Rated 99 POINTS: Luca Maroni
''Few other red wines in the world show off this style in which the sweetness of the fruit, with those of the balsamic spices so sweetly, vanilla-mentally minty, are so penetrated and balanced. At the base of this shining persuasion, a raw material of supreme concentration, an oenological transformation that nothing has dispersed of its original natural splendour. Integrity that is cleanliness and stainless splendour of its fruit of the forest, of concentration and palatal balance that is truly exceptional. Chapeau.'' 99 Points, Luca Maroni, Annual Italian Wine Guide 2020
That's right, this wine scored 99 points in Luca Maroni's Best Italian Wines Annual. Luca is one of Italy's most renowned wine critics – Italy's James Halliday or Jeremy Oliver if you like – and for the latest edition of his annual wine guide, over 11,000 wines were tasted. The equal highest rated wine was this, the Amaranta Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018 and we have it for $34.95
''Look for aromas of cherries, with a nice spiciness of cinnamon on the finish. Juicy mouth-feel with savoury tannins,'' 95 Points, Luca Gardini (Previous Vintage Review)
Aged 9/12 months in the French and American barriques, Amaranta is ruby red with garnet reflections; opulent fruit, the bouquet is intense, fruity, persistent, with notes of dried flowers, spice, licorice, marasca cherries. The palate is stylish, velvety, almost creamy. Complex, elegant, well balanced with a long aftertaste. Montepulciano D’Abruzzo. Very limited.