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  1. CASATO VOLIERO 2015 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

    Item #: i_303324
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94
    James Suckling: 95
    JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "Here's a confident and genuine expression of Sangiovese that manages to be both accessible and complicated at the same time. Brunello is one of the few Italian wines to bridge the gap between those two extremes. The Voliero 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers a steady stream of small berry fruit and cherry aromas. But there is width to this bouquet and deeper layers of spice, tar and licorice also play important roles."

    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "Here's a confident and genuine expression of Sangiovese that manages to be both accessible and complicated at the same time. Brunello is one of the few Italian wines to bridge the gap between those two extremes. The Voliero 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers a steady stream of small berry fruit and cherry aromas. But there is width to this bouquet and deeper layers of spice, tar and licorice also play important roles."

    From the producer of Uccelliera comes a 2nd expression of Montalcino!
    "The vineyards [for Voliero] located in both the higher elevation areas of Castelnuovo dell’Abate and Sant’Angelo in Colle. Andrea describes the differences between his two labels eloquently: Uccelliera is a single subzone wine, and reflects the very specific and determined characteristics of Castelnuovo: power, fruit, and profundity. Uccelliera’s vineyards are near Ciacci’s Pianrosso (about 150 meters above sea level), and reflect the warmth of the area, the flavor profile showing chocolate, leather and “amarena”—sour cherry. Voliero comes from vineyards 200 meters higher in elevation than Uccelliera, and gives the idea of the classic blend of Montalcino Brunello. It combines two high altitude vineyards of Castelnuovo and Sant’Angelo, and plays on the elegance, finesse and brightness that its elevation imparts."
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  2. CASTELLARE 2013 I SODI

    Item #: i_302643
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 96
    85% Sangiovese (Sangioveto) & 15% Malvasia Nera

    WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS - "The 2013 I Sodi di S. Niccolò is 85% Sangioveto (a more antique name for Sangiovese) and 15% Malvasia Nera from a single vineyard. This wine opens to a darkly saturated appearance and shows ruby, garnet and purple highlights. The bouquet is powerful but seamless at the same time with smooth transitions between dark cherry, spice, tobacco and moist clay. In the mouth, this wine shows dense extraction, but it never feels too weighed down by that mass. Instead, the freshness of the fruit and the natural acidity give the wine a bright and buoyant personality. Aged in barrique for 30 months, this is a delightful Tuscan red."

    ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 95+ POINTS - "The flagship 2013 I Sodi di San Niccolò is classy and polished to the core. In many vintages, the I Sodi di San Niccolò can be more overt and extroverted, but in 2003 it is a wine of cool sophistication and polish. A rush of dark red and purplish-hued stone fruits, wild flowers, mint and licorice rounds out things out. The 2013 is a stylish, captivating Sodi. All it needs is time in bottle. For my money, Sodi remains one of the world's most pedigreed under-the-radar wines."
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  3. CONTERNO FANTINO 2013 MOSCONI VIGNA PED BAROLO

    Item #: i_305471
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ORGANICALLY FARMED

    ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 94 POINTS - "The 2013 Barolo Mosconi Vigna Ped shows the broad, ample shoulders that are typical of this south-facing site in Monforte. Scents of tar, smoke, licorice, scorched earth, dark fruit and gravel fill out the wine's large frame effortlessly. Virile, dark and muscular, with huge swaths of tannin and tons of intensity, the Vigna Ped is a superb Mosconi Barolo loaded with personality. The 2013 needs time to soften, but it is impressive."
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  4. COSTANTI 2015 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

    Item #: i_302998
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 94
    Vinous Media: 98 Points
    Decanter: 98 Points
    Wine Enthusiast: 98 Points
    DECANTER 98 POINTS - "After sitting out the 2014 vintage, Andrea Costanti calls 2015 a beautiful year and one of the best in the history of Brunello. He deemed it exceptional enough to craft a Riserva (to be released in 2021) yet his classic Brunello hasn't suffered for it. In fact, it's one of the greatest successes of the vintage. Gorgeous, seductive aromas are already expressive but still youthful. Cherry and plum are enveloped by exotic spice and a faint smokiness. The palate is plush and velvety with layers of powdery tannins that build, and tangy acid that cleanses the palate. Hedonistic but brilliantly balanced, it is hard to resist now but the best is definitely yet to come. Drinking Window 2022 - 2037."

    WINE ENTHUSIAST 98 POINTS - "Fragrant and all about finesse, this gorgeous wine opens with enticing aromas of blue flower, forest floor, wild berry and a whiff of eucalyptus. It's linear and elegant, delivering succulent red cherry, pomegranate, star anise and tobacco alongside polished tannins. Fresh acidity keeps it impeccably balanced. Drink 2022–2030."

    WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "A fruity style, featuring black cherry and black currant flavors, supported by notes of iron, leather and tobacco. Taut and vibrant, with a lingering finish. Best from 2023 through 2042."
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  5. ELIO GRASSO 2016 GAVARINI VIGNA CHINIERA BAROLO

    Item #: i_302189
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    PRACTICING ORGANIC

    ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 96+ POINTS - "The 2016 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera is a vibrant, massively tannic, austere wine, the likes of which I have never tasted here before. Vertical and explosive in the glass with tons of pure power, the 2016 Gavarini Chiniera is a gorgeous Barolo that is going to need a number of years to be at its best. Swaths of tannin wrap around a core of sweet red cherry fruit. White pepper, mint, orange peel and floral notes develop a bit later, but the 2016 remains reticent and inward, with brilliant acids and tannins that dominate today. The 2016 is a striking wine, but it is going to require considerable patience."
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  6. FELSINA 2017 CHIANTI CLASSICO "RANCIA" RISERVA

    Item #: i_303071
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Vinous Media: 93 Points
    Decanter: 93 Points
    DECANTER 93 POINTS - "In 2017, Giovanni Poggiali describes the work in the vineyard as focused on the vines' root system to reduce water stress. Harvest started 15 days earlier than average and at the beginning of September he did a qualitative thinning to get rid of any shrivelled bunches or those showing problems with ripening. Fèlsina's flagship wine, Rancia is still brooding. Plum and tar show up on a backdrop of vanilla and exotic spice. Though fruit is supple, layers of assertive tannins need time to loosen their grip. Appetizingly savory, this finishes with an intense, irony character. Drinking Window 2022 - 2032."
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  7. G.D. VAJRA 2015 "BRICCO DELLE VIOLE" BAROLO

    Item #: i_302721
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94+
    Wine Spectator: 94
    Wine Enthusiast: 95 Points
    The 2015 Barolos from G.D. Vajra (VAH-ee-rah) offer an elegant yet powerful style from an iconic producer, and are a must-have for your collection. The estate is often recognized for their winemaking skills, starting with the classic Barolo they call "Albe," sourced from three of their vineyard sites. Wine Spectator was particularly enamored, putting it on their Top 100 Wines of 2019 list (at #48). Their single-vineyard "Bricco delle Viole" Barolo was one of the top wines of Piedmont according to the prestigious Italian wine guide, Gambero Rosso, which gave the 2015 release a top-level "3 Glass" award!

    This is a family-run labor of love; founded by Aldo Vajra, his first release happened to be from the troublesome 1972 vintage. Instead of giving up and abandoning the grapes on the vines, he made a wine anyway and never looked back. Remaining obstinate in his vision of what great Barolo should be, he refused to succumb to the increasing popularity of aging in French oak, especially with new barrels, which he felt would detract from the elegant and pure expression of the Nebbiolo grape. He was well-aware of the modern improvements in the wine cellars, though, and through the years earned the reputation of being "the most modern of the traditionalists and the most traditional of the modernists." He now runs the winery with his wife and three children, who are taking the family estates into the future. It's a testament to the character of this family that the small but well-respected winemakers, Luigi and Fiorina Baudana, felt comfortable letting the Vajras take over their estate in 2009, and with it their legacy (no small thing in a region that takes such things seriously).

    The Vajras farm organically, make use of long fermentations during which the skins and juice gently mingle, and age the wines in large Slavonian oak barrels that impart only subtle wood notes.

    The Bricco delle Viole ("The Hill of Violets") vineyard is the highest altitude of the historical Barolo sites and the wines typically carry a particularly bright floral perfume and fine tannin that gives them a more accessible quality in youth.

    GAMBERO ROSSO 2020 GUIDE - 3 BICCHIERI

    WINE ENTHUSIAST 95 POINTS - "You'll find enticing scents of rose, violet, woodland berry, tobacco and a heady whiff of pine on this fragrant, full-bodied red. The juicy, delicious palate shows focus and intensity, doling out succulent raspberry, ripe red cherry, blood orange, licorice and baking spice framed in polished tannins. It's already showing beautifully but will also offer years of enjoyment. Drink 2020-2027."

    WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "Enticing aromas and flavors of plum, cherry, iron and menthol are folded harmoniously into the lush texture and broad tannins of this long and vibrant red, with licorice, mineral and tobacco elements lingering. Best from 2022 through 2040."

    WINE ADVOCATE 94+ POINTS - "The 2015 Barolo Bricco Delle Viole is a delicate and pure expression of Nebbiolo. The wine shows its naked beauty with pride, provocatively semi-dressed in lacy, floral aromas of wild rose and pressed violets. At this young age, the wine exhibits a gentle mix of fruity and floral characteristics that merge into the bouquet with intrepidness. The fruit from this vineyard within the Barolo township has maintained its freshness and crispness despite the heat of the 2015 growing season. I think it would be a lovely match for a veal piccata and cream sauce, with parsley and capers."

    The estate of GD Vajra is situated in Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo. Its vineyards are planted with Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera at heights of 350-400 meters, which result in distinctive and aromatic wines. The Vajra family is a group of dedicated, passionate winegrowers, who are also grounded and sensitive to the human role in winemaking. Their philosophy remains faithful to the traditional and authentic wines of Piemonte, and in essence they regard themselves as the instruments that enable nature and the environment full self-expression through their wines.
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  8. G.D. VAJRA 2015 "RAVERA" BAROLO

    Item #: i_301499
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 93
    Wine Enthusiast: 95 Points
    The 2015 Barolos from G.D. Vajra (VAH-ee-rah) offer an elegant yet powerful style from an iconic producer, and are a must-have for your collection. The estate is often recognized for their winemaking skills, starting with the classic Barolo they call "Albe," sourced from three of their vineyard sites. Wine Spectator was particularly enamored, putting it on their Top 100 Wines of 2019 list (at #48). Their single-vineyard "Bricco delle Viole" Barolo was one of the top wines of Piedmont according to the prestigious Italian wine guide, Gambero Rosso, which gave the 2015 release a top-level "3 Glass" award!

    This is a family-run labor of love; founded by Aldo Vajra, his first release happened to be from the troublesome 1972 vintage. Instead of giving up and abandoning the grapes on the vines, he made a wine anyway and never looked back. Remaining obstinate in his vision of what great Barolo should be, he refused to succumb to the increasing popularity of aging in French oak, especially with new barrels, which he felt would detract from the elegant and pure expression of the Nebbiolo grape. He was well-aware of the modern improvements in the wine cellars, though, and through the years earned the reputation of being "the most modern of the traditionalists and the most traditional of the modernists." He now runs the winery with his wife and three children, who are taking the family estates into the future. It's a testament to the character of this family that the small but well-respected winemakers, Luigi and Fiorina Baudana, felt comfortable letting the Vajras take over their estate in 2009, and with it their legacy (no small thing in a region that takes such things seriously).

    The Vajras farm organically, make use of long fermentations during which the skins and juice gently mingle, and age the wines in large Slavonian oak barrels that impart only subtle wood notes.

    ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 95 POINTS - "The 2015 Barolo Ravera captures all the best the vintage has to offer. More importantly, it has that extra level of textural richness and sweetness that the Bricco delle Viole does not have, at least not today. Creamy and beautifully textured in the glass, the 2015 is a total winner. Bright red raspberry and pomegranate fruit notes are lifted, while expressive oral and blood orange overtones add brightness. The 2015 suggests that the Ravera might, in time, become the agship wine here. Don't miss it!"

    WINE ENTHUSIAST 95 POINTS

    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS -"Intense aromas of freshly cut hay, menthol and sweet fruit reduction mark this taut, energetic red. Cherry and berry notes form the core, while tar and tobacco accents ply the long, tannic finish. Best from 2023 through 2043"
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  9. GIORGIO PELISSERO 2016 BARBERA D'ALBA "PIANI"

    Item #: i_301822
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINERY NOTES - "The olfactory sensations are very delicate including blackberry and plum in the beginning and warmly vinous in the end. Savory minerality and acidity are in the foreground of this wine that does not hide its flavor intensity."

    Aged for 8-9 months in a mix of barrique and large older oak casks.
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  10. LISINI 2015 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

    Item #: i_301011
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 94
    Vinous Media: 96 Points
    Decanter: 96 Points
    There are few other estates in Montalcino with roots as deep as Lisini. The Lisini-Clementi family has owned lands in Montalcino since the sixteenth century, and the historic tower and loggia on the property has its beginnings in the 1300s. The first vines were planted here in the 1930s, well before the international craze for the area’s wines. And Lisini wasn’t just one of the founding members of the consorzio di Brunello in the 1967: The late Elina Lisini, the head of the family until her passing in 2009 was its first and only female president in 1970! Today, the estate totals roughly 150 hectares that surround the ancient farmhouse and winery, and brothers Carlo and Lorenzo, along with cousin Ludovica, continue the traditions of their forbearers. This includes not just the production of wine—which is based entirely on the noble sangiovese grape—but also of olive oil. Their location, in the hills surrounding Sant’Angelo in Colle, in the Southwest corner of Montalcino, are particularly favorable to the cultivation of both sangiovese and olives. Their 20 or so hectares of vineyards are at an average elevation of 350 meters above sea level, and open to the south, towards the Maremma area of Tuscany, making them drier and more ventilated than other locations more landlocked than Lisini.

    With the history of the Lisini family running so deep in Montalcino, the current regime saw no other way to produce their wines other than with respect for tradition. This means that only sangiovese is grown, fermentations take place in glass lined cement tanks, and all wines age in large Slavonian oak casks. The winemaking at the estate was guided starting in the 1980s for many years by Franco Bernabei (of Felsina and Fontodi fame) who then trained the current staff enologist Filippo Paoletti. The late Giulio Gambelli (the original “sangiovesista”, responsible for many years at Biondi Santi and Soldera, and the creator of Le Pergole Torte), also collaborated with the Lisinis for a while, and current winemaker Filippo counts both of these as important inspirations and influences on his work.

    DECANTER 96 POINTS - "With vineyards between Sant'Angelo in Colle and Castelnuovo dell'Abate on the inner edge of the Sesta district, Lisini's vineyards are cleansed by constant breezes from the Tuscan Coast. Stony soils with an important underpinning of limestone as well as elevations over 300 metres help preserve freshness in their wines. The 2015 is beautifully fragrant, almost exotic in character. Plump red fruit and sweet summer herbs fill the mouth but rather than being heavy, this is poised and transparent. Ample powdery tannins are fine and lead to a tangy marine finish." (MM) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

    WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "A serious, brooding red, with ripe cherry and strawberry flavors offsetting the beefy tannins. Loam, iron and almond notes chime in. Balanced and long overall."

    ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 94 POINTS - "The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino dark and rich, showing ripe black cherries and plum, with layers of haunting florals, exotic brown spice and smoky mineral tones. On the palate, a wave of polished textures wash across the senses, ushering in juicy black cherry with sweet herbal and floral undertones, with zesty spices and vibrant acidity adding a refreshing quality. The finish is long and remarkably fresh, an example of how the warmth of Sant’Angelo in Colle can be tempered by a deft hand, as fine tannins come forward, balanced by mouthwatering acidity and punctuated by residual pure red berry fruit. It’s a wine that’s very easy to love, with near term appeal and potential for the cellar."
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  11. LUIGI EINAUDI 2015 CANNUBI BAROLO

    Item #: i_305472
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 93
    James Suckling: 94
    JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "A beautiful sense of resolve on the first impression with perfectly ripe red cherries taking center stage on the nose. The palate has a deliciously juicy core of fresh red cherry and berry flavor and smooth, firm and sturdy tannins. Drink or hold."

    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "In increasing order of intensity and structure, we tasted Poderi Luigi Einaudi's Baroli from Cannubi, Costa Grimaldi (Terlo) and Bussia. This estate will soon add a new Barolo from the Monvigliero cru in Verduno, and that wine will probably come before Cannubi (at the start of the line) in terms of power when it is ready to be presented. The 2015 Barolo Cannubi is a finessed and light-bodied expression with a light and luminous personality that prizes red berry, cassis, blue flower and white licorice. The tannins are silky and tightly textured."

    ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 93 POINTS - "The 2015 Barolo Cannubi is super-polished and elegant. Rich and ample, in the style of the year, the 2015 has quite a bit of volume, but the aromatics and silky tannins are very clearly those of Cannubi. Rose petal, sweet red cherry, blood orange, spice and mint add lovely top notes. Today, the 2015 gives the impression it will drink well early and mature at a relatively fast pace. (AG) (2/2019)
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  12. MARCHESI MAZZEI 2010 MIX 36 SANGIOVESE CASTELLO DI FONTERUTOLI

    Item #: i_301106
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 93
    James Suckling: 94
    100% Sangiovese (36 Biotypes, though!)

    JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "This is very fine and pretty with berry, cherries and flowers on the nose and palate. Full body with very integrated tannins and a fresh clean finish. A beauty now. This is classy. A blend of a selection of three dozen of the best Sangiovese clones grown in Chianti Classico by the historic winemaking family of Mazzei. Drink or hold."

    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The 2010 Mix36 is a blend of 36 biotypes of Sangiovese. With its technical winemaking notes printed on the front label (harvest yields and maceration times), this wine should have special appeal with wine geeks everywhere. This expression is elegant and clean with sharp focus and bright notes of wild berry and lingering smoke. Polished tannins are backed by bright acidity. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025."

    ANTONIO GALLONI 93 POINTS - "One of the newer wines in the range, the Mix 36 is once again terrific in 2010. Layers of fruit emerge effortlessly from this gracious, pliant wine. Tar, smoke, spices and licorice flesh out on the radiant finish. The style is a bit supple for the year, but gorgeous all the same. It will be interesting to follow the 2010 over the coming years. Mix 36 made from 36 different Sangiovese clones planted on the property, and is aged in 500-liter barrels.
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  13. MONSANTO 2016 RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO

    Item #: i_301557
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 94
    James Suckling: 94
    90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo & Colorino

    WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "This is packed with black currant, black cherry, floral and juniper aromas and flavors. The tannins are assertive, matched to bracing acidity and a touch of heat. A bit boisterous today, but this should settle down nicely over time."

    JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "A fresh and bright red with sliced-orange and black-cherry aromas and flavors. Medium body. Tight and compact. Long and flavorful finish. Will age beautifully. "
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  14. PIAGGIA 2016 "PIAGGIA" RISERVA CARMIGNANO

    Item #: i_303984
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    70% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc

    GAMBERO ROSSO ITALIAN WINES 2019 RED OF THE YEAR!

    "The Carmignano Riserva [from Piaggia] is simply the best of the appellation." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    "If there is one estate that embodies the potential of Carmignano, Piaggia just might be it." - Antonio Galloni; Vinous


    Every Fall we look forward to seeing what Italy's most prestigious wine publication, Gambero Rosso, considers to be the top Italian wines available in the coming year. For 2020, one of those wines is the Piaggia 2016 Carmignano Riserva because they honored it with the coveted top red wine award! However, with the limited availability and mere $39.98 price tag, it might not make it far into the year.

    It needs to be mentioned that Carmignano is no newcomer; it's one of Tuscany's most historic wine appellations (but also one of its smallest). Tuscan legend has it that when Catherine de' Medici of Florence was to be married to King Henry II of France in 1533, they exchanged gifts-the Medici family gave the French forks (which were already widely used in Italy, but unknown in France); and the French gave the Medicis Cabernet Sauvignon vines, which were subsequently planted in their vineyards at Carmignano! Even at that time, though, the wines of Carmignano were already quite famous-documents going back all the way to the 14th century portray them as the most highly-prized and expensive wines in Florence. And it's no wonder. Protected from the cold of the north by the Apennines, and from the vagaries of coastal weather by the Montalbano hills, it's a perfect growing area for the Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc that contribute to the blends here.

    The Carmignano Riserva is the flagship wine of the Piaggia winery, which is a fairly small family-run operation founded by Mauro Vannucci and now run by his daughter Silvia. The grapes are sourced exclusively from the family's 50-year-old vines in the 2.5 hectare Piaggia cru, with the final blend being 70% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc (the Cabernet varieties come from cuttings at Chateau Lafite Rothschild). In line with the French influence, aging occurs in small French oak barrels for 18 months, with the great majority being previously used so as not to dominate the fruit. The wine is neither fined nor filtered, which keeps its complex character intact. The result is a full-bodied wine with velvety, ripe tannin and a beguiling perfume combining ripe fruits like blackcurrant, dried cherry, and raspberries, with notes of orange peel, sweet spices, tobacco, and cocoa

    At $39.98, this is another great value, but we were only able to get in 5 cases of this true Italian gem, so get it while you can!
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  15. PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO 2016 BARBARESCO

    Item #: i_301972
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 95
    Wine Enthusiast: 95 Points
    We're excited to announce the arrival of the 2016 Barbaresco from the historic Produttori del Barbaresco, which is a perfect introduction to the beauty of Nebbiolo, the Barbaresco terroir, and the character of this wonderful vintage. The 2016 growing season was another great year for Nebbiolo grapes in the region, creating contrasts with the open, fruit-driven 2015s. There are the powerful aromas and flavors of wild red fruits (think red currant, raspberry, and cherry), the rose and violet, and the spices like anise and white pepper, all to be expected in a classical Nebbiolo. But in 2016, there is a notable finesse in how those flavors come across the palate, and in how they interplay with the wine's structure; the firmness of the fine, enshrouding tannin and the racy spine of acidity make this a serious wine.

    Delicious now with an hour decant, the 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco will continue to soften and evolve over 20 years if you choose to put a few in the cellar. This kind of wine is perfect with flavorful, complex and slightly rich dishes like mushroom risotto, ragu' (meat sauce) with polenta or pasta, roast lamb, and moderately aged cheeses (nothing too sharp).

    The Produttori del Barbaresco is historically important in Piedmont, but it's also a rare example of a cooperative of growers making superlative wine. Before 1894, the Nebbiolo grapes grown in the village of Barbaresco in the north of Italy were sold to the neighboring village of Barolo. It was then that Domizio Cavazza, of the Royal Enological School of Alba, created the first cooperative with nine Barbaresco vineyards, and made this unique and pure expression of the grape from his native village. He recognized the singularity of the terroir here, and the tradition of Barbaresco was born.

    125 years later, the wines from the Produttori del Barbaresco cooperative are recognized as being among the greatest expressions of the Nebbiolo grape on the planet. Fifty families, each with generations of knowledge and passion, work together using their collective 250 acres to make the numerous single vineyard reserve bottlings as well as the wine we're featuring, their flagship "classic" Barbaresco. The key distinction is that the "classic" Barbaresco is made from a selection of younger vines from various sites, and is crafted to reflect the growing season in a balanced and approachable fashion.

    WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "The 2016 Barbaresco is a tight and beautiful wine that will require more time to unwind and soften. This beautifully balanced vintage is characterized by a tight inner core of fruit that underlines the graceful aging capacity of these wines. The 2016 is shaping up to be one destined for long cellar aging. Now in its youth, the wine offers wild berry, rose and licorice aromas."

    WINE ENTHUSIAST 95 POINTS; CELLAR SELECTION - "Enticing aromas of violet, woodland berry, loose vineyard soil, wild mint and a hint of spearmint shape the intensely fragrant nose. The tense, young palate is still nervous but already boasts finesse, showing wild raspberry, crunchy red cherry, white pepper and star anise. Firm, refined tannins and racy acidity give it a linear, almost austere elegance, while bright acidity keeps it focused and balanced. Drink 2026-2036."
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  16. SAN GIUSTO A RENTENNANO 2017 CHIANTI CLASSICO

    Item #: i_301054
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ORGANICALLY FARMED

    95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo

    ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 92 POINTS - "The 2017 Chianti Classico is rich, ample and beautifully textured, with all of the natural richness of the year on display. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, mocha, spice and licorice infuse a decidedly dark, brooding Chianti Classico. A dollop of whole clusters adds freshness and perfume, but readers should expect a big, potent Chianti Classico with serious fruit intensity as well as structure. I would prefer to cellar the 2017 to allow some of the baby fat to melt away."
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  17. SELVAPIANA 2017 CHIANTI RUFINA

    Item #: i_301753
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    PRACTICING ORGANIC
  18. SOTTIMANO 2016 BARBARESCO "FAUSONI"

    Item #: i_302967
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 95
    Vinous Media: 93
    PRACTICING ORGANIC

    WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "The Fausoni zone provides sandy and clay soils, and you get more power here than from the other locations. These vines are 35 to 40 years old, and the 2016 Barbaresco Fausoni lets fly those menthol notes that are so characteristic of this vineyard in Neive. Slightly more balsamic in its aromatic profile than the other Barbarescos, this expression of Nebbiolo, sitting sur lies for two years, shows a very different tannic feel in a wine that offers surprising freshness and purity. Those minty Neive notes, its direct and linear nature, plus the very precise and sharply managed tannins make this cru a winner in my book. Some 6,000 bottles were made."

    ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - "Crushed raspberry, rose petal, orange peel and mint lift from the glass in the 2016 Barbaresco Fausoni. Gracious and exquisitely beautiful, the 2016 is a wine of total class. Perfectly ripe, sweet tannins add to an impression of finesse. The 2016 is vivid, translucent and incredibly expressive, with a slightly darker tonality of fruit than the 2015 tasted alongside it."
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  19. VIETTI 2014 "MASSERIA" BARBARESCO

    Item #: i_305379
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vinous Media: 94+
    ANTONIO GALLONI 94+ POINTS - "The 2014 Barbaresco Masseria is superb. Dark, ample and structured, the 2014 captures all the pedigree of this important Barbaresco vintage. As always, the Vietti's Masseria is a wine that has Barolo-like structure and depth, partly because it is vinified and aged pretty much along the same lines as those wines. I expect the 2014 will require at least a handful of years to shed some tannin and start showing some of its inherent inner sweetness. There is so much to look forward to. Bright acids and a firm spine of tannin give the red-toned fruit energy and vivacity throughout."
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