1. Elvio Cogno Barolo Ravera 2005
Produced from the important Novello grapes this firm wine is a one of the nicest Italian Red Wines with a brilliant red color and a potent nose it will please every time. With a full-body and great structure this wine has scents of dog rose, mint and tobacco and after time turning into spice, coffee, liquorice, truffle, leather and minerals. Goes well with braised meats, stewed game, roasts and mature cheeses such as pecorino and Parmigiano Reggiano. Elvio Cogno Barolo Ravera 2005

2. Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 2008
Looking for a pleasant Tuscan Red Wine – A smooth and supple ruby red produced from the Sangiovese grape, this Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 2008 is sure to please. Aged for 12 months in French oak, this wine is the younger sibling to the famous Brunello and as such can be considered terrific value for money. It has a full, soft and powerful structure and an excellent aftertaste too. This wine also has supple tannins and good acidity – ideal for the dining table! An ideal match with pasta, poultry, beef, and cheese. Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 2008

3. La Spinetta Barbera d’Asti Ca Di Pian 2007
Red wines from Italy – a big and bold ruby red with an intense bouquet. This full-bodied Barbera d’Asti Ca’ di Pian is pleasing to the mouth and has a complex flavor. The notes of blackberries, plums, red cherries and flowers, are lively on the nose. Very pleasing to the mouth, with distinctive flavors that are silky smooth. There is also a hint of oak to the taste but this is very subtle and enjoyable. A very fresh wine that is laden with fruit with a nice acidity and perfectly poised tannins. This wine will grace any dinner table or just nice on its own with meats cheeses. La Spinetta Barbera d’Asti Ca Di Pian 2007

4. Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi 2004
This elegant 2004 Barolo Nei Cannubi is a classy smooth and supple deep red wine that is dry with a firm structure. With gorgeous, silky tannins and luscious aromas that you will love, this wine is perfumed and aromatic. Floral aromas and subtle flavors of cherries, rose, and plum, this wine cannot be taken for granted – you will keep coming back for more and is a must for any serious Barolo lover. Coming from a great vineyard, the Einaudi family produced its best Cannubi in 2004 and so must be respected. Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi 2004

5. Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2003
Lastly, the most expensive wine of our chosen five but one that is well worth trying. Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2003 is from the estate vineyard of ‘Ornato’ owned by the Pio family based in Serralunga d’Alba which is in the Piedmont region about sixty kilometers southeast of Turin in northern Italy. A wine that has developed from the special microclimate of the region which has helped the grapes become rich with soft tannins. This fabulous deep colored red wine has a nose of intense fruit, raspberry, truffle and dried flowers. The mouth feel is of ripe fruit and hints of tobacco, chocolate, vanilla and pepper that add to the fine tannins that stick to the palate. This is a great example of a 2003 that will get better and better with age so patience is needed. Best from 2010 onwards. Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2003icon

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