an Aglianico from Basilicata, there is also great value to be found in the Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, Primitivo Salento and the Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno - this is a blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese from an organic vineyard and is a very easy drinking, top quality red wine.
A delicate and elegant bouquet of floral scent mingled with honeydew melon. Round on the palate, a nice body and a good balance between acidity and the ripe fruits. The finish is long, clean and persistent.