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Central Italy Wines

The Central Italy Wine Region extends from the western Tyrrhenian Coast to the Adriatic Coast on the east, covering the regions of Abruzzo, Lazio, Marche, Tuscany and Umbria. Tuscany is well-regarded for its Sangiovese wines from the famed DOCGs such as Chianti, Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Along Tuscany’s long coastal stretch, Maremma, international varieties thrive. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah have been utilized in super Tuscan blends, according to our Central Italy Wine Ratings. Italy’s landlocked region, Umbria, produces two DOCG wines: Sagrantino di Montalfaco and Torgiano Rosso Riserva. Sagrantino is a red varietal that’s naturally high in tannin; the finished wines usually require years of cellaring in order to be fully expressive. Torgiano Rosso Riserva is a Sangiovese-dominant red. White wines thrive in coastal Lazio, with much of the production based on the Malvasia and Trebbiano varietals. Montepulciano creates generous, full-bodied reds in the leading appellations Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG. While most consumers recognize Montepulciano for its presence in the wines of Abruzzo, it is also prominent in the Conero Rosso Riserva DOCG wines from Marche. Situated east of Umbria on the Adriatic coast, Marche is also home to the lemony and mineral-driven wines produced from the white varietal Verdicchio, which create a refreshing pairing for seafood dishes. For a full list of reviews, ratings and fun facts about all of these wines, be sure to look through our Central Italy Buying Guide and our Italian white wine reviews.

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Milziade Antano 2010 Colleallodole Sagrantino (Montefalco Sagrantino)

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  1. $70

Rich and concentrated, this gorgeous, terroir-driven wine opens with aromas of crushed blue flower, graphite, plum and pipe tobacco. The powerful but weightless palate weaves together ripe black cherry, blackberry, clove, black pepper and mineral while velvety tannins offer support. Drink 2016–2035.

 — K.O.  (2/1/2015)
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Masciarelli 2001 Villa Gemma Montepulciano (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo)

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  1. $90

This is one of those “wow” wines you encounter on fortunate but rare occasions that radically changes the way you think about a relatively unknown, workhorse grape like Montepulciano d’Abbruzzo. Gianni Masciarelli is a solid and passionate winemaker who has expertly extracted both elegance and complexity: Black cherry, espresso, chocolate and licorice are…

 — M.L.  (12/1/2007)
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Arnaldo Caprai 2007 25 Anni Sagrantino (Sagrantino di Montefalco)

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  1. $100

One of the top, if not the top, red wines from Umbria. The naturally tannic Sagrantino grape is softened by the careful oak aging that adds layers of chocolate and spice to the grape’s aromas of black cherry, tobacco and leather. This is bold, powerful, masculine and velvety on the finish. Pair it with stewed or grilled meat marinated in rosemary and garlic. Age…

 — M.L.  (10/1/2012)
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Arnaldo Caprai 2010 25 Anni Sagrantino (Montefalco Sagrantino)

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  1. $100

Aromas of black cherry marinated in spirits, leather, underbrush, licorice and black pepper unfold in the glass of this sleek, powerfully structured wine. The glossy palate doles out mature black plum, blackberry, clove, nutmeg, grilled herb and mocha while a licorice note closes the lingering finish. It’s still young and tightly wound with an assertive, tannic…

 — K.O.  (2/1/2015)
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Cantina Fratelli Pardi 2010 Sacrantino Sagrantino (Montefalco Sagrantino)

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  1. $60

Blue flower, moist soil, leather, game, ripe dark berry and graphite are just some of the aromas of this powerfully structured, delicious wine. The palate delivers layers of juicy black cherry, blackberry, raspberry, white pepper and clove alongside youthfully assertive but ripe tannins. Drink 2017–2030.

 — K.O.  (2/1/2015)
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Milziade Antano 2010 Sagrantino (Montefalco Sagrantino)

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  1. $40

Smooth and velvety, this powerfully structured wine opens with earthy aromas of tilled soil, mature plum, game, leather and just a hint of barnyard. The ripe palate doles out layers juicy blackberry, black cherry, tobacco, nutmeg and ground black pepper alongside big, velvety tannins. Hold for complexity. Drink 2018–2035.

 — K.O.  (2/1/2015)
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Milziade Antano 2009 Colleallodole Sagrantino (Sagrantino di Montefalco)

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  1. $70

This bold, beautiful wine opens with earthy aromas of freshly tilled soil, violets, truffle and leather. The delicious palate offers succulent blackberry, woodland berry and cinnamon-spice accompanied by big, brooding tannins. It’s already stunning, but give this terroir-driven wine time to develop even more complexity. Drink 2015–2024.

 — K.O.  (2/1/2014)
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Falesco 2007 Passirò White (Lazio)

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Passiró is a gorgeous dessert wine from Lazio in central Italy that shows enormous beauty and harmony. The wine is thick and creamy and brightens the palate with its bouquet of honey, creamy vanilla, candied fruit and apricot. Pair it with pâté or aged cheese.

 — M.L.  (12/31/2010)
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