La rivista britannica Decanter, ha stilato un elenco di 75 vini meritevoli di essere comprati e degustati, con un prezzo sullo scaffale inferiore ai 24 euro.
Per brevità riporterò solamente i vini italiani.
Ricordo che una sterlina vale circa 1,21 euro !
Le Colture, Sylvoz, Prosecco Treviso, Veneto, Italy NV
From an estate that has been family owned since the 1500s, this is an uplifting, bone-dry, zesty style of Prosecco which would make for a perfect aperitif. The citrus aromas have an added touch of pear drops, while the palate is formed around flavours of lime and crisp green apple.
Price £12.50 Corney & Barrow
Argiolas, Iselis, Sardinia, Italy 2012
Antonio Argiolas planted his first vines in 1906.Today the estate is run by his grandchildren, and this is one of its flagship whites. An appealing, complex blend of 85% Nasco and 15% Vermentino, lees stirring has imbued a nutty feel to the herbal palate, but a fine cut of acidity keeps things vibrant.
Price £17.50 Eurowines
Tenuta di Somaro, Puglia, Italy 2011
A darling of a wine that showcases Puglia’s ability to turn out fabulously enjoyable wines at a great price. The fragrant, rich, inviting nose is all about bramble fruits, while in the mouth there is plenty of dark, sweetly spiced fruit, with good structure and a juicy, glossy finish.
Price £9.99 Laithwaite’s Wine
Cigliuti, Nebbiolo, Langhe, Italy 2012
A bright and breezy, but svelte Nebbiolo, with a beautiful nose that shows some leaf and spice lurking behind the precise red fruits. Those red fruits form the core of the palate, which has grip as one would expect, but also wonderful balance and drive.
Price £17.95 Lea & Sandeman
D’Arcana, Teroldego, Vigneti delle Dolomiti, Italy 2011
The attraction of this wine lies in its easygoing, understated appeal. Both nose and palate are based on crisp, light red fruits, and to taste it’s gentle but defined; tailormade for pizza or simple pasta dishes with fresh tomato sauce.
Price £9.99 Virgin Wines
De Forville, Villa de Forville, Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy 2012
Aged in US oak for 12 months, this Barbera is made by a Barbaresco- based producer with more than 150 years of winemaking heritage. The brisk nose has lifted floral notes to complement the red fruit. The subtle caramel palate is rich, with a lovely fluid feel that carries its weight with ease.
Price: £13.99 Majestic
Planeta, Alastro, Grecanico, Sicily, Italy 2012
The Planeta family’s winemaking adventure began in the mid- 1980s through the ambition of Francesca, Santi and Alessio Planeta. This 95% Grecanico, 5% Fiano blend is very much a food wine: creamily textured but breezy too, with restrained, crunchy citrus fruit.
Price: £12.75 AG Wines, Carruthers & Kent, Great Western Wine, Winedirect
Piccini, Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy 2009
From just 7ha in 1882, Piccini now has under its control 400ha of Tuscan vineyards and accounts for about 10% of the total production in Chianti. There’s little to fault in this wine – a correct and typical slice of Chianti at a good price, with savoury, juicy red cherry fruit and solid but balanced tannins.
Price: £8.99 Tesco
Cantine Belisario Terre di Val Bona Verdicchio di Matelica
From a co-op founded in the early 1970s and Verdicchio vineyards planted between 350m and 450m above sea level, this is a pretty, unoaked wine, showing a waxed citrus and guava nose and palate of tangy limes, a steely edge and savoury complexity.
Price: £8.99 Widely available via UK agent Liberty Wines
Poggiopiano Estate, The Society’s Exhibition, Chianti Classico, Italy 2010
Owned by the Bartoli family since the 1990s, Poggiopiano is a restored 16th-century cantina. This is a charming Chianti, with red cherry fruit aromas decorated with a subtle hint of violets. It’s pure and fresh in the mouth with crunchy red fruit and Chianti’s classic, grippy tannins.
Price: £11.50 The Wine Society
( Fonte Decanter )