Even an attempt to list the three best known Italian wines becomes contentious. Connoisseurs have such an eclectic diversity of taste and preference that it is almost impossible to find any degree of consensus, forget unanimity, in the process of picking the finest wines. While there are many varieties of wines, when it comes to Italy, it is mostly about red wines. The task is not simple as there are thousands of wines, including the distinct species of grapes, the different brands and varieties of every brand. The task gets complicated when you notice the distinct difference in the flavors, the aromas and the aftertastes of different wines made from the same type of grape. If you are going to be getting any of these wines then we recommend you invest in a good wine cooler to keep them at optimum temperatures.
There are connoisseurs who would buy nothing but Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello or Amarone for that special occasion. Many may want to stock up on some Gattinara, Rosso di Montalcino and Chianti Classico. Regular wine drinkers love their Barbera d’Asti, Dolcetto d’Alba, Lambrusco and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. You cannot discard either Cà del Bosco Franciacorta Annamaria Clementi or Villa Raiano Fiano di Avellino, Venica Ronco delle Cime or Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca. Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino stands its ground when compared to Gaja Barbaresco and Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella has its share of fans, just as Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio all’Oro and Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryè have theirs.
The first of our three best known Italian wines is the Barolo Brunate Jeroboamin, Ceretto. The red wine is a treasure of Piedmont in Italy. The aroma is almost addictive. Those familiar with the wine treasure its fragrance of pressed woodland berry and rose with some sage. If structure determined the popularity of wines, then the smooth and silky Barolo would surely land one of the top spots on a global list. There is a fine tinge of exoticness, courtesy the characteristic flavor of black cherry, clove, licorice and ground pepper. The red wine is actually garnet red and there are orange reflections, accentuating the aura. The wine is macerated for up to fifteen days and then fermented in stainless steel using indigenous yeasts. After twelve months in barrique and another twelve months or more in casks, the wine is finally bottled. While Tuscany and Lombardy are more popular for their grapes and subsequently their wines, Piedmont takes the first spot on our list for its unforgettable nebbiolo grape. You may have heard the expression tar and roses. This refers to the nebbiolo wines.
No list of best known or the most popular Italian wines can ever be complete without a cabernet merlot. The Cabernet Merlot IGT, Torri d’oro is one of the best there is. The Sicilian blend of sauvignon and merlot brings out the best of the two most popular wine grapes. There are connoisseurs who stack up their Bordeaux inventory as a prized collection, bringing out a bottle on rare occasions. Get yourself this bottle and you would know why. If you like dark and intense fruity flavors, particularly of blackcurrant with whiffs of bell pepper then this is your poison. The structure is not as firm as the Barolo but it is more palatable and it can last a really long time if proper care is taken during fermentation, ageing and bottling. The right blends can last decades and they would only get more memorable. These wines are aged in barrels and the grapes have serious affinity for oak, cedar, spice and smoke.
The third best known Italian wine on our list is Badiolo Chianti, Trambusti. Chianti celebrates the champion of grapes used to make red wines in Italy, the ever popular sangiovese. The grape has a unique taste, texture and flavor. The grape is grown all over Italy with a total area under cultivation estimated to be around a hundred and seventy three thousand acres. The ruby red wine that gets better over time is intense but the structure is pleasantly balanced. You would love the aroma of violets, red fruits, bitter cherries and dried herbs.