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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Allegrini 2010 Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

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Boasting an enviable combination of opulence and finesse, this opens with aromas of black plum, vanilla, baking spices and grilled herbs. The rich palate doles out plum cake, black cherry, black pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg alongside smooth, velvety tannins. Gripping intensity holds on through the long finish. Drink through 2025.

 — K.O.  (12/1/2014)
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Masi 2010 Costasera Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

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Ripe dark fruit, nutmeg, clove and tobacco aromas lead the nose on this bold and balanced wine. The rich palate delivers black plum, raisin, cinnamon, black pepper and licorice supported by velvety tannins and fresh acidity. Combining elegance and power, it boasts wonderful depth. Drink 2015–2025.

 — K.O.  (12/1/2014)
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Masi 2007 Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

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Aged in cherry-wood casks, this opens with earthy aromas of tilled soil, blue flower, leather, black cherry and baking spices. The delicious palate offers plum cake, nutmeg, baked fruit, cocoa and cinnamon alongside velvety-smooth tannins. It’s both elegant and opulent, and while it’s extremely accessible now, it will also age well. Drink 2015–2027.

 — K.O.  (12/1/2014)
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Monte del Frá 2010 Tenuta Lena di Mezzo Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

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Black plum, cedar, exotic spice, blue flower, crushed blackberry and freshly ground black pepper are some of the sensations conveyed by this smooth, full-bodied wine. Fresh and balanced, it has a polished texture thanks to velvety tannins that support the juicy, dense palate. Drink 2015–2020.

 — K.O.  (12/1/2014)
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Corte Sant'Alda 2010 Red (Amarone della Valpolicella)

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Made following the principles of biodynamic viticulture and with natural yeasts, this offers aromas of turned soil, blue flower, leather and crushed black cherry. The savory, smooth palate delivers layers of black plum, blackberry, clove, cinnamon and black pepper alongside firm tannins and fresh acidity. It has impressive depth and the long finish closes on a…

 — K.O.  (12/1/2014)
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Speri 2010 Vigneto Monte Sant’Urbano Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

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From one of Valpolicella’s storied estates, this single-vineyard Amarone combines structure and elegance. It seamlessly weaves together intense sensations of crushed black plum, blackberry, black pepper, cinnamon, tilled earth and leather. Balanced with fresh acidity and velvety tannins, it boasts an extraordinarily smooth texture. Drink 2015–2025.

 — K.O.  (12/1/2014)
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Zenato 2010 Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

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From one of the leading producers in the denomination, this bold Amarone opens with aromas of tilled earth, plum cake, blackberry and mocha. The dense palate doles out crushed black plum, chocolate and baking spices alongside smooth tannins. Drink through 2020.

 — K.O.  (12/1/2014)
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Zenato 2008 Sergio Zenato Riserva Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

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Black plum, prune, tobacco, mocha, dark chocolate, Mediterranean herbs and black pepper characterize the nose of this full-bodied, opulent wine. The palate is exceedingly rich but balanced, with just enough fresh acidity and round, velvety tannins. Impressive intensity continues to the finish. Drink through 2020.

 — K.O.  (12/1/2014)
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