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Greg St. Clair

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2016 Franck Millet Sancerre Blanc (375ml)
Review Date: 09-19-2017
The nose is classic Sauvignon, a bit of grapefruit (no green peppers) with hints of dried herbs. On the palate the chalky soils become visible making a crisp and snappy appearance yet in this warmer vintage the wine's mid palate richness balances it perfectly. The finish is hints of grapefruit rind, anise and a lively focus. Perfect for grilled salmon.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart

2016 Franck Millet Sancerre Blanc (1.5L)
Review Date: 09-19-2017
The nose is classic Sauvignon, a bit of grapefruit (no green peppers) with hints of dried herbs. On the palate the chalky soils become visible making a crisp and snappy appearance yet in this warmer vintage the wine's mid palate richness balances it perfectly. The finish is hints of grapefruit rind, anise and a lively focus. Perfect for grilled salmon.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2012 La Massa "Giorgio Primo" Toscana 3.0L
Review Date: 09-05-2017
The nose of this wine says depth, structure, not verbiage I normally include for the nose, but in this case you can really smell the power. The aromatics are an array of cocoa powder, black currant, wild cherry hints of tobacco and leather. On the palate the wine shows depth and concentration but never heavy, you can sense this is a wine made in barrique there is that slight torque one gets from small barrels yet they barrique doesn’t flavor the wine. The flavors are still, dark cocoa powder, cassis, blackberry with hints of leather and bits of heather and truffle. The finish is long, focused and tense, this is a wine that will benefit greatly from a longer aging but even in just 6 months to a year it will blossom tremendously. Complex, powerful Bordeaux styled Super Tuscan that shows the Panzano terroir.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2012 La Massa "Giorgio Primo" Toscana 1.5L
Review Date: 09-05-2017
The nose of this wine says depth, structure, not verbiage I normally include for the nose, but in this case you can really smell the power. The aromatics are an array of cocoa powder, black currant, wild cherry hints of tobacco and leather. On the palate the wine shows depth and concentration but never heavy, you can sense this is a wine made in barrique there is that slight torque one gets from small barrels yet they barrique doesn’t flavor the wine. The flavors are still, dark cocoa powder, cassis, blackberry with hints of leather and bits of heather and truffle. The finish is long, focused and tense, this is a wine that will benefit greatly from a longer aging but even in just 6 months to a year it will blossom tremendously. Complex, powerful Bordeaux styled Super Tuscan that shows the Panzano terroir.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2012 La Massa "Giorgio Primo" Toscana
Review Date: 09-05-2017
The nose of this wine says depth, structure, not verbiage I normally include for the nose, but in this case you can really smell the power. The aromatics are an array of cocoa powder, black currant, wild cherry hints of tobacco and leather. On the palate the wine shows depth and concentration but never heavy, you can sense this is a wine made in barrique there is that slight torque one gets from small barrels yet they barrique doesn’t flavor the wine. The flavors are still, dark cocoa powder, cassis, blackberry with hints of leather and bits of heather and truffle. The finish is long, focused and tense, this is a wine that will benefit greatly from a longer aging but even in just 6 months to a year it will blossom tremendously. Complex, powerful Bordeaux styled Super Tuscan that shows the Panzano terroir.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2013 Raymond "Reserve Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-05-2017
The nose has a spicy element to it, nutmeg, cloves with hints of leather and bits of plum. On the palate the wine shows real balance, lively, not heavy but showing a supple richness. The flavors begin to blossom on the palate showing more fruit and hints of earth and leather. The finish is elegant, balanced and shows a real restraint, I like this wine a lot, just real straight forward honest Cabernet at a reasonable price point and this wine will age for several years while gaining complexity.,
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2016 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo County Chardonnay
Review Date: 09-05-2017
$15 California Chardonnay is not normally in my Drinking Playbook, but I do get to taste an awful lot of them so I think I have an idea of when something is as good as this wine is shows up that you should know about it. The nose has life, it's refreshing, fresh fruit, not condensed or tropical just real. On the palate the wine has weight, a supple roundness yet not fat, it's balanced, long and has a lift in the finish. Excellent value for the Price Point!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

2015 Chateau Ste. Michelle "50th Anniversary" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-05-2017
Sometimes one needs a non subtle expression of wine in your mouth, say you're having some super hot spicy bbq ribs...that delicate Pinot??? No way, you need some substance, power, density and this super concentrated wine has all of that @ $10. Smooth, plum and strident you know you've got a fish on the line when you put this in your mouth. Perfect for Backyard BBQ with spicy ribs or if you're into Chili...this is your wine.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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2014 Provenance Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-05-2017
The nose on this wine lets you know that it is underplaying, yes it's from Napa but there isn't any over the top sweetness to it. There's a subtle mix of earth, spice and fruit, none dominating another. On the palate the wine has a balanced, fresh feel it still has weight and texture but doesn't come across heavy. The finish is clean, balanced with lots of complex flavors, an excellent choice for a Napa Cab in this price point.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2014 Knez Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-05-2017
The nose is more classically Mendocino, it seems less ripe than it actually becomes, broad and full on the palate with bright acidity. The wine has a certain supple richness to it that makes it easy to drink, and will pair easily with your grilled sausage or burgers.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Dominus "Napanook" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 09-05-2017
This is just a superb wine and I wish that all of Napa could take notice stylistically and balance. The nose of this wine is so complex, so many layers, green olive, leather, spice along with deep, concentrated blackberry. On the palate you immediately see the lift, while this wine has depth, power and structure it’s light on its feet, fresh and finishes on an up note. Years of aging will just add to the nuance of this wine although it is a delight to drink now.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2015 Bishop's Peak San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-05-2017
The nose of this wine is so complex, clove, Darjeeling tea, sandalwood and blackberry I had to go back and look at the price of this wine, really? $17.99? Holy Cow, you don’t get this in that price point. The palate has a supple richness to it that makes it so easy to drink, there on the palate the spice and blackberry come back but they aren’t candied sweet, they are fresh and faceted. The finish is superb, the richness is balanced by a lifting in the finish that cleans and focuses your palate. Really an outstanding wine at the price point.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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2016 Spottswoode Napa-Sonoma Counties Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 09-05-2017
Bordeaux like complexity in a California Sauvignon. Spottswoode’s Sauvignon Blanc is a superbly balanced, enough textural richness to make Californian’s feel comfortable but then the wine segues into bits of lime, delicate hints of jalapeno, and fig. This is a really delicious example of how using oak in aging California white wine should be!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Old Potrero Single Malt Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 08-29-2017
Impressive nose, decisive, spiced maple, hints of clove and a bit of ginger. On the palate you notice the difference between Rye and Bourbon, more focus, less sweetness and the flavors are more faceted, more of the spicy rye character then a bit of sea salt caramel, long and it softens the attack of the rye. The finish is very long, potent it stays on your mid palate for some time and carries that caramel character through accented by hints of spice.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

2015 Cantina Valle Isarco Kerner Alto Adige
Review Date: 08-28-2017
The Isarco River Valley is a river set where the Alps meet the Dolomites and in this valley some of Italy’s finest white wines are made. Kerner is the predominant variety here and although it doesn’t get much play as a grape in the rest of Italy once you taste it you’ll be a huge fan. The nose is striking almost tropical, there’s a haunting, inviting richness that beckons you to try. On the palate the wine has incredible weight but simultaneously buoyed by exceptional acidity and regularly makes a wine of 14% alcohol seem more like 12.5%. Long, balanced with that exceptional acidity the fruit follows through in the finish. Perfect for spicier dishes or if you’re looking for the weight and texture of Chardonnay (without the wood) Kerner is for you!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

2014 Cantina Terlan "Vorberg" Pinot Bianco Alto Adige Riserva
Review Date: 08-28-2017
I’ll never forget my first visit to Vorberg, in German it basically means in front of the mountain, it is a vineyard that is seemingly applied to the steep face of the mountain. I put my hands in the soil to smell what it was like, intensely salty, how intense? I couldn’t get the smell off my hands for two days! This is the home of Vorberg one of the Alto Adige’s greatest white wines, they last an incredibly long time, I’ve had them back into the 1950’s. The nose is mineral driven then layers of ripe pear, fruit blossom and hints of bergamot. On the palate the wine has incredible intensity and weight, yet the richness of the wine balances the high acidity to the point it seems smooth. Long and intense finish, try it with Lobster or Halibut.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Abbazia di Novacella "Praepositus" Kerner
Review Date: 08-28-2017
Novacella’s top class of wines is the Praepositus, and the 2015 is a spectacular vintage to boot. The nose is full of pear, quince, lime leaf all that show a concentration, full and dynamic. On the palate the wine has a density, fullness that seems rich but has a powerful mineral acidity that holds the center together while extending it into a long finish. Full, powerful, lightly treading it is a marvel of a wine that will age for a decade well. Kerner is one of the Alto Adige’s finest grapes when coming from the Alpine Isarco River Valley.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
WE 95 JS 92

2012 Schiavenza "Serralunga" Barolo
Review Date: 08-28-2017
I love the purity, and classic Serralunga flavors in this wine, it has loads of gravelly, cigar ash aromatics with floral hints of roses while darker fruits make the more prominent statement. On the palate the thing that stands out for me is the textural richness, sometimes commune level Barolo can be a bit gritty with un-ripened tannins wine but this wine has richness, sweet tannins and gives one the impression of size. The flavors are darker fruit, as the base component then more spice and leather while finishing up with layers of spice, and bits of leather. An excellent, long finish, no drying tannin just complete flavors that are superbly balanced, making it a Serralunga Barolo you can drink now!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
WS 91

2015 Sarno 1860 Fiano di Avellino
Review Date: 08-28-2017
I've always liked Fiano d'Avellino but never had my breath taken away like I have with this wine. The nose is classic all beeswax and lanolin until the dried flowers and spice kick in. Then on the palate you see the real impressive portion of the wine, the 2015 vintage is sensational and for Sarno the added dimension on palate is incredible, the richness is skewered by a mix of tannin and mineral driven acidity giving it weight with a real lift on the back end. The flavors are a mix of Kaffir lime and ripe Bosc pear that enliven the richness of the wine and seem to create flow. The finish is improperly named, it never seems to finish, just on and on and on, more lime more pear and then that ground mineral zip. I would love to have this with a bigger, more structured fish like Swordfish although I'm sure many of you'd head towards Lobster. I really think this wine is stunning; you definitely need to try this!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart
VN 93

2012 Secoli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva
Review Date: 08-28-2017
The nose has a candied plum character that is subtle not so overwhelming yet shows hints of cinnamon and wild cherry. On the palate this is a full-bodied wine yet restrained only 14.5% for an Amarone but it still retains that character. There has been an evolution in modern day Amarone towards drier and less alcoholic versions this is one, no sweetness at all but it gives you the illusion of that with a glycerin laden texture. The flavors are an encore to the nose, plum, spices and wild cherry and the wine finishes in a dry and focused lifting.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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Ca de Medici "Remigio" Sorbara Lambrusco
Review Date: 08-27-2017
The nose is full of strawberry in an easy, vinous way that jumps from your glass. On the palate the wine is vibrant, lots of fruit with excellent balance, for the most part you'll feel this wine as dry although there is a hint of sweetness. Perfect for salumi and cheese!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2015 Edi Keber Collio Bianco
Review Date: 08-27-2017
Edi Keber lives in Friuli, in Collio just scant meters from the Slovenian border and produces one wine made from Friulano, Ribolla Gialla and Malvasia Istriana This wine has the richness of California Chard -onnay and the finesse of White Burgundy, layers of fruit, spice, and mineral drive the incredible palate presence and you to a heightened frenzy. Capable of aging for a decade or more but ready now, it’s perfect for meatier fish like swordfish, halibut or even lobster. You’ll love the smooth, rich texture and the delicate aromatics.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2013 Brezza Barolo
Review Date: 08-27-2017
The nose of this Barolo is more fruit than earth, more berries and spice yet it still has hints of leather and smoke. On the palate the richness becomes evident, this wine has a breadth to it, full and fleshy, tannic structure well integrated into the body. The finish is slightly short because this wine’s focus is the mid palate breadth, power, density and loads of flavor.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $43.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Brezza "Cannubi" Barolo
Review Date: 08-27-2017
The nose on this is classic Cannubi, more sweet elegant aromatics but within a very tight bandwidth, perhaps just slightly darker fruit character than normal. On the palate it is more linear, focused, tightly wound and gradually you feel more leather, earth gradually emerge, the tannins are more evident while in balance. The finish is slightly more forceful as the tannins appear more. In the future the evolution of the mid palate sweetness will soften the tannins; this wine needs a little time.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Brezza "Sarmassa" Barolo
Review Date: 08-27-2017
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You can tell immediately that this wine is special; the nose is pronounced, complete, and full of tar, spice, truffle and smoke. On the palate this wine has a concentration of flavors but don’t think of it as richer it’s just more comprehensive, layers and layers of effortless fruit, spice along with bits of leather, tar and wild berries. The finish is magnificent, wide, long, bringing back all the nose and fruit, with a bit of jauntiness, just to let you know it is more than just complex fruit.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Paolo Caciorgna "Guardoilvento" Etna Rosso
Review Date: 08-27-2017
Paolo Caciorgna is a consulting winemaker, his family lives in Tuscany but he travels all over Italy, on one of those trips with one of his clients he found this tiny parcel of old vines on Mount Etna, he was so taken with the spot and the grapes he bought this parcel named Guardo il Vento, in Italian it means “look at the wind”. The nose is heavenly, it’s a wispy, ethereal mélange of wild strawberry, leather, clove, and smoke, it isn’t bold it drifts out of the glass, slowly, use patience here you don’t want to miss anything. On the palate you can sense the tannic structure, it’s there but more like a veil of tannin, not bold timbers, just a delicate reminder. The flavors are mineral driven, there seems to be a bit of volcanic ash, with wild strawberry, leather and a suppleness that almost seems like sweetness. The finish is long, growing, once again patience is needed it isn’t a simplistic fruit bomb it’s a bit mysterious, you’ll need to pay attention, but it will reward.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Murgo Brut Rosé Spumante Sicilia
Review Date: 08-27-2017
This was my first experience with Nerello Mascalese the Etna red grape that is taking Italy by storm. I initially didn’t think that a sparkling wine from Sicily would intrigue me but this wine totally captivated me. Shelly Lindgren, who runs the famed A16 restaurant s and is the champion of Southern Italian wines, turned me on to this, and when Shelly says it’s good I never look twice. The nose is a complex blend of wild strawberry, and dried flowers; on the palate you can sense that this is a really well made sparkling wine, perfect mousse and balance. You can feel the volcano’s presence with its searing minerality the perfect foil for balancing the wine in those southern climes. Wonderfully expressive finish, balanced, mineral and wild strawberry, one of Italy’s best sparkling wines.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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Amara Sicilian Amaro d'Arancia Rossa (750ml)
Review Date: 08-27-2017
A confession, I love Amaro, there’s a huge trend toward Amaro, vermouth and bitters but this one is really unique. The Sicilian orange peel just dominates not only in the aromatics but it is the signature flavor throughout. I frequently find Southern Italian Amaro too sweet for my taste this one is impeccably balanced. I love it over ice with a sprig of rosemary, sometime I add a splash of soda.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2011 Porta del Vento "MaQue'" Perricone Sicilia
Review Date: 08-27-2017
I was really taken by the nose of this wine, it has a wild, windswept Mediterranean brush scent to it, with leather and earth but it has its own uniqueness. Perricone is one of Italy’s hundreds of indigenous grape varieties and the breadth of them all sometimes makes it difficult to handle. When I first tasted this wine I was stunned, the mouthfeel, density and balance where exceptional, these vineyards are at 1500’ so retain more freshness and balance. The wine reminded me a bit of Syrah’s structure and weight but the flavors are all Perricone, spice, sandalwood, rosemary, fresh leather and a bit of minerality. A powerful wine this would go best with leg of lamb.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2012 Valle dell'Acate Cerasuolo di Vittoria
Review Date: 08-27-2017
I think Cerasuolo di Vittoria is one of Sicily’s most refreshing wines, don’t get the idea it’s simple or light it’s just the blend of Nero d’Avola to give it some body and mid palate sweetness is the perfect foil for Frappato that adds lift, freshness and a vibrant cherry core. The nose is heavenly, wafting aromas of wild cherry and plum fills your nose and when the wine hits your palate you get a sense of weight and richness, not heavy because the Frappato’s acidity lifts it in the end. A perfect accompaniment for pasta or chicken.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Il Gattopardo Nero d'Avola - Syrah Sicilia
Review Date: 08-27-2017
I tasted this wine as a favor for a salesman friend but I had little hope that I would like this wine. Syrah and Nero d’Avola as a blend just didn’t seem to work in my mind, yet this wine is super and when you factor in the price it is almost unbelievable. The nose is Nero d’Avola, that gentle, plum sweetness you’d expect but not an over-ripe version just clean, and faceted aromatics. On the palate you can feel the presence of the Syrah; it adds structure, mid palate density and a layer of sophistication, while the Nero d’Avola’s fruit keeps it from being heavy. The finish is balanced, fresh, with good body that shows you weight without being heavy, the perfect wine for your Tuesday Lasagna.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

2014 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico
Review Date: 08-24-2017
You might have heard that the 2014 vintage was difficult in Chianti and it was, that means producers make less and sometimes declassify wines down into the less specific wines. That's this wine no San Marcellino this year but OMG this wine is outstanding, The nose is full of wild cherries and earth, bits of leather, hints of truffle, spice, it is really amazing. On the palate the wine has richness, structure, balance and shows lots of complexity. It finishes with a well balanced richness, supple and structured, and it drinks really well now. Try it with your next grilled meat.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2016 Vietti Arneis Roero
Review Date: 08-24-2017
The nose is full of apple blossom, ripe pear and jasmine and while that sounds tres exotic the nose is actually really vinous. On the palate the 2016 vintage shows its ripeness but Vietti's Arneis has excellent balance and acidity to support the extra mid palate richness. It finishes clean, focused and gives you the sense that you had a wine of substance, perfect for a pasta primavera or grilled shrimp.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Sergio Arcuri "Marinetto" Ciro Rosato Calabria
Review Date: 08-24-2017
The nose of this wine is exotic, a melange of dried roses, strawberry confiture, with hints of rosemary. On the palate you sense immediately this is not a simple wine, it's just lighter colored, it has body, depth but is a graceful and supple wine in the mouth. The wine has structrure, good acidity and minerality but the flavors will win you over, it's a replay of the nose, balanced and focused, Dry and focused this is a wine you can have with lots of foods, BBQ chicken, grilled salmon and maybe even spaghetti carbonara.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Sergio Arcuri "Aris" Ciro Rosso Calabria
Review Date: 08-24-2017
The nose of this wine is full of earth, dried rose petals, and ash with hints of plum and leather. On the palate this wine seems more related to Nebbiolo than to anything else, it has the classic tannic structure not harsh but a little gritty. The flavors are sweeter on the palate more rose and plum up front then slowly the earth and spicy notes emerge. The finish is dry, the wine has breadth and depth and a long lasting finish. This wine would be perfect for braised meats or wild mushroom risotto.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

2016 Franck Millet Sancerre Blanc
Review Date: 08-24-2017
The nose is classic Sauvignon, a bit of grapefruit (no green peppers) with hints of dried herbs. On the palate the chalky soils become visible making a crisp and snappy appearance yet in this warmer vintage the wine's mid palate richness balances it perfectly. The finish is hints of grapefruit rind, anise and a lively focus. Perfect for grilled salmon.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2015 Tenuta Carretta Gavi
Review Date: 08-24-2017
The nose of this wine is so pure, classic Gavi with delicate white flowers, yet you can see that this is a wine of substance it is not simple, just delicate. On the palate the wine has good weight, balance and a bit of ripe Bosc pear, but that flavor is pinned to the palate by an excellent minerality and perfect acidic balance. The finish is clean and lifted but the mineral component lasts and lasts. Try this sauteed Snapper!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

2016 Rocca di Montegrossi Extra Vergine Olive Oil (500ml)
Review Date: 08-23-2017
If you haven't tried the Rocca di Montegrossi Extra Virgin Olive Oil you are missing one of Italy's great Olive Oils. The nose is pure Tuscan, green snap and the vibrancy you'd expect from Tuscan oil. On the palate it luxurious, with a vibrant green oil flavor, and slowly, as it drifts back across your tongue that gripping, ratcheting feel in the back of your throat. The finish that is the hallmark of great Tuscan oil. Drizzle over your Bistecca Fiorentina... what a treat.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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2016 Rocca di Montegrossi Rosato
Review Date: 08-23-2017
The nose is full of fresh strawberry with hints of spice that waft from the glass. While on the palate the first thing one notices is the focus, that crisp acidic center all rose needs and balances out the fresh fruit character. Balanced, refreshing and so flavorful, everything you need in a Rosato!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
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2014 Trinoro "Le Cupole" Toscana
Review Date: 08-23-2017
The nose is full of a cocoa cassis scent that comes from the perfectly ripe Cabernet Franc 42% of the blend; it’s exotic, haunting and beckons one to dive into the wine. On the palate this wine has wonderful balance, density and is super complex, layers of tobacco, cherry, spice with good tannic structure but supple and round with sweet tannins. In the finish it’s a bit of cherry cola, hints of leather and bits of barrique spice, and excellent wine. This is a Bordeaux blend with 48% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon that is aged for 8 months is a mix of first, second and third passage barrique and then 11 months in cement tanks.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart
WS 93 RP 91

2012 Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 375
Review Date: 08-23-2017
The nose is deep, concentrated, brooding it almost seems to keep you in the dark then swirls of smoke, plum, leather come towards you. On the palate this wine is powerful, it isn’t a giant tannic monster it is just dense, rich yet remarkably well balanced for the power it has. The flavors are ripe, black licorice, sweet plum and then a spice parade of clove, truffle, wild herbs and leather. The finish is in balance, there are powerful tannins but they aren’t bitter, just evident and housed in richness, and impressive wine. I love Capanna, but when you like Capanna you have to like big, structured, dense Brunello and then yearly you get to try theirs and it regardless of vintage stays true to form.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Jermann Chardonnay Friuli-Venezia-Giulia
Review Date: 08-23-2017
The nose is full of spiced apple with glints of fresh quince and dried white flowers. On the palate the wine has richness; it’s supple, smooth yet has great balance with a good acidic backbone, fresh enough for those who like it crisp and rich enough for those looking for a cocktail wine. The flavors carry forward that rich apple character and add a leesy, brioche like complexity. Long, full, rich and balanced this is a superb Chardonnay for the price.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
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2011 Felsina "Fontalloro" Toscana
Review Date: 08-23-2017
The nose of this wine is gorgeous; it shows a bit more ripeness, more dark plum, cocoa with bits of dried flower. On the palate this wine has the richness that one would expect from a warmer vintage like 2011 but this isn’t a wine that is over-ripe at all, it just gives it a bit more flesh and breadth and there is a silky presence on the palate. The flavors are deep, chocolaty with delicate hints of barrel spice; Fontalloro only goes in second year barrique, followed by bits of earth, leather and cigar ash. This wine has structure, it’s just not a flaccid fruit bomb it has tannin, power and a long life ahead of it.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2016 Silvano Follador Prosecco Brut Nature
Review Date: 08-23-2017
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 a blend of the famed Cartizze vineyard and another close by in Valdobbiadene. This wine doesn’t feel like “regular” Prosecco it feels more like a Franciacorta it has that much power but without the size. It has a mineral driven feel, flinty, focused and rich, it has a bit of brioche like flavors that add to the complexity. The Best Prosecco made, without a doubt!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2012 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino 375ml
Review Date: 08-23-2017
You can really sense the richness of this wine that is dictated by Talenti’s Western Slope location, the wine smells of the afternoon sun. The nose is full of an umami spiked plum, far more savory than fruity yet the nose still has a dense fruitiness to it, it fills your nose almost like the difference between warm summer breezes that fills your sinuses in New Orleans versus a similar afternoon in Phoenix, there is a lushness to it that feels like humidity rich environments. On the palate the wine is agile, linear, while still reflecting that density that is ubiquitous yet it remains remarkably elegant and fresh on the palate. The flavors amble between those salty plum and dried wild cherry flavors with suggestions of Mediterranean garrigue. The finish has a certain lushness about it, but not overtly fat at all just a bit of weight on its bones that gives it more drinkability now. It still has the classic Sangiovese linear drive in it that gives the balance and freshness in the finish. BBQ pork chops with fresh rosemary for me with this wine, don’t overcook them they need to be a little pinkish. This wine will age well for another decade but is too delicious to wait!
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

2012 Armilla Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 08-23-2017
The nose is full of ripe, plumy fruit highlighted with bits of clove and wild flowers. On the palate the wine is full, rich and has a smoothness to it that is just short of lush, sort of a plus size supple, here more savory flavors emerge, porcini, leather and salty plums. The wine is really well balanced and rich tannins and acid are in perfect harmony, the best wine I’ve ever had from this estate. Armilla is located on Montalcino’s western slope near the hamlet of Tavarnelle, close to Fossacolle, Gaja, Soldera and Caprili.With just over 6 acres of vineyard, planted in 1982, they make 566 cases of Brunello a year, their first vintage was the release of the 1997 aged in 25hl Slavonian oak barrels for 30 months.
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2012 Cordella Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 08-23-2017
This wine comes from the northeastern quadrant of Montalcino near the town of Torrenieri, here the soils are denser and have more clay which give wines of richness and breadth. The nose of this wine is bold, lots of sweet plumy fruit with a bit of tomato leaf. On the palate the wine is rich, dense and full bodied showing wild plums and earth while accented by hints of vanilla. The finish pulls it all together and bits of wild mushroom and saddle leather emerge to couple with the deep fruit. This is a fairly new winery the vineyards were planted in 1998 and sold until Maddalena Cordella took over and released her first wine with the 2010 vintage.
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2012 Cortonesi "Poggiarelli" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 08-23-2017
The nose is full of dark fruit, spiced blackberry, hints of baking spice, and some Tuscan brush. On the palate the wine has real depth of flavor, darker fruits, more saturated flavors then the savory portions sweep forward, wild mushroom, rosemary, coriander. The tannic structure begins to show, fine grain and in balance and supports the supple richness where more wild cherry and blackberry flavors come to the front spiced with bits of savory earth. The wine comes together in the finish showing lots of complexity, a rich mid palate and long balanced finish. I think this is the best wine this winery has made, it comes from a plot in the south eastern portion of Montalcino.
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2012 Cortonesi Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 08-23-2017
The nose is classic wild cherry with bits of leather and hints of vanilla. On the palate the wine shows depth and richness while more savory flavors take over, salted plums, porcini and a bit of cherry. A very long finish, well balanced where the savory components still show their presence. This winery has changed its name from La Mannella to the family name of Cortonesi, it has been a generational change as son takes over for father. The winery is located in the on the Versante Senese, the slope under the town of Montalcino facing Siena.
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2012 Tormaresca "Masseria Maìme" Negroamaro Salento
Review Date: 08-22-2017
Puglia used to be one of Italy’s least known regions, but its hundreds of miles of coastline, turquoise-blue waters, sun-bleached beaches, balmy weather, burgeoning wine culture and low prices all added up to a 2013 Wine Enthusiast magazine award as a Wine Travel Destination. Wine-wise Puglia is rather mysterious, with indigenous varieties adding an extra layer of complexity. Primitivo/ Zinfandel has some obvious recognition, but to most folks, Bombino Nero, Fiano Minutolo, Susamaniello, Uva di Troia, Malvasia Nera and another 20 or so Puglian grapes are just vowel fests. This month we’re going to see one of those more obscure varietals: Negroamaro. The Antinori Family created the Tormaresca label in 1998. It has two main wineries: Bocca di Lupo in the Castel del Monte and the Masseria Maime (think of it as the Maime Manor) along the Adriatic coast in Salento about 20 kilometers south of Brindisi. When I first tasted the 2012 Tormaresca Masseria Maime Negroamaro I was shocked at its elegance. Negroamaro can be a powerfully tannic variety at times; it frequently gets called “rustic.” Negroamaro grown in Salento’s limestone soils can produce wines of elegance if you manage the fermentation properly. The Tormaresca winemaking team fermented the grapes for 18 days using very delicate pump-overs looking for gentle extraction. Then they put the wine into a mix of French and Hungarian oak to age for one year. The nose is full of wild cherry, sage, earth and leather while on the palate you notice it is a structured wine, but elegantly balanced long and spicy. I
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