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Library Wine Department - Featuring The Wines Of Italy - 03/16/2017 - Italy

Our Old and Rare Department is a treasure trove of some of the most highly collectible and sought after wines in the market. From classic Bordeaux estates to the hottest new cult wineries, our selection is guaranteed to impress.

Highlighted this week are the wines of the Italy. In this list you’ll find such favorites as:Solaia, Casanova di Neri, Dal Forno, Ornellaia, Rivetti, Fontodi, and more. Whether you are looking for a bottle for a special occasion or to assemble a vertical or a horizontal of your favorite producer, we have the depth of stock to meet whatever your needs may be.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2010 Agostino Bosco "La Serra" Barolo 95 10 $59.99 View
2008 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 96 5 $69.99 View
2000 Antinori "Solaia" Toscana (nicked label) 92 1 $179.99 View
2009 Antoniolo "Osso San Grato" Gattinara 94 2 $59.99 View
2010 Avignonesi "Desiderio" Merlot Cortona Tuscany 5 $49.99 View
2007 Avignonesi "Grandi Annate" Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 5 $69.99 View
1993 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 1 $49.99 View
2008 Bertani "Villa Arvedi" Amarone della Valpolicella 1 $49.99 View
2007 Bertani "Villa Arvedi" Amarone della Valpolicella 5 $49.99 View
2007 Bibi Graetz Testamatta Rosso 95 2 $99.99 View
2012 Cantine di Ora Amarone della Valpolicella 2 $29.99 View
2009 Casanova di Neri "Pietradonice" Toscana 95 7 $69.99 View
2001 Casanova di Neri "Tenuta Nuova" Brunello di Montalcino 97 8 $159.99 View
2003 Casisano Colombaio Brunello di Montalcino 1 $49.99 View
1997 Castello Banfi "Excelsus" Sant'Antimo 93 3 $59.99 View
1995 Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 91 12 $99.99 View
1996 Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 94 5 $129.99 View
2010 Domenico Clerico "Pajana" Barolo 94 9 $69.99 View
2012 Falesco "Montiano" Lazio 8 $44.99 View
1997 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino 97 1 $99.99 View
2013 Fanti Rosso Di Montalcino 4 $19.99 View
2007 Fattoria Viticcio "Prunaio" IGT 2 $49.99 View
2003 Feudi di San Gregorio "Serpico" Irpinia 92 6 $54.99 View
2010 Firriato "Harmonium" Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT(1.5L) 3 $39.99 View
2009 Fontodi "Flaccianello della Pieve" Toscana 95 2 $119.99 View
2010 Giuseppe Lonardi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 5 $44.99 View
2008 Jacopo Biondi-Santi "Sassoalloro" Toscana 1 $29.99 View
2006 Le Gode Brunello di Montalcino 1 $69.99 View
2008 Le Macchiole "Paleo" Toscana 97 2 $89.99 View
2010 Lenotti "Di Carlo" Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 3 $49.99 View
2006 Masciarelli "Villa Gemma" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2 $59.99 View
2004 Masciarelli Iskra Rosso Colli Aprutini IGT 6 $29.99 View
2010 Mastrojanni "Vigna Loreto" Brunello di Montalcino 97 12 $79.99 View
2003 Montepeloso "Gabbro" Toscana 93 1 $94.99 View
2004 Montepeloso "Gabbro" Toscana 93 1 $114.99 View
2013 Ornellaia "Poggio Alle Gazze" Toscana Bianco 7 $39.99 View
2007 Poggio Antico "Altero" Brunello di Montalcino 98 3 $89.99 View
1999 Querciabella "Camartina" Rosso di Toscano (soiled labels) 4 $49.99 View
2010 Rivetti La Spinetta "Ca' Di Pian" Barbera d' Asti 4 $29.99 View
2001 Ruffino "Ducale Oro" Chianti Classico Riserva 92 2 $44.99 View
2006 Silvio Nardi "Vigneto Manachiara" Brunello di Montalcino 94 2 $79.99 View
2009 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore (3L) 97 1 $899.99 View
2003 Tenuta di Trinoro Toscana Rosso 90 1 $149.99 View
2009 Tenuta Rapitala "Hugonis" Sicilia IGT(1.5L) 91 2 $59.99 View
2011 Tenuta Sette Ponti "Crognolo" Toscana 95 10 $29.99 View
2008 Tenuta Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino 1 $49.99 View
2012 TorCalvano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 8 $17.99 View
2009 Tua Rita "Giusto di Notri" Toscana 94 2 $64.99 View
2004 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 96 2 $179.99 View
2004 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 95 7 $119.99 View
2006 Villa Rubini Colli Orientali del Friuli Pignolo (1.5L) 1 $49.99 View


2010 Agostino Bosco

2010 Agostino Bosco "La Serra" Barolo - 10 available ($59.99)

95 points James Suckling: "The perfumes to this wine are amazing with blueberry, cherry and raspberry character. Full body, with chewy tannins and a long and flavorful finish. A juicy and rich wine. Better in 2017." (04/2014)

Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 18, 2014

Andrea Boscoss wines have taken a gigantic step forward with this vintage, so much more complete, balance, this is a classic representation of La Serra with its subtle earth, leather and dried flower nose, more ethereal than dramatically primary flavors one might see in a young wine from California, this wine has depth, soul and longs for a spot in your cellar.

2008 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

2008 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico - 5 available ($69.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Amazing in the nose, with hazelnut, walnuts, dark fruits and chocolate. Full body, with a rich and balanced palate and lovely length. Drinkable now but structured for aging. Harmonic." (12/2012)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "One of the founding members of the prestigious Amarone Families association who focus on safeguarding the unique winemaking traditions of Valpolicella, Allegrini sets the standard for a new generation of vintners. This opens with sweet tones of Indian spice, ripe fruit and tobacco. The mouthfeel is exceedingly rich, long lasting and intense." (11/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe, sweet fruit flavors of damson plum and black cherry mix with lively acidity and accents of date, spice box, mineral and fresh earth, while layered tannins add muscle to this elegant red. Drink now through 2025." (09/2012)

2000 Antinori

2000 Antinori "Solaia" Toscana (nicked label) - 1 available ($179.99)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Bright aromas of crushed berry and raspberry, with a hint of mineral. Full-bodied and very round, with lovely velvety tannins and a long finish. Big and boisterous. Almost rustic, but hell, it's a beauty. (JS)" (10/2003)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Solaia, not unexpectedly, is the best wine of the series with expansive aromas of black currants, thyme, and sage, much eucalyptus and chocolate on the palate along with ripe, sweet fruit, and a sizeable finish. (ST)" (04/2004)

2009 Antoniolo

2009 Antoniolo "Osso San Grato" Gattinara - 2 available ($59.99)

94 points Vinous: "The 2009 Gattinara Osso San Grato is a bit more classically austere than the San Francesco, as it usually is at this stage. Sweet red berries, iron, pine, mint, wild flowers and crushed rocks all take shape in the glass. The 2009 is going to be superb, but it needs time for some of the tannin to soften. A translucent, highly expressive finish rounds things out in style. Osso San Grato remains one of the great under the radar jewels of Italian wine. 94+ Points (AG)" (03/2014)

2010 Avignonesi

2010 Avignonesi "Desiderio" Merlot Cortona Tuscany - 5 available ($49.99)

2007 Avignonesi

2007 Avignonesi "Grandi Annate" Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva - 5 available ($69.99)

1993 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva ($49.99)

According to the Wine Spectator: "A pretty, subtle riserva with aromas and flavors of plum and earth, a medium body and a soft finish." (10/96)

2008 Bertani "Villa Arvedi" Amarone della Valpolicella - 1 available ($49.99)

2007 Bertani "Villa Arvedi" Amarone della Valpolicella - 5 available ($49.99)

2007 Bibi Graetz Testamatta Rosso

2007 Bibi Graetz Testamatta Rosso - 2 available ($99.99)

95 points Wine Spectator "Aromas of prune, dried flowers, porcini and cedar lead to a full body, with velvety tannins and lots of ripe fruit and milk chocolate. Long and very soft, yet powerful. Sangiovese. Best after 2011. 1,250 cases made." (10/09) 93 points Wine Advocate " Graetz’s 2007 Testamatta is soft and seamless as it flows onto the palate, revealing a silky, luxurious expression of fruit. The tannins are remarkably soft and well balanced, which makes the 2007 one of the most accessible young Testamattas I can recall tasting. Floral tones on the finish add a touch of brightness and lift on the close. While the 2007 isn’t overly complex or powerful, it does offer superb balance and delivers plenty of pleasure, even at this early stage. This is first-class juice. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022. " (08/09)

2012 Cantine di Ora Amarone della Valpolicella

2012 Cantine di Ora Amarone della Valpolicella - 2 available ($29.99)

2009 Casanova di Neri

2009 Casanova di Neri "Pietradonice" Toscana - 7 available ($69.99)

95 points James Suckling: "This pure Cabernet Sauvignon shows fabulous depth and richness. Currants, berries, sweet tobacco, and lead pencil aromas and flavors, it's long and invigorating to taste. The tannins are wonderfully integrated." (12/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Pietradonice (Cabernet Sauvignon) comes across as sumptuous and super-intense. Dark black cherries, blackberry jam, graphite and grilled herbs all take shape in the glass as this intense, full-bodied Cabernet shows what is possible with the grape in Montalcino. The style is very much on the opulent side, but it works. As outstanding as the Pietradonice is, it doesnt quite provide the same visceral thrill of the estates Brunelli. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. (AG)" (04/2012)

2001 Casanova di Neri

2001 Casanova di Neri "Tenuta Nuova" Brunello di Montalcino - 8 available ($159.99)

97 points James Suckling: "There is so much ripe fruit here with a decadent richness that is just crazy. Verges on raisins but it goes instead to pure fruit. Very full and velvety with a long finish. I love this." (12/2010)

97 points Wine Spectator: "* #1 Wine of the Year in 2006 -- Collectibles* Dark in color with intense blackberry, chocolate, and lightly toasted oak. Full-bodied and ultravelvety, with tannins that caress your palate. Vanilla, chocolate and berry. Goes on for minutes. Mind-blowing. (JS)" (04/2006)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium-deep bright ruby. Beautiful, profound nose of sweet ripe cherry, pipe tobacco, almond and raspberry jam. Ripe, suave and juicy, with sweet flavors similar to the aromas, this is an absolutely seamless wine with lively harmonious acidity on a suave, never-ending finish. Though extremely concentrated, this is a uniquely refined Brunello with wonderfully suave smooth, classy tannins." (06/2007)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova is Neris modern-styled Brunello. It is made from vines planted in the southern part of the zone and aged in small oak barrels. It displays a darker, almost saturated color and notable concentration with masses of sweet dark fruit, smoke and licorice flavors that flow onto the palate with exceptional length and balance in a powerful, brooding style. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021. (AG)" (12/2006)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A beautiful showing thanks to rich red fruit, pomegranate, blackberry, plum, menthol and heavy toasted notes such as clove, vanilla, almond and coconut. Rich, supple and inky, this is a big, bold wine that should be opened 510 years from now." (04/2006)

90 points Wine & Spirits: "From a vineyard in the southwestern zone of Montalcino (CK), Tenuta Nuova was planted in (CK). It produced a soft, lush wine in 2001, packed with cherry flavor and floral accents. Tannin keeps it directed, tightening the finish, suited to several years of age." (04/2007)

2003 Casisano Colombaio Brunello di Montalcino - 1 available ($49.99)

1997 Castello Banfi

1997 Castello Banfi "Excelsus" Sant'Antimo - 3 available ($59.99)

93 points James Suckling: "This Super Tuscan red shows a pretty concentration. Pleasing aromas of blackberries, currants and mint. Full-bodied with refined tannins. Ripe fruit and liquorice character, with plums and earth. Long finish." (06/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Goes off the concentration meter. Black color. Wonderful aromas of mint, currants and blackberries. Full body. Big velvety tannins. It goes on and on, with licorice and ripe fruit character." (10/2000)

1995 Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore

1995 Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore - 12 available ($99.99)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1995 Valpolicella is an amazing effort, with an opaque dark ruby color, as well as an explosive nose of smoke, earth, jammy berry and blackberry fruit, great richness and purity, full body, and abundant glycerin and intensity. Remarkably, there is little evidence of new oak, even though the wine spent 36 months in barrel before being bottled without filtration. It tips the scales at a whopping 14.5% alcohol, high for Valpolicella. It should drink well for 10-15 years. (RP)" (08/2000)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Amazing Valpo. Aristocratic. Wonderful, with black currant, berry and mint aromas and flavors. Medium- to full-bodied, with polished tannins and a long, sweet, fruity aftertaste. Builds on your palate. Still needs time. Best after 2002. (JS)" (11/2000)

1996 Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore

1996 Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore - 5 available ($129.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Valpolicella is amazing. Readers will have to redefine their definition of Valpolicella to understand this blockbuster. The color is a dense purple. The bouquet offers glorious levels of blackberry and cherry fruit intertwined with vanilla, minerals, lead pencil shavings, and spice. The wine is full-bodied and voluptuously-textured, with sweet tannin and a seamless finish. It is an enormous yet incredibly symmetrical Valpolicella to drink over the next 2-5 years; it will last for 15-18 years. (RP)" (10/2001)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Big and powerful, with black pepper, berry and violet character. Full-bodied and chewy, with a long, fruity finish. A triumph for a Valpolicella. (JS, Web-2002)"

2010 Domenico Clerico

2010 Domenico Clerico "Pajana" Barolo - 9 available ($69.99)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium red. Less expressive on the nose than the Briccotto, hinting at ripe, musky plum, black raspberry, menthol and tobacco. Then smooth and sweet in the mouth, but with terrific energy keeping the red fruit and tobacco flavors fresh and primary. Sweeter and more elegant in style than the 2009, but this fine-grained, firmly tannic wine really shut down in the glass. Outstanding potential here." (12/2013)

93 points James Suckling: "A solid wine for the vintage with pretty fruit such as cherry and plum, as well as a light minerality. Full body with chewy tannins and a polished finish. Well-crafted young wine. Better in 2017." (04/2014)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Barolo Pajana is a stunning wine that shows the power and heft of the vintage. Its texture is soft and enduring with sweet almond, toasted hazelnut, bright cherry, spice and tobacco. The young tannins require more time to soften and integrate. Drink: 2017-2032." (07/2014)

2012 Falesco

2012 Falesco "Montiano" Lazio - 8 available ($44.99)

1997 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino

1997 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino - 1 available ($99.99)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Opaque, almost inky garnet with a purple core. Exotic nose of clove, cinnamon and cocoa. Very sweet, dense and fresh on the palate, with blackberry jam, ripe plum, chocolate, mint and vanilla in evidence. Generously structured and quite opulent, with ripe polished tannins and a cassis-laden finish of great warmth and persistence. Succulent and compelling; a great wine." (08/2002)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Big and toasty red, with raspberry, black licorice and smoky aromas. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long, smoky, berry, toasted oak aftertaste. Very New World in style. (JS)" (06/2002)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Flavio Fanti's tiny 12-acre vineyard is treated almost like his backyard, with a scrupulous attention to detail and now a dense planting that has definitely improved the quality of the wines. The 1997 shows modern, spicy wood, violet and rose aromas. The palate is rich, firm and dry, but with attractive bitter chocolate and licorice flavors. The new wood shows through but never throws the wine off balance. (RV)" (08/2002)

2013 Fanti Rosso Di Montalcino - 4 available ($19.99)

2007 Fattoria Viticcio

2007 Fattoria Viticcio "Prunaio" IGT - 2 available ($49.99)

2003 Feudi di San Gregorio

2003 Feudi di San Gregorio "Serpico" Irpinia - 6 available ($54.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2003 is a fascinating Serpico. The wine boasts impressive concentration in its dark, rich fruit. This is an incredibly primary Serpico, with little in the way of tertiary development. Ideally, it is best left alone for another few years, but readers fortunate enough to own this are in for a thrilling ride once the wine opens up a bit. Today it remains tightly coiled but full of potential. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023. (AG)" (08/2010)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A beautiful wine: sweet cherry and berry fruit nuances are woven within threads of vanilla, toast and ash. Despite the firm and penetrating mineral element, this wine is actually very plush, soft and round and it delivers long spicy notes on the finish." (02/2008)

90 points Wine Spectator: "A sturdy, chewy Aglianico, with bright berry fruit, mingled with floral, mineral and sweet tobacco notes. Medium- to full-bodied, with an intense bead of fruit, firm young tannins and a long, ultraclean mineral finish. Slightly less opulent than years past but excellent. Needs time. Best after 2008. (JS)" (07/2006)

Wine & Spirits: "Smoky aromas of spice and roasted cocoa add depth to the ripe cherry fruit in this wine. It's soft for Aglianico; a good match for beef short ribs." (06/2007)

2010 Firriato

2010 Firriato "Harmonium" Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT(1.5L) - 3 available ($39.99)

2009 Fontodi

2009 Fontodi "Flaccianello della Pieve" Toscana - 2 available ($119.99)

95 points James Suckling: "A structured red with polished tannins and subtle vanilla, chocolate and currant character on the nose and palate. Full body, with integrated tannins and a compacted palate. Builds on the palate. Muscular and intense. Needs until 2015 to soften. Try it then." (11/2014)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Flaccianello della Pieve is a bit of a shock to the palate after 20+ older vintages. Still, it is impossible to miss the wines striking purity and finesse. Today the 2009 is a bit of a brute, but it should mellow out over the next 5-7 years as the tannins start to soften. Firm tannins frame layers of ripe, juicy fruit in this young, extroverted Flaccianello. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. (AG)" (06/2012)

94 points Vinous: "(100% sangiovese): Deep red-ruby. Enticing aromas of plum, cherry and graphite, with hints of tar and wild herbs. Then sweet but not overripe or heavy on the palate, offering bright flavors of plum and redcurrant. Plenty of soil character and fine-grained tannins on the the multilayered, nicely structured finish. This wine magically combines sweetness, flesh and refinement--no small feat--and is an amazingly pure example of Sangiovese. (ID)" (07/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator: " *Top 100 Wines 2012* Elegant, this is also closed, showing some tannins at the moment, along with black cherry, black currant, and spice flavors. Best from 2016 through 2028. (BS, Web-2014)"

2010 Giuseppe Lonardi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico - 5 available ($44.99)

2008 Jacopo Biondi-Santi "Sassoalloro" Toscana - 1 available ($29.99)

2006 Le Gode Brunello di Montalcino

2006 Le Gode Brunello di Montalcino - 1 available ($69.99)

2008 Le Macchiole

2008 Le Macchiole "Paleo" Toscana - 2 available ($89.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Best Paleo ever here. Incredible concentration of fruit, yet racy and balanced. The palate is crazy. It's like chocolate olive oil cake. Beautiful fruit, with dark berries, olive leaf and chocolate. Love the texture. The best pure Cabernet Franc on earth? Can't wait to drink it. Better in 2014." (08/2011)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: " Good full ruby-red. Knockout, extremely fragrantnose combines raspberry, strawberry, Oriental spices, bay leaf, violet and white pepper. Fine-grained, pure and penetrating on the palate, with outstanding density and great energy to the flavors of red berries, aromatic herbs and white pepper. The extremely long, perfumed,palate-staining finish features supple tannins that are in perfect harmony with the wine's fruit. Another great Paleo in the making: I love this wine's vibrant delivery of pure, unadulterated Cabernet Franc aromas and flavors. A great showing. (ID)" (09/2012)

95 points Vinous: " The 2008 confirms its standing as one of the finest recent editions of Paleo Rosso. Plums, black cherries, cloves, smoke and menthol jump from the glass in a full-bodied, intense wine loaded with class and pedigree. Grilled herbs, cloves, crushed rocks and sweet tobacco are woven into the beautifully delineated, vibrant finish. This is a fabulous showing from Le Macchiole. (AG)" (04/2014)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Paleo is a landmark Italian expression of Cabernet Franc that is not at all bashful in terms of fullness and richness. Bold fruit and black cherry aromas have been soften by careful oak tones of spice and leather. Structured, firm but also velvety in texture, this wine needs more years to evolve." (02/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Dark red fruit, freshly cut flowers, minerals, spices and sweet herbs are some of the notes that emerge from the estates 2008 Paleo Rosso. The Paleo impresses for its vibrant minerality and exceptionally long, focused finish. The 2008 isnt a huge, opulent Paleo, rather it is a wine of more classic proportions built on harmony, of which there is no shortage here. Crushed flowers and sweet spices from the oak are sublime in the empty glass. Paleo Rosso is 100% Cabernet Franc that spent 14 months in French oak, 70% new barriques and 30% 1 year-old 112 liter barrels previously used for Messorio. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. (AG)" (08/2011)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Offers black currant, black cherry and cedar aromas and flavors, with hints of sage. Round and juicy, its tannins are integrated, and the finish lingers. A fruit-driven red. Cabernet Franc. Best from 2013 through 2021. (BS)" (10/2011)

2010 Lenotti

2010 Lenotti "Di Carlo" Amarone della Valpolicella Classico - 3 available ($49.99)

From the producer: "According to an eonological map dated 1906, the name LENOTTI was already known in the past for the production of the Bardolino classico. At that time the farm sold wines exclusively in butts or demijohns. In the following years untill 1968 the farm constantly increased its production of high-quality wines, by making wine from local grapes and supplying the numerous bottlers of the neighbourhood. Since 1968, the farm has been bottling and selling the wines directly with the main goal of supplying our clients with high quality products at competitive prices."

2006 Masciarelli

2006 Masciarelli "Villa Gemma" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva - 2 available ($59.99)

2004 Masciarelli Iskra Rosso Colli Aprutini IGT

2004 Masciarelli Iskra Rosso Colli Aprutini IGT - 6 available ($29.99)

2010 Mastrojanni

2010 Mastrojanni "Vigna Loreto" Brunello di Montalcino - 12 available ($79.99)

97 points James Suckling: "I love the savory character and silky texture to this wine. Full body, chewy tannins and a juicy and delicious finish. A baby still. Needs three to four years to soften. Better in 2017." (12/2014)

96 points Vinous: "Iron, smoke, savory herbs, graphite and tobacco lift from the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Loreto. Dense and compact through the mid-palate and finish, the Loreto is distinctly brooding in the glass. Here the flavors are dark, bold and intense to the core. Readers will have to be patient with the Loreto, as is a big, hulking Brunello endowed with significant structural heft. The Loreto is distinctly riper than the straight Brunello, a reflection of the warm microclimate in this parcel and mix of seven Sangiovese clones, all of which produce small berries." (02/2015)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aromas of blue flower, pressed powder and perfumed berry mingle in the glass. The rich palate offers layers of ripe wild cherry, vanilla cinnamon-spice, savory herb and licorice alongside assertive, fine-grained tannins. Drink 20182025." (05/2015)

Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2016

A very plummy yet elegant red, with leather and spices on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied, with a sleek and refined tannin structure and a long finish. Yum !

2003 Montepeloso

2003 Montepeloso "Gabbro" Toscana - 1 available ($94.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "The complexity starts with dusty mineral tones that slowly segue into perfectly mature blackberry, balsam tones and spicy oak notes at the end. It is that amazing evolution of aromas, which reads like a storybook of Tuscany, that makes this wine a standout." (04/2008)

2004 Montepeloso "Gabbro" Toscana - 1 available ($114.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The estates 2004 Gabbro (Cabernet Sauvignon) possesses captivating aromatics along with deeply expressive layers of dark cherries, melted road tar, minerals, chocolate, cassis and licorice, with outstanding length on the palate and superb overall balance. Made in an opulent, super-ripe style, its persistent minerality balances a note of sweetness on the finish. (AG)" (02/2007)

2013 Ornellaia

2013 Ornellaia "Poggio Alle Gazze" Toscana Bianco - 7 available ($39.99)

Wine Spectator: "A mix of earth, fresh-cut grass, gooseberry, honeysuckle and white pepper flavors pervade this lean, crisp white. Lithe and intense, presenting a long finish that hints at tropical fruit and herbal elements. (BS)" (10/2015)

K&L Notes: 69% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Viognier, 12% Vermentino, 7% Verdicchio.

2007 Poggio Antico

2007 Poggio Antico "Altero" Brunello di Montalcino - 3 available ($89.99)

98 points James Suckling: "This is the best wine ever from Poggio Antico. Aromas of blackberries and flowers follow through to a full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a polished tannin mouth-feel. This is really structured, yet elegant. Wonderful purity." (01/2012)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Altero is a gorgeous, sleek wine laced with dark red cherries, kirsch, menthol, pine and spices. Sweet floral notes wrap around the silky finish. The 2007 stands out for its finessed texture and impeccable overall balance. I cant remember a more polished, elegant vintage of Altero. Poggio Antico hit it out of the park. The 2007 spent 24 months in 500-liter French oak tonneaux. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027. (AG)" (04/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full red. Very pure but subdued aromas of raspberry, rose petal and spices, along with a suggestion of chocolate. Then almost surprisingly plush and sensual on the palate, and distinctly sweeter than the 2007 classico, showing a flavor of cherry liqueur. Extract-rich and dense in texture without betraying any heaviness. Finishes with excellent spine and thrust and good medicinal reserve. This will need time to absorb its serious dusting of tannins. (ST)" (07/2012)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Pretty ensemble of bright fruit, spice and cured meat, with ample concentration. Plump and round in the mouth, with loads of aromatic intensity. The mouthfeel is tight and chiseled." (05/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A tightly wound, cherry- and currant-laced red, with accents of mint, herbs and wild macchia. A powerful wine, with dense, dry tannins on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2027." (09/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Mid crimson. Meaty, spicy with liquorice. Lift and integrity. Still quite young. Transparent." (09/2012)

1999 Querciabella

1999 Querciabella "Camartina" Rosso di Toscano (soiled labels) - 4 available ($49.99)

2010 Rivetti La Spinetta

2010 Rivetti La Spinetta "Ca' Di Pian" Barbera d' Asti - 4 available ($29.99)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium red. Plum, tobacco, licorice and nutty oak on the ripe, serious nose. Supple, concentrated and dry; densely packed and voluminous. Shows very good flavor intensity but does not come across as particularly primary following the extended elevage. (ST)" (11/2013)

Wine Spectator: "This dense, tannic red offers pungent aromas of violet and raspberry, with ample fruit and a tinge of spice. Needs some time to settle down and absorb the tannins. (BS, Web-2014)"

2001 Ruffino

2001 Ruffino "Ducale Oro" Chianti Classico Riserva - 2 available ($44.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I prefer the 2001 Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro with the gold label, however, very elegant in its aromas and flavors of cranberries and raspberries, tobacco, and violets, vigorous and sustained on the mid-palate and finish and with tasty, textured tannins on the close. (DT)" (04/2006)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Ruffino's most famous label is the gold-label Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale, first produced in 1947. The 2001 rendition capably maintains the tradition, combining coffee, prune and tobacco scents with flavors of ripe plums and dark earth. Tannins give a richly textured feel in the mouth, the drying finish balanced by ample fruit. (JC)" (03/2007)

90 points Wine Spectator: "This shows a raisiny tar character with hints of brown sugar. Full-bodied and very rich, with velvety tannins. This will improve with age. (JS)" (10/2005)

2006 Silvio Nardi

2006 Silvio Nardi "Vigneto Manachiara" Brunello di Montalcino - 2 available ($79.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Austere and reserved with a dark side of exotic spice, anise and mature black fruit, Vigneto Manachiara is a savory, masculine and intense Brunello. In the mouth, the wine tastes dense, concentrated and opulent. This is a real crowd pleaser." (04/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full medium red. Aromas of plum, redcurrant, coffee, mocha and oak. Broad, silky, sweet and seamless, but today a strong spine of acidity gives it a rather backward impression. Not yet as sweet or delineated as the normale, but this wine's tight bitter cherry and redcurrant fruit and rather clenched tannic backbone suggest that it will eventually surpass the regular release." (07/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Packed with plum and cherry flavors, along with dense tannins, this red is a bit monolithic now, yet well-proportioned, so give it time to stretch out a little. Best from 2013 through 2026. 750 cases imported." (07/2011)

92 points James Suckling: "Love the aromas of black truffles, with grilled meat and dark fruits. Full body, with intense chewy tannins that are ripe and mouth puckering. This needs time to soften and mellow. Outstanding. Best after 2013" (01/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Manachiara shows a touch more richness, density and fragrance than the normal bottling, along with a more open, warm yet understated personality. The Manachiara is another Brunello that seems best suited to near and mid-term drinking. Tobacco, underbrush and worn-in leather are some of the nuances that inform the nicely detailed finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020." (05/2011)

2009 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia

2009 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore (3L) - 1 available ($899.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Ornellaia caresses the palate with layers of seamless, radiant fruit. Sweet red berries, mocha, flowers, new leather and spices are some of the many notes that are layered in this sumptuous, totally beautiful wine. The 2009 stands out for its silky tannins and phenomenal overall balance. This is one of those wines that will probably enjoy a long drinking window. There is little question the ability to blend grape varieties was a huge help in this vintage. In my opinion, that is the main reason Ornellaia is a slightly more complete wine than Masseto in 2009. In one of my blind tastings, the 2009 made a very eloquent case for itself as the wine of the vintage. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. In 2009 winemaker Axel Heinz used the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc ever in Ornellaia and gave the wine less time in oak, both with the goal of preserving as much freshness as possible. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029. (AG)" (06/2012)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* If you've ever wondered what makes this wine so special, the answer is simple: elegance. This shows polished fruit and spice aromas that are intense, balanced and beautifully integrated. The blend is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance made up of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The palate is dense, rich, smooth and supple. Drink this after 2018." (04/2013)

96 points James Suckling: "Subtle and complex with sweet tobacco and chocolate. Tar too. It's full-bodied, with racy tannins and a long finish. So fine. This is the most Cabernet Franc in the blend ever at the estate -- 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot. Beautiful now but better in 2015." (12/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Very aromatic, featuring floral and leafy black currant scents that follow through to plum, iron and tar flavors. Bordeaux-like with a supple texture, yet also firmly structured, offering herb and spice notes on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2013 through 2020. (BS)" (10/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Multidimensional aromas of blackberry, iron, Oriental spices and cedar. Very intensely flavored and suave, with a wonderfully silky texture over a firm underlying structure. A hint of eucalyptus provides lift on the extremely long finish, which features building tannins and a violet nuance. This is a remarkably suave Ornellaia, but it seems a little less concentrated than usual and comes across as almost too polished. Maybe all it needs is a little time to put on more weight and develop greater complexity. 94+ (ID)" (09/2012)

2003 Tenuta di Trinoro Toscana Rosso

2003 Tenuta di Trinoro Toscana Rosso - 1 available ($149.99)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2003 Tenuta di Trinoro is the wine that surprised me most. Given the decadently overripe style that Andrea Franchetti pursued during these years, and the scorching heat of this infamous vintage, I frankly expected a massive, amorphous fruit bomb. Instead, this wine shows a much higher level of definition and focus than I would have ever imagined. This proves the old adage that the best winemakers should be judged in the worst vintages. Specifically, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot reveals a refined mineral personality with granite stone and flint that keep the wine's aromatic parameters firm and tonic. Franchetti says the secret is in the high density planting. With vineyard rows so close to one another, the grapes were kept in the shade during the hottest part of the day. Clay soils absorbed enough moisture to keep the vines from going into heat stress, he says. The wine delivers moderate complexity and the finish is not as long as some of the other vintages. But if you are expecting an evolved and flat wine, you would be wrong. The 2003 vintage has much more life and vitality than the other great Tuscan reds produced in this difficult vintage. (ML)" (12/2015)

90 points Vinous: "The estate's 2003 Tenuta di Trinoro (42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot) presents notes of jammy, over-ripe dark fruit and a plush personality. Made in super-concentrated style, the full-throttle 2003 comes across as somewhat heavy and ponderous. It should be accessible relatively early. 'Obviously 2003 was a very hot vintage. Still, I am happy with our result. I think the wine is very well-balanced considering the conditions we had to work with,' says Franchetti." (04/2007)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of blackberry and stewed strawberries follow through to a full-bodied palate, with soft tannins and a medium finish. Fine and silky. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best after 2007. (JS)" (10/2005)

2009 Tenuta Rapitala

2009 Tenuta Rapitala "Hugonis" Sicilia IGT(1.5L) - 2 available ($59.99)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Nero d'Avola, this shows loads of intensity, with notes of plump cherry, blackberry, wet earth, leather and savory spice. The palate has firm, polished tannins and rich concentration." (03/2013)

2011 Tenuta Sette Ponti

2011 Tenuta Sette Ponti "Crognolo" Toscana - 10 available ($29.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Impressive aromas of blackberries, currants and flowers follow to a full body with super fine tannins and a long, long finish. Super classy. Best ever Crognolo. Always great value. 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot." (09/2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Crognolo (Sangiovese with a small percentage of Merlot) shows lush, thick lines and a dark garnet appearance. This is a delicious and well-crafted Tuscan red that offers the fruit-forward style and soft extraction that defines the best of Tuscan winemaking. Rich tannins and deep layers of ripe fruit, blackberry, leather, tobacco and chocolate wrap smoothly over the palate. The 2011 vintage offers an especially soft interpretation that is perfect for near-term drinking. You feel a pinch of that Sangiovese acidity on the close. (ML)" (09/2015)

90 points Wine & Spirits: "This is Sangiovese enriched with a small amount of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It emphasizes umami undertones of smoke and earth, along with high notes of balsamic adding an edge to the black fruit. The structure feels traditional and strict, focused on pasta with boar ragù." (04/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Violet, black currant and cherry aromas highlight this lush, fruity red. Harmonious and well-structured, with a long finish of spice and tobacco. (BS)" (10/2013)

Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 11, 2013

I've had this wine many time over the last decade but this vintage really surprised me, the flamboyant, flashy oak and sweet fruit was far less apparent and more complex flavors, better balance and in my opinion this is a more complete wine than I've had before. The wine still has dominant fruit aromatics and a supple texture on the palate, restrained in a positive way. Wonderful to drink now and will hold for years into the future.

2008 Tenuta Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino - 1 available ($49.99)

2012 TorCalvano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

2012 TorCalvano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano - 8 available ($17.99)

2009 Tua Rita

2009 Tua Rita "Giusto di Notri" Toscana - 2 available ($64.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Giusto di Notri boasts tons of power and sheer energy. Dark cherries, plums, tobacco and incense are all wrapped around a powerful core of fruit in this expressive, beautifully delineated wine. The 2009 impresses for its length, radiance and fine overall balance. Floral notes laced with a hint of sweet rose petals add brightness and lift on the finish. (AG)" (06/2012)

92 points James Suckling: "Loads of milk chocolate and berry character on the nose. Full body, with velvety tannins and a fruity finish. Delicious. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc." (08/2011)

90 points Wine Spectator: "A fruit bomb, this packs cherry jam, blackberry and spice flavors into a round, juicy frame. Light tannins bolster the finish, which echoes fruit, with cherry and raspberry lingering." (10/2011)

2004 Valdicava

2004 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva - 2 available ($179.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano continues to develop very positively. This huge, concentrated Madonna del Piano dazzles for the richness of its fruit and the delineation of its aromas. The clean, vibrant finish suggests many years of cellaring potential. The Valdicava Brunellos are often misunderstood when young because they possess so much richness, but with time in bottle the wines turn more delicate and complete. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029. (AG)" (04/2010)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Intense aromas of blackberry, blueberry and mineral, with just the right amount of licorice and mineral. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a beautiful finish. Best after 2012." (06/2010)

95 points James Suckling: "This is drinking a little tight at the moment. Still, the bright and decadent fruit give way to nice chewy tannins. Very complex, full bodied, and balanced. This needs some time to come back around. Drink this after 2012." (01/2011)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "**Cellar Selection** Here's a dark and well concentrated Brunello Riserva with meaty tones of smoked ham or bresaola backed by black cherry and prune. You'll get loads of leather and tobacco and the wine is bright and tart on the close with a fresh fruit finale. Excellent." (10/2010)

2004 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino

2004 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino - 7 available ($119.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Lovely black licorice, flowers, and ripe fruits on the nose. This is very aromatic. Full bodied but tight..." (01/2011)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Displays complex aromas of blackberry and cherry, with a hint of licorice. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a delicious finish of wonderful yet subtle fruit. Well-integrated and beautiful. Everything is in the right place. Best after 2011." (01/2009)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is simply beautiful. Now that the wine is in bottle it is even better than when I tasted it from barrel. Firm but silky tannins frame a core of ripe dark fruit as this powerful yet elegant Brunello opens up in the glass. Smoke, cured meats, earthiness and graphite develop in the glass, adding further complexity. Sweet roses and spices linger on the long, refined finish. This is a big, structured Brunello, and like all of Abbruzzeses wines, it needs at least a few years of bottle age before it offers its finest drinking. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. (AG)" (06/2009)

2006 Villa Rubini Colli Orientali del Friuli Pignolo (1.5L) - 1 available ($49.99)