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Italian Wines Ames IA

Local resource for Italian wines in Ames. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to southern Italian wines and imported wines, as well as advice and content on wine reviews.

Aya Ranch
(515) 296-0908
6423 Pine Grove Lane
Ames, IA

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Snus Hill Vineyard & Winery
2183 320Th St
Madrid, IA

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Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits - Ames #1
(515) 292-0817
3609 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
 
Old Chicago
(515) 232-6900
1610 S Kellogg Ave
Ames, IA
 
DG's Tap House
(515) 232-1528
127 Main St
Ames, IA
 
White Oak Vineyards
Ne 15065 White Oak Dr
Cambridge, IA

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Madison County Winery
27319 690Th Ave
Colo, IA

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Es Tas
(515) 268-1785
216 Stanton Ave
Ames, IA
 
Chester's Coins & Gifts
(515) 232-9222
221 Main St
Ames, IA
 
The London Underground
(515) 233-2040
212 Main St
Ames, IA
 
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Southern Italian Selections - International Wine Review

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Italian Selections

ItalyIn this article, the International Wine Review focuses once again on the wines of Southern Italy. In Report #6 The Wines of Southern Italy: From Quantity to Quality , we noted that while wines of the South have never achieved the recognition nor the acclaim of the wines in the north, their status and standing has begun to improve dramatically.  The tremendous quality and value of Southern Italy wines is shown once again in this review of Southern Italy selections.

Part III.  Southern Italy 

The wines reviewed here are from Campania, Puglia, Sicily and Sardinia.  They include top fine wine producers such as Feudi di San Gregoiro, Ocone, Matané, Planeta, and Mazzei as well as producers of outstanding value wines such as Mandra Rossa in Sicily. Aside from the rich history and marvelous tradition of wine in southern Italy, perhaps the most interesting aspect of these wines is the incredible range of indigenous grapes--both white and red--that can be found in each region.

Campania

Feudi di San Gregorio was established in 1986 in a joint venture between two families of Irpinia. The wines are made by owner and winemaker Enzo Ercolino with the assistance of consulting winemaker, Riccardo Cotarella. Having constructed a modern winemaking facility and aging cellar in 2004, Feudi is clearly at the forefront of winemaking in Campania.

Feudi di San Gregorio 2007 Falanghina Sannio Campania ($20) 92

This is an elegant 100% Falanghina sourced from a cluster of small high altitude vineyards in the district of Sannio. Medium lemon in color, it exhibits rich aromas of honey, apricots and peaches. On the palate, it offers beautifully focused sweet and pure ripe fruit flavors with mineral notes and lively acidity. A real gem! 

Importer: Palm Bay International

Feudi di San Gregorio 2006 Greco di Tufo Campania ($25) 89

This 2006 Greco di Tufo displays a light lemon color with lovely scents of fennel and a touch of minerality. On the palate it boasts flavors of ripe pear and honey and combines good acidity with a firm long lasting finish.

Importer: Palm Bay International.

Feudi di San Gregorio 2005 Rubrato Aglianico Campania ($21) 93

This Rubrato, produced with the assistance of the famed consulting enologist Ricardo Cotarella, is a first-class Aglianico from one of Campania's top producers. It exhibits a dark ruby color with aromas of red/black cherry fruit.   Rich and elegant, it is medium weight with a beautifully structured palate of spicy ripe red and black fruit and notes of chocolate and toasty oak. It is a big wine with round tannins that need time to soften, and it has a rich long finish.

Importer: Palm Bay International.

Feudi di San Gregorio 2004 Taurasi Campania ($45) 92

This Taurasi exhibits a dark ruby color and scents of sweet black cherry notes of tar, earth and leather. On the palate it is silky smooth and delicious with ripe black fruit and ...

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