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 2009 Nerello Mascalese (Etna)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $50
Here’s a gorgeous, delicious wine that’s all about sheer elegance. It’s loaded with alluring blue flower, creamy wild cherry and black raspberry sensations accented by notes of carob, clove and white pepper. This is impeccably balanced, with fresh acidity, silky, smooth tannins and a long, lingering finish. It already boasts great depth and complexity, but will…  — K.O.  (9/1/2014)
94
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Feudi di San Gregorio 2012 Sirica (Campania)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $50
Made from a rare and nearly extinct grape variety of the same name, Sirica opens with intense aromas of blackberry, leather, violets, underbrush and Mediterranean herbs. The delicious palate doles out mature black cherry, blueberry, black pepper, clove and grilled sage alongside velvety tannins and fresh acidity. It’s beautifully balanced and will continue to…  — K.O.  (9/1/2014)
94
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Terredora 2009 Fatica Contadina Aglianico (Taurasi)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $34
This gripping, delicious wine seamlessly weaves together sensations of blue flower, exotic incense, ripe black cherry, mature plum, cracked pepper, mocha, clove and graphite. It’s already delicious and well balanced, with bracing tannins and racy acidity, but give it time to soften and develop complexity. Drink 2019–2029.  — K.O.  (9/1/2014)
94
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Benanti 2011 Serra della Contessa Red (Etna)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $65
This gorgeous wine opens with fragrances of blue flower, moist earth, leather and ripe berry. The delicious palate delivers succulent black cherry, cinnamon, white pepper and balsamic herbs alongside smooth, silky tannins. It’s already delicious now, but hold for complexity. Drink now–2026.  — K.O.  (9/1/2014)
94
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Contrade di Taurasi - Lonardo 2009 Vigne d’Alto Aglianico (Taurasi)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $70
Aromas of blue flower, rich black fruit, cooking spices, leather and thyme waft out of the glass of this soulful young Taurasi. The palate offers a juicy core of black cherry accented by notes of black pepper, nutmeg, eucalyptus, pipe tobacco and mineral, with firm acidity and velvety tannins. It’s already delicious, but hold for additional complexity. Drink 2019–2029.  — K.O.  (9/1/2014)
94
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Grifalco 2009 Damaschito Aglianico (Aglianico del Vulture)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $28
This structured and delicious wine opens with aromas of tilled earth, blue flower and mature black fruit. The savory, juicy palate delivers notes of ripe plum, blackberry, Mediterranean herbs and mineral, all supported by assertive tannins. Drink 2015–2024.  — K.O.  (9/1/2014)
93
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Biondi 2012 Chianta White (Etna)

  • Editors' Choice
  • Online Exclusive
  1. $50
A blend of 90% Carricante, 10% Catarratto and Minnella, this delicious golden-colored wine seamlessly weaves together sensations of lemon drop, nectarine, dried apricot, ginger and cinnamon alongside bright acidity. It’s a sophisticated wine boasting depth and complexity.  — K.O.  (9/1/2014)
93
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Biondi 2011 Cisterna Fuori Red (Etna)

  1. $60
Aromas of tilled soil, blue flower, new saddle leather, underbrush and woodland berry waft from the glass after pouring this savory wine. The spicy palate offers creamy black cherry and raspberry layered with white pepper, clove and cinnamon. The juicy palate is supported by firm, polished tannins and fresh acidity. Drink after 2016.  — K.O.  (9/1/2014)
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