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Greg St. Clair

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2013 Garlider Grüner Veltliner Alto Adige-Südtirol
Review Date: 02-24-2017
Christian Kerschbaumer’s Garlider Estate is in Feldthurns,in the Isarco river valley. He is a “Biologic” producer. It is a natural process and he wants the vines and the soil to do the talking. In his wines you really can feel the sun shining on the vines, and the stones giving a distinct character. This Grüner Veltliner is amazing. The aromas burst from the glass, full of white pepper and hints of alpine flowers. On the palate the wine has a density and weight, and supple richness that warms your mouth. The finish is stunning, powerful and long. This wine can easily age another six to eight years but it is so tasty now it’s hard to imagine waiting. Grüner Veltliner is one of the most versatile wines. It can accompany fish, poultry, pasta, pork or veal. This wine has a vino-lock, a glass plug in the end, my favorite closure. Don’t use a corkscrew!
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2014 La Fortuna Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 02-07-2017
In 2014 La Fortuna decided not to make Brunello, so all of those grapes went into their Rosso, an extraordinary financial sacrifice—but it puts their Rosso in a different class. This is another wine from Montalcino’s south slope and it’s full of ripe Sangiovese fruit, from vines 25–35 years of age, and aged for one year, six months of which were in French oak barrique. The texture is lush: plum and chocolate flavors coat the palate, yet the inherent structure of this wine gives it terrific depth, concentration and scintillating aromas. Drink it now and it will give you a thrilling drinking experience, and it will age well for the next 3–5 years. Try it now with your meat-sauced pasta, yet it will go equally well with roasted chicken or grilled meats, or just as a glass on its own!
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2014 Sesta di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 02-07-2017
This wine is pure and classic—that wild cherry Sangiovese just explodes from the glass—not opulent and fruity, just heady, lithe and focused. Ettore Spina has crafted a superbly complex and classic expression of the vintage, a wine that feels equine to me—rippling muscles but lean, not heavy, vibrant not ponderous. Nose in the air and ears back, this wine is just bursting to get in your glass—with so much complexity, balance and length, a truly superb wine.
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2014 Baccinetti "La Saporoia" Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 02-07-2017
Lush, rich and luxurious, this wine is awesome— the wild, spicy and plummy fruit flavors just burst in your mouth, with layers of spice and a powerful palate presence. Perfect for grilled meats, especially Italian sausage or your favorite pastas. You’ll love the richness, be captivated by the complexity, and be back buying more!
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2014 Tenuta di Sesta Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 02-07-2017
Tenuta di Sesta is our most elegant Rosso. It is subtle and has a more feminine grace, but underneath that obvious restraint lies a wine full of complexity and intrigue…it just takes a bit of time to open up (I’d decant for an hour if you have the chance—also, they will age wonderfully for another 4–5 years). The soil here is rich in marl and limestone, the perfect foil to harness Sangiovese’s vigor and allow the vine to produce complexity rather than bulk. Long, balanced and so flavorful, this wine is ideal for roasted pork tenderloin with a bit of rosemary, sea salt and black pepper. So good, you’ll need to buy more!
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2013 Musella Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore
Review Date: 02-07-2017
Musella’s wines have an elegance, a supple grace to them and don’t carry that “heavy” connotation that most would tag on Amarone—but to really understand Amarone you must understand Valpolicella first! I really like folks to work their way up the chain to understand the base flavors that make Amarone, and if you start with the 2014 Musella Valpolicella Superiore you’ll see why these are the grapes for Amarone. But if you venture just a little deeper to the 2013 Musella Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore you’ll hit the OMG moment. This is a stunning wine, with layers of spice, complexity and then a richly textured body…wow.
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2015 Villa Poggio Salvi "Caspagnolo" Chianti Colli Senesi
Review Date: 02-07-2017
The 2015 Villa Poggio Salvi “Caspagnolo” is tremendous. It’s so well balanced that you can drink it now and it’s so well structured, it will age for another five-plus years, and at this price you can afford to buy multiple cases!
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2011 Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 02-07-2017
A superb example of this ripe vintage. The winery’s elevation, high up on a ridge facing the western breeze, provides a fresher climate than many of their counterparts and wasn’t as bothered by the August heat spell. Instead, this has wonderful plummy fruit, with the estate’s signature leather, iron and spice notes, that dominates the mid-palate and continues into a long finish. This wine is drinking beautifully now and I would suggest you enjoy it with pork tenderloin slathered with rosemary, or a rare T-bone with extra virgin olive oil drizzled across the top. You’ll enjoy the combinations!
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2015 La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica
Review Date: 02-07-2017
A vibrant, aromatic wine that is unoaked and layered with fruit, spice and a long, mineral-driven finish that is couched in a richly textured body.
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2015 Ermacora Pinot Bianco Colli Orientali del Friuli
Review Date: 02-07-2017
The wine Dario is most proud of is always the Pinot Bianco, and the 2015 Ermacora Pinot Bianco is no different. The wine has richness on the palate yet underneath you can see the structure and depth. Then the flavors start to emerge, with hints of nutmeg, cardamom and bergamot. The wine lengthens on your palate, driving deeper and deeper. Every year I visit the Ermacoras we do a vertical tasting of the Pinot Bianco, and it almost always shows best about 2–5 years after the harvest. You should put some in your cellar—trust me!
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2015 Ermacora Pinot Grigio Colli Orientali del Friuli
Review Date: 02-07-2017
The 2015 Ermacora Pinot Grigio is broad. Pinot Grigio naturally has a bit more heft, and in this vintage it’s powerful and muscular with excellent balance.
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2015 Ermacora Friulano Colli Orientali del Friuli
Review Date: 02-07-2017
Friulano is what the locals more often than not drink. This has a bit more flesh on the mid-palate and sort of a tarragon-flavored tang with excellent lift in the finish.
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2015 Ermacora Ribolla Gialla Colli Orientali del Friuli
Review Date: 02-07-2017
Ribolla Gialla is an indigenous grape variety that usually shows a more energetic acidity, and because of that is often used in sparkling wines, but in this vintage it really sings. This is fragrant, with a citric crispness, and a wonderful shellfish wine.
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2012 di Majo Norante "Ramitello" Molise Rosso
Review Date: 02-07-2017
I was really stunned by the richness, complexity and depth of flavors in this wine—and then I saw the price! This blend of 80% Montepulciano and 20% Aglianico offers such bang for your buck, you are not going to believe it. The nose is full of bold, dark fruit aromatics. Layers of spicy Montepulciano fruit wrap around a solid core of structure. Balanced, bold and a real mouthful of wine—and such a deal!
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2015 Einaudi Dogliani (Dolcetto)
Review Date: 02-07-2017
This is what Dolcetto from Dogliani is all about! The nose of this wine just bursts out of the glass with a flow of wild cherry, and as the wine crosses your palate the richness plays out on your tongue. Then the Middle Eastern spices begin to emerge, with bits of leather and earth. This is the perfect wine for these cold wintry nights. I can just imagine this wine with a plate of braised meat on a bed of polenta!
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2011 Mazzei "Philip" Cabernet Sauvignon Toscano
Review Date: 02-01-2017
This is a unique wine; first it was made to honor Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Viticulturalist Philip Mazzei an ancestor to the current day proprietors of Castello di Fonterutoli. Secondly it is a blend of grapes from two different properties, the Mazzei Family Belguardo estate along the Tuscan coast and their home property the Castello di Fonterutoli in Chianti Classico. Lastly the winery has used exclusively tonneaux to age the wine rather than the smaller barrique, allowing the real character of the grapes, soil and climate to be the dominate character rather than the barrel. I love the nose of this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon it is warm and full, waves of ripe cassis aromatics just flow out of the glass. As this supple wine smoothly rolls across your palate layers of flavors come forth, bold cassis fruit steps forward followed by hints of leather spiced with a bit of earth, wild herbs and smoke. The finish slowly rolls across your palate leaving a warm richness; the wine isn’t “hot” at all it is just warming, just what you need for these cold winter nights. This wine is very drinkable now but can still age for another 15 years. I’m smelling braised beef on a bed of polenta with some wild mushrooms for this baby, or if you’re grilling a T-Bone….let me know.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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2013 Lamole di Lamole Chianti Classico
Review Date: 01-12-2017
Lamole is a tiny hamlet not far from the town of Greve in the heart of Chianti Classico. I visited this estate twenty-five years ago and had always been impressed with the raw product and he potential of the wines produced at this estate. The soil and vineyards just had something unique, a special aromatic about them, but unfortunately the rest of the winemaking was a bit sketchy. Shortly thereafter, the Santa Margherita Group—yes, the folks that bring you the Pinot Grigio—bought the estate, and instead of turning it into a winery making oceans of mass produced swill they kept the winery small, spending time and money rebuilding the terraces holding the vineyards up on the hills. They refurbished the cellar, brought in new cooperage (much needed) and began to make real wine, with depth and character, but the types of distribution needed for these two different wineries are hard to combine and the brand has languished a bit as the winery was rebuilding its products. I love this new 2013 “Blue Label” Chianti Classico because they have really captured that uniqueness I saw in this area so many years ago. The nose is full of stone, spice, leather, violet, wild cherry, dried plums with hints of smoke and earth; it is a complex cauldron of flavors. On the palate the wine has a breadth, a depth of richness and a supple power that is really amazing for a wine in this price range. The flavors grow (I would decant this an hour or two ahead of time), develop and bring the leather, cherry and violet together to form a fascinating expression of Sangiovese, complex and vibrant. The finish has so much going on, a pooling of the spice; plum and leather come together in a long and memorable finish. This isn’t so much a Pasta wine as it is a red meat wine, a T-Bone would do well or grilled leg of lamb. Sensational wine, you shouldn’t wait!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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2013 Antinori "Pèppoli" Chianti Classico
Review Date: 01-12-2017
Antinori is not an unknown name in Italian wine, they are one of the largest and highest quality producers in Italy. Many years ago, when I first started in this business, there were two names that stood for Italy, through whose tireless efforts brought a new age of quality Italian wine to America, they were Angelo Gaja and Piero Antinori, each year they would spend months crisscrossing the country doing presentation after presentation. Gaja’s flamboyant bravado earned fans everywhere; his wines weren’t so bad either, but it was Piero Antinori’s graceful elegance, understated presence and his ability to present wines to both the connoisseur and the common man that made his voice so resonant. This new Péppoli Chianti Classico is a beautiful representation of what Sangiovese expresses in this micro-climate of Chianti Classico’s northwest. The nose of this wine is pure Sangiovese, but to use more of a musical metaphor there’s a lot more treble in this voice, long, pure, elegant. A cleaner, wild cherry aromatic that is very focused is what comes out of the glass followed by delicate threads of spice and earth but is that Sangiovese solo that is the dominant expression. On the palate that same linear characteristic is articulated, faceted, and lets the 10% portion of Syrah and Merlot flesh out the mid palate adding a bit of meaty richness. The dominant flavors are the cherry, with hints of stone fruit, earth and spice. This wine reminds me of Audrey Hepburn: restrained, elegant, and lean, but so much focus, energy and lift, you can tell it has breeding. This wine’s elegant, linear character makes it the perfect match for richer pasta dishes; whether you choose what my choice would be a sausage and cream with penne rigate, if you’re an Alfredo fan this would work too, or if a traditional ragu is your choice just remember to go heavier on the oil or cheese, you don’t want a tomato dominant dish. A brief decanting always helps Sangiovese, but this wine will drink well over the next five to eight years.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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2014 Olema Sonoma County Chardonnay
Review Date: 01-04-2017
For the second year in a row I was really surprised by the quality of this wine and once again even more so at this price. The nose shows wonderful, complex apply aromatics that lead to a creamy and balanced palate feel. This wine has a real focus and brightness on the finish, excellent value. I'm not a real Chardonnay drinker but this wine seems to bridge the gap between the clumsy, over oaked varieties by having a creamy enough texture to satisfy an inveterate California Chardonnay drinker and those looking for more of a balance between, fruit, spice and texture.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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2014 Baracchi "O'Lillo!" Toscana
Review Date: 12-27-2016
The nose of this wine is stunning: waves of complex wild cherry, classically Sangiovese, mixed with smoke and earth focus your attention immediately, as if you were to say this is the nose of a lot more expensive wine. On the palate the complexity expands, develops flavor facets that expose soil, mineral, saturated fruits with hints of leather and earth. The wine glides across your palate displaying lots of richness that is bridled, focused and gives you a sense of power and depth. The finish is long--sometimes that seems like a placeholder for this part of the review, but this wine really has length, superb balance, lots of flavors and a supple drinkability. Outstanding wine at this price point!
Drink from 2016 to 2016
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2012 Damilano "Lecinquevigne" Barolo
Review Date: 12-15-2016
The bouquet of this wine is classic, full of the rose petal and leather character one would expect but behind that is a wave of fruit, spiced cherry, plumy that expand the aromatic profile. On the palate you sense immediately that this is a Barolo, full of power and depth, size and has a sweet tannin structure that fills your cheeks. The flavors are sweet cherry and plums and when you expect that to be it opens up to earth, smoke, spice, leather and hints of dried rose petals. The finish is full, broad and shows the layers of complexity that say this is really good Barolo, such a deal, buy double what you think you should!
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2015 Fattoria Le Pupille "Saffredi" Maremma Toscana (375ml)
Review Date: 12-14-2016
I tasted a barrel sample of this wine last September and I was blown away! Saffredi is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot but grown along the Tuscan coast. The hallmark of the 2015 vintage for me is the sweet fruit purity is totally evident, the fruit just sings, ripe yet focused, complex and really engaging. On the palate the wine is bold, rich yet not fat, it has superb balance and length, the fruit character is so complex yet open at the same time a revelation. The finish is fresh, lifted and just seems to go on forever, a hint of toastiness now but that will age out by the time the wine is bottled and released, a fabulous wine!
Drink from 2018 to 2018
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2015 Fattoria Le Pupille "Saffredi" Maremma Toscana (1.5L)
Review Date: 12-14-2016
I tasted a barrel sample of this wine last September and I was blown away! Saffredi is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot but grown along the Tuscan coast. The hallmark of the 2015 vintage for me is the sweet fruit purity is totally evident, the fruit just sings, ripe yet focused, complex and really engaging. On the palate the wine is bold, rich yet not fat, it has superb balance and length, the fruit character is so complex yet open at the same time a revelation. The finish is fresh, lifted and just seems to go on forever, a hint of toastiness now but that will age out by the time the wine is bottled and released. A fabulous wine!
Drink from 2018 to 2018
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2015 Fattoria Le Pupille "Saffredi" Maremma Toscana (3L)
Review Date: 12-14-2016
I tasted a barrel sample of this wine last September and I was blown away! Saffredi is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot but grown along the Tuscan coast. The hallmark of the 2015 vintage for me is the sweet fruit purity is totally evident, the fruit just sings, ripe yet focused, complex and really engaging. On the palate the wine is bold, rich yet not fat, it has superb balance and length, the fruit character is so complex yet open at the same time a revelation. The finish is fresh, lifted and just seems to go on forever, a hint of toastiness now but that will age out by the time the wine is bottled and released, a fabulous wine!
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $335.00 Add To Cart
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2015 Fattoria Le Pupille "Saffredi" Maremma Toscana (6L)
Review Date: 12-14-2016
I tasted a barrel sample of this wine last September and I was blown away! Saffredi is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot but grown along the Tuscan coast. The hallmark of the 2015 vintage for me is the sweet fruit purity is totally evident, the fruit just sings, ripe yet focused, complex and really engaging. On the palate the wine is bold, rich yet not fat, it has superb balance and length, the fruit character is so complex yet open at the same time a revelation. The finish is fresh, lifted and just seems to go on forever, a hint of toastiness now but that will age out by the time the wine is bottled and released, a fabulous wine!
Drink from 2018 to 2018
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2012 Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva
Review Date: 12-06-2016
Tasting this wine was a revelation for me. I had felt in past vintages that Antinori had become too big, that they had lost their way as a top Chianti producer; this wine really shows they’re back on track! The nose is so pure, classic Sangiovese aromatics of wild cherry, earth, leather and a woodsy spice fill your nose. On the palate the wine carries those same aromatics and turns them into lively flavors. As the wine warms in your mouth it builds, opens and expands the spice and leather blossom and adds a complex layer to underscore the wild cherry. This wine is really built for the future; superb balance and structure. I opened mine and decanted it a couple of hours ahead of time and it just exploded. While built for the future it is so well balanced you can drink this wine easily now, as I did with my bottle! Try it with your favorite pasta or as I did with grilled pork chops! Kudos to Antinori for getting this fabulous Chianti Classico back on track!
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2012 Fratelli Barale Barolo
Review Date: 11-30-2016
Barale’s wines are all so classically styled; it’s like reading a textbook definition for Barolo. The nose drifts gently from the glass with hints of smoke, delicate, dried rose aromatics followed by hints of wild cherry. On the palate the wine has weight; depth and darker fruits come forward a supple yet evident structure shows itself in a graceful hold on your palate. The finish is sure, more fruit opens and a supple flow of persistent flavors. The wine is made from a blend of Castellero and Bussia vineyards and shows Castellero’s high toned aromatics and Bussia’s body and depth, at the price a sensational deal. The perfect accompaniment to braised beef or a grilled T-bone.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
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2011 Sergio Barale Barolo "Bussia"
Review Date: 11-30-2016
I absolutely love this wine. The nose is deep, it has a brooding ripeness, a mix of wild cherry, plum with bits of smoke and rose hips, just scintillating. On the palate the wine has a richly textured presence where waves of supple warmth and layers of fruit flow across your tongue. A broad, expansive palate presence where the complexity builds and the wine flows toward a long, vibrant finish. This is real Bussia vineyard Barolo, complex, dense yet in the warmth of this vintage the wine has a luscious open fullness and is really drinkable, I’d still decant it for an hour, but this is a sensational wine. Try it with braised meats, polenta or risotto and wild mushrooms.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
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2015 Fattoria le Pupille "Saffredi" Maremma Toscana (750ml)
Review Date: 11-22-2016
I tasted a barrel sample of this wine last September and I was blown away! Saffredi is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot but grown along the Tuscan coast. The hallmark of the 2015 vintage for me is the sweet fruit purity is totally evident, the fruit just sings, ripe yet focused, complex and really engaging. On the palate the wine is bold, rich yet not fat, it has superb balance and length, the fruit character is so complex yet open at the same time a revelation. The finish is fresh, lifted and just seems to go on forever, a hint of toastiness now but that will age out by the time the wine is bottled and released, a fabulous wine!
Drink from 2018 to 2018
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2013 Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva
Review Date: 11-21-2016
The nose of this wine is full of plums, leather and wild herbs that gracefully emerge from the glass. On the palate you get an initial sensation that is full bodied, richly textured and smooth, then the acidity picks up and freshens, lengthens and leaves a wonderful back end complexity. The flavors are savory, braised meats, leather, cooked plums with hints of spice and herbs gently coming forward and leaving a long and substantial finish. Leone de Castris always seems to produce this Salice Salentino with exceptional balance, it is truly a great deal, try it with your favorite pasta!
Drink from 2016 to 2016
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2015 Tenuta Montemagno "Nymphae" Monferrato Bianco
Review Date: 11-20-2016
The stunning quality of the 2015 even eclipses the sensational 2014 vintage of this wine, just delicious! The nose of this wine is so complex and inviting a complex blend of spice and herb from 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% the indigenous variety Timorasso that shows lots of grit, earth, apple skin. On the palate this wine is vibrantly focused around a superb acidity that is enveloped in a richly textured mid palate full of spiced apple, freshly cut hay with all sorts of baking spice for this UNOAKED wine. The finish is incredibly long, vivacious and carries through the same flavors to a crescendo, an absurdly good food wine.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
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2013 Tenuta Sette Ponti "Oreno" Toscana
Review Date: 11-11-2016
This is finessed and structured wine with supreme balance and concentration. For Italian wine fans who still want to drink claret, this is a stylish and satisfying option. Tenuta Setta Ponti's "Oreno" has been the Wine Spectator's top 100 wines of the year on multiple occasions, and the 2013 has all the potential to make it back on that list again.
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2012 Fratelli Barale "Serraboella" Barbaresco
Review Date: 11-09-2016
This wine is amazing, just from a price standpoint, a single vineyard Barbaresco for under $30! Yet once you taste it you are going to be amazed. Full of power and vibrancy of the 2012 vintage a rich and complex palate presence but with a long structure that lengthens the wine. Classic Nebbiolo nose of rose and tar this wine is sensational, you're going to love us for this!
Drink from 2016 to 2016
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2014 Antinori "Cervaro della Sala" Chardonnay Umbria
Review Date: 11-07-2016
This is an outstanding wine that finally accomplishes all of the original intentions of this thirty year long project from Antinori. The idea here was to make an Italian chardonnay that would rival both California and Burgundian chardonnay, but what they needed was an expression that was uniquely Italian, not just a carrbon copy. With this 2014 vintage, not only has Antinori figured out the formula, they're knocked it out of the park. That little touch of 10% grechetto adds a lovely minerality to the wine's backbone and a hint of tarragon to the clean chardonnay flavors. The wine has richness, mid-palate structure, depth, and ageability. It's the whole package for fans of serious Italian whites.
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2013 Felsina Chianti Classico
Review Date: 10-25-2016
The aromatics in this wine are so pure, full of black cherry, plum and earth, just a classic representation of what Chianti Classico should smell like. On the palate the wine is supple, smooth; while balancing its structure with sumptuous fruit, waves of plum, black cherry, spice and leather just keep coming at you. The finish shows a superbly balanced wine, in a perfect drinking stage, lush, focused and so complex. Hard to find something better at this price point.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2015 Silvano Follador Prosecco Brut Nature
Review Date: 10-19-2016
The brother-and-sister team of Silvano and Alberta Follador make the best Prosecco I have ever tasted! Biodynamic, their Prosecco is magnificently balanced, delicate and features sophisticated fruit aromatics. It is has hints of yeasty complexity without being ponderous, and this vintage is truly exceptional. The Best Prosecco made, without a doubt!
Drink from 2016 to 2016
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Canella "Bellini" Wine Cocktail di Venezia
Review Date: 09-06-2016
One would think that this is just a gimmick wine, but it is so good you won't believe it! Also, it has a tendency for the pulp to separate, so you have to mix it up a bit in the bottle before you drink it, but wow, you're going to love it. I've had Bellinis at Harry's in Venice, and let me tell you, this can bring back the experience—perfect for brunch or just an afternoon in the back yard!
Drink from 2016 to 2016
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2013 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana
Review Date: 09-06-2016
For me, this is really a superb reflection of all of Giampaolo’s vineyard work. The wine is a delicious blend of 60% Sangiovese, which gives the wine a structural backbone, 30% Merlot, which adds some meat, density and richness, with Cabernet Sauvignon lending authority and direction even at this small amount, while Alicante Bouschet adds some personality, spice and a little bit of nastiness—it kind of reminds me of Giampaolo—and it all seamlessly blends together. It is a superb blend, and once again, highly awarded.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2014 K Vintners "Milbrandt" Wahluke Slope Syrah
Review Date: 08-30-2016
The nose is classic Washington Syrah, bold, dramatic yet a little less oaky than I'd seen in these wines before, which I found as a plus. On the palate the wine was lush, broad and full of saturated flavors, notes of chocolate and hints of tar. The finish goes out like it came in, dramatic, splashy and full-bodied, you can't miss you've had this wine!
Drink from 2016 to 2016
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2015 Domaine Lafage "Novellum" Chardonnay Pays d'Oc
Review Date: 08-30-2016
The nose is luxuriously fruity, full of tropical fruit. On the palate the wine is supple, and is reminiscent of California Chardonnay from a decade or two past except it doesn't have that big Oak signature. A value at the price, drink it cold!
Drink from 2016 to 2016
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2013 Cà Viola "Brichet" Barbera d'Alba
Review Date: 08-29-2016
This vintage of the 2013 Ca’Viola Barbera d’Alba Brichet is classic Barbera, the nose is full of spice, leather and brambly fruit, while on the palate the wine has a crunchy cranberry like flavor, an archetypal acidic structure that leads to lots of earth, spice and a bit of grip in the finish. This is an ideal wine for rich pasta dishes or even roasted chicken!
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2014 Edi Keber Collio Bianco
Review Date: 08-29-2016
The structure and richness of the wine comes from Friulano which is 70% (Edi and Kristian still call it Tocai Friulano) of the blend. That’s followed by 15% each of Ribolla Gialla which gives the wine its snap, vigor and brightness and Malvasia Istriana which adds perfume, aromatic complexity and weight. The nose has aromas that are pear like and then is delicately spiced with flavors that remind me of crushed celery seed and bay leaf. The wine has a creamy density and viscosity to it yet still has a vibrant core of acidic balance. Capable of aging for many years I’d serve this with fish that has a meatier texture like halibut or swordfish or I had recently a Lobster Risotto at a new Oakland Restaurant called Belotti, and although I don’t go out of my way to eat Lobster it was so unfortunate I didn’t have the wine with me!
Drink from 2016 to 2016
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2013 Cantina Valle Isarco Sylvaner "Sabiona"
Review Date: 08-29-2016
This wine was a revelation to me, I’d never heard of this wine and I’ve been a big fan of Valle Isarco’s wines for years. Sabiona is a separate wine Estate it is actually a Benedictine Monastery and has been since 1687 and while the vineyards are truly dramatic they only make 2 wines and only 3,000 bottles of each. A bit of skin contact, 10 months on the lees in tank and then 1 year in the bottle before release. I came across this bottle almost by accident, it was in a box of samples a vendor dropped off for me and I really didn’t think much about it until I opened the bottle and a truly OMG moment happened. The wine has a vibrant floral aromatic but it is so tightly coiled it seems like just a wisp of flowers. On the palate the wine explodes, decidedly more open than the Sabiona Kerner not that it is lush it still shows searing acidity and minerality but couched in a richer denser mouth feel. The flavors are slightly riper pear, with just the slightest hint of tropical fruit. The finish is sensational, powerful and dynamic a really serious wine, try it with Halibut or even better Sea Bass or Grouper, but the wine is powerful enough to hold up to creamy pasta dishes.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2013 Cantina Valle Isarco "Sabiona" Kerner
Review Date: 08-29-2016
This wine was a revelation to me, I’d never heard of this wine and I’ve been a big fan of Valle Isarco’s wines especially their Kerner. Sabiona is a separate wine Estate it is actually a Benedictine Monastery and has been since 1687 and while the vineyards are truly dramatic they only make 2 wines and only 3,000 bottles of each. A bit of skin contact, 10 months on the lees in tank and then 1 year in the bottle before release. As I started to write this the word etch kept coming to me over and over, it is the ϋber intense minerality and acidity that is scintillating, dramatic and one sensation you’re not going to forget. The delicate nose is full of the pear, white flower, crushed quartz and is awaiting years of aging to release all that it has. On the palate it screams down the center of your tongue, layering stone and salinity in a seemingly endless finish. This wine, scratch that, this place reminds me of wine grown in Austria’s Wachau, where the soil is more often the dominant factor rather than the grape and that’s what I feel here. The finish is surprising it leaves a layer of viscosity on the inside of your mouth, just an insane wine, after writing a couple of hundred words I still feel speechless. I'd decant this wine for an hour or two if you're going to drink it now.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

2010 Podere Marini "Korone" IGT Calabria Rosso
Review Date: 08-29-2016
The nose of this wine really threw me, wild, gamy and full of dense fruit that was alluring and made me put my nose back in several times for more and again more. On the palate the wine shows a richly textured structure, plump yet focused, fleshy yet wiry, and more chocolaty, cassis like flavors come forward but always with a hint of wild brush, dried violets, herb and spice. The finish starts to focus the center of the wine and its lushness fades as more of a vibrant and lifting feeling finish the wine. A superb blend of predominantly Sangiovese, with a hint Merlot and of Cabernet Sauvignon, mostly stainless steel with a very small percentage of barrel aging….Super Tuscan in Calabria? We call it the Silver Snake!
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Villa Sparina Gavi
Review Date: 08-29-2016
The nose is elegant, delicate, with hints of white peach and a classic Gavi minerality. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied, balanced, while supple and round no edginess here. The finish is subtle, yielding and all the while entertaining with hints of white flower and nutmeg. The perfect accompaniment to more delicate fish like Red Snapper or Striped Bass or just by itself on a scorching hot day!
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Cantina Terlano "Terlaner Classico" White Blend Alto Adige
Review Date: 08-29-2016
The nose on this wine is so enticing, so inviting I can hardly hold back from just swallowing, while waves of white flower, quince, kiwi, Bartlett pear pour from the glass. On the palate it is the weight and lushness that first grabs your attention but quickly the focus changes to the vibrant acidity and minerality that drive the wine across the full length of the palate. Then the flavors just explode, swirls of exotic fruits mixed with crushed quartz like minerality enveloping your palate. The finish is intense; full of vibrant fruit flavors a lingering minerality and an incredible sensation of viscosity that just doesn’t go away. This blend of grapes isn’t a “new” thing the folks in this village have been making this exact blend of Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc for more than 100 years. A sensational wine from the truly sensational 2015 vintage.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $21.95 Add To Cart
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2014 Tenuta Montemagno "Nymphae" Monferrato Bianco
Review Date: 08-16-2016
The nose of this wine is so complex and inviting a complex blend of spice and herb from 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% the indigenous variety Timorasso that shows lots of grit, earth, apple skin. On the palate this wine is vibrantly focused around a superb acidity that is enveloped in a richly textured mid palate full of spiced apple, freshly cut hay with all sorts of baking spice for this UNOAKED wine. The finish is incredibly long, vivacious and carries through the same flavors to a crescendo, an absurdly good food wine.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Benanti Etna Rosso
Review Date: 08-16-2016
Benanti is one of the oldest and best producers on Mount Etna; their wines show the volcanic origins of the vineyards and how Nerello Mascalese is the perfect vehicle to express the Mountain’s flavors. The full nose has waves of smoky, spicy, earthiness coupled with a bit of plumy fruit. On the palate the wine is reminiscent of the structure of Nebbiolo a bit of tannic structure on the outside brushing your cheeks with a sweet plumyness inside. The flavors are complex, persistent and show a rainbow from umami driven flavors of porcini, kelp and salted plums to sweet, chocolaty plum. The wine is layered, so many different levels, heavy, light, gritty, smooth, just an amazing array of texture and flavor. The finish is evocative of the palate experience, driving, long and persistent .
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Treves Petite Arvine Val d'Aosta
Review Date: 08-15-2016
The nose of this wine is filled with Alpine flowers, ripe pear and a bright savory quality. On the palate the wine is expansive, rich almost to the point of oily but is restrained at that point. While the body is omnipresent the real driving force of the wine is its minerality, a forceful driving point right down the middle of your tongue that cleaves through the richness and creates a superb synergy of tangy acid and mineral with a mélange of ripe fruit. The wine has a haunting, beckoning appeal, its supple, flowing nature juxtaposed with that mineral edge that creates a scintillating finish that seems to go on for minutes.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart
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