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94 points Wine Spectator: "Licorice, cherry and tar notes mark this intense, chewy red, packed with sweet fruit midpalate that offsets the dense, dusty tannins. Shows fine integration and length, with the aftertaste echoing licorice, cherry, tar and mineral details. Best from 2019 through 2035." (7/2016) 92 points James Suckling: "A red with lots of ripe fruit such as plum, strawberry and leather both on the nose and palate. Full body, velvety tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold." (3/2016)
97 points Vinous: "The 2012 Flaccianello della Pieve, a selection of the estate's best fruit, presents a darker, more virile expression of Sangiovese. Here, too, the purity of the flavors is truly striking. Cinnamon, cloves, new leather, licorice and plums are some of the notes that soar from the glass. The 2012 is full-bodied and voluptuous, in classic Flaccianello style, but the new French oak is much better integrated than it often is at this stage, the result of a move to lower toast levels over the last few years. This is one of the finest young Flaccianellos I can re ...Read More »
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The beautifully crafted 2010 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a gorgeous appearance that shows both intense ruby vitality and dark density. The bouquet offers subtle tones of black cherry, blackberry, spice and licorice that roll smoothly off the surface. Those tones are absolutely seamless in both execution and presentation. As the wine takes on more air in the glass, it begins to show spice, tobacco and chocolate adding opulence and decadent richness. It offers amazing flexibility that will appeal to those who appreciate both elegance and power in their ...Read More »
Jancis Robinson: "Just mid crimson. Opulent and sweet on the verge of being jammy. Lots of sweet strawberry fruit on the palate... this certainly has length. Easy going." (2/2015)
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This offers aromas of red rose, wild berry, dark cooking spice and a whiff of sun baked earth. The ripe palate offers black cherry marinated in spirits, licorice, game and a hint of chocolate alongside velvety tannins. The warmth of alcohol closes the finish. (KO)" (2/2016) K&L Notes: This 3.3 acre vineyard in the heart of Monforte d'Alba's Bussia vineyard is 50 years old and produces outstanding quality. The grapes are harvested in the second half of October and then fermented on the skins for 28-32 days, after which they are placed in barriques for the first year. ... Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "This is elegant, revealing kirsch, raspberry, licorice and earth flavors, framed by oak spice. Fine-grained tannins prevail on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2020. 250 cases imported." (4/2016) James Suckling: "A red with earth and berry aromas and flavors. Some cedar tones too. Medium body. Drink now." (10/2015) K&L Notes: Il Favot is made from younger vine plantings (under 15 years) in Bussia. resulting in a declassified but high-quality bottling. It was aged for 18 months in barriques instead of the 26-30 months in casks for Conterno's classified Barolos.
Made from the Malvasia of Schierano, a black skinned Malvasia that is cold macerated on the skins for 2 days and then gently pressed to preserve its aromatics. The result is nothing short of marvelous, extraordinary aromatics likened to Dog Rose and because it has a bit of tannin from the skins the wine feels remarkably dry. I really think this is an exceptional accompaniment to spicy Asian beef dishes, the sweetness absorbs a bit of the shock from the spiciness and the tannic grip and aromatics go exceptionally well together.
San Lazzaro's Grifola is made from 100% Montepulciano grapes from the calcareous clay soils of Offida in Marche; a historic winegrowing region nestled between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine Mountains. Vines souced for Grifola are 40 years old and offer modest yields of high quality fruit which stands up to vinification in new French oak barriques to realize a rich and powerful red. Ruby red color introduces a nose of cherry, leather, baking spice, and chocolate. These characteristics continue powerfully on the palate with good mouthfeel and an elegant... Read More »
The Santoleri vineyards date back to 1968, though the same family has been farming the property since 600! Located at the base of the 2,000-foot Maiella Mountain in the Apennines, its altitude and proximity to the Adriatic Sea are ideally suited for growing grapes. The vineyards are farmed without the use of pesticides, mineral fertilizers and other invasive products. From the importer: "Ruby red robe with violet hues. Intense aromas with notes of black cherry, balsamic and licorice. Fresh and vigorous on the palate, typical of a young Montepulciano, wit... Read More »
95 points James Suckling: "What a wine with salty, savory, light milk chocolate and iron character. It's full body, super integrated tannins and a long, long finish. It just makes you jump to attention. So lively and gorgeous. Drink or hold." (1/2015) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tassi's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Franci opens to medium body and savory tones of Indian spice, dried fruit, licorice and dark cola. The balsam herb intensity is very attractive. This wine veers toward the ethereal and away from the obvious fruit and berry tones you get with less sophisticated Sangiovese. In fact, this is a wine that ...Read More »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Poggio Salvi’s Brunello Riserva offers genuine and linear fruit tones with bright berry and cherry layers lavished over spice and leather. The wine is tonic and tight in the mouth with lingering notes of spice and smoke on the close." (8/2010) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is surprisingly hard and unyielding. Mentholated, balsamic notes add complexity to the dark fruit, followed by earthiness, leather; licorice and tobacco that emerge over time. There is nice depth and plushness to the fruit, but readers will need to be patient. (AG)" (4/2010)
95 points James Suckling: "Captivating aromas of blueberries, raspberries, violets and orange peel. Full body with crazy tannins." (9/2013) 94 points Vinous: "The 2011 Giorgio Primo is just as beautiful today as it was last year, even if it has barely budged since then. Blackberry jam, spices, licorice, smoke and new leather meld together in a seamless voluptuous wine endowed with superb depth and pure textural richness. The oak still needs time to integrate, but there is a lot to look forward to here. (AG)" (9/2014) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Giorgio Primo is the latest edition of one of my favorite Tuscan blends. Caber ...Read More »
According to Parker's Wine Advocate: "Cascina Morassino is located in Barbaresco, and the wines reflect the somewhat ethereal, elegant and graceful qualities that are the hallmarks of the wines from this part of the region." (10/09)
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino opens to gorgeous floral tones that frame a darker core of dark fruit. The wine is extremely elegant, especially in the delicate way it puts forth its ethereal aromas of cola, licorice and grilled herb layer after layer. The palate delivers structure and good freshness. Drink: 2018-2028. Caroline Pobitzer and Jan Erbach run a tight ship at Pian dell’Orino. I had a chance to taste through barrels in their circular winery and it was here that I began to develop my happy expectations concerning the 2012 vintage. I also learne ...Read More »
98 points James Suckling: "This Barolo has an amazing finish that last for minutes. So much white truffle, berry and ripe fruit character. Full and savory with a clean finish. Fabulous." (4/2015) 96 points Vinous: "Usually a floral, lifted wine, the 2011 Barolo Sarmassa is quite intense and dark in this vintage. There is fabulous persistence, depth and pure staying power on the palate. Dark red and black stone fruits, sweet spices and leather unfurl on the glass as this sensual, exquisite Barolo shows off its personality. The 2011 Sarmassa is bold and beautiful to the core. (AG)" (3/2015)
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93 points Vinous: "Isole e Olena's 2006 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, a wine that was originally produced for home consumption, turned out to be the drawing board for the Gran Selezione. Cherry jam, earthiness, spices, mocha, sweet herbs and French oak all meld together in the glass. The 2006 is marked by a slightly oxidative note in its aromatics it has always shown - the result of having spent three and a half years in oak. Otherwise, the 2006 is exceptional. (AG)" (9/2015)
Vinous: "Crushed flowers, mint, pine, spices and crushed raspberries lift from the glass in the 2013 Anthos, Correggia's still, dry Brachetto. In this vintage, the Anthos is especially light-bodied and ethereal. I would drink it slightly chilled as an aperitif. (AG)" (5/2015)
99 points James Suckling: "Fantastic aromas of lavender, rosemary, violets and currants. Full body, a wonderful concentration of fruit yet tense and taunt energy. The new wood is exposed now but will become integrated and polished. Give it three or four years together. The pure Merlot magic is there. The 2011 was a perfect wine, and this is very close indeed. Drink in 2019." (8/2015) 96 points Vinous: "Once again, Masseto shows why it is one of the world's truly great wines. Vibrant and nuanced in the glass, the 2012 possesses magnificent complexity to match its textured, inviting personality. Black c ...Read More »
Here's a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend from central Italy's Lazio. It's described by the winery as "a red wine with an intense ruby color and bold and persistent aromas that recall black fruits like blackberry and blueberry, accompanied by scents of spice and an elegant vanilla note, along with an austere one from bottle aging. The mouthfeel is balanced, persistent and quite elegant."