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Villa Sandi "Il Fresco" Rosé
Review Date: 7-1-2014
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Prosecco! Two of your favorite grapes blended together! This is an incredibly balanced and very flavorful every day sparkling wine that is brilliantly refreshing. The complex rose hip and blackberry flavors highlight the Pinot Noir portion of the blend while the Prosecco lightens, freshens and lifts the flavors in your glass while adding delicate white flower aromas. The palate presence has a persistent and focused mousse and gives you a feeling of textural richness but its subtle presence reinforces the wine’s natural elegance and refreshing character!
Drink from 2014 to 2015
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Trabucchi Amarone della Valpolicella
Review Date: 7-1-2014
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I recently had dinner at the Trabucchi estate, and while tasting wine is always important, there really isn’t anything like drinking it to get a complete picture. I was so impressed by the Trabucchi wines at the table. They had additional spice and earthiness and depth, not just the palate richness that one expects with Amarone, but real flavor/structure integration. The wines grew and grew as they sat in the decanter. The Trabucchi Amarone has less fruity ripeness and a fresher, more vinous quality, this bears more of a resemblance to Barolo than Amarone.
Drink from 2014 to 2021

2012 Baricci Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-1-2014
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When I first tasted this in Montalcino last February I was blown away by the supple texture and weight but as the wine has finally come together and it is the layers of dried violets, sweet earthy notes and wild cherry that just flabbergasts me! Layers of spice, wild fruit aromatics give the presence of a distinctly bold wine but it is really elegantly balanced and so easy to drink right now! Try it with a grilled pork tenderloin rubbed with rosemary, garlic, fresh cracked pepper and sea salt. Absolutely delicious!
Drink from 2014 to 2022
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-1-2014
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Montalcino’s premier vineyard site “Montosoli” is home to one of the region’s best wine deals too! You could pay $40 more a bottle for the other “Montosoli” Brunello but this is the real deal! “Sweet earth” were my first notes for this wine. That classic “Montosoli” nose, elegantly spicy, full of cinnamon, cardamom, anise and leather. The wine exudes a rather feminine mystique: lithe, supple, delicate, giving then taking, hinting not demanding, complex however simple, yet leaves you with a warm, round and complete feeling on the palate. The finish is a delicate reminder, not a forceful demonstration of power. It is intriguing, subtle and memorable. Drink now with a couple of hours in a decanter, or allow the wine to continue to evolve for another 5-10 years or more.
Drink from 2014 to 2024
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart ST 91 BC 0

2010 Oddero Barolo
Review Date: 6-26-2014
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Full bodied and classically styled this Oddero Barolo is a fusion of the ripe but focused fruit in this 2010 vintage coupled with the leathery, earthy, woodsy flavors. On the palate this wine has a mouth-filling presence, wonderful texture punctuated by little reminders that yes there is tannin and yes this is Barolo but it is so pleasant I could drink it now. Fleshy and fruity enough now to drink if you like the primary flavors but still capable of being a solid wine in your cellar for years to come.
Drink from 2020 to 2035
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart JS 95 BC 0

2010 Andrea Oberto Barolo "Brunate" Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 6-18-2014
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Aged in Slavonian oak this is a powerful expression of Brunate with more up front fruit and palate density shows lots of depth. The wine really has a complex blend of spice and earth that takes your breath away that blends nicely into the fruit. Certainly and outstanding wine with decades of life if you can wait.
Drink from 2020 to 2040
Price: $84.99 Add To Cart JS 98 BC 0

2010 Andrea Oberto Barolo Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 6-18-2014
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There's a supple richness to this wine that belies the structure underneath which is powerful but so well balanced there are no edges to the wine. Aged in Slavonian casks and 20% in barrique it shows lots of forward fruit and a hint of toastiness in its youth along with a vibrant, more forward fruit character. Great life ahead and the toastiness will eventually be absorbed.
Drink from 2018 to 2030
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart JS 95 BC 0

2010 Marchesi di Barolo "Coste di Rose" Barolo Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 6-18-2014
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I love Marchesi di Barolo's approach to winemaking a bit of old and new together, after fermentation the wine is aged in a combination of the traditional Slavonian oak barrels that hold between 8-900 gallons and then a portion in barrique that hold about 60 gallons and is aged for 2 years before blending together. The Coste di Rose vineyard is located in Monforte d'Alba with an east facing exposure that insures its more delicate aromatics. Barolo is said to have Tar and Roses in the nose but for me this wine's elegant, high toned rose aromatics dominates. Great vintage this wine has a long life ahead but is supple enough now to drink with a meal.
Drink from 2020 to 2040
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart JS 96 BC 0

2010 Agostino Bosco "La Serra" Barolo
Review Date: 6-18-2014
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Andrea Boscos’s wines have taken a gigantic step forward with this vintage, so much more complete, balance, this is a classic representation of La Serra with its subtle earth, leather and dried flower nose, more ethereal than dramatically primary flavors one might see in a young wine from California, this wine has depth, soul and longs for a spot in your cellar.
Drink from 2020 to 2040
Price: $67.99 Add To Cart JS 95 BC 0

2010 Agostino Bosco "Neirane" Barolo
Review Date: 6-18-2014
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The Neirane is spicy, more full flavored than the more subtle La Serra, and showing a bit of a rambunctious nature, wild and carefree, full bodied but buoyant. Superb balance and great length. Andrea Bosco has made his best wines ever this vintage!
Drink from 2020 to 2040
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart JS 96 BC 0

2009 Querceto Chianti Classico Riserva
Review Date: 6-3-2014
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Querceto embodies the "classic" style of Chianti Classico, you might wonder what does that mean? Well the more traditional styles had more tannic structure which gave them that leathery, slightly more earthy character. This 2009 has the fruit to go with that slightly gritty tannic feel and the fusing of these two different characters makes a really bold and delicious statement. Full and fleshy in the mouth the wine's structure pulls everything together and balances the plumy fruit character into really well balanced wine to drink! This wine would do best with an hour in the decanter before drinking and if you're into pasta then a classic American-style lasagna, or some grilled Italian sausages!
Drink from 2014 to 2019

2010 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
Review Date: 6-2-2014
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Wonderfully balanced and refined Barbaresco, this Nebbiolo based wine is surprisingly approachable with lots of open fruit and spice. Most of you are probably thinking that the wine will be full of the traditionally fearsome tannic signature one might find in young Barbaresco, but it isn't at all. The 2010 Produttori has enough lift and length that it is really elegant. It also has some deceptive ageability; balance does wonders for a wine's longevity and this wine will not have a problem going for another decade, yet its early drinkability will force you to keep coming back and back to this wine! Greg
Drink from 2015 to 2025

2010 Proprietà Sperino "Uvaggio" Costa della Sesia
Review Date: 5-5-2014
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This extraordinary wine comes from Alto Piemonte, that’s the region up against the Swiss Alps on Piemonte’s northern border, a couple of hours west of Milan. Uvaggio is Italian for grape blend and the Proprietà Sperino "Uvaggio" is a blend of 65% Nebbiolo, 20% Vespolina and 15% Croatina. Sperino’s Uvaggio shows surprising grace and has currents of flavor, flowing across the palate where its supple nature is immediately pleasing. There are hints of spice, leather and earth that would make you think this is a greater percentage Nebbiolo but the fruit aromatics and supple presence in your mouth makes you think twice. The Vespolina and Croatina add a mid palate full of warm, red fruit character that combines with the Nebbiolo’s earthy nature giving you a complex array of flavors and a harmonious texture. While the wine isn’t BIG by any imagination this isn’t a delicate wine either there is a little bit of tannin initially so I would suggest 30 minutes in a decanter and it will all come together. This wine is also capable of aging well for another 5-6 years but if you’re like me once you taste it now it will be hard to hold on to!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $27.95 Add To Cart AG 94 BC 0

2005 Terredora "Pago dei Fusi" Taurasi
Review Date: 5-1-2014
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This powerful 100% Aglianico has a very forward and aromatic nose that is full of spicy fruit and earth; on the palate the potent structure is readily felt underneath but after a few years in the bottle its initial tannic grip has integrated extraordinarily well. It's balanced and drinkable now. This is a powerful Aglianico and is still a candidate for more time in the cellar, but it is so expressive now, why wait? Try some now with a big Porterhouse or a rack of lamb and then salt some away for the future! You’ll be well rewarded!
Drink from 2014 to 2020

2009 I Greppi "Amore" Toscana
Review Date: 4-16-2014
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I have to admit I was really impressed by this wine from the Tuscan coast in Bolgheri. It's a 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc blend. Impressed because usually I am not impressed by this region's wine - because they seem a bit too international sometimes. This wine however, speaks of Tuscany. The nose is full of sweetish, refreshing fruit aromatics with hints of spice in the back but it is on the palate that the wine really shines. At only 13% alcohol the wine is supremely balanced and that full fruit and spice character follows through but it is the balance that really struck me, and the finish that stayed long on my palate seemed to grow with each passing second. Lovely structure, good acidic balance and a supple texture that allows the wine to be really drinkable now but will age well over the next 3-5 years.
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart JS 90 BC 0

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