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Greg St. Clair

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2010 Castello di Romitorio "Filo di Seta" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-23-2015
This is a powerful, brooding, concentrated wine, so dense that is doesn't seem like it is from this vintage. Yet the richness, dark, plumy fruit make this a serious wine, especially for those who don't mind a bit of vanillin toast and wood tannins. The wine is very powerful and will need some time to come together but there is definitely some depth worth waiting for. Best to age for a while.
Drink from 2022 to 2022

2010 Terre da Vino "Essenze" Barolo
Review Date: 04-23-2015
From the exceptional 2010 vintage in Barolo the Terre da Vino folks have released an outstanding wine at an unbelievable price. The wine's nose is full of a complex blend of plum, smoke and leather but it is on the palate that the wine is sensational. Most 2010's will be headed to your cellar but this wine can go right to the table. The palate has a supple, powerful, luxurious feel to it that shows lots of rich fruit along with spice and earth, and the tannins are really well integrated. A long, vibrant finish really makes this wine a sensational drink now or for quite a few years to come.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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WE 91

2012 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana
Review Date: 04-23-2015
This wine is so popular we just can't keep it in stock. The warm richness of the wine coupled with its stellar balance and length seem to make it a universal translator, everyone seems to love this wine. The core of this wine is 60% Sangiovese but it's from one of the Premier vineyard sites in Chianti Classico the Conca d'Oro. Here Sangiovese is at its best showing long, elegant lines with supple wild cherry character that enliven the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that add a little international swagger to the austere Sangiovese. A tremendous wine, you'll love it.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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JS 93 RP 93

2006 Terralsole Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-23-2015
Terralsole comes from the southeast corner of Montalcino's growing zone and is outstanding in this classic 5* vintage. The nose is a little shy at first (unless you decant 2-3 hours ahead, which I suggest)but then it begins to open showing a superb blend complex, deep, sun roasted, dried meat flavors, warm and supple on the palate but with excellent structure as well. No pigeonhole to put this wine in but an outstanding example of the Superb 2006 vintage.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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WE 92 RP 91

2010 Albatreti Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-22-2015
The nose on this wine is scintillating, so pure it is hard to put into words to, yet it seems like waves of aromas of wild cherry, Tuscan brush, leather, rosemary and Middle Eastern spices. On the palate the wine is so graceful, respectful and calm it reminded me of Gaetano. Sangiovese’s long core of acidic structure gives this wine just incredible length and around this foundation the wild cherry flavors seem to wrap themselves around this center and then peel back into the flow of the wine. On the palate the wine has real body, weight and a richness that is so texturally pleasing it’s hard to believe it seems so delicate at the same time. In the mouth the wine has so much flavor or so many flavors it would seem to be a bulldozer but this wine’s great charm and character is its delicacy, it’s no bulldozer it’s a symphony. The fruit is so well integrated into the wine it doesn’t seem to have layers or waves it is just one very complex flavor that includes wild cherry, leather, porcini, earth, oyster shells, smoke, rosemary, dried meats, spice and that wild Tuscan brush. Great balance as well, you can drink this wine now or age for another decade plus, it is a real steal!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 95

2004 Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Review Date: 04-21-2015
The nose of this decade old Riserva is classic, leather, iron, smoke, tobacco, porcini dust with a bit of plum on the back end. This is a wine that needs to decant for a few hours and then you'll see the mid palate start to expand, add richness and some of the plumy fruit begins to sweeten your mouth. The wine finishes with a slight tannic edge but showing all of the aromatics that have now turned to flavors. Have this wine with a rich pasta or Pot Roast.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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WE 91 AG 90

2010 Talosa Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva
Review Date: 04-21-2015
One of the best Vino Nobile I've had in a long time and certainly the one that's going to be appreciated by everyone. This 100% Sangiovese is aged in a mixture of barrique, tonneaux and in 35HL barrels for three years and then a year in the bottle before release. The wine is simply stunning, showing that 2010 isn't only great in Montalcino but Montepulciano too. The wine is full of rich, plumy fruit that has spicy complexity to it but the wine has such balanced richness it is compelling to drink, it's really tasty. It also will age for another decade plus easily.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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WS 94

2011 Baracchi Smeriglio Syrah Cortona DOC
Review Date: 04-21-2015
This just might be a first, I'm not a giant fan of Syrah to start with and generally Italian Syrah even less but I acquiesced to tasting this wine and thank goodness I did. This is far more of a cool climate Syrah, the flavors are bright, faceted and yes there is body but it isn't ponderous or thick, it's balanced with a long finis and has Syrah's classic profile of black pepper as well. A really good wine you should check it out!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2010 Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino "Pomona"
Review Date: 04-21-2015
The nose on this wine is full of ripe plum, wild marasca cherry, leather, spice, wild herbs, tobacco, smoke that envelops your presence. On the palate this wine has density, richness and an exciting palate presence, not too fat, not too firm yet has richness. The flavors start with the ripe plumy character, spiced with the wild cherry, leather, earth and finishes with s view to the iron rich, spicy soil. The wine shows great promise, depth and room to grow, it is really good. Villa Poggio Salvi’s Pomona is a true rarity, only 1,333 bottles were produced
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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WS 96

2010 Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-21-2015
The nose on this wine is classic, all leather, earth, spice, wild cherry with hints of roasted chestnuts. On the palate it is a serious wine, muscular, sinewy, long, and leathery and in this vintage the layers of savory, salty, umami like character, then the fruit and structure just peel back one after another revealing even more Tuscan earth, wild herbs, rosemary and smoke an exceedingly deep wine. This isn’t a lush, plump wine this wine has a very fine-grain tannin feel to it stretched out along a powerful interior acidic core that allows the tannins to blend in harmoniously. A long finish where the earthy, spicy flavors seem to last for minutes. 3,750 cases produced
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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WE 94 JS 91

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Capanna Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 03-10-2015
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 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

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