Tasted & Recommended - Italy

I am a fan of Italian wines of many types and origins and have visited Italy extensively. My list of favorites is far too long to mention here, but it certainly includes the phenomenal three "B's": Brunello, Barolo and Barbaresco. My tasting comments will focus on Tuscany and Piedmont.


Please refer to Tasting Notes & Ratings for an explanation of the wine-rating system.

The report on Piedmont Estates provides tasting notes for many of the finest producers of Barbaresco and Barolo. These are wines I believe to be among the greatest and most distinctive red wines from any region in any country. My admiration for these Italian jewels has, if anything, increased in recent years as I have had the opportunity to taste more and more of the very best examples. Some may find these Nebbiolo-based reds challenging to enjoy. Yes, some can be assertively structured and demand softening in bottle to make them pleasurable drinking. On the other hand, contemporary vintages, particularly at the basic level, are far more approachable than in the past...and offer the exquisite, complex perfumes which set these wines apart.

My report includes notes for such exceptional estates as Moccagatta, Cantina del Pino, Sottimano, Seghesio, Fratelli Alessandria, Luigi Baudana, Silvano Bolmida, Domenico Clerico and Paolo Conterno, among others.

To find out why I am enthusiastic about Nebbiolo in Piedmont,
click on my report below:

Photo of Barbaresco and wine glass © Roger C. Bohmrich
My latest tasting notes for the

These are my notes for the

 2013 Tre Bicchieri


The file below contains my notes for the

2012 Tre Bicchieri


And here are the complete notes from the

"Amarone Families"


New York, Nov 2012


Several of these wines

were awarded the

Tre Bicchieri 2013


These are my tasting notes from the 2013 Brunello tasting


2008 Brunello

2007 Brunello Riserva

I attended a unique tasting of the little-known Boca denomination of northern Piedmont showcasing wines of an exceptional grower, Le Piane. Here are my notes from that vertical.