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2008 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 2-26-2014
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Bold, smoldering aromatics of earth, sage and leather highlight the nose, while on the palate the wine has layers of complex earth, stone and plumy notes. This is a supple and richly textured wine that will do well with 2-3 hours in a decanter to open up. I'd pair it with a rosemary draped pork tenderloin or braised meats like a veal shank, or an aged piece of Pecorino Toscano; make sure it is Toscano.
Drink from 2014 to 2020

2008 Poggiarellino Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 2-21-2014
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Anna and Lodovico Ginotti produce a small amount of Brunello yearly at their Agriturismo just north of the town of Montalcino. The 2008 is a classic, the nose is full of wild marasca cherry flavors that combine with subtle expressions of leather and earth on the palate. On the palate the plumy richness of the wine begins to expand and shows you its depth.
Drink from 2014 to 2023

2011 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 1-22-2014
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I was really impressed by this wine's balance, focus and complexity. The aromatics were pure and restrained but were perfectly integrated with the delicate hints of barrel spice. Really long on the palate with a long aftertaste, outstanding wine from this up and coming region for the price.
Drink from 2014 to 2019
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart WE 91 BC 0

2011 Domaine Ballorin & F Marsannay "Clos du Roy"
Review Date: 1-16-2014
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I was really stunned at the quality level of this wine, and not that it is a big, structured, powerful wine, but because it is pure; no forced aromatics or flavors. Texturally pleasing at the moment with a super supple (for Burgundy) mouthfeel, truly ethereal aromatics and no sweetness. I just made sure I bought my bottles before I posted this review--this wine should already be sold out; it way outperforms its price point!
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Fuenteseca Reserva K&L Exclusive Extra Añejo Tequila 750ml
Review Date: 12-6-2013
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This is something new, something that you may not be ready for, I wasn't. I've tasted a lot of high end Tequila and I've always liked Jimmy Buffet and Sammy Hagar as singers or Justin Timberlake as an actor, but I've never been enchanted with the smell of new oak unless it is in a piece of furniture and I've heard people use the word smooth so many times that I think they must have been raised on Jello or have no teeth. Tequila for me has always lacked that one extra…je ne sais quoi… that great Cognac, Armagnac and Single Malt whisky seem to have in their back pockets, but after tasting this Tequila it is obvious what they’ve been missing.... age. This unbelievably delicious spirit has taken Tequila to a new level, this is creating a new category of spirits that hasn’t existed before...and it is worth the price.
Drink from 2013 to 2020
Price: $189.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Damilano "Lecinquevigne" Barolo
Review Date: 11-14-2013
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Well you don't find many Barolo in this price range but this is really a steal. This classic styled Barolo has wonderful rose accented fruit up front, great balance on the palate with hints of leather and porcini and a long distinctive finish. The wine is aged 80% in big Slavonian Oak barrels and 20% in used barrique, the vineyards used for this wine are from 30-50 years old and it is best served at 60 degrees. I love this wine with braised Lamb or Veal shank or even Pot Roast accompanied with a bit of risotto!
Drink from 2013 to 2025

2008 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 11-4-2013
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Consistently one of my favorite wines from Montalcino, Baricci's vineyards on the southeast corner of the Montosoli hill always express a supple elegance that is layered with a sweet,earthy expression backed up by layers of wild cherry like fruit flavors. Eminently drinkable but also capable of aging their wines are so graceful, never overbearing and are the perfect food wines, always adding to the experience. Nello Baricci was one of the founding members of the Brunello Consortium and today his grandson Federico is carrying on the tradition. No extravagant winemaking, no barrique just a purity that is difficult to find in today's winemaking. Trust me,this is really good wine and you need to experience it!
Drink from 2013 to 2023

2011 Cantina Terlan "Vorberg" Pinot Bianco Riserva
Review Date: 10-24-2013
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2011 is an excellent follow up to the superb 2010 Vorberg, this vintage the fruit is a little more up front but it still has that incredible layering of minerals and the classic salty finish. The wine is unctuous yet has such vibrant energy that the balance is truly superb. Capable of lasting for another decade or two you won't be able to wait because it tastes so good now!
Drink from 2013 to 2030

2012 Calcagno Carricante Sicilia
Review Date: 10-23-2013
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I love the wines from Etna and I find Carricante to be the perfect grape to show off the minerality of this incredible growing zone. The volcanic soil adds a crunchy texture that along with the acidity makes this wine vibrant. You might think with that description that this wine is lean and tart, not at all it is full bodied almost voluptuous but with that structure the wine is extraordinarily well balanced. Fermented and aged in stainless steel so you just get the purity of the grape and the soil, tremendous wine.
Drink from 2013 to 2017
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana
Review Date: 10-23-2013
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La Massa’s flagship wine is a powerful, complex and overtly flavorful wine. On the palate its texture is supple yet balanced and well structured and it is eminently drinkable. It shows a density for wines in this price range that is astounding. Yet while the density is obvious it still shows a lively energy, this is no couch potato of a wine it is vibrant, fresh and has a superb finish. Plus this is easy drinking on its own!
Drink from 2013 to 2020

Rotari Rosé Brut Talento Trento
Review Date: 9-9-2013
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This is a truly outstanding sparkling wine, a blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay made in the classic Methode Champenoise (fermented and aged in the bottle), that comes from Italy’s Sub-Alpine region Trentino. The packaging is new and caught my eye the bottle is a little heavier than in the past but once the wine was in the glass it was then that I sat up and said wow! Then I rechecked the pricing and $9.99? Holy Toledo this is the deal of the year! The wine shows complex fruit aromatics in the nose with hints of toasty brioche while on the palate and a long creamy mousse in the finish. The really surprising thing to me was the persistence of the finish. It just seemed to go on revealing more and more, and I kept going back to my calculator and checking what I must have done wrong, this deal is just too good to be true! Well the calculator worked correctly it was just me who is amazed, don’t let this opportunity go by and outstanding deal!
Drink from 2013 to 2015
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

2011 Mustilli Fiano Sannio
Review Date: 7-30-2013
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Classic is my first note on this wine, and for Fiano that means honey like aromatics on the nose but this wine goes even further with an added beeswax component as well. Full and fleshy on the palate as the layers of complexity emerge and balanced by good acidity. Very impressive wine!
Drink from 2013 to 2017
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Cantina Terlan "Vorberg" Pinot Bianco Riserva
Review Date: 6-27-2013
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I can't think of a wine I'd love to introduce you to more than this. The aging potential I've indicated is not a typo, I've had these wines from the 1950's and 1960's they age extraordinarily well.
Drink from 2013 to 2033
Price: $26.99 Add To Waiting List AG 94 BC 0

2008 Caiarossa "Pergolaia" Toscana
Review Date: 4-18-2013
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I often fear "Super Tuscan" blends of Sangiovese with Bordeaux varietals, so often the Sangiovese is poorly grown and suffers at the hand of the more powerful Bordeaux varietals even in small amounts. Segue to the “new” owner (since 2004) Eric Albada Jelgersma a Dutch Businessman who also owns Château Giscours and Château du Tertre in Margaux in Bordeaux and insert a very young French winemaker for his first venture in Tuscany… I cringed… However at the first whiff of aromas I knew that this wine is truly astounding. The blend is Sangiovese (85%), Merlot (10%), Cabernet Franc (3%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (2%) a “classic” Super Tuscan blend and hails from the Tuscan coast in the town of Riparbella near Bolgheri. The Sangiovese is brilliant, long, aromatic, complex fruit with layers of ripeness, earth, spice and hints of leather coupled with subtle hints herb and spice from the Cab Franc, supple mid palate from the Merlot and a bit of back end power from the Cabernet Sauvignon. All of this is aligned along a perfectly balanced central acidity that gives a long, long finish to this wine. Outstanding value, wonderfully drinking now and will age well for another 5-7 years.
Drink from 2013 to 2020
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart WS 92 BC 0

Canard-Duchêne "Authentic" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-26-2013
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Rich, complex, with great central focus, a hint of biscuity aromatic, supple on the palate at this price an outrageous steal!
Drink from 2013 to 2015
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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