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2009 Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-10-2014
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I’ve been tasting Ferrero’s wines for a decade and I really think this is one of the best balanced Brunello that winemaker/owner Pablo Härri has made and from the first time I tasted it this wine put a smile on my face! Aromatically focused, the ripe plum is very inviting and it gives the impression of freshness. The flavors are clean, tight plum with hints of smoked meats in the background but the really impressive portion of the wine is its palate presence, supple, soft, round but with enough tannic tension to buoy the wine and keep extending it to a long and vibrant aftertaste. Really easy (and so pleasurable) to drink now, I’d have it with a more complex meaty pasta dish or just about anything meaty off the grill!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico
Review Date: 7-3-2014
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Marco Ricasoli grows some of the most distinctive and enjoyable Sangiovese in Tuscany, high up in the hills of Gaiole, in the deepest reaches of Chianti Classico. His Chianti is a classic blend of 90% Sangiovese, 7% Canaiolo and 3% Colorino. The 2012 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico is a stunner: soft, open and round in the mouth, the wine’s juicy fruit is readily apparent yet is layered with spice, rosemary and violets. Luscious cherry and plum like fruit flavors mixed with a crisp focus on the palate make this wine a real drinker. Try it with some grilled sausage or your favorite pasta.
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Ferrero Toscana Rosso
Review Date: 7-1-2014
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In 2011 owners Pablo Härri & Claudia Ferrero produced a spectacular wine from their property in Montenero d’Orcia just across the river from Montalcino. It is a blend of 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 17% Montepulciano and 17% Alicante. The Cab’s complex ripeness is accented by the peppery nature of the Alicante while the tannins of the Montepulciano are softened by the supple nature of the Merlot. The ripeness of the 2011 vintage gives this wine superb palate presence and it is delicious to drink now but will age for another 5-10 years. Truly a Super Tuscan blend, but the wine is stunning for the price!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Ferrero Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-1-2014
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In 2012 Pablo Härri produced fresh, vibrant and balanced Sangiovese, and there in Southwest Montalcino where the wines take on sort of a cross of Napa-like richness with Montalcino power, it is a refreshing result! A luscious 100% Sangiovese Rosso di Montalcino that has the structure to age and the balance to drink now. Grab some now, fire up the BBQ and grill yourself a Bistecca Fiorentina! Don’t forget to drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on it when it’s done!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Rocca di Montegrossi Rosato
Review Date: 7-1-2014
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Picking up the rosé gauntlet, Baron Marco Ricasoli made his Rosato first back in 2007 and since then it has become one of K&L’s most sought-after PINK wines! Made with 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo from Marco’s famous vineyards in the heart of Chianti Classico. Marco’s Rosato is vibrant on the palate with great balance, freshness and acidity. It is full of cherry spice, strawberry with a hint of rosemary and violets. The finish is long and lively, the perfect accompaniment to grilled salmon!
Drink from 2014 to 2015
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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

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

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

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

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