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2010 Altesino "Montosoli" Brunello di Montalcino Top Pick!
2010 Altesino "Montosoli" Brunello di Montalcino

98 points Wine Spectator: "*#18 on Top 100 of 2015, Collectible* A stunning red, featuring peony, strawberry, cherry and mineral flavors, accented by notes of wild herbs. Intense and deep, with great purity and elegance, a firmly wrought structure and a long finish. The harmony between fruit, tannins and acidity should allow this to age beautifully. Best from 2019 through 2036." (4/2015) 97 points James Suckling: "Beautiful aromas of dark fruits and minerals. Full-bodied, succulent and chewy. It's tight and stony. Lots of black olives and wet earth under the fruit. Bright and linear wine with beautiful layers ...Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood San Francisco

2013 Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This wine will be released in May 2016. The 2013 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is an integrated and seamless blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Alex Heinz tells me that 2013 was a difficult vintage especially towards the early part of the growing season. It balanced out during the summer and allowed for steady ripening of fruit before the harvest. But 2013 was not as hot as 2011 and 2012 overall, and this edition of Ornellaia is beautifully tonic and shapely as a result. The bouquet is very developed in terms of aromas t ...Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $179.99 Add To Cart
RP 96 WS 93

2010 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival) Top Pick!
2010 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-Arrival)

99 points James Suckling: "Absolutely stunning aromas of nectarine, orange peel, sweet black cherry, plums and flowers. Licorice and mushroom It's full body, with layers of ultra-fine tannins and hints of tangy acidity. Such beautiful length and beauty to this wine. It's powerful and structured yet shows a gorgeous finesse and length. Truly wondrous. So long and refined. The texture is phenomenal." (12/2014) 96 points Wine Spectator: "*Collectible* Effusive aromas of incense, green olive, sweet strawberry and cherry, licorice and leather mark this structured version. The tannins are on the beefy side, but thi ...Read More » 

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2006 Tenuta San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri

97 points Vinous: "The 2006 Sassicaia may very well go down as one of the all-time great recent vintages for this Tuscan thoroughbred. The year started off very warm but by August evening temperatures had moderated, leaving the fruit with a stunning combination of ripeness, perfume, acidity and tannin. The wine is simply glorious, that's all there is to it. Layers of dark fruit meld into smoke, leather, violets, menthol, earthiness and tar as this profound wine opens up in the glass. The creamy, silky finish lasts an eternity, as waves of fruit caress the tannins with brea ...Read More » 

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2010 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L)

95 points James Suckling: "Fabulous aromas of dried rose petal, orange peel, oyster shell and hints of dark fruits. Full body, very fine tannins with a mineral, berry and orange-peel and Tuscan-dust undertone. A structured, salty, savory finish. Better in 2017." (1/2015) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Castello Banfi's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the ripest wines I have tasted from this vintage. The bouquet opens to chewy tones of cherry or raspberry preserves with dried prunes and figs at the back. This is no surprise considering the softly sloping, sea-facing vineyards located in the lower part of the ...Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City

2010 Baricci "Nello" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (Pre-Arrival)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: "Cellar Selection: New leather, mature black-skinned fruit, tilled soil and a touch of dark spice are some of the aromas you’ll find on this fantastic, full-bodied red. The big, velvety palate shows power and finesse, offering mouthfuls of juicy wild cherry, black raspberry, licorice, Mediterranean herb and a note of exotic spice framed in firm, ripe tannins. It’s already balanced and delicious, but hold for more complexity. Drink 2020-2035. KO" (5/2016) 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The excellent 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a wine of impressive texture and depth. Specific ...Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse

2012 San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri Top Pick!
2012 San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri

99 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* One of Italy’s most iconic bottlings, the 2012 Sassicaia is drop-dead gorgeous. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, it boasts sensations of blue flowers, cedar, juicy red currants, ripe raspberries, white pepper and a balsamic note. Structured, radiant and loaded with finesse, it delivers everything you’d expect from a world-class wine and more. Drink 2018–2032. (KO)" (8/2015) 95 points James Suckling: "Lots of lavender, minerals and black currants on the nose. Turns to black berries. Full body, ultra-refined tannins and an exquisite finish. ...Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

2001 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino

98 points James Suckling: "Wow! This is amazing, a very sexy decadence to this. I am having a hard time believing it is wine. Tons of richness and excitement in this. Wow, again!" (1/2011) 98 points Wine Spectator: "*Collectibles* Black hued, with intense aromas of crushed berries and licorice with hints of oak. Full-bodied, with loads of fruit, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Superb. One of the best Brunellos I have had in a long time. (JS)" (4/2006) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino was one of the most talked about wines of Montalcino when it was first released a few years ago. The black color the wine ...Read More » 

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2001 Tenuta San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri

94 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful aromas of summer fruits and hints of cream. Then turns to dried Provençal herbs, such as rosemary. Well-defined Sass. Full-bodied, with sleek, refined tannins and a silky finish. All in finesse. Classy wine. Almost chewy. Reminds me of the excellent 1997, but this is slightly better. Give it time. Best after 2008. (JS)" (10/2004) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red with a pale rim. Still reticent nose hints at redcurrant, pomegranate, graphite and cedar. Softer and more approachable than usual for young Sassicaia, with fleshy, easygoing flavors of redcurrant, cassis, b ...Read More » 

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WS 94 ST 91

2013 San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri (Pre-Arrival)

98 points James Suckling: "Fabulous structure for a Sassicaia with powerful, polished, chewy tannins and ripe, subtle fruit. Aromas of blueberry, black currant, rosemary and lavender. Full body, bright acidity and a savory finish. Juicy and lively. Better to drink this beginning in 2020 but so impressive now." (2/2016) 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Bolgheri Sassicaia is released 30 years after the death of Tenuta San Guido founder, Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, and in the same year that his son Nicolò celebrated his 80th birthday. This is a wine of excellent execution, beautiful balance and seamless int ...Read More » 

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1997 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

98 points Wine Spectator: "Absolutely gorgeous nose, with plum, Indian spices and blackberry. Full-bodied, with lots of dark chocolate, spices and vanilla. This is so young. Wonderfully silky and refined. I always loved the mint, berry and spice character in this wine and the layers of fruit and fine tannins. Amazing.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Best from 2009 through 2020. (2007)" K&L Notes: The fruit is bursting from the glass of this incredible Brunello showing very warm, ripe red fruit aromatics with hints of sweet vanillin. It is very big and ripe on the palate but countered by a c... Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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WS 98

2010 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

97 points Wine Spectator: "*Highly Recommended* There are plenty of bass notes here, augmented by plum, licorice, spice and chocolate hints, along with cherry and floral flavors. The solid structure suggests this will age at a glacial pace, though the long aftertaste indicates a lot of future pleasure. Shows excellent balance and harmony overall. Best from 2019 through 2036." (6/2016) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Showing a dark garnet color and thick consistency, the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a very beautiful expression of Sangiovese executed in a generous and opulent style. The wine reveals deep l ...Read More » 

Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

2001 Altesino "Montosoli" Brunello di Montalcino

96 points Wine Spectator: "***Collectibles*** Very beautiful aromas of flowers, ripe fruit and crushed blackberries. Full-bodied yet refined. Layers of tannins. Balanced. Montosoli is a great Brunello vineyard. Best after 2008. (JS)" (7/2006)  

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WS 96

2010 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

98 points Vinous: "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is fabulous. Dark cherry, lavender, mint, hard candy, and a host of balsamic-inflected notes soar from the glass as this towering, structured Rivera shows off its personality. This is one of the more tannic, backward Riserva of the vintage. As such, demands patience. Just as extraordinary as it was last year, the Riserva once again shows just how magical this vintage was for Andrea Costanti. (AG)" (2/2016) 98 points Wine Enthusiast: "***Cellar Selection*** Aromas of ripe black-skinned fruit, new leather, menthol and a whisper of blue flower unf ...Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

2003 Tenuta San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri

96 points Wine & Spirits: "Great terroirs often prove themselves in the most extreme vintages, as Sassicaia has done in the violent heat of 2003. The vineyard produced a supple, subtle and elegant wine. To describe the fruit character one might resort to analogies with black currant and smoky black tea, but it's more a textural experience for now, a mass of pleasure, hard to grasp. Its oak treatment delivers the kind of heady richness found in young Latour; its soil character provides a completely different context, though no less grand. Probably best starting at ten to fifteen ye ...Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City

2003 Gaja Langhe "Sperss"

98 points Wine Spectator: "The nose of this wine is so precise, with perfume, rose, blackberry and raspberry aromas, and the full-bodied palate builds and builds and then overflows with ripe fruit and layers of rich, ripe, velvety tannins. This has amazing opulence, yet it's profound and structured. A fabulous wine. The best Sperss ever made. Best after 2013. 1,250 cases made. (JS)" (12/2007) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Gaja’s 2003 Sperss is made from vineyards in Serralunga and offers better balance than the Conteisa. It is plump and juicy, with a generous core of dark fruit, tar and menthol supported by a ma ...Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood

2012 Duemani "Duemani" Toscana Top Pick!
2012 Duemani "Duemani" Toscana

99 points James Suckling: "The clarity and beauty to this wine are breathtaking. The aromas of peaches, orange peel, blueberries and blackberries are truly amazing. Full body, phenomenal depth of fruit and silky tannins. There is polish and finesse, yet the strength is monumental. Better in 2018 but why wait? Demeter certified as biodynamic." (8/2015) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The lovely 2012 Duemani is a wine that will show its potential further down the road. This warm vintage expression is muscular and compact at this initial stage in its evolution. It needs more years of bottle aging to unwind and soften ...Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

2012 Gaja Barbaresco Top Pick!
2012 Gaja Barbaresco

94 points James Suckling: "So perfumed with black cherry, strawberry and flowers. Tar undertones. Brick, too. Some minerals. Stone fruit. Full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Barbaresco with clarity and finesse. This has some wine from the top crus of Gaja such as Sori Tildin and Sori San Lorenzo in the blend because they were not bottled. Drink or hold." (10/2015) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* In 2012, Gaja didn’t bottle his single-vineyard crus because they didn’t reach his high quality standards, and many of the grapes from these celebrated vineyards finished in this elegant, firmly s ...Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

2011 Giuseppe Mascarello "Monprivato" Barolo

95 points Wine Spectator: "***Collectibles*** This is expressive, with alluring cherry, strawberry, floral and mineral flavors building to a long, expansive finish. The elegant profile belies the serious structure underneath, which should allow this red to develop over the next 15 to 20 years. Offers fine berry fruit and a minerally aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2033. 1,900 cases made. (BS)" (4/2016) 92 points Vinous: "Mauro Mascarello's 2011 Barolo Monprivato is soft, open-knit and surprisingly ready to go today. Dried cherry, anise, crushed flowers, mint and sweet tobacco all find support in a ...Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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WS 95 VN 92

1997 Pieve Santa Restituta (Gaja) "Rennina" Brunello di Montalcino

94 points Vinous: "Opaque garnet with violet and ruby tones. Explosive nose of clove, nutmeg and mocha, laced with violet scents. Sweet entry of cassis, vanilla bean and espresso leads to a creamy middle palate, with the wine considerable weight and extract nicely leavened by a delightful sense of delineation and freshness. Sweet berry and sottobosco scents accompany mouthcoating tannins on the persistent finish. An impeccably balanced wine, from Angelo Gaja Montalcino property. (EB)" (7/2002) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Wonderful aromas of ripe fruit, cinnamon and Indian spices. Full-bodied, with very ...Read More » 

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2012 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo (Pre-Arrival)

95 points Vinous: "Freshly cut flowers, mint, raspberry and red stone fruits all lift from the glass in the Maria-Theresa Mascarello's 2012 Barolo. Silky, open-knit and gracious, the 2012 is surprisingly delicious today. This is a decidedly mid-weight, approachable Barolo that is already quite open and delicious. Best of all, the 2012 won't need years to come together. Mascarello fans should buy the 2012 to drink over the near and medium-term, while some of the more structured vintages age in the cellar. A model of grace and finesse, the 2012 is striking in its beauty, eve ...Read More » 

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2011 Roberto Voerzio "Rocche dell'Annunziata" Barolo (Previously $256)

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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JS 98 VN 96

2004 Ceretto Bricco Rocche "Bricco Rocche" Barolo

96 points Wine Spectator: "This is very raisiny, almost meaty, with an ultrarich nose. Full-bodied, showing sultana and dried flowers on the palate, with chewy tannins. Very long and powerful on the finish. Almost Port-like. Hints of vanilla and sultana. A top Bricco Rocche. Best after 2012." (6/2008) 95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This excellent Barolo from Ceretto’s Bricco Rocche estate represents a perfect marriage between grape and winemaking. The integrity of the fruit is there--plush, round, intense--and is supported by oak-driven notes of vanilla, cinnamon, cigar box and ground ginger. In the mouth, it tas ...Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse San Francisco

2001 Paolo Scavino "Carobric" Barolo (1.5L)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Barolo Carobric comes across as silky, perfumed and utterly impeccable. Sweet red berries, flowers and spices are woven together beautifully in this fragrant Barolo. Readers who enjoy more tertiary notes may want to cellar the 2001 for a few more years as the fruit is still quite primary, but the wine drink well today because of its textural finesse. The Carobric is a blend of fruit sourced from Rocche di Castiglione (60%), Bric del Fiasc (25%) and Cannubi (15%). Anticipated maturity: 2012-2026. (AG)" (4/2012) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Thick and rich with lots of plum, ber ...Read More » 

Inventory: Redwood City

2001 Paolo Scavino "Bric del Fiasc" Barolo (1.5L)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Barolo Bric del Fiasc is a gorgeous wine laced with smoke, tar, licorice and menthol. The 2001 remains powerful and authoritative, with more than enough fruit to balance its huge tannins. Today it comes across as almost impenetrably young. There is plenty of upside to cellaring this fabulous Barolo. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. (AG)" (4/2012) 96 points Vinous: "The 2001 Barolo Bric del Fiasc is a gorgeous wine laced with smoke, tar, licorice and menthol. The 2001 remains powerful and authoritative, with more than enough fruit to balance its huge tannins. Today i ...Read More » 

Inventory: Redwood City

2004 Fontodi "Flaccianello della Pieve" Toscana

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Flaccianello della Pieve is super elegant, polished and impeccably refined, just as it always has been. At the same time, it is one of the bigger 2004s from Tuscany readers will come across. Dark red berries, flowers, spices and menthol are layered into the finish. Today the aromatics aren’t fully developed, but that should not be an issue in another few years. There is plenty of underlying structure to support many years of fine drinking. The quality of the tannins is particularly fine, especially next to the other great Flaccianellos. (AG) ...Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood

1997 Castello Banfi "Poggio all'Oro" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

96 points Wine Spectator: "Dark ruby red. Aromas of blackberry, dried flowers and cherry. Very intense and concentrated nose. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long flavorful finish. Lots of light vanilla and crushed dark fruits on the finish. Solid now, but better with age. (Web-2007)" 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Rock solid and compact. This wine is true-blue Brunello, meant to be cellared for 10 or more years. Flavors of plum, cherry and currant are pure, and there’s far more fruit here than wood. But the tannins are like nails and they get harder and harder with each sip. Yes, it’s a top-flight Brunel ...Read More » 

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2008 Tenuta San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Recently implemented winemaker and cellar changes make this one of the best Sassicaias ever. This Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc blend delivers thick concentration and sun-kissed aromas of black fruit, prune, dried bay leaf, black olive and tobacco. The thick, fertile soils that characterize the magical strip of coastal Tuscany at Bolgheri help shape amazing richness and intensity." (2/2012) 96 points James Suckling: "Intense flavors of blackberries and flowers. Sexy and dressed up to go out. Full and velvety. Intense and juicy with velvety tannins and a long f ...Read More » 

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2001 Antinori "Solaia" Toscana

96 points Vinous: "The 2001 Solaia is similar to the 1999, but with an added level of finesse that takes the place of some of the brute power found in the 1999. The 2001 drinks well better young than the 1999, but it is also likely to mature earlier. (AG)" (12/2013) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep, dark sensations of smoke, tar and scorched earth emerge from the powerful 2001 Solaia. This fresh, vibrant offering is packed with dense ripe fruit. This is an especially rich, heavy style of Solaia that lacks the subtlety and grace of the finest vintages. Still, in 2001 Solaia is a more complete wine than ...Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse San Francisco

2000 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore

97 points Wine & Spirits: "(No tasting note given.)" (4/2004) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Deep and delicious, with an earth-driven nose that conveys quality. Chunky plum pervades the chewy, dark palate, which offers a gorgeous mouthfeel and admirable depth. Only on the finish do you get a slight hint of oak. Overall it’s entirely solid and very likable, but as good as it is, it’s not quite on the level of the ’98 or ’99, which were amazing. (MS)" (11/2003) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Ornellaia (magnum) is a pretty, well-balanced offering with good concentration and complexity. The 2000 lacks some of the viscera ...Read More » 

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1985 Antinori Secentenario (1.5L)

Jancis Robinson: "Special magnum bottling to celebrate Antinori’s 600th anniversary. Pale ruby with some evolution. Still has some attractive spine as well as definite farmyard character. Sweet start but still lots of acidity and melded tannins. Long, elegant. Light bodied. Great food wine." (3/2005) K&L Notes: This is an INCREDIBLY rare bottling--created at Antinori to commemorate its 600th anniversary in winemaking. A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from the Tignanello vineyard, it has never been produced again. Actually a multi-vintage wine, this combines... Read More » 

Inventory: San Francisco

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2011 Produttori del Barbaresco "Montestefano" Barbaresco Riserva 1.5L (Pre-Arrival)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "he 2011 Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano is the biggest of the bunch. This wine delivers a lasting sense of structure and intensity that is especially apparent as this Barbaresco hits the palate. The bouquet exhibits signs of ripe fruit with soft layers of blackberry preserves and cherry liqueur. The wine's tannic structure is solid and firmly stitched together, yet this wine is slightly softer and perhaps sweeter than the Riserva Muncagota, for example. This is yet another wine destined for long bottle-aging. It's always a special year when the venerated ...Read More » 

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2010 San Filippo "Le Lucére" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

100 points James Suckling: "Amazing young Brunello with superb concentration and depth. Full body, chewy yet polished tannins and mineral, oyster shell and blueberry flavors. Goes on for minutes. Leave it until 2020 to open. A triumph. (JS)" (10/2015) 96 points Wine Spectator: "The sweet, ripe fruit has an immediate impact, offering notes of cherry, strawberry and currant, followed by light oak spice, leather, tobacco and earth accents. The tannins peek through on the finish, but overall this is balanced and long. So harmonious that you may want to enjoy now, but this should only get better with time. Best fro ...Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse San Francisco

2010 Banfi "Poggio alle Mura" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5L)

99 points James Suckling: "This is very tannic and powerful with blueberry, blackberry and milk chocolate. Full body, firm tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Shows length and power. A wine for decades ahead. Greatest Banfi red ever." (10/2015) 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I'm confident this is the best wine (as a new release) I have tasted from Castello Banfi. The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio Alle Mura offers rich intensity with seamless integration between its primary fruit aromas and background oak shadings. It is distinguished by elegant tones of licorice, dark mineral and cola that are a ...Read More » 

Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

2009 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is an expressive and articulate wine that speaks highly of Sangiovese and the Montalcino territory. The wine offers a pristine narrative of both grape and place with crystalline aromas of cherry, blackberry, spice, leather, smoke and Mediterranean herb. The bouquet peels back one delicious layer at a time. The mouthfeel is similarly successful with deep concentration and complexity. It imparts soft layers of dried fruit and velvety tannins. Endnotes of espresso bean and toasted almond add length a ...Read More » 

Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

2001 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino

97 points Wine Spectator: "**Top 100 Wines of 2006, #12** Pure fruit here with lots of currant and berry. Full-bodied, with loads of fruit and velvety tannins. Long and delicious. Needs time. Best after 2009. (JS)" (4/2006) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pacenti’s mid-weight 2001 Brunello di Montalcino is made in a very similar style to the Rosso. A lively ruby, it opens with a finely nuanced, fresh nose, followed by a delicate core of ripe fruit that bursts onto the palate with exceptional elegance, purity and finesse. Silky, fine tannins frame the finish of this unforgettable, profound Brunello. Anticipated ma ...Read More » 

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2010 Banfi "Poggio all'Oro" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (Pre-Arrival)

97 points James Suckling: "A riserva with so much structure and tension. A full body that shows dried fruit and mushroom flavors. Walnut soil, too. So long and powerful. A glorious wine. Wine for the long term." (10/2015) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Only made in the best vintages, this wine represents the pinnacle of Castello Banfi's quality production. The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio All'Oro is a stunning achievement and will serve as a benchmark for this estate's future endeavors. The bouquet delivers both power and elegance with dried cherry, grilled herb and delicate layers of spice. This en ...Read More » 

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JS 97 RP 95

1999 Fanti (Tenuta San Filippo) Brunello di Montalcino

98 points Wine Spectator: "Very dark in color, with aromas of raisin, blackberry jam, espresso and nuts. Full-bodied, with loads of powerful fruit and big, velvety tannins. Superconcentrated, layered and dense, with the structure of a great 1945 claret, such as Latour. Still a blockbuster. Spellbinding. Needs a little time. (Web Only-2010)" 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino, good as it is, is rather perplexing. A dark ruby in color with much black currant fruit, mocha, and vanilla on the nose, its sizeable and supple body and its lengthy, warm, and velvety finish are those of a high c ...Read More » 

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1999 Altesino "Montosoli" Brunello di Montalcino

93 points Wine Spectator: "Sweet berry aromas, with meat and dried flowers. Almost Burgundian. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a balance of fruit. Very refined and caressing. Turns tight and almost tough. Needs time to open. (Web Only-2010) (JS)" 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The single-vineyard 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli, riper and spicier in aroma than the regular bottling, full and with interesting notes of anisette and tar, features flavors of an important richness and density, slightly backward but very substantial and sustained. The additional intensity on the finish suggests another fifteen ...Read More » 

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WS 93 RP 91

2006 Isole e Olena "Gran Selezione" Chianti Classico (1.5L) (Previously $400)

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)  

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VN 93

1989 Vietti "Masseria" Barbaresco

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1989 is a superb Barbaresco Masseria. It offers a blockbuster nose of tar, black-cherries, and spice, and a fabulously rich, full-bodied, highly extracted palate. This super-concentrated, huge Barbaresco can be drunk now or cellared for 20 years. (RP)" (4/1994)  

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RP 92

1997 Antinori "Tignanello" Toscana

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "During the recorking ceremony for the 1971 Tignanello, I had the opportunity to taste four editions of the wine spanning the four decades of its production. The 1997 Tignanello was by far the most enjoyable of these wines. It is experiencing a perfect moment in its drinking window. Looking through The Wine Advocate archive, I see the suggestion of brett in a past review. I found absolutely no imperfections in this wine. Instead, the bouquet is generous and opulent with dark berry, spice, licorice and leather. Much of the Tignanello vineyards were replant ...Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse San Francisco

1996 Tenuta San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri

91 points Wine Spectator: "A well-structured Sass, with plenty of blackberry and dried herb character. Full-bodied, with plenty of ripe tannins and a currant bush and herb finish. Give it time to develop. Best after 2001." (11/1999) Jancis Robinson: "Again very little sign of ageing in the colour. Distinctive slightly medicinal nose. Herbal but also dark cherries and olives and elegant on the nose. Dry tannins perhaps just starting to take the upper hand. But there’s also dark cherry fruit on the palate and a fresh, surprisingly fluid finish with that fresh acidity even with the dryness of the tannin ...Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse

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WS 91

1997 Antinori "Pian delle Vigne" Brunello di Montalcino

97 points Wine Spectator: "Very rich and plummy, with lots of mineral and floral undertones. Full, fresh and very powerful, with big, yet silky tannins and a long aftertaste of cherry and spices. Very, very long. Still needs time.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Best after 2009. 12,000 cases made. (Web Only - 2007)" 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "The work of award-winning winemaker Renzo Cotarella shows through in this wine’s modern, bright purple color, its new wood and ripe fruit aromas and in the juicy blackberry and berry fruit flavors. Yet it is certainly not just modern glitz: Lurking behind is the real ...Read More » 

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2004 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is a huge, dense wine that explodes from the glass with tar, smoke, earthiness black cherries and minerals. The wine possesses dazzling concentration and tons of richness, as waves of fruit coat the palate in stunning style. This big, dramatic Brunello needs time in bottle, but it is nothing short of magnificent today. The balance, and the integration of the French oak in particular, is brilliant. For those who are curious to try a bottle now, the wine should be opened a few hours in advance as the tannins are imposing at ...Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse

1997 Giacomo Conterno "Monfortino" Barolo Riserva

99 points Vinous: "The 1997 Monfortino is served and all conversation suddenly stops as we taste the wine. Breathtaking aromatics leave the room rapt with attention. You can hear a pin drop. Just as thrilling on the palate, the 1997 is utterly captivating from the very first taste. The 1997 is exotic, full-bodied and viscerally thrilling to the core. What a wine! Tasted from magnum. (Antonio Galloni)" (1/2006) 96 points Wine Spectator: "The standard-bearer for Barolo. Medium-dark ruby-garnet. Rose petals, mushroom and slightly cooked red fruit. Some earth. Full-bodied, with big, caressing tannins. Thi ...Read More » 

Inventory: San Francisco

2004 Gaja "Sperss" Nebbiolo Langhe
Bid on this bottle of 2004 Gaja "Sperss" Nebbiolo Langhe (99WS, 97VN, 94WE, 93ST). Wine Spectator: " *Collectible* Powerful and structured. Delicate aromas of sandalwood, blackberry, licorice and cherry follow through to a full body, with very chewy tannins and loads of pretty fruit and hints of vanilla. Sneaks up on you to deliver a red for aging. Massive. An amazing wine. (JS)" (09/2008) 

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2004 Gaja "Sperss" Nebbiolo Langhe (qty: 1)

End Date: Sep 2 2016 11:30AM PT

2004 Antinori "Solaia" Toscana

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Solaia is breathtaking, as it so often is. Soaring aromatics lead to a sweet, layered expression of dark fruit. The wine possesses super clarity and precision with a gorgeous inner tension that carries all the way through to the long finish. The tannins remain incredibly finessed and silky. This is a more restrained, elegant style than the full-throttle 2001. 2004 is the first vintage in which the component wines were aged separately, rather than together, as had been the custom in previous vintages." (1/2009) 96 points Wine Enthusiast: "The 2004 Solaia is dense and concentr ...Read More » 

Inventory: Main Warehouse San Francisco

2000 Gaja "Sperss" Nebbiolo Langhe
Bid on this bottle of 2000 Gaja "Sperss" Nebbiolo Langhe (96VN, 95WS, 93ST). Vinous: "Gaja's 2000 Sperss is wonderfully open and radiant. Layers of dark fruit, grilled herbs, cassis and smoke saturate the palate in this powerful, stunningly beautiful Sperss. Gorgeous inner perfume and a long, intense finish round things out in style. (AG)" (06/2011) 

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2000 Gaja "Sperss" Nebbiolo Langhe (qty: 1)

End Date: Sep 1 2016 12:00PM PT

Current Bid: $177.00
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VN 96 WS 95 ST 93

2011 Aldo Conterno "Colonnello" Barolo

94 points James Suckling: "Wonderful richness and balance here with plum, dried strawberry and light Spanish cedar character. Full body, fine tannins and a clean finish. Try in 2018." (4/2015) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Barolo Bussia Colonnello shows a compelling level of brawn and heft. This is an elaborate vinous patchwork with dark fruit nuances backed by ethereal tones of balsam herb and licorice. The wine is sturdy, compact and extremely well-constructed. It takes a few minutes to open, but once it does Barolo Bussia Colonnello bursts forth with blackberry, plum, spice and rum cake. Menthol tone ...Read More » 

Inventory: Redwood City

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