Top Bargain Italian Red Wines

Friday, August 10th, 2007 at 12:00 am

Italian wines may be the among the most premium in the market today, that doesn’t mean you can’t get good Italian wine with only a few bucks. We have searched high and low to provide you with our top recommended Italian red wines that are sure to please both your palette and your wallet.

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Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo Langhe 2002 – Made from the Nebbiolo grape, this wine from the Piedmont region is produced every year. The better the vintage, the less Nebbiolo is produced. It is made with grapes from young vines or those vineyards that produces a less intense and concentrated juice. This wine boasts an amazing clarity and tongue-tying tannins. It goes well with game, specifically venison, which will mellow the wine a little but would still provide that endearing intensity and all-over peppered flavor. One bottle costs around $16.

Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2001 – The wine is named for the Italian region where it is made, not the grape variety as it is predominantly Sangiovese. It is rich in aromas of mature fruit with hints of vanilla. One taste and you would find it as well-balanced, elegant, and with good structure. It is made with a view to being enjoyed fairly young, when all its fruity nuances are at their maximum. This delightful accompaniment to your traditional Italian fare costs around $15.

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Castello di Monastero Chianti Superiore 2001 – Costing only around $10, it is a well-worn Sangiovese from Chianti region that can go the distance with a wide variety of foods. It is easy to drink, with grape skin, hints of chocolate, and undeniably Italian in character. Best consumed with tomato-based pasta, prosciutto, and Italian cheeses.

 italian red wines

Fontodi Chianti Classico 2001 – Another pride of Chianti region, this Sangiovese red wine has a medium body with distinct ruby red color. Blackberry and dark cherry flavors dominate this well-rounded wine. It is a versatile accompaniment, whether with hearty Italian fare or grilled meats or vegetables. This costs around $20.

 italian red wines

Righetti Amarone 2000 – This wine from Valpolicella DOC has become one of the most highly sought-after wines from Italy. It is produced from the same grape varietals found in Valpolicella such as Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara. At $20, the 2000 Vintage is a super bargain with its rich, dark flavors of dried cherries and a warm, spicy finish.

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Famiglia Anselma Barolo 2000 – At around $40 a bottle, this is may not sound like a bargain. However, a $40 Barolo wine IS a bargain, as this wine is worth every last dime (not to mention a high grade of 92 from Wine Spectator). It possesses a color of bright berry and strawberry, with cedar and floral-almost like bouquet of rose-character. It has a strong, full-bodied flavor with tantalizing berries and ripe tannins. The finish is long and lingering. Winetasters say that this wine’s quality is at its best after 2007. We recommend serving this with a zesty pot roast or flavorful cheeses.