Staff Favorites - John Downing

John Downing


2010 Cantine Ascheri Barolo
Review Date: 11-11-2014
Thanks to Matteo Ascheri's sizable vineyard holdings and long-term vision he has managed to craft an outstanding quality Barolo at a very affordable price. This terrific red is ideal for those wanting to try Nebbiolo for the first time as well as for Barolo drinkers looking for serious value. Although it's delicious now, it will only improve with a bit of time in the cellar. Don't miss this one!
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-7-2014
We enjoyed sampling this latest release from La Fortuna not only because it's so darn tasty but also due to the fact that we know so many of our customers will simply love it. Thanks to some flavorful concentrated fruit, mild acidity and rounded tannins, this silky smooth Brunello is ready to open and drink. Delicious.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 7-7-2014
Baricci Brunello is an on-going staff and customer favorite and we're excited that the 2009 has finally hit our sales floors. Considering the number of Brunelli priced well north of $50, this pure expression of Sangiovese is a must-buy for fans of Tuscan reds. While this classically styled, understated gem is approachable now it will certainly improve with a year or two in the cellar if you can wait that long.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart ST 91 BC 0

2010 Seghesio Barolo
Review Date: 7-7-2014
Exceptional vintages like 2010, truly bring out the best in elegant Barolos like those of Aldo and Riccardo Seghesio. This beauty from the hills of Monforte combines the richness of fruit and overall depth of the vintage with skillful winemaking and the result is a Barolo brimming with flavor, polished tannins and an incredible price/value ratio. A Barolo of this quality under $30 is simply a steal.
Price: $26.95 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Bodegas Muriel Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 4-8-2014
This lively, affordable Rioja offers a nose of black cherry and dried florals along with notes of cedar, dill and vanilla from a combination of French and American oak barrel aging. Additionally a lush, medium-bodied palate of high-toned blackberry fruit finishes with bright acidity and tangy berry fruit notes. Enjoy this with roasted or grilled meats and firm cheeses!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart DC 95 BC 0