Best Italian Red Wines: a selection of top grapes
Italian cuisine is very vast and has many different excellent flavors, infact it is famous for being very good. Perhaps this is just one of the main reasons why in Italy there are also the best red wines in the world. The choice of the wine is made according to the combination with the meals in fact if with the meat is preferable to drink a nice glass of red wine, with the fish instead is more suitable a good white wine.We could continue on this topic a lot because there is really much to say but if you are already oriented at least on which kind of wine to choose for your occasion and if your choice is oriented towards red wine today we will talk about a selection we have made with care and precision regarding the best Italian red wines.
Also remember that almost all the italian wine names come from the name of the grapes that have been grown to produce them. Our selection is composed of three wines.
First wine of the best italian red wines guide is: Piedirosso
Piedirosso is a very old vine, infact the first traces date back to the Roman age, when it was first mentioned by Pliny the Elder as ‘Colombina’. It owes its name to the red color that acquires the rachis with the ripening of the grapes, this is reminiscent of the foot of the dove or, as we say in Neapolitan, “o’Per’e Palummo”. The resemblance, as you can see from the photo, is undeniable.
Piedirosso is a native vine of the area of Naples, which has also spread to the province of Avellino, in the area of Vesuvius and Monte Somma between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Recently it was re-evaluated after a period of abandonment or in any case in which it was relegated to the production of bulk wine or used as secondary grapes.
The reasons for its abandonment are many: mainly because it is a difficult grape to be governed, with an imbalance in the vegetative-productive development, so that the reduced grape production does not involve a greater concentration of substance. Piedirosso prefers the growth of the foliage to the detriment of the bunches, this entails a delay in their maturation, infact requires careful attention in harvest time to prevent it from being harvested before complete ripeness, which is why its harvest, almost always manual , takes place between the second and third week of October. Also in the cellar it also requires extreme care because it is a wine that, if not properly oxygenated, during the fermentation phase tends to reduce.
Its revaluation is most likely due to a new vision of the Campania cuisine, made of simpler ingredients and less elaborate recipes, of medium structure, based on plants for example, which the Piedirosso can offer an excellent combination. Thanks to its thin skin it gives wines that are not too tannic, slender, water-based and with a contained body. There is no shortage of floral and fruity scents, which make it pleasant to the nose and taste. Today there are critics who compare it to an important French grape variety such as Pinot noir.
Piedirosso is our first choice, it has definitely convinced us.
Second wine of the best italian red wines guide is: Primitivo
The Primitivo is not a simple sweet wine, it is one of those that right in the land of Benevento (Campania) represents one of the most pleasant confirmations that can be had from the varietal grown in the area; the decisive characterization of this product starts from the drastic selection of the dried grapes in the vineyard, on the few centenarian vines.
Once in the cellar, the grapes are left to dry for another 15 days on the classic arèle to withering; then, by hand, the most intact grapes are combed one by one, which are then pressed for the first time in a soft way. The must is fermented from 25 to 30 days in steel then it is pressed again, slowly and with a lot of patience and the extract then passes in steel for a first braking. After a month a second braking takes place and part of the must is transferred for a few weeks to barriques. After a brief return to steel, it goes to the bottling and after more or less four months to its commercialization.
Primitivo is a wine with a very inviting color, black-ink with very elegant shades of purple on the nail, definitely impenetrable. The first nose is enveloped by an intriguing and seductive olfactory fan, with the more classic notes of black jam fruits, with even sweeter sensations that recall spices and aromas with a unique suggestion, when, for example, in the houses of the past the nose he still had the desire and the hope of searching in the air toasted notes of coffee just past the mill or remaining inebriated by the officinal scents of the herbs left to dry on the window sill, those with wooden doors. The drink is offered copious, sweet, inebriating but thick, rightly fresh and cadenced by innumerable fruity and toasted, never cloying and spendable in conjunction with more than one occasion, with blue cheeses rather than chocolate desserts.
This is our second choice, Primitivo is a special wine. It is a must for a wine lover.
Third wine of the best italian red wines guide is: Barbera del Sannio
What is this Barbera del Sannio? A lot of people don’t really know and confuse this Samnite vine with the homonymous and more famous Piedmontese bunch.
Practically in the course of local history, this grape has remained completely anonymous, was harvested and used in winemaking together with other vines, not being used in the past to produce single-vine wines, but together they assembled more grape varieties, establishing the various quantities according to the peculiar characteristics of each of them. What today is called Barbera del Sannio, was used to give color to the wine, as it is very rich in anthocyanins, but also fragrance, it is pleasantly fruity, with sweet notes of pastry and floral rose or violet.
Barbera del Sannio is the most cultivated from Campania. As we said it is not Barbera del Piedmont, but a wine that has always been called this way for many decades, fresh and fragrant, we also have to admit that this Barbera, at least for us, seemed a lot better than the Barbera del Piedmont.
To drink from the bottle below the tree fronds or the tables full of chickens, eggplant parmigiana and lasagna.
The wine in the glass is almost impenetrable, of a purple-red load. After a closing moment opens with a lot of sweetness of ripe fruit on the nose. Never slender in mouth, where the entrance is faithful to the olfactory sensations, soft, sometimes fat, pleasantly round, with a strong alcoholic charge and fresh closing.
Barbera del Sannio is our third selected wine, it is an excellent and supreme red wine.
What do we recommend?
While here there is the Dioscuri 1938 red wines selection! All from Italian country and all from the south Italian wonderful vineyards. In the list we included what we think are the best italian red wines.
– Barbera del Sannio, Beneventano, Dioscuri, Italy 2017,
12% alcohol content. Price: € 6.99
– Piedirosso, Campania, Dioscuri, Italy 2017,
12% alcohol content. Price: € 6.99
– Primitivo, Campania, Dioscuri, Italy 2017,
12% alcohol content. Price: € 6.99
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