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Stunning Value and Huge Press for Super Tuscan Gems - 95 to 98 Points - 03/17/2017 - Italy

The bounty of glorious bottlings arriving from Tuscany in recent years has been nothing short of breathtaking. Given what we’ve seen all indications point to us entering a golden age of Tuscan winemaking. For evidence one need look no than the recent bottlings from the six estates featured here. With scores of 95 points and above these are highly collectible gems that will assuredly offer years upon years of drinking pleasure. From the very attractively priced 95+ "Poggio Valente" to the highly collectible 98-Point, 2013 "Sassicaia" there is a wine here for everyone coming in a wide ranges of prices and stylistic approaches. Available on pre-arrival these are among the best prices you will ever find; making this the ideal time to secure what are among the best ever bottlings from these highly esteemed estates.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2013 Fattoria Le Pupille "Poggio Valente" Riserva Morellino di Scansano (Pre-Arrival) 95 $29.99 View
2011 Felsina "Fontalloro" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) 95 $39.99 View
2013 Tenuta Orma Toscana (Pre-Arrival) 98 $54.99 View
2013 Fontodi "Flaccianello della Pieve" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) 98 $99.99 View
2013 Le Macchiole "Messorio" Bolgheri (Pre-Arrival) 98 $149.99 View
2013 San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri (Pre-Arrival) 98 $169.99 View


2013 Fattoria Le Pupille "Poggio Valente" Riserva Morellino di Scansano (Pre-Arrival) ($29.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Morellino di Scansano Riserva Poggio Valente is a breakthrough wine for Fattoria le Pupille and its talented winemaking team. This is a complete and balanced expression that shows its best side to all the senses: its appearance is richly saturated and bright; the bouquet is intense and complex; and the mouthfeel shows elegance and power. In all, this wine tastes and feels much younger than it really is and I have high hopes for its future aging ability. It shows a great sense of inner energy and liveliness that makes it a pleasure to drink in the near term as well. Soft flavors of black cherry, spice and grilled herb wrap thickly over the palate. (ML) 95+" (01/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "A fascinating pure Sangiovese with gorgeous blackberry and fresh mushroom character. Hints of spices. Full body yet bright and refined with a velvety tannin structure. Lovely complexity and savory character. Drink now." (11/2016)

92 points Vinous: "Le Pupille's 2013 Poggio Valente Riserva represents a clear stylistic departure from the past. Powerful, expressive and also dense, the 2013 nevertheless presents a super-classic interpretation of structure. Far from an easygoing wine, the 2013 is going to need at least a few years to come into its own. This is the second vintage aged in 500-600L barrels, a choice that has given the Poggio Valente a much more classic feel. The 2013 has only recently been bottled, but it is pretty impressive just the same. I can't wait to see how it ages. (AG)" (11/2016)

2011 Felsina "Fontalloro" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

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 bright cherry fruit, dark chocolate, polished river stone and tilled earth peel back fluidly. It shows a superior sense of integration and balance. (ML)" (10/2014)

94 points Vinous: "Felsina's 2011 Fontalloro is wonderfully expressive today. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, rose petal and sweet spices all blossom in the glass. Impeccably layered and sensual, the 2011 captures all the best qualities of the year. Sweet floral and red-toned notes burst with great energy on the structured finish. Fontalloro seems to have come a long way over the last few years. The 2011 is another drop-dead gorgeous beauty. (AG)" (09/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A firm, linear red, featuring black cherry, black currant, leather, tobacco and tar notes on a dense frame. This persistent version builds to a long fruit-, spice- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Combines power and finesse, and should age beautifully. Sangiovese. Best from 2017 through 2027. (BS)" (02/2015)

2013 Tenuta Orma Toscana (Pre-Arrival) ($54.99)

98 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blackberry, burnt orange, licorice and spice follow through to a full body, with super integrated and fine tannins plus a fabulous depth of fruit and center palate. This is a great wine. Drink in 2017." (07/2016)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, the 2013 Orma is a delicious wine. It shows a deep, rich color and an opulent style that reflects the generous and sun-drenched growing conditions of this classic vintage. This is a full-bodied Tuscan red that maintains a refreshing sense of elegance and finesse all the while. Black fruit, dried blackberry and spice come together in seamless unity. This beautiful Tuscan red should evolve nicely over the next ten years. (ML)" (01/2017)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Shows fine depth and concentrated fruit, evoking flavors of cherry, blackberry, spice and earth. Fleshy, structured and fresh, leaving a vibrant, resonating aftertaste of fruit, spice and mineral. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2019 through 2032. (BS)" (02/2017)

93 points Vinous: "Dark red cherry, plum, mocha, espresso, licorice and smoke are pushed front and center in the 2013 Orma. A super-expressive, Merlot-based Maremma, the Orma is showing beautifully today. With time in the glass, the wine gains creaminess and amplitude. This is a terrific example of the style of wine the Tuscan coast does so well. (AG)" (11/2016)

2013 Fontodi "Flaccianello della Pieve" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) ($99.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Flaccianello della Pieve is a commanding wine and a strong protagonist of both the vintage and its territory. Connoisseurs of Sangiovese will be hard pressed to find a wine more authentic, elegant, complex and pristine than this. I am a huge fan of the 2013 vintage in Chianti Classico and the Flaccianello della Pieva is one big reason for this love affair. The bouquet is gorgeous and delineated with wild berry, tangy spice, crushed mineral and forest flower. Yet, the wine's color is dark, brooding and austere. The wine offers exuberance and energy in the mouth, thanks to its balanced acidity and seemingly never-ending finish. It should age forward for twenty years or more. Congratulations Fontodi. It is impossible to exaggerate my enthusiasm for this set of new releases from Giovanni Manetti's venerable Fontodi. I'll start with the 2013 Flaccianello della Pieve that left me speechless. This is the wine that taught me to love the 2013 vintage in Central Tuscany. (ML)" (12/2016)

97 points Vinous: "The 2013 Flaccianello della Pieve is a powerhouse. In this vintage, Flaccianello has all of its typical richness but also a good deal of freshness that will help it age. Interestingly, the stylistic difference between Flaccianello and Vigna del Sorbo is more accentuated in 2013 than in 2012. Deep, layered and unctuous, the 2013 offers plenty of blue and purplish-hued fruits, clove, lavender and new leather nuances, all supported by big, searing tannins that will require the better part of a decade to settle down. The 2013 is a magnificent Flaccianello with a bright, bright future. (AG) 97+" (10/2016)

97 points James Suckling: "Very precise and focused with blueberry, blackberry and currant character. Chewy tannins and tight. Full body, fabulous density and length. A classic. Needs five or six years to completely open but so beautiful in its youth. Real deal. From organically grown grapes. Pure Sangiovese." (07/2016)

2013 Le Macchiole "Messorio" Bolgheri (Pre-Arrival) ($149.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Messorio is a truly divine creation that puts Merlot on a well-deserved pedestal. This is a complete wine that accurately doses out its intensity and persistence with stopwatch precision. Dark fruit, blackberry, spice, leather, tar and tobacco are folded together into a homogeneous whole. The wine is supported by finely integrated tannins with lovely dark fruit flavors and beautifully plush textural richness. Thanks to the vintage warmth, the 2013 vintage is similar to 2011. But this current release presents a more delineated sense of freshness that holds it firmly stitched together. The finish is succulent and beautifully layered. Some 10,500 bottles were produced. This is a stunning wine that will not fade for decades to come. (ML)" (10/2016)

97 points Vinous: "The 2013 Messorio is the highlight in this range of new releases from La Macchiole. Ample and flamboyant on the palate, the 2013 exudes depth. The 2013 is naturally quite primary at this stage, but it will be magnificent with a few years in bottle. Messorio has a way of becoming exotic and visceral over time. Today, the 2013 is at the very early stages of that journey. (AG)" (11/2016)

96 points James Suckling: "Beautiful richness and balance to this red with very velvety tannins and fresh acidity. Love the intensity and silkiness. Plus the flavor of chocolate, black olive and dark fruits is captivating. Pure merlot. Better in 2019." (07/2016)

2013 San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri (Pre-Arrival) ($169.99)

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." (11/2016)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Red berry, cedar and light spice aromas lead the way on this dazzling red. The vibrant palate is loaded with finesse, delivering bright red currant, red raspberry, white pepper and chopped herb alongside bright acidity and firm, polished tannins. Impeccably balanced, it's loaded with elegance, energy and intensity but it's still young, so give it time to fully develop. Drink 20202038. (KO)" (03/2017)

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 intensity. The bouquet opens slowly to reveal delicate aromas of dark fruit and integrated spice that build in steady strength. That forward momentum, which is so specific to Sassicaia, is what ultimately brings us confidence in the wine's remarkable ageing potential. The mouthfeel delivers freshness and power, but in measured doses, with long and silky persistence. The 2013 vintage should be set aside for ten more years. (ML)" (07/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator: " *Collectibles* A racy, tightly wound style, this red features violet, black currant, cherry, wild herb, spice and mineral flavors matched to a dense, smooth texture. Shows finesse and intensity in a seemingly effortless manner. The aftertaste is long and focused. Should provide years of pleasure. Best from 2019 through 2035. (BS, Web-2016)" (08/2016)

92 points Vinous: "The 2013 Sassicaia is a wine of grace and understatement. Silky, perfumed and medium in body, the 2013 is one of the most delicate young Sassicaias I can remember tasting. At times, the 2013 does not taste much like a wine from Bolgheri at all. That is not positive nor negative, but simply an observation. Scents of lavender, sage and menthol wrap around a core of blue/purplish fruit. (AG)" (11/2016)

Wine & Spirits: "This is an elegant and balanced vintage of Sassicaia, with flavors of ripe red plum and cherry that saturate the palate, mingling with notes of toasted nuts, tobacco and dried fennel. It feels subdued, hemmed in by the polished tannins that will benefit from several years in the cellar. The wine gains depth over several days, maintaining freshness while taking on earthy notes of rooibos tea and roasted beets." (04/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid crimson with the strong balsam note on the nose that I noted when I tasted a couple of samples of this wine last month. Very much a restrained style - nothing like the full-on opulence of Ornellaia. I wonder whether there is quite a bit of younger-vine fruit in the blend? But it builds towards the most appetising and elegant finish." (11/2016)