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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Rizzi 2010 Nervo Nebbiolo (Barbaresco)

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Violet, perfumed berry, menthol and thyme are just some of the aromas offered by this fragrant Barbaresco. The structured, graceful palate weaves together red cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon and a balsamic note. It’s impeccably balanced with firm but polished tannins and bright acidity that provide an age-worthy framework. Drink 2017–2025.

 — K.O.  (3/1/2015)
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Colombo 2012 Apertura Pinot Nero (Piemonte)

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Bright and balanced, this delivers all the finesse that Pinot Nero is celebrated for, along with layers of succulent berry fruit. Enticing fragrances recall rose, tilled soil and woodland berry. On the polished palate, supple tannins support ripe red cherry, crunchy strawberry, licorice and cake spice. Drink through 2022.

 — K.O.  (3/1/2015)
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Travaglini 2008 Riserva Nebbiolo (Gattinara)

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Earthy fragrances of violet, tilled soil, leather, menthol and spicy plum jump out of the glass. The delicious palate boasts structure and finesse, seamlessly weaving together ripe wild cherry, crushed blackberry, juicy plum and baking spice alongside tightly knit but polished tannins. Drink 2016–2023.

 — K.O.  (3/1/2015)
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Antoniolo 2010 San Francesco Nebbiolo (Gattinara)

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Mature black cherry, leather, grilled herb, ground pepper and balsamic notes are just some of the aromas and flavors of this stunning Nebbiolo. It’s well balanced with bracing, noble tannins and bright acidity but it still needs time to come together. Drink 2018–2035. Giuliana Imports, PDX Wine.

 — K.O.  (3/1/2015)
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Cantina del Pino 2010 Albesani Nebbiolo (Barbaresco)

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Structured, this offers earthy aromas of ripe berry, game, leather and anise. On the palate, notes of licorice, white pepper, clove and grilled herb add depth to the black cherry core. Firm tannins and nervy acidity provide an age-worthy framework. Drink 2020–2035.

 — K.O.  (3/1/2015)
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Cantina del Pino 2010 Ovello Nebbiolo (Barbaresco)

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Vibrant aromas suggest violet, rose, vineyard dust, aromatic herb and perfumed berry. The palate delivers crunchy red cherry, black raspberry, licorice and baking spice alongside firm but polished tannins. It’s still young but well balanced and intense with bright acidity. Drink 2018–2030.

 — K.O.  (3/1/2015)
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Proprietà Sperino 2010 Nebbiolo (Lessona)

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Forest floor, red berry, game, leather and a balsamic note are just some of the aromas of this fragrant, multifaceted Nebbiolo. The precise, vibrant palate is loaded with sour cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon, mineral and savory herb. Firm, polished tannins and fresh acidity provide the framework. Drink 2018–2030.

 — K.O.  (3/1/2015)
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Sordo 2010 Ravera Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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Blue flower, wild rose, perfumed berry and a balsamic note waft from the glass. Structured but graceful, the vibrant palate weaves together crunchy red cherry, crushed raspberry, white pepper, licorice and cinnamon alongside firm but polished tannins. Tempting now but hold for complexity. Drink 2018–2030.

 — K.O.  (3/1/2015)
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