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94 points James Suckling: "Aromas of strawberry, lemon and hints of dried flowers follow through to a medium body, chewy tannins and a racy finish. Linear and very long. A pretty balanced young Barolo and Cannubi vineyard. Better in 2019." (11/2016) 93 points Vinous: "Einaudi's 2012 Barolo Cannubi is another huge, intense wine. Big, rich and explosive in style, the 2012 possesses notable depth and concentration in a style that is shockingly rich for Cannubi. There isn't a whole lot of subtlety here, but there is plenty of power. Here, too, readers will have to be patient. Still, I don't expect the 201 ...Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Alto Adige Valle Isarco Sylvaner (with a glass cork) delivers musky aromas of lavender soap, white flower and jasmine potpourri. There’s a distant note of petroleum at the back. In line with the grape’s natural characteristics, the mouthfeel is fatty, soft and thick. (ML)" (9/2014) K&L Notes: Christian Kerschbaumer is a young winemaker and proprietor Weingut Garlider in Alto Adige's Eisack Valley. English wine writer and critic Stuart Pigott writes: "His white wines are of a very special class. The Sylvaner has a creaminess, saltiness and freshness, which gi... Read More »
95 points James Suckling: "Aromas of dark chocolate, berries, toasted nuts and vanilla bean follow through to a full body, firm tannins and a juicy finish. Lots of intense, beautiful fruit. Tight, layered red. All there. Better in 2017." (11/2014) 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Fontalloro is a pure expression of Sangiovese with fruit sourced from the Chianti Classico area and the Colli Senesi area. It ages in new and once-used barrique for up to 22 months. Aromas flow with authority, spanning a large swath of fruit and oak-related attributes. The best part, however, is the aromatic layering: Slices of br ...Read More »
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90 points James Suckling: "A wine with lots of berry, vanilla and cream aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, round and savory. Intense new wood but delicious all the same. Needs time to come together in the bottle: Drink in 2017." (2/2016)
Fattoria Rodano only produces 500 cases of this super Tuscan blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Sangiovese. Grapes were hand-harvested from the organically certified Viacosta vineyard which features 35-45 year old vines with a beautifully situated, south-facing amphitheater-like exposure. For a luxurious touch, the wine was aged in 60% new French barriques before bottling.
90 points Vinous: "Purple. Bright fruity aromas and flavors of fresh plums and blackberry are complicated by a violet note. Lively acidity lifts and extends the dark berry and grapy flavors on the long back end, which is bright and juicy. A very pretty, floral, easy-to-drink version of Piedirosso devoid of any of the green streaks that often plague lesser wines made with this variety. The hot year undoubtedly helped the Piedirosso reach optimal physiologic ripeness." (11/2016) K&L Notes: The Mustilli family has been making wine in the town of Sant'Ageta dei Goti for over five centuries... Read More »
This is a 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Sémillon blend from grapevines planted in soils rich in marine fossils and clay. The grapes are hand-harvested and the must is fermented in stainless steel tanks, leading to a clean expression of the unique terroir of this estate.
This is a 100% Barbera wine from the town of Donnici, just south of Cosenza in Calabria (The toe of Italy's boot) at over 1600 feet. The winery is just 16 acres of vineyards and produces 6 different wines, this Barbera is made in all stainless steel, and is aged for 21 months before bottling.
91 points James Suckling: "Aromas of mushrooms, berries and wood follow through to a full body, soft tannins and a savory finish." (11/2015)
La Gioia is 100% Sangiovese from biodynamically farmed and modest-yielding 40 year old vines. The wine is aged in a combination of new and second-use French oak for 3 years before bottling. The resulting wine displays a dark and rich spectrum of Sangiovese with power and excellent potential longevity.
92 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blackberry, blueberry and lemon peel. Full body, tangy fruit and a long and flavorful finish. Tart and exciting." (10/2015)
"Nerello Cappuccio" and "Nerello Mascalese" ... a blend of two very Sicilian grape varietals. Together they are the mainstay of quality red wines from Sicily's east coast and have long been a popular choice for wines made under the Sicilia IGT title (now promoted to DOC status). The pair are in fact two mutations of a single variety, although the original archetypal Nerello is rarely referred to in ampelographic literature (or any other kind of literature for that matter). The two varieties often grow side-by-side (they are BFFs after all...), most commo... Read More »