Italy’s Best Wines – Gambero Rosso’s 2020 Tre Bicchieri award-winning Wines


The Annual Selection Process

Gambero Rosso recently released the recipients of its coveted Tre Bicchieri (“Three Glasses”) award for the best Italian wines released in 2019 (which Gambero Rosso for whatever reason includes in the forthcoming year, 2020). Wines honored with a Tre Bicchieri award are generally recognized as Italy's best wines.

The review process for determining Italy's best wines is well organized and thorough. Panels of credentialed wine experts review wines submitted from each of Italy’s 20 regions plus the Italian-speaking Canton of Ticino in Switzerland.

All wines undergo a comparative tasting by panels of experts at local, regional and national level tastings. At each level the wines are tasted "blind" so no reviewer knows exactly what individual wine is being tasted at any time. Only after the panel releases the wine scores are the labels disclosed.

The final round of tastings is held in late summer at Gambero Rosso’s headquarters in Rome. Only wines with the highest scores from the regional round of tastings are entered for consideration in the national round of tastings. Panels of prominent judges evaluate all the wines that have made it to this point. These tastings are also done blind and an average score for each wine entered is determined.

Wines that achieve an average panel score of more than 90 points are awarded Tre Bicchieri status. All the other wines that participated in the final round of tastings but didn’t make the final cut are awarded Due Bicchieri (“two glasses”) status indicating that they are good to very good - but not quite good enough.

While no rating system based on subjective considerations is free from error, I think the Gambero Rosso organization does an admirable job – as thorough as one can possibly hope for under the circumstances. While it is obviously an art and not a science, the Gambero Rosso organization tries to make the process as scientific as possible by providing a consistent, rigorous and impartial framework for evaluating wines.

glass of red wine with place settingA Tre Bicchieri award is a really big deal for a winery.  A Tre Bicchieri award singles out that wine as one of Italy’s best and is a cause for celebration by the winery in that it validates the winemaker’s craftsmanship and the winery can bask in the reflected glory of that critical acclaim.

All Tre Bicchieri wines will be presented at an open-to-the-public tasting sponsored by Gambero Rosso on Sunday, October 27th at the Sheraton Roma Hotel in Rome. At that time Gambero Rosso will also introduce the 33rd edition of its Vini d’Italia (“Italian Wines”). This comprehensive wine guide presents ratings and reviews of the 2020 Tre Bicchieri wines as well as all others considered “above average” by the editors.

The 2020 edition clocks in at 1,302 pages and is available in German, Japanese, Chinese and English language editions as well as Italian.

Vini d’Italia is an informative, no-nonsense guide to the best wines of Italy and has become the “gold standard” for wine professionals and enthusiastic amateurs alike around the world looking for impartial reviews across Italy’s expansive wine scene.

For 2020, 465 wines received the prestigious Tre Bicchieri award, an increase of 14 awards or 2.8 percent from the 451 awards the previous year.

Regional Comparisons

The 2020 Tre Bicchieri wines are presented alphabetically by region in the table below with comparisons to the previous year.

                 
          
  Gambero Rosso's 2020 Tre Bicchieri Awards by Region with Previous Year Comparisons
   
                 
      Awards Percent Awards Percent Annual Percent  
  Region 2020 of Total 2019 of Total Change Change  
  Abruzzo 13 2.8% 12 2.7% 1 8.3%  
  Alto Adige 21 4.5% 25 5.5% -4 -16.0%  
  Basilicata 5 1.1% 4 0.9% 1 25.0%  
  Calabria 4 0.9% 5 1.1% -1 -20.0%  
  Campania 23 4.9% 23 5.1% 0 0.0%  
  Canton Ticino 2 0.4% 2 0.4% 0 0.0%  
  Emilia Romagna 13 2.8% 14 3.1% -1 -7.1%  
  Friuli-Venezia-Giulia 26 5.6% 26 5.8% 0 0.0%  
  Lazio 7 1.5% 7 1.6% 0 0.0%  
  Liguria 8 1.7% 7 1.6% 1 14.3%  
  Lombardia 26 5.6% 23 5.1% 3 13.0%  
  Marche 21 4.5% 21 4.7% 0 0.0%  
  Molise 1 0.2% 1 0.2% 0 0.0%  
  Piedmont 74 15.9% 74 16.4% 0 0.0%  
  Puglia 16 3.4% 15 3.3% 1 6.7%  
  Sardinia 14 3.0% 13 2.9% 1 7.7%  
  Sicily 26 5.6% 25 5.5% 1 4.0%  
  Trentino 13 2.8% 11 2.4% 2 18.2%  
  Tuscany 89 19.1% 84 18.6% 5 6.0%  
  Umbria 14 3.0% 12 2.7% 2 16.7%  
  Valle d'Aosta 6 1.3% 6 1.3% 0 0.0%  
  Veneto 43 9.2% 41 9.1% 2 4.9%  
     Total 465 100.0% 451 100.0% 14 3.1%  

 

As usual, there is considerable regional disparity in the distribution of Tre Bicchieri awards. While every region received some awards, four regions (Piedmont, Tuscany, Veneto and Friuli-Venezia-Giulia) collectively garnered 236 awards or slightly more than one-half of the total.

Wines from Tuscany received the largest number of awards, 89 or 19.1 percent of the total, an increase of 5 awards from the previous year. While some wine awards went to wineries that are perennial recipients of Tre Bicchieri awards, 8 wines or 9 percent of Tuscany’s total, received Tre Bicchieri awards for the first time.

As usual, Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino wines figure prominently in Tuscany’s position at the top of the regional wine list. Collectively, the 33 Chianti Classico and Brunello wines accounted for over one-third (37.0 percent) of Tuscany’s total Tre Bicchieri awards.
Twenty-four Chianti Classico wines received Tre Bicchieri awards, an increase of 3 from the previous year. While a few Chianti Classico wines are from 2017, a good but not great vintage, the majority are from the excellent 2015 and 2016 vintages. Included in Chianti Classico’s trophy list of wines are 8 Gran Selezione wines, the recently implemented premium quality designation for Chianti Classico DOCG wines.

Nine Brunello wines received awards, a decrease of 5 awards from the previous year. This decrease is unusual in that the Brunello area had the benefit of two excellent back-to-back vintages i.e., 2013 and 2014, and the majority of the award-winning Brunello wines are from these 2 vintages. Two Rosso di Montalcino wines, the more approachable little brother of Brunello so to speak, also received awards.

The Tre Bicchieri wines from Tuscany include a number of highly-regarded Super-Tuscan wines that are perennial recipients of Tre Bicchieri awards such as 
Montevertine’s Le Pergole Torte, Isola e Olena’s Cepparello and Marchesi Antinori’s Solaia.

Eight wines from the Bolgheri area, 2 more than the previous year, received Tre Bicchieri awards and includes Tenuta San Guido’s iconic Sassicaia. Also included is Guado al Melo’s 2017 Bianco Criseo which may well be the first white wine to be so honored from the Bolgheri appellation. Two wines from the Maremma appellation that borders Bolgheri on Tuscany’s western coastline also received awards.

Eight Nobile di Montepulciano wines won awards, 3 more than the year previous the majority of which are from the highly-touted 2016 vintage.

While Tuscany is primarily a red wine region, a few white wines including 3 Vernaccia di San Gimignano wines - also made the list. A sweet, dessert-style Vin Santo from Tenuta di Capezzana also received a Tre Bicchieri award.

The Piedmont region came in second with 74 Tre Bicchieri awards or 15.9 percent of the total, the same number as the previous year. Piedmont’s exalted wine reputation is based primarily on Nebbiolo and Nebbiolo-based wines and 46 Nebbiolo-based wines, or 59 percent of the Piedmont total, received Tre Bicchieri awards. This includes 25 Barolos, 14 Barbarescos, 3 from Roero and 4 from northern Piedmont appellations.

As is typical, Barolo wines garnered the largest share of Piedmont’s Tre Bicchieri awards, with 25 Barolo wines accounting for slightly over one-third of Piedmont’s total awards. The 25 awards is 5 greater than the previous year and this increase is most likely attributable to the number of wines from the excellent 2015 vintage compared with the challenging 2014 vintage that adversely impacted Barolo wines the previous year.

Barbaresco wines are well represented with 14 Tre Bicchieri awards, the same number as in the year previous of which the majority are from the excellent 2015 and 2016 vintages.

Four Nebbiolo-based wines from the high-elevation, northern reaches of the Piedmont region received awards – 2 Gattinara and 1 each Ghemme and Boca wines received awards.

Barbera, which traditionally plays second fiddle to Piedmont's more famous Nebbiolo wines, also did well with 6 Barbera wines garnering awards, including 3 from the Nizza DOCG. Three Dolcetto wines also received awards.

While Piedmont is primarily a red wine region, white wines have received increased attention in recent years. This year several Gavi, Arneis, Timorasso and metodo classico sparkling wines won Tre Bicchieri awards as did a Moscato d’Asti and an Erbaluce di Caluso.

The Veneto collected 43 Tre Bicchieri awards, 2 more than the previous year. As usual, Amarone della Valpolicella wines are prominently featured in the list of award winners. Thirteen Amarone wines received awards, 2 less than the previous year. A number of vintages are represented in the award-winning Amarone wines such as the highly-touted 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 vintages but none are from the challenging 2014 vintage.

Three Valpolicella wines achieved Tre Bicchieri status, including 2 with a “Superiore” designation and the outstanding 2018 Valpolicella Ca’ Fiui from the Corte Sant’Alda winery.

Three wines from the hilly Colli Euganei area in the Padova province west of Venice received Tre Bicchieri awards. Two are Merlot-based red wines while the third is a 2016 Fiori d’Aranacio Passito Alpianae, an outstanding sweet passito-style wine made from Moscato Giallo grapes by the Vignalta winery.

While big red wines generally get the most attention, dry white wines are also well represented in the Veneto's lineup of Tre Bicchieri award winners. This includes 6 Soave wines of which 4 are from the Soave Classico appellation and 2 with “Superior” designations but not in the Classico zone. Not included in the Soave total is Roberto Anselmi's 2018 Capitel Croce which is a Soave in everything but name. Other white wines from the Veneto include 2 each from the Custoza and Lugana appellations.

Prosecco of course is the most popular white wine of the Veneto region and this lightly-sparkling wine is well represented in the list of Tre Bicchieri recipients. This includes 7 Valdobbiadene Prosecco wines, an increase of 2 from the previous year, in addition to 1 each from the Conegliano Valdobbiadene and Cartizze Prosecco zones. Many quality-oriented Prosecco producers have been moving towards production of less sugary and dryer versions of Prosecco in recent years and this move appears to be paying off in terms of both critical acclaim and popularity.

As in last year, Ticino is included in the list of regions qualifying for Tre Bicchieri status which is interesting in that Ticino is not in Italy but a canton in neighboring Switzerland. But there is a very strong Italian connection in that this peninsula-shaped, southern-most Swiss canton is bordered by Italy on three sides so the culture here is decidedly Italian. Italian is the sole official language and you'll hear Italian spoken almost everywhere in Ticino. The climate is also noticeably milder and enjoys a higher number of days of sunshine than the rest of Switzerland, both important considerations for viticulture. Merlot-based wines are popular here and 2 Merlot wines from Ticino received Tre Bicchieri awards, the same number as last year.

Overall, there aren't many surprises when comparing regional changes in number of Tre Bicchieri awards on a year-over-year basis. Eight regions show no change in award totals from the previous year while 3 experienced modest declines and 10 experienced mostly-modest increases. The largest gain is an increase of 5 awards in Tuscany followed by a gain of 3 awards in the Lombardia region. The largest loss is a decline of 4 awards in Alto Adige.

The Tre Bicchieri Wines for 2020

The entire inventory of Gambero Rosso’s Tre Bicchieri recipients for 2020 is presented below alphabetically by region using the format of wine name, vintage and - following the hyphen - producer.

ABRUZZO
Abruzzo Pecorino  2018 – Tenuta I  Fauri
Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo Rosa-ae Rosato 2018 – Torre dei Beati
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2018 – Villa Medoro
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane Notàri 2017 – Nicodemi
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Ilico 2017 – Illuminati
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Mo Riserva 2015- Cantina Tollo
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Organic  2018 –   Feudo Antico
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Plateo Riserva  2015 – Agriverde
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Podere Castorani Riserva 2015 – Castorani
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Vigneto Sant’Eusanio  2017 – Valle Reale
Supergiulia Pecorino 2017 – Luigi Cataldi Madonna
Trebbiano d’Abruzzo 2015 – Valentini
Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Castello di Semivicoli    2018 – Masciarelli

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ALTO ADIGE
Alto Adige Cabernet Sauvignon Lafóa 2016 – Cantina Colterenzio
Alto Adige Gewürztraminer Auratus 2018 – Tenuta Ritterhof
Ato Adige Gewürztraminer Nussbaumer 2017 – Cantina Tramin
Alto Adige Gewürztraminer Vigna Kastelaz 2018 – Elena Walch
Alto Adige Lagrein Staffes Riserva 2016 – Tenuta Kornell
Alto Adige Lagrein Taber Riserva 2017 – Cantina Bolzano
Alto Adige Lagrein Vigna Klosteranger Riserva 2015 – Cantina Convento Muri-Gries
Alto Adige Müller Thurgau Feldmarschall von Fenner 2017 – Tiefenbrunner
Alto Adige Pinot Bianco Quintessenz 2017 – Cantina Kaltern
Alto Adige Pinot Bianco Sanct Valentin 2017 – Cantina Produttori San Michele Appiano
Alto Adige Pinot Bianco Sirmian 2018 – Nals Margreid
Alto Adige Pinot Nero Trattmann Riserva 2016 – Cantina Girlan
Alto Adige Santa Maddalena Classico Rondell 2018 – Glögglhof – Franz Gojer
Alto Adige Sauvignon Renaissance 2016 – Gumphof – Markus Prackwieser
Alto Adige Spumante Extra Brut 1919 Riserva 2013 – Kettmeir
Alto Adige Terlano Sauvignon Quarz 2017 – Cantina Terlano
Alto Adige Val Venosta Riesling Windbichel 2017 – Tenuta Unterortl – Castel Juval
Alto Adige Valle Isarco Riesling Praepositus 2017  – Abbazia di Novacella
Alto Adige Valle Isarco Sylvaner 2018 – Kuenhof - Peter Pliger
Alto Adige Valle Isarco Sylvaner R 2017 - Köfererhof – Günther Kerschbaumer
Manna 2017 - Haas

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BASILICATA
Aglianico del Vulture Don Anselmo 2016 – Paternoster
Aglianico del Vulture Gricos 2017 – Grifalco della Lucania
Aglianico del Vulture Il Repertorio 2017 – Cantine del Notaio
Aglianico del Vulture Re Manfredi 2016 Re Manfredi – Cantina Terre degli Svevi
Aglianico del Vulture Titolo 2017 – Elena Fucci

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CALABRIA
Cirò Rosso Classico Superiore San Felice Riserva 2017 – Librandi
Cirò Rosso Classico Superiore Riserva 2015 – ‘A Vita
Grisara Pecorello 2018 – Ceraudo
Moscato Passito 2018 – Luigi Viola

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CAMPANIA
Caiatì Pallagrello Bianco 2017 – Alois
Campi Flegrei Falanghina 2018 – Agnanum
Costa d’Amalfi Furore Bianco Fiorduva 2018 – Marisa Cuomo
È Iss Tintore Prephilloxera 2016 – Tenuta San Francesco
Falanghina del Sannio Janare Senete 2018 – La Guardiense
Falanghina del Sannio Svelato 2018 – Terre Stregate
Falanghina del Sannio Taburno 2018 – Fontanavecchia
Fiano di Avellino 2018 – Colli di Lapio
Fiano di Avellino Bosco Satrano 2017 – Villa Raiano
Fiano di Avellino Empatia 2018 – Donnachiara
Fiano di Avellino Pietramara 2018 – I Favati
Fiano di Avellino Tognano 2016 – Rocca del Principe
Greco 2018 – Pietracupa
Greco di Tufo Tornante 2018 – Traerte
Montevetrano 2017 – Montevetrano
Pian di Stio 2018 – San Salvatore 1988
Pompeii Bianco 2018 – Bosco de’ Medici
Sabbie di Sopra il Bosco 2017 – Nanni Copè
Sannio Sant’Agata dei Goti Piedirosso Artus 2017 – Mustilli
Taurasi Piano di Montevergine Riserva 2014 – Feudi di San Gregorio
Taurasi Puro Sangue Riserva 2014 – Luigi Tecce
Taurasi Vigna Macchia dei Goti Riserva 2015 – Antonio Caggiano
Terra di Rosso 2017 – Galardi

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Canton Ticino
Ticino Merlot Carato 2016 – Vini Angelo Delea
Ticino Rosso Castello Luigi 2016 – Castello Luigi

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EMILIA-ROMAGNA
Callas Malvasia 2017 – Monte delle Vigne
Lambrusco di Sorbara del Fondatore 2018 – Cleto Chiarli Tenute Agricole
Lambrusco di Sorbara Leclisse 2018 – Alberto Paltrinieri
Lambrusco di Sorbara Vigna del Cristo 2018 – Cavicchioli
Reggiano Lambrusco Brut Cadelvento Rosé 2018 – Venturini Baldini
Reggiano Lambrusco Concerto 2018 – Ermete Medici & Figli
Romagna Albana Secco Vitalba 2018 – Tre Monti
Romagna Sangiovese Predappio Il Sangiovese 2018 – Noelia Ricci
Romagna Sangiovese Predappio Le Lucciole Riserva 2016 – Chiara Condello
Romagna Sangiovese Superiore Avi Riserva 2016 – San Patrignano
Romagna Sangiovese Superiore Predappio di Predappio Vigna del Generale Riserva 2016 – Fattoria Nicolucci
Romagna Sangiovese Superiore Primo Segno 2017 – Villa Venti
Romagna Sangiovese Superiore Tre Miracoli 2018 – Le Rocche Malatestiane

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FRIULI-VENEZIA-GIULIA
Collio Bianco Fosarin 2017 – Ronco dei Tassi
Collio Bianco Giulio Locatelli Riserva 2017 – Tenuta di Angoris
Collio Chardonnay 2017 – Ronco Blanchis
Collio Friulano 2018 – Toros
Collio Friulano 2018 – Schiopetto
Collio Friulano Manditocai 2017 – Livon
Collio Malvasia 2018 – Villa Russiz
Collio Pinot Bianco 2018 – Doro Princic
Collio Pinot Bianco 2018 – Russiz Superiore
Collio Pinot Bianco Santarosa 2018 – Castello di Spessa
Collio Ribolla Gialla di Oslavia Riserva 2016 – Primosic
Collio Sauvignon 2018 – Tiare – Roberto Snidarcig
Desiderium I Ferretti 2017 – Tenuta Luisa
Friuli Colli Orientali Biancosesto 2017 – La Tunella
Friuli Colli Orientali Pinot Bianco Myò 2018 – Zorzettig
Friuli Colli Orientali Pinot Grigio 2018 – Torre Rosazza
Friuli Colli Orientali Sauvignon Zuc di Volpe 2018 – Volpe Pasini
Friuli Isonzo Pinot Bianco 2017 – Masùt da Rive
Friuli Isonzo Sauvignon Piere 2017 – Vie di Romans
Friuli Pinot Bianco 2018 – Vigneti Le Monde
Malvasia 2015 – Damijan Podversic
Ograde 2017 – Skerk
Ribolla Gialla Dosaggio Zero 2015 – Eugenio Collavini
Rosazzo Terre Alte 2017 – Livio Felluga
Tal Lùc Cuvée .1.2 – Lis Neris
Vintage Tunina 2017 – Jermann

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LAZIO
Cesanese di Olevano Romano Silene 2017 – Damiano Ciolli
Faro della Guardia Biancolella 2018 – Casale del Giglio
Fiorano Bianco 2017 – Tenuta di Fiorano
Frascati Superiore 2018 – Castel de Paolis
Montiano 2017 – Falesco – Famiglia Cotarella
Poggio della Costa 2018 – Sergio Mottura
Roma Rosso Edizione Limitata 2016 – Poggio Le Volpi

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LIGURIA
Colli di Luni Vermentino Lunae Etichetta Nera 2018 – Lunae Bosoni
Colli di Luni Vermentino Pianacce 2018 – Giacomelli
Colli di Luni Vermentino Superiore Boceda 2018 – Zangani
Colli di Luni Vermentino Superiore Fosso di Corsano 2018 – Terenzuola
Riviera Ligure di Ponente Pigato Le Marige 2018 – La Ginestraia
Riviera Ligure di Ponente Vermentino 2018 – Fontanacota
Rossese di Dolceacqua Bricco Arcagna 2017 – Terre Bianche
Rossese di Dolceacqua Posaù Biamonti 2017 – Maccario Dringenberg

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LOMBARDIA
Botticino Gobbio 2017 – Noventa
Farfalla Brut Zero Dosage Metodo Classico – Ballabio
Franciacorta Dosage Zero Secolo Novo Riserva 2011 – Marchesine
Franciacorta Dosaggio Zero Bagnadore Riserva 2011 – Barone Pizzini
Franciacorta Dosaggio Zero Cuvée Annamaria Clementi Riserva 2009 – Ca’ del Bosco
Franciacorta Extra Brut 2013 – Sparviere
Franciacorta Nature 61 2012 – Berlucchi & C.
Franciacorta Non Dosato Alma – Bellavista
Franciacorta Pas Dosè Riserva 33 Riserva 2012 – Ferghettina
Franciacorta Satèn 2015 – Mosnel
Franciacorta Satèn 2015 – Contadi Castaldi
Franciacorta Satèn 2015 – Ricci Curbastro
Lugana Menasasso Riserva 2015 – Selva Capuzza
Lugana Superiore Madonna della Scoperta 2017 – Perla del Garda
Nature Monsupello Classico – Monsupello
Oltrepò Pavese Buttafuoco Bricco Riva Bianca 2016 – Picchioni
Oltrepò Pavese Buttafuoco Storico Vigna Sacca del Prete 2015 – Fiamberti
Roccapietra Pas Dosé Metodo Classico 2013 – Scuropasso
Sforzato di Valtellina Ronco del Picchio 2016 – Fay
Tavernetto Pinot Nero 2016 – Conte Vistarino
Top Zero Pas Dosé Metodo Classico – Giorgi
Valtellina Sforzato Corte di Cama 2017 – Mamete Prevostini
Valtellina Sfursat 5 Stelle 2016 – Nino Negri
Valtellina Superiore Grumello Dirupi Riserva 2016 – Dirupi
Valtellina Superiore Grumello Riserva 2013 – Rainoldi
Valtènesi Chiaretto Molmenti 2016 – Costaripa

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MARCHE
Arshura 2016 – Valter Mattoni
Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Classico Ambrosia Riserva 2016 – Vignamato
Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Classico Lauro Riserva 2016 – Poderi Mattioli
Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Classico San Sisto Riserva 2017 – Tenute San Sisto – Fazi Battaglia
Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Classico Utopia Riserva 2016 – Montecappone
Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Classico Vigna Il Cantico della Figura Riserva 2016 – Andrea Felici
Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Classico Villa Bucci Riserva 2017 – Bucci
Falerio Pecorino Onirocep 2018 – Pantaleone
Lacrima di Morro d’Alba Superiore Orgiolo 2017 – Marotti Campi
Offida Pecorino 2018 – Tenuta Santori
Offida Pecorino Artemisia 2018 – Tenuta Spinelli
Offida Rosso Vignagiulia 2016 – Emanuele Dianetti
Piceno Superiore Morellone 2015 – Le Caniette
Rosso Piceno Superiore Roggio del Filare 2016 – Velenosi
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Origini 2018 – Fattoria Nannì
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Vecchie Vigne 2017 – Umani Ronchi
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Vigneto del Balluccio 2017 – Tenuta dell’Ugolino
Verdicchio di Matelica 2018 – Bisci
Verdicchio di Matelica Cambrugiano Riserva 2016 – Belisario
Verdicchio di Matelica Collestefano 2018 – Collestefano
Verdicchio di Matelica Jera Riserva 2015 – Borgo Paglianetto

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MOLISE
Molise Rosso Don Luigi Riserva 2015 – Di Majo Norante

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PIEDMONT
Alta Langa Extra Brut Millesimo2Mila15 2015 – Marcalberto
Alta Langa Pas Dosé Zéro Riserva 2013 – Enrico Serafino
Barbaresco Albesani Vigna Borgese 2015 – Piero Busso
Barbaresco Asili 2016 – Ceretto
Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2014 – Bruno Giacosa
Barbaresco Crichët Pajé 2011 – Roagna
Barbaresco Currà Riserva 2013 – Bruno Rocca
Barbaresco Montaribaldi 2015 – Fiorenzo Nada
Barbaresco Ovello Vigna Loreto 2016 – Albino Rocca
Barbaresco Pajoré 2016 – Bel Colle
Barbaresco Pajoré 2016 – Sottimano
Barbaresco Rabajà 2016 – Giuseppe Cortese
Barbaresco Rio Sordo 2016 – Cascina delle Rose
Barbaresco Rombone Elisa 2016 – Ada Nada
Barbaresco Sorì Tildin 2016 – Gaja
Barbaresco Vallegrande 2016 – Ca’ del Baio
Barbera d’Alba Ciabot dù Re 2017 – Giovanni Corino
Barbera d’Asti Lavignone 2018 – Pico Maccario
Barbera d’Asti Superiore La Luna e i Falò 2017 – Vite Colte
Barolo 2015 – Bartolo Mascarello
Barolo Aleste 2015 – Luciano Sandrone
Barolo Brea Vigna Ca’ Mia 2015 – Brovia
Barolo Bricco delle Viole 2015 – G. D. Vajra
Barolo Briccolina 2015 – Batasiolo
Barolo Brunate 2015 -Giuseppe Rinaldi
Barolo Cannubi 2015 – Poderi Luigi Einaudi
Barolo Castelletto Riserva 2013 – Fortemasso
Barolo Cerretta 2015 – Garesio
Barolo Cerretta Vigna Bricco Riserva 2013 – Elio Altare
Barolo Ginestra Casa Maté 2015 – Elio Grasso
Barolo Ginestra Riserva 2011 – Paolo Conterno
Barolo Lazzarito Riserva 2013 – Ettore Germano
Barolo Monfortino Riserva 2013 – Giacomo Conterno
Barolo Monvigliero 2015 – Fratelli Alessandria
Barolo R56 2015 – Brandini
Barolo Ravera Vigna Elena Riserva 2013 – Elvio Cogno
Barolo Riserva 2013 – Paolo Manzone
Barolo Rive 2015 – Negretti
Barolo San Bernardo Riserva 2013 – Palladino
Barolo Serra 2015 – Giovanni Rosso
Barolo Sottocastello di Novello 2015 – Ca’ Viola
Barolo Vigna Rionda 2013 – Figli Luigi Oddero
Barolo Vigna Rionda 2015 – Guido Porro
Barolo Villero Riserva 2012 – Vietti
Boca 2015 – Le Piane
Colli Tortonesi Timorasso Derthona Pitasso 2017 – Claudio Mariotto
Colli Tortonesi Timorasso Il Montino 2017 – La Colombera
Dogliani Papà Celso 2018 – Abbona
Dogliani Superiore Vigneti Dolci 2017 – San Fereolo
Dolcetto di Ovada Superiore Du Riva 2015 – Tacchino
Erbaluce di Caluso 13 Mesi 2017 – Benito Favaro
Gattinara 2015 -Torraccia del Piantavigna
Gattinara Osso San Grato 2015 – Antoniolo
Gavi del Comune di Gavi Minaia 2018 – Nicola Bergaglio
Gavi del Comune di Gavi Monterotondo 2016 – Villa Sparina
Gavi Vigna della Rovere Verde Riserva 2017 – La Mesma
Ghemme Vigna Ronco al Maso 2015 – Guido Platinetti
Giovanni Galliano Brut Rosé M. Classico 2015 – Borgo Maragliano
Grignolino d’Asti 2018 – Luigi Spertino
Grignolino d’Asti M 2013 – Tenuta Santa Caterina
Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese Bricco del Bosco Vigna Vecchie 2015 – Giulio Accornero e Figli
Moscato d’Asti Casa di Bianca 2018 – Gianni Doglia
Nizza Generala Riserva 2016 – Bersano
Nizza Pomorosso 2017 – Coppo
Nizza Riserva 2016 – Tenuta Olim Bauda
Ovada Convivio 2017 – Gaggino
Piemonte Pinot Nero Apertura 2016 – Colombo – Cascina Pastori
Piemonte Pinot Nero Bricco del Falco 2015 – Isolabella della Croce
Roero Arneis Renesio 2018 – Malvirà
Roero Arneis Sarun 2018 – Stefanino Costa
Roero Printi Riserva 2015 – Monchiero Carbone
Roero Sudisfà Riserva 2016 – Angelo Negro e Figli
Roero Valmaggiore Vigna Audinaggio 2017 – Cascina Ca’ Rossa
Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato Laccento 2018 – Montalbera

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PUGLIA
Askos Verdeca 2018 – Masseria Li Veli
Castel del Monte Rosso Vigna Pedale Riserva 2016 – Torrevento
Don Antonio Primitivo 2017 – Coppi
Gioia del Colle Primitivo 17 Vigento Montevella 2016 – Polvanera
Gioia del Colle Primitivo Muro Sant’Angelo Contrada Barbatto 2016 – Tenute Chiaromonte
Idea 2018 – Varvaglione 1921
Negroamaro 2017 – Carvinea
Oltremé Susumaniello 2018 – Tenute Rubino
Primitivo di Manduria Lirica 2017 – Produttori di Manduria
Primitivo di Manduria Piano Chiuso 26 27 63 Riserva 2016 – Masca del Tacco
Primitivo di Manduria Raccontami 2017 – Vespa – Vignaioli per Passione
Primitivo di Manduria Sessantanni 2016 – San Marzano
Primitivo di Manduria Zinfandel Sinfarosa Terra Nera 2017 – Felline
Salice Salentino Rosso Donna Lisa Riserva 2016 – Leone de Castris
Salice Salentino Rosso Selvarossa Riserva 2016 – Cantine Due Palme
Taccorosso Negroamaro 2015 – Cantine Paolo Leo

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SARDINIA
Alghero Torbato Terre Bianche Cuvée 161 2018 – Tenute Sella & Mosca
Cannonau di Sardegna 2017 – Antonella Corda
Cannonau di Sardegna Classico Dule 2016 – Giuseppe Gabbas
Cannonau di Sardegna Nepente di Oliena Pro Vois Riserva 2014 – F.lli Puddu
Capichera Vendemia Tardiva 2016 – Capichera
Carignano del Sulcis 6Mura Riserva 2016 – Cantina Giba
Carignano del Sulcis Superiore Terre Brune 2015 – Cantina di Santadi
Nuracada Bovale 2017 – Audarya
Terresicci 2014 – Cantine di Dolianova
Turriga 2015 – Argiolas
Vermentino di Gallura Superiore Costarenas 2018 – Masone Mannu
Vermentino di Gallura Superiore Sciala 2018 – Surrau
Vermentino di Gallura Superiore Soliànu–Tenuta Matteu 2018 – Andrea Ledda
Vermentino di Sardegna Stellato 2018 – Pala

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SICILY
Caravaglio – Malvasia delle Lipari Passito 2018 - Centopassi
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Giambattista Valli Paris 2017 - Feudi del Pisciotto
Contrada C 2017 - Passopisciaro
Eloro Nero d’Avola Fontanelle 2014 - Curto
Etna Bianco A’ Puddara 2017 - Tenuta di Fessina
Etna Bianco Alta Mora 2018 - Alta Mora
Etna Bianco Cavanera Ripa di Scorciavacca 2017 - Firriato
Etna Rosato Mofete 2018 - Palmento Costanzo
Etna Rosso 2017 - Tornatore
Etna Rosso Arcurìa 2017 - Graci
Etna Rosso Contrada Monte Serra 2017 - Benanti
Etna Rosso Feudo di Mezzo 2016 ­- Cottanera
Etna Rosso V. Barbagalli 2016 - Pietradolce
Etna Rosso Vico Prephylloxera 2016 - Tenute Bosco
Etna Rosso Vigneta Monte Gorna Riserva 2013 - Nicosia
Le Casematte – Faro 2017
Noto Nero d’Avola Santa Cecilia 2016 - Planeta
Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé 2016 - Donnafugata
Perricone Furioso 2016 - Assuli Sicilia
Sicilia Bianco Maggiore 2018 - Rallo
Sicilia Bianco Nozze d’Oro 2017 - Tasca d’Almerita
Sicilia Catarratto Terre Rosse di Giabbascio 2018
Sicilia Grillo Shamaris 2018 - Cusumano
Sicilia Grillo Vigna di Mandranova 2018 - Alessandro di Camporeale
Sicilia Mandrarossa Cartagho 2017 - Cantine Settesoli
Sicilia Nero d’Avola Saia 2017 - Feudo Maccari

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TRENTINO
San Leonardo 2015 – San Leonardo
Teroldego Rotaliano 2016 – Barone de Cles
Teroldego Rotaliano Vigna Le Fron 2016 – De Vescovi Ulzbach
Trentino Müller Thurgau Viàch 2018 – Corvée
Trentino Pinot Nero Maso Cantanghel 2016 – Maso Cantanghel
Trentino Vino Santo 2003 – Toblino
Trento Brut Altemasi Graal Riserva 2012 – Cavit
Trento Brut Aquila Reale Riserva 2009 – Cesarini Sforza
Trento Brut Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2008 – Ferrari
Trento Brut Madame Martis Riserva 2009 – Maso Martis
Trento Brut Rotari Flavio Riserva 2011 – Mezzacorona
Trento Dosaggio Zero Letrari Riserva 2012 – Letrari
Trento Pas Dosé Balter Riserva 2013 – Nicola Balter

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TUSCANY
Auritea 2016 – Tenuta Podernovo
Bolgheri Bianco Criseo 2017 – Guado al Melo
Bolgheri Rosso Superiore 2016 – Castello di Bolgheri
Bolgheri Rosso Superiore Grattamacco 2016 – Grattamacco
Bolgheri Rosso Superiore Le Gonnare 2016 – Fabio Motta
Bolgheri Rosso Superiore Orma 2017 – Orma
Bolgheri Rosso Superiore Ornellaia 2016 – Ornellaia
Bolgheri Rosso Superiore Sondraia 2016 – Poggio al Tesoro
Bolgheri Superiore Sassicaia 2016 – Tenuta San Guido
Brunello di Montalcino 2014 – Baricci
Brunello di Montalcino 2014 – Brunelli – Le Chiuse di Sotto
Brunello di Montalcino 2014 – Il Marroneto
Brunello di Montalcino 2014 – Pietroso
Brunello di Montalcino 2014 – Poggio di Sotto
Brunello di Montalcino Duelecci Est Riserva 2013 – Tenuta di Sesta
Brunello di Montalcino Lupi e Sirene Riserva 2013 – Podere Le Ripi
Brunello di Montalcino Pian di Conte Riserva 2013 – Talenti
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2013 – Le Macioche
Cabreo Il Borgo 2016 – Tenute Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari
Caburnio 2015 – Tenuta Monteti
Carmignano Riserva 2016 – Tenuta Le Farnete/Cantagallo
Carmignano Riserva 2016 – Piaggia
Carmignano Santa Cristina in Pilli 2016 – Fattoria Ambra
Cepparello 2016 – Isole e Olena
Chianti Classico 2017 – Tenuta di Arceno – Arcanum
Chianti Classico 2017 – Riecine
Chianti Classico 2017 – Vallepicciola
Chianti Classico Famiglia Zingarelli Riserva 2016 – Rocca delle Macìe
Chianti Classico Fontalpino 2017 – Fattoria Carpineta Fontalpino
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016 – Tenuta di Lilliano
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione I Rialzi 2015 – Tenuta Perano
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Poggio Rosso 2015 – San Felice
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Riserva Ducale Oro 2015 -Ruffino
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo 2016 – Fontodi
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna Il Corno 2015 – Castello di Radda
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Villa Rosa 2016 – Famiglia Cecchi
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 6.38 2015 – Fattoria di Valiano
Chianti Classico Il Campitello Riserva 2016 – Monteraponi
Chianti Classico Lamole 2017 – I Fabbri
Chianti Classico Lamole di Lamole Et. Bianca 2016 – Lamole di Lamole
Chianti Classico Lucarello Riserva 2015 – Borgo Salcetino
Chianti Classico Riserva 2016 – Castello di Albola
Chianti Classico Riserva 2016 – Castello di Volpaia
Chianti Classico Riserva 2016 – Pomona
Chianti Classico Riserva 2016 – Val delle Corti
Chianti Classico Rocca di Castagnoli 2017 – Rocca di Castagnoli
Chianti Classico Vigna Barbischio Riserva 2016 – Maurizio Alongi
Chianti Classico Villa del Cigliano Riserva 2016 – Cigliano
Chianti Colli Fiorentini Badia a Corte Riserva 2016 – Torre a Cona
Chianti Rufina Nipozzano V. V. Riserva 2016 – Frescobaldi
Cortona Syrah 2016 – Stefano Amerighi
Francesca Romana 2016 – Terenzi
I Sodi di San Niccolò 2015 – Castellare di Castellina
Il Borro 2016 – Il Borro
La Regola 2016 – Podere La Regola
Le Pergole Torte 2016 – Montevertine
Maremma Toscana Oltreconfine 2017 – Bruni
Maremma Toscana Rocca di Frassinello 2017 – Rocca di Frassinello
Montecucco Rosso Riserva 2016 – Colle Massari
Montecucco Sangiovese Ad Agio Riserva 2015 – Basile
Morellino di Scansano Riserva 2016 – Roccapesta
Nobile di Montepulciano 2016 – Boscarelli
Nobile di Montepulciano 2016 – Podere Le Bèrne
Nobile di Montepulciano 2016 – Salcheto
Nobile di Montepulciano 2016 – Tenute del Cerro
Nobile di Montepulciano I Quadri 2016 – Bindella
Nobile di Montepulciano Le Caggiole 2016 – Poliziano
Nobile di Montepulciano Madonna della Querce 2015 – Maria Caterina Dei
Nobile di Montepulciano Simposio Riserva 2015 – Tenuta Trerose
Orcia Petruccino 2016 – Podere Forte
Oreno 2017 – Tenuta Sette Ponti
Paleo Rosso 2016 – Le Macchiole
Palistorti Rosso 2017 – Tenuta di Valgiano
Parrina Sangiovese 2018 – Tenuta La Parrina
Petra Rosso 2016 – Petra
Pinot Nero 2016 – Podere della Civettaja
Poggio alle Viole 2015 – Col di Bacche
Quinto Re 2016 – Gualdo del Re
Rosso di Montalcino 2016 – Le Ragnaie
Rosso di Montalcino 2017 – Salvioni
Solaia 2016 – Marchesi Antinori
Solus 2016 – Pianirossi
Suisassi 2016 – Duemani
Terre di Pisa Sangiovese VignaAlta 2016 – Badia di Morrona
Uno 2016 – Tenuta Carleone
Vernaccia di San Gimignano Carato 2016 – Montenidoli
Vernaccia di San Gimignano Ostrea 2017 – Mormoraia
Vernaccia di San Gimignano L’Albereta Riserva 2016 – Il Colombaio di Santa Chiara
Vin Santo di Carmignano Riserva 2012 – Tenuta di Capezzana

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UMBRIA
Adarmando Trebbiano Spoletino 2017 – Giampaolo Tabarrini
Cervaro della Sala 2017 – Castello della Sala
Il Roccafiore 2016 – Roccafiore
Montefalco Rosso Mattone Riserva 2016 – Briziarelli
Montefalco Rosso Pomontino 2017 – Tenuta Bellafonte
Montefalco Rosso Riserva 2015 – Antonelli San Marco
Montefalco Rosso Ziggurat 2017 – Tenute Lunelli Castelbuono
Montefalco Sagrantino 2015 – Terre de la Custodia
Montefalco Sagrantino 25 Anni 2015 – Arnaldo Caprai
Montefalco Sagrantino Sacrantino 2015 – F.lli Pardi
Orvieto Classico Superiore Luigi e Giovanna 2016 – Barberani
Ramìci Ciliegiolo 2016 – Leonardo Bussoletti
Torgiano Rosso Pinturicchio Riserva 2016 – Terre Margaritelli
Torgiano Rosso Rubesco Vigna Monticchio Riserva 2015 – Lungarotti

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VALLE d’AOSTA
Sopraquota 900 2018 – Rosset Terroir
Valle d’Aosta Chambave Muscat Flétri 2017 – La Vrille
Valle d’Aosta Chardonnay Cuvée Bois 2017 – Les Crêtes
Valle d’Aosta Pinot Gris 2018 – Lo Triolet
Valle d’Aosta Pinot Noir L’Emerico 2016 – Elio Ottin
Valle d’Aosta Pinot Noir Semel Pater 2017 – Maison Anselmet
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VENETO
Amarone della Valpolicella 2015 – Famiglia Cottini – Monte Zovo
Amarone della Valpolicella Campo dei Gigli 2015 – Tenuta Sant’Antonio
Amarone della Valpolicella Case Vecie 2013 – Brigaldara
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2015 – Allegrini
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 – Bertani
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 – Giuseppe Quintarelli
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013 – Zymè
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Campolongo di Torbe 2012 – Masi
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Casa dei Bepi 2013 – Viviani
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico De Buris Riserva 2009 – Tommasi Viticoltori
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Sant’Urbano 2015 – Speri
Amarone della Valpolicella Leone Zardini Riserva 2012 – Pietro Zardini
Amarone della Valpolicella Mai Dire Mai 2012 – Pasqua–Cecilia Beretta
Capitel Croce 2018 – Roberto Anselmi
Cartizze Brut Vigna La Rivetta – Villa Sandi
Colli Euganei Fiori d’Arancio Passito Alpianae 2016 – Vignalta
Colli Euganei Merlot Casa del Merlo 2016 – Il Filò delle Vigne
Colli Euganei Rosso Serro 2016 – Il Mottolo
Conegliano Valdobbiadene Rive di Ogliano Brut Nature 2018 – BiancaVigna
Custoza Superiore Amedeo 2017 – Cavalchina
Custoza Superiore Ca’ del Magro 2017 – Monte del Frà
Frank! 2017 – Barollo
Lugana Molceo Riserva 2017 – Ottella
Lugana Sergio Zenato Riserva 2016 – Zenato
Madre 2017 – Italo Cescon
Montello e Colli Asolani Il Rosso dell’Abazia 2016 – Serafini & Vidotto
Riesling Renano Collezione di Famiglia 2015 – Roeno
Soave Classico Calvarino 2017 – Leonildo Pieropan
Soave Classico Campo Vulcano 2018 – I Campi
Soave Classico Monte Carbonare 2017 – Suavia
Soave Classico Monte Fiorentine 2017 – Ca’ Rugate
Soave Superiore Il Casale 2017 – Agostino Vicentini
Soave Superiore Runcata 2017 – Dal Cero Tenuta Corte Giacobbe
Valdobbiadene Brut Ius Naturae 2018 – Bortolomiolo
Valdobbiadene Brut Nature 2018 – Silvano Follador
Valdobbiadene Brut Nature Particella 232 2018 – Sorelle Bronca
Valdobbiadene Brut Rive di Col San Martino Cuvée del Fondatore Graziano Merotto 2018 – Merotto
Valdobbiadene Dosaggio Zero Vigneto Del Faè 2018 – Canevel Spumanti
Valdobbiadene Extra Dry Giustino B. 2018 – Ruggeri & C.
Valdobbiadene Rive Di Refrontolo Brut Col Del Forno 2018 – Andreola
Valpolicella Ca’ Fiui 2018 – Corte Sant’Alda
Valpolicella Classico Superiore Campo Casal Vegri 2017 – Ca’ La Bionda
Valpolicella Superiore Maternigo 2016 – Fratelli Tedeschi

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October 16, 2020

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