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2013 Cantina Terlan Pinot Bianco
Review Date: 7-31-2014
This is from a hillside in the town of Terlano in the Alto-Adige, where the soil is sandy, gravely and calcareous. A great place to plant grapes? This is what makes the wines of this region so unique. This Pinot Bianco is full-bodied, delicately fragrant and mildly floral, with ripe honeydew melon and Bartlett pear and lots of minerality, balanced by acidity. This can keep very easily over the next five years, but you will want to drink lots of it these last days of summer.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart JS 90 BC 0

2013 Cantina Terlan Lagrein Rosé Alto Adige
Review Date: 7-31-2014
Spicy and bursting with bright fruit and even a touch of mineral, this is not your everyday pink wine. Hearty enough for food, even red meat, this Lagrein rosé is made by one of the Alto Adige's finest wine producers. It will elicit oohs and ahhs from all of your summertime guests.
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2010 Cantina Terlan "Gries" Lagrein
Review Date: 7-31-2014
This Lagrein is made in the Alto Adige. This wine has an elegant perfume, subtle even, with fruit, vanilla and violet notes. On the palate it is a touch austere and quite full bodied, just the thing to match the rustic, rich foods of the mountainous region like lamb with rosemary and hard cheeses.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-10-2014
Big wine, little price!!! Do not let the price make you think that this is a lesser wine. This is a great '09 Brunello that you can open tonight and will drink well over the next couple of years.
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2012 Poggiarellino Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-10-2014
This is drinking GREAT ! right now and will over the next couple of years (but only if you can keep your hands off it and keep some in the cellar). Here is a wine that packs a wallop and lots of bang for your buck all in one! Give this rosso about an hour to open up and stand back, on the palate you will find strawberries and black cherries, a little bitter coco and some toasty oak & vanilla, fine tannins and a hint of Montalcino dust on the long finish.
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2009 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-7-2014
So many Brunellis and so little time. This wine is from this extraordinary portion of Montalcino's most famous single vineyard, "Montosoli," and is full of black cherry, cinnamon, anise, cardamom, and leather; spicy, gamey, full of what I call sweet earth, (that Montalcino, dusty minerality) it's a more rustic wine than the one above. I would give this a couple hours of breathing time and drink this over the next couple of years.
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2009 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-7-2014
Love these user-friendly Brunellos in 2009. Impressive nose, with loads of ripe fruit--this is full-bodied with great tannin structure, but won’t hurt your teeth. The fruit is impressive, rich and concentrated. The wine boasts excellent length, with sweet, ripe strawberry, black cherry, leather and a spicy nose with a little Tuscan dust and minerals on the finish. It is drinkable now, with a couple of hours in a decanter, or I would give this wine time to improve and continue to evolve for another 2-4 years. I am thinking this will work great with a pork roast loin or lamb.
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2011 La Fortuna "Fortunello" Rosso Toscano
Review Date: 7-7-2014
Here is a wine that earned lots of stars from me. This is 100% Sangiovese and spent a few months in oak. The nose is classic, ripe cherries and strawberries with a hint of cocoa powder. On the palate of this full-bodied wine, you will find the fruit described above, plus a touch of minerals and soft tannins, which gives this wine a very lush feel to the palate and an incredibly long finish.
Top Value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Rocca di Montegrossi Rosato
Review Date: 7-7-2014
From Rocca di Montegrossi and simply put, their best effort yet! This robust rosato has a light salmon pink color and fascinating aromas of ripe wild mountain strawberries, and I found a hint of mandarin zest. It's fresh and lingering on the palate with a very dry finish.
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2012 Ferrero Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-7-2014
This is a user-friendly Rosso: bright fruit hits you first, black cherries, cassis and ripe strawberries, and then Tuscany starts to roll across you palate; the terroir takes on the rest of this wine, giving it a long finish that lingers. Needs an hour or so of breathing time.
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2011 Ferrero Toscana Rosso
Review Date: 7-5-2014
And now for something completely different! This is a Super Tuscan at a super price. This bad boy is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Montepulciano and Alicante, and I swear you can taste all of these. On the palate you will find flavors of black cherry, plum and soft floral notes blended with silky tannins. The Cabernet gives this a backbone you can feel and a nice smooth and long finish.
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2013 Husch Mendocino County Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 7-5-2014
This 2013 Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, light to medium-bodied example revealing forceful, fragrant notes of melons, figs, dried herbs, and a hint of honey, delicious. A great value.
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2012 Baricci Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-3-2014
Woo-hoo! Baricci is back in town! Every time I raise a glass of this wine to my lips, it brings me back to Montalcino. Why? Because there is so much Montalcino in the glass. This Rosso reveals perfumed ripe fruit of plum, cassis and kirsch, some leather and cassis mid- palate, and earthiness that meld into ripe strawberries, spices and minerals on the long finish. BUY, BUY, BUY--it will go quick !!!
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

Villa Sandi "Il Fresco" Rosé
Review Date: 7-1-2014
Classic pink with fine and persistent mousse, hints of red fruits and floral notes, with an elegant and long finish. This cuvee is a blend of two grapes: Glera (Prosecco) and Pinot Noir. Fun and inexpensive bubbles, that won't give you a headache after drinking. Buy a couple, the first one empties quickly!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Antech "Cuvée Eugenie" Cremant de Limoux
Review Date: 6-13-2014
From the southern French region of the Languedoc comes this beautiful example of Cement de Limoux, very characteristic of the variety, with perfume of white flower, citrus, lemon soda and drying mineral tones. The wine offers intensity and precision with focused attention on acidity and freshness. A great party pleaser.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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