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Kerin O’Keefe

Northwest Italy Wines

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91
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Les Crêtes 2009 Cuvée Bois Chardonnay (Valle d'Aosta)

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Aged nine months in oak, this beautiful Chardonnay from the far north of Italy (with high-altitude vineyards in the Valle d’Aosta surrounded by snow-capped peaks) opens with aromas of melted butter, pineapple, exotic fruit, candied apricot and a touch of cinnamon. The wine has none of the heaviness of oaked Chardonnay from the New World. In fact, it is surprisingly…

 — M.L.  (8/1/2013)
90
points

Caves Cooperatives de Donnas 2010 Donnas Red (Valle d'Aosta)

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This ruby-red wine presents an enticing bouquet of strawberry, rose, flint and a whiff of smoke. The silky palate offers bright red cherry, crushed strawberry, mineral and white pepper. It’s elegant and well balanced, with supple tannins and bright acidity. Drink through 2018.

 — K.O.  (6/1/2015)
89
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Cave du Vin Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle 2013 Rayon Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle Prié Blanc (Valle d'Aosta)

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Honeysuckle, chamomile, pear and passion fruit aromas meld together in the glass. The palate offers pear, apricot, nectarine peel and a touch of tropical fruit alongside brisk acidity. It closes on an almond note.

 — K.O.  (6/1/2015)
89
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Cave du Vin Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle 2013 Tradizionale Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle Prié Blanc (Valle d'Aosta)

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From what are considered as the highest vineyards in Europe, this vibrant, elegant white reveals lovely fragrances of honeysuckle, jasmine and alpine herb. The linear palate delivers yellow apple, citrus, thyme and a hint of mineral alongside brisk acidity.

 — K.O.  (6/1/2015)
88
points

Cave du Vin Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle 2013 Vini Estremi Blanc de Morgex e de La Salle Prié Blanc (Valle d'Aosta)

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Aromas of white flower, citrus, pineapple, crushed rock and tinge of medicinal herb lead the nose on this vibrant white. The vertical palate offers green apple, lemon-lime and mineral that follow through to the white almond finish. It’s linear and balanced thanks to racy acidity.

 — K.O.  (6/1/2015)
88
points

Cave du Vin Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle 2011 Extreme Metodo Classico Prié Blanc (Valle d'Aosta)

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Made with native grape Prié blanc grown in high vineyards in Valle d’Aosta, this lively sparkler offers a pretty fragrance of hawthorn flower and nectarine peel. The fresh, refined palate doles out citrus, tart green apple and white almond alongside steely bubbles and crisp acidity.

 — K.O.  (6/1/2015)
88
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Colle dei Bardellini 2012 Pigato (Riviera Ligure di Ponente)

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This inviting white from Liguria is made with native grape Pigato. It has attractive yellow floral aromas and baked apple along with a note of banana peel. The creamy palate delivers golden apple, pear, thyme and lemon along with crisp acidity.

 — K.O.  (12/31/2013)
88
points

Les Crêtes 2011 Chardonnay (Valle d'Aosta)

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Here’s a balanced and bright Chardonnay from a cool climate region in northern Italy that shows crisp aromas of peach and citrus followed by light shadings of spice and bitter almond. The wine is silky and smooth with more citrus on the close.

 — M.L.  (8/1/2013)
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