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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

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

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

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

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

2008 Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve, Kent, England
Review Date: 3-12-2014
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Well, this is an unexpected idea to be reviewing an English sparkling wine, I was one of the nay-sayers before I actually tried them...Wow, very surprised by the quality, complexity and balance. So once I was surprised I did a little more investigation and found this had 4 years on the lees, and that's where the very brioche like toastiness comes from. The grapes (thank you Global Warming) are grown at almost the same latitude and soil types as in Champagne...Why wouldn't they be good! Well this actually is truly an English take on sparkling wine, the flavors just slightly different just like they are here in California, but no doubting the quality. You should give our language challenged neighbors to the East a try!
Drink from 2014 to 2018
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Tolaini Valdisanti
Review Date: 3-6-2014
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I often hear sales pitches from salesmen that pit the wine in question with some well known favorite that is very expensive. In this case they'll say this 2009 Tolaini Valdisanti is the “Poor Man’s Tignanello.” My guess is that most "rich men" buy low and sell high rather than the converse, and are always ahead of the curve... that’s how they get to be rich! However this 2009 Tolaini Valdisanti (Super Tuscan) is going to make you rich as well. I loved its complex blend of earth, wild herbs and cigar box like aromatics. Then on the palate the 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc cuvee shows lots of power, and although there is solid structure underneath, the wine is supple, excellently balanced and has a lengthy finish. I was really surprised by the quality of this wine and how much I liked the Cabernet-based blend from southeastern Chianti Classico. After tasting, I was ready for a price point that was going to be 2-3 times what this is! This is truly an outstanding deal - drinkable now and will age very well for a decade to come.
Drink from 2014 to 2024
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart RP 94 BC 0

2011 Anima Libera Chianti
Review Date: 3-5-2014
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Anima Libera - Free spirit, that’s the name that Emiliano Falsini chose for his wine label. Emiliano is a consulting enologist, that’s a winemaker for hire, he comes in tells you what to do and moves around a lot, kind of like doing stages in dozens of restaurants. So when he decided to produce his own wine he was looking for something that described him but also his wine, because in his wine he didn’t have to please the winery owner to make a wine taste a certain way he let the wine be what it wanted to be, a Free Spirit, just like him. This Chianti DOCG is textbook perfect, the aromatics of delicate cherry, hints of leather and earth are classic but when it hits your palate it expands with a plumier center adding weight to the naturally acidic Sangiovese and producing a very pleasant mouth feel. A perfect pasta, salumi, roasted chicken or cheese plate wine you’ll free your spirit a bit with it!
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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