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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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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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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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Masciarelli 2004 Villa Gemma Montepulciano (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo)

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The Abruzzo region of Central Italy boasts many unknown treasures; among the most beautiful of its riches is Villa Gemma. The late vintner Gianni Masciarelli has tamed the wild beast that is Montepulciano by creating a smooth, soft and extraordinarily rich wine that speaks volumes about the territory and the man who shaped it.  — M.L.  (9/1/2009)
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Lungarotti 1990 Rubesco Monticchio Sangiovese (Torgiano Rosso Riserva)

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At long last, the new edition of this long-aged Umbrian blend of Sangiovese (70%) and Canaiolo Nero (30%) has been released, and it is classic. Delicious, balanced and harmonious; rich and complex, with great power and finish. The texture is silky, the finish long and layered. Just a delectable red wine, surely up to your highest expectations.  — W.E.  (3/1/2000)
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Tenuta Castelbuono 2007 Sagrantino (Sagrantino di Montefalco)

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  1. $36
This stunning offering is aged in large casks that soften the wine but don’t add wood tannins to Sagrantino’s naturally tannic backbone. It opens with an intensely balsamic fragrance of Mediterranean herbs, mint and berry accompanied by delicious blackberry, white pepper and cinnamon flavors. The wine boasts fantastic depth and will develop even more complexity…  — K.O.  (2/1/2014)
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Bucci 2009 Riserva Villa Bucci Verdicchio (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore)

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  1. $55
From Verdicchio’s leading producer, this is the wine that started the denomination’s renaissance into Italy’s premier white. The ’09 is beautiful, with an intense perfume of yellow flowers and stone fruits. The palate delivers concentrated peach, apricot and creamy lemon flavors, layered with mineral and spice accents. It already has stunning depth, but hold for…  — K.O.  (3/1/2014)
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