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  1. ALLEGRINI 2014 AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA

    Item #: i_301902
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    GAMBERO ROSSO GUIDE - TRE BICCHIERI (3 GLASSES) 2014 Vintage

    Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Oseleta are left to air dry at least until December and are checked daily to ensure perfectly healthy grapes. Lengthy refining and ageing finally yields a red wine that has become emblematic of Italian oenology, alongside Barolo and Brunello di Montalcino.

    "A fresh, creamy, medium- to full-bodied red, with fine, supple tannins layered with flavors of crushed black raspberry, fig cake and spiced orange, offering a subtle, savory underpinning of smoky mineral and tobacco that lingers on the finish. Long and elegant."
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  2. ALLEGRINI 2014 LA GROLA IGT

    Item #: i_305866
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Enthusiast: 92 Points
    La Grola is the extraordinary result of the meeting of two great personalities: the hill of La Grola and the Valpolicella’s autochthonous grapes. The excellent exposure of the vineyards, which enjoy the sun’s warm rays and the cool breezes that come from nearby Lake Garda, allows the grapes to produce their very best.

    WINE ENTHUSIAST 92 POINTS - "This savory wine bursts with plum, cassis and chocolate aromas that follow through to the taut, elegant palate alongside hints of bell pepper and black pepper. It's fresh and still tightly wound, with firm, velvety tannins. Drink through 2024."
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  3. ALLEGRINI 2014 PALAZZO DELLA TORRE

    Item #: i_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 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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  4. BASTIANICH 2014 "VESPA" BIANCO

    Item #: i_303557
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    James Suckling: 94
    JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "This is one of the best Vespas I have had in a long time. Medium-to full-bodied, linear and racy. Gorgeous and flavorful finish. Spice and almond undertones. Complex wine. Blend of chardonnay, sauvignon and picolit."

    Joe Bastianich may be from New York, but he is building quite a reputation locally with his La Mozza restaurants in LA and Newport Beach. Depending on who you ask, JosephJoe Bastianich may be from New York, but he is building quite a reputation locally with his La Mozza restaurants in LA and Newport Beach. Depending on who you ask, Joseph Bastianich is known as a winery owner in Fruili, author on one of the best books on Italian wines (Vino Italiano), Mario Batali’s partner, one of the celebrity judges on Top Chef, or simply Lidia’s son. Joe is one of the most accomplished and diversely talented wine personalities in America. His Vespa Bianco has a seductive richness reminiscent of Meursault’s “honey on toast” with layers of brightness, minerality, and floral touches weaving throughout. Bastianich is known as a winery owner in Fruili, author on one of the best books on Italian wines (Vino Italiano), Mario Batali’s partner, one of the celebrity judges on Top Chef, or simply Lidia’s son. Joe is one of the most accomplished and diversely talented wine personalities in America. His Vespa Bianco has a seductive richness reminiscent of Meursault’s “honey on toast” with layers of brightness, minerality, and floral touches weaving throughout.
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  5. BIBI GRAETZ 2014 SOFFOCONE

    Item #: i_301632
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Soffocone is delicious, a blend of sangiovese, canaiolo and colorino grapes. The wine is juicy, full of ripe, black cherry and a dusty, truly Tuscan graphite edge.
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  6. BRANCAIA 2014 ILATRAIA

    Item #: i_302191
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 93
    Wine Spectator: 93
    James Suckling: 93
    WINE SPECTATOR 93 POINTS , VINOUS 93 POINTS, JAMES SUCKLING 93 POINTS, WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS

    "The 2014 Ilatraia is a terrific wine that represents a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc. This is a darkly saturated and rich Tuscan blend that delivers so much pleasure on all levels. There is softness, intensity, complexity and length. This is a stunning wine with excellent engineering and execution. This is definitely a wine I will remember."
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  7. BRUNO GIACOSA 2014 ASILI RISERVA BARBARESCO

    Item #: i_305925
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    JAMES SUCKLING 99 POINTS - "Incredible aromas of violets, roses and blue fruits. So perfumed. Never smelled a wine like this before. Full body, perfectly integrated tannins and bright, vivid acidity. Extremely long and endless. A seamless and great one. An evocative wine that makes you think. Needs three to five years of bottle age on release. Unique red. Available in 2019."
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    $350.00
  8. CANTELE 2014 SALICE SALENTINO RISERVA

    Item #: i_301094
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  9. CANTINE VIOLA 2014 MOSCATO PASSITO PASSITO DI SARACENA

    Item #: i_301672
    Bottle Size: 500ml
    50% Guarnaccia and 50% Malvasia, 25 kilos of Moscato of Saracena every hl of must.
    The nose is intense and persistant, exquisite, with scents of apricot, dried figs and candied orange peel. The palate is sweet, and very persistant with flavors of peach, fig, dates and candied orange.

    Pairs best with almond pastries and dried fruit pastries; tarts with apricot jam or orange marmalade, dried figs, chocolate. It is extremely tasty with herb-flavored cheese and semi-matured pecorino.
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  10. CASTELFEDER 2014 TECUM PINOT BIANCO 1.5LT

    Item #: i_305803
    Bottle Size: 1.5L
    WINERY NOTES - "When Ivan Giovanett and Massimiliano La Rosa, they wanted to produce a mineral nordic wine that comes from the combined work of two strong characters from the wine world, seeking a perfect balance. “Tecum” (lat. With you) follows the natural cycle of the vine and the wine itself: it awaits the following year on noble lees, where it remains for 15 months. The result is a natural stability over time and a complexity in terms of nose, which is enhanced by a long period of refinement in steel, to which a small part, refined in barriques, is added."
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  11. CIACCI PICCOLOMINI 2014 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

    Item #: i_305827
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 92
    James Suckling: 92
    Wine Enthusiast: 95 Points
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 95 POINTS; EDITOR'S CHOICE - "Fragrant and loaded with finesse, this radiant, full-bodied red opens with enticing scents of ripe black-skinned fruit, iris, cake spice and a whiff of camphor. On the linear yet delicious palate, elegant tannins and bright acidity support succulent black cherry, plum and licorice before a lingering tobacco finish. Drink 2021–2029." - Kerin O'Keefe

    WINE ADVOCATE 92+ POINTS - "Like the other wines I tasted from Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona this year, I am surprised by the soft ripeness achieved in the 2014 Brunello di Montalcino. This was a cool and soggy vintage so those dark and sweet fruit flavors are counterintuitive. However, they elevate the wine to a higher intensity threshold and a more profound flavor profile. The wine offers enough crisp acidity and tannic firmness to hold it tightly together at this young stage in its lifespan."

    JAMES SUCKLING 92 POINTS - "There’s a handy array of quite ripe red-berry and cherry aromas here that lead to a palate that has attractive red cherries with soft, earthy nuances and fine, chalky tannins. Drink now."

    "To keep up our quality standards in years like these, we carefully select the grapes and make only our classic Brunello, but not our Brunello Pianrosso or our Brunello Riserva Santa Caterina d'Oro," says Paolo Bianchini, co-owner of Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona. "Our production was down 25-30% in 2014, but as a result of all the hard work, starting in the vineyards right up to bottling, we're more than satisfied with the results."
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  12. CLETO CHIARLI LAMBRUSCO VECCHIA MODENA

    Item #: i_376391
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS-""Fragrant and elegant, this vibrant wine has aromas of crushed violet and spice. The creamy palate doles out juicy wild strawberry, raspberry and cake spice alongside zesty acidity.(01/15"

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  13. FRADILES 2014 ISTENTU

    Item #: i_303637
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vineyards situated in the municipal territory of Atzara, a hilly area rising up to 550 m.a.s.l., west of the Gennargentu mountains. Mandrolisai D.O.C. : is a local DOC wine from the following vines: Bovale Sardo (Muristellu), Cannonau, Monica.

    Ruby-red colour with pomegranate glints. It is a wine full of character, warm and full- bodied palate, inklings of vanilla and spices, expressing great elegance and marked finesse. The tannins are juicy and silky with a very long finish. Great meat dishes and ripe cheese.
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  14. G. MASCARELLO 2014 MONPRIVATO BAROLO

    Item #: i_301130
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vinous Media: 92
    WINE SPECTATOR 96 POINTS - "A perfumed style, boasting floral, cherry, kirsch and licorice flavors. Slightly chewy, yet elegant overall, with fine balance and a lingering finish of macerated cherry, earth and tobacco notes. Shows fine length and intensity, leaving an essence of mineral. Best from 2021 through 2043. From Italy."
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    $165.00
  15. G. MASCARELLO 2014 STEFANO DI PERNO BAROLO

    Item #: i_301037
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    $110.00
  16. LE SALETTE 2014 "LA MAREGA" AMARONE VALPOLICELLA

    Item #: i_302119
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Scamperle family Has cultivated vineyards for generations. They have twenty hectares of property, located in the best areas of Valpolicella Classica. The grapes are selected and then laid out for drying on drying tables in a well ventilated area for 5 months. Corvina, Rondinella, Croatina, Dindarella, Sangiovese and Corvinone. Aged minimum 3 years in Slovenian oak casks (60%) and in barriques (40%), 8 months in the bottle for the final aging process.Perfect for game, strong cheeses, roasted red meats.
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  17. MAZZEI 2014 PHILIP

    Item #: i_302490
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    James Suckling: 92
    VINOUS MEDIA 93 POINTS - "The 2014 Philip is Mazzei's 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from estate vineyards in both Chianti Classico and Maremma. Ripeness and textural depth are pushed to the limit in this powerful, super-concentrated wine. Although not at all subtle, the 2014 speaks with distinction. Time in the glass adds brightness to the dark red cherry and plum notes in this plush, inviting wine. It will be interesting to see how the Philip ages. It is certainly impressive as a young wine."

    Although the Mazzei family has been producing wines for 24 generations in Chianti, they are perhaps proudest of the mark their ancestors have left on history. Philip Mazzei was a contemporary and close friend of Thomas Jefferson who was known to enjoy fine wine from around the world and wrote extensively about the subject.

    When Jefferson wasn’t writing about wine, he penned other significant documents which you may have heard of. Yes, the Declaration of Independence was pretty significant! The great doctrine "All men are created equal" incorporated into the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson, was paraphrased from the writings of his friend, Philip Mazzei. As they say, the rest is history!

    Philip is an extraordinary wine created to honor the memory of Philip Mazzei - a passionate grape grower, forward thinker, and patriot - and highlight the Mazzei family's special connection to the American people. The label on the bottle really catches your eye and reflects Philip as he appeared during the American Revolution.

    This wine is a blend of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon grapes selected from Mazzei's Tuscan properties. It is silky smooth with abundant, ripe fruit and is in the perfect spot in its evolution for drinking. Enjoy!

    18 months in french and american oak barrels (225 lt / 30% new)
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  18. MONTE ANTICO 2014 ROSSO DI TOSCANA

    Item #: i_345540
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    James Suckling: 91
    JAMES SUCKLING 91 POINTS - "Fresh violets, newly picked herbs, licorice and black peppers. Medium body, fresh acidity and a fruity finish. Drink now. A blend of sangiovese, merlot and cabernet sauvignon."
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  19. MONTEVERTINE 2014 LE PERGOLE TORTE 3.0 LITER

    Item #: i_301452
    Bottle Size: 3L
    Vinous Media: 97
    ANTONIO GALLONI; VINOUS 97 POINTS - "The flagship 2014 Le Pergole Torte possesses striking depth, nuance and pliancy, all in the midweight, slightly slender style of the vintage. Sweet red cherry, plum, cinnamon, dried flowers, mint, cinnamon and pomegranate infuse this super-expressive, sexy Pergole Torte."

    Montevertine is situated in the heart of the Chianti district about halfway between Florence and Siena, specifically 3 kilometers or so south of Radda in Chianti. Documents attest to the fact that the hilltop hamlet of Montevertine was first inhabited in the 11th century as a rural defensive fortress. There are traces of the original construction on the site today. Sergio Manetti acquired Montevertine in 1967 as a vacation home for his family. Once there, Signor Manetti planted two hectares of vineyards and built a small cantina with the idea of producing some wine for family and friends. The first vintage produced and bottled under the supervision of Signor Manetti was 1971 and was received with great praise for its quality. Shortly thereafter, Signor Manetti abandoned his principal activity to devote himself to producing wine at his magnificent estate. Having recognized the importance of the Sangiovese grape, Signor Manetti crafted his wines with an almost exclusive reliance on that grape variety. By 1981, due to Signor Manetti’s refusal to incorporate Trebbiano into the Montevertine blend, Montevertine left the Chianti Classico consortium, thereby forgoing the Chianti Classico denomination. In time the consortium recognized the wisdom of Manetti’s stance but Montevertine remains outside the consortium, simply labeling its wines “Rosso di Toscana”. Because of these circumstances, Montevertine is frequently, but erroneously, included in the category of “super-Tuscan” wine. In fact, Montevertine’s policy of strict reliance on Sangiovese with a small complement of Colorino and Canaiolo is in direct contradiction to the approach of the “super-Tuscan” group of wines which purposely include non-local grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot in their blends. Despite the formal lack of the appellation, Montevertine is one of the rare examples of a true Chianti Classico.
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    $550.00
  20. ODDERO 2014 BAROLO "ROCCHE"

    Item #: i_303466
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  21. POLIZANO 2015 VINO NOBILE

    Item #: i_302020
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 91
    WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "This red has a silky side in the beginning, then turns sinewy and tannic by the finish. Intense and packed with black cherry, blackberry, light toast, spice and tobacco flavors, ending with a mineral kick."
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  22. PUNTA CRENA 2014 PIGATO

    Item #: i_380381
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Pigato is a white Italian wine grape planted primarily in Liguria. As a varietal, Pigato produces highly aromatic wines. The vineyards of Punta Crena are all within 1200 meters of the water and enjoy sea breezes that help keep the grapes healthy and happy. These are light, fun wines with no pretension. Ask Paolo if the family follows organic methods in the vineyards and he’ll laugh. We’re not “organic,” he says as if you had asked about some crazy new technology. We just do everything the same way our ancestors have for hundreds of years. The wines pair wonderfully with fish dishes and vegetables.
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  23. SAN FILIPPO 2014 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

    Item #: i_303483
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  24. SANDRONE 2014 "LE VIGNE" BAROLO

    Item #: i_305571
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94
    Vinous Media: 98
    James Suckling: 95
    JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "Beautiful aromas of licorice, tar and black cherries following through to a full body. A powerful palate with dense fruit. Chewy and intense. Needs two or three years to soften. A triumph for the vintage. Drink in 2020."

    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "Luciano Sandrone and his daughter Barbara tell me that the 2014 harvest needs explaining. Many are quick to dismiss it given the difficulties of the growing season that saw abundant rain, hail and bombe d'acqua, or "water bombs," which are a dangerous phenomenon with intense rainfall in a very small radius. But hard work does pay off. The Sandrone family employed 38 people for farming, when the average harvest requires only 22 pairs of vineyard hands. Great care was required to keep the leaves and the clusters healthy. The 2014 Barolo le Vigne is bright and fruit-forward. It is perhaps more accessible in the near term compared to past editions. It delivers dark fruit nuances over a mid-weight and compact mouthfeel."
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    $115.00
  25. SPERI 2014 VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIOR SANT URBANO

    Item #: i_301626
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Sant'Urbano
    Valpolicella D.o.c. Classico Superiore
    This is one of the most significant Valpolicella Superiore in the area and is obtained from the grapes of the Sant’Urbano vineyard, a beautiful hill in the Fumane municipality where the vine seems to find its natural position. After being carefully selected, the grapes are left to dry for around 20-25 days, concentrating the flavours and enriching the aromas and softness, which find the perfect balance after approximately two years of ageing. It is a wine which stands out for its remarkable elegance and complexity. This wine makes a delicious accompaniment to red meat dishes and matured cheeses and improves with age.
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