Italy has been romanticized for many reasons, not least because of its fine wines. The combination of ideal growing conditions, exceptional quality and good value for money makes Italy a very popular region for buying wine.

There are different styles and too many grapes to keep track of, but whether you are investing in your wine cellar or looking for something to eat with a pizza, there is something for every taste and every budget.

Brovia 2016 Garblèt Suè (Barolo); $92, 99 points. Aromas of wild berries, iris, menthol, star anise and new leather follow a precise, rich taste of juicy cherries, raspberry compote and tobacco. Elegant and structured at the same time, it possesses tight and refined tannins and a fresh acidity that will please the tasting in this decade. Drink 2026-2056. Wine merchant from Rosenthal. -Kerin O’Keefe

Franketti-Passopisciaro 2018 Contrada R Nerello Mascalese (Sicilian country); $90, 98 points. Fragrant and full of subtlety, this beautiful red pavé enchants with scents of squeezed rose, violet, red berries, white pepper and notes of smoke and balsamic. Extremely elegant and rich, the soft and lush palate delivers strawberry jelly, raspberry compote, cinnamon and dried mineral oil, framed by soft and silky tannins. Made from some of Mount Etna’s tallest vineyards and centuries-old vines, it has a lively acidity that keeps it perfectly balanced. Drinking until 2030. T. Edward Vines Ltd. choice of publisher. -K.O.

Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona 2015 Brunello di Montalcino; $50, 97 points. Attractive aromas of ripe wild berries, iris, camphor and light brown earth take shape in the glass. Supple and enveloping, the palate offers juicy Marasca cherries, raspberry jam, liquorice and tobacco, while firm, velvety tannins provide grip. It is distinguished not only by its concentration and structure, but also by its balance, thanks to the richness and freshness of its fruits. Drink 2023-2030. Native selection. The editor’s choice. -K.O.

Castello di Naive 2017 Albesani Santo Stefano (Barbaresco); $40, 96 points. Aromas of ripe black fruits, fragrant blue flowers, new skin and the scent of menthol create a seductive nose. The palate is full of flavor and savory, enveloping slices of fleshy Marasca cherries, raspberry compote, ground mint and tobacco that meet hard and fine tannins. Drink 2023-2029. LLS-Winebow. The editor’s choice. -K.O.


Dei 2016 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano; $28, 95 points. Fragrant blue flowers, crushed aromatic herbs and wild berry flavors form the nose of this rich and supple red wine. A mix of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo Nero, spicy and refined, it delivers a juicy black cherry, ripe blackberry, truffle and cocoa on an aniseed-like aftertaste. Supportive tannins and crispy acidity provide support and balance. Drink 2021-2031. The editor’s choice. -K.O.

Fontodi 2017 Chianti Classico; 39, 95 points. Fragrant and delicious, it opens with aromas of ripe black fruit, blue flowers, leather, insinuation and a hint of French oak. With a full body and a casing in the mouth, it produces a cooked plum, Marasca cherry, liquorice and a hint of espresso, framed by fine, enveloping tannins that give it a smooth texture and finesse without gravity. Vinifer Import. -K.O.

Michele Chiarlo 2017 Cipressi (Nice); $30, 94 points. Aromas of freshly bruised grapes, fragrant blue flowers and ripe blueberries create an inviting nose with scents of graphite and liner. Powerful and delicious, the sweet, concentrated palate is sprinkled with juicy black cherries, ground blackberries, star anise and a hint of game, all accompanied by velvety tannins. Drinking until 2025. Cobrand. The editor’s choice. -K.O.

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Illuminati 2017 Ilico Riserva (Montepulciano d’Abruzzo); $24, 91 points. A dense core of red cherry puree is lifted onto the nose of this Riserva by menthol-containing herbs and shiny tobacco. Medium body, cherry on the palate, with firm, finely knitted tannins and a lively acidity that forms the backbone. More grass and a little granite at the end. Importers of wine from Moncalm. The editor’s choice. -Alexandrowski tree

Products Manduria 2017 Lyrica (Primitivo Manduria); $16, 91 points. The sticky aromas of worked earth, tobacco and peppered herbs mix well with the rich cherry jam on the nose. It is full, round and juicy, with sweet fruit jam flavors that do not falter or lose their clarity due to high acidity and a tightly woven web of polished tannins. Tobacco, earth and purple tones add depth, while cherry tones linger nearby. Imported Massanois. The editor’s choice. -P.A.

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