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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Monteraponi 2010 Baron’ Ugo Riserva Red (Chianti Classico)

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  1. $63
Here’s a gorgeous Chianti Classico that shows great intensity, breeding and class. It opens with quintessential varietal aromas of leather, blue flower, berry and spice. The palate delivers juicy black cherry, white pepper, cinnamon and mint alongside bracing but refined tannins and fresh acidity. It already has compelling depth but is still young and needs time to…  — K.O.  (4/1/2014)
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Monteraponi 2010 Il Campitello Riserva Red (Chianti Classico)

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This stunning wine opens with a multifaceted fragrance of underbrush, leather, spice, woodland berries and violets, with a whiff of mint. The layered palate delivers a vibrant core of succulent black cherry accented with white pepper and balsamic herbs. It’s still young and structured with forceful yet fine tannins so give it time to develop fully. Drink 2015–2025.  — K.O.  (4/1/2014)
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San Felice 2010 Poggio Rosso Riserva Red (Chianti Classico)

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  1. $50
Here’s an outstanding Chianti Classico made from 80% Sangiovese, 10% Pugnitello and 10% Colorino that opens with earthy aromas of underbrush, leather, violet, dark spices and red berries. The structured palate delivers rich black cherry, black pepper, clove and balsamic herbs alongside bracing yet refined tannins. It still shows some youthful aggression, so give it…  — K.O.  (4/1/2014)
94
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Cinciano 2010 Riserva Sangiovese (Chianti Classico)

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Made with 100% Sangiovese, this stunning but reserved wine opens with multifaceted aromas of underbrush, violet, black berries and just a whiff of leather. The delicious, structured palate delivers vibrant black cherry and ripe raspberry alongside notes of black pepper and grilled rosemary. It’s impeccably balanced by fresh acidity and a tannic backbone. It’s still…  — K.O.  (4/1/2014)
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Terenzi 2010 Riserva Madrechiesa Sangiovese (Morellino di Scansano)

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  1. $55
Made entirely with Sangiovese, this structured wine opens with fruit and spice aromas of blackberry, raspberry, white pepper and clove alongside hints of leather and tar. The juicy palate delivers a core of vibrant black cherry accented with white pepper and cinnamon-spice. Bracing but refined tannins carry through to the long finish. Give this time to fully…  — K.O.  (4/1/2014)
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Castello di Monsanto 2007 Il Poggio Riserva Red (Chianti Classico)

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This gorgeous wine, a blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo and Colorino, opens with aromas that recall underbrush, mint, woodland berries and balsamic herbs. The palate offers layers of sour cherry and white pepper accented with exotic Asian spices and sage that add depth. It’s surprisingly fresh for the hot vintage and the solid tannins carry through to the…  — K.O.  (4/1/2014)
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Castello di Verrazzano 2010 Riserva Red (Chianti Classico)

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Made from Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo, this structured wine opens with aromas of smoke, red berries, soil and a whiff of leather. The palate delivers dark red-cherry flavor, layered with mocha, black pepper, clove and licorice alongside austere tannins. It’s well-balanced but needs time to fully develop. Drink 2015–2025.  — K.O.  (4/1/2014)
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Castello di Volpaia 2010 Riserva Sangiovese (Chianti Classico)

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  1. $29
Made from organically farmed grapes, this gorgeous expression of Sangiovese opens with rich aromas of ripe plum, leather and cooking spices. The vibrant palate delivers a core of black cherry and raspberry accented by white pepper, thyme, sage and mineral notes, with fresh acidity and solid tannins. This is already delicious but will benefit with more bottle age…  — K.O.  (4/1/2014)
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