Italian New Arrivals 2017

Eat Play Wine! Check out our new Italian Arrivals Below!

A Note From Our Category Manager:

I am happy to announce that Italian vino is becoming one of our strongest categories in sales and also interest levels. Our goal in the coming year is to round out our selections with lesser known regions/varieties and up-and-comers.

These arrivals include returning favourites and new discoveries. Many of you have been patiently waiting for the return of Fenocchio Barolo and Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco. The line up from Monteraponi and Caparsa in Radda Chianti are once again superb. We are very fortunate to have secured a selection of Brunellos from Stella di Compalto (Montalcino) as she is one of the most sought-after producers and artisans.

Other highlights include wines with some age and two new partners from Sicily: I Custodi and Gianfranco Daino. Sicily is an exciting region and we are working to expand our offerings there. All tasting notes are written by myself, unless indicated otherwise - with point scores included when available.

Leah Bickford
Your Italian Wine Buyer


Monteraponi NV Rosso di Monteraponi 750ml


The NV Rosso is a blend of varieties and vintages. This cuvee includes Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Merlot, Trebbiano, Malvasia (last two are white). It is vinified and aged in concrete tanks. The lack of oak allows for the fresh, youthful and juicy...

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Cesconi 2012 Vino Rosso Moratel 750ml


Cesconi is quite well known for their production of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.  Their line up includes some fabulous, more premium blends, which we hope to offer in the future.  Moratel is more value driven, and a blend that combines...

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Cesconi Blauwal Sparkling 750ml


Blauwal (blue whale) a seemingly puzzling name for bubble coming from a mountainous region. The original label was a sketch of a blue whale, designed by Elisabetta Foradori’s late husband. They recently re-designed labels to this now more classic,...

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Daino 2011 Suber Red Wine 750ml


The one and only wine produced by Gianfranco Daino is a blend of Nero d’Avola, Frappato and Alicante. Soil for vines is mainly Mediterranean red sands. Fermented in stainless steel and subsequently aged in barrels of varying size for...

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Giacomo Fenocchio 2012 Barolo "Villero" DOCG 750ml


The wines from the Villero Cru (Castiglione Falletto) tend to be favourite of mine as I have a particular fondness for the perfumed Barolos that come from here. A small 8 hectares/20 acres, the Fenocchio’s own 1ha. Other notable producers include...

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Monteraponi 2012 Baron Ugo IGT 750ml


Baron Ugo is Monteraponi’s most premium wine and also a single vineyard. This is their most elevated vineyard sitting at 570 meters above sea level. Average age of vines here is 40 years. It is produced using the same blending recipe as Campitello...

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Cesconi 2013 Vino Bianco Olivar 750ml


Olivar has been a popular wine in the past. It is a blend of Pinot Bianco 40%, Chardonnay 30%, and Pinot Grigio 30% all grown on their Pressano vineyard. Varieties are fermented in large oak barrels followed by ten months of barrique aging, blending and...

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Cesconi 2014 Vino Bianco Manzoni 750ml


Particular to this region, this variety was historically used as a blending component. Its parents are Riesling and Pinot Bianco. Here it grows close to Garda on alluvial soils with great geological complexity (volcanic, sedimentary, schists, dolomite...

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Stella di Campalto 2008 Brunello di Montalcino 750ml


According to Stella the growing season in 2008 was rainy in the Spring followed by a HOT summer. This created some start stop challenges with fermentation. Although you certainly cannot taste this! She describes this wine to have a likeness to an old...

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