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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

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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

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Investment Fund Buys 7,000 Bottles of Biondi-Santi Brunello

Bottled Asset Fund invests $5 million in Italian wines from 1945 to 1975 vintages

Posted: May 29, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Rich Italian Reds for $20 or Less

New reviews from Sicily, Campania and Molise

Posted: May 10, 2013  By Nathan Wesley

News & Features  :  Wine in History

California Vintner Discovers Ancient Roman Wine Exporter

When not making Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot at Wrath, archaeologist Michael Thomas leads a team that discovered a wine "négociant" outside Pompeii

Posted: May 6, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Rocca di Montegrossi: Making Wine from Stone

San Marcellino vineyard Sangiovese makes for outstanding, mineral-driven Chianti Classico

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi grows Sangiovese from the majority of 49 acres of vineyards surrounding his Rocca di Montegrossi cellar located in Monti, part of the Chianti Classico commune of Gaiole in Tuscany.

The soil here is very rocky, a mix of the friable schist called galestro and the harder albarese, a form of limestone, plus some clay. Sangiovese from this area possesses a very strong backbone and mineral expression, and is capable of long aging.

The vineyards are farmed organically, based on Ricasoli-Firidolfi's philosophy and personal observations since taking control of the estate in 1990. "The more careful you are with nature—organic farming, for example—the more nature responds," he said. "It's not scientifically proven, but my opinion."

April 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

A Growing Empire of Wine

Farinetti is rapidly expanding his holdings throughout Italy

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Robert Camuto

April 30, 2013 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

2008 Barolo An Ageworthy Vintage

Cool growing conditions in Piedmont produced impressive results

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

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

The Allure of Northern Italy

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

April 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Resurrecting Soave

Stefano Inama is a bold voice among the true believers working to restore the Italian region’s reputation

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Mitch Frank

April 30, 2013 Issue  :  People

Giacosa’s Expansive Roster of Wines

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

April 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

The Quiet Man's Legacy

Bruno Giacosa toiled for decades to make some of Piedmont’s greatest wines. Now a new generation is building on his labors

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Mitch Frank

April 30, 2013 Issue  :  People

Scaling New Heights in Italy’s Dolomites

When it comes to winemaking, Elisabetta Foradori considers success less important than passion

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Mitch Frank

April 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Ferrari in High Gear

Italy’s first family of sparkling wine brings its Champagne-method spumante to the world

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Robert Camuto

April 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Eataly

A revolutionary approach to Italian food and wine

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Robert Camuto

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