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- Item #: i_376131Bottle Size: 750ML
Rosa Regale has a delicate bouquet of rose petals and offers sensuous flavors of fresh raspberries and strawberries. Its effervescence is softer than that of champagne, yet it yields a persistent and delicate pink froth. Its lively garnet color makes other sparklers pale in comparison. Served chilled and with a low alcohol content, it serves as the perfect partner throughout the entire meal, beginning as an elegant aperitif, moving to a savory appetizer and ending with a sweet dessert. No wine pairs better with chocolate than Rosa Regale. The bright fresh berry flavors complement the sweet velvet of the chocolate. Rosa Regale is a seductive red sparkler that turns any occasion into a celebration.In 1979, John and Harry Mariani, family proprietors of Banfi Vintners, acquired a mid-18th century winery, known as Bruzzone, revitalized it and renamed the facility Vigne Regali. Here, with the same detailed care as a century ago, our skilled winemakers produce Rosa Regale Brachetto d'Acqui D.O.C.G. This rare Brachetto, a semi-dry, red sparkling wine cherished by the courts of Europe over two centuries ago, owes its reincarnation to Banfi.
- Item #: i_311317Bottle Size: 1L
Charm and value typify these wines. Clean, cultured-yeast wines with lots of primary fruit, yet aging superbly. There's some land on the Gedersdorf plateau that's planted to red varieties. All the wines are made dry, of course. They use cultured yeasts to get slow fermentations and to preserve the utmost CO2. Berger is all stainless steel, of course.
Wine maker notes: This smells just like Zinfandel except more seductive and inviting; indeed it smells like the kind of Zin no one’s making any more since tout le monde started chasing fortified wine levels of alcohol. This is all cloves and blueberries; wonderful length of sweet fruit and ripe soft tannins; elegant poise of power and a sort of luscious solidity.
- Item #: i_305797Bottle Size: 750ml
The wine is made from a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot, with prevalence of the first and in varying percentages depending on the vintages. On the nose aromas of black cherries, mulberries, raisins with hints of nuts and green pepper. On the palate dry and full-bodied with big tannins but not annoying.
- Item #: i_301121Bottle Size: 750ml
When Veneto legend Giuseppe Quintarelli was asked years ago to name the region’s next superstar, he didn’t hesitate: Tommaso Bussola. His prediction was realized in 1999 when Tommaso’s 1995’s were released. Among the countless accolades he received, Gambero Rosso gave him the first of many Tre Bicchieris (highest wine rating). Despite being the estate’s standard wines, the Ca’del Laito selections are near the summit of the Valpolicella pyramid. Only estate fruit is used, including declassified wine from top sites like Alto, Soto el Barbi, Casali & Ca’del Laito. The Valpolicella is made in a bold, Ripasso style that highlights the quality of Tommaso’s raw materials.
- Item #: i_302526Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 94Vinous Media: 95+
ANTONIO GALLONIL; VINOUS 95+ POINTS - "The 2011 Sammarco is so youthful it almost tastes like a barrel sample! Dark, rich and inviting, the 2011 possesses notable concentration and depth, with round yet powerful tannins and a surprising level of freshness for the year. A host of black cherry, graphite, smoke, plum and lavender notes accompany the powerful finish. It will be quite some time before the 2011 is ready to drink, but there is plenty to look forward to."
WINE ADVOATE 94 POINTS - "The fullness and generosity here is absolutely amazing. The 2011 Sammarco is one of the protagonists of this vintage. In fact, I think Sammarco represents the hot 2011 growing season better than any other wine from the Chianti Classico area. The bend this year is 94% Sangiovese with 6% Merlot (the breakdown between the two grapes is usually 90-10) and the wine is fermented with ambient yeasts. The bouquet is beautifully redolent of dark berry fruit, soft spice, licorice and cola. The wine's overall elegance and length are both impressive."
- Item #: i_333028Bottle Size: 750ML
Merlot based wine from the Cotes de Blaye Bordeaux. Medium bodied with black fruit aromas and an easy drinking finish. Easy drinking with a ton of flavor.
- Item #: i_211550Bottle Size: 750mlClassic Sonoma County Chardonnay exhibits ripe fruity flavors of pear, crisp green apple, vanilla and toasty caramel. A medium-bodied wine, approximately 70% is barrel-fermented and aged in the barrel for 6-8 months before bottling to integrate fruit and oak flavors. Partial malolactic fermentation adds a rich texture and buttery component on the palate.
- Item #: i_223910Bottle Size: 750ml
Frei Brothers' Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a soft and complex reflection of one of Sonoma's most renowned cool-climate regions. This wine displays flavors of green apple, orange zest and apple pie, complemented by notes of butter and toast. The rich, nutty flavors in this Chardonnay lead to a silky finish and a plush mouthfeel.
- Item #: i_350068Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 91-93Vinous Media: 91-93
ANTONIO GALLONI 92 - 94 POINTS - "Saturated ruby. Highly perfumed red fruit liqueur, incense and Asian spice scents show impressive clarity and pick up a smoky element with air. Sappy, sweet and concentrated, offering juicy black raspberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors and a hint of spicecake. Closes on a zesty mineral note, displaying excellent focus, building tannins and emphatic, floral-driven persistence."
WINE ADVOCATE 91 - 93 POINTS - "The 2015 Gigondas from Domaine Raspail-Ay is a fine-looking blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, vinified in concrete and then aged in foudre. It's full-bodied and creamy-textured, with spice flourishes of cinnamon, cracked pepper and herbs de Provence layered over red plums and finished off by masses of ripe tannins."
- Item #: i_303970Bottle Size: 750ml
Malvazija 2017 (Malvasia Istriana 100%) shows a nice medium deep golden colour. On the nose it is open, diverse very pure and of medium intensity. There is a nice play between freshness and opulence. We can encounter lemons and apples combining with apricots, peaches, pineapples... A bit like in 2015 there is some delicate spiciness. And yes, there is sage again. On the palate it is dry, medium bodied with remarkable and balanced acidity. There is a good intensity of the character which cover the mouth nicely and finishes in a long, slightly salty and spicy aftertaste.
- Item #: i_340850Bottle Size: 750MLThe wines are made with 100% of Chardonnay grapes aged in stainless steel vats. The Domaine is located near Viré and Lugny, two of the famous villages of the Mâconnais. The vineyard of the Domaine are located on nice slopes looking upon the river « Saône ».Dry and easy to drink, fruity with a floral scent, it can be drunk chilled, as an aperitif.It goes very well with hors d'oeuvres, fried or grilled fish, sea food, goat's milk cheese, cold cuts and poultry.
- Item #: i_374226Bottle Size: 750MLVinous Media: 97+ANTONIO GALLONI 96 POINTS-Rich, creamy and radiant, the 2009 Cristal captures all of the natural generosity of the vintage while also retaining a good bit of freshness and aromatic intensity. Immediate and totally sensual in its allure, the 2009 will drink well with minimal cellaring. All things considered, at this stage, the 2009 comes across as relatively restrained for a wine from a warm year."
- Item #: i_305972Bottle Size: 750ml
Rossese Bianco is a grape variety that Giovanni worked very hard to bring back from extinction. And we're delighted that he did. It's a textured white with plenty of freshness that will go down a treat on a Summer's evening. With notes of fresh apples, peach and a hint of kernal, it's a very exciting discovery.
- Item #: i_247980Bottle Size: 750ml
The word opaque means "impenetrable to light" and refers to the dark, inky color of this Zinfandel. Originally from Croatia, Zinfandel is now mainly planted in California and Italy. In Italy, Zinfandel is known as Primitivo. Opaque's estate vineyard in Paso Robles is named Quarry Heights due to its steep, rocky hillsides and view of an old quarry. The head-trained vines grow on calcareous shale soils that impart a distinct minerality to the wine. After aging in French oak barrels for 10 months, this Zinfandel reveals ripe flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, and black cherry with accents of spice and dark cocoa. Enjoy the darkness!
- Item #: i_302437Bottle Size: 750ml
The estate comprising of up-to-date winery and 40 hectares of land has been created practically from zero. The Sapaio vineyards are divided between the municipalities of Castagneto Carducci and Bibbona. The lands are located on quaternary deposits and range from loose coarse-grained sandy sediments to flood-land deposits with free-draining calcareous soil. Grapevines from Bordeaux that have been cultivated here over the past fifty years have established themselves in the area very well.
The philosophy of Sapaio is based on experimentation and innovation: their research is directed towards new expressions of Bordeaux grapes in the Bolgheri region, with the objective of creating wines that combine power, elegance and longevity.
- Item #: i_325309Bottle Size: 750MLWine Spectator: 93
JOHN GILMAN VIEW FROM THE CELLAR 94+ POINTS-"The 2008 Veuve Clicquot Brut Millésime is the first bottling here to include five percent barrel-fermented vins clairs since the estate transitioned away from foudres for stainless steel tanks all the way back in the 1960s. The blend on the ’08 is sixty-one percent Pinot Noir, thirtyfour percent Chardonnay and five percent Pinot Meunier. The wine is pure, youthful and stunningly precise on the nose, offering up scents of tart apple, bread dough, complex minerality, gentle smokiness and a lovely saline element in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and very racy, with a great core, zesty acids, refined mousse and outstanding length and grip on the very long and still quite youthful finish. This is approachable today, but will be even better with five or six years in the cellar. This is Chef de Cave Dominique Demarville’s first vintage bottling since his arrival here in 2006. Impressive! 2016-2040+."