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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

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

San Venanzio Prosecco Brut
Review Date: 12-29-2012
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Prosecco at this price rarely has much distinctive character but San Venanzio's Brut is something different. This is one of our Direct Imports hence the low price but quality is superb. The wine comes from Valdobbiadene, the heart of the classic Prosecco DOCG, and has a mineral driven, saline focus to it that is super clean, bright and distinctive finish. Only 11.5% ABV these bubbles are fresh and lively and perfect as an aperitivo or with some fresh Dungeness Crab.
Drink from 2012 to 2014
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Antonio Sasa "Martina" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 10-27-2011
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Antonio Sasa is a wine sales guy who has placed a bet that he can make wine as well as many in Montalcino today! His debut 2005 Brunello was very good but with the stellar 2006 vintage Tony has surged ahead and made a really delicious wine. The wine comes from southeastern Montalcino and is a bold blend of rich fruit and subtle hints of earth. The wine is rich but very well balanced the structure lifts the flavors and its combination of size and balance really make it something special….and that’s before you see the price!
Drink from 2011 to 2018
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart JS 94 BC 0

Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth 1L
Review Date: 7-9-2009
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If you have never tasted this product you must. If you think you know what vermouth is think again; this will absolutely blow you away. Inordiately complex, so full of spice, balanced...it is really good. Try it on the rocks with a twist and a splash, straight up or in a Manhattan.
Drink from 2009 to 2059
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart WE 95 BC 0

Blason Isonzo Bianco (3L Bag-in-aBox) (cannot ship)
Review Date: 8-12-2008
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While visiting Giovanni Blason in February we spied some odd boxes stacked in a corner. I asked Giovanni, “What the hell are these?” He responded, “You won’t want any of those; you Americans like bottles.” I responded, “On the contrary we Americans like bargains, how much is that 3-liter box.” An answer, some brief calculations on my part and I said, “Okay, we’ll take 'em"! $19.99 for 3 liters (that's four 750ml bottles). The winery can’t label it Pinot Bianco due to existing DOC regulations, but it is 100% Pinot Bianco. Crisp, clean, refreshing with a elegant fruitiness, touch of tarragon and a hint of mineral. If you don't want to do the math that’s $5 a bottle! Giovanni tells me it lasts for more than 3 months in the refrigerator, I told him that couldn’t happen in mine!
Drink from 2008 to 2009
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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