81. Barbera D’Alba, Albino Rocca, Italy $35
Bright, fragrant fruit, a mouthwatering palate with a touch of complexity. Laced with crushed cherries, liquorice and violet, brimming with crisp, succulent fruit, nice herbal and floral overtones.
82. Montepulciano, Niro, Italy $35
It’s dry, medium bodied, intense and flavourful with juicy black-fruit flavours and hints of anise and cherry pit adding some interesting bite.
83. Chianti Classico Riserva, Rocca delle Macie $40
A burst of cherry and plum flavors highlights this red, whose firm structure and earth and mineral elements keep it solidly in a traditional style.
84. Chianti Classico, Vinamaggio, Italy $40
Bright, dark ruby-purple. Musky aromas of dark cherry, wet earth and tar pick up sweet notes of blood orange and quince with air. Then supple and oaky in the mouth, with flavors of black cherry, plum and underbrush.
85. Chianti Classico, Felsina, Italy $45
Deep, attractive ruby red color. Elegantly fruity nose, with marked scents of wild red berries foregrounding nuances of mixed spices.
86. Super Tuscan, Brancaia “Tre”, Italy $40
Made from Brancaia’s three Tuscan estates this blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon has juicy berry and plum character with hints of peaches and chocolate. Medium body, with fine tannins and a fresh finish.
87. Valpolicella, Secco-Bertani, Italy $40
Very deep garnet red colour with purple nuances. At the nose scent of ripe cherry, evolving in black cherry notes, spices and dried fruit: the authentic Valpantena tones.
88. Amarone Della Valpolicella, Michele Castellani, Italy $90
Shows dried berry, spice and cigar box notes, with dried fruits. Full-bodied, with round caressing tannins and lots of ripe fruit. Toasty oak, yet balanced and juicy.
89. Amarone, Villa Arvedi, Bertani, Italy $90
Dark and savoury with complex, deep layers of dark cherry liqueur and dark spice nuances. This wine was produced in Valpantena, the only cru denomination in the Valpolicella region. It has tremendous intensity and concentration of flavours. There’s some seductive smoky charcoal on the finish wrapped in dark chocolate.
90. Rosso Di Montalcino, Col D’Orcia, Italy $45
Deep ruby red with purple reflections. It displays fresh, intense aromas of ripe fruit infused with spice from the oak. It is full- bodied and fruit forward, structured by supple tannins.
91. Primitivo, Liveli Orion, Italy $35
Dense ruby red with a purplish rim. The Orion Primitivo is immediately intense on the nose with marked aromas of ripe and fleshy red fruits, notably cherries followed by spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. In the mouth it is full, powerful, and smooth. The wine has a very long finish with a well defined acid streak which makes it fresh and pleasing.
92. Brunello Di Montalcino, Caparzo, Italy $65
Unique in that the grapes are grown in 4 microclimates adding extra complexity. Flowers, ripe berries and minerals on the nose. Full bodied, round and fruity, with a decadent and fruity finish.
93. Brunello Di Montalcino, Campogiovanni, Italy $75
A rich, deep ruby precedes pronounced and quite distinctive aromas of ripe red berry fruit enriched with notes of tobacco leaf, tanned leather, rosemary, and blackberry preserves. It is rounded and smooth on the palate, and concludes with suggestions of liqueured cherries.
94. Barolo, Marchesi di Barolo, Italy $90
Garnet-red in color with ruby shades. An intense nose with clean scents of spices, vanilla, roasted hazelnuts, liquorices, cacao and wild rose. A full, elegant flavor, austere and good-bodied, with recurring olfactory sensations.
95. Barolo, Serralunga D’Alba, Italy $80
Ruby-red color with garnet reflections. The aromas are sharp and intense, with hints of vanilla, spices, withered roses and underbrush. The taste is dry, but soft, full, velvety, harmonious and very long lasting.