Five Big Italian Reds – March Wine Dinner – For the Big Wine Lover

March 11, 2019 0

Italy produces some wonderful big red wines, and we know some of you love them. We are here organizing the perfect setting for you to discover, appreciate and enjoy 5 Big Italian Reds.

This is our most exclusive wine dinner so far featuring some of the best bottles Italy has to offer, the price point for this dinner is $99 (tax and gratuity not included).

Now let’s give you details of those five wines picked by Giacomo Pizzigoni, Marina Elettra of DOCG Imports and Stefano Buttò of Vinity.

Five Big Italian Reds

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

  • Il Bosco di Grazia, Toscana, Riserva ‘12 – Purchase Online
  • Sangiovese 100%
  • 93 pts James Suckling

Intense ruby red in color with brilliant granite reflections. Initially austere, slowly showing dark ripe fruity elements and giving way to tertiary notes of leafy undergrowth and mushrooms. Shadows of minerals on the finish.

Fermentation at controlled temperatures in stainless steel for 12 days, followed by a 30 day maceration and subsequent malolactic fermentation. The wine is then transferred to Slovenian oak casks where it will refine for 40 months. 8 months of bottle aging before release.


  • Terzotratto, I Favati, ‘09
  • Aglianico d’Irpinia 100%
  • Defined the “Barolo of Southern Italy

The I Favati  winery  represents the culmination of a  tradition dating back to the early  1900s, when the family’s ancestors began making wine in the traditional way for  their own table and for a few close friends. The passion and artisanal  traditions of those ancestors continue to thrive today.  The I Favati winery is located today in Cesinale, a  town and surrounding hilly area in the heart of Irpinia (east of Naples, in the  region of Campania), a land with a profound calling to the creation of quality  wines. Irpinia’s unique, indigenous grape varieties make up all of I Favati’s  vineyards, which benefit from a perfect exposition to the sun. Each year, the  harvest is carefully supervised by brothers Piersabino and Giancarlo Favati,  founders of the winery, and by Rosanna.


  • Cannubbio, Francesco Rinaldi, Piemonte ‘13
  • Nebbiolo 100%
  • 94 pts. Wine Mag

Dark red fruit, flowers and spices come together in this round, caressing Barolo. The garnet red color with orange hues will enlighten this big red. Bouquet is defined by spicy aromas with notes of cocoa. In the mouth is full and round with well defined yet supple tannins that leave the palate clean with a long aromatic persistence.

2.4 hectares at 900 feet above sea level on a south, southeastern exposure.  Vines were planted between 1969 and 1990 in clayey soil with a mix of blue marl, tuff and sand. This soil is also called Tortonian and it allows for great drainage. Harvested in middle of October, it yields 3.5 tons per acre. A prolonged fermentation of 25-30 days in stainless steel tanks and periodic pump-overs.
Aged in Slavonian oak barrels of medium and large capacity (20 – 50 Hl) for at least 3 years and another year in the bottle.
The total production is of 10,000  bottles per year.

Sagrantino di Montefalco

  • Azienda Agricola Scacciadiavoli, Umbria ‘11
  • Sagrantino 100%
  • Top 100 Wines in the World 2017 Wine Spectator

The Umbrian wine that has made the greatest recent impact is Sagrantino di Montefalco. Sagrantino, an ancient variety grown only around the hill town of Montefalco, is an intriguing native that makes both dry and sweet wines of unmistakable grandeur. It, too, has been granted a special DOCG, separate from the DOC Montefalco for lighter red and white wines.

Umbria has numerous curiosities among its vines and wines, though few of the local rarities ever leave the region. Vin Santo, pressed from semidried Grechetto or Malvasia grapes, is usually sweet and most prized by Umbrians as a wine for any occasion.

Umbria’s 11 DOCs are led in popularity by the white of Orvieto, historically sweet or abboccato, but now usually dry. Less renowned but even more coveted by cognoscenti are two reds, the venerable Torgiano Rosso Riserva and the voluptuous Sagrantino di Montefalco, both of which have been promoted to DOCG.

Amarone della Valpolicella

  • Alteo, Fasoli Gino, Veneto ‘11 – Purchase Online
  • Corvinone 65%, Corvina 20%, Rondinella 15%
  • 100% Biodynamic
  • Gold Metal at The Grand International Organic Wine Award
  • 15.0% ABV

“Alteo” is a full-bodied, elegant wine with a warm, inviting bouquet of dried fruit, black pepper, coffee, liquorice and vanilla. On the palate is soft, velvety and substantial. The elegance, slight sweetness and volume are the surprising features of this wine. The finish is long with an aftertaste of liquorice.

Hand harvested in early fall. Only the best bunches are chosen for “Alteo” which are then left to dry in the “appassimento” loft for more than 4 months before the winemaking process begins. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks and then left to mature in barriques for up to three years. Once bottled, the wine is left to settle for another year before being released onto the market.

Very special surprise for the wine enthusiast

Alongside those five big Italian reds, Ambrogio15 is proud to get you to taste a very special and exclusive wine from Cantina Giba. Here is what Marina Elettra has to say about Cantina Giba’s winery.

For the last decade or so, I have been traveling the back roads of Italy in search of exquisite, but little-known wines. Imagine my delight when a few years ago I discovered the stunning wines of Cantina Giba, located just 25 miles from my summer home on the island of Sardinia. Perched above the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, in the arid southern Sulcis region, Cantina Giba’s vineyards are planted with ancient vines, most over 100 years old. From the first time I sat in their cozy tasting room and sampled their flagship Carignano red wine, I knew I had to share this wonder with my friends back in the States.

It took me close to 10 years to make that dream a reality, but in 2018 at VinItaly (the international wine show), I convinced Cantina Giba’s owners and winemaker that I was the right person to share their wines with my American friends.

I urge you to sample their small batch reds and rosés and their ultra-small batch Cantina Giba Sei + Bianco (only 175 bottles produced), and you will see why I am so excited to share the wines of my talented Sardinian neighbors.

You think that 175 Bottles is exclusive, now think about a wine only produced at 40 Bottles for that year… That’s exclusivity at its finest.

Food Pairings

Executive Chef will be serving you some exclusive dishes that will be matching the flavor profiles of these five big Italian reds and get you to enjoy this as a full featured gourmet meal.

Some of the items featured:

  • Rare salumi e formaggi
  • Scrocchiarella with Filet Mignon Carpaccio
  • Pizza with Salsiccia and Polenta
  • Pizza with Nduja Pancetta e Burrata
  • Pizza with Mortadella e Crescenza

Reserve Now – Big Italian Reds (Limited Seating) – $99

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