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Greg St. Clair

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2015 Feudi di San Gregorio Rubrato Aglianico Irpinia
Review Date: 06-20-2018
The nose of this wine is bold, focused and full of saturated fruit flavors, blackberry, blueberry, cassis with hints of anise and spice. The wine has much more lift and freshness than what I would have thought from the deeply complex fruit character. On the palate this wine is powerful, it is Aglianico but Aglianico’s fierce tannins are tamed here, the wine is smooth, rich but muscular lots of round, rich flesh carries loads of cassis and blackberry fruit gliding across your tongue, it is well balanced but very soft and smooth on the palate. This is Aglianico so you do see a bit of tannin emerge on the edge, you feel it a bit in your cheeks but even from someone as tannin sensitive as I am it was a marginal appearance. This is a really good bottle of wine for the price point, powerful yet fresh and lively, perfect for a backyard BBQ.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Kaiken "Ultra" Malbec Mendoza Las Rocas
Review Date: 06-19-2018
The nose of this wine is full of a dusky plum character with some cassis while showing bits of barrel spice. On the palate the wine is aptly named, it is an ultra lush, full bodied wine however it never shows an over ripeness it’s just a really rich wine. Highly polished displaying hints of vanilla and toffee show the quality cooperage is not an accident. Powerful and a whole lot of wine for your money.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Mount Langi Ghiran "Cliff Edge" Shiraz Victoria
Review Date: 06-19-2018
The nose of this wine is bold and gives you a sense of ripeness but at the same time it’s not over the top. I was a little surprised by its balance, I’m not a fan of thick, heavy lifeless Syrah but this wine has some verve and snap to it. Don’t misunderstand this is still a highly polished, supple, warm and round wine it’s just that it does have some lift and energy to it. I was surprised that the alcohol was only 13.8%, not that it seemed higher but it would be hard to get a California wine to that level these days. Excellent wine-making and good fruit, bold grilled meat would be a nice accompaniment.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Bodegas Abanico Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja
Review Date: 06-19-2018
The nose is full of sweet, plumy fruit although never in a sticky or overripe vein, just lots of it. On the palate this wine is expansive; the flavors are bold, smooth and lush yet are balanced by just a hint of tannin on the edges. While it is richly textured the wine gives you a real sense of weight while still being balanced and fresh. I must admit I was surprised at the price, I thought this would have sold for much more.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Calera "40th Anniversary Vintage" Central Coast Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-19-2018
The nose or this wine is full of a wild, gamy character that then opens into bits of strawberry and hints of earth, very complex for this price point Pinot. On the palate the wine is medium-full bodied with a smooth, supple feel but this isn’t a highly polished wine it feels natural, fresh and real. The flavors show bits of earth and leather but those flavors are well integrated to the supple fruit. The finish shows good acidity, nice balance and the flavors hold true throughout. This is a really wonderful wine, try it with roasted chicken, and I’d make sure it was cellar temperature.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2017 Château Léoube Côtes de Provence Rosé
Review Date: 06-19-2018
The nose of this wine is full of fresh, wild fruits, not overly floral but concentrated and vibrant. On the palate this wine has weight, richness but is surprisingly light on its feet, the flavors are focused but not overwhelming, wonderful balance and excellent acidity. The finish is truly superb, long, lifted with good fruit and a touch of mineral, I like this wine a lot!
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Cantina Valle Isarco "Aristos" Pinot Grigio
Review Date: 06-13-2018
The nose of this wine is stunning, concentrated quince, stone fruits, Alpine flowers with hints of sage. What really separates this wine, however, is its palate presence: while richer and denser than most any Pinot Grigio you’ll try, the mineral-driven core seems to give the wine a crystalline character emphasizing the facets rather than its richness. The stone fruit and Alpine flowers are re-amplified on your tongue but you can tell they are young and will offer more as this wine ages. The finish is long, focused, and mineral-laden with a lot of lift on the back end and lasts for minutes on your tongue. This is a sensational Pinot Grigio, a portion is fermented in large oak barrels that adds to the texture but offers none of the vanillin character one thinks of when you hear the word barrel. Seven months on the lees and no malolactic just add to its vibrancy. You definitely should try this.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart
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2006 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 06-13-2018
I’ll be right up front I am not a fan of American oak, which is a dominant flavor in most Rioja, but surprisingly nonexistent in this wine even though it is aged in American oak. The nose shows ripe plum, spice and bits of earth but you can tell the flavors are mature this wine’s already over a decade. On the palate it has classic Rioja length while being smooth and supple at the same time, the flavors become more savory, salted plum rather than fresh plum. The finish is long, supple and entertaining, it just seems fun, I really like this wine.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2013 Casa Lapostolle "Cuvee Alexandre" Cabernet Sauvignon Apalta Vineyard
Review Date: 06-13-2018
The nose reminds me of old Sonoma Valley Cab, lots of green olive and tomato leaf coupled with sweet cassis. On the palate the wine is supple, round and super easy to drink, but still you can tell the fruit is old vine because it has wonderfully balanced acidity that keeps it fresh on the palate. The finish replays the olive and cassis balanced by the acidity. I’d try this with a spicy Tri-Tip.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2013 Mount Eden "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 06-13-2018
The nose is full of sweet cassis, powerful, riveting while it is highlighted with a touch of earth and leather. On the palate the wine has real weight, this is a powerful wine, it shows a bit of tannic framing while still being very drinkable, yet it lets you know it’s a Cabernet. The flavors expand on your tongue, more savory, earthy, Santa Cruz Mtn flavors, with the cassis returning and bits of dark chocolate. The finish says, drink me later (even though you could now) the flavors in this wine are so ready to open and expand, long and elegant with a bit of tannic grip in the finish.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2014 Mount Eden "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-13-2018
The nose of this wine is ethereal, dried, wild strawberries that drift not pour out of you glass, they’re seductive, and they make me keep going back to the nose over and over. On the palate the wine is supple and medium bodied, yet when I write medium-bodied the words make it sound weak which it isn’t. The flavors are spice laden, red fruit, not precise but deckle edged that amplify the texture. The finish is elegant, it is however full flavored replaying the wild strawberry and savory notes. I’d love to drink this wine.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2014 Mount Eden "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-13-2018
The nose of this wine smells like a delicate crème brulee, and if creamy were an aromatic it would be in this description. On the palate the wine shows its breeding, depth, power, richness yet still has great balance. The flavors are restrained, this is still a young wine, but you can see the source, the saline, mineral driven center of the wine it’s just too young. Good finish with mineral, weight and hints of vanillin, put this in your cellar for 3+ years
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2015 Beaumont, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 06-13-2018
First off, you should buy this wine on the price alone; it’s a ridiculously good value. The nose is full of ripe cassis, full and inviting. On the palate the wine shows real depth, lots of supple texture with a tannic frame that supports the ripeness. The finish shows a bit of grip that balances out the wine’s richness. This wine is worth at least half again as much as we’re selling it for.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2015 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 06-13-2018
If you had the “Old” Lanessan, this wine tastes nothing like that one. The nose is classic Bordeaux, dead leaf, graphite and hints of vanillin. On the palate the wine shows a lushness that its forbearer could only have dreamed of, full, supple and giving the wine is then framed by good tannic structure that shows just a slight bit of grip. Nice finish, balanced, complex and shows off the richness of the vintage.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2015 John Duval "Entity" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Review Date: 06-13-2018
The nose is restrained, cool climate, it doesn’t blurt out Shiraz it makes you look for it. On the palate the wine is more faceted than lustrous it shows more red fruit vibrancy yet still shows good body and has a smooth presence. The finish is focused, lifted and fresh (I was a bit pleasantly surprised) yet still gives you a sense of richness without giving up the length.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2014 Oakridge "Over the Shoulder" Cabernet Sauvignon Yarra Valley Victoria
Review Date: 06-13-2018
Olive and cassis form the basis of the aromas of this wine, spicy nose. On the palate the wine shows richness but restrained for what you think of past Australian wines, the olive and eucalyptus might remind me of old time Alexander Valley Cabernet. Good balance in the finish, this wine will do well matching up with spicy dishes like Carne Asada.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
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2017 Frenzy Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 06-13-2018
The nose is classic NZ gooseberry but with a bit of fennel that adds a high note. On the palate I was surprised by the weight, much fuller than a wine in this price category, but still showed excellent balance. The most surprising feature of this wine was the finish, really long, lots of flavors with a little less gooseberry and a bit more mineral. Excellent value for the $
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva
Review Date: 06-12-2018
The nose says high altitude Chianti Classico, a focused combo of cherry fruit, Tuscan herbs and a bit of earth. On the palate however the wine takes a different turn, the edges are smoothed out and the fruit becomes plumier while hints of chocolate smooth out the palate presence. The finish is fresh, balanced and begs for a bit of food, yet this wine is easy to drink on its own.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2013 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-05-2018
K&L’s first Direct Import from Montalcino, and we were Sesta di Sopra’s first clients. It’s worked out well for the both of us. From one of Montalcino’s best zones, all Galestro soil, a savory, sweet character, full of wild herbs, stone, leather, Japanese plums and wild cherries. A superb wine.

2015 Castello di Fonterutoli "Siepi" Toscana
Review Date: 06-05-2018
The standout in this vintage, is Castello di Fonterutoli’s Super Tuscan. This exceptional wine is a blend of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Merlot from vineyards facing southwest. This wine just sings. It has perfectly balanced richness and structure, and is supple yet powerful with intertwining layers of spice and intrigue. I’ve had it several times over its lifetime, starting from the barrel through now, and this wine is a stunner!
Price: $99.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Castello di Fonterutoli Gran Selezione Chianti Classico
Review Date: 06-05-2018
A stunning wine. With tremendous depth and structure, it’s a story unto itself.
Price: $37.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Fonterutoli Chianti Classico
Review Date: 06-05-2018
This just landed and it is exceptional. Fonterutoli is in the southwest portion of Chianti Classico, called Castellina in Chianti, and the wines from there show more earth, spice and leather in a normal year, but in 2015 the depth of fruit richness is truly obvious with layers of wild cherry and earth blended together. On the palate the wine has structure and length and a super finish.

2015 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva
Review Date: 06-05-2018
The 2015 La Monacesca “Mirum” shows lots of ripe pear in the nose but it is on the palate that it differentiates itself from the Verdicchio. Waves of lush richness flow across your palate but seem more like coiled energy—they aren’t fat, they’re vibrant. Skewered by an energetic acidic core, the wine shows incredible depth and vigor. The finish is long; it seems as if minerals are being deposited on your tongue for minutes. Outstanding!
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart
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2016 La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica
Review Date: 06-05-2018
The nose is full of white flowers, ripe pear and hints of anise. On the palate the wine has weight and richness but is defined by the acidity, with pear flavors and lots of minerality on the finish.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
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2012 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-04-2018
This vintage is really good, especially if you’re looking to drink something now! La Fortuna blends grapes from their vineyards on Montalcino’s southern slope with their estate fruit on the east side of Montalcino next to Fuligni. The nose is full of wild cherry, then shows hints of Tuscan brush and wild herbs. On the palate the wine is supple and soft, yet focused, showing great balance and length. Drinkable now!

2013 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
I’m so in love with this wine. I love the complex earthiness, which has a sort of cherry tobacco, sweet earth, plum mixture that graces the elegant and lithe body. On the palate the wine has power, yet is supple and easily balanced showing layers of spice, earth and fruit The Buffi brothers, following in the footsteps of their grandfather, Nello Baricci, and uncle, Graziano, have upped the game at this winery and it is now garnering super high scores every vintage. An outstanding wine: savory, sweet earth, supple yet powerful; so elegant, a real winner.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2013 Capanna Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
The nose is dark and brooding, showing more mahogany than fruit, and bits of earth and spice. On the palate the wine explodes, full, rich, a comples blend of wild cherry, earth, leather and hints of soy. The finish is incredible, powerfully structured but so well balanced it’s extraordindary. Capanna sits on one of the best portions of the Montosoli hill, Montalcino’s most famous vineyard site, and produces wines of power, displaying powerful structure, incredible depth of fruit yet superb balance. Consistently one of Montalcino’s best wines.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2013 Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
The nose of this wine is brooding, wild cherry, leather and lots of earth and brush. On the palate it shoes lots of structure, but has a wonderful richness in this vintage that brings it all together. The finish is powerfully structured but long and in balance. I’ll be honest, I’m not always a fan of this wine, which is sometimes a bit too tannic for my palate, but in this vintage it’s superb: fruit, spice and layers of earth. It needs a bit of age but is sensational.
Drink from 2023 to 2023

2013 Voliero Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
The nose is wild, elegant and seems to pull you in. On the palate it shows a wonderful mix of savory plum and brilliant wild cherry fruit. The finish is long, elegant and lifts at the end. A separate property made by Uccelliera and at a higher elevation, but they still the real deal in this vintage.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2013 Poggio San Polo Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
Excellent wine this vintage for San Polo, who’s been on an uptick quality wise for several years. The nose shows lots of red fruit with hints of vanillin, while on the palate it is balanced, with sweet ripe fruit and hints of spice and earth, this is a very solid wine.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
The nose of this wine is always a bit closed when young showing more of an earthy depth than fruit laden character. On the palate it shows a lot of richness, weight and powerful structure. The finish is long and constant leaving a telltale tannic signature. A blend of vineyards from multiple sources across Montalcino, it is a powerfully structured wine with a muscular bent. Earth, spice, tannin and a brooding dark fruit character; always solid but will need a few years.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2013 Fossacolle Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
The nose of this wine shows a ripe fruit character, more red than dark and is supported with hints of herb and leather. On the palate the wine shows a supple, warm richness that extends and opens gradually showing more fruit than many in this vintage. The finish is full and rich, yet still displays good balance and structure.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2013 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
I love this property. The wines are, dare I be sexist and say more feminine—they always have a softer, more ethereal feel to them. Texturally velvety, coupled with a higher-toned sweeter cherry and plum fruit that seamlessly blends together, this is stupendous this vintage.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2013 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
The nose shows hints of cherry and plum while on the palate the medium bodied wine displays balance and a deeper layer of flavor than in the nose. The finish is balanced, and shows medium length, always a perennial favorite amongst bargain hunters.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2013 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
The nose of this wine is classic, full of marasca cherry, leather and a sweet earth, on the palate the wines complexity level jumps up a notch while the balance and depth are the real highlight. The finish is endless and whiles not quite at the standard of their single-vineyard Madonna but still a truly outstanding wine, and if you’re intrigued by the Madonna, the Marroneto will give you a warm-up to the style and flavors at a bargain price.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2013 Il Marroneto "Madonna delle Grazie" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
Maybe the best Brunello I tasted in this vintage: purity, length, complexity, spice, unbelievable quality…OK, it’s expensive, but it’s incredibly good and a fraction of the price of top Burgundy.
Drink from 2020 to 2020
Price: $189.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Salvioni Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
The nose is wild cherry, with hints of leather and herb while on the palate this wine is focused around its central core. Excellent balance, depth and finish is why this producer is famous and continually makes supple wines, one of Montalcino’s jewels.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2013 San Filippo "Le Lucere" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
The nose is full of sweet fruit and hints of barrel spice. On the palate this wine is powerful, dense, a barrique version of Brunello with highly polished fruit, touches of sweet vanillin, but the underlying dense fruit and spice shows long, elegant tannins. The finish is supple, fleshy, slightly more New World but tremendous balance in its power.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2013 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
Uccelliera is always one of my favorite producers from southeastern Montalcino. This vintage is no exception; the nose is full of a sauvage wildness, layers of wild cherry, with hints soy and earth. On the palate savory and supple, showing porcini dust, wild herbs, with layers of saturated fruit. The finish is extraordinary, weight, depth and an incredible lift in the finish, an outstanding wine.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2013 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
The nose is full of a plummy fruit showing bits of earth. Argiano from the southwestern quadrant of Montalcino, an this property shows a bit more richness, but the fruit is much more umami than simple, while the finish is long and savory.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2013 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
The company that made Brunello famous, the Mariani family, since purchasing Banfi in 1978 have made Brunello a household word. This is their classic restaurant-friendly example, with lots of soft, forward fruit and a bit of tannic structure in this vintage.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Banfi "Poggio alle Mura" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
The nose is full of pure, elegant wild cherry backed up by a flow of umami like flavors dominated by salted plums. On the palate the wine is warmer, suppler, with rounded edges but also a core of Sangiovese purity that holds the center together and bonds the flavor. The finish shows a bit of tannin, a sign of the vintage and an intriguing, savory finish, excellent wine.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2013 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
The nose is full of pure, elegant wild cherry backed up by a flow of umami like flavors dominated by salted plums. On the palate the wine is warmer, suppler, with rounded edges but also a core of Sangiovese purity that holds the center together and bonds the flavor. The finish shows a bit of tannin, a sign of the vintage and an intriguing, savory finish, excellent wine.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2013 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
OK, I have to be honest I love this property, one of my bellwethers for every vintage. They are always so consistent, so classic and for me this is one of the highlights of the vintage. An incredible depth, focus, complexity, balance, this is what Brunello is supposed to be in my mind, just a stupendous bottle of wine.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2013 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
The nose is full of spice, fruit confit with a seemingly never ending flow of earth and leather. On the palate the wine is long and elegant, not a blockbuster but exceedingly flavorful. Well-balanced showing some weight and structure but an overall expressive and stylish wine, super drinking.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2013 Poggiarellino Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
The nose is full with layers of wild cherry and dense dark fruit while porcini, saddle leather adds to the complexity. On the palate this wine is a blockbuster, powerful, structured yet the fruit richness is still the dominant character as once again the wild cherry and porcini emerge. A long, powerful finish, balance and structured gives this wine a superb life ahead. Tiny Poggiarellino is one of Montalcino’s best-kept secrets, we discovered them in the 2000 vintage and ever since they’ve been a dominant presence at K&L..
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
Then nose is full of leather and earth slowly open to wild cherry and spice. The palate is old school, you feel the tannic structure first, never harsh but just as a backbone then the fruit, earth and spice play out across your palate. The finish is long, balanced that shows real breeding and depth of flavor this is a real classic and at a steal of a price.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart
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2013 Il Valentiano "Campo di Marzo" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
The nose of this wine is a blend of savory and spice with bits of chocolate and earth tossed in. On the palate the wine shows a lot of umami character, with a full and rich body that shows a lithe balance, never overwhelming but shows backbone. The finish is supple, long and full of earth and spice, drinkable now and over the next decade.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2013 San Polino "Helichrysum" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
The nose of this wine is intense, saturated fruit character of wild cherry, forest strawberries, salted plums with hints of wild herbs. On the palate the wine shows power, structure, muscle and at this age that binds the delicate bits of fruit closely to its bones. The wine has richness and balance that dictate what its future will be but the flavors lie beneath its surface now. The finish is superb, long, yet muscular, a great bottle of wine: so much character, depth, flavors that waver between ethereal and earthbound; fruit, spice, earth…wow.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2013 San Polino Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-03-2018
The nose says purity yet in a wild, carefree way, it seems to dance out of the glass. On the palate there are layers of wild cherry, earth, spice and a textured richness that seems to focus the center of the wine. The finish of this wine is superb, layers of fruit interplay with earth and umami character, so much to talk about in this wine with such a great future.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

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