We think we have nailed this month's premium mixed dozen from Italy with another great selection of classic and new favourites. This is stroll through the Italian landscape north to south with the like of Gianfranco Alessandria Varbera d'Alba Vittoria to start. This has seen extra time in oak and is as serious a wine as gets for this not-so-humble variety. Plus what would an Italian pack be without a Barolo? This time from producer Guido Porro's single vineyard Santa Caterina and the lauded 2015 vintage. Hard to miss from this under-the-radar producer.
To freshen the palate a rich and zesty drop from Pieropan La Rocca 2017. This soave is best parcels with approximately 10 months in oak adding lashings of flavours and layers of complexity. From Tuscan heartland comes the Le Macchiole a blend of Merlot 40%, Cabernet Franc 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Syrah 20%. While a relative new comer to the wine scene it has quickly made a big splash.
And, last to the south from Tenuta Aglaea comes the Etna Rosso Thalia. Owner and long-time wine professional Anne-Louise Mikkelssen is punching out some of the tastiest Etna wines around and comes off the some of the oldest vines from her vineyards. And to finish a bright and fresh white from Campania from the Mustilli Flanghina del Sannio.