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Tre Bicchieri and Due Bicchieri Rossi are the flagships of Vini d'Italia. A review that embraces small productions along with prestigious best sellers, involving the finest labels tasted by our experts: in this new monthly column we will take you on the journey of our tasting notes.

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Vinicola Arno is the brainchild of Micheal and Maria, he originally from Emilia Romagna, she from Portugal's Douro Valley. In 2017 they decided to acquire a vineyard and make their own winery in Mombercelli, a small town between Asti and Nizza Monferrato. Among the vineyards located in Castelnuovo Calcea and Asti, there are also 75-year-old vines that give rise to grape varieties such as Nascetta, Sauvignon and, of course, Barbera. 

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The fascinating Nizza Lorella '18 shows intense aromas of sweet spices and black berries, with a pulpy, fresh and long palate. 

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It's full steam ahead for this Adro producer. The Franciacorta winery was founded by the late Marcello Monzio Compagnoni (who left us in December, 2021). He was a great lover of metodo classico, drawing on a long winemaking tradition at the family estate in nearby Valcalepio as well. The lineup of Franciacortas presented demonstrates a consistent level of quality across the board. This year our preferences lay with the Dosaggio Zero Blanc de Noir Riserva from the favorable 2012 vintage. It's a complex, multifaceted pinot nero, elegant in its balsamic whiffs, with a very delicate sparkle; aromatically it's clear, focused and precise, the finish accomplished. The Franciacorta Extra Brut '18 is also excellent, tense and spirited on the palate, refreshing in its aromas of citrus peel and mint. The Brut '18 is also worth noting, soft and juicy but endowed with just as much freshness and verve.

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This year we especially appreciated the Franciacorta Brut Cuvée alla Moda, a blend of Chardonnay (80%) and Pinot Nero (20%). It opens intense on notes of yeast, almond and toasted hazelnut. The palate is rich and pulpy, with creamy, measured prickle, and an expansive, harmonious finish.  

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In the small firmament of Trentino wines we find stars such as Cesarini Sforza, an authoritative sparkling wine producer now controlled by Cavit, though the new ownership hasn't affected the producer's ability to make decisions autonomously. Their Trentodocs exhibit that undeniable boldness that comes with quality: precise in their craft, convincing during tastings. The winery draws on over half a century of 'in-house' experience and a new commercial girth brought by Cavit. Six versions were submitted for tasting, all charming and singular sparklers. Great performance for the Extra Brut '14: sophisticated and elegant on notes of aniseed, fresh and sapid—a wine of guaranteed elegance. The same tension characterizes the Brut Rosé '15, clear in its highlights, crunchy on the palate, a whirlwind of fruit flavors accompanies a truly long finish. The Aquila Reale also flies high by virtue of its citrus fruit flavors and plenty of dynamism. The others prove more immediate, with the quite creamy and persistent Noir Nature '17 standing out. The rest are best reserved for more carefree occasions.

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The Nature Noir '15 is intriguing and absolutely precise in the texture of its bubbles, as well as in its forthright gustatory complexity. 

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Other producers and wines

Trovati 177 risultati

1943 del Presidente 2019

Cantine Due Palme
Apulia
red

A. A. Lagrein V. Klosteranger Ris. 2016

Cantina Convento Muri-Gries
Alto Adige
red

A. A. Pinot Bianco Kristallberg 2019

Elena Walch
Alto Adige
white

A. A. Pinot Bianco Tyrol 2018

Meran
Alto Adige
white

A. A. Pinot Bianco Tyrol Ris. 2019

Cantina Meran
Alto Adige
white

A. A. Sauvignon Quintessenz 2019

Cantina Kaltern
Alto Adige
white

Adami

Vidor 
[TV]

Aglianico 2017

Amastuola
Apulia
red

Aglianico 2017

Amastuola
Apulia
red

Aglianico del Vulture Titolo 2018

Fucci
Basilicata
red

Alta Langa Brut Rosé 60 Mesi Ris. 2013

Colombo - Cascina Pastori
Piedmont
sparkling rose

Amalia Cascina in Langa

Cuneo 
[CN]

Amastuola

Massafra 
[TA]

Arvange Pas Dosé M. Cl.

Valtidone
Emilia Romagna
sparkling white

Barbaresco Albesani Santo Stefano Ris. 2015

Castello di Neive
Piedmont
red

Barbaresco Gallina 2017

Castello di Neive
Piedmont
red

Barbaresco Pajoré 2017

Bel Colle
Piedmont
red
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