quinta-feira, 10 de fevereiro de 2011

Os 40 melhores tintos italianos "custo x benefício" do mercado (Wine Spectator)

O conceito "Top Value" da revista Wine Spectator premia os vinhos que tem um custo de até US$25 e alcançam pontuações relevantes, caracterizando-se como uma ótima relação preço x qualidade, o nosso almejado "custo x benefício". Veja os mais recentes vinhos tintos chienos agraciados com esta distinção e que estão disponíveis ou chegando ao nosso mercado:

* Como base de cálculo, multipliquem o preço em dólar por 4 para ter uma noção aproximada do preço em reais no varejo brasileiro.

* Os vinhos indicados em amarelo, são minhas sugestões pessoais de compra.

1. GIACOMO BORGOGNO & FIGLI Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2007
Score: 93 points Price: $19.00
This is deep, offering black cherry, licorice and floral aromas and flavors matched to a vibrant and mouthwatering profile. Shows superb balance and intensity, with a long aftertaste of cassis and mineral. Drink now through 2014. 1,000 cases made. –BS
2. VILLA POGGIO SALVI Sangiovese Toscana Tosco 2007
Score: 93 points Price: $23.00
Blueberry and tar aromas and flavors follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and an intense licorice and boysenberry finish. Soft and refined. Best after 2010. 415 cases made. –JS
3. CASCINA ROCCALINI Barbera d'Alba 2008
Score: 93 points Price: $25.00
Terrific harmony and expression of fruit highlight this pure red. Floral, raspberry, black currant and mineral notes match the silky texture, with light-grained tannins for support. The finish may be its best feature. Drink now through 2015. 25 cases imported. –BS
4. CA' BIANCA Barbera d'Asti Superiore Chersì 2006
Score: 92 points Price: $25.00
A touch of oak frames the black cherry and floral flavors beautifully in this harmonious red. There are no edges, and the refined tannins are well-integrated with the bright acidity. The lingering aftertaste is tinged with coffee and spice. Drink now through 2014. 400 cases imported. –BS
5. LE CORTI Maremma Toscana Birillo 2007
Score: 91 points Price: $19.00 (Preço no Brasil: R$65,00 - Grand Cru - safra 2005)
A little jammy, with plum and sultana character. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best after 2010. 5,000 cases made. –JS
6. TENUTA DI TRECCIANO Toscana I Campacci 2008
Score: 91 points Price: $19.00
Dense and rich, with ripe berry, toasty oak and milk chocolate character that's full and powerful. Long and velvety-textured. The new wood is showing a lot now, but will melt into the wine with bottle age. Sangiovese and Merlot. Best after 2012. 500 cases made. –JS
7. FRATELLI ODDERO Barbera d'Alba 2007
Score: 91 points Price: $20.00
A firmly structured, powerful Barbera, with oak providing the tannic base and acidity the lift for the pure cherry, blackberry, black pepper and mineral flavors. This tight red still needs time, yet is impressive and long. Best from 2012 through 2016. 1,600 cases imported. –BS
8. MARCHESI DE' FRESCOBALDI Chianti Rufina Castello di Nipozzano Riserva 2007
Score: 91 points Price: $20.00 (Preço no Brasil: R$130,00 - Grand Cru - safra 2005)
A burly Rufina, offering dried dark fruits and chewy tannins, with an aftertaste of dark chocolate and mineral. Full and satisfying, with fresh acidity on the back palate. A go-to Chianti. Drink now. 121,000 cases made. –JS
9. GIULIANO TIBERI Toscana Le Vespe 2007
Score: 91 points Price: $22.00
A rich and layered Sangiovese, showing dark cherry and dark chocolate character, with a floral undertone. There's a silky, polished nature to this attractive, youthful red. Best after 2010. 835 cases made. –JS
10. SANTA VITTORIA Toscana Scannagallo 2007
Score: 91 points Price: $22.00
Ripe and almost jammy, with plum and prune character on the nose. Full-bodied, featuring velvety tannins and a juicy finish. A generous, delicious wine from a new producer. 65 percent Sangiovese and 35 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2011. 750 cases made. –JS
11. DONATELLA CINELLI COLOMBINI Toscana Leone Rosso 2007
Score: 91 points Price: $23.00
Velvety and concentrated, with rich yet fruity character—from dried dark fruits to grape—and undertones of coffee and cocoa. Impressive. Needs a little more time in the bottle to come together. Best after 2010. 1,665 cases made. –JS
12. CAPRAIA Chianti Classico Riserva 2006
Score: 91 points Price: $25.00
Completely fresh, pure and well-defined, this Chianti Classico exudes cherry, almond and tobacco flavors, with hints of chocolate. As the wine crosses the palate, the tannins exert themselves, giving the finish density and texture. Best from 2012 through 2020. 1,800 cases made. –BS
13. GIOVANNI VIBERTI Barbera d'Alba Superiore Bricco Airoli 2007
Score: 91 points Price: $25.00
A deep vein of black currant mines this red, along with a wild, feral note and hints of blood and iron. Yet there's purity, with the juicy acidity typical of Barbera. The finish is long and tight. Drink now through 2013. 1,000 cases made. –BS
14. LE CINCIOLE Chianti Classico 2007
Score: 91 points Price: $25.00
A layered and pretty wine, with berry and cherry character and hints of new wood. Full-bodied, yet reserved and balanced. Best from 2011 through 2016. 2,915 cases made. –JS
15. PANIOLE Maremma Toscana L'Artista 2008
Score: 91 points Price: $25.00
Thick and rich, offering dried dark fruits, with toasty oak and cappuccino character. This sort of hits you over the head with what it has, but I like it. There's loads going on, in an unsubtle way. Best after 2010. 835 cases made. –JS
16. MOCALI Toscana Fossetti 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $12.00
A soft, round red, with lots of ripe berry and toasty oak character that turns slightly jammy. But this is generous and caressing. Gives Mocali's Brunello a good race. Best after 2010. 835 cases made. –JS
17. MICHELE CHIARLO Barbera d'Asti Superiore Le Orme 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $14.00
An enticing red, bursting with juicy blackberry, black currant and spice flavors, accented by violet and mineral. The vibrant structure provides focus and persistence. Drink now through 2012. –BS
18. CANTINE VALPANE Barbera del Monferrato Rosso Pietro 2006
Score: 90 points Price: $15.00
Deep, rich aromas of blackberry, plum, coffee and spice introduce this polished red. There's a touch of raisin on the palate, and the oak adds light tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 1,080 cases imported. –BS
19. DONATELLO JASCI Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Poema Selezione 1999
Score: 90 points Price: $16.00
Mature and aromatic, delivering notes of cedar and bresaola to accent the dried plum and berry character. This is still rich, with layers of fine tannins and hints of sage, roasted porcini and tobacco playing out in the long finish. Drink now. 4,500 cases made. –BS
20. AIA VECCHIA Toscana Lagone 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $17.00
A full, velvety and juicy red, delivering lots of Christmas pudding and dried fruit character on the nose and palate. Best after 2011. 12,500 cases made. –JS
21. CASTELLO D'ALBOLA Chianti Classico 2007
Score: 90 points Price: $17.00
This is what Chianti should taste like, with plenty of dark cherry and floral aromas and flavors that say Sangiovese. Fresh and fruity. Drink now. 50,000 cases made. –JS
22. CASALVENTO Chianti Classico 2007
Score: 90 points Price: $18.00
A generous and fruity red, with plum, berry and raspberry character. This is polished and very beautiful, with a silky texture. Best after 2010. 1,500 cases made. –JS
23. FATTORIA DI BASCIANO Chianti Rufina 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $18.00
Smoky and intensely fruity, with a light grilled meat undertone. Full-bodied and silky. Drink now. 1,500 cases made. –JS
24. RUFFINO Toscana Il Ducale 2007
Score: 90 points Price: $18.00
A little lean, but there's plenty of ripe fruit, exhibiting berry and blueberry aromas and flavors, with hints of light toasty oak. This should soften with bottle age. Best after 2011. 42,000 cases made. –JS
25. HILBERG-PASQUERO Barbera d'Alba 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $19.00
Dark and juicy, sporting black cherry, blackberry and currant aromas and flavors on a polished frame. This has some power, yet hangs together beautifully, with a long, fruit-filled aftertaste and a pleasant bitterness. Drink now through 2012. 300 cases made. –BS
26. PICCINI Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
Score: 90 points Price: $19.00
Ripe and layered, with impressive dried berries and plum on the nose and palate. Full and juicy. Drink now. 4,165 cases made. –JS
27. LANCIOLA Chianti Classico Le Masse di Greve 2007
Score: 90 points Price: $20.00
A silky, pretty red, with dried berries and cherry on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied, delivering a solid core of fruit and a medium finish. A little chewy. Best after 2010. 835 cases made. –JS
28. RICCARDO FALCHINI Toscana Paretaio 2006
Score: 90 points Price: $20.00
Racy and beautiful, with very perfumed aromas of flowers and blueberry. Full and silky, with a caressing texture. Best after 2011. 1,165 cases made. –JS
29. CASTELLO DI GABBIANO Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
Score: 90 points Price: $22.00
A rich, full red, with lots of light toasty oak, chocolate and dried fruits. There's excellent length and depth of fruit to this. Impressive. Best from 2011 through 2015. 5,000 cases made. –JS
30. FATTORIA SAN GIULIANO Barbera d'Alba Fiore di Marcorino 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $23.00
Cherry, spice and a hint of licorice are the flavor themes in this fruit-driven Barbera, which is rich, balanced and succulent, with a pleasing bitterness on the finish. Drink now through 2012. 240 cases made. –BS
31. VITICCIO Chianti Classico 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $23.00
Floral, berry and hints of vanilla on the nose lead to a full body, with loads of fruit and silky tannins. Intense finish. Best from 2011 through 2014. 12,500 cases made. –JS
32. CARPINETA FONTALPINO Chianti Classico 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $24.00
Full and silky, fruity and refined, with berry, cherry and floral character. Drink now. 3,000 cases made. –JS
33. CASTELLO DI QUERCETO Chianti Classico Riserva 2007
Score: 90 points Price: $24.00 (Preço no Brasil: R$110,00)
Full-bodied and really beautiful, showing floral, currant and plum aromas, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now. 8,500 cases made. –JS
34. MALENCHINI-FATTORIA LILLIANO Toscana Bruzzico 2007
Score: 90 points Price: $24.00
A slightly jammy red, with lots of velvety tannins on a full body. Juicy and delicious, with bright acidity. Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. Best after 2010. –JS
35. POGGERINO Chianti Classico 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $24.00
A balanced and pretty wine, with blackberry and cherry aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a fruity finish. Drink now. 4,165 cases made. –JS
36. VILLA ARTIMINO Carmignano 2007
Score: 90 points Price: $24.00
Balanced and fruity, displaying fine tannins and a currant and berry character. Full and wonderfully polished. Drink now. 3,000 cases made. –JS
37. AVIGNONESI Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2007
Score: 90 points Price: $25.00
Lively and fruity, with dried berry, black cherry and spices on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a long finish. Best after 2010. 17,250 cases made. –JS
38. BATZELLA Bolgheri Mezzodì 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $25.00
Subtly aromatic, with lemon peel, sea pine and mango on the nose. Full-bodied, offering a solid core of ripe fruit that turns to dried pineapple and hints of apricot. Lovely finish. Drink now. 415 cases made. –JS
39. MARZIANO ABBONA Barbera d'Alba Rinaldi 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $25.00
Dark and oozing with blackberry, chocolate, violet and spice aromas and flavors, this red has a nice grainy feel. The wood is well-integrated, lifting the fruit to the forefront, with a lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2012. 400 cases imported. –BS
40. SAN FABIANO CALCINAIA Chianti Classico 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $25.00
Chewy and powerful, with lots of fruit and toasty oak. This needs time to chill on the palate, but there is so much going on. Offers an aftertaste of coffee and ripe berry. Best after 2010. 7,500 cases made. –JS
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