Mike Madaio

Location: Paoli, PA

Mike is a food & drink writer based in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. His work has appeared in publications such as Wine Enthusiast, Palate Press and Philly Beer Scene. On Snooth, join Mike in his love and passion for Italian wine discoveries.

Under the Radar Italians

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Mastroberadino Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio (2008)
Comments: Lighter-style red (Piedirosso grape) from the Naples area - great for beachfront dining!
Previously available for $19.95
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2 Coppadoro Radicosa Red (2003)
Comments: This is a great example of how great Montepulciano can be - for a long time I thought it only made cheap, pizza wine. This, on the other hand, is on another level. Rich, dark fruit, big body. Moderate acidity. Tannin is certainly there, but is balanced. A great sense of old world dirt. Silky smooth finish. I love this wine!
Previously available for $46.13
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3 Monleale Vigneti Massa (2006)
Comments: Mushrooms (especially right away), tar, and a bit of smoke. Palate features some great ripe red fruits, strawberry, cherry and raspberry. Notes of vanilla and spice on the finish. Oak is wonderfully integrated - plays a role but but does not overwhelm. Lots of acidity makes this a wonderful food wine (paired amazingly with a tomato-based pork ragu).
Previously available for $16.99
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4 Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (2008)
Average price: $28.88 from 3 stores
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5 Pharus "Ninfa Ripana" Offida Passerina DOC (2008)
Previously available for $10.37
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6 Feudi Sanniti Falanghina (2009)
Previously available for $8.99
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