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Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world.  Etruscans and Greek settlers produced wine here long before the Romans started developing their own vineyards in the second century BC.  Roman grape-growing and wine making was prolific and well-organized, pioneering large-scale production and storage techniques like barrel-making and bottling.  Two thousand years later, Italy remains one of the world's foremost producers, responsible for approximately one-fifth of world wine production in 2005.

Important wine-relevant geographic characteristics of Italy include the fact that Italy is a peninsula with a long shoreline, contributing moderating climate to coastal wine regions, as well as extensive mountains and foothills providing many altitudes for grape growing and a variety of climate and soil conditions. Grapes are grown in almost every part of Italy, with more than 1 million vineyards under cultivation.

Italy’s most popular wines include Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello and Chianti Classico.  The Sangiovese grape is Italy's claim to fame.  It produces Chianti Classico, Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montepulciano, Montefalco Rosso, and many others.  The term "Super Tuscan" describes any Tuscan red wine that does not adhere to traditional blending laws for the region. For example, Chianti Classico wines are made from a blend of grapes with Sangiovese as the dominant varietal in the blend. Super Tuscans often use other grapes, especially cabernet sauvignon, making them ineligible for DOC(G) classification under the traditional rules.

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Roberto Mazzi Valpolicelli Classico Superiore 2008
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Roberto Mazzi Valpolicelli Classico Superiore  2008
Corvina is one of the classic grapes of the Veneto region of Italy. It is usually the predominant grape in the blends used for Bardolino and Valpolicella. Corvina tends to produce lightly-colored wines with high acidity and moderate tannins.
Rocca Albino Barbaresco Vigneto Brich Ronchi 2000
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Rocca Albino Barbaresco Vigneto Brich Ronchi  2000
Best after 2008. 2,080 cases made. Wine Spectator rating 95. Wine Spectator Top 100 #32 in 2003.
Ruffino Il Ducale Tuscana Red 2009
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Ruffino Il Ducale Tuscana Red  2009
Ruby red with violet reflections. The bouquet is intense and denotes a pleasant complexity, with notes of cassis, cherries jam, plums and chocolate. It then fades into very clean flavors of tobacco, vanilla, eucalyptus and spice.
Ruffino Modus Toscana 2013
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Ruffino Modus Toscana  2013
Firm and silky red with blueberry, walnut and black tea undertones. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon and merlot blend. Drink in 2018. Rated 93/100 James Suckling
Tenuta dell Ornellaia Le Volte 2016
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Tenuta dell Ornellaia Le Volte  2016
90 Points by Wine Spectator: Black cherry, blueberry and floral aromas and flavors highlight this rich red. Its ample flesh coats the tannins, but there's structure underneath. Fine length. Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia Toscana IGT 2014 (1500ml)
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Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia Toscana IGT 2014  (1500ml)
Ornellaia, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia’s flagship wine, was first produced with vintage 1985, from an extremely careful selection of the vineyards grown on the Estate. Produced in limited quantities, hand-crafted and vinified with the utmost care and attention
Tenuta di Biserno Biserno, Maremma 2012
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Tenuta di Biserno Biserno, Maremma  2012
95 points, James Suckling (Jul 2016) Dark plum, chocolate, cloves, licorice and new leather give the 2012 much of its opulent, full-throttle personality. Ripeness is pushed to the edge in the Biserno, a wine built on serious extraction.
Tommaso Bussola Della Valpolicella Clasico 2006
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Tommaso Bussola Della Valpolicella Clasico  2006
Wine Advocate rating of 91. The 2005 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a beautiful entry-level wine. This mid-weight, feminine Amarone is layered with rose petals, raspberries, truffles, sweet tobacco and herbs.
Vitas Pinot Grigio 2010
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Vitas Pinot Grigio  2010
Elegant and intense bouquet with hints of acacia flowers, dry hay, walnut kernel, yellow peach and golden apple, intertwined with fresh and mineral notes.
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