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Two good values from Italy


With just a quick glance at the label I first thought the 2012 Illuminati, Riparosso, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo was a very inexpensive Ripasso style of wine.  Instead Riparosso is the name of the wine.  This Due Bicchieri rated wine revealed fresh black fruit flavors and attractive acidity.  It was actually quite satisfying, showing all the required components in natural balance.  This would make a great daily drinker or decent wine for a large party.  The  2010 Tre Monti, Petrignone, Sangiovese Riserva, Romagna steps up to Tre Bicchieri and with that comes more flavor concentration and minerality.  On the first night it was almost overwhelming with flavor but by the second night it had become well balanced in its youth.  Both of these wines should have broad appeal.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Illuminati, Riparosso, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – $12
Imported by Montcalmwine Importers. This wine is 100% Montepulciano sourced from soils tending towards clay which was fermented in stainless steel then aged for six months in large Slavonian oak barrels.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The wine was ripe at first then took on dense, focused and fresh black fruit flavors.  There was a little bit of spice and ripe tannins left on the gums.  It had slightly juicy to watering acidity.  Though there is a light sense to the wine it showed more structure with air and the ability to develop over the year.  ** Now-2019.

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2010 Tre Monti, Petrignone, Sangiovese Riserva, Romagna – $19
Imported by RWK Imports.  This wine is 100% Sangiovese sourced from the terraced Petrignone vineyard planted in 1968.  The soils are sandy clay with a gravelly texture at 150 meters.  It underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for six months in one and two-year old French barriques. Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose revealed ripe, grainy grape aromas.  The mouth was similar to the noise but blacker in nature.  The flavors had definite concentration with some black minerals and an expansive finish.  With air there was good minerality, nice acidity, and better balance.  It even seemed younger.  *** Now-2022.

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