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A venture into Italian wines

altavino | Jan 7, 201104:08 PM

As I have very little experience with Italian wines, I thought I'd make a exploratory journey...
(Yikes, I can hardly figure out the labels on these and will no doubt have mistaken the wine type or region for the maker on some of these but here goes...)

Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Monalcino 2004
La Spinetta Vigneto Starderi Barbaresco 2005
Albeisa Saracco Pinot Nero 2008
Corte Sant'Alda Amarone 2006
Bruno Rocca Coparossa Barbaresco 2004
Elio Grasso 'Gavarini Chiniera' Barolo 2004
Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove Bolgheri 2008
Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2004
Ornellaia Le Volte Toscana 2008 (I was advised to let this breath for many hours if it was to be drunk now! I'm a little frightened.)

So, how'd I do? What is okay to drink now, versus to put away (which is a foreign concept for us... so far, wines "put away" have only been ones we don't like much). Your comments and advice would be much appreciated.

... and (Re. my other thread) from this list, have I managed by accident to get something that would compliment the lamb shanks/olives/tomatoes dish? (The decision to visit the wine shop was not pre-planned, and I must admit I completely forgot what I was supposed to be looking for, and just started throwing bottles into the basket.... wheeee!)
Thanks in advance.

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