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2010 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-4-2015
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I absolutely love this wine, the best thing they've done... that I can remember. The nose is full of earth, spice, leather, dried wild cherries and is a powerful statement from the nose. On the palate a classic, long, slightly leathery character is in the middle of a broad, rich and luxurious follow through. Layers of spice, plum, wild cherry, wild herbs in a long procession of flavors marching to the finish. In the finish a long, persistent and so satisfying end, Super wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2035

2012 Poggio al Tufo "Rompicollo" Toscana
Review Date: 3-3-2015
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This is an outstanding wine for this price, a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet from Coastal Tuscany. 2012 was an excellent vintage in Tuscany and the long growing season has given the wine a little more structure and focus than the previous vintage. Lots of easy to drink up front fruit flavors and a long finish, a lot of wine for the price.
Drink from 2015 to 2018

2012 Remo Farina Bianco di Custoza
Review Date: 3-3-2015
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I love this wine's refreshing balance, of crispness and supple body. Fermented and aged in stainless steel to keep the wine's clean, fresh fruit character, and it is just a delight to drink.
Drink from 2015 to 2016
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 San Carlo Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-3-2015
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The nose is full of spice and dried flowers. On the palate the wine is structured with dense, tannic shoulders, powerful, long tannins. The wine is a blockbuster on the palate then begins to narrow at the back of the palate with a long finish.
Drink from 2016 to 2035

2010 Caprili Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-3-2015
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The nose is full of smoke, wild herbs, dried wild cherries, leather and a a seeming sweetness. On the palate the wine turns luxurious, and the flavors become more saline, crushed rock, dried flower, umami, wild herbs, dried meat, salted plums, soy, dried porcini that all arrive at a point of ultra savory. The finish is absolutely superb, long, lustrous with fine grain tannins. Tremendous wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2035

2010 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-3-2015
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The nose is dense, brooding pools of plum, earth, smoke and hints of wood spice. On the palate the wine is powerful, broad, deep, a muscularly vibrant presence that brings the fruit to life. The wine finishes very long, with a great central focus with hints of wood spice in the finish.
Drink from 2015 to 2035

2010 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-3-2015
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The nose is dense, brooding pools of plum, earth, smoke and hints of wood spice. On the palate the wine is powerful, broad, deep, a muscularly vibrant presence that brings the fruit to life. The wine finishes very long, with a great central focus with hints of wood spice in the finish.
Drink from 2015 to 2030

2010 La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino 375ml Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-3-2015
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The nose is full of dark earth, vibrant wild cherry, smoke, crushed stone, and a hint of gaminess. On the palate the wine is impressive; a powerful structure of very fine grain structure surrounds the core of this wine. A commanding central focus bonds the fruit and spice to the voluptuous layers of fruit that curl up around the core. Waves of flavor seem to never end bringing more wild cherry and earth with hints of wood smoke. The finish continues the lustrous richness that is backed up once again by that very fine grain tannin, it is a superb wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

2010 La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino 1.5L Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-3-2015
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The nose is full of dark earth, vibrant wild cherry, smoke, crushed stone, and a hint of gaminess. On the palate the wine is impressive; a powerful structure of very fine grain structure surrounds the core of this wine. A commanding central focus bonds the fruit and spice to the voluptuous layers of fruit that curl up around the core. Waves of flavor seem to never end bringing more wild cherry and earth with hints of wood smoke. The finish continues the lustrous richness that is backed up once again by that very fine grain tannin, it is a superb wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2040

2010 La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-3-2015
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The nose is full of dark earth, vibrant wild cherry, smoke, crushed stone, and a hint of gaminess. On the palate the wine is impressive; a powerful structure of very fine grain structure surrounds the core of this wine. A commanding central focus bonds the fruit and spice to the voluptuous layers of fruit that curl up around the core. Waves of flavor seem to never end bringing more wild cherry and earth with hints of wood smoke. The finish continues the lustrous richness that is backed up once again by that very fine grain tannin, it is a superb wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2035

2010 Bellaria Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-3-2015
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The nose is intense; plumy that shows some spice, wild herbs and a bit of fresh leather. On the palate the wine is dense, full of plum, wild cherry and bits of vanillin. This is a muscular wine, fleshy, full but still shows great balance with a vibrant core that stretches out over the length of this wine showing a broad powerful finish. Will benefit from a bit of aeration but I liked this more than the Assunto its big brother.
Drink from 2015 to 2025
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Iliceus Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-3-2015
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I have to admit I was quite surprised, Iím usually pretty good about knowing all of the producers in Montalcino, but this one got by me. Not surprisingly because they are one of the few producers not in the Consorzio so I gave myself a pass, that was until I tasted itÖthen I kicked myself. Deeply colored, the wines presence in the glass alone was impressive and one sniff of the nose let me know why it was a barriqued wine. Generally Iím not much of a fan of Sangiovese in barrique, it takes the right producer to be able to grow fruit powerful enough to withstand the barrels character, Iliceus is that wine., pronounced { ill-lee-chay-us}. The nose is packed with dense fruit a combination of wild cherry, ripe, yet vibrant plum, bits of leather, spice, very aromatic. On the palate the wine is sensational, an audacious, polished, supple force, powerful yet easy, superbly balanced yet opulent. The finish is long, stretched out to spread the frame of this powerful and delicious wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2030
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 La Lecciaia "Manapetra" Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-3-2015
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The Manapetra is a plumper, broader, a richer, fuller version of the Brunello. The nose is brooding, slightly closed now but shows hints of power and size. On the palate the wine is full but shows a bit of tannic tension, roiling beneath the surface is a powerful structure and sizable density however this wine will need time in your cellar.
Drink from 2018 to 2030

2010 La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino (375ml) Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-3-2015
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The nose is full of plum, spice, leather, gravel and smoke, that might seem a disparate blend for some of you but it is a heavenly flow of aromatics that escape your glass. On the palate the wine is classic, a long, vibrant flow from front to back that is layers of wild cherry, smoke and leather couched in a richly textured center. Superb balance and vibrant, classic aromatics, at the price an unbelievable deal.
Drink from 2015 to 2022

2010 La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 3-3-2015
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The nose is full of plum, spice, leather, gravel and smoke, that might seem a disparate blend for some of you but it is a heavenly flow of aromatics that escape your glass. On the palate the wine is classic, a long, vibrant flow from front to back that is layers of wild cherry, smoke and leather couched in a richly textured center. Superb balance and vibrant, classic aromatics, at the price an unbelievable deal.
Drink from 2015 to 2030

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