Italian Reds: New Releases

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Italy offers a rich variety of premium red wines (DOC, DOCG and IGT) in virtually every region from the Northeast to the South. The wines are made from a bewildering array of native and international varieties and in a wide variety of styles. In this article we review over 30 new Italian releases from all over Italy. The new releases from Trentino-Alto Adige and the Veneto include easy drinking Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and more complex and earthy Amarone della Valpolicella, and Regolo Rosso, which is made of the native grape, Corvina. The wines of the Piedmont consist of three delicious Barberas made in both easy drinking and complex and age-worthy styles. The single largest selections are from Tuscany and Umbria, known for their Sangiovese-based red wines: Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti and Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile de Montepulciano, Maremma, and Morellino di Scansano. Also included are a variety of high quality IGT and other Tuscan red blends. Our reviews finish with a pair of wines made of native grapes from Puglia in Southern Italy. All the new releases reviewed here are from excellent producers and are available in the U.S. market.

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