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2006 Il Valentiano "Campo di Marzo" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 8-31-2014
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This was a delicious and incredible representation of this classic 2006 vintage, with definition, balance, length and wonderful palate richness, all at a stunningly good price!
Drink from 2012 to 2021

2009 Il Valentiano "Campo di Marzo" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 8-31-2014
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This was a wine that has character and an immediate palate presence. There is a certain weight and density that signals “serious” to me, and this wine had it. The 2009 vintage was a four-star year in Montalcino, but the wines have been pooh-poohed by the critics looking for more blockbuster wines that can age for two decades or more. Well, I don’t think all wines need to age that long; I’m more of a realist. Hell, I’d like to drink some before I turn 80! So knowing I was tasting a 2009, I was still impressed by the serious nature of the wine. Its flavors were real, faceted and intense. Unlike a wine that is like a pearl, smooth and lustrous, faceted wines remind me of why I love cut stones—diamonds, emeralds—because to me those wines have so many more expressions to show you. The Brunello had that verve I look for; it also had a classic Sangiovese earth, spice and just a bit of cocoa powder.
Drink from 2012 to 2019

2008 Il Valentiano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Review Date: 8-31-2014
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The 2008 vintage was another four-star vintage in Montalcino, but with the complete opposite character than 2009. The 2008s, in general, are much higher in acid, tighter wines with more evident tannins. The 2008 Il Valentiano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva* was a revelation. It was a decidedly more linear wine, but so supple, texturally important and layered with vibrant, fresh Sangiovese fruit. The Riserva has more structure, too, but that wasn’t what jumped out at me. Again it was the flavor profile, a real, pure expression of the soil with a bit of chocolaty ripeness, and it was really drinkable!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

La Monacesca "Mirum" MV Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva 20th Anniversary
Review Date: 8-31-2014
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Although labeled as a 2008 this is a multi-vintage blend. (To be fair, the “MV” designation is my creation.) This is 85% 2008 vintage Verdicchio and 15% 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004. I’ve never had a blend like this before, other than Champagne. The concept is the same, however, to use reserve wines to add depth of flavor. It is an experience to behold.
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva
Review Date: 8-31-2014
The Mirum is a big league wine. The level of flavor saturation, power, density and age-ability is remarkable. Mirum is harvested the third or fourth week in October, assuring the maximum amount of flavor, focus and richness on the palate, all coming together in a focused, textured, seamless experience. The wine is fermented in stainless steel for 20 days and then remains there for 18 months sur lie.
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica
Review Date: 8-31-2014
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The 2012 La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica* is harvested the first 10 days of October, fermented and aged in stainless and released after a year. The wine is so powerful and intense that bottle aging, or decanting, is needed to get to this powerful wine’s mineral core. The nose is full pear-like fruit spiced with anise, citrus and a bit of brioche-like toastiness, although the wine sees no wood.
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Riposte "The Dagger" Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills South Australia
Review Date: 8-31-2014
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This wine really surprised me, because of its really rich texture and weight but it has really good acidic balance. The fruit character is a little fuller and riper than what I normally look for in Pinot Noir but it still said Pinot Noir to me. Luscious texture, nice balance and a pleasure to drink. Try it with grilled meats.
Drink from 2014 to 2017
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart JH 95 BC 0

2006 Miguel Merino "Vitola" Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 8-7-2014
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I absolutely love this wine's complex and traditional flavors but what really excites me is its supple nature. Still the classic length but wrapped in a richly textured wild fruit compote that balances that structure perfectly. The balance between the spice, leather, earth and that beautiful fruit is simply magnificent and to get it for this price is amazing. Although I think I could drink this wine on its own I'd suggest grilled meats or some aged Manchego.
Drink from 2014 to 2021
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-6-2014
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I really like this wine, the nose is bursting with spiced apple brioche that just explodes out of your glass (use a BIG glass like we do, no flutes!)and continues on across the palate. The Blanche has such a unique expression of high acid and richness coupled with lots of age you can please edgy purists and those looking for more richness. Excellent finish, supple mousse, such a deal for the price!
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Poggiarellino Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 8-5-2014
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Poggiarellino Rosso di Montalcino is 100% Sangiovese and is full of complex, wild cherry fruit, with notes of tobacco leaf and has layers of what the Italians call sotto bosco (the flavor of the forest floor). On the palate the aromas are interwoven and backed up with a core of mineral, stone, earth and truffle flowing into ripe tannins where the acidity lifts and lengthens the finish. This is not a simple wine, rather one that is simply perfect with rustic Italian fare! Try it with roasted rabbit or rosemary-infused pork loin or Montalcino’s favorite pinci (thick, hand rolled noodles) pasta. Drinkable now over the next 3-5 years.
Drink from 2014 to 2019
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 John Duval "Entity" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 7-28-2014
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This is a Barossa Shiraz that isn't overly extracted, overly ripe or overly alcoholic. You might think that's a lot of overlys... well you'd be right and it is why I'm so impressed with this wine. My Barossa experience has been full of wines that are way too sappy for my palate, but this wine's bracing acidity and properly stated alcohol level is refreshing. You still get that Barossa power but with more focus; the flavors are cleaner and fresher and you still get that supple, textural richness that is Barossa. I'm thinking BBQ'd ribs would be just the match for this fascinating wine.
Drink from 2014 to 2018

2010 Seghesio Barolo
Review Date: 7-24-2014
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This is an absolutely delicious wine and remarkably drinkable now! The Brothers Seghesio have really knocked it out of the park with this wine, aromatically enchanting, full of strawberry and accented by hints of earth and leather. On the palate the wine is supple and smooth with a wonderful palate presence and as more of the complex fruit begins to blossom it is followed by a truffle, smoky, woodsy character that is full of spice while it begins to show a delicate veil of tannin in the finish. Although this wine is drinkable now you’ll be able to drink it over the next 3-6 years. I love this wine with Porcini laced pasta or risotto or with braised meats.
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $26.95 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Rocca di Montegrossi "San Marcellino" Chianti Classico
Review Date: 7-23-2014
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When Marco Riscasoli’s Great, Great Grandfather Bettino Ricasoli created the original Chianti recipes he would have loved this wine. He originally had three wines, one for current drinking, one for midterm drinking and one powerful wine to age for a decade plus, the San Marcellino is the latter. Mountain Sangiovese fruit just bursts from this wine, what does that mean? Backbone, concentration, focus and power are all squeezed tightly together and then wrapped around the core of this wine where they hold the dark fruit, smoldering fire, underbrush and anise highlighted by wild marasca cherry notes. On the palate the wine shows muscle, but it’s lithe not tight and the flavors gradually expand the length of your tongue and remain enough to really give you the impression this wine is trying to make an impression. I would decant for 4-6 hours ahead of time if you wish to drink now but the best spot will be in your cellar for another 5+ years, you won’t regret it!
Drink from 2015 to 2025
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart AG 95 BC 0

2010 Rocca di Montegrossi "Geremia" Toscana
Review Date: 7-23-2014
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Deeply textured, extraordinarily flavorful this just might be the best Geremia that Marco Ricasoli has made. While structured and focused with intense mountain fruit the Merlot in this gives the wine first and foremost produces a supple, fleshy character on the palate. While there definitely is rich and drinkable character this wine has backbone for a decade plus, structure yet balanced. A long life ahead for this scintillating Super Tuscan from the Central Tuscan highlands!
Drink from 2015 to 2025
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart WS 94 BC 0

2013 Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF) "Nr.3 Bergblokke" Sauvignon Blanc Sondagskloof
Review Date: 7-14-2014
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I was really surprised by the elegance and flavor integration of this wine. I like Sauvignon Blanc but I don't like the overtly grassy versions or the exceedingly neutral, pseudo-Chardonnay styles either. This wine (once you get past the name) has energy, with fresh, almost citrusy flavor showing a brighter more focused wine. I love this style of wine with richer seafood or a grilled calamari, or with a runny poached egg over grilled asparagus. This isn't the first place you'd probably look for Sauvignon but it will be on your list after you have this wine.
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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