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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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Moscato d'Asti, Oddero - 2013

White | Italy, Piedmont, Asti | (750 )mL
To be great, a Moscato needs two things: balance and minerality. The sweet, floral Muscat grape requires complementary acidity, and minerality gives the wine its complexity. Oddero’s Moscato has both, and it is delightful.

Item #20288
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    $215.88 $205.09
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Barolo, Oddero - 2010

Red | Italy, Piedmont, Barolo | (750 )mL
This straight bottling of Oddero Barolo comes from their younger Nebbiolo vines. The fruit is nonetheless incredibly expressive, and surely has enough structure for a long cellaring. If you prefer your Baroli young, decant and enjoy.

Item #20284
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    $563.52 $507.17
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Umbria Bianco "Arboreus", Paolo Bea - 2009

White | Italy, Umbria, Montefalco | (750 )mL
This brilliant white from the legendary Paolo Bea estate is made from a regional version of Trebbiano called "Spoletino." The wine spends four years on the lees, giving it a golden hue & fleshy complexity. Dry, full-bodied, with striking minerality.

Item #22350
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    $743.52 $669.17
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Schioppettino, Ronchi di Cialla - 2004

Red | Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia | (750 )mL
Schioppettino (sko-pet-tino) is also known as Ribolla Nera and always makes for interesting red wines. This is medium-bodied wine with aromas of peppercorns, leather, blackberries and great tannins. The Ronchi di Cialla estate is one of the premier estates of Friuli.

Item #45656
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    $719.52 $647.57
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Barolo "Cannubi," Barale - 2006

Red | Italy, Piedmont | (750 )mL
Classic Cannubi nose of super ripe black cherries, chocolate, and tobacco. The more "masculine" of the Barale Baroli wines, but by no means over the top in structure. Rather, the texture is rich yet with soft tannins.

Item #31165
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    $1019.52 $917.57
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