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Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, and Italian wines are known worldwide for their broad variety. Italy, closely followed by France, is the world’s largest wine producer by volume. Its contribution is about 45–50 million hl per year, and represents about ⅓ of global production. Italian wine is exported around the world and is also extremely popular in Italy. Grapes are grown in almost every region of the country and there are more than one million vineyards under cultivation. Italy's twenty wine regions correspond to the twenty administrative regions. The 73 DOCG wines are located in 15 different regions but most of them are concentrated in Piedmont, Veneto and Tuscany. Among these are appellations appreciated and sought after by wine lovers around the world: Barolo, Barbaresco, and Brunello di Montalcino (colloquially known as the "Killer B's"). Other notable wines that in the latest years gain much attention in the international markets and among specialists are: Amarone della Valpolicella, Prosecco di Conegliano- Valdobbiadene, Taurasi from Campania, Franciacorta sparkling wines from Lombardy, Chianti and Soave, while new wines from the Centre and South of Italy are quickly gaining recognition: Sagrantino, Primitivo, Nero D'Avola among others. The Friuli-Venezia Giulia is world famous for the quality white wines, like Pinot Grigio.

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  • ELIO GRASSO 2010 RUNCOT RISERVA BAROLO

    Item #: 301212
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Runcot is a single vineyard and the special project of Elio's son Gianluca. It is only bottled in great vintages and is always made as a Riserv...
    The Runcot is a single vineyard and the special project of Elio's son Gianluca. It is only bottled in great vintages and is always made as a Riserva. The specifics of how and how long it is aged varies depending on what Gianluca feels is best for that particular year. The 2010 has amazing complexity and depth and is perfectly balanced. By the way, as the wine is aging in barrell, Gianluca streams classical music in the cellar. This is an additional note of terroir. Of course this is a wine with tremendous aging potential. The Grasso estate is in Monforte d'Alba.
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  • AGOSTINO PAVIA 2015 BARBERA D'ASTI "BLINA"

    Item #: 301177
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    'Bricco Blina' is the name of the vineyard. This wine is a direct, straightforward rendition of the Barbera grape. Fresh acidity and berry flavors ...
    'Bricco Blina' is the name of the vineyard. This wine is a direct, straightforward rendition of the Barbera grape. Fresh acidity and berry flavors are the hallmarks of Barbera, but low yields and old vines give this wine very good depth and concentration, too. Fermentation and aging are completed in stainless steel.
    The wine is a bright red color with a violet rim; aroma of red berries and mineral; palate is classic Barbera, bright raspberry/cranberry flavors with a very long finish. A classic that is wonderful with a variey of foods. Pizza, pasta, meats, cheeses....
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  • AIA VECCHIA 2014 LAGONE

    Item #: 381401
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    We have been waiting for this one! A Super Tuscan we can pop the cork on and enjoy at our next dinner with friends and family. A 60% Merlot blend ...
    We have been waiting for this one! A Super Tuscan we can pop the cork on and enjoy at our next dinner with friends and family. A 60% Merlot blend with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from one of the best regions for Bordeaux varietals in the world.
    The Bolgheri region is well known for the great Super Tuscans Ornellaia and Sassicaia which have retail prices of over $150. Bolgheri is a unique area in Tuscany where winemakers broke the established rules by using international varieties in their high quality blends. This is such an outstanding area for these grapes that they have become some of the most highly collected wines in the world with prices to match!

    The Pellegrini family have been grape growers for many generations and have sold their grapes to some of the Top Super Tuscan houses for many years. Their property, Casavecchia, is adjacent to the highly regarded Ornellaia and shares many attributes of its more famous neighbor. Somehow, even in this high rent district, Aia Vecchia has brought us an affordable interpretation of this fantastic Mediterranean climate location. This fantastic Super Tuscan is drinking exceptionally well right now!
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  • ALBINO ROCCA 2012 BARBARESCO DUEMILADODICI

    Item #: 305204
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS - "Here’s a wine that sneaks up on you, offering aromas of baked earth, leather, dri...
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS - "Here’s a wine that sneaks up on you, offering aromas of baked earth, leather, dried berry and a whiff of black olive that slowly emerge after a few minutes in the glass. On the palate, notes of licorice and cooking spice notes accent a core of mature black cherry alongside polished tannins."
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  • ALDO CONTERNO 2013 CONCA TRE PILE BARBERA D'ALBA

    Item #: 301690
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    When sipping Aldo Conterno's Barbera one word that comes to mind is delicious. Inky purple in the glass and silky smooth on the palate, this wine i...
    When sipping Aldo Conterno's Barbera one word that comes to mind is delicious. Inky purple in the glass and silky smooth on the palate, this wine is deeply tasty, very complex and thoroughly enjoyable. On the palate it is concentrated and full-bodied. Promiment flavours are blackberries, savoury spice and nutmeg blended with ripe plums and supple tannis. Long, elegant finish.
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  • ALESSIO BIANCO VEROUTH 375

    Item #: 108193
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
  • ALESSIO CHINATO VERMOUTH 375

    Item #: 108192
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle

    Regular Price: $16.99

    Special Price $14.99

  • ALESSIO TORINO ROSSO 375 VERMOUTH

    Item #: 108194
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle

    Regular Price: $17.99

    Special Price $15.99

  • ALESSIO VINO CHINATO 375 VERMOUTH

    Item #: 108195
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle

    Regular Price: $21.99

    Special Price $18.99

  • ALLEGRINI 2012 AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA

    Item #: 301902
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 92
    WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "The vibrancy and harmony keeps this elegant and well-trimmed throughout, with a co...
    WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "The vibrancy and harmony keeps this elegant and well-trimmed throughout, with a concentrated core of tarry mineral and flavors of crushed black cherry, dried thyme, mocha and spice. The fine-grained tannins impart density and a lightly chalky texture. Drink now through 2027."
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  • ALLEGRINI 2013 PALAZZO DELLA TORRE

    Item #: 302461
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    NOT ONE TO BE MISSED! The Allegrini estate is based in the Valpolicella region of Italy and represents the highest expression of Valpolicella w...
    NOT ONE TO BE MISSED! The Allegrini estate is based in the Valpolicella region of Italy and represents the highest expression of Valpolicella wines. Gambero Rosso, Italy's most important food and wine publication, rated Allegrini a Star winery with over ten Tre Bicchieri ("Three Glasses"-- their top recognition) awards. Palazzo Della Torre is a “Cru” wine coming from a single vineyard and is known as their “Baby Amarone.” The blend of 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Sangiovese takes two different paths. Thirty percent of the grapes are left to dry on racks till December, in true Amarone style, and the other seventy percent vinified immediately. The fresh wine is blended with the juice from the dried grapes for a second fermentation and the end result is an absolute sexy wine, deep in ruby red color, with flavors of blackberries and mocha.
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  • ALTARE 2001 BRUNATE BAROLO

    Item #: 345823
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Vinous Media: 94
    ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - "Complex and multi-dimenional nose of licorice, tar, eucalyptus, cocoa, and wet ea...
    ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - "Complex and multi-dimenional nose of licorice, tar, eucalyptus, cocoa, and wet earth. Very soft and supple, with lots of ripe dark red and black fruit, this seamless and well-integrated Barolo is extremely long. This shut down quickly in the glass and my score may prove to be conservative. An absolute beauty."
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  • ALTARE 2013 BAROLO

    Item #: 302392
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vinous Media: 90
    ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 90 POINTS- - "The 2013 Barolo is round, supple and inviting. Sweet red cherry, plum, spice ...
    ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 90 POINTS- - "The 2013 Barolo is round, supple and inviting. Sweet red cherry, plum, spice and tobacco notes infuse this soft, approachable Barolo. Silky tannins add to the wine's considerable appeal. The 2013 will drink well with minimal cellaring, but this wine also has a way of aging effortlessly for years. Vineyard sources are Rocchettevino, Pernanno, Cerretta and Liste."
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  • ALTESINO 10 RISERVA BRUNELLO

    Item #: 305113
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 96
    James Suckling: 97
    WINE SPECTATOR 96 POINTS - "Concentrated and elegant, featuring macerated cherry, raspberry, peony, iron, tobacco...
    WINE SPECTATOR 96 POINTS - "Concentrated and elegant, featuring macerated cherry, raspberry, peony, iron, tobacco and chalk aromas and flavors. Structured and fresh, offering intensity and balance, with a terrific finish. Youthful and elegant, yet powerful. Best from 2019 through 2036. 500 cases made."

    JAMES SUCKLING 97 POINTS - "A sexy and silky riserva with dried fruit, blueberry and cedar character. Full body, firm tannins and long and gorgeous finish. So linear and precise. Chocolate-covered cherry center palate. Terrific young wine. Best riserva ever from here. Better in 2018."
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  • ANIMA LIBERA 2009 "ALMA 3" SUPER TUSCAN

    Item #: 305341
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    AnimaLibera, is a new project of Emiliano Falsini Italian winemaker , born from his desire to produce limited quantities of wines in some of the m...
    AnimaLibera, is a new project of Emiliano Falsini Italian winemaker , born from his desire to produce limited quantities of wines in some of the most beautiful Italian's region. Emiliano wanted to transmit the passion for his profession, producing different wines that would represent some of the fantastic Italian's territories.
    80% Sangiovese 15% Montepulciano 5% Colorino
    Great personality where the vivacity of the Sangiovese is married with the fruit and the juiciness of the Montepulciano. Colorino completed the bouquet, giving aroma's complexity and color deepness of the wine.
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  • ANTINORI 2012 CONT' UGO MERLOT

    Item #: 301319
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The nose of the wine shows intense notes of plum, cherry, and raspberry in addition to wild berry fruits and spices. The palate is distinguished by...
    The nose of the wine shows intense notes of plum, cherry, and raspberry in addition to wild berry fruits and spices. The palate is distinguished by its roundness and amplitude. On the palate it has great depth and is characterized by a long finish and an aftertaste bursting with fruit. A very serious Merlot!!!
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  • ANTINORI 2014 "SANTA CRISTINA" ROSSO

    Item #: 301289
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon - Ruby red in color with an intense bouquet of cherry and raspberry fruits, along with hints...
    85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon - Ruby red in color with an intense bouquet of cherry and raspberry fruits, along with hints of violet and tabacco. Smooth and well-structured on the palate with delicious tannins and a persistant finish.
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  • ANTINORI 2014 CERVARO DELLA SALA

    Item #: 302679
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The blend of Chardonnay and Grechetto opens to golden rays of luminous brilliance that glimmer through the glass. The bouquet is beautifully shaped...
    The blend of Chardonnay and Grechetto opens to golden rays of luminous brilliance that glimmer through the glass. The bouquet is beautifully shaped by toasted almond, vanilla, clove, orange zest, stone fruit and honey. Mineral notes add dimension to what is otherwise a super-rich and balanced mouthfeel.
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  • ANTINORI PIAN DELLA VIGNE 2012 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

    Item #: 302581
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 94
    The Antinori family of Florence is one of the world's oldest and most distinguished wine producers and has lived in Tuscany since ...
    The Antinori family of Florence is one of the world's oldest and most distinguished wine producers and has lived in Tuscany since the 14th century.

    WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "The sweet cherry and raspberry flavors set the pace for this supple, charming Brunello. Leather, tobacco, earth and iron accents add complexity as this cruises to a terrific finish. Feels more open, yet this should develop well. Best from 2020 through 2033."
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  • ANTONIOLO 2011 GATTINARA

    Item #: 302901
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Antoniolo...the most dynamic winemaker [in Gattinara] is Rosanna Antoniolo with markedly improved single-vineyard wines... The small DOCG of Gattin...
    Antoniolo...the most dynamic winemaker [in Gattinara] is Rosanna Antoniolo with markedly improved single-vineyard wines... The small DOCG of Gattinara is located far north of the Barolo/ Barbaresco zones in the Alpine foothills close to Lago Maggiore. The soils of this region are more acidic than those of the Langhe, which, paired with the cooler climate and altitude, results in highly fragrant, elegant wines at their best in hot years. Few estates remain in this historic northerly zone, but tenacious Antoniolo, established in 1949, is surely the most dynamic; Antoniolo was the first producer in the DOCG to bottle cru wines, and is one of the only to bottle 100% Nebbiolo without blending in other varietals. Vineyard age (year of planting): 1960, 1970 Soil type: Sub-acid, moranic (soils originating from an ancient glacier), volcanic (rich in minerals).
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  • ARGIANO 2013 SOLENGO

    Item #: 302916
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    James Suckling: 94
    JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "I have been a fan of Solengo since the mid-1990s. The 2013 vintage shows great gene...
    JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "I have been a fan of Solengo since the mid-1990s. The 2013 vintage shows great generosity in its ripe fruit, with currant and stone character, a firm undertone of tannins and a flavorful finish. Try in 2018 but already very attractive to taste."
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  • ARGIANO 2014 NON-CONFUNDITUR SUPER TUSCAN

    Item #: 302116
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Non Confunditur’ is a Latin term that means unique, unmistakable. We christened this wine Non Confunditur as a tribute to Argiano’s prestigious and...
    Non Confunditur’ is a Latin term that means unique, unmistakable. We christened this wine Non Confunditur as a tribute to Argiano’s prestigious and glorious past. Non Confunditur is the product of the unique combination of Tuscan and French grapes. Since 2002, NC has earned its place alongside the finest Tuscan blends.

    NC is a wine with a decisive, full-bodied character, smooth tannins and a persistent finish. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah andSangiovese reveals an exciting potency, with the innate gentleness of Merlot creating a bridge between the evident earthiness of Sangiovese, the aromatic blackcurrant flavour of Cabernet and the warm red berries of Syrah. The result is a generous, rounded red wine, destined for short to medium ageing, with delicious aromas of currants and generous fruit flavours, versatile enough to develop in greater depth during long months in the bottle.
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  • ARGIOLAS 2013 CANNONAU "COSTERA"

    Item #: 302580
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Argiolas has long been the quality leader on the previously overlooked island of Sardegna (Sardinia). The island's Cannonau based wines have becom...
    Argiolas has long been the quality leader on the previously overlooked island of Sardegna (Sardinia). The island's Cannonau based wines have become sought after since a daytime TV host suggested that perhaps drinking Cannonau contributed to the islanders' longevity. We make no such health claims but we do enjoy the flavors of Cannonau which turns out to be Grenache (Garnacha). Argiolas Costera is composed of 90% Cannonau, 5% Bovale Sardo and 5% Carignano (Carignan) grown on the calcareous soils of the Costera vineyard.
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  • ARMOSA 2010 NERO D'AVOLA CURMA

    Item #: 305305
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The ARMOSA estate located at Scicli in the Ragusa province of Sicily, was created in 2002 by Michele Molgg and Elisabetta Arrabito to cultivate win...
    The ARMOSA estate located at Scicli in the Ragusa province of Sicily, was created in 2002 by Michele Molgg and Elisabetta Arrabito to cultivate wine-producing vines. The first vineyard of “Nero d’Avola” was planted in 2003 in a terroir especially chosen for its sandy tufa soil and for its immediate proximity to the sea.

    Aromas: full and complex with scents of blackberry, wild cherry and plums with a finish of balsamic and spice.

    Taste: expresses a nice balance of softness with structured tannins.

    It is a full-bodied yet elegant and balanced wine that knows how to impose itself to the palate and be both convivial and meditation companion.
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