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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Le Macchiole 2010 Messorio Merlot (Toscana)

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  1. $315

Earthy aromas of tilled soil, truffle, leather, black cherry and cedar lead the nose on this rich but elegant wine. The concentrated, smooth palate delivers juicy blackberry, black currant, freshly ground peppercorn, licorice, milk chocolate and tobacco alongside velvety tannins. Stunning and delicious, it’s already drinking beautifully but it will also maintain…

 — K.O.  (7/1/2015)
95
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Castello di Ama 2010 San Lorenzo Gran Selezione Red (Chianti Classico)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $52

Impeccably balanced and extremely elegant, this opens with a multifaceted fragrance of perfumed berry, crushed blue flower, menthol, baking spice and just a hint of new leather. The graceful palate offers layers of succulent wild cherry, white pepper, licorice, mint and eucalyptus alongside firm, polished tannins and fresh acidity. It’s sleek and already tempting…

 — K.O.  (7/1/2015)
95
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Felsina 2010 Colonia Gran Selezione Sangiovese (Chianti Classico)

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  1. $115

Firmly structured but elegant, this offers aromas of blue flower, tobacco, tilled earth, black fruit and a balsamic note. The vibrant palate boasts wonderful intensity, weaving notes of white pepper, baking spice, savory herb, licorice and mineral around a black cherry core. It’s young and austere but impeccably balanced with firm acidity and assertive but…

 — K.O.  (7/1/2015)
95
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Ormanni 2010 Etichetta Storica Gran Selezione Sangiovese (Chianti Classico)

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  1. $45

This opens with a classic Sangiovese fragrance of crushed violet, blue iris, perfumed berry, underbrush and baking spice with a whiff of leather and menthol. Structured but elegant, the palate offers crunchy red cherry, juicy raspberry, white pepper clove and savory herb alongside a tannic backbone and fresh acidity. It has great aging potential. Drink 2016–2030.

 — K.O.  (7/1/2015)
94
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Castello di Verrazzano 2011 Sassello Gran Selezione Sangiovese (Chianti Classico)

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  1. $79

Leather, game, blue flowers and ripe, dark-skinned fruit aromas open this full-bodied wine made from the estate’s highest vineyards. The palate offers dried black cherry, ground black pepper, clove, thyme and licorice alongside assertive, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity. It closes on a graphite note. Drink 2018–2028.

 — K.O.  (7/1/2015)
94
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Castello Vicchiomaggio 2010 Vigna La Prima Gran Selezione Sangiovese (Chianti Classico)

  1. $50

Attractive aromas of violets, perfumed berries and a whiff of sandalwood unfold in the glass. The vibrant palate doles out ripe, juicy black cherry and cranberry, while accents of white pepper, toasted oak and cinnamon add backup. It’s well balanced, with firm tannins and fresh acidity. Drink 2015–2025.

 — K.O.  (7/1/2015)
94
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Lamole di Lamole 2010 Vigneto di Campolungo Gran Selezione Red (Chianti Classico)

  1. $40

Crushed black cherry, leather, tobacco, anise, underbrush and grilled herb are just some of the aromas and flavors offered by this concentrated, vibrant wine. Firm acidity and chewy tannins provide the structure, while a licorice note marks the lingering finish.

 — K.O.  (7/1/2015)
94
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Marchesi Antinori 2010 Badia a Passignano Gran Selezione Sangiovese (Chianti Classico)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $60

This opens with subtle aromas of dark berry, tobacco and exotic spice. The vibrant palate is more expressive, delivering a core of juicy black cherry accented by notes of raspberry, white pepper, vanilla, licorice and savory herb. This finessed wine is still young, but structured with tightly knit, yet fine-grained tannins. Drink 2016–2025.

 — K.O.  (7/1/2015)
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