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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 WE 90 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 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 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

2005 d'Yquem, Sauternes
Review Date: 3-25-2014
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The best Yquem I've had in years, complex layers of coconut, pineapple yet focused, not allowing the sweetness to overpower it truly a great one. I'm unsure of how long to put the drinking window on this wine, I'll be long gone by the time it runs out of vigor!
Drink from 2014 to 2070

2007 Igino Accordini "Le Bessole" Amarone
Review Date: 3-19-2014
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This Amarone is really very well structured and isn't cloying, raisiny or overripe at all, a problem that I have with a fair amount of Amarone. No, this wine has more structure, balance and yes, it is Amarone with that characteristic ripeness--but it has so much more balance that I was really stunned. A complex blend of spicy fruit flavors, supple chocolaty richness in the mouth and a convincingly dry and long finish.
Drink from 2014 to 2022
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart WE 92 BC 0

2012 Blason Malvasia Friuli-Venezia-Giulia
Review Date: 3-19-2014
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I just love this wine, yet it is so hard to sell. Once people see Malvasia on the label everyone thinks it is sweet and flowery....sort of Moscato-ish. Nothing could be further from the truth! This is Malvasia Istriana, not Malvasia Bianca, and it is an incredible grape variety. The wine has haunting aromatics of white flower and a tangy, spiced citrus hint in the nose; on the palate the wine is rich yet extraordinarily well balanced; it has super acidity and a salty tang that generates a salivary response that makes you reach for the glass or for a fork. Incredibly well priced, a superb deal.
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: Hidden View Price GR 2 BC 0

2012 Ermacora Ribolla Gialla Colli Orientali del Friuli
Review Date: 3-19-2014
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Yellow Ribolla, yes Gialla in Italian means yellow, is a very acidic grape by nature but the 2012 vintage allows so much more of this wine to come out where it blossoms into quasi richness. Delicate pear aromatics, palate weight and and extraordinary persistence highlight this brilliant white wine. I'd pair it with a seafood pasta sprinkled with freshly chopped basil or parsley, NO CHEESE.....
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart GR 1 BC 0

2012 Ermacora Friulano Colli Orientali del Friuli
Review Date: 3-19-2014
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2012 is an outstanding vintage in Friuli for whites and this year Ermacora's Friulano is really great. Friulano is always a little fuller on the palate than some of the other local varieties but in this vintage that richness is superbly balanced, has great length and shows hints of tarragon. It is perfect for cock-tailing or with fuller fish or chicken dishes. No oak, only stainless steel aging leaving the wine fresh and fragrant.
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart GR 2 BC 0

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