- Item #: i_301560Bottle Size: 750mlA clear and brilliant ruby red in color, the wine shows aromas of ripe red fruit, floral as well, along with spicy and balsamic notes which add freshness and complexity to the wine. The palate is pleasurable, ample and creamy in the initial phase, not excessively muscular or concentrated; the ripe tannins are supple and lively. The length and persistence are underlined by a freshness and savor which, in their turn, add further drinking pleasure.
- Item #: i_301865Bottle Size: 750mlDecanter: 95 PointsDECANTER 95 POINTS - "Established in 2013 by the Alejandro Bulgheroni Family Vineyards Group, the Podere Brizio estate sits on the South-West facing Montalcino hills, in a unique setting nestled among olive groves. With 11.5 hectares of vineyards in Montalcino's hottest area, the winery focuses on sustainable viticulture philosophies and true expression of terroir within the wines. The hand harvested grapes are traditionally vinified in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts, before ageing for 12 months in large untoasted French oak casks. Nicolas Clerc MS: Precise nose, superb and floral. Elegant and delicate berry fruit, with racy mineral complexity. Balanced, harmonious and long. A class act. Aldo Fiordelli: Extremely well balanced wine with bergamot notes and an almost orange peel tinge. Slightly austere on the tannins, however not without character. Very classic. Susan Hulme MW: Sweet black cherry aromas, almost toffee-like sweetness too. Rich, ripe and complete without being heavy. Lots of savoury tannins and juicy, mouthwatering acidity to keep freshness. Really appealing, yet serious too."
- Item #: i_303322Bottle Size: 750MLWine Advocate: 94Wine Spectator: 95WINE SPECTATOR 95 POINTS - - "Loads of balsamic aromas and flavors--juniper, rosemary, thyme, olive--along with cherry, sanguine and tobacco notes are the hallmarks of this intense red. Well-integrated and complex, building to a long aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2035. 3,400 cases made."
WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "Canalicchio di Sopra is high on my shortlist of favorite producers in Montalcino. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a sumptuous wine made according to carefully considered criteria. Every step of the winemaking process represents a selection of sorts, culminating in an expression of extremes. The precision, the focus and the pristine nature of the aromas cannot be exaggerated. It is such a pleasure to taste a wine of this caliber and distinction. Aromas of dark fruit and savory spice find seamless integration. Background tones of balsam herb, cola and licorice add a superior level of complexity. In the mouth, the wine is polished, fine and silky. The mouthfeel is thinner compared to 2011 and 2010. Otherwise, this is a fabulously elegant Brunello."
- Item #: i_305037Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 98WINE ADVOCATE 98 POINTS - "The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto offers a prolonged, flowing and carefully massaged drinking experience that drapes over the senses with some studied intensity and lots of intriguing complexity. This wine nails that perfect balance between power and elegance (that elusive exchange that so many winemakers hope to achieve) with effortless precision. Bold cherry fruit and spice are tightly woven together. In the mouth, the wine shows texture, depth and succulence. Generally speaking, this is not my favorite vintage in Montalcino, but this wine suddenly made me forget that thought."
- Item #: i_305454Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 93+Wine Spectator: 93Casanova di Neri has most certainly had its share of accolades and praise with all the estate wines including the Brunello di Montalcino 'White Label', the newest project 'Tenuta Nuova' (literally translated new estate) and the small single vineyard of Cerretalto. Just to name a few, Last years 2012 'White Label' made #4 Top 100 Wine Spectator with 95 Points, the 2010 'Tenuta Nuova' received 100 points in Wine Advocate, and of course not forgetting the first time Giacomo Neri set off fireworks...the 2001 'Tenuta Nuova' making 2006 Wine Spectator Wine of the Year!
With the 2013 Classic Vintage that just arrived, we are excited to share with you another great showing of Casanova di Neri Brunello! And with the press of this vintage just ramping up, we suggest you get enough to put a few away! These wines are made to enjoy now and cellar for 25+ years.
WINE ADVOCATE 93+ POINTS - "It's that time of year: get your Neri on. This blockbuster Montalcino estate has released another fantastic collection of new wines, including the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino. Beautifully executed, the wine oozes forth from the glass with round, supple and velvety fruit. This Brunello Annata is luscious and deep, with millefoglie aromatic layering that peels back slowly and carefully. The mouthfeel is less elaborate compared to the estate's top expressions, but the bouquet does much to push this score into the low nineties. Some 80,000 bottles were produced."
WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "This is focused, with a vivid structure driving the cherry, leather, spice and earth flavors. Dusty tannins follow up, while this remains fresh on the lingering finish. Best from 2020 through 2033."
- Item #: i_303037Bottle Size: 750mlWine Spectator: 98WINE SPECTATOR 98 POINTS - "This intense version is concentrated, with black cherry, blackberry, graphite, tobacco and spice flavors, yet remains light-footed due to the racy profile. Structured, yet beautifully balanced and youthful. Shows purity and length on the aftertaste, which introduces a floral component. Best from 2022 through 2045. 814 cases made, 150 cases imported."
- Item #: i_305652Bottle Size: 750mlWhile winemaking at Castiglion del Bosco has been a craft for centuries, until fairly recently the vineyards were cultivated solely for personal consumption by each family living on the Estate. Today, Castiglion del Bosco wines are consistently recognized for their excellence. As one of the founding members of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, the organization that regulates and controls the quality of Brunello production, Castiglion del Bosco introduced the world to its exemplary vintages through the emergence of a commercial operation in the late 1950s. In 2004, acclaimed international Wine Master Nicolo D’Afflitto took command of winemaking at Castiglion del Bosco, along with locally trained enologist Cecilia Leoneschi. Under their careful direction, the Estate is yielding more modern Brunellos that are attracting critical acclaim. The fundamental goal of winemaking at Castiglion del Bosco is to remain faithful to the land and the characteristics of the grapes.Pleasant and modern wine, characterized by a fresh and well-rounded Sangiovese. Intense varietal aromas are the result of a combination of tradition and modern techniques in the cellar.
- Item #: i_302311Bottle Size: 1.5LWine Advocate: 96WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS - "Cerbaiona's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the protagonists of the vintage. There is no denying the sheer beauty and focus of this wine. It makes a fabulous first impact with super sharp tones of wild berry, cola, balsam herb, flint and crushed oyster shell. Those drying mineral notes leave a lasting impression. In the mouth, this wine is super elegant, tight and delicately nuanced. Unfortunately, I have not had the best track record with aged Brunello from Cerbaiona (ten years or more) personally, but I am hopeful that a wine of this caliber and depth will restore my faith. No matter what the aging trajectory ultimately demonstrates, this wine certainly does taste fantastic at this young stage."
- Item #: i_302091Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 96WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS - "Cerbaiona's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the protagonists of the vintage. There is no denying the sheer beauty and focus of this wine. It makes a fabulous first impact with super sharp tones of wild berry, cola, balsam herb, flint and crushed oyster shell. Those drying mineral notes leave a lasting impression. In the mouth, this wine is super elegant, tight and delicately nuanced. Unfortunately, I have not had the best track record with aged Brunello from Cerbaiona (ten years or more) personally, but I am hopeful that a wine of this caliber and depth will restore my faith. No matter what the aging trajectory ultimately demonstrates, this wine certainly does taste fantastic at this young stage."
- Item #: i_301131Bottle Size: 750mlOccasionally life surprises you with a happy convergence, and the Cerbaiona "Vino da Tavola" is a one of those; it represents the bittersweet last fruits of a Brunello auteur (emphasis on the 'sweet'), is based on two wonderful vintages, and is offered at the completely reasonable price of $29.95! Former proprietor Diego Molinari's traditionalist wines have followed the seasons, allowing for Nature to dictate the character of a given year's release. But he has also been guided by a similar ebb and flow in his personal life and decided to sell his property. The new owners want to take the winery in a different stylistic direction and decided to unload the remaining inventory of 2013 wine with a majority of still-aging 2015 wine, irrespective of whether it was destined to be a Rosso or a Brunello. It's not often that an opportunity like this arises: To taste wine from a beloved small-scale producer of coveted wines based on top vintages at the price of a typical Rosso di Montalcino!
Already at first site, this is very classical Sangiovese Grosso from Montalcino: Ruby-hued, so clear and reflective, with a subtle garnet rim. Then comes the piercing perfume of dried cherry and cordial, a floral wash reminiscent of peony & herbal lavender, stony (petrichor) notes, and a subtle background of vanilla. In the mouth, there's a striking juiciness from opening to finish, accompanied by chalky tannins giving the sensation of crushed stone, finishing with a softly drying sensation like hibiscus tea. On opening with air, that juicy fruit takes turns with flavors of blood orange, cherry, and cranberry, accompanied by licorice root, and a reprisal of those stony and herbal notes, including echoes of tomato leaf that is typical of classic Sangiovese. The gently warming alcohol never dominates the aromas or palate, and the wine’s medium-full body with gentle, refreshing acidity makes it extremely drinkable. The tannin builds up as you drink on, ultimately making for a chewy wine, which makes sense since a large portion was intended for longer aging to become a Brunello!
So not only do we suggest holding some bottles to soften up for a few years, but also to do as Italians expect and pair it with food! Well-herbed roast chicken, tomato-driven dishes, rosemary lamb chops, or grilled steak are some great options. Even some cured meats, medium-aged cheeses, and a simple bruschetta would work with this: Top toasted baguette with diced tomato, herbs, lemon, olive oil, and a pinch of sea salt (I even like to dice in fresh anchovy filets).
Salute e auguri (health and best wishes) to Diego Molinari, and to the new team at Cerbaiona!
- Item #: i_301119Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 95Wine Enthusiast: 98 PointsWINE ENTHUSIAST 98 POINTS; 'CELLAR SELECTION' - "Wild-berry, fragrant purple-flower and crushed aromatic herb aromas mingle with whiffs of tilled earth and new leather on this dazzling red. The stunning, savory palate boasts remarkable finesse combined with an age-worthy structure, offering succulent black cherry, raspberry compote, licorice and tobacco alongside taut, refined tannins. It's impeccably balanced, with bright acidity. It's already tempting, but hold for even more complexity. Drink 2021–2033." - Kerin O'Keefe
WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "Although this wine is not labeled as a riserva, it is released six years after the harvest as if it were one. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso (with 20,000 bottles produced) opens to balanced fragrances that mix fruity elements with spice, crushed stone and smoke. This wine is linear and direct with firm tannic support at the back. Give it another few years to flesh out further with additional bottle aging."
This is the star for Ciacci Piccolomini, year in and year out—this Brunello is highly traditional in style. The wine is fermented in glass-lined cement and stainless steel tanks then aged in Slavonian oak barrels for 36 months. “Pianrosso” is absolutely gorgeous and rich brunello, with complex aromas of red fruits, flowers, licorice and spice, that only gets better with age.
- Item #: i_301581Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 97WINE ADVOCATE 97 POINTS- "Released seven years after the harvest, the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio al Vento is a stunning wine. It soars to the highest altitudes in terms of elegance and power. These opposite forces—muscle versus grace—are what distinguish this classic vintage. Col d'Orcia has effortlessly captured and immortalized both sides of the continuum. The bouquet produces a long succession of aromas including dried cherry fruit, licorice, cola, lavender flower, cured meat and black truffle. The velvety finish is supple and long in persistence. This is a gorgeous creation."
- Item #: i_305780Bottle Size: 750mlWine Spectator: 96ORGANICALLY FARMED
WINE SPECTATOR 96 POINTS - "Saturated flavors of cherry and plum mesh nicely with the dense tannins in this intense, energetic red. Balanced, if a bit angular now, with the component parts needing time to integrate. Finishes with a firm grip and lingering tobacco and mineral accents. Best from 2022 through 2038."
ANTONIO GALLONI, VINOUS 95 POINTS - "Deep ruby. Very deep aromas of red plum, red berries, sweet spices and crushed stone are complicated by mint and cinnamon on the captivating nose. Juicy and extremely intense, with a crystallized quality to its sharply delineated fruit and spice flavors, this huge, structured wine is bursting at the seams with ripe fruit and flesh. A luscious mouthful of Brunello that finishes long with polished tannins and noteworthy energy, not to mention subtle building perfume."
- Item #: i_301388Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 94WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "Fossacolle has produced an excellent set of new releases. At the top of the list is the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino, which exhibits a spectacular level of inner balance and positive energy. There is a level of aromatic happiness or brightness here that denotes carefully ripened Sangiovese grapes. In other words, you can taste that the fruit has not been stressed by adverse weather conditions. The 2013 vintage is indeed harmonious across the board, and this wine demonstrates that fact."
- Item #: i_301071Bottle Size: 750mlJames Suckling: 95Decanter: 96 PointsWine Enthusiast: 95 PointsDECANTER 96 POINTS - "Open, very expressive nose for the vintage, with wild berries, powder puff and hibiscus. Tight ripe tannins and firm structure, with lovely blackberry fruit and a hint of green walnut on the finish."
WINE ENTHUSIAST 95 POINTS - "Forest floor, aromatic herb, dark spice and eucalyptus aromas come together with a floral twist. Bright and elegant, the palate shows succulent wild cherry, white pepper, star anise and chopped mint flavors. With its taut, fine-grained tannins and firm acidity, it needs time to unwind and fully develop. Drink 2022–2032."
JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "Extremely floral with rose-petal and cherry character. Walnut and mushroom undertones. Medium to full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Citrus-rind undertones. Delicious, solid and harmonious wine."
- Item #: i_305423Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 97WINE ADVOCATE 97 POINTS - "Sangiovese-whisperer Alessandro Mori has delivered another superstar wine with the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Madonna Delle Grazie. The bouquet is detailed and fine with bright accents of fragrant red rose, red currant, cola, licorice, grilled herb and crushed white peppercorn. The bouquet is loose, light and buoyant, with a smooth and natural progression of building aromas. The mouthfeel, however, is direct, important and determined. It's that playful juxtaposition between the wine's soft side and its stern side that makes this such an interesting and sensational wine to drink. Only 5,993 bottles were produced, and that's the bad news."
- Item #: i_305397Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 94Wine Spectator: 93WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino walks a very fine line between elegance and finesse. Those may seem like two analogous terms, but this wine teaches you that they are not. The bouquet offers tonic and buoyant tones of wild berry, blueberry, dried herb and licorice. Each is elegant in its own right, but together they form a nuanced and finessed whole. Le Potazzine does very nicely in the hot vintages, but it delivers unexpected surprises (like this wine) in the cooler ones."
WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "Heady flavors of plum, macerated cherry, sweet spices, leather and earth mark this powerful red. The dense tannins are well-matched to the fruit, texture and breadth. Exuberance wins over subtlety here. Best from 2022 through 2036."
- Item #: i_305841Bottle Size: 750mlBefore founding Le Potazzine in the 1993, Giuseppe Gorelli got his start working for Giulio Gambelli, the man behind Tuscany’s first-ever 100% Sangiovese wine, Montevertine Le Pergole Torte. After learning the ins and outs of the Sangiovese grape from one of the region’s most historically important producers, Gorelli returned to Montalcino to take over his father’s estate, Due Portine.
The estate did well for years; however, Gorelli was in search for something he could build from the ground up, so he purchased a high altitude, 8.5 acre estate in Castiglione del Bosco and founded Le Potazzine. Eventually, he sold Due Portine, which dissolved into a larger producer’s estate, but allowed Le Potazzine to grow to 12 acres- all in the Brunello di Montalcino zone. This is an important note because Rosso di Montalcino can come from both the Brunello zone and just outside of it. When the best producers, such as Le Potazzine, produce a Rosso from entirely Brunello-quality fruit, you can rest-assured that it is a very high quality wine.
Gorelli ages his Rosso in large, 5,000 liter Slavonian oak barrels for at least 12 months. This helps to incorporate oxygen into the wine slowly resulting in a terroir-driven and classic style. To take it a step further, he also takes some of the barrels that are not fitting his strict standards for Brunello and puts them in the Rosso. All of this results in a wine of distinct power, typicity and elegance.
This ‘baby Brunello’ comes from another absolutely outstanding year in Tuscany and shows notes of black cherry, blueberry, cocoa powder, crushed rock, anise, fennel, violet and rose. Just one of its many shining attributes, it has an unbelievable balance between dryness, acid and gripping tannins. Drink now or over the next 10 years.
- Item #: i_302797Bottle Size: 750mlWine Spectator: 93Wine Enthusiast: 94 PointsWINE ENTHUSIAST 94 POINTS - "Underbrush, truffle, crushed herb and ripe black-skinned fruit aromas slowly take shape along with a waft of new leather. The bold palate shows mature black cherry, licorice, clove and tobacco framed in big velvety tannins. This is already tempting but will be even better in a few years. Drink 2020–2027."
WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS - "This is rich and polished, with cherry, raspberry, leather and leafy tobacco flavors allied to a firm, dense structure. Finds equilibrium on the long finish of iron and savory. Best from 2020 through 2035. 250 cases made."
- Item #: i_302777Bottle Size: 750mlWine Spectator: 94ORGANICALLY FARMED
WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "Silky and refined, featuring pure strawberry, cherry and floral flavors, with elements of leather, iron and leafy underbrush. The firm structure sneaks up on you as this builds to a long, detailed aftertaste. Very seductive. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2,200 cases made."
- Item #: i_301206Bottle Size: 750mlThe Lisini family is one of the few that can trace its roots in Montalcino continuously back to the 1500s. The farmhouse from which they still work was built over 700 years ago. They were one of the original founders of the Brunello Consorzio in 1969, and have continued to dedicate themselves to Sangiovese Grosso 100%. The excellent position of the vineyards 1km from Sant'Angelo in Colle, which stretch for nearly 20 hectares, coupled with the great quality of the fresh and porous Eocene soil, allows for production of one of the best Brunello di Montalcino.
- Item #: i_302649Bottle Size: 750mlWine Spectator: 90WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "Black cherry, blackberry, iron and wild herb flavors mark this ripe, fruity red, which is well-integrated, with dusty tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 1,300 cases made."
WINEMAKER NOTES - "100% Sangiovese from the estate’s massal selection. The majority of Lisini’s vineyards are classified to produce Brunello, but they also have seven hectares of vineyards classified to the production of Rosso di Montalcino. Vineyards range in elevation from 300 to 350 meters above sea level. Vinification is traditional, in glass-lined cement tanks with skin contact for 20-26 days. The wine is then transferred to 20-52 hectoliter casks for 12 months."