As long as we can consider wines not released this year, my favourites would be as follows (no particular order):

1997 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
1997 Borgogno Barolo Classico Riserva
1998 d'Angelo Aglianico del Vulture
1989 Pio Cesare Barolo
1999 Pecchenino Dolcetto di Dogliani Siri d'Jermu
1997 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
1997 Castello di Monastero Chianti Classico Riserva
1995 Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore
My favorite Italian wines tasted in 2003 were (in no particular order):

1997 Braida "Ai Suma" Barbera (thx Enoselsa)
1998 Fontodi "Case Via" Syrah (thx VM)
1997 Ciacci BdM (thx VM)
1998 Terrabianca "Ceppate"
1997 Il Poggione BdM Riserva
1999 Antinori Guado al Tasso
1999 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco


Otis- not the 2000 Montiano?

For me:

2000 Falesco Montiano (not Vitiano)
1990 Soldera BdM riserva
1998 Pio Cesare Barolo (at a tasting, I wouldn't DRAB one of these!)
1997 Antinori Pian Del Vigne BdM

Yes, but I came here for an argument.

Oh! Oh! I'm sorry, this is abuse.
Top wines in order of preference

96 Marcarini Brunate
96 Sori Ginestra
97 Banfi (This is controversial, but I liked it!)
97 Stielle

Dishonorable mention: 97 Fanti. Tasting note: huh?

Is the 2000 Montiano drinking well now? I've been eyeing my one bottle.
Sorted by region. Otherwise in no particular order:

1998 Fontodi "Case Via" Syrah
1999 Ornellaia Bolgheri Ornellaia
1997 Ciacci BdM Pianrosso
1997 Casanova di Neri BdM Cerratalto
1997 Antinori BdM Pian delle Vigne
1997 Frescobaldi BdM Castelgiocondo
1975 Castiglion del Bosco BdM

1998 Giacomo Conterno "Cascina Francia"
1997 Rocche dei Manzoni Barolo Big'd Big
1998 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto
1996 Carlo Giacosa Barbaresco Narin(Thanks Jcubed)
1997 Braida Ai Suma Barbera d'Asti(Thanks Eno)

1998 Vini Plozza Passione Barrique IGT Terrazze retiche di Sondrio

2000 Moschioni Pignolo

2000 Maculan Veneto Fratta
1997 Masi Amarone Vaio Armaron
2000 Fabiano Recioto della Valpolicella Rugola
2001 Anselmi Capitel Croce IGT
2000 Leonildo Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca

The Montiano is beautiful, but I'm sure it'll be better in a few years.

Yes, but I came here for an argument.

Oh! Oh! I'm sorry, this is abuse.
Originally posted by cluricaunwines:

what is your take on la massa.
they seem a bit skitzo and unreliable as of late-

thanks Smile

The Giorgio Primo of La Massa is one of Italy's most reliably excellent wines. However, this wine needs 5 to 7 years to really show its stuff. After the first 2 years you can find bottles in a "dumb" stage. Take the time to wait at least 5 years (or more!)before pulling these corks.

It Italy this is one of the most consistently highly rated wines - I think they are on their 8th consecutive Tre Bicchiere from the Gambero Rosso and has been Tre Stelle Blu from Veronelli for just as long.

Craig Camp
1988 Fontalloro
1997 Frescobaldi Lamaoine Merlot - top one
1996 Casalferro (last ones Frown )
1999 Tenuta Trinoro

.. hmmm, in review, not a big Italian drinking year for me. Lot's of decent, inexpensive stuff. Gotta do better in '04.


The Giacosa is not ready to drink now. It will vastly improve with aging. I tried it at the WS Grand Tour in Chicago. My note is here if you are interested.

I want to say thanks to the huge number of Wine Spectator forum members that visited my "Favorite Italian Wines of the Year" newsletter linked above at the beginning of this thread. I am flattered that such a huge number of you took the time to read it.

As a thank you I want to offer all of you the special Holiday deal on my Italian wine and cooking newsletters that I offered to the subscribers to my free Italian wine newsletter. CLICK HERE. If you want the wine only newsletter that is still available for free on most of the pages on my website.

Happy New Year to all and thanks again!

Craig Camp
The ones that pop in my mind are... subject to review.

Gaja San Lorenzo '97
Fontodi Case Via Syrah '98
Ceretto Brico Rocche '96
Zenato Valpo Ripassa '96
'90 Gaja Barbaresco-wish I bought more at it's original high price of about 50$.

'90 CF Sori Ginestra Barolo-I did buy more at it's original reasonable price. Still needs more aging to my taste but outstanding.

'88 Allegrine Recioto Amarone-This was a gift. I would pay the price if I could find more.

'99 Grimaldi Giacomo Barbera d'Alba-pleasant suprise for the price. I did buy more. I love Barbera wine.
My favorites in 2003 and in no particular order:
Giacomo Borgogno and Figli Barolo riserve 1990
Giacomo Borgogno and Figli Barbaresco riserve 1989
Castello Banfi Summus 1995
Isole e Olena cepparello 1995
Sassicaia 1995
Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato and Barbaresco Il Bricco 1993
Zenato Amarone riserve 1988 and 1990 and ripassa 2001
Ornellaia 1995

Cheers, Happy Holidays everyone!
#1: Ciacci Brunello 1997 (This baby had it all: luscious fruit, complexity, grip, power and elegance)

#2: Percarlo 1996 (Man was this stuff great! One of the finest noses I've ever experienced in an Italian wine)


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