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Between an early part of the year characterized by lockdowns and restrictions that forced fans to drink and bottles of the heart at home, and a summer of restart in which people have returned to toast in company, many, probably, will be thinking about replenishing the cellar stocks. And if among wine shops, an increasingly qualified large-scale retail trade and an e-commerce that is growing impetuously, the channels and tools to do so are not lacking, the doubt can arise on what to buy, in front of an almost boundless choice. Help, in this sense, can come from one of the many Italian and international rankings related to wine. Like that of the “Must Buys” of the UK portal “Wine Lister” (purchased in 2020 by Groupe Figaro, publisher of one of the most important newspapers in France, “Le Figaro”, and of one of the most successful French sites dedicated to wine, “Figaro Vin”), which through its algorithm takes into consideration the quality and value of a wine within its vintage and its denomination, as well as the latest industry information from the main players in the global trade in fine wines.
In a periodically updated list, to date, at the absolute top, paired at 100 points according to the “Wine Lister Score” (which takes into account the critics’ judgments of brands and magazines such as Jancis Robinson, Vinous, Bettane + Desseauve and Jeannie Cho Lee, and the aging potential of wines) there are a rare gem of French wine, such as the Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru Clos Saint-Jacques 1964, and a classic of Italian wine such as the Alceo 2013 by Castello dei Rampolla, Igt Toscana born in Chianti Classico, in Panzano in Chianti. Like the second Italian wine on the list, after all, Fontodi’s Flaccianello della Pieve 2015, at 99 points, together with Dominus 2013 from the Californian Dominus Estate, with a sacred monster like La Tache 1966 from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, and again with the Ermitage Blanc 2015 from Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, and another Californian like Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 of Bryant Family Vineyard, to follow, restricting the selection to only Italian wines, with 98 points there are pearls such as the Tignanello di Antinori, with the 2015 and 2016 vintages, but also the Barolo Cascina Francia 2016 by Giacomo Conterno, and again the Sammarco 2016 by Castello dei Rampolla, the Percarlo 2013 and 2015 by San Giunsto a Rentennano , the Masseto 2007 of the Tenuta Masseto of the Frescobaldi group, and the Apparita 2013 of Castello di Ama, the Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione de Marchi 2010 by Isole and Olena and the Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2014 by Vietti.
There are also many Italian wines with 97 points which, right now, is worth buying, according to the “Wine Lister”. Like the Vignà Serè 2004 and the Amarone della Valpolicella 2008 of Romano dal Forno, the Barolo Cerequio 1999, 2006 and 2007 and the Barolo Sarmassa 2007 of Roberto Voerzio, the 2009 Sangiovese of Case Basse by Gianfranco Soldera, the 2007 Barolo Ciabot Mentin of Domenico Clerico, the Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2013 by Luciano Sandrone, the Terra di Lavoro 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2019 of Galardi, and again the Barbaresco Sorì Tildìn 2004, the Barbaresco Sorì San Lorenzo 2014, the Barolo Sperss 2006 and the Langhe Conteisa 2008 of Gaja, the Masseto 2010 and 2015, the Cepparello 2016 of Isole and Olena, the 2004 Barolo of Bartolo Mascarello, the Barolo Rocche del Falletto Riserva 2005 of Bruno Giacosa, the 2018 Siepi of Fonterutoli Castle of Marchesi Mazzei, the Barolo Brunate 2004 of Giuseppe Rinaldi, Le Pergole Torte 2015 by Montevertine, the Barolo Gavarini Chiniera 2008 of Fat Helium, the 2007 Barolo Monprivato of Giuseppe Mascarello and Son, the Scrio 2010 de Le Macchiole, the Barbaresco Pajè Vecchie Viti 2013 by Roagna and the Brunello di Montalcino 2017 de La Cerbaiona.
A path that winds, therefore, as always, between the nobility of the Langhe, the most important territory of Piedmont, passing through the classicism of Tuscany, especially with the Supertuscans, and a touch of Veneto and Valpolicella, confirming the classic regional triptych of the most prestigious and valuable Italian wine.


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For the love of food and wine! Marco Ribaudo, Certified Sommelier, with 25 years in the food and beverage industry now invites you to join him in his latest adventure, the opening of la Cucina del Vino to share his culture and passion for creating unforgettable memories around the table.

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