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Wines of Italy: And Bottles for All

We’re Italian aficionados and we especially love Italian wines that are crafted traditionally and that emphasize the distinct characteristics of a particular native grape. We stand behind old-school technique and aging methods (long, slow maceration of the must and gentle extraction of fruit; aging in large, old casks, etc.) in the interest of preserving the true personality of a wine. You can still be old-school in approach, however, and espouse modern ideas when it comes to cellaring and preservation. It’s ok to embrace progress-think of how much better wine is under the controlled watch of stainless steel, temperature-controlled fermentation tanks and with the added bonus of having dropped imperfect fruit from harvest-as long as progress doesn’t come at the cost of railroading tradition and terroir. That’s why we’re such Italian enthusiasts. This preservationist country marries a dedication to old technique with an eye toward new technology. Italy has thousands of varieties planted, so even the wine buyer here at Astor Wines & Spirits is always tasting new varieties that are being imported. Italy may always keep us on our toes, but if there’s one thing we can guarantee it’s that this country has a wine to suit everyone’s palate. For more from Italy, check out our inaugural Astor Winemakers Invitational on Saturday, April 18, 2015, featuring some of our favorite Italian winemakers: www.astorcenternyc.com/winemakers-invitational/

 
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Grignolino del Monferrato "Euli," Cantine Valpane - 2012

Red | Italy, Piedmont, Monferrato | (750 )mL
Grignolino that sees no oak, but is done in clay/cement and steel. Pairs well with diverse dishes from grilled fish with umami accents to meat dishes.

Item #32491
  • Single Bottle:
    $16.99
  • Case of 12:
    $203.88 $183.49
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Brunello di Montalcino, Mastrojanni - 2009

Red | Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino | (750 )mL
The Mastrojanni focus is traditional and they've done an especially great job with this idiosyncratic vintage. Clearly more structured than typical. A full-bodied red wine with mixed dark fruits.

Item #19767
  • Single Bottle:
    $54.96 $44.96
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  • Case of 12:
    $659.52 $485.57
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Staff Pick

Teroldego Rotaliano, Foradori - 2012

Red | Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige | (750 )mL
It's not easy to say, but whenever we find a wine as delightful and distinctive as this ripe, blackberry-flavored red, we happily take on any pronunciation-related challenges that may be involved in offering it to our customers.

Item #45524
  • Single Bottle:
    $23.99
  • Case of 12:
    $287.88 $259.09
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Barbaresco "Ovello," Gigi Bianco - 2008

Red | Italy, Piedmont, Barbaresco | (750 )mL
An exquisite pairing with meaty stews or braised duck breast. This is a classic Barbaresco with charming aromas: roses, white pepper, and red fruits. Classic, elegant Nebbiolo from a tiny property in Barbaresco.

Item #27513
  • Single Bottle:
    $54.96 $39.96
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    $659.52 $479.52
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Pettirosso Rosato "Allegro" Frizzante, Punta Crena - NV

Rosé | Italy, Liguria | (750 )mL
A sparkling rosé wine made from the local grapes Rossese and Cruvin. An energetic wine with berries, minerals, and tannins all with a dry finish. Made with a single, vat fermentation and the type of frizzante that works well with an antipasto plate of cured meats and aged cheese.

Item #22940
  • Single Bottle:
    $19.99
  • Case of 12:
    $239.88 $215.89
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Alter Ego VdT, Andrea Occhipinti - 2013

White | Italy, Latium | (750 )mL
This is an unoaked, refreshing Aleatico. Focused orchard fruit is layered thickly atop gravelly minerals and stony acidity. There is a simple beauty to this wine and its lack of embellishment. Drink on its own, or serve next to simply prepared fish.

Item #26985
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    $19.96
  • Case of 12:
    $239.52 $215.57
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Aleatico Rosso "Alea Viva," Andrea Occhipinti - 2012

Red | Italy, Latium | (750 )mL
Aleatico is a native grape that's typically vinified into a dessert wine. However, in this case, Andrea Occhipinti offers a compelling, aromatic, dry version. This is a red wine made from vines planted on the Island of Elba in Latium’s Lake Bolzena.

Item #23608
  • Single Bottle:
    $20.99
  • Case of 12:
    $251.88 $226.69
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"G" Gigetto, Poggio La Noce - 2012

Red | Italy, Tuscany | (750 )mL
A Super Tuscan that's meaningful, affordable, and meant for real people consumption. Made from vines planted high up at 800 feet in elevation.The soil is mixed with clay, limestone and shale. The fruit is severely selected, de-stemmed, fermented and then aged in a mix of old and new wood.

Item #30985
  • Single Bottle:
    $38.99
  • Case of 12:
    $467.88 $421.09
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Nero Màccari, Gulfi - 2009

Red | Italy, Sicily | (750 )mL
Nero d'Avola sourced from the Màccari vineyard, where it develops high acidity in the sunny Sicilian climes. This rich red wine has notes of blackberries, blueberries, eucalyptus, and tobacco.

Item #44442
  • Single Bottle:
    $43.99
  • Case of 12:
    $527.88 $475.09
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Barbaresco "Gallina," Oddero - 2009

Red | Italy, Piedmont, Barbaresco | (750 )mL
A youthful Barbaresco that boasts crushed cherries, earth, and violets. A wine best decanted and served with hearty, wild stews and gamey poultry. This Nebbiolo was matured in 20 - 30 hectoliter old French and Austrian oak barrels.

Item #28980
  • Single Bottle:
    $51.99
  • Case of 12:
    $623.88 $561.49
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