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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Roagna 2004 Crichët Pajè Nebbiolo (Barbaresco)

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Leather, rose, blue flower, balsamic notes, mineral, black cherry, baking spice and thyme are just some of the sensations offered by this breathtakingly gorgeous wine that boasts power and finesse. At 10, it’s still shockingly youthful and vibrant, with great depth and balance, but it still has years to go. Drink 2020–2044. Polaner Selections, Louis/Dressner Selections.

 — K.O.  (12/31/2014)
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Roagna 2008 Pira Vecchie Viti Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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Layers of aromas include blue flower, rose, baking spices, sandalwood and perfumed berry. These follow through to flavors of crushed red cherry, cinnamon, white pepper and thyme. Made from vines that are more than 60 years old, it’s impeccably balanced with freshness and big, velvety tannins. Hold for complexity. Drink 2016–2033. Polaner Selections, Louis/Dressner…

 — K.O.  (12/31/2014)
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Gaja 2010 Conteisa Red (Langhe)

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Made with Nebbiolo from Gaja’s holdings in the Cerequio vineyard in La Morra, with a touch of Barbera, this combines finesse, structure and depth. It’s highly perfumed with rose, balsamic notes, berry and spice that follow through to red cherry, raspberry, white pepper, licorice and mint flavors. It’s balanced with polished tannins and closes on a mineral note…

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Massolino 2008 Vigna Rionda Riserva Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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From one of the most hallowed vineyard sites in Barolo, this structured, compelling wine opens with aromas of ripe black cherry, leather, anisette, cooking spices and balsamic notes. The vibrant palate weaves together dark cherry, black raspberry, licorice, mint and black pepper alongside brooding, bracing tannins. It’s already impressive but will continue to…

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Roagna 2008 Pajè Vecchie Viti Nebbiolo (Barbaresco)

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This fragrant, stunning wine opens with layers of aromas that include blue flower, rose, baking spices, sandalwood and perfumed berry that follow through to crushed red cherry, cinnamon, white pepper and thyme flavors. Made from vines that are more than 60 years old, it’s delicious and impeccably balanced with freshness and big, velvety tannins. Hold for complexity…

 — K.O.  (12/31/2014)
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Mascarello Giuseppe e Figlio 2009 Monprivato Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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One of Barolo’s most iconic bottlings, this shows breeding and elegance despite the extreme heat of the vintage. A beautiful fragrance of red rose, violet and perfumed berry accompanies a whiff of cake spices. The silky palate delivers succulent wild cherry, licorice, white pepper and cinnamon impeccably balanced by supple tannins and fresh acidity. Drink 2017–2029.

 — K.O.  (12/31/2014)
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Principiano Ferdinando 2008 Boscareto Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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Made from vines that are more than 40 years old and cultivated using only natural methods, this wine embodies power and finesse. It opens with aromas of leather, menthol, ripe black cherry, blackberry, black pepper and eucalyptus. The structured palate delivers layers of mature berry, baking spice, mineral, truffle and balsamic notes. It’s young but impeccably…

 — K.O.  (12/31/2014)
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Sordo 2008 Rocche di Castiglione Riserva Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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This structured wine opens with classic Barolo aromas of red rose, wild cherry, leather and forest floor. The focused, balsamic-driven palate doles out succulent black cherry, crushed raspberry, black pepper, sage, eucalyptus, mint, thyme and licorice alongside firm but ripe tannins and fresh acidity.

 — K.O.  (12/31/2014)
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