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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Il Paradiso di Manfredi 2006 Riserva Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

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This gorgeous Brunello seamlessly weaves together sensations of tilled soil, blue flower, ripe black cherry, leather, truffle, clove, white pepper and Mediterranean herbs. It’s balanced and smooth, with velvety tannins and fresh acidity. Even though it’s already delicious, it will continue to develop complexity for years. Grand Cru Selections, Oliver McCrum Wines.

 — K.O.  (11/1/2014)
96
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Mascarello Giuseppe e Figlio 2009 Santo Stefano di Perno Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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This stunning wine seamlessly weaves together sensations of creamy red cherry, crushed raspberry, tilled soil, leather and aromatic herbs. Notes of white pepper, cinnamon, licorice and clove add depth to the succulent fruit flavors. It’s already delicious but hold for more complexity. Drink 2019–2029.

 — K.O.  (11/1/2014)
95
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Produttori del Barbaresco 2009 Ovello Riserva Nebbiolo (Barbaresco)

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This opens with a lovely fragrance of perfumed berries, violets, incense and sweet cake spices. Cinnamon, clove and white pepper accent the succulent red cherry and wild raspberry palate. It’s fresh and elegant, with a smooth texture and supple tannins. Drink 2016–2029.

 — K.O.  (11/1/2014)
94
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Produttori del Barbaresco 2009 Rabajà Riserva Nebbiolo (Barbaresco)

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Aromas of underbrush, leather, crushed blue flower, incense and balsamic notes lead the nose on this gorgeous wine. The palate delivers succulent black cherry layered with white pepper and clove alongside bracing tannins. Drink 2019–2034.

 — K.O.  (11/1/2014)
93
points

La Porta di Vertine 2011 Red (Chianti Classico)

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  1. $30

Concentrated and delicious, this is made with organically grown Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo and Colorino. It delivers ripe black cherry, blue flower, leather, white pepper, cinnamon and a hint of vanilla alongside firm, velvety tannins. It’s already accessible so enjoy now–2016.

 — K.O.  (11/1/2014)
93
points

Produttori del Barbaresco 2009 Asili Riserva Nebbiolo (Barbaresco)

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This elegant wine opens with a floral fragrance of rose petals, violets, perfumed berries and cake spices. Black pepper and clove accent the juicy dark cherry and black raspberry flavors, while assertive but refined tannins give structure. Drink after 2019.

 — K.O.  (11/1/2014)
93
points

Ruffino 2008 Greppone Mazzi Sangiovese (Brunello di Montalcino)

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This opens with fragrances of blue flowers, bright red berry and slate. The vibrant palate delivers crunchy wild cherry and strawberry accented with spice, licorice and mineral notes. It’s impeccably balanced, with bracing but fine tannins and nervous acidity that need time to soften and develop fully. Drink 2016–2028.

 — K.O.  (11/1/2014)
93
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Castello San Donato in Perano 2007 Vigneto Montecasi Sangiovese (Chianti Classico)

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  1. $35

Underbrush, leather, tilled soil and game aromas lead the nose on this delicious, structured wine. The big, warm palate delivers juicy black cherry, carob, mocha and cinnamon alongside big, velvety tannins. This is aging well with nice depth, but it’s in its ideal drinking window. Enjoy now through 2017.

 — K.O.  (11/1/2014)
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