From Barolo to Fontalloro, read on for acclaimed wine critic Jame Suckling’s top Italian bottles that he tasted and reviewed in 2019, all of which are available in Hong Kong.
Bruno Giacosa Falletto Barolo Vigna le Rocche 2015
I’m lost for words with this wine. Perfumed and so elegant with the most exquisite aromas of roses, plums and earth, yet always subtle and complex. Full body and ultra-fine, firm tannins. Fantastic finish that lasts for minutes. Try in 2026.
Marchesi Antinori Umbria Cervaro Della Sala 2017
This is big and powerful, without being ripe and heavy. So much apple, stone, and hints of toffee. Aromatic. Full-bodied, layered and framed with phenolic tension and a great finish. Muscular and agile at the same time. One of the best I’ve tasted. Drink or hold.
Impressive roses and finely ground spices with a bright red-cherry core, as well as a fresh wild-herb thread. The sense of focus and purity here is stunning. The palate has a deeply juicy and fresh core of tightly knit tannins that carry immense power with impeccable balance. Elegantly executed wine with profound length. Try from 2025.
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Gran Bussia Riserva 2010
Glorious aromas of roses and other flowers with blackberries and ripe plums. Spectacular. Perfection. Full-bodied, firm and chewy with polished and tight tannins. Slightly dusty. Great length and beauty. Very, very persistent on the palate. Needs another two or three years to soften, but already a classic.
Fèlsina Toscana Fontalloro 2016
Amazing aromas of liquorice, wet earth, orange peel and lavender. Full body, tight and super compact and polished. Goes on for minutes. Clearly great. Better in 2021, but already a star.