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Altare Barolo Arborina 2011 750ml

Rated 95 - A deep and rich Barolo with lovely velvety tannins and a fresh and tangy background giving the wine tension and beauty. Lovely...
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Altare Barolo Cerretta 2008 750ml

Rated 96 - The 2008 Barolo Vigna Bricco Cerretta shows the muscle of Serralunga within the context of the year. Dark red fruit, flowers, licorice...
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Altesino Alte D'altesi Toscana Igt 2013 750ml

Rated 91 - A rich red with plenty of ripe fruit and vanilla bean character from new wood. Full and chewy. A little over-the-top now but should come...
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Altesino Brunello Di Montalcino 2011 750ml

Rated 92 - Altesino's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino opens with beguiling aromatics. Sage, licorice, menthol and sweet tobacco flesh out nicely as the...

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.