Italian Red

Italian Red is a catch-all category of traditional Italian red varieties. Examples of these wines include Dolcetto, Montepulciano, Nero d’Avola, Aglianico and Negroamaro, among others. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Italian Red wines among our extensive Italian Red wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Italian Red reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Italian Red, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.

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Masi 1990 Mazzano Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

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This is wonderfully integrated and complex, offering a dizzying array of spices that blend seamlessly with notes of leather and cherries. Wonderfully velvety in texture and round in the mouth, but also boasting a long, spice-filled finish. A tremendous effort. Drink now–2020.  — J.C.  (12/31/2006)
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Masi 2003 Mazzano Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

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  1. $175
This has enormous richness and intensity, with penetrating aromas of leather, tobacco, spice, dark fruit and dark chocolate. On the palate, it’s inky, rich and supersmooth. This is one of the best Italian wines ever made from the difficult 2003 vintage.  — M.L.  (11/1/2012)
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Dal Forno Romano 2003 Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta Red (Amarone della Valpolicella)

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  1. $470
Monte Lodoletta Amarone is an exercise in extraction. The wine is absolutely black. Aromas are concentrated and intense and the wine is equally enormous in the mouth thanks to the extraction, oak, fruit and the hot climatic conditions associated with this vintage. Drink after 2020.  — M.L.  (12/1/2009)
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Quintarelli 1998 Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

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There’s something magical about this wine: the purity, the elegance, the harmony, the immediate rush of intensity. This is one of Italy’s iconic wines thanks to the profound purity it delivers with notes of chocolate, leather, cherry, apple, cola and spice. It imparts loads of succulent flavor and is simply beautiful.  — M.L.  (12/1/2007)
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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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Le Salette 2008 Pergole Vece Red (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

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  1. $132
The fruit-driven- intensity and general youthfulness of this Amarone promise a very long future. It’s well-built and bold, with a rich, chewy mouthfeel and lively aromas of leather, spice, plum, dark fruit and tobacco. It goes down beautifully, leaving a long endnote of divine chocolate fudge.  — M.L.  (11/1/2012)
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Dal Forno Romano 2006 Red (Amarone della Valpolicella)

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  1. $530
Dal Forno delivers one of the world’s most impossibly rich and concentrated red wines. Using grapes sourced from the high-density Monte Lodoletta vineyard, this inky, dark expression oozes with syrupy tones of maraschino, dark chocolate fudge, cinnamon spice, crushed clove and barbecue smoke. In keeping with the wine’s legendary reputation for long aging potential…  — M.L.  (11/1/2012)
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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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