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96-Point 2013 Barbaresco "Magnificent...What a Gorgeous Wine this Is" - 03/27/2017 - Italy

Ranking at the top of a great vintage that Galloni calls "undoubtedly fabulous" in this range, Nada Fiorenzo's Montaribaldi is simply a triumph for under $50. This is a new wine for the property, but from a vineyard in the Cru of Montaribaldi called Cascina Quinto which Galloni calls "one of the best and most privileged spots in that site." Only Gaja's cru designations at the $450 range scored higher than 96 points in Vinous' 2013 Barbareco reviews, putting this new-release Barbaresco in exclusive company and quickly making it one of the must-have wines in Barbaresco and beyond.

Also available are more and more thrilling opportunities in Barolo and Barbaresco including one of our personal favorites with Sottimano, a towering 2010 from Domenico Clerico, one of the most rewarding values of 2013 in Einaudi and many more gems for those looking to experience the best of Nebbiolo. As the market heats up for Barolo and Barbaresco, securing the best wines on pre-arrival is the way to go - make sure to get our allocations early.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2010 Domenico Clerico "Pajana" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 94 36 $69.99 View
2012 E. Pira Chiara Boschis "Via Nuova" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 95 >36 $79.99 View
2012 E. Pira Chiara Boschis "Via Nuova" Barolo (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) 95 5 $124.99 View
2013 Einaudi "Cannubi" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 94 35 $59.99 View
2013 Einaudi "Cannubi" Barolo (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) 94 6 $124.99 View
2013 Einaudi "Terlo" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 94 >36 $39.99 View
2013 Einaudi "Terlo Vigna Costa Grimaldi" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 95 >36 $49.99 View
2013 Einaudi "Terlo Vigna Costa Grimaldi" Barolo (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) 95 13 $99.99 View
2013 Nada Fiorenzo "Montaribaldi" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) 96 >60 $49.99 View
2013 Pio Cesare Barolo (Pre-Arrival) 95 12 $59.99 View
2011 Produttori del Barbaresco "Pora" Barbaresco Riserva (Pre-Arrival) 95 22 $49.99 View
2011 Sottimano "Cotta" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) 94 35 $54.99 View
2013 Sottimano "Cotta" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) 94 52 $56.99 View
2012 Sottimano "Fausoni" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) 94 57 $56.99 View
2013 Sottimano "Fausoni" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) 94 46 $56.99 View


2010 Domenico Clerico "Pajana" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($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. (ST)" (12/2013)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "The 7.5 acres of nebbiolo vines that Domenico Clerico farms in Pajana, a cru in Ginestra, Monforte dAlba, date to 1965 and 1970. He produces this wine in rotofermenters and ages it in French oak barriques (80 percent new) for 24 to 30 months. So you might expect it to be massive, but you might not expect the underlying energy of the 2010 vintage that drives it, or the delicacy of the bright, violet-scented fruit. While powerful oak tannins dry the mouth, the fruit rejuices itfresh black fruit touching on anise and truffles. Its finely integrated and built for long aging." (12/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Pretty floral and cherry notes are grounded by iron, tar and tobacco elements in this beefy red, accented by a hint of oak. The tannins are aggressive yet well-integrated. Finishes long and spicy, with fine grip. (BS)" (12/2014)

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. (ML)" (06/2014)

2012 E. Pira Chiara Boschis "Via Nuova" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($79.99)

95 points Vinous: "A wine of extraordinary precision, the 2012 Barolo Via Nuova possesses stunning vibrancy and energy. Dark cherry, cherry pit, blood orange, orange peel, exotic spice and mint are all laced together in a chiseled Barolo that bristles with energy. Addictively beautiful and inviting, the Via Nuova is endowed with a super-classic, mid-weight feel, knock-out aromatics and fabulous overall balance. The Via Nuova is a blend of six vineyards; Liste and Terlo (Barolo), two parcels in Mosconi (Monforte) and Gabutti and Baudana (Serralunga). Chiara Boschis has done a terrific job with her Via Nuova. This is compelling juice. (AG)" (03/2016)

92 points James Suckling: "This shows such clarity and freshness with so much minerality. Blue fruits too. Medium to full body, linear tannins and acidity. Dark chocolate undertones. Needs two or three years to soften." (03/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Elegance and harmony are two leading traits that can be attributed to the 2012 Barolo Via Nuova. This wine represents a balanced blend of Nebbiolo grapes from various sites. That blending flexibility adds to the overall balance of the wine, which is very important in a vintage like 2012 that was not always easy across the various townships of the Barolo appellation. Bright cherry and blackberry are followed by spice and grilled herb. (ML)" (06/2016)

Wine Spectator: "A pretty version, sporting cherry, strawberry, licorice, leather and tea aromas and flavors. Firms up on the finish, leaving a slightly chewy impression. (BS)" (06/2016)

2012 E. Pira Chiara Boschis "Via Nuova" Barolo (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) - 5 available ($124.99)

95 points Vinous: "A wine of extraordinary precision, the 2012 Barolo Via Nuova possesses stunning vibrancy and energy. Dark cherry, cherry pit, blood orange, orange peel, exotic spice and mint are all laced together in a chiseled Barolo that bristles with energy. Addictively beautiful and inviting, the Via Nuova is endowed with a super-classic, mid-weight feel, knock-out aromatics and fabulous overall balance. The Via Nuova is a blend of six vineyards; Liste and Terlo (Barolo), two parcels in Mosconi (Monforte) and Gabutti and Baudana (Serralunga). Chiara Boschis has done a terrific job with her Via Nuova. This is compelling juice. (AG)" (03/2016)

92 points James Suckling: "This shows such clarity and freshness with so much minerality. Blue fruits too. Medium to full body, linear tannins and acidity. Dark chocolate undertones. Needs two or three years to soften." (03/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Elegance and harmony are two leading traits that can be attributed to the 2012 Barolo Via Nuova. This wine represents a balanced blend of Nebbiolo grapes from various sites. That blending flexibility adds to the overall balance of the wine, which is very important in a vintage like 2012 that was not always easy across the various townships of the Barolo appellation. Bright cherry and blackberry are followed by spice and grilled herb. (ML)" (06/2016)

Wine Spectator: "A pretty version, sporting cherry, strawberry, licorice, leather and tea aromas and flavors. Firms up on the finish, leaving a slightly chewy impression. Best from 2018 through 2028. (BS)" (06/2016)

2013 Einaudi "Cannubi" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Aromas of cream, light toffee, mushrooms and plums follow through to a full body, silky tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Very tannic yet the tannins are ripe and polished. Try in 2021." (01/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Aromatic, displaying rose, strawberry, cherry and currant flavors, accented by leather, tobacco, iron and tea notes. Firm tannins lay a base of support. (BS)" (03/2017)

2013 Einaudi "Cannubi" Barolo (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) - 6 available ($124.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Aromas of cream, light toffee, mushrooms and plums follow through to a full body, silky tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Very tannic yet the tannins are ripe and polished. Try in 2021." (01/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Aromatic, displaying rose, strawberry, cherry and currant flavors, accented by leather, tobacco, iron and tea notes. Firm tannins lay a base of support. Best from 2022 through 2040.-B.S." (03/2017)

2013 Einaudi "Terlo" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($39.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Love the decadent, sweet-tobacco, stem and ripe-fruit aromas to this one. Full-bodied, layered and soft with ripe tannins and so much subtle fruit. Sexy is the only word to describe it. Drink in 2020." (01/2017)

92 points Vinous: " Ample, generous and inviting, the 2013 possesses striking richness and intensity. A host of dark cherry, plum, spice, blood orange and pomegranate hit the palate in a forward, powerful Barolo endowed with considerable fruit as well as structural intensity. Far from an easy going, entry-level Barolo, the Terlo possesses serious depth. Rose petal, menthol, sage and tobacco infuse the exotic finish. (AG)" (02/2017)

2013 Einaudi "Terlo Vigna Costa Grimaldi" Barolo (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Ripe fruit with orange-peel, walnut and ripe-strawberry aromas. Full body, ultra-fine and long tannins and a finish that lasts for minutes. Wow. Gorgeous. Better in 2021 but who can wait?" (01/2017)

94 points Vinous: "94+ Points: Black cherry, smoke, tar, licorice and menthol give the 2013 Barolo Terlo Vigna Costa Grimaldi much of its virile personality. Here, too, the level of fruit intensity is considerable, but, as always, the Costa Grimaldi has the broad shoulders and frame to hand all of that richness. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2013 needs at least a few years in bottle to shed some of its youthful tannin. This is impressive juice. (AG)" (02/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A whiff of hay gives way to cherry, strawberry, rose and tobacco aromas and flavors. This is elegant and steely, with dense tannins on the mouthwatering finish. (BS)" (03/2017)

2013 Einaudi "Terlo Vigna Costa Grimaldi" Barolo (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) ($99.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Ripe fruit with orange-peel, walnut and ripe-strawberry aromas. Full body, ultra-fine and long tannins and a finish that lasts for minutes. Wow. Gorgeous. Better in 2021 but who can wait?" (01/2017)

94 points Vinous: "94+ Points: Black cherry, smoke, tar, licorice and menthol give the 2013 Barolo Terlo Vigna Costa Grimaldi much of its virile personality. Here, too, the level of fruit intensity is considerable, but, as always, the Costa Grimaldi has the broad shoulders and frame to hand all of that richness. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2013 needs at least a few years in bottle to shed some of its youthful tannin. This is impressive juice. (AG)" (02/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A whiff of hay gives way to cherry, strawberry, rose and tobacco aromas and flavors. This is elegant and steely, with dense tannins on the mouthwatering finish. Best from 2022 through 2036.-B.S" (03/2017)

2013 Nada Fiorenzo "Montaribaldi" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

96 points Vinous: "An addition to the range, the 2013 Barbaresco Montaribaldi is magnificent. Dark spices, lavender, sage, menthol and dark cherries are front and center. Large-scaled, ample and super-expressive, the Montaribaldi captures the power and intensity of this site. Sweet mentholated notes round out the finish. What a gorgeous wine this is. The 2013 spent two full years in cask. It needs time to shed some tannin, but it is fabulous even at this early stage.These are some of the best Barbarescos I have ever tasted from Bruno Nada and his son, Danilo. The late harvest produced highly expressive, nuanced wines of a very high level. This year the Nadas have a new wine, the Barbaresco Montaribaldi, which emerges from Cascina Quinto, long considered one of the best and most privileged spots in that site" (10/2016)

2013 Pio Cesare Barolo (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($59.99)

95 points James Suckling: "The aromas to this are really impressive with crushed berries, dried flowers, walnuts and roses. Metamorphoses all the time. Full to medium body, characterized by a fantastic mouthfeel of ripe and round tannins that are always polished and beautiful. Magnificent harmony and purity. Drink or hold." (02/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A taut, sinewy version, revealing eucalyptus, wild herb, leather, tobacco and iron notes wrapped around a core of dusty cherry fruit. Fresh and chalky. (BS)" (07/2017)

2011 Produttori del Barbaresco "Pora" Barbaresco Riserva (Pre-Arrival) ($49.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Broad and brooding, this muscular Barbaresco packs in black cherry, tar, licorice and spice flavors. More about power than finesse, with a long finish. Best from 2019 through 2035.B.S" (06/2016)

92 points Vinous: "The 2011 Barbaresco Riserva Pora is sweet, round and sensual. Beautifully layered in the glass, the Pora is absolutely exquisite, with plenty of sweet red cherry, plum, mint and spice notes woven throughout. The Pora is typically the most open of the Produttori's nine Riservas, as it is once again this year. There is so much to like here. (AG)" (12/2015)

2011 Sottimano "Cotta" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) ($54.99)

94 points Vinous: "An overachiever in this vintage, the 2011 Barbaresco Cottà is one of the most refined wines I have tasted from this site, where the wines are usually much more overt and powerful in style. Sweet floral and spice notes meld into a core of dark red and black hued stone fruits, tobacco, smoke and new leather. The characteristic pliant, juicy Cottà fruit is there, but it is complemented by expressive floral overtones. There is a pure immediacy to the Cottà that is impossible to miss. (AG)" (10/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and fleshy, exhibiting flavors of plum and black cherry, buoyed by vivid acidity and beefy tannins. Exhibits a sweet character and plenty of tannins on the finish, so be patient. Best from 2017 through 2027." (10/2014)

2013 Sottimano "Cotta" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) ($56.99)

94 points Vinous: "As always, the 2013 Barbaresco Cottà is a wine of amplitude and breadth. Sweet dark cherry, pomegranate, mint, spices and leather meld together effortlessly. The Cottà has a bit less delineation and nuance than some of the other wines in the range, but more immediacy and mid-palate juiciness. As the years have passed, so many wines in this lineup have improved, but the Cottà has remained pretty much static, for better or worse. (AG)" (12/2015)

93 points James Suckling: "A tannic young wine with backbone and structure. Medium body, berry and walnut character and a chewy finish. Needs time to soften." (11/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator: "This red yields barely a glimmer of cherry, licorice and tar for now, yet all the elements are in place for a medium-term evolution. Stiff, mouthcoating tannins patrol the finish. (BS)" (10/2016)

2012 Sottimano "Fausoni" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) ($56.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Sottimano's 2012 Barbaresco Fausoni shows highly impressive results with a smooth entry to the palate followed by bright fruit flavors that are fused with floral accents, spice and licorice. Fausoni reveals pretty transparency with brilliant garnet accents. The aromas are tonic, vibrant and fresh. There's plenty of menthol and cardamon-infused lift on the finish. This is a very satisfying wine that promises a long life ahead. (ML)" (06/2015)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* This beautifully balanced wine boasts and enviable combination of structure and finesse. It opens with enticing aromas of pressed rose, iris, wild berry, cake spice and a whiff of pressed powder while the full-bodied palate delivers ripe black cherry, crushed raspberry, white pepper, star anise and clove. Firm, ultra-fine tannins provide the framework. (KO)" (02/2016)

93 points James Suckling: "A fresh, refined 2012 Barbaresco with dark-berry, floral and hints of walnut character. Full body, firm tannins and a clean finish." (11/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Floral top notes are grounded by cherry, strawberry and spice in this firm, wiry red. Shows all the components, just needs time to integrate fully. Fine length. (BS)" (09/2016)

92 points Vinous: "The 2012 Barbaresco Fausoni is a very pretty, up-front wine with lovely fruit and precision. Crushed raspberries, flowers and sweet spices grace the palate as the wine opens up in the glass. The flavors are nicely layered in a soft, delicate Barbaresco that shows the more perfumed, aromatic side of Nebbiolo. In 2012, the Fausoni is all about immediacy. (AG)" (10/2014)

2013 Sottimano "Fausoni" Barbaresco (Pre-Arrival) ($56.99)

94 points Vinous: "A dazzling wine of pure finesse, the 2013 Barbaresco Fausoni is supremely beautiful. For the first time I can remember in fifteen years of visiting this estate, the Fausoni is refined in its tannins. Sweet floral notes meld into a core of translucent fruit in an alluring, captivating Barbaresco that is super-impressive. The level of precision here is just magnificent. This is one of the best young Fausonis - if not the best - I have tasted at Sottimano. (AG)" (12/2015)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "0Enticing aromas of rose, iris, berry and leather lift out of the glass. The firm, elegantly structured palate offers black cherry, star anise, clove and white pepper alongside youthfully assertive but refined tannins. (KO)" (10/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Floral top notes are grounded by cherry, strawberry and spice in this firm, wiry red. Shows all the components, just needs time to integrate fully. Fine length. (BS)" (09/2016)

92 points James Suckling: "Pretty aromas of dried strawberry and orange peel. Medium body, pretty integrated tannins and a long finish. Drink or hold." (11/2016)