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Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Naturae Edizione 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - The 2013 Franciacorta Nature Brut is a dry and citrusy sparkling wine with tonic effervescence and steely acidity. This wine embraces...
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Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Saten Edizione 2014 750ml

Rated 91 - Pale straw-green. Vanilla and white flowers complicate peach and apple on the nose and in the mouth. Clean, juicy and sweet, boasting a...
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Bellavista Franciacorta Brut Rose 2014 750ml

Rated 94 - A very sophisticated rosé with a rose-petal, orange-blossom and nectarine nose, leading into a wonderful combination of caressing...
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Bellavista Franciacorta Brut Teatro alla Scala 2013 750ml

Rated 95 - Deep, smoky nose, then a rich and complete palate that caresses and fascinates, candied citrus and toasty notes cascading at the finish....
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Guido Berlucchi Franciacorta '61 Brut 750ml

Rated 92 - A blend of Chardonnay (70%) and Pinot Nero (30%), the 2011 Franciacorta '61 Nature Dosaggio Zero is aged on its own yeasts in bottle for...
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Nino Negri Valtellina Superiore Fracia 2015 750ml

Rated 92 - An expressive, elegant red that leads with fragrant ground spice, citrus peel and rose hip notes that carry through to the wild...
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Zenato Lugana Sergio Riserva 2016 750ml

Rated 94 - This certainly heads into very ripe territory on the nose, but it makes up for that with the wealth of aromas it provides, which range...
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Italy Lombardy $30 - $40

There are few countries in the world with a viticultural history as long or as illustrious as that claimed by Italy. Grapes were first being grown and cultivated on Italian soil several thousand years ago by the Greeks and the Pheonicians, who named Italy 'Oenotria' – the land of wines – so impressed were they with the climate and the suitability of the soil for wine production. Of course, it was the rise of the Roman Empire which had the most lasting influence on wine production in Italy, and their influence can still be felt today, as much of the riches of the empire came about through their enthusiasm for producing wines and exporting it to neighbouring countries. Since those times, a vast amount of Italian land has remained primarily for vine cultivation, and thousands of wineries can be found throughout the entire length and breadth of this beautiful country, drenched in Mediterranean sunshine and benefiting from the excellent fertile soils found there. Italy remains very much a 'land of wines', and one could not imagine this country, its landscape and culture, without it.

The beautiful north westerly wine region of Lombardy in Italy is home to many of the country's most characterful and well respected wines, most of which are grown on the shores of the stunning Lake Garda. The lake itself plays a vitally important part of the region's viticulture, as the climate around the river is cooler than in surrounding areas, thus tempering the heat of the vineyards and allowing the vines which grow there to ripen more slowly. For centuries, Lombardy wines have been considered amongst the finest in Italy, and today, the wine industry of the region is doing very well indeed. With wineries in Lombardy utilizing a successful blend of traditional and modern techniques, they are continually producing wines which express the excellence of the terroir the vines are grown on, and which contain fascinating and unique flavors and aromas.