This is the thirtieth edition of the Vini d’Italia guide. Once again we have tried to put together a complete photograph of the multi-faceted Italian wine panorama. As usual, the most important honor is the Tre Bicchieri ranking, the award that has become a true certificate of quality for our wines, both in Italy and abroad.
Among the many historic wineries that garner this prize edition after edition, this year there were 53 producers with a label that attained Tre Bicchieri for the first time, an important achievement. We list them here, each with a brief descriptive note, knowing that you will want to seek out these new winners.
Barolo del Comune di Barolo Essenze 2012 Vite Colte
lovely note of fresh herbs and tobacco on a background of raspberry, spices and licorice: a palate remarkable for fullness and its dense tannic texture.
Barolo San Bernardo Ris.2010 Palladino
tones of raspberry, strawberry and blood oranges, followed by delicate notes of violets and licorice: splendidly elegant and harmonious palate.
Gavi del Comune di Gavi Pelöia 2015 San Bartolomeo
aromas of white fruit alongside more complex mineral and grassy notes (fresh grass and ferns): good structure in the mouth, savory, with vibrant acidity, long and elegant finish.
Grignolino del M.to Casalese 2015 Vicara
enthralling notes of pepper, Peruvian bark and tobacco: wonderful palate with energetic tannin and a persistent finish. Great character.
Lessona 2012 La Prevostura
still slightly closed, but destined for great evolution: wonderful notes of dried herbs and licorice in a solid and powerful mouth.
Ruchè di Castagnole M.to La Tradizione 2015 Montalbera
varietal notes of roses and red fruit: fascinating spicy note of pepper: a substantial, rich palate and a long finish, full of character
Colli di Luni Vermentino Sarticola 2015 La Baia del Sole – Federici
an intense wine with notes of rosemary and sage, yellow flowers, ripe fruit and medicinal herbs: important and structured, it has great personality and incisive character.
Riviera Ligure di Ponente Pigato Le Marige 2015 La Ginestraia
notes of fresh grass and sage: body is velvety and full, with notes of flintstone and almond. A decidedly aristocratic wine.
Franciacorta Pas Dosé Girolamo Bosio Ris. 2009 Bosio
creamy effervescence and elegant bouquet in which notes of ripe fruit and yellow flowers stand out, along with nuances of vanilla and white chocolate. Harmonious and deep palate with hints of aromatic herbs and white-fleshed fruit.
OP Bonarda Vivace Campo del Monte 2015 F.lli Agnes
A true delight of fragrant, aromatic fruit with a well-balanced sugar residue.
Fojaneghe Rosso 2012 Bossi Fedrigotti
personality that is both international and typical of the Dolomites (a small percentage of teroldego grapes are present). Satisfyingly agile flavors of berries balanced by the roundness of tannins.
Trento Dosaggio Zero Ris. 2011 Maso Martis
a champion in its category with pinot nero dominating the cuvée; enthralling, both assertive and caressing
A. Lago di Caldaro Scelto Sup. Bischofsleiten 2015 Castel Sallegg
a red that doesn’t display great structure or power, but is appealing for the tension on the palate and the elegance of each mouthful.
A. A. Pinot Nero Bachgart 2013 Maso Hemberg – Klaus Lentsch
a red that is appealing for the clarity of its aromas, with berries that allow a hint of oak and spices to come through. The palate balances tension and essence, for a mouthful that is not assertive, but extremely elegant.
A. A. Santa Maddalena Cl. Rondell 2015 Glögglhof – Franz Gojer
notes of berries and spices: on the palate, marked sapidity that lengthens the mouthfeel and makes drinking it a pleasure
Amarone della Valpolicella 2012 David Sterza
intensely fruity fragrances of berries and mint, macerated flowers and spices, in a continually changing swirl. On the palate, the compactness of the flavor is striking, dry, powerful and at the same time, very easy to drink.
Bardolino Cl. Vign. Morlongo 2014 Vigneti Villabella
fine, intense fragrances dominated by a blend of berries and pepper, with a rare hint of herbs in the background. In the mouth, sapidity and acidity support an agile and extremely pleasant palate.
Madre 2014 Italo Cescon
citrusy and tropical fruit notes are enhanced by the discreet work of oak: the palate opens out with elegance and decision, leading to a long and very persistent finish.
Soave Sup. Vign. Runcata 2014 Dal Cero – Tenuta di Corte Giacobbe
rich fruit behind an oak presence that’s still a bit evident. On the palate, it opens out with grace and determination, supported by vibrant acidity and sapidity that lend length and agility to the mouthfeel.
Valpolicella Sup. 2012 Marco Mosconi
clear aromas of berries and aromatic herbs, immediate and crisp: in the mouth, it displays good fullness and stimulating acidity that lengthens the finish
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Carso Malvasia Dileo 2015 Castelvecchio
a sunny wine. Fragrant, citrusy and iodine-scented on the nose: creamy, energetic, progressive and lasting in the mouth.
Chardonnay 2015 di Lenardo
ripe peach, citrus fruit, sweet honey notes on the nose: soft impact on the palate overtaken by a saline and mineral sensation.
FCO Sauvignon Liende 2015 La Viarte
stands out for typicity and fragrance: an appealing palate leaves a lasting memory.
Colli di Parma Rosso MDV 2014 Monte delle Vigne
fruit and faceted aromas: in the mouth, opens into the lovely acidity of barbera. An elegant and vibrant wine.
Romagna Albana Secco I Croppi 2015 Celli
Dry, taut, citrusy: rich palate that agilely escapes, seeking out a saline, assertive acidity.
Bolgheri Sup. Le Gonnare 2013 Fabio Motta
brilliant and relaxed fruit, suave and precise: palate of the same quality, with fine extracts and praiseworthy texture, closing on delicately spicy tones.
Brunello di Montalcino Giodo 2011 Giodo
raspberry jam, Mediterranean scrub, pencil lead: develops mouthfilling and tasty, compensating for a slight lack of energy with dense savory texture.
Brunello di Montalcino Ris. 2010 Tenuta di Sesta
a light, almost spring-like step with its hints of mulberry, mandarin orange, ginger, wild flowers: underlying substance, with a progressive and penetrating mouthfeel and a long balsamic finish
Chianti Cl. Cigliano 2013 Cigliano
fresh and rhythmic, with complexity that places it clearly among the best of its type, and besides, with a well-defined and remarkably fragrant aromatic component.
Chianti Cl. Le Vigne Ris. 2013 Istine
it combines complexity and easy drinkability, but also manages to express itself aromatically in a composed, fragrant and well-articulated manner.
Chianti Colli Fiorentini Badia a Corte Ris. 2013 Torre a Cona
multi-faceted, shimmering fragrances of blackberries, aromatic herbs and balsamic notes: juicy and perfectly calibrated in the mouth in its tannic expression and pleasantly savory undertone.
Maremma Toscana Ciliegiolo V. Vallerana Alta 2014 Antonio Camillo
the finesse and complexity of a great wine, with fresh, articulated, elegant aromas that lead into a deep palate of refined chiaroscuro tones.
Montecucco Sangiovese Ad Agio Ris.2012 Basile
spices, berries and balsamic nuances lead into a fresh and flavorful palate that moves between smooth tannins and mineral notes. A mouth with great progression and a finish in crescendo.
Nobile di Montepulciano Ris. 2012 Tenuta di Gracciano della Seta
aromas of raspberries and berries in general, wrapped in delicate hints of leather and blond tobacco. The mouth is coherent and vibrant, with juice and energy as well as a solid and flavorful tannic backbone
Pinot Nero 2013 Podere della Civettaja
balanced between sweet fruity notes, savory mineral sensations and acidic verve. Long and slender, it is destined to improve further in the bottle.
Offida Pecorino Guido Cocci Grifoni 2013 Tenuta Cocci Grifoni
very fresh on the nose, with notes resembling greens and anise: complex palate gracefully enlivened with saline counterpoints
Offida Rosso Vignagiulia 2013 Emanuele Dianetti
healthy fruit and acidic backbone, elegant and pleasantly juicy thanks to absolutely precise tannic extraction.
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Cl. Sup. Sabbionare 2015 Sabbionare
varietal notes, such as almond and acacia flowers, join with the freshness of citrus fruit and a hint of white peach: taut, continuous and saline on the palate.
Montefalco Sagrantino 2012 F.lli Pardi
crisp wine with enchanting fragrances of cherries, blackberries and red berries, balanced in its extraction, long, silky texture, with a citrusy finish.
Todi Grechetto Sup. Fiorfiore 2014 Roccafiore
scintillating, fragrant, able to move authoritatively among soft, savory, sensations and acidic thrust.
Habemus 2014 San Giovenale
scents of spices, black olive tapenade and ripe black fruit: palate in which the great density typical of this wine is accompanied by elegant tannins and balanced by unexpected freshness, giving us a wine of great complexity and character.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Luì 2013 Tenuta Terraviva
earthy, blood oranges, green pepper on the nose: character is accompanied by substance and definition.
Campi Flegrei Piedirosso 2015 Agnanum
immediate aromas of medicinal herbs, flowers, thyme and rosemary: in the mouth, great energy articulated in a deeply savory register, with fleshy fruit, a finish that shades off.
Costa d’Amalfi Ravello Bianco V. Grotta Piana 2015 Ettore Sammarco
harmonious and elegant, fragrances of almond, anise and dried herbs: savory, lively and continuous, with nuances of toasty notes and a long finish of chamomile and citrus fruit.
Fiano d’Avellino 2015 Tenuta Sarno 1860
luminous tones of broom, anise and chamomile: mouthfilling, sinuous, with continuous rhythm on a savory and relaxed palate. The finish is generous and multi-faceted, closing on a long sensation of wild grasses.
Zagreo 2015 I Cacciagalli
aromas of wheat, ripe peach and green tea, then a resinous and flavorful palate, fragrant, with savory and bitter notes balanced in a lively finish that naturally invites the next sip.
Aglianico del Vulture Gricos 2014 Grifalco della Lucania
tight tannic weave of finesse and elegance, sustained by an acidic vein that gives freshness and balance to the palate, closing long and elegantly on an oaky, spicy note with hints of aromatic herbs.
Gioia del Colle Primitivo Ris. 2013 Cantine Tre Pini
fruity aromas followed by notes of forest floor, resin and cocoa: complex, dense palate with a long, sustained finish
Gioia del Colle Primitivo Senatore 2010 Coppi
intense, complex nose with notes of berries, tobacco and chocolate: the palate displays good structure but also adequate acidic freshness, with a long and mouthfilling finish.
Primitivo di Manduria Passo del Cardinale 2014 Cantine Paolo Leo
Peruvian bark, plum, tobacco and hints of black olive tapenade: the palate is stern, dense and compact.
Eloro Pachino Sarò 2013 Feudo di Rudinì
intense and clean fruity pomegranate tones with good mineral, iodine and grassy notes of capers: the texture is soft and consistent in its weave, very long balsamic finish.
Nero d’Avola Sosta Tre Santi 2010 Cantine Nicosia
intense, complex and intriguing on the nose: palate displays material of excellent quality and elegance with full correspondence and a long, clean, satisfying finish.
Falconaro 2011 Cantine di Dolianova
complex notes of Mediterranean brush, plum and noble resins: fresh, balsamic palate, long and savory.