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Adriano Marco E Vittorio Barbaresco Basarin 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - Sweet strawberry, cherry and currant fruit weaves throughout this elegant, intense Barbaresco. The structure is assertive, yet this...
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Agricola Punica Barrua Isola Dei Nuraghi Igt 2012 750ml

Rated 94 - I thought the 2011 was the best ever from this stylish wine producer in Sardinia. But the 2012 is clearly better showing vivid aromas of...
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Angelo Gaja Langhe Alteni Di Brassica 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - Gaja's 2012 Alteni di Brassica (Sauvignon) is rich, honeyed and nicely textured in this vintage. Apricot, chamomile, wild flowers and...
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Argiano Suolo 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - A voluptuous red with plenty of plums, flowers and light vanilla character on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, soft and round. Very...
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Argiolas Turriga Isola Dei Nuraghi Igt 2012 750ml

Rated 95 - Complex aromas of sweet berries such a raspberries as well as plums. Floral and perfumed as well. Full body and very velvety and...
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Ascheri Barolo Docg 2012 750ml

Rated 94 - Licorice, cherry and tar notes mark this intense, chewy red, packed with sweet fruit midpalate that offsets the dense, dusty tannins....
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Ascheri Barolo Sorano 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - A tight and pretty red with plum and mineral aromas and flavors. Hints of stone and chalk. Full body, chewy tannins and a fresh finish....
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Attilio Contini Cannonau Riserva Oliena ('Inu) 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - Full ruby-red. Deep, complex aromas of black cherry, truffle and clove are complicated by flinty minerals. Very dense but juicy,...
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Attilio Contini Isole Dei Nuraghi Barrile 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - Opaque ruby-red. Sweetly spicy aromas and flavors of candied black and red fruits, raisin and mocha. Enters the mouth lush and creamy,...
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Avignonesi Cortona Merlot Desiderio 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - Very pretty merlot with chocolate, berry and hints of toasted oak. Medium to full body, velvety tannins and a long, flavorful finish....
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Banfi Belnero Proprietor's Reserve 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - Aromas of blueberries and lemon rind with some blackcurrant skin, too. Full body, firm and chewy tannins and a long finish. Needs two or...

2012 Italy

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.