Italian Fine Wines

overhead view of red and white wine in glasses surrounded by grapes

The area’s largest selection of Italian and fine wines

At La Buona Vita, in downtown La Grange, diners appreciate our extensive wine list. Our expansive wine list features many Italian favorites which are sure to become your favorites as well. Let us help you select the perfect wine to pair with your authentic Italian entrée.

La Buona Vita offers wines by the glass and by the bottle.


Wines by the Glass

WHITES AND ROSE (Glass/Bottle)

House – Chardonnay, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Rose – $8 $28

Chardonnay, Carneros Highway, Carneros, California – $12 | $42 Tropical notes, bright acidity, caramelized pineapple, honey, vanilla, soft oak nuances.

Chardonnay, Prescription, Clarksburg, California – $12 | $42
From the former Winemaker of Rombauer, this Chardonnay is rich with oak and hints of lemon peel, vanilla and tropical fruits.

Pinot Grigio, Avanti, Italy – $10 | $36
A crisp, dry wine with soft pear and melon flavors, and a fresh citrus aroma.  In the mouth it is smooth and silky.

Prosecco, Bocelli, Italy – Split $10
This Prosecco has subtle flower and fruit aromas that make the palate deliciously light and playful.  It tickles the throat with a peachy softness and is flecked with minerality.

Riesling, Dr. Loosen, Germany – $11 | $36  Delicious medium sweet wine with aromas of lemon and melon.  A perfect partner for grilled fish and chicken.

Rose, Aime Roquesante, Provence France – $11 | $40
Aime Rouesante, a wine to treat yourself to a relaxing moment and to share with friends. This wine shows aromas of sweetberries in the nose. The palate offers lots of freshness and excellent balance. Lovely watermelon and grapefruit aromas contribute to freshness for a delicious finish.

Sauvignon Blanc, Lobster Reef, New Zealand – $12 | $40
Aromatic and generous on the palate, the wine offers big tropical flavors, with hints of peach and apricot on the nose with underlying notes of citrus and herbs.

Verdicchio, Castelli di Jesi, Italy – $11 | $38
Thinking person’s Pinot Grigio. Refreshing citrus fruits, playful acidity, and complex minerality are the hallmarks of the varietal, and when well-made it is one of the best whites in the Mediterranean world.

Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Le Rote, DOCG, Tuscany – $12 | $40  This wine is a bright, exciting, floral delight with cleansing citrus and a lush body. These 35 year-old vines pack loads of Old World minerality into every sip.


REDS

House – Cabernet, Chianti, Merlot, Pinot Noir – $9 | $28

Barbera, Villa Della Rosa, Italy – $10 | $33
A lively, medium bodied, juicy red wine with sweet sour cherries and a hint of tobacco. Villa della Rosa can easily be paired with a wide array of dishes, especially our Salmon. Thanks to Villa della Rosa’s unoaked style and moderate level of alcohol it is superb when served slightly chilled and paired with grilled chicken or pork.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Aviary, Napa, California – $11 | $40
Aviary Cabernet has aromas of dried plums, blackberry jam, cassis and cherry cola.  The round palate features of dried plum, blueberry pie, dark chocolate, and a subtle tea leaf that lingers.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Jason Stephens, Santa Clara Valley, California – $12 | $42  Deep garnet color.  Dense compacted aromas of dried berries and cherries.  Finishes with a long, vibrant and slightly meaty and olive-like fade with polished, powdery tannins.  Tremendous character and style.

Chianti Classico, Castellare di Castellina, DOCG, Italy – $15 | $54  Intense ruby red color, notes of cherry and violet, with hints of licorice and vanilla, taste balanced with good tannicity, and a final of cherry.

Malbec, Festivo, Mendoza, Argentina – $10 | $32
Bright notes of violets are present, along with ripe red fruit aromas.  In the mouth it is supple and elegant with a long pleasurable finish.

Montepulciano, Stella, Abruzzo, Italy – $10 | $32  Dry, yet mellow, with smooth tannins and delicious aromas of black cherries, strawberries and herbs.  An excellent complement to a date night or casual evening enjoyed by itself or with Italian cheeses, Lasagna or red meats.

Pinot Noir, Leese-Fitch, California – $10 | $34
Dark, juicy berries on the approach are enriched by a tannic and smoky vanilla complexity on the mid palate coupled with a dry essence of braised pear. The finish is long with subtle hints of sun dried raisins; tannins persist.

Red Blend, Vitiano, Umbria, Italy – $12 | $40  Medium-garnet; red fruit aromas of cherry, strawberry, and jam, with touches of vanilla; black cherry and black raspberry flavors; nicely balanced, medium weight on the palate with soft, supple tannins in the finish

Primitivo, Cantele, Salento, Italy – $12 | $44  Very deep red in color turning almost purplish. The nose reveals a rich perfume of plum, black cherry, ginger and vanilla. On the palate it is full bodied and velvety and well balanced. Enjoy by itself or with grilled meats, baked pasta or pasta with hearty sauces, and ripe cheeses.

Sangiovese, Bocelli, Italy – $12 | $40
The fruit is deliciously ripe and smoky, with notes of marasca cherry, granite and rhubarb compote.  The finish is long and suitably dry, with admirable acidity that makes the palate taut and pleasing.

Super Tuscan, Ali, Italy – $12 | $38
Boasts of fruity aromas with hints of cherry, soft on the palate, with balanced acidity and ripe tannins. 


Wines by the Bottle

REDS

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab is King, House of Cards,Napa Valley, California – $50  House of Cards is rich and flavor full.  Red and dark fruits are apparent in the nose with plum, currant and blackberry tones.  The palate is fine grained tannin, long and refined with a high degree of Deliciosity!

Chianti Classico Riserva, Podere Ciona, DOCG, Italy – $68  Podere Ciona Chianti Classico Chianti is aged for 18 months in new and used French oak barriques, then aged for 10 more months in bottle.  This gives it aromas of cherry, blackberry and spices.  It is well-balanced, velvety, excellent structure, prolonged concentrated finish.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Eagle Glen, Napa, California – $48  Notes of savory spices and dark chocolate play a supporting role as the wine’s initial flavors move across the palate and linger with remarkable length and complex finish.

Organic Farm Red, Rigoleto, Tuscany, Italy – $42 Pleasant impact on the nose, where fresh, vinous and balsamic notes of cherry and menthol aromas stand out.  The taste is fresh, soft and inviting and with sweet and enveloping tannins.  The wine is pleasant to drink, and can be enjoyed throughout an entire meal.

Pinot Noir, 47 Friends, California – $42
The wine starts with a lovely nose.  For the palate it offers delicacy, finesse, complexity and layers of fruit which provides an excellent mouthfeel and a long, balanced finish.

Pinot Noir, Gehricke 2013, Russian River, California 90 Pts. Wine Enthusiast  – $75
On the nose a pleasing medley of cherry aromas naturally scented with vanilla, allspice, pistachio and lush caramel.  A medium-bodied blast of cherry flavors, balanced with light acidity, follows with a silky mouthfeel. 

Valpolicella Classico, Guiseppe Lonardi, DOC, Italy – $42
Lush cranberry notes with chocolate that epitomizes the lovely characteristics of Corvina.  Can you say Linguine Viareggio.

Sangiovese, Podere Del Giuggiolo – $38  Exciting nose of red fruits, licorice and violets, and a soft, velvety mouthfeel.


Tina’s Reserve List

Blanc de Noir, Sea Smoke Sea Spray 2011, California | 90 Pts. Wine Enthusiast  $110 | The nuanced nose expresses aromas of lilies, fresh pastry and green fig. The wine enters the palate with energetic freshness and finishes with delightful length.  The nuanced nose expresses cranberries, lavender, fresh bread and lemon curd. The wine enters the palate with energetic freshness and finishes with delightful length. 

Cabernet Sauvignon, Affinity 2016, California | 93 Pts. Wine Enthusiast $110 |This wine is gorgeous, with up-font ripe and plummy fruit.  The older vines at La Londe Vineyard deliver lovely ripe red cherry and raspberry jam on the palate, with hints of vanilla and sweet spice.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Burgess 2012, Napa | 90 Pts. Wine Enthusiast $92 | Hits the palate with an exotic concoction of dark fruit, pencil shavings, spices, tobacco, cedar, savory herbs, licorice and lavender. Dark and imposing, the 2012 possesses superb richness, with plenty of Howell Mountain character and intensity. 

Chateauneuf-Du-Pape (Blanc), Chateau de La Gardine 2014, France | 93 Pts. Robert Parker $125 | The color is very dense, almost gold.  On the nose, notes of mango and poached pear.  On the palate, vanilla custard, brioche and salty minerality as well as a beautiful rich texture. 

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, Il Grigio da San Felice 2014, Tuscany | 92 Pts. Wine Enthusiast $100 | Spice and toast aromas are followed by flavors of cherry, plum, wild herb and tobacco in this firm dry red.  This is a medium-weight wine with a fiber-rich and juicy finish.

Merlot, AvignonesiDesiderio 2012, Italy | 91 Pts. Wine Spectator $105| Desiderio displays fresh notes of forest fruits such as blueberry and raspberry, intertwined with hints of sweet spices and Mediterranean herbs. On the palate, it is long, soft and full-bodied with silky tannins and a persistent, fruity finish with a touch of dark chocolate. 

Pinot Noir, Belle Glos Clark and Telephone 2017, California | 92 Pts.  Wine Enthusiast $98 | Bright ruby red with fresh, vibrant aromas of wild blackberry, raspberry jam and cedar box accented by rich floral notes.  Perfectly balanced with bright acidity and a supple mouthfeel.  Juicy and generous on the palate.

Red Blend, Blackbird Vineyard Arise 2014, California | 92 Pts.  Tuscan Vine $104 | Arise entices with aromas of black current, freshly-picked summer blackberries, cedar stick and roasted clove. This wine has a richly layered mid-palate that is complimented by soft texture, good density and a long, lingering finish.