Kerin O’Keefe

Italian Editor

Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe reviews all Italian wines for Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Prior to her appointment with Wine Enthusiast, O'Keefe, who moved to Italy in 1991, wrote regularly on Italian wine for Decanter, as well as for World of Fine Wine and on WineSearcher.com. She is a former contributing editor for Wine News magazine, and is the author of Franco Biondi Santi: The Gentleman of Brunello (Veronelli Editore, 2005), a recipient of a Gourmand Wine Book Award. She also won the Premio Consorzio Brunello di Montalcino in 2008 for her cover article "Brunello de-con-structed" which appeared in the Oct-Nov 2007 issue of Wine News. Her latest book, Brunello di Montalcino: Understanding and Appreciating One of Italy's Greatest Wines (University of California Press, 2012), was shortlisted for the André Simon Award.

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Benanti 2010 Pietramarina Bianco Superiore Carricante (Etna)

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  1. $50
This stunning, full-bodied wine is in the running as one of the best white wines in Italy. It’s perfumed with acacia flower, Spanish broom, beeswax, flint and tree fruit. The delicious palate delivers green apple, Anjou pear and mineral sensations of mesmerizing depth. It will develop even more complexity over time. Drink through 2025.  — K.O.  (7/1/2014)
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Mastroberardino 2007 Radici Aglianico (Taurasi)

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This gorgeous wine from southern Italy shows the true potential of native grape Aglianico. It opens with an intense fragrance of black cherry, leather, truffle, underbrush and spice. The dense, velvety palate delivers blackberry, raspberry and white pepper with a hint of espresso. It’s already delicious but hold for even more complexity. Drink through 2027.  — K.O.  (7/1/2014)
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Contrade di Taurasi - Lonardo 2012 Grecomusc’ Roviello (Campania)

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Here’s a gorgeous wine made with Roviello, an obscure and nearly extinct grape from Campania. It opens with an alluring floral fragrance punctuated with citrus and spice. The elegant, structured palate delivers grapefruit, cinnamon and intense, focused mineral alongside crisp acidity. Hold for more complexity. Drink now through 2020.  — K.O.  (7/1/2014)
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Cottanera 2012 Carricante (Etna)

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This beautiful wine opens with aromas of peach blossom, stone fruit, citrus and slate. The structured but refined palate delivers juicy grapefruit, green apple, aniseed and lovely mineral alongside fresh acidity and finesse. It’s already delicious but will develop more complexity. Drink now through 2020.  — K.O.  (7/1/2014)
92
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Feudi di San Gregorio 2012 Pietracalda Fiano (Fiano di Avellino)

  1. $37
Made from organically grown grapes, it boasts a floral fragrance of chamomile, white flower, beeswax and tropical fruit. The structured, elegant palate delivers grapefruit, nectarine, peach and mineral accented with aromatic herbs. Can be held for more complexity; drink now through 2020.  — K.O.  (7/1/2014)
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Benito Ferrara 2012 Vigna Cicogna Greco (Greco di Tufo)

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  1. $26
Fragrances recall white flowers, stone fruit, Barlett pear, flint and lemon pie. The rich palate delivers layers of white and yellow peach, mineral, ginger, white pepper and pink grapefruit. The creamy texture is brightened by crisp acidity.  — K.O.  (7/1/2014)
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Cantine Olivella 2012 Emblema Caprettone (Vesuvio)

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Made from native grape Caprettone, this savory wine beckons with inviting fragrances of white flowers, nuts, yellow apple, citrus and flint. The focused palate delivers nectarine, lemon zest, pear, mint and mineral accented with Mediterranean herbs. Crisp acidity gives a refreshing finish. Vinity Wine, Panebianco.  — K.O.  (7/1/2014)
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Mastroberardino 2012 Novaserra Greco (Greco di Tufo)

  1. $25
From the family firm that resurrected native grape Greco, this structured, elegant wine offers rich peach, apple and citrus flavors accented with intense mineral, spice and aromatic herbs. Crisp acidity beautifully balances the rich flavors. Drink 2017–2022.  — K.O.  (7/1/2014)
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