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2013 Fujanera "Bellalma" Falanghina Puglia
Review Date: 11-17-2014
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This 100% Falanghina is delicious, it's fermented in stainless steel, and then kept on its lees for two months before being bottled. The nose is a complex perfume of elderflowers and white peach, with a bit of crushed stone that is couched in a med-full body, and it has a long and decidedly refreshing finish. Perfect with Crab or just by itself!
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Erik Banti "Carato" Toscana (1.5L)
Review Date: 11-17-2014
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2012 Erik Banti Carato Toscana IGT $7.99 Erik Bantiís Carato is a Mini Super Tuscan! Itís a blend of 75% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 10% Ciliegiolo aged for 10 months in oak barrels and is just delicious. The wine tastes like it should cost much more, full, smooth, flavorful with excellent balance. A K&L Direct Import that offers you extraordinary value, and at this price you will be saying Wow!
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Blason Pinot Grigio Isonzo (1L)
Review Date: 11-17-2014
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Giovanni Blasonís tiny winery is only 10 miles from Italyís eastern border with Slovenia, and here he produces excellent wines for bargain prices! This 2013 vintage was Giovanni's best Pinot Grigio so far, the richness, complexity and balance. This wine recived 2 Glasses in Italy's #1 wine reviewer Gambero Rosso with an additional indication for its unbelievable price to quality ratio. This wine sees no oak treatment just some gentle lees stirring to add a bit of richness. Your holiday go to Pinot Grigio for sure!
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Au Bon Climat/K&L Wine Merchants "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-11-2014
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I've sometimes found ABC's wines just a bit lean in their striving for a more Burgundian approach to California wine, and for that I applaud them, but there's something to be said for full flavored California Pinot, and I think with this wine they've done both. There is an extra level of textural pleasure on the palate that one doesn't usually get in ABC but it still has excellent length and that wild touch of complexity that makes it so ABC. Wonderful wine; you should definitely buy this wine.
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Brewer-Clifton/K&L Wine Merchants "B-C. Kessler-Haak Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 11-11-2014
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One of the best wines I've had from Brewer-Clifton, slightly more reserved, less of the opulent fruit and more complexity. This wine has superb balance, great length and makes a bold statement of flavor, just not over-ripe! Great to drink now, this might end up on my Thanksgiving table for those Pinot lovers.
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Terre da Vino "La Casa in Collina" Barbaresco
Review Date: 11-4-2014
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The first thing youíre going to think when seeing this offering is that it canít be real or it's flawed wine somehow or another. Well, I know how you feel, I felt the same. Yet this wine is really good at the price, and you want to know why? Well Terre da Vino is a co-op, made up of co-ops; their economy of scale is incredible and because of that they can offer wines at prices way under the market value. I was skeptical, but after tasting this wine I said OK, this is actually really good! The nose is a classic Barbaresco, leather, spice with hints of rose petals and smoke; on the palate the wine is archetypal, the tannins frame the wine on your palate but are supple, sweet yet give the wine that firm edge that says yes this is Barbaresco. This wine is full-bodied but very well balanced good palate weight and a long smooth finish. Try it with your favorite risotto, hopefully with wild mushrooms, pasta with meat based sauces or with braised meats, youíll love this.
Drink from 2014 to 2022
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Fujanera "Arrocco" Nero di Troia
Review Date: 11-4-2014
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Hands down the best Nero di Troia I've had! OK, so what does that mean to you? An indigenous grape to Puglia that has traditionally been blended into other wines, but by itself this wine is Sensational! Wild, spicy aromatics of cedar, rosemary, leather lead into the palate that shows serious palate presence but only at 13% alcohol. Supple and smooth in the mouth but with a soulful rendition of intrigue and terroir. Truly an exceptional wine at the price point. Try it with roasted chicken, tomato based pasta or grilled sausage.
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Arnaldo Caprai Rosso di Montefalco
Review Date: 11-4-2014
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This is a bold and spicy Umbrian wine that shows what high quality Sangiovese can do when given a backbone of Sagrantino (15%). Wild cherry aromatics laced with spicy cedar notes, nutmeg, sage and finishes with hints of vanilla. The wine spends a year in big Slavonian oak barrels and then finishes with four months in French oak barriques. Supple, rich and exceedingly well-balanced, this is a superb wine for the price and is the perfect accompaniment for grilled meats or rich, meat sauce pasta.
Drink from 2014 to 2019

2006 Castello di Monsanto "Nemo" Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 11-4-2014
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Tuscany and Napa meet together in this 30-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. The classic structure of Tuscany's 2006 vintage is showing well in this full, spicy wine. 18 months in French oak barrique have developed Nemo's initial structure but another six years in the bottle have blossomed into a rich, complex and well-developed Cabernet. To imagine a Napa Cabernet at this age and at this price is...well, hard to imagine. This wine has a lot of similar character to Napa, lots of black fruit, full of berry flavored richness with a touch of toasty vanillin in the finish. All of you California Cab lovers should give this a try!
Drink from 2014 to 2024

2010 Cantine Ascheri Barolo
Review Date: 10-28-2014
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This wine is powerful; a bold and forceful statement on the palate says BAROLO in a big way. The nose is a classic full of spice, smoky earthiness and intense fruit and is replicated on the palate. While a big wine it hasnít lost any grace or balance, and that comes through in the waves of flavor, the cedar like spice, the truffled earth and a bold cherry and plum center. The wine has plenty of structure to age for another couple decades yet still has drinkability now with the luscious fruit and supple texture. This is the perfect accompaniment to a Brasato al Barolo (Piemontese Pot Roast) or a porcini laced risotto.The price is incredible and enough so that you should drop a case or two into your cellar.
Drink from 2014 to 2030
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Baccinetti "La Saporoia" Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 10-27-2014
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Luxurious, plummy fruit fills your mouth with layers of spice, and a powerful palate presence. This wine is awesome, it just bursts in your mouth, so full of flavor, so bold you'll love it. Perfect for grilled meats, especially Italian sausage or your favorite pasta's flavor will be emboldened by pairing with this wine's amazing depth of flavor. For the locals... this is Catzilla, you'll know what we mean when you see the label!
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2004 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Review Date: 10-27-2014
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The dynamic, powerful 2004 vintage is just blossoming now and while 10 years out one might think this wine would be peaking, au contraire, this wine is just beginning to open, layers of complex earth, sage, leather coupled with a brilliant plumy richness and focused wild cherry center. The wine's depth of flavor is impressive and has true power capable of aging for another decade, you'll want to have this one with a slab of Bistecca Fiorentina, or a giant T-Bone steak if your Italian isn't so good!
Drink from 2014 to 2024

2012 Tenuta di Sesta Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 10-27-2014
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What a bargain for the price, classic Sangiovese aromatics, that cross between plum and cherry, Montalcino's south face's warmth and richness allow this wine to flow across your palate, so supple and easy to drink! However decant this wine for an hour and simple suppleness turns to complexity filled. Long, balanced and so flavorful this wine is an ideal wine for roasted pork tenderloin with a bit of rosemary, sea salt and black pepper, so good you'll need to buy more!
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2009 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 10-27-2014
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The ever so subtle character of this estate's wine is sometimes lost if you're not patient. Decant! It would seem that a powerhouse wine would do better with aeration but in actuality this wine's delicacy, balance and extraordinary long finish blossom with oxygen. Ever so subtle at first but then the depth of Montalcino's south face comes forth, the supple texture luxuriates on your palate but then the wine lengthens, exposing the mineral, earth and wild herbs that are the core of this wine. Complexity wells up and shows the depth of this wine's power, subtle power, drinkable now but will age very well.
Drink from 2014 to 2025

Montechiara Prosecco DOC
Review Date: 10-23-2014
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You can't find a better Prosecco at this price point, clean, fresh, crisp so easy to drink with a wonderfully balanced mousse! This is the perfect afternoon refresher or if you love Aperol Spritz this will be your companion mixer! Friends coming over before dinner aperitif, everyone loves a little Prosecchino!
Drink from 2014 to 2015
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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