There's something about fall that makes me think of Italian reds.
Earthy, autumnal fruits, bitter spun spices, bright acidity, structure - all are characters I'm craving alongwise wild mushrooms, roasted squash, chestnuts and warming braises. With Anthony just back from a whirlwind tour of Italy (see the first of his eight videos here), and more than 70 Italian red notes posted so far this year, we've a wealth of worthy wines to choose from for the season. Here are some highlights, ranging from $18 to $460 (magnum) and from the toe to the top of Italy. We've selected a supersize list this week, as some of these wines may be trickier to track down.