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News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

15 Ripe Italian Reds

New reviews of bold and distinctive Amarone della Valpolicellas from the Veneto region

Posted: October 25, 2013  By Alison Napjus

News & Features  :  News

Italian Authorities Expand Barolo's Most Famous Vineyard

A state council rules wines can be labeled Cannubi, even if they come from neighboring parcels

Posted: October 17, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Oct. 15, 2013 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Vibrant Whites from Friuli

The northeastern corner of Italy delivers wines of structure and purity

Posted: October 15, 2013  By Alison Napjus

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

The World's Most Exclusive $20 Wines: Brunello

For some wine categories, the price of entry is too high for most, but daily-drinking alternatives can send out the vibes of the real deal

Posted: October 8, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

Brunello di Montalcino, the pure Sangiovese in the heart of Tuscany's wine country, is an expensive wine to make. Land is pricey and there's not much to go around. Producers are required to sit on inventory for two years in oak and four months in bottle—but the expected protocol is that the wines not reach the market until five years after the harvest. It's a cost passed on to the consumer: You're hard-pressed to find a bottle under $40 on the shelf.

Two Tuscan value categories can offer an impressive alternative to Brunello: Rosso di Montalcino and Morellino di Scansano.

Sept. 30, 2013 Issue  :  People

From Velo to Vino

Champion cyclist Francesco Moser's roots are in the steep hillside vineyards of Trentino

Posted: September 30, 2013  By Katherine Cole

Sept. 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Italy in America

Six chefs interpret the rich diversity of regional Italian food and wine

Posted: September 30, 2013  By Owen Dugan

Sept. 30, 2013 Issue  :  This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

Italian Food, American Creativity

Posted: September 30, 2013  By Marvin R. Shanken, Thomas Matthews

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Piedmont’s Ca’Viola

Consulting enologist Giuseppe Caviola takes center stage with his own wines

Posted: September 18, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Giuseppe Caviola isn't a household name for most fans of Piedmont wines. Caviola is a consulting enologist who counts quite a few well-known labels among his clients, however: Marziano Abbona, Damilano, Luigi Einaudi, Fontanabianca, Fiorenzo Nada, Pecchenino, Albino Rocca, Vietti and Villa Sparina in Piedmont; Rocca di Castagnoli, Sette Ponti and Terenzi in Tuscany; Umani Ronchi in Marche and Ca' Rugate in Veneto. In addition to his consulting duties, Caviola, known as "Beppe," also owns a 33-acre estate, Ca'Viola.

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What’s the difference between Chianti Classico and Chianti Superiore?

Posted: September 9, 2013  

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

14 Diverse Tuscan Values

New reviews of whites, reds and rosés from Tuscany, each under $20

Posted: August 2, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

World Briefs

Posted: July 31, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell, Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

20 Diverse Italian Values

New reviews of central and southern Italian wines for $20 or less

Posted: July 26, 2013  By Nathan Wesley

News & Features  :  News

Saving the Wine World's Unheralded Grapes

Hundreds of varieties face extinction; researchers work to protect and promote

Posted: July 22, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

18 Impressive Italian Wines

New reviews of reds and whites from Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region

Posted: July 19, 2013  By Alison Napjus

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

13 Refreshing Italian Reds

New reviews of Barbera d’Alba for summertime sipping

Posted: July 12, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Will Rudy Kurniawan Find a New Lawyer?

Plus, Montalcino's Argiano has been acquitted of charges it made illegitimate Brunello, and a Napa Valley foie gras lawsuit gets a green light

Posted: July 11, 2013  

June 30, 2013 Issue  :  Letters


Posted: June 30, 2013  

June 30, 2013 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Spotlight on Brunello di Montalcino

2008 delivers elegance, while 2007 riservas are robust

Posted: June 30, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

20 Vintages of Luce della Vite

An exclusive vertical tasting of 20 vintages of Frescobaldi’s Luce sheds light on this evolving Tuscan red

Posted: June 24, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

In 1995, Vittorio Frescobaldi of Italy's venerable Marchesi Frescobaldi joined forces with Napa Valley icon Robert Mondavi to produce a Tuscan red called Luce della Vite. The grapes came from vineyards in Montalcino, adjacent to the Frescobaldis' Castelgiocondo estate.

Luce debuted two years later with the 1993 vintage. There is also a second wine called Lucente produced from the same vineyards. Earlier this year in New York, Lamberto Frescobaldi, vice president of the company in charge of production for Marchesi Frescobaldi, presented a vertical tasting of every vintage of Luce from the past 20 years, exclusively for Wine Spectator. Here are my scores and tasting notes.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

16 Vibrant Whites from Italy

New reviews of Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the Friuli region

Posted: June 21, 2013  By Alison Napjus

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