New Italian Reds: Barolo and Chianti Classico

The middle of summer might seem like a strange time for the arrival of new Italian reds but we can assure you after tasting them: no matter the month, this trio hits all our high notes for Barolo and Chianti Classico. Fenocchio has become a must-have in our Barolo line-up; the new Bussia is sooooo delicious. And brand new to us, Castello di Meleto's Chianti Classico and Riserva are prime examples of Sangiovese's appeal. Calling our Italian red wine fanstime for a little shopping!

$58.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($64.95 regular)

96 points Wine Enthusiast, Editors' Choice: "Rose petal, crushed herb and woodland berry aromas mingle with hints of forest floor and vanilla. Full-bodied and elegantly structured, the delicious palate doles out raspberry compote, ripe cherry, licorice and wild herb before closing on a salty note. Noble tannins provide firm support. Drink 2027–2032."

Us: After a string of fantastic releases, Fenocchio has established itself as one of our clear favorites for style and flavor and also, one of the true values of top-shelf Barolo. The '17 Bussia sings with so much pure, velvety red fruit that you can sink into it now. And the mouthwatering salty note referenced above, so delicious! Think Barolo can't be amazing when it's young? Think again.

$19.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($21.95 regular)

92 points Vinous: "An absolutely gorgeous wine. A burst of sweet red cherry fruit, raspberry, rose petal, mint and blood orange races out of the glass. Exuberant and boisterous, with tremendous fruit purity, the 2018 is a pure pleasure to taste."

Us: Great juice, ready to be loved upon release. The note above nails what we like about this new arrival.

$24.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($29.95 regular)

93 points Vinous: "The 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva offers a lovely combination of raciness and energy. Sweet red cherry, blood orange, spice and mint all grace the 2017. Medium in body, gracious and refined, the Riserva has so much to offer. Bright acids give the 2017 quite a bit of energy. Best of all, the 2017 will drink well upon release."

Us: An outstanding Riserva, with an extra layer of intrigue and equal drink-me-now appeal.