One of the things I love most about putting together a list of the Best Italian Wines for any particular year is the variety of offerings I have to choose from. For many countries, we are looking at 6-10 varietals that make up most of the top wines, but for Italy, it’s several dozen. That means that along with full-bodied, iconic reds such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello di Montalcino and Amarone, I also get to include Montepulciano di Abruzzo and Palagrello Nero for the reds, while the whites include terrific offerings as Verdicchio, Vermentino, Greco di Tufo as well as blended whites from Friuli. And of course, there are several wonderful sparkling wines as well!
Here is my list of the Best Italian Wines for 2018, with comments on a few of the wines, all of which are outstanding.
Nanni Cope Sabbie di Sopra il Bosco 2016 (Campania) – My vote for the best Italian wine of the year. Produced primarily from Palagrello Nero in the province of Caserta in northern Campania by Giovanni Ascione, this wine is a revelation. Power, intensity and structure for the long haul, combined with grace and finesse. Superb!
Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2013 (Tuscany) – Over the past decade, this small estate managed by Giuseppe Mori has become one of the elite prodcuers of Brunello di Montalcino. His special bottling labeled Madonna delle Grazie is always special, but in the 2013 vintage, his classic Brunello is as good. Superb varietal purity and sense of place; peak in 12-15 years.Fonte: Tom Hyland - Forbes