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John Downing


2011 Barone Cornacchia Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Review Date: 05-11-2015
We're always on the lookout for great deals and this is certainly one of them. After tasting this terrific Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, we bought the remaining inventory as it's outstanding. It offers up a polished palate combo of blackberry, black cherry and dark plum fruits with fine tannins and a delicious finish. This is classic, well-made Montepulciano that's not to be missed. And, it's an ideal everyday Italian red that pairs nicely with a variety of foods.
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Marchione Nero d'Avola Sicily
Review Date: 04-14-2015
Marchione represents the efforts of Importer A.I. Selections to create outstanding value priced wines with regional authenticity. The fruit for this wine is sourced from 15-18 year old Nero d'Avola vines located in the Argiento Hills of Sicily. The wine sees no oak and offers a fresh and smoothly textured palate of spicy black cherry, blackberry and plum fruit. This is certainly and ideal daily table red and perfect for outdoor occasions as well. Delicious!
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Azelia Nebbiolo Langhe
Review Date: 03-31-2015
The Scavino Family produces this wonderful Nebbiolo from their younger Barolo vines and it is aged entirely in steel tanks. The result is an aromatic and immediately drinkable wine that is not only a great introduction to the varietal but also substantial enough to satisfy the demands of Nebbiolo fans looking for serious value. Because the winery is between importers, we were able to secure the remaining available cases at a substantially reduced priced. Don't miss this terrific deal.
Price: $18.99 Add To Waiting List
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2011 Ornellaia "Le Serre Nuove" Bolgheri
Review Date: 03-15-2015
Despite the hot weather of 2011, Ornellaia crafted another gem with the release of their "Le Serre Nuove" or second label. It's made primarily from Merlot but those preferring Cabernets might want to give this one a go. Aromas of black fruit, earth and graphite are complemented by an impressively rich and flavor-packed palate. It's smooth and concentrated and surprisingly fresh considering the warmth of the vintage. Although nice to drink now it will continue to improve with a couple years of cellaring.

2010 Cantine Ascheri Barolo
Review Date: 11-11-2014
Thanks to Matteo Ascheri's sizable vineyard holdings and long-term vision he has managed to craft an outstanding quality Barolo at a very affordable price. This terrific red is ideal for those wanting to try Nebbiolo for the first time as well as for Barolo drinkers looking for serious value. Although it's delicious now, it will only improve with a bit of time in the cellar. Don't miss this one!
Price: $25.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2014
We enjoyed sampling this latest release from La Fortuna not only because it's so darn tasty but also due to the fact that we know so many of our customers will simply love it. Thanks to some flavorful concentrated fruit, mild acidity and rounded tannins, this silky smooth Brunello is ready to open and drink. Delicious.
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List