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Greg St. Clair

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Bellussi Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
Review Date: 04-20-2015
Excellent quality Prosecco at a bargaine price. This bubbly is from Valdobbiadene, the classic center of the historical Prosecco growing zone. Bright, clean, fresh, and on the drier side of Extra Dry. Excellent mousse to give you that rich feeling without that expolosive CO2 release. Great Prosecco for just about any time!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Secoli Valpolicella Ripasso
Review Date: 04-20-2015
This wine is really forward, lush and spicy a remarkable price point for an excellent Ripasso. The nose is full of plum, spice, cherry, and those flavors carry onto the palate where the supple richness is accented by hints of Amarone. If you're unfamiliar with Ripasso think Zinfandel that's more complex and has a little better balance. Lovely with most anything off of your grill.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 Don Cataldo Rosato Salento Puglia
Review Date: 04-20-2015
I was so surprised by the freshness and balance of this really tasty Rose and then I saw it was a 2013. Normally I would only look at current vintages but this wine is rockin for this price point! Lots of cherry/strawberry flavors, excellent balance and really good finish. Just sayin, at this price you should buy a case!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Vigne Surrau "Sincaru" Cannonau Sardinia
Review Date: 04-20-2015
The winery is just a few kilometers from Porto Cervo along the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast), the Costa Smeralda is an International Jet Set destination for most of the year and you can see enormous yachts parked alongside trendy hotels most every day of the week. The entire northeast corner of Sardegna is known as Gallura, this rugged region that is 150 to 450 feet above sea level and where Vigne Surrau’s vineyards are in the center of Gallura and the soil is crushed granite. Very difficult soil to grow grapes in but once every other year they apply a layer of manure to add a bit of nutrient to the ground. The lack of fertile soil is a natural growth restrictor allowing the vines to produce fewer but more concentrated grapes naturally without having to do a severe green harvest. Their Cannonau Sincaru, Sincaru means sincere in Sardo, the Sardinian dialect and Cannonaou is actually the Grenache grape but called Cannonau in Sardinia. I was really taken with this wine’s purity richness and authentic character, the wine is fermented in stainless steel and then spends several months in cement tanks lined with epoxy. Cement tanks are the rage in winemaking now at one time they were replaced by the supposed ease of stainless steel but they seem to be more susceptible to electrostatic charge and vibration, needless to say Cement is back in vogue. The wine is really rich however has excellent balance and persistent freshness to go with the very complex aromatics and supple mouth feel. The flavors are full of the Mediterranean maquis that wild, gamey herbal wind that is so enticing. I really feel this wine is perfect for grilled lamb kebab, merguez sausage or maybe just plain old Italian sausage!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List

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2011 Vietti "Castiglione" Barolo
Review Date: 04-20-2015
Luca Currado is making wines at his family estate that are incredible, the most delicate hand, not intervention but gentle guidance. He would tell you his vineyards produce the wines and they are exceptional. 2011 is a more forward, richer and more drinkable at an early age wine. It will still last for 20+ years but if you're looking for a Barolo now its primary fruit character and supple balance make it an ideal choice!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2010 Amantis "Birbanera" Montecucco
Review Date: 04-20-2015
Paolo Vagaggini his wife Bernardetta have their own winery just across Montalcino’s southern boundary, the Orcia River. It’s in the Montecucco DOC. The 2010 Amantis Birbanera Montecucco Rosso is slightly more than 60% Sangiovese, blended with a combination of Canaiolo, Colorino, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and then aged for a few months in 2nd and 3rd passage French barriques. The result is a wine full of rich fruit, soft and supple on the palate but still with excellent acidity to balance it out. It is easy to drink by itself, or with grilled meats, I like it with grilled Italian sausage.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2014 Saracco Moscato d'Asti
Review Date: 04-20-2015
Saracco is one of the best Moscato d'Astis around, their wines are always balanced and with more of a lime like freshness than the peachy, fleshy character so many cheaper versions have. Superb as an aperitif or with dessert.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco (3L)
Review Date: 04-20-2015
Produttori's reputation as a quality producer has been going strong for decades. The 2009 vintage is drinking well now but can age easily for another decade plus. Classic Nebbiolo flavors of leather, earth, smoke, tobacco and roses are evident with a supple and easy richness on the palate. This BIG bottle is a great deal and will make you look like you're "Living Large"!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $169.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 93 RP 92

2010 Ceretto "Bricco Rocche" Barolo
Review Date: 04-20-2015
Bricco Rocche for me has always been the pinnacle for Ceretto wines, so much power while at the same time so much finesse. The nose is captivating, swirls of rose, leather, smoke and truffles flow from your glass. On the palate the wine is gracious, tannic structure sure it's Barolo, however the flavors come in waves that caress rather than grip your palate. Sweet leather, earth, porcini and touches of wild herbs accented with rose hip flavors. Long, long finish a wine that is truly spectacular. This is the perfect wine for Brasato al Barolo, Italian Pot Roast, Barolo style!
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2012 Ca'Viola "Vilot" Dolcetto D'Alba
Review Date: 04-20-2015
Beppe Caviola’s wines always show lots of fruit and supple textures but what really sets them apart from a lot of other similar wines is the level of complexity. Yes the fruit is vibrant but just below the surface are so many facets of flavor that if you are a bit patient come to the surface and take this easily drinkable Dolcetto from simple to WOW and one sip. The perfect grilled sausage, I love it with polenta, wine or most anything off the grill, outstanding value!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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WS 91

2011 Bibi Graetz Testamatta Rosso
Review Date: 04-20-2015
If you love vibrant, international styled Super Tuscans this is your wine. Bibi Graetz is really talented in securing leases on spectacular old Sangiovese vineyards. This wine is made from a blend of 35 to 80 year old vines and that structure and character come through. Outstanding length is the first thing you notice followed by wildly pure wild cherry aromatics that then bring in hints of vanilla that lead you to its palate richness. Powerful, broad and dramatic on the palate with loads of complex fruit. The 2011 vintage gives such a lush, richness to the wines they are hard to resist now but this wine will still age for years to come.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $109.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 98

2010 Castello di Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-20-2015
The nose shows leather, smoke, Middle Eastern spices and a hint of Tuscan earth all gently flowing from the glass. On the palate the wine is long; you feel it before you taste it, then that hint of salt, oyster shell, leather followed by wild cherry and plum. The wine is vibrantly long; it has a feeling of supple power as it begins to expand across your palate. A young wine and although not harsh or closed now it will grow considerably over the next decade.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2010 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-20-2015
This is the best Verbena I’ve ever tasted, period. The wines shows lots of wild brush, herbs, plums and stone in the nose while on the palate the depth of this vintage begins to show. The layers of flavors, spice and herbs are the first thing you sense on the palate then the fruit, dried plum accented with wild cherry, hints of leather, bits of vanilla flow across your palate with more of that umami character coming to a point in the back palate. The finish is long, full and layered, and shows that aging will add more depth and breadth to the wine. 1,275 cases produced
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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JS 94 RP 91

2010 Felsina "Rancia" Chianti Classico Riserva
Review Date: 04-20-2015
One of Chianti Classico's most important wineries and their most important Chianti. I love the Rancia's richness, structure and captivating aromatics and persistence. However what really sets this wine apart is its aging potential. If you've been lucky as I have to taste many older vintages this wine blossoms into something truly special. It is at this stage the wine's pedigree shows and its tremendous complexity. Then this is the 2010 vintage....it's great! Don't wait.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Pasetti "Tenutarossa" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Review Date: 04-20-2015
This is a powerful, rich and complex wine, made with 100% Montepulciano grapes and aged for 18 months in small French oak barrels. The results are wondrous, luscious fruit combined with an earthy intrigue framed by hints of toasty oak. The wine has a long, full finish where the richness and complexity dominate. This is in the Grilled Meat Zone, but if you're a Vegan a nice piece of Tofurkey and Gravy would be great with this too!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2011 Zaccagnini "Tralcetto" Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Riserva
Review Date: 04-20-2015
I visited this winery in October 2013 and was impressed on so many levels, their commitment to nature,quality of production and the inclusion of Art in their everyday lives. You should google them and check it out, and after you drink this absolutely delicious wine you'll want to know everything you can about them. The wine has lots of up front fruit, great mid palate richness and a long spicy finish. So tasty, You'll love to have this with your favorite pasta, roasted chicken or just by itself.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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JS 91

2010 Sella e Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva
Review Date: 04-20-2015
This is such a superb wine for the price point, 100% Grenache that is different from its Rhone cousins, it is spicier, earthier and has a bit of the salt air in its genes. Very supple on the palate, long finish with lots of character. One of the best values you can buy.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 Perticaia Umbria Rosso IGT
Review Date: 04-20-2015
Nestled in the middle of Italy’s only landlocked or foreign borderless region of Umbria, the Perticaia winery is situated almost equidistant between Spoleto, Todi and Foligno just outside of the Sagrantino famous town of Montefalco. The owner and winemaker Guido Guardigli chose the name Perticaia with an admirable philosophical intent; he chose the word that means plow from an ancient Umbrian language. This was the tool that transformed the onetime Umbrian grazing lands for sheep into productive farm land, Sig. Guardigli envisions the “Petricaia” opening the earth to bring for the richness of the land and into his wines. Guido Guardigli believes in “Penso Positivo” (Positive Thinking) for his “Progetto Perticaia” (Perticaia Project) and evidently alliteration as well. He has 35 acres of vineyards planted to 17 Sagrantino, 10 Sangiovese, and the rest to Colorino, Merlot, Trebbiano and Grechetto. I was attracted to this winery initially because of his consulting enologist Emiliano Falsini, I’ve had many wines from wineries that Emiliano consults with and his delicate hand winemaking has always made me sit up and take notice. This wine the 2013 Perticaia Umbria Rosso IGT is made from 80% Sangiovese, 10% Colorino and 10% Merlot. This fresh Rosso is fermented on the skins in stainless steel for one week and does not see any wood. The result is a vibrant freshness that shows Sangiovese’s typical cherry like aromatics but coupled with the lushness of the Colorino and Merlot the wines’ natural acidity is balanced and leaves a broad, appealing palate presence. Wondrous with charcuterie light pastas or roasted chicken!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 Vigne Surrau "Sciala" Vermentino di Gallura Superiore
Review Date: 04-20-2015
Sardinia or Sardegna in Italian is one of the least understood regions in Italy, being an island it is naturally isolated, Sicily is an island as well but only 5 miles separates it from the mainland where Sardegna is about 120 miles from the mainland. The history of Sardinia even in the briefest of discussion would go on for pages, it is a literal who’s who from almost every tribe and society that has inhabited part of Europe for the last 10,000 years, yet to sum it up the most important part of its recent history was from 1323 to 1720 when Spanish Kings and Princes ruled the island. It became part of Italy in 1861 when the country was created or as the Italians say reunified. Vigne Surrau is a new company that bills themselves as “a new venture with age-old roots”, using predominantly indigenous grape varieties and mostly stainless steel aging they are looking to produce wines that speak of their origin, the soil and terroir. The winery also wishes to blend the land and art into one expression and the construction of their winery with wood, stone and glass is an attempt at joining the two. They are also very committed to the Arts both in the winery and also sponsoring an annual photographic competition as well as hosting both Sardinian and International art presentations in the winery. The winery is located in the north east corner of Sardinia just behind the Costa Smeralda (emerald coast), incredibly beautiful, rugged land called Gallura. Here Vermentino produces wines that have a breath of salt from the sea, a hint of the dried Mediterranean brush and luscious fruit. The 2013 Vigne Surrau “Sciala” Vermentino di Gallura is fermented in stainless steel and has extended aging on the lees with regular batonage. This lees contact adds a dimension to the wine, giving it body, depth and richness while the wine still retains its freshness and acidity. Perfect as an aperitivo by itself but I liked it with BBQ’ed Scampi, the combination of grilling with the richness of the wine makes me salivate now!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2012 Tormaresca "Neprica" Puglia
Review Date: 04-20-2015
It is hard to believe that a wine at this price point can carry the quality level it does, but the Antinori family has centuries of experience to back them. This wine is a blend of NE (Negroamaro) PR (Primitivo) and CA (Cabernet), hence the Neprica name. Negroamaro is Puglia's most important grape and provides the size and frame and structure of the wine, the Primitivo gives it a rich dose of fruit and the Cabernet adds backbone and complexity, all told for the price this wine can't be beat!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 Villa Pillo Sangiovese Toscana (3L Bag-in-a-Box) (cannot ship)
Review Date: 04-20-2015
I was really taken by surprise at the quality of this wine, really well balanced, lots of fruit just a delicious wine, and at the price that's $5.00 a bottle, that will last in your fridge for months!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2010 Ceretto "Prapò" Barolo
Review Date: 04-20-2015
The 2010 Barolo vintage produced many great wines and this wine comes from one of Serralunga's top crus and Ceretto's interpretation is truly a classic. I love the elegance; the balance of this wine, the nose is full of leather, spice and porcini with floral hints as the bouquet wafts toward your nose. On the palate the wine is long, balanced and carries the same flavor profile through as the nose. A long and lively finish show this wine is going to grow into a really serious Barolo. While this wine is drinkable now the best drinking window for maximum appreciation will be 2020-2035.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2010 Capanna Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-19-2015
Patrizio Cencioni, Capanna’s owner, is a man of very few words, he lets his wine do the talking for him, he’s the strong, silent type, and you never quite know what’s going on behind his eyes. I wouldn’t play poker with him, yet I’d buy his wine. Capanna is a powerhouse; the nose is an array of wild cherry, chestnut, cinnamon, smoked meats, plum and cocoa. This is a wine with tannic structure yet so in balance it doesn’t really stand out and that is because it is so well balanced, all the pieces line up elegantly. On the palate the wine is a cauldron of molten fruit, spice, and leather and displays an extraordinary density. This is a powerful wine, it has everything, fruit, spice density, palate presence it is a marvel to behold, however this is a wine you’ll need to hold onto for awhile, this isn’t a pretty wine this is a stunningly gorgeous wine that will take a bit of time to take it all in. Drop it in your cellar for another 5-10 years, or if you have anyone you need to gift a Birth year wine for, this is it.
Drink from 2020 to 2020
Price: $46.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 94

2010 Caprili Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-13-2015
The nose is full of smoke, wild herbs, dried wild cherries, leather and a a seeming sweetness. On the palate the wine turns luxurious, and the flavors become more saline, crushed rock, dried flower, umami, wild herbs, dried meat, salted plums, soy, dried porcini that all arrive at a point of ultra savory. The finish is absolutely superb, long, lustrous with fine grain tannins. Tremendous wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Pian dell'Orino "Amiata" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 03-15-2015
The nose on this wine is wild, untamed, dried herbs, brush, fresh earth, smoked meats, dried floral notes along with a plumy brightness, just incredibly vibrant. The nose is just amazing but it is on the palate that this wine shows the most, it has such a feel, so light, energetic yet couched in a rich, powerful body that has an incredibly deep structure. The tannins are extraordinarily well integrated and the acidic balance lifts and powers the palate texture, supple yet firm, dense yet effortless. In the mouth more flavors emerge, wild fruits, cherry, and nectarine add to the meaty richness, that umami like character that is the principle flavor component. Finish is the wrong word for this wine because it is a long, balanced and easy path full of the vast array of flavors layering themselves on a seemingly endless journey. The only negative about this wine is they only make 500 cases, it is fabulous.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $99.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 97

2010 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino (375ml)
Review Date: 03-11-2015
The nose of this wine is just super elegant, full of rose petals, wild cherry with hints of middle eastern spices. On the palate the wine is lively, fresh and savory all at the same time, the wild cherry turns deeper into plum, smoked meats and leather but always propped up by high toned cherry and rose notes. The finish is just stupendous, so complex, so full, so long, it is hard to choose between these two wines but I like this one just slightly more than the Altero, but both super.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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JS 97 WE 94

2010 Tassi "Franci" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 03-11-2015
The nose is smoky, dark, shows more earthy aromatics with hints of iron, leather, dried herbs, dried meat, more of that umami savory character with hints of mineral salts. On the palate the wine is expansive, powerful while still showing definition in the midst of its richly textured body. The wine comes on in waves, full, powerful, texturally dominating but then the flavors take over, plumy, chocolate, Christmas spice, wild cherry and then to the meaty, more savory flavors, just an incredible array. The finish is long, powerful, supple, complex and really brings this wine to an exciting…well I can’t say finish because it just goes on and on.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Tassi Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 03-11-2015
The nose is full of sweet plumy fruit, wild cherry, earth, Tuscan dust, smoked meats and herb, all flowing gently from the glass giving one the sense ease and grace, not forceful but full. In the mouth the wine shows a lush, fuller expression almost chocolaty, with plum and herb and earth, a supple, warm and inviting palate presence that just begs to be drunk, yet for the wine to be so easy to drink it shows remarkable depth and definition. The finish is long lasting, and carries through the chocolaty, cherry, dried herb character but it is its texture, that luscious, lustrous broad power that catches your attention and makes you go back for another taste.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Solaria Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 03-11-2015
Dense, dark fruit that’s more plum than cherry along with bold strokes of vanilla burst from your glass. They are followed on the palate, by a wine that shows less structure than the nose might portray but has lots of juicy, bold fruit that’s accompanied by fine grain tannin. The finish is full, fleshy and shows a bit of square tannins in the finish. This wine needs a few years to come together to show all the potential it has.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
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JS 95 AG 90

2010 Antinori "Pian delle Vigne" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 03-11-2015
The nose is so pretty, a delicate blend of plum, spice, vanilla with bits of dried herbs. On the palate the wine is graceful, balanced, supple, warm and truly inviting while the flavors are leaning toward a delicate sweetness of once again plum but with some dark fruit joined by touches of earth and spice. The finish is elegant, balanced, long and makes you want to take another sip, a wine so easy to drink and so engaging. For me this is the best wine this property has ever made.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Villa I Cipressi "Zebras" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 03-11-2015
The nose is a cauldron of earth, Tuscan brush, rosemary, smoke, spice and leather exhibiting that savory quality of the vintage. On the palate the wine has exceptional balance and incredible depth, the flavors of plum, wild cherry are so complex, showing so many facets it’s hard to describe. After this burst of fruit the savory excitement bursts forward and the layers of smoked meat, earth, wild cherry, spice, smoke are couched in a deeper, richer texture, although I’m leaning toward using lushness as a descriptor because if feels in that direction but the wine isn’t lush it is concentrated, supple and shows incredible depth. The finish is long, balanced, powerful and is a delight with hints of sweet, toasted oak in the finish. Truly outstanding.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Villa I Cipressi Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 03-11-2015
The nose is a cauldron of earth, Tuscan brush, rosemary, smoke, spice and leather exhibiting that savory quality of the vintage. On the palate the wine has exceptional balance and the plumy, wild cherry flavors emerge first but are swept up in a whoosh of savory exuberance, layers of smoked meat, earth, wild cherry, spice, smoke all come together on the palate. The finish is long, balanced and a replay of this wine’s spectacular array of flavors.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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JS 96

2010 Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 03-11-2015
The nose is full of bold, plumy fruit with hints of spice and touches of earth but predominantly darker fruit. On the palate the wine shows loads of structure but is extraordinarily well poised a density that is coupled with classic length and a balance that surprised me. On the palate the wine’s flavors are strident, rich, saturated and forthright echoing the dark plum, slight bits of cherry and leather begin to emerge but less savory and more straightforward fruits. The finish is powerful, balanced, long and a carries through the consistent flavors throughout. The best from this winery in years.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $37.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 93 JS 92

2010 Mauro Molino "Bricco Luciani" Barolo
Review Date: 03-10-2015
Mauro Molino’s Barolo are not overly tannic, they always show more elegance, balance with a supple and drinkable feel to them. The nose is an array of spice, herbs, and flowers with hints of leather and camphor. On the palate his wine is graceful, lush and gives one a sense of ease and grace. The finish shows a bit of tannin but overall the wine is very easy to drink for most Barolo, and an excellent introduction to Nebbiolo.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2009 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Review Date: 03-10-2015
The 2009 Madonna has all of the classic Valdicava character in the nose, that gamey, sweet earth, wild cherry mélange that is so identifiable for this producer. On the palate the fruit begins to expand and it releases more spice, plum, leather, smoked meats but still that wild cherry shows the way and lengthens it across your palate. The wine is powerful, structured with very fine grain tannin, but the wine’s core of acidity pulls the wine down your tongue where those signature flavors are once more displayed. The finish is supple, long and still shows layers of flavors just piqued by a bit of that very fine grain tannin in the finish, an altogether excellent wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $224.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 95

2006 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Review Date: 03-10-2015
This wine is absolutely stunning so full of wild cherry, a sweet earthy, fresh cut leather, plums, spice just incredible nose. On the palate it is big, long yet shows outstanding balance and length. While there is a fair amount of structure the tannins are very fine grain and add an intriguing background for the rich fruit and spice. The finish is simply superb, a wine for the ages and while you might think this is really expensive, but when you compare it to a First Growth Bordeaux....you're stealing it.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2009 Aldo Conterno "Colonnello" Barolo
Review Date: 03-10-2015
The Colonnello is a little more closed texturally than the Cicala, higher toned plum, rose and spice are in the nose but on the palate the fine grain tannin shows itself and if you're going to drink this now you're going to need a big piece of meat or a big bowl of a very rich risotto. Nevertheless the wine is breathtaking on the palate and in the nose.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2009 Aldo Conterno "Cicala" Barolo
Review Date: 03-10-2015
The wines of Aldo Conterno are always so well balanced, so effortless I can't think of another Barolo that is always so pleasing. The 2009's are a little more foward and approachable but still show the layers of flavors and textural richness of a great Barolo.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 03-10-2015
The nose of this wine is just super elegant, full of rose petals, wild cherry with hints of middle eastern spices. On the palate the wine is lively, fresh and savory all at the same time, the wild cherry turns deeper into plum, smoked meats and leather but always propped up by high toned cherry and rose notes. The finish is just stupendous, so complex, so full, so long, it is hard to choose between these two wines but I like this one just slightly more than the Altero, but both super.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $61.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 97 WE 94

2010 Poggio Antico "Altero" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 03-10-2015
Poggio Antico comes from one of the highest vineyards in Montalcino and the ethereal fragrance in this wine is just amazing. The fruit is a combination of savory wild cherry, hints of leather, spice, smoke and a bit of porcini. On the palate the wine has body, richness but it is the balance and length that stretch out and gives this wine such an elegant mouth feel. The finish just seems to go on and on, so balanced, so flavorful, one of the Best of the vintage.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $74.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 96

2010 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 03-04-2015
I absolutely love this wine, the best thing they've done... that I can remember. The nose is full of earth, spice, leather, dried wild cherries and is a powerful statement from the nose. On the palate a classic, long, slightly leathery character is in the middle of a broad, rich and luxurious follow through. Layers of spice, plum, wild cherry, wild herbs in a long procession of flavors marching to the finish. In the finish a long, persistent and so satisfying end, Super wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2012 Remo Farina Bianco di Custoza
Review Date: 03-03-2015
I love this wine's refreshing balance, of crispness and supple body. Fermented and aged in stainless steel to keep the wine's clean, fresh fruit character, and it is just a delight to drink.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 San Carlo Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 03-03-2015
The nose is full of spice and dried flowers. On the palate the wine is structured with dense, tannic shoulders, powerful, long tannins. The wine is a blockbuster on the palate then begins to narrow at the back of the palate with a long finish.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $41.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 95 RP 90

2010 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L)
Review Date: 03-03-2015
The nose is dense, brooding pools of plum, earth, smoke and hints of wood spice. On the palate the wine is powerful, broad, deep, a muscularly vibrant presence that brings the fruit to life. The wine finishes very long, with a great central focus with hints of wood spice in the finish.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $96.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 95 AG 91

2010 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 03-03-2015
The nose is dense, brooding pools of plum, earth, smoke and hints of wood spice. On the palate the wine is powerful, broad, deep, a muscularly vibrant presence that brings the fruit to life. The wine finishes very long, with a great central focus with hints of wood spice in the finish.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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JS 95 AG 91

2010 La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 03-03-2015
The nose is full of dark earth, vibrant wild cherry, smoke, crushed stone, and a hint of gaminess. On the palate the wine is impressive; a powerful structure of very fine grain structure surrounds the core of this wine. A commanding central focus bonds the fruit and spice to the voluptuous layers of fruit that curl up around the core. Waves of flavor seem to never end bringing more wild cherry and earth with hints of wood smoke. The finish continues the lustrous richness that is backed up once again by that very fine grain tannin, it is a superb wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Bellaria Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 03-03-2015
The nose is intense; plumy that shows some spice, wild herbs and a bit of fresh leather. On the palate the wine is dense, full of plum, wild cherry and bits of vanillin. This is a muscular wine, fleshy, full but still shows great balance with a vibrant core that stretches out over the length of this wine showing a broad powerful finish. Will benefit from a bit of aeration but I liked this more than the Assunto its big brother.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Iliceus Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 03-03-2015
I have to admit I was quite surprised, I’m usually pretty good about knowing all of the producers in Montalcino, but this one got by me. Not surprisingly because they are one of the few producers not in the Consorzio so I gave myself a pass, that was until I tasted it…then I kicked myself. Deeply colored, the wines presence in the glass alone was impressive and one sniff of the nose let me know why it was a barriqued wine. Generally I’m not much of a fan of Sangiovese in barrique, it takes the right producer to be able to grow fruit powerful enough to withstand the barrels character, Iliceus is that wine., pronounced { ill-lee-chay-us}. The nose is packed with dense fruit a combination of wild cherry, ripe, yet vibrant plum, bits of leather, spice, very aromatic. On the palate the wine is sensational, an audacious, polished, supple force, powerful yet easy, superbly balanced yet opulent. The finish is long, stretched out to spread the frame of this powerful and delicious wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 La Lecciaia "Manapetra" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 03-03-2015
The Manapetra is a plumper, broader, a richer, fuller version of the Brunello. The nose is brooding, slightly closed now but shows hints of power and size. On the palate the wine is full but shows a bit of tannic tension, roiling beneath the surface is a powerful structure and sizable density however this wine will need time in your cellar.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 93 JS 92

2010 La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino (375ml)
Review Date: 03-03-2015
The nose is full of plum, spice, leather, gravel and smoke, that might seem a disparate blend for some of you but it is a heavenly flow of aromatics that escape your glass. On the palate the wine is classic, a long, vibrant flow from front to back that is layers of wild cherry, smoke and leather couched in a richly textured center. Superb balance and vibrant, classic aromatics, at the price an unbelievable deal.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 94 JS 92

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