2009 Alta Luna "Phases" Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT

SKU #1116897 90 points Wine Spectator

 *Top 100 Wines of 2012 and a 'Smart Buy'* Base notes of chocolate and coffee liqueur enrich smoke, tea leaf, roasted plum and black currant candy flavors in this well-honed red, while a supple juiciness and a hint of dried mint linger on the finish. Teroldego, Lagrein and Merlot. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.  (9/ 2012)

Wine & Spirits

 A blend of teroldego, lagrein and merlot, this is peppery and full-bodied, a rich, tobacco-scented red to serve with burgers off the grill.  (8/ 2012)

Wine Enthusiast

 *Best Buy* A blend of Teroldego, Lagrein and Merlot, this well-priced Italian opens with inky, dark concentration and loads of ripe fruit, blackberry and cinnamon. Nicely balanced, it's not too bold or overextracted.  (7/ 2012)

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By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/13/2012  | Send Email
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I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this Teroldego, Lagrein and Merlot blend but it is exceptionally well made! The wine is fairly full and has a supple, rich palate presence that shows off a fair amount of fruit and the slightest hint of herbaceousness that adds to the complexity. For the price this is a truly deal and if you've been experimenting with Cabernet styled wines in this price range give this one a shot, it will open your eyes!
Drink from 2012 to 2014

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Italy

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Trentino-Alto Adige