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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 hasn’t 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 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

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

2013 Scarbolo Sauvignon Friuli
Review Date: 10-2-2014
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This is an excellent example of Friulian Sauvignon Blanc, far more subtle than the rash of Jalapeno like versions awash in the market, this is a muskier, earthier aromatic complimented by hints of white flowers and dried sage and it is couched in a richly textured body. The flavors are more integrated, saturated and have a long, persistent finish filled with flavor and hints of mineral while having superb balance. This is a wine that is perfect for Crustaceans, shrimp or crab would be spectacular or it would bring a bit of spice to a rotisserie chicken. Altogether a superb wine.
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

2013 Mount Trio Sauvignon Blanc Great Southern Western Australia
Review Date: 9-23-2014
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If you're looking for an alternative to the grassy Kiwi styled SVB this is your wine. Very clean, bright but more fig aromas than grass, it has nice balance and a compelling, fresh finish.
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart JH 92 BC 0

Roca Patron Silver Tahona Process Tequila 750ml (ships inside gift box in 1.5L shipper)
Review Date: 9-3-2014
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I was really surprised by the purity of this Tequila's aromatics. They are precise and focused in a world where muddled can be a frequent occurrence. While having that preciseness in the nose it is extraordinarily smooth on the palate-- in Tequila, it seems to me, you usually get one or the other. Major kudos for a big name to make a really exciting high end product that isn't merely a marketing extension of the price range!
Drink from 2014
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2010 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva
Review Date: 9-2-2014
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A minute after I had ordered this wine, I knew I’d screwed up. I should have taken all they had, so I wrote back and ordered the rest. The wine is incredible and so worth the price jump from the 2011.
Drink from 2014 to 2024

2010 Cantina Terlan "Gries" Lagrein
Review Date: 9-2-2014
The 2010 Cantina Terlan “Gries” Lagrein is a bold red. Lagrein is the varietal, and to me it most resembles a smoky Syrah, full-bodied with a firmer tannic structure. The 2010 is gorgeous to drink right now. I had this wine with some wild boar ravioli, and the gamey flavors went perfectly with the Lagrein. I’m sure you’ll love it too!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Erste e Neue "Gröbnerhof" Santa Magdalener Alto Adige
Review Date: 8-31-2014
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I love the 2012 Erste e Neue “Gröbnerhof” Santa Magdalener Alto Adige made with the Schiava grape. This light-bodied red is perfect for so much of modern cuisine, which begs for lower alcohol wines that don’t sacrifice flavor. The fresh-ground black pepper and a supple body are outstanding; it sort of looks like a dark rosé. Serve it about 55 degrees.
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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

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