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Antinori Chianti Classico Peppoli 2015 750ml

Rated 90 - Ripe and fresh, this red evokes cherry, sandalwood, almond, tar, mineral and earth flavors. The tannins are dense, yet this is pure,...
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Antinori Santa Cristina Le Maestrelle 2015 750ml

Rated 91 - This shows a little more structure than the classic Santa Cristina with blackberry, blackcurrant and cherry character. Medium body, fine...

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.