The Hedonistic Taster: Northern Italian Wines

Tenuta Montemagno Ruche Invictus wine is made in northwestern Italy.

The Hedonistic Taster

Northern Italian Wines to Celebrate Solidarity

by L.M. Archer

LM Archer Tastevin

Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer

The Hedonistic Taster provides an intimate format to share industry trade samples with you.

Northern Italian wines to celebrate post-lockdown.

Author’s Note:

I originally dedicated the month of June to Italian wines. These wines in particular honor northern Italy. However, since drafting the original tasting notes, the world has changed. An international plea acknowledging “Black Lives Matter” replaces pandemic updates. May sharing these wines offer not only a celebration of life post-lockdown, but an expression of solidarity. It’s time.

Disclaimer: No compensation is received; all opinions expressed are that of the author.

Tenuta Montemagno Ruche Nobilis northern Italian wine.


Wine:  Tenuta Montemagno Nobilis – Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato

Vintage:  2018

Alcohol:  15%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 19 (€17)

Robe:  Deep garnet hue.

Nose: Dark cherry, leather, tobacco, violet aromas. 

Palate:  Ruchè is a native grape of the Monferrato region in Asti province. History credits the Cistercian monks of long-gone San Rocco Monastery for bringing the original vines with them from Burgundy.

This wine pours out aromatic, complex and layered. Light body, bright acids, harmonious tannins, subtle finish. Extremely high quality for value. 

Tenuta Montemagno Ruche Invictus wine is made in northwestern Italy.


Wine: Tenuta Montemagno Invictus  – Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato

Vintage:  2018

Alcohol:  15.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $  21 (€19)

Robe:  Clear ruby robe.

Nose: A riot of flowers on the nose – peony, violet, rose.

Palate:  Sous bois, red cherry, red raspberry and spice on the palate. Light body, elegant acids, well-integrated tannins, supple finish.

More about Tenuta Montemagno here.

Zenato Lugana di San Benedetto 100% Trebbianno wine from Lugana DOC..


Wine: Zenato Lugana di San Benedetto – Lugana DOC

Vintage:  2018

Alcohol:  12%

Link to Producer Specs here. 

Suggested Retail: $  20

Robe:  Pale gold robe.

Nose: Apricot, acacia and white peach nose.

Palate:  Lemon, yellow pear, golden apple notes. Light body, acids-plus, lingering finish. Food friendly, delightfully pleasant pour. Excellent quality-for-value.

Zenato Winery Alanera Rosso Veronese IGT is a blend containing corvina, rondinella, corvinone, merlot and cabernet sauvignon.


Wine:  Zenato Alanera Rosso Veronese IGT

Vintage:  2016

Alcohol:  13.5%

Link to Producer Specs here

Suggested Retail: $  20

Robe:  Deep, jet-black infused garnet robe. 

Nose: Cherry, coffee, tobacco, leather nose.

Palate:  Dark tea, dark cherry, dark plum, pomegranate on the palate. Light-to-medium body, solid structure and balance, elegant finish. Excellent quality-for-value.

Zenato Ripassa Valpolicela Ripasso D.O.C. Superiore


Wine:  Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore   

Vintage:  2016

Alcohol:  14.5 %

Link to Producer Specs here. 

Suggested Retail: $  30

Robe:  Dark purple-garnet robe.

Nose: Smoky, balsamic, dark currant and dark cherry nose.

Palate:  Dark cherry, blackberry, coffee notes. Surprising light-to-medium body, acids-plus, plush tannins, lengthy finish.

More about Zenato here.

Mille 1 Red Italian wine from Lake Garda in northern Italy.


Wine:  Mille 1 – Garda Rosso DOC

Vintage:  2017

Alcohol:  14%

Link to Producer Specs here. 

Suggested Retail: $  20

Robe:  Inky purple robe.

Nose: Dark cherry nose.

Palate:  Black currant, dark cherry, vanilla notes on the palate. Medium body, with a slightly sweet finish.

More about Mille 1 here.


Gorgo Perlato Rosa Chiaretto sparkling wine.


Wine:  Gorgo Perlato Rosa Vino Biologico – Bardolino Chiaretto Vino Spumante Brut 

Vintage:  N/V

Alcohol:  12% 

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $  25

Robe:  Lustrous, pale rose-petal pink robe.

Nose: Lime flower, white cherry, lemon zest aromas.

Palate:  Pinpoint perling, brisk acids, exquisite balance, texture on the palate. An artful organic wine.

More about Cantina Gorgo here.


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