Kerin O’Keefe

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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Contucci 2010 Mulinvecchio Red (Vino Nobile di Montepulciano)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $50

Aromas of underbrush, pressed violet, blackberry, baked earth and new leather lead the nose of this classic wine. The structured, elegant palate offers succulent black cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon, clove and a hint of anise alongside tightly knit but polished tannins that need to unwind. It’s already tempting but give this time to develop even more…

 — K.O.  (9/1/2015)
95
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Monteraponi 2011 Baron’ Ugo Riserva Red (Chianti Classico)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $82

This gorgeous wine boasts alluring scents of fragrant blue flower, wild berry, sun-baked earth, leather and a balsamic note. The linear, structured palate shows depth and finesse, delivering juicy red cherry, crushed raspberry, strawberry, clove, white pepper and tobacco. This is one of the best and freshest showings from the torrid 2011 vintage. Drink 2016–2026.

 — K.O.  (9/1/2015)
95
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San Felice 2011 Il Grigio Gran Selezione Red (Chianti Classico)

  1. $44

A fantastic combination of power and finesse, this opens with aromas of under brush, ripe plum, truffle, leather, smoke and a balsamic note. The firm, delicious palate delivers fleshy black cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon and mocha. Velvety tannins support the juicy flavors.

 — K.O.  (9/1/2015)
95
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Cafaggio 2010 Basilica Solatìo Riserva Sangiovese (Chianti Classico)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $40

Aromas of leather, tilled soil, black-skinned fruit, spice and a balsamic note slowly take shape on this classically crafted, full-bodied red. The smooth, delicious palate doles out ripe wild cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon, licorice and clove alongside firm but ripe tannins. Hold for complexity. Drink 2016–2025.

 — K.O.  (9/1/2015)
94
points

Felsina 2012 Rancia Riserva Sangiovese (Chianti Classico)

  1. $53

Full-bodied and loaded with finesse, this opens with aromas of ripe dark-skinned fruit, exotic spice, toast and a whiff of new oak. The firm palate delivers ripe black cherry, crushed plum, clove and ground pepper alongside fine-grained tannins. Drink 2017–2024.

 — K.O.  (9/1/2015)
94
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Monteraponi 2012 Il Campitello Riserva Red (Chianti Classico)

  1. $56

Fragrant and focused, this poised wine opens with alluring scents of violet, iris, wild berry, aromatic herb and a balsamic note. On the elegant palate, notes of anise and baking spice accent the juicy core of red cherry and crushed raspberry. It’s impeccably balanced, with polished tannins and fresh acidity. Drink through 2022.

 — K.O.  (9/1/2015)
94
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Castelli del Grevepesa 2011 Lamole Gran Selezione Sangiovese (Chianti Classico)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $45

Made entirely with Sangiovese, this offers lovely aromas of iris, fresh violet, perfumed berry and a whiff of sweet baking spice. The elegantly structured palate doles out juicy black cherry, crushed raspberry, mocha, white pepper and cinnamon while firm, velvety tannins offer support. It closes on a tobacco note. It’s already delicious but hold for complexity…

 — K.O.  (9/1/2015)
94
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Castelli del Grevepesa 2011 Panzano Gran Selezione Sangiovese (Chianti Classico)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $45

Made entirely with Sangiovese, this offers aromas of forest floor, tilled soil, violet, woodland berry and a whiff of leather. The structured but elegant palate doles out juicy black cherry, licorice, tobacco and ground pepper alongside velvety tannins. It’s already delicious but hold for more complexity. Drink 2016–2026.

 — K.O.  (9/1/2015)
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