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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

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 Poggio il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 3-27-2014
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I was really impressed and truthfully surprised at how well this wine has developed. Layers of complex aromas couched in a supple and rich fruit center. Great balance and length and a surprisingly (once again) finish. I really enjoyed this wine and it is drinking now through the next 6-8 years. Try it with your favorite pork roast! Nothing like Sangiovese and Pork…
Drink from 2014 to 2022

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: $10.99 Add To Cart 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

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