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Greg St. Clair

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2010 Fattoria dei Barbi "Vigna del Fiore" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
I really love the Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino you can read my review, it’s tremendous even more so because they produced 16,666 cases. Their top of the line Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino “Vigna del Fiore” only produced 333 cases. While the Annata (means vintage and is used instead of normale or regulare, which no one believes their wines are) version is more open now the Vigna del Fiore is brooding, its powerful structure seems to be holding back some of the flavors one sees in the Annata. My experience with this particular vineyard designate and the winery’s traditional style means long aging will be needed to have this wine show its potential. However there is tremendous potential in this wine, its long, coiled nature have so much to release, you’re just going to have to wait a bit for this wine to blossom the “Fiore”!
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2010 La Fornacina Brunello di Montalcino 1.5L
Review Date: 07-07-2015
The nose of this wine is like a two day old fire pit, smoky, ash, earth, leather but then gradually it opens to dried herbs, spiced fruit and takes on the vintage’s savory character. On the palate more fruit begins to open and the wine’s powerful structure begins to take hold. As the wine lingers on your palate the leathery, savory, smoky flavors slowly blend with the spice, fruit and herbs and while you’re waiting for this to come together you notice this wine has powerful tannins yet slowly, gently the wine begins to stretch out and the tannins blend into the background. This wine has got a lot going on but really needs to age a couple of more years to come together or spend a few hours in a decanter, but such potential!
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2010 La Fornacina Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
The nose of this wine is like a two day old fire pit, smoky, ash, earth, leather but then gradually it opens to dried herbs, spiced fruit and takes on the vintage’s savory character. On the palate more fruit begins to open and the wine’s powerful structure begins to take hold. As the wine lingers on your palate the leathery, savory, smoky flavors slowly blend with the spice, fruit and herbs and while you’re waiting for this to come together you notice this wine has powerful tannins yet slowly, gently the wine begins to stretch out and the tannins blend into the background. This wine has got a lot going on but really needs to age a couple of more years to come together or spend a few hours in a decanter, but such potential!
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2010 Franco Pacenti Canalicchio Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
This wine exemplifies what I think Brunello should be all about…balance, it is so...well… balanced. The flavors are classic, high toned wild cherry coupled with perfectly integrated layers of leather, meat, wild herbs and making the wine an aromatic and textural masterpiece. This wine is about elegance, its long core of structure gently lengthens the flavors revealing that savory, salty character of the vintage. It is superbly drinkable now yet this wine will drink for another 15 years easily, balance is what makes wine age properly.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2013 E. Pira Chiara Boschis Dolcetto d'Alba
Review Date: 07-07-2015
An elegant, crisp and refreshing Dolcetto. Chiara Boschis' gentle hand in winemaking allows this wine to take on the vintage's character, dark fruit, medium ripe and vibrant finish. The perfect wine for meaty pasta or grilled sausage and polenta.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2012 Marisa Cuomo "Fiorduva" Costa d'Amalfi Furore Bianco
Review Date: 07-07-2015
If you were to taste this wine without knowing what it was you would be floored, it is outstanding, but you probably wouldn't be able to place where it is from. The nose of this wine is a mixture of white flowers, dried herbs, honey and a bit of salt air. On the palate the wine is....well just luxurious, sumptuous yet is so light on its feet, elegant but all the while it feels like a warm embrace. The finish is an inappropriate word because it doesn't seem to finish, it languishes, relaxed on your tongue and you don't want to let go.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2014 ColleStefano Verdicchio di Matelica
Review Date: 07-07-2015
OK, so I'm a little prejudiced I Love the wines from this region. Matelica is a small valley in the middle of the Apennine mountain range just about an hour’s drive from Ancona in the Marche. A very long growing season always gets this wine physiologically ripe and never loses its focus or becomes overripe. This vintage is just mind-blowing for such a simple wine it is just vibrant, the minerality, richness and tremendous aromatics make this wine a sure winner. You can have this with a range of food from shellfish, to swordfish or even chicken and pasta. I love it and I’m sure you will too.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2011 Conte di Gropello Brachetto d'Acqui
Review Date: 07-07-2015
I love Brachetto, this clean, bright, fresh wine is so aromatic and clean! Ok it's sweet, think of it like Red Moscato, but because of it being red the tiny bit of tannin dries out the finish to keep it from being sticky sweet. This wine is so refreshing you can serve it with savory dishes as well.Or just drink it on its own, it's great!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2010 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
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

2010 San Giacomo Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
The nose is a little reticent at first, then gradually it opens into a spicy, wild cherry and leather, gently flowing, not bold but vibrant. On the palate, the wine has an elegant presence, and the savory flavors grow, with bits of leather, and morph into a meaty, spicy richness; yet overwhelmingly I find myself paying more attention to the ultra-fine tannins. I'm not a fan of aggressive tannins and these are not at all, but they make an impressive statement. The finish is the highlight of this wine, that's because this isn't a bold, forward wine, this is a wine that takes time to develop, blending the flavors and textures to a triumphant statement. Still, that savory/salty nature of the vintage comes through in the finish. An excellent wine--I can't wait to see what this will be like in another 5-10 years.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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JS 94 WE 93

2010 Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
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
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RP 93 JS 92

2010 Caparzo "La Casa" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
The nose highlights wild cherry and sweet earth that flow from your glass in a slow, easy presentation. On the palate the wine is supple, plumy and seems to have a depth of texture, yet is never overpowering it has a presence that is subtle while still having a prominent demeanor. The flavors come together in a rather understated yet beguiling way, this isn’t a wine that is shouting it is signaling with more of a come hither smile. The finish is long, slow, supple where the cherry and earth begin to emerge along the edges of some very fine grain tannin.
Drink from 217 to 217

2010 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
The aromatics in this wine speak more to its density, level of saturation and structure, like I’ve never experienced in this level of Banfi Brunello before. Plum, cherry, savory meats, spice blended with dried flowers highlight the nose. On the palate it is the wines structure that takes over, big, shoulder size tannins that give a framework of power and allow the dense fruit to bond. Flavors of plum and cherry are mere accents to the dense power. Very fine grain tannins pull the wine to a long and vibrant finish.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2010 Collosorbo Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
Collosorbo's southern exposure always seems to absorb the sunshine right into the bottle in an exuberantly fruity style, this vintage is a bit different and for me it is a stunningly more complex version. This vintage the meaty, soy, umami, salted plum and leather flavors have joined in behind the fresh, wild cherry ripeness to form an incredible combination. Texturally the wine has a bright focus to go with its natural lushness but the real attention grabber is the array of flavors both bold and subtle, waves of intrigue just flow from the glass. The finish is really focused but still shows that inherent richness. Excellent wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
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

2010 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
The nose is full of baked cherry pie aromatics, not the super sweet portion but that wafting, enticing kind that fills your kitchen as you wait to dive in. The wine is no fruit bomb, however; it epitomizes the character of the 2010 vintage with its savory/salty character, hints of leather, stone and that exotic cherry. On the palate the tannins are sweet, elegant and offer a perfect framing for the umami-like flavors. The finish carries through all of the aromas and flavors, but if you wait just a bit and linger it just builds and builds. I just love this wine, the best Col d'Orcia I've ever had, sensational effort!
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2011 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva
Review Date: 07-06-2015
The 2011 vintage is a little riper, fuller than the more structured 2010, however this wine is still Monsanto in a classic way. The nose has that ever present earth, cherry, leather, spice nose that the winery is so known for. On the palate 2011 vintage shows its pleasing richness, depth of flavor and persistence. Texturally more forward the wine still has structure, power and presence. Able to age for 10-15 years without much thought Monsanto produces on of the absolute best Chianti Classico Riserva at this price point. Stock up!
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2013 Ciacci Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-01-2015
This is one of the best Ciacci Rosso di Montalcinos that I have tasted. The bright cherry freshness, coupled with a texturally rich body is just a delightful experience. A perfect wine for BBQ fare or your favorite pasta. 2013 produced wines with bright, clean acidity and is one of the best since 2010.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2010 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-01-2015
The nose speaks of sunshine, warmth, sweetness not floral just fruity. The flavors begin to expand on your palate and the simple plummy fruit is transformed to more of a kaleidoscope of flavors, Umeboshi (dried, salted, Japanese plums), wild cherry, iron and leather. While the nose speaks of ripeness the palate presence is freshened by the perfect acidic balance for this wine, just enough to lift without becoming edgy, a long and complex finish that has layers of flavor and textures.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Villa le Prata Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-01-2015
A truly complete wine, the nose is full of spicy plum aromatics mixed with a salty, earthy scent. On the palate the wine has a luxurious feel, yet not heavy. It seems to lift off of your tongue, energetic and forward leaning. The flavors are sweet, savory, umami and all seem complete on their own. The finish is long, coiled, powerful, and I can't wait to taste this in another 10 years.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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JS 94 RP 92

2013 D'Amico "Seiano" Lazio Rosso
Review Date: 06-30-2015
It's Tuesday night, what am I going to eat? I might as well have something to drink while I'm figuring it all out, $10...how can you go wrong! This aromatic blend of Sangiovese and Merlot shows wild cherry aromatics and lilac scents. On the palate this wine is supple, the Merlot supports the mid palate depth and the Sangiovese stretches it into balance. Fresh, easy, on the low side of 13% alcohol. this is the perfect marinara based pasta wine, a little lower in acidity that drinks perfectly by itself with a few cheeses!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 Iliceus Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-30-2015
Vibrant, focused Sangiovese nose of wild cherry and hints of earth while on the palate the wine shows classic Sangiovese length and bits of herb, spice and leather to go with the wild cherry. The finish is long, coiled and vibrant just an excellent wine for rich pasta like Lasagna or couple of grilled sausage straight off the BBQ!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 D'Amico "Seiano" Lazio Bianco
Review Date: 06-30-2015
Edelflowers in the nose with hints of delicate white peach,....hey, this is a review for a $10 wine, it's already ahead of the game! Nice balance and weight on the palate where the flavors are refreshing, not overwhelming, if you've been drinking Pinot Grigio to go light this is your wine, what a bargain. Only 12% alcohol
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2011 Tollo Valle d'Oro Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Review Date: 06-30-2015
I find that most Americans rarely know where the Abruzzo is and of course there is the continual confusion between its most famous grape Montepulciano hence Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and the Tuscan town Montepulciano where they make Vino Nobile di Montepulciano… Yet the Abruzzo, just east of Rome, as one drives through the Apennines takes you back in time. Culturally, physically, and geographically it is so different than the flat plain that Rome sits on it’s almost hard to imagine it is in the same country. The winemaking history of this region for us in America has been dominated by the giant Coop versions that usually end up on the bottom shelf at your grocery store for $4.99. Why? Well because the grape itslef has so much potential that even immensely over-cropped it produces really good value wine! Since 1960 when the Cantina Tollo was formed they have responded to the marketplace which since 1960 has changed dramatically. Once volume was important but now balance, sustainability in the production methods and a fresher, more vibrant flavor profile brought forward with reduced yields has transformed their wines into the 21st century. The town of Tollo is located near Chieti about 12 miles from the coast situated on gently sloping hills. The back drop of this town however is the view back towards the Gran Sasso one of the highest points in the Apennines dominating the countryside at more than 9,500 feet. The rolling hills around Tollo though provide the vineyards for the winery that is now producing wine from more than 7,000 acres! The 2011 Cantina Tollo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Valle d’Oro is a delightful wine, it is fermented in stainless steel tanks, racked off and then allowed to sit for almost a year before bottling. The results are an everyday marvel, balanced, fresh and extraordinarily pleasing. I think this is the wine for your Tuesday night Pasta night, a glass of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo with a classic American spaghetti marinara, a bit of French bread and tutto bene!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2006 Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-30-2015
Ferrero’s normal richness in this vintage is back seat to the balance, structure and complexity. While still showing their hallmark character of chocolaty, supple opulence and smooth finish it is the layers of spice, wild herbs and structural length that really make this vintage stand out. The wine shows great balance and linearity weaving a luxuriant, tactile fabric of the wild cherry aromatics, black fruits and hints of leather, cinnamon and sage. The tannic structure is certainly there but it is a background stage that allows the flavors to play out without dominating the scene. This is the best non Riserva Ferrero Brunello I’ve had. I wrote this before tasting the 2010 Brunello from Ferrero, but this is equally as good, really exceptional wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut
Review Date: 06-30-2015
I was stunned by the superlative quality in this vintage of San Venanzio, 2014 was a very difficult vintage but Gabriele waited and waited to harvest and this exceptional wine jumped out. The wine has so much minerality, clean focus yet still retains that Prosecco elegance and balance. This is the best wine this estate has ever made. Sensational finish!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2009 Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Review Date: 06-30-2015
Certainly one of the best priced Riserva on the market and in this vintage a superbly drinking wine. The 2009 vintage is really inviting and drinkable and Ferrero's Riserva is no exception, the nose is full of wild cherry and spiced plum. The palate is supple, still structured but it gives a smoother feel as the plum and wild cherry begin to show bits of earth, leather and cedar box. The finish is long and inviting, wonderful to drink now but will last another decade.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 Ferrero Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-30-2015
In 2013 Pablo Härri produced supple, rich and balanced Sangiovese and at his estate in Southwest Montalcino where the wines take on sort of a cross of Napa like richness with Montalcino power it is a refreshing result! A luscious 100% Sangiovese Rosso di Montalcino that has the structure to age and the balance to drink now Grab some now, fire up the BBQ and Grill yourself a Bistecca Fiorentina! Don’t forget to drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on it when it’s done!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2012 Ferrero Toscana Rosso
Review Date: 06-30-2015
In 2012 Owners Pablo Härri & Claudia Ferrero produced a spectacular wine from their property in Montenero d’Orcia just across the river from Montalcino. It is a blend of 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 17% Montepulciano and 17% Alicante. The Cab’s complex ripeness is accented by the peppery nature of the Alicante while the tannins of the Montepulciano are softened by the supple nature of the Merlot. The freshness of the 2012 vintage gives this wine superb palate presence and is delicious to drink now but will age for another 5-10 years.Truly a Super Tuscan blend, but the wine is stunning for the price!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2010 Tenute del Cerro La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-30-2015
The nose speaks of dried, salted cherries with hints of brush and leather then leading to an array of spicy dried berries. On the palate the wine speaks of balance, length, lightness, energy, it is really elegant yet the balance hides the incredible texture. Richness, depth yet so delicately woven, a marvel to behold, the finish is a composite of freshness, balance and intrigue.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2013 Erik Banti Morellino di Scansano
Review Date: 06-30-2015
I had tasted Morellino di Scansano for a couple of decades before I actually visited Scansano. Having spent a Summer on this part of the Tuscan Coast (It's OK to be jealous)the flat low lying ex-marsh didn't seem to be a zone where I thought really good wine could be made. I remember driving up through vineyard after vineyard from that coastal plain until I started to wind my way up the hill to Scansano at 1600 feet! Erik Banti's Morellino is made here and the wine shows more of an inherent freshness, delicacy and balance. Graceful on the palate, delicate layers of fruit and spice. This isn't an overpowering wine it is just a perfect accompaniment to a meal, a gracious house guest! You'll love it.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2009 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-30-2015
For more than 40 years Ettore Spina was an International banker, although originally from Torino he and his wife Enrica Bandirola lived his professional career in Rome. Their idea was always to “retire” to the Tuscan countryside and after years of searching finally in 1980 they found an abandoned house on the south side of Montalcino, it took years of restoring to make it livable. Early in the 1990’s they planted a vineyard to make Brunello it was a tiny 1.73 acre vineyard and there first release was in 1999. They make a tiny amount, 340 cases; yes that’s just 340 cases of wine a very small producer. Enrico studied hard and asked lots of questions and has become an excellent producer, but mostly they bought such an extraordinary piece of land it was hard to mess up. Their vineyard is planted in a soil type called Galestro that is ex-foliating shale with a lot of limestone in it, the perfect soil for Sangiovese. They are situated on the south face of Montalcino facing Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano that dominates the local weather patterns, the vineyard sits above and benefits from a nightly cooling as cool air sweeps down off the slope toward the Orcia river valley below. The wine is aged in one 30 hecotliter barrel, yes just one barrel, it’s a big one but just one barrel. Brunello by law must stay 2 years in barrel but the traditionalists like Ettore, all age it for 3 plus years and can’t be sold until January of the 5th year after the harvest. This 2009 is precocious, it is a supple, aromatic, pretty wine, easier to drink now than to age it a decade plus. It still has the classic Sesta di Sopra nose of earth, sage and leather with hints of complex earth, stone and plumy notes. This vintage is lively on the palate, fresh, frisky and would do well with I’m lucky, I get to try the new vintage every year with braised veal shank, Enrica is a tremendous cook, it’s the perfect match, if you’re not so inclined try it with a Grilled Porterhouse or an aged piece of Pecorino Toscano make sure it is Toscano.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2012 Riecine Chianti Classico
Review Date: 06-30-2015
2012 is really a "Classic" year for Chianti Classico, I almost don't want to say Chianti because so many folks have an idea of what they think Chianti tastes (and it isn't good) like but this is just out and out fantastic wine. Guido and I visited Sean this February (yes Sean he's Irish) and were blown away by the purity of expression. The nose is full of spicy cherry with bits of bramble and earth behind that. On the palate the wine has loads of fruit that is bright and crisp with hints of wild cherry, superb balance and length and is just an experience! You'll love it!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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DC 93 JS 92

2011 Ca' del Baio "Asili" Barbaresco
Review Date: 06-30-2015
I am always drawn to two vineyards in Barbaresco for their elegance, aromatics and balance Rabaja and Asili.In 2011 Ca del Baio's Asili nose is filled with dried flowers, spice with hints of plum. On the palate it is the wine's inherent balance that grabs your attention, focusing your thoughts on its center where gradually rose hips, cedar, chestnut flavors roll across your tongue. The finish, is so balanced and layers of spice, floral tones, and fruit finish in an ever intriguing length.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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AG 94

2011 Pasquale Pelissero "San Giuliano" Barbaresco
Review Date: 06-30-2015
This is such a wonderful vintage for Barbaresco, supple, forward and most importantly for Big Nebbiolo...drinkable. The nose is full of rose, plum and hints of barrel spice. On the palate the tannins are balanced and encircled by a rich and fruit filled body. The finish is balanced, elegant and refreshes the palate, a veritable steal at the price.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-30-2015
The nose on this wine is …. well tremendous, I know that’s not a particularly descriptive adjective but damn it is just tremendous! The nose is a bit plumy, leaning toward the salted plum, umami spectrum, however it smells rich. On the palate the flavors are so inviting, sirens beckoning you to drink more, yet there is a decadent richness to this wine, more like Elizabeth Taylor reclining on a red velvet couch wearing a Cleopatra outfit…this wine oozes. Yet this isn’t a sloppy, overripe wine it is focused, complex, powerful but it just has a bigger body type, if you like Napa over Mendocino then you’ll like this wine it just exudes decadence. The finish is full of Middle Eastern spice, roasted meats, cedar, leather, then shows a layer of earthy minerality underneath, really impressive. I’m always amazed that this wine doesn’t get higher scores.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Agostino Bosco "Neirane" Barolo
Review Date: 06-30-2015
The Neirane is spicy, more full flavored than the more subtle La Serra, and showing a bit of a rambunctious nature, wild and carefree, full bodied but buoyant. Superb balance and great length. This wine has so much depth of flavor, so complex and all couched in an incredibly sexy body. Andrea Bosco has made his best wines ever this vintage!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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JS 96 WE 93

2010 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva
Review Date: 06-30-2015
The fabulous 2010 vintage provides another stunning wine. Monsanto was one of my first loves in Italian wine. It is amazing how they have maintained such high quality for so long, without ever changing style. This wine has more richness, a broader fuller feel on the palate than for most of their wines and the aromatics are a lot more open and vibrant but underneath you can feel the classic Monsanto length and depth. So much fruit now but that baby fat will go away in a year or so and then it will age extraordinarily well.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-30-2015
Bold, dramatically ripe aromatics of sweet cherry and plum fill the nose along with a big dose of barrel spice. On the palate the wine is luscious and rolls across your tongue replaying the aromatics with a bold fruity character. The wine is centered on the mid palate and has lots of breadth.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2010 Villa I Cipressi Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-30-2015
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

2010 Solaria Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-29-2015
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 accompanied by fine-grained tannin. The finish is full, fleshy and shows a bit of square tannin. 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 Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-25-2015
The nose of this wine is so inviting, gentle, it just seems to have an extra dimension, it shows an elegantly riper fruit with lots of spice and leather. The texture of this wine is heavenly, like a cross between silk and velvet and it is the perfect medium for the wine's more ethereal fruit, spice and earthy components. Under the fluff the wine has a deeper more serious plum core that also shows this vintage's classic savory/salty character and allows the earthy and leather components to come forward. Great balance, hard to resist drinking now.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Iliceus Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-24-2015
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
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2010 Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana
Review Date: 06-23-2015
This is an excellent wine, Cabernet based but with 20% Sangiovese. The nose is focused and deep, and shows waves of earth, leather, and Tuscan brush. On the palate the wine is long, layered and full of spice, earth and Middle Eastern woods. The wine has great balance and depth and portends a long life. As the wine sits on your palate it begins to expand, deepening its flavor profile where wild forest fruits begin to emerge. The finish has a bit of tobacco, leather and plum that blossoms in the end.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 La Mannella Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-18-2015
La Mannella is experiencing a generational changeover in winemaking technique and the shy, supple, easy wines of the past have been replaced with bold, powerful, exuberant wines. The nose of this wine just fills the room around you with sweet fruit flavors, cherry, plum, spice and hints of wood spice. On the palate, the wine grows expansively and the aromatic profile segues into the same flavors in the mouth, then the powerful structure takes over and wrestles you to the ground. Perhaps I was just so used to the Tai Chi exercise elegance of the old style to the Muscular Judo of the new style and the wine scored a take down. There is so much good in this wine I think that the power will integrate in a few years and make this wine I wish to look at again in another few years. Powerful potential.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2010 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-18-2015
The nose of this wine is full of sweet, ripe fruit, more plum than cherry but Italian "plumminess," not overripe, just spicier. On the palate the wine opens, deepens and is full of the ripe cherry, but not sweet more savory. The finish is balanced, long, and full of the same fruit character. It becomes more elegant and lifts on the back end.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Donatella Cinelli Colombini "Prime Donne" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-18-2015
The Prime Donne is a denser, more powerful version of Donatella's Brunello. However, the density has focused the wines flavors inward and it doesn't have the current effusiveness that the Brunello Annata does. However the future holds the key to this wine and those who show the patience to wait will be rewarded. On the palate the structure is balanced, yet focused to the middle, a slight sweet toastiness lingers and in the finish the power shows itself.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2010 Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-18-2015
The nose is full of a savory/salty fruit character--seems kind of crazy, but that's what it is, that umami, salted plums mixed with oyster shells. On the palate the wine is richly textured, lusher than many of the 2010s but not fat, it just has a density to it that carries its weight in front, not on its shoulders. The finish carries the same flavors through and is delicate for the size of the wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Terre Nere Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-18-2015
The nose is a wild combination of cigar ash, salted plum, cedar and bergamot...never thought I'd write that combination in my life but it really works. On the palate the wine has serious depth, richness and an underlying sensation of complexity couched in a very lush, broad body. The finish is long, bold and flamboyant, lots of texture and sweet fruit. For this style of more New Worldly Brunello, this is excellent.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $42.99 Add To Waiting List
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2010 Cupano Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-18-2015
The nose is a powerful combination of sweet spices, fruit compote and barrel spice, and has a dynamism that is truly impressive. On the palate that dynamic movement of the wine is evident as the layers of ripe fruit, smoke, cedar, emerge and eventually lay bare the underlying savory/salty character. The finish is ongoing, truly powerful, deep, and although big, I don't seem to classify it as such that's a tertiary characteristic--it's more about the flavor and balance. Slightly more modern in style and truly great.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $89.99 Add To Waiting List
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