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Library Wine Department - Featuring Italy - 03/01/2018 - Italy

Our Library Wine 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 Italy. In this list you’ll find the top selections from Ornellaia, Altesino, Giacomo Conterno, Pio Cesare, Roberto Voerzio, and more. Whether you are looking for a bottle for a special occasion or to add to your collection, we have the depth of stock to meet whatever your needs may be.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
1999 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 93 1 $89.99 View
1997 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 92 2 $79.99 View
1997 Antinori "Tignanello" Toscana (3L) 1 $799.99 View
2000 Arnaldo Caprai "25 Anni" Sagrantino di Montefalco (3L) 97 0 $499.99 View
2001 Azienda Pier "Rio Sordo" Barbaresco Riserva 1 $34.99 View
2004 Ca' La Bionda Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 1 $59.99 View
2001 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 92 0 $84.99 View
2001 Carpineto "Molin Vecchio" Toscana Rosso 7 $34.99 View
2012 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 95 0 $64.99 View
1999 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 94 1 $69.99 View
1999 Castello Banfi "Poggio All'Oro" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 94 1 $124.99 View
2004 Castello dei Rampolla "Vigna d'Alceo" Toscana 98 1 $179.99 View
2005 Coltibuono "Selezione RS" Chianti Classico 1 $21.99 View
2013 Comm. G.B. Burlotto "Monvigliero" Barolo (lightly soiled labels) 100 3 $449.99 View
1999 Fanti (Tenuta San Filippo) Brunello di Montalcino 98 0 $109.99 View
2005 Feudi della Medusa "Aristeo" Isola dei Nuraghi (375ml) 7 Price: Hidden View
1999 Feudi di San Gregorio "Piano di Montevergine" Taurasi 93 2 $69.99 View
2011 Fontanafredda "Serralunga" Barolo (1.5L) 3 $69.99 View
2012 Fontodi "Flaccianello della Pieve" Toscana 97 2 $79.99 View
2011 Fontodi "Flaccianello della Pieve" Toscana 96 9 $99.99 View
2000 Fratelli Ferrero (Renato) "Gattera e Luciani" Barolo 1 $49.99 View
2000 Fratelli Ferrero (Renato) "Manzoni" Barolo 1 $59.99 View
2001 Giacomo Conterno "Cascina Francia" Barolo 94 2 $249.99 View
1999 Grattamacco Bolgheri 2 $49.99 View
2001 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2 $99.99 View
2009 La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1 $39.99 View
2010 La Stoppa "Ageno" IGT 5 $39.99 View
2003 Le Macchiole "Messorio" Bolgheri 94 1 $179.99 View
2004 Luigi Baudana "Baudana" Barolo 0 $49.99 View
2004 Luigi Baudana "Cerretta" Barolo 0 $49.99 View
2009 Mauro Veglio Dolcetto d'Alba 1 $14.95 View
1997 Paolo Scavino Langhe Rosso "Corale" 2 $39.99 View
2010 Pio Cesare Barbaresco (1.5L) 25 $99.99 View
2006 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 95 1 $74.99 View
2004 Punset "Campo Quadro" Barbaresco 1 $44.99 View
2005 Roberto Voerzio "Brunate" Barolo 2 $189.99 View
2007 Rocche Costamagna "Rocche Dell'Annunziata" Barolo 1 $59.99 View
2012 Sette Ponti "Crognolo" Toscana 3 $24.99 View
2004 Speri ''Monte Sant'Urbano'' Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2 Price: Hidden View
2003 Tenuta Arnulfo "Costa di Bussia" Barolo 1 Price: Hidden View
1999 Tenuta de Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore (3L) (soiled label, cracked capsule) 96 1 $949.99 View
1999 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana (1.5L) 95 1 $1,399.99 View
2009 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore (375ml) 97 43 Price: Hidden View
2008 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore (375ml) 98 22 $99.99 View
2004 Tenuta San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri (1.5L) 97 1 $599.99 View
2010 Tenuta San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri (375ml) 96 5 $99.99 View
2007 Tenuta San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri (375ml) 94 1 $109.99 View
2008 Tenuta San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri (375ml) 97 2 $104.99 View
2004 Tenuta Sette Ponti "Crognolo" Toscana 91 2 $29.99 View
2005 Terrabianca "Campaccio" Toscana 2 $39.99 View
1997 Terreno Chianti Classico Riserva 1 $29.99 View
1998 Terreno Chianti Classico Riserva 1 $29.99 View
2003 Vietti Barbaresco "Masseria" 94 1 $74.99 View
2012 Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 92 34 $29.99 View


1999 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico - 1 available ($89.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A modern style, with densely packed plum and berry on the nose, with light licorice and eucalyptus notes. Full-bodied and tight, with a core of crushed black fruit, firm tannins and a long, long minerally finish. Very closed now, but should be fantastic after a year or two. (JS)" (09/2004)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1999 Amarone is reminiscent of the 2001 and the 2004 even if it doesnt quite have the same depth of those vintages. Fresh, perfumed aromatics are layered nicely with bright red fruits in this relatively delicate, high-toned Amarone. (AG)" (05/2010)

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1997 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino - 2 available ($79.99)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark garnet with a ruby rim. Lovely scents of plum, mocha and tobacco regale the nose. Sweet on entry, then nicely delineated, with flavors of plum jam, licorice, mint and tar. Plushly textured, with full fuzzy tannins, this medium-to-full-bodied wine exudes earthy undertones in the lingering finish." (07/2002)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Wonderfully floral aromas, with plenty of ripe fruit and hints of minerals and spices. Full-bodied and chunky, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Fresh and refined. Best after 2003." (06/2002)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Altesino's medium to full-bodied 1997 Brunello di Montalcino boasts a dense ruby/garnet color in addition to aromas of creosote, new saddle leather, figs, plums, dried herbs, and white flowers. It is a meaty, complex, accessible, concentrated yet still young, vigorous Brunello with good underlying acidity and moderate tannin. It can be drunk now or cellared for 12-15 years." (12/2002)

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1997 Antinori "Tignanello" Toscana (3L) - 1 available ($799.99)

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2000 Arnaldo Caprai "25 Anni" Sagrantino di Montefalco (3L) - 0 available ($499.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Montefalco 25 Anni simply multiplies all the elements exponentially with room-filling aromas of sweet berry fruit and perfectly integrated oak and a mouth-coating cascade of ripe fruit, powerful, dense, and sensual tannins in a swelling flow of unrelieved pleasure. I would be very surprised if this wine did not last another two decades. (DT)" (04/2004)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Editors' Choice* The color is dark and youthful, while the nose is at first earthy and dusty before opening to reveal a deep plum core. Dark cherry and plum fruit mixes with coffee on the palate, while the finish is perfectly broad and smooth, an appropriate epilogue to a fine, extracted, modern Sangiovese-based wine. (MS)" (02/2003)

2001 Azienda Pier "Rio Sordo" Barbaresco Riserva - 1 available ($34.99)

2004 Ca' La Bionda Amarone della Valpolicella Classico - 1 available ($59.99)

2001 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino - 0 available ($84.99)

2 Glasses Gambero Rosso. 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Pungent dried red berries and rose complicated by mocha, leather and spices: classic perfumed sangiovese. Then suave and silky in the mouth, with lovely vinosity and length thanks to harmonious acidity. Flavors similar to the aromas. Dry, concentrated and firmly structured Brunello, with excellent mouth coverage, fine-grained tannins and excellent persistence." (July/Aug 06) 91 points Robert Parker: "This family-run estate makes an excellent Brunello from its 15 hectares of vineyards in the Canalicchio zone of Montalcino. I recently had the opportunity to taste several vintages of the Brunello, which was a great opportunity to assess recent vintages as well as glean some insights into how the wine ages. From vintage to vintage the wine showed its characteristic notes of scorched earth and ripe dark fruit. With a few years of bottle age the wines often begin to display attractive, heady white truffle overtones. The house favors cask-aging for its Brunello and the wines are made in a fairly traditional style. The medium- to full-bodied 2001 Brunello di Montalcino is rich, plump, and bursting with flavor, showing subtle, delicately woven notes of earthiness, tobacco, smoke, minerals and plenty of dark cherry fruit supported by firm yet fine tannins. It is sure to improve with a few years of cellaring but it is quite impressive even today. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021." (12/06)

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2001 Carpineto "Molin Vecchio" Toscana Rosso - 7 available ($34.99)

2012 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino - 0 available ($64.99)

95 points Wine Spectator: "* #4 on the Top 100 Wines of 2017* Effusive aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, floral, mineral and tobacco are at the center of this linear, vibrant red. Well-structured, this offers terrific length on the sinewy finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. (BS)" (06/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Casanova di Neri is one of the shining stars of Montalcino. Each successive vintage released brings us renewed understanding of the focus and the dedication demonstrated by the father and son team that operates this estate. The winemaking style is impeccable and elaborate. There's a higher degree of texture and richness on display, and this is not often the case with Sangiovese. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino opens to thick layers of dark fruit, mocha, spice, leather, cigar box and pipe tobacco. A distant note of dried fruit or blackberry confit adds softness and sweetness. Give this wine a few more years to flesh out and integrate. (ML)" (02/2017)

92 points James Suckling: "A wine with balance and finesse as well as a solid core of fruit that leads to a long and silky finish. Just the right combination of subtle ripe fruit and balsamic-vinegar undertones. So pretty. Drink or hold." (12/2016)

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1999 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino - 1 available ($69.99)

94 points James Suckling: "This is complex and round with wonderful ripe fruit and richness. I love its generosity, giving so much yet still reserved. So much going on here, mind blowing. Pull the cork!" (04/2011)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Decadent, earthy and opulent, with jam and spice on the nose. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, soft finish. There's wonderful density and beautiful fruit. So ready.'99 Brunello blind retrospective (2009). Drink now. (Web-2010)"

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Rich, dark and muscular, with deep, jammy aromas of plum and blackberry. Banfi toes the line between modern and traditional, and this wine fits their model perfectly. It's a ripe, sizable mouthful, yet it has some true-life edges to it." (06/2004)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Impressive saturated ruby, extremely dark for Brunello. Brooding aromas of dark berry syrup and licorice; distinct hints of surmaturite Then big, broad and extremely unevolved; highly concentrated but currently monolithic, and not really displaying its fruit. Finishes with big, chewy but ultimately rather fine tannins. 90+ (ST)" (09/2004)

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1999 Castello Banfi "Poggio All'Oro" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva - 1 available ($124.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* Smooth and lush, with a ton of berry, cherry and smoke character. Supremely ripe and full, with chocolate and spice mixed into the prime cherry/berry palate. This is a wine for anyone who simply loves wine; maybe it isn't ultra-complex but there's no arguing about its polish and style. It's incredibly round and likable." (07/2005)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Jam and dried berry on the nose verges on fruitcake. Full-bodied, with soft, silky tannins, a round, opulent palate and plenty of fruit. Turns velvety and opulent. A gorgeous, powerful and generous Brunello. Needs another couple of years. -'99 Brunello blind retrospective (2009)." (Web Only-2010)"

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2004 Castello dei Rampolla "Vigna d'Alceo" Toscana - 1 available ($179.99)

98 points Vinous: "The 2004 d'Alceo is off the charts. Freshly cut flowers, mint and dark red berries are all finely knit in a fabric of superb elegance and pure pedigree. It is fascinating to watch the evolution of Vigna d'Alceo from a wine of power to a wine of finesse, and 2004 is the inflection point in that arc. The silkiest and most refined tannins imaginable support an impeccable, layered finish peppered with dark red/black fruit, smoke, tobacco, licorice and savory herbs. Simply put, the 2004 is stunning. (AG)" (12/2013)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Displays gorgeous, focused aromas of blackberry, currant and sandalwood. Full-bodied and tightly wound, with velvety tannins and a long finish of mineral, light fresh rosemary and currant. Solid as a rock. *Collectibles* (JS)" (10/2007)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "The beauty of this wine is in its elegant, restrained character. There are no loose ends or sharp spikes here. Instead, the 85-15 Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot blend is extremely compact and streamlined with beautiful extraction and pretty notes of chocolate, spice, tobacco and bold cherry." (04/2008)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of blackcurrant, violet, licorice, minerals and oak, along with a whiff of truffle. Enters lively and minerally, then turns broad in the middle palate, displaying terrific density of blackberry and dark cherry flavors. Wonderfully classy and vibrant wine with a seamless texture. The long finish boasts compelling subtle sweetness of fruit. This is consistently one of Italy 's best wines, and the 2004 is one of the top vintages for this bottling in recent memory. (ID)" (08/2010)

2005 Coltibuono "Selezione RS" Chianti Classico - 1 available ($21.99)

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2013 Comm. G.B. Burlotto "Monvigliero" Barolo (lightly soiled labels) - 3 available ($449.99)

100 points Vinous: ""Burlotto's 2013 Barolo Monvigliero is simply magnificent. In many vintages, a young Monvigliero can come across as disjointed, especially in the aromatics and the pungent, savory notes can be overpowering. Not in 2013. All the elements are in perfect balance. A wine of soaring aromatic intensity, pedigree and class, the 2013 is thrilling from the very first taste. Rose petal, lavender, violet, spice, orange peel, white pepper and cinnamon are some of the many notes that infuse the super-expressive finish. All of Burlotto's 2013 Barolos are exceptional. But the Monvigliero, well, it enters the realm of the deeply moving. It is a wine that will leave readers weak at the knees." -- Antonio Galloni" (02/2017)

96 points Wine Spectator: "A perfumed style, exuding rose, sandalwood, cedar and cherry aromas, joined on the palate by berry, tobacco and spice flavors, all matched to a light-weight, ethereal frame. Complex, building to a vibrant, mineral- and spice-tinged aftertaste. (BS)" (02/2018)

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1999 Fanti (Tenuta San Filippo) Brunello di Montalcino - 0 available ($109.99)

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 class wine, but not a wine which seems to have much to do with Sangiovese and Montalcino. Frankly, it is surprising to see a producer with this institutional position release a wine of this type. (DT)" (04/2005)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full deep ruby. Superripe aromas of cassis, blackberry and licorice. Dense, sweet and impressively concentrated; a real fruit bomb in the mouth. Primary black fruit flavors are complicated by tobacco, chocolate and exotic oak notes. Finishes very long and sweet, with lush, ripe tannins. As youthful as this is today, it's already quite sexy." (10/2004)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Rich, dark and lush, with liqueur-like aromas wafting upward from a sea of purple. An obvious entry into the 'modern' category of Brunello. Theres jammy, mouthcoating fruit and only modest acidity. Detractors may find it heavy and bruising, but fans will adore its weight and creaminess." (06/2004)

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2005 Feudi della Medusa "Aristeo" Isola dei Nuraghi (375ml) - 7 available Price: Hidden

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1999 Feudi di San Gregorio "Piano di Montevergine" Taurasi - 2 available ($69.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1999 is another impressive Piano di Montevergine. This is a touch more powerful and rustic than the decidedly elegant 2001, but it is just as engaging. Smoke, leather, licorice, wild cherries and rosemary develop beautifully in the glass, along with suggestions of ash and game that add character and complexity. The 1999 is a decidedly powerful Piano di Montevergine that is rewarding today and should drink well for another decade, perhaps beyond. (AG)" (08/2010)

90 points Wine Spectator: "This takes no prisoners. Big and rich aromas of crushed blackberries and black pepper, with hints of minerals. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, opulent finish. A bit austere, but it's impressive. Best after 2005." (02/2004)

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2011 Fontanafredda "Serralunga" Barolo (1.5L) - 3 available ($69.99)

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2012 Fontodi "Flaccianello della Pieve" Toscana - 2 available ($79.99)

97 points Vinous: "The 2012 Flaccianello della Pieve, a selection of the estate's best fruit, presents a darker, more virile expression of Sangiovese. Here, too, the purity of the flavors is truly striking. Cinnamon, cloves, new leather, licorice and plums are some of the notes that soar from the glass. The 2012 is full-bodied and voluptuous, in classic Flaccianello style, but the new French oak is much better integrated than it often is at this stage, the result of a move to lower toast levels over the last few years. This is one of the finest young Flaccianellos I can remember. Simply put, the 2012 Flaccianello is a real stunner. Wow! (AG)" (09/2015)

94 points James Suckling: "A fresh and clean wine with mineral, blackberry, blueberry and lavender character. Full body, fine and chewy tannins and a tangy finish. Refined and beautiful. Needs a year or two to soften. Organically grown grapes." (08/2015)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As it is every year, the 2012 Flaccianello della Pieve represents a selection of the best fruit from the best vineyards (excluding, of course, Vigna del Sorbo that is dedicated to its own wine). The five parcels span various soils types and exposures, and the youngest vines are 20 years old. Because the fruit selection process is so detailed, the darkest and smallest clusters are carefully chosen. As a result, the fruit is rich in polyphenols, thick extract and extra aromatic intensity. The 2012 vintage saw yields reduced by as much as 20%, meaning that fruit selection was even more severe in this vintage. This beautiful wine shows abundant richness and generosity with toned mineral nuances that are wrapped within bold flavors of dark fruit and spice. The wine is rich and velvety in texture. Drink now-2030. (ML)" (10/2015)

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 08, 2016

Flaccianello remains one of the greatest Tuscan Sangioveses and the 2012 is regal. The Manetti family reduced the yields by twenty percent and carefully selected the grapes from five of their parcels to make this stunning wine. The fruit is dark, rich and aromatic and the wine is full-bodied with deftly integrated tannins and oak and the ability to age many years. Open now with proper aeration or allow it to develop in the cellar. Outstanding.

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 06, 2016

Big, beautiful, full and focused. This wine is a wonderful expression of Sangiovese. It begins with juicy deep fruits such as blackberry and black cherry. It has gripping tannins that are complemented by dry spice and leather. The wine does not weigh down the palate, but intrigues the senses with its long, clean finish.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 06, 2016

This wine is 100% Sangiovese and a small marvel of class and power, especially when the vintage is taken into account. There is wonderful richness of fruit, which melds beautifully with the aristocratic oak, giving spicy scents which come through on the palate, dark-fruit, ripe strawberries with concentrated aromas of blackberries, dark coco powder and stony minerals. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and an incredibly long finish, will age very well.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 06, 2016

I have always loved Flaccianello, its purity of fruit, the meticulous winemaking, and exceptional vineyard sourcing has made it an international sensation. This vintage is magnificent; the nose is full of wild cherry, spice, earth and a sense of the suns warmth, not overripe but it has a glow. On the palate the first sensation is of its incredible length, long and then even longer but that doesnt take away from the supple richness coiled around the central structure giving one a sense of richness. The tannins are sweet and long and with the wines length they give the wine a powerful structure for long term aging while still in excellent balance. The finish is full of spice box, leather and plum, rich with a sense of lengthening. A superb wine, hope fully you have a child born in this year, got married in this year or just like to drink this year!

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2011 Fontodi "Flaccianello della Pieve" Toscana - 9 available ($99.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and opulent, with a sheen to the black currant and blackberry fruit flavors. Additional notes of thyme, leather, mineral and tar add depth, while the burly tannins still ride roughshod on the finish. Nonetheless, all the components are there and this shows fine length. A more muscular style for this wine, reflecting the vintage. Sangiovese. (BS)" (07/2018)

95 points James Suckling: "The blackberry, currant, nutmeg and chocolate aromas follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and lots of savory fruit. Some balsamic and citrus fruit underneath it all. Needs a little time to soften. Pure Sangiovese. From organically grown grapes. Better in 2016." (09/2014)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Flaccianello della Pieve is 100% Sangiovese aged 24 months in new French oak and two months in large oak cask. Im not sure how Fontodi does it, but this edition of Flaccianello is simply beautiful. It is a seamless expression with lingering tones of red cherry, coffee, spice, truffle and red rose that flow harmoniously into unison. In the mouth, the wine shows great opulence and textural richness that is pushed forward by the stylistic softness of the tannins and the wines inner freshness. Pretty menthol tones appear on the finish. Drink: 2015-2030. (ML)" (10/2014)

94 points Vinous: "The 2011 Flaccianello della Pieve has come along quite nicely over the last year. The signatures of the unusually warm, dry vintage are very much in evidence in the wine's profile and overall weight. At the same time, the richness and overall unctuousness suggest the 2011 will drink well earlier than some of the surrounding vintages - once it sheds some baby fat. (AG)" (09/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "24 months in French barriques. Dark crimson. Rich and sweet on the front palate with all the kick of ripe Sangiovese behind. Dramatic. Long. Fiery. Concentrated. A very different style to Isola e Olenas. (17.5/20 points)" (09/2014)

2000 Fratelli Ferrero (Renato) "Gattera e Luciani" Barolo - 1 available ($49.99)

2000 Fratelli Ferrero (Renato) "Manzoni" Barolo - 1 available ($59.99)

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2001 Giacomo Conterno "Cascina Francia" Barolo - 2 available ($249.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2001 Barolo Cascina Francia has entered a period of extreme stubbornness, which has been my experience the several times I have tasted the wine recently. The sweet, candied notes that were once present in the bouquet have developed into a much more classic melange of roses, tar, licorice and red berries. The 2001 boasts tremendous structure, while some of the overt raciness that was present when the wine was young has dissipated. One of the bottles I tasted, from my cellar, only began to show some expressiveness after it had been opened for two days! The 2001 Cascina Francia is neither young nor mature, rather it is in an adolescent stage where the best option is to leave the bottles alone for at least a few more years. (AG)" (04/2012)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Sappy aromas of redcurrant liqueur and dried rose. Round, fat, lush and seamless; not at all a fruit-dominated style, with intriguing notes of herbs, spices, earth and flowers complicating the plum and strawberry flavors. (ST)" (12/2004)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Has wonderful aromas of fresh porcini mushroom, subtle ripe red fruits and citrus. Full-bodied, with silky, caressing tannins. Shows lots of berry, blackberry and milk chocolate flavors on the aftertaste. This is just starting to open up. (JS)" (12/2007)

1999 Grattamacco Bolgheri - 2 available ($49.99)

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2001 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva - 2 available ($99.99)

2009 La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva - 1 available ($39.99)

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2010 La Stoppa "Ageno" IGT - 5 available ($39.99)

2003 Le Macchiole "Messorio" Bolgheri ($179.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2003 Messorio has calmed down a bit now that it has been in bottle for a few years, but it remains a decidedly opulent, full-throttle wine loaded with blueberry and blackberry jam, chocolate, sweet spices and French oak. The tannins have begun to soften a touch, but the 2003 is still at least a few years away from offering its finest drinking. This is a fabulous effort considering a torrid vintage that was especially hard on Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. (AG)" (03/2011)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* This is an expertly crafted Merlot that offers much in terms of intensity, charm and personality. You could drink it with a fork and knife because its concentration is dark, plush and extracted with care. Pristine aromas of flower petal, red fruit, molasses and spice are rounded off by an outstanding mouthfeel consisting of extraordinary length and polished tannins." (04/2008)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Wonderful aromas of crushed raspberry, strawberry and hints of vanilla follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a long finish. Silky. Hard to resist already. Pure Merlot. Almost impossible to find. (JS)" (10/2006)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark red. Enticing aromas of blackberry, ground coffee and black pepper, with a definite herbal twist. Brooding and muscular on the palate, offering a rare combination of elegance and power, thanks to ripe acidity and sweet tannins. This is always the most tannic of Le Macchiole's wines, a characteristic Campolmi believes is due to the soil. (ID)" (09/2006)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (04/2008)

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2004 Luigi Baudana "Baudana" Barolo - 0 available ($49.99)

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2004 Luigi Baudana "Cerretta" Barolo - 0 available ($49.99)

2009 Mauro Veglio Dolcetto d'Alba - 1 available ($14.95)

1997 Paolo Scavino Langhe Rosso "Corale" - 2 available ($39.99)

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2010 Pio Cesare Barbaresco (1.5L) ($99.99)

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2006 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino ($74.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Fascinating aromas of blackberries, flowers, dark chocolate and nuts follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a long, intense aftertaste. Bright acidity. This is structured and held back. Massive wine. Most structured ever from here. Give it four to five years of bottle age before opening. Impressive power." (01/2011)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, dark red. Knockout perfume of black cherry, black raspberry, minerals, violet, rose petal and a whiff of dark chocolate. Silky on entry, then almost painfully intense in the middle, with terrific backbone and acidity to the classy fruit, mineral and dark chocolate flavors. This boasts fruit of steel, and great clarity. Finishes with a compelling savory quality, a spine of noble tannins and outstanding subtle persistence. (ST)" (07/2011)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Poggio Antico consistently delivers standout Brunello, and this expression from the 2006 vintage is no exception. The wine is plush and rich with deliciously soft succulence. In the background, it delivers loads of vanilla, sweet spice, clove and black cherry." (04/2011)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a very pretty, elegant wine. Fine, silky tannins frame a core of crushed berries, flowers, licorice and new leather in this mid-weight, gracious Brunello. The wines inner sweetness emerges over time, adding harmony and class. This is a super-elegant, refined Brunello from Poggio Antico. The estate gave the Brunello three years in Slavonian oak, yet the wine remains fresh and vibrant. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026. (AG)" (05/2011)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Starts out pure and elegant, then quickly shuts down, courtesy of the burly tannins. Iron, wild herbs, cherry and tobacco flavors are focused, lingering on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2026. (BS)" (08/2011)

2004 Punset "Campo Quadro" Barbaresco - 1 available ($44.99)

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2005 Roberto Voerzio "Brunate" Barolo - 2 available ($189.99)

2007 Rocche Costamagna "Rocche Dell'Annunziata" Barolo - 1 available ($59.99)

2012 Sette Ponti "Crognolo" Toscana - 3 available ($24.99)

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2004 Speri ''Monte Sant'Urbano'' Amarone della Valpolicella Classico - 2 available Price: Hidden

2003 Tenuta Arnulfo "Costa di Bussia" Barolo - 1 available Price: Hidden

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1999 Tenuta de Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore (3L) (soiled label, cracked capsule) - 1 available ($949.99)

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "Spicy and full of cassis, tobacco and coffee aromas. Texture and mouthfeel are what this wine is all about; it is plush like velvet carpet. Deep, satisfying flavors of plum, black currant and vanilla lead into an ultrasmooth finish that is clean as a hospital emergency room." (08/2002)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1999 Ornellaia (magnum) does not disappoint. This vivid, energetic wine emerges from the glass with a myriad of graphite, menthol, licorice, leather and dark fruit wrapped around a powerful core. The bouquet alone is worth the price of admission. Though not as opulent as the 1997, the 1999 offers exceptional length and a finessed, regal close. The 1999 Ornellaia is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine spent 18 months in French oak (60% new) prior to being bottled. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2021. (AG)" (01/2010)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Youthful, perfumed nose hints at cherry, flowers, licorice and lead pencil. Dense, brooding and powerful, with superb depth and clarity of cherry, cassis, mineral and floral flavors. An aristocratic, backward, gripping Ornellaia that finishes with explosive length and building tannins. If the '98 is feminine, this is distinctly masculine. Still an infant." (10/2004)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Wow. Currants, berries, cherries and minerals, but all subtlety. Full- to medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. Complex wine. However, a significant price hike, which follows the purchase of the estate by the Mondavi and Frescobaldi families, is disappointing. Best after 2005." (09/2002)

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1999 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Masseto" Toscana (1.5L) - 1 available ($1,399.99)

95 points James Suckling: "This is sometimes overlooked by Masseto lovers. It shows the precision and finesse of a top Masseto with firm tannins and bright blueberry and violet character with a long fresh finish. It's full-bodied, and so very polished with wonderful texture. Drink or hold. Decant a couple of hours before serving." (07/2014)

95 points Vinous: "The 1999 Masseto was just as I remembered, which is to say huge, powerful and structured. Unlike the 2000, the 1999 is headed for a long life of fabulous drinking. (AG)" (02/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful violet, berry and raspberry character. Very fruity and pretty. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, long finish. This is seductive and modern. It shows excellent potential for aging.--Masseto non-blind vertical. (JS)" (10/2004)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The dense ruby/purple-colored 1999 Masseto offers a fabulous bouquet of sweet oak, black raspberries, blackberries, currants, new wood, and licorice. Firmly-structured and medium to full-bodied yet remarkably elegant, this impressive beauty needs 3-4 years of cellaring, and should age for 15+ years. (RP)" (12/2002)

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2009 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore (375ml) Price: Hidden

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: "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. *Best of 2013*" (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. *Collectibles* (BS)" (10/2012)

Jancis Robinson: "Much sweeter and riper on the nose than the 2010, more opulent, more sweetly spiced, a lot more expressive than the 2010 but feels thicker in the mouth. Really Merlot fruit with dark plums and damsons but a touch of red fruit too, and not a hint of overripeness. Much more right bank than 2010's left-bank character. Dry, deep, thick but rounded tannins. Polished already though it is still very young. The alcohol shows in the finish but it is not hot thanks to the fine texture. 18/20 points. (JH)" (05/2013)

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2008 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" Bolgheri Superiore (375ml) ($99.99)

98 points James Suckling: "I love Ornellaia. Amazing aromas of currants, blackberries, and hints of vanilla cream. Licorice too. Full bodied, with soft and velvety tannins and an amazing depth of fruit. Balanced and super long. I can't get over the wonderful texture to this young red. It touches every inch of your palate and caresses it. Leave it for four or five years still, but it's hard not to drink." (04/2011)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Ornellaia continues to blossom in the bottle. Dark cherries, chocolate, espresso, blackberries and mocha are just some of the many notes that explode from the glass. A rich tapestry of licorice, tar and camphor notes develop in the glass, adding considerable complexity. The 2008 is a huge, structured Ornellaia endowed with massive structure. It has come together beautifully since the early days when it was a tannic beast. Readers who can be patient will be rewarded with a spectacular bottle of wine. This is a fabulous showing. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033. (AG)" (06/2012)

96 points Vinous: "The 2008 is a cool, inward Ornellaia graced with exquisite finesse in its dark fruit, mocha, licorice, tar and spices. I especially like the minerality and focus. There is a very nice balance between the tannins of this structured, powerful vintage, but with gorgeous fleshiness and pliancy that makes the wine very attractive, even at this early stage. It will be fascinating to watch the 2008 develop over the coming years and decades. 96+ (AG)" (08/2011)

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2004 Tenuta San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri (1.5L) - 1 available ($599.99)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Captivatingly intense yet refined aromas of ripe red cherry, mint, smoke and black truffle, complicated by lovely mineral and floral elements. Ripe, rich and velvety on entry, then concentrated in the middle, with flavors of red cherry, cassis, spices, bay leaf, dark chocolate and espresso. Amazingly well balanced and fresh wine, with sound, bright acids supplying wonderful lift and precision and smooth, noble tannins adding considerable power and grace. The finish goes on for minutes, highlighted by an enchanting floral-mineral quality; in my experience, the appearance of this strong floral component (in the absence of herbal or peppery aromas and flavors more typical of lesser vintages) at this early stage of development is typical of the greatest versions of Sassicaia. One of the top dozen Sassicaia bottlings ever." (01/2011)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Best of 2008, Cellar Selection* The best Sassicaia of the last 10 years, the 2004 vintage is an outstanding achievement. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc highlight the beauty of Tuscany and portray the region in terms of thick chocolate fudge, succulent cherry and currant, exotic spice and vanilla seed. Beyond those big aromas are little teasers: blue flowers, Mediterranean herbs, cola and light mineral shadings. Its lush and full in the mouth and will hold 20 or 30 years." (04/2008)

94 points Wine Spectator: " *Collectibles* Shows aromas of chocolate, currant and blackberry, with a hint of Spanish cedar. Full-bodied, with firm, velvety tannins and a long finish. Racy and very well-structured. Builds on the palate. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. (JS)"

94 points James Suckling: "A wine with beautiful aromas of currants and light chocolate with hints of sweet tobacco. It's full-bodied and very refined with integrated tannins. It still needs time to give its full potential, but it's a beautiful wine with excellent length and class. Drink or hold." (06/2013)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Bolgheri Sassicaia is the proverbial time capsule wine that takes you back stylistically to a retro winemaking era. These were the years of big extraction, large fruit and power and I cant help but feel some nostalgia for this era of Baroque winemaking. When I first tasted this wine in 2008, I had given it 97 points and I praised its primary tones of succulent cherry and blackcurrant. I also remarked on what I called its little teaser aromas of blue flower, cola and Mediterranean herb. All of those characteristics are happily intact today. In fact, they are remarkably well preserved with the same vigor, suppleness and continuity that I remember. This was a good vintage that saw high crop yields following the unforgettable heat of the previous 2003 summer. Over the years, this wine has fleshed out beautifully and it remains elegantly muscular and toned. The major difference is that the wines oak nuances have become more prominent with time. That's why I scored it less this time. The bouquet makes a strong showing of baking spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and spicy tobacco. The tannins are smooth and plump and there is a point of cedar or rosewood sweetness on the finish. The style is full and generous and this wine will continue to hold steady for years to come. (ML)" (06/2015)

93 points Vinous: "The 2004 Sassicaia is a lovely, understated effort. Medium in body, it presents nuanced layers of sweet dark fruit, licorice, menthol and toasted oak that gradually open onto a finely-knit frame of notable length. Today it appears to be quite reticent and still holding back much of its potential. Both bottles I sampled showed less vibrancy and freshness in both color and flavors than the other top 2004s I tasted alongside it, suggesting that the wine is still suffering from bottle shock. (AG)" (06/2007)

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2010 Tenuta San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri (375ml) - 5 available ($99.99)

96 points Vinous: "The 2010 Sassicaia is intensely saline, savory and energetic. Rosemary, sage, plums and black cherry notes meld into graphite, crushed rocks and a host of other more mineral-inflected nuances. Beautifully persistent and chiseled in the glass, the 2010 is ultimately all about energy. This is going to be a fascinating vintage to follow. (AG)" (10/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Cedar, sandalwood and spice notes lead off, with cherry, currant and rhubarb flavors underneath. Linear in profile, with a firm base of tight-grained tannins, this lingers beautifully on the finish. Persistent from beginning to end, this just needs time to expand. Best from 2016 through 2027. 3,050 cases made. (BS)" (10/2013)

94 points James Suckling: "The 2010 Sassicaia was just released and it's an outstanding bottle. I think that people are going to love this newest Sass. The red is very aromatic with currant, dried berry, cocoa bean, and hints of wood. It's full-bodied, with intense yet very polished tannins and a long finish. It's very refined and beautiful with a tangy finish. The Cabernet Franc comes through here at the finish. Lively. Hard not to drink now." (06/2013)

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2007 Tenuta San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri (375ml) - 1 available ($109.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Here's a wine of power, determination and confidenceas far as first impressions go. The 2007 Bolgheri Sassicaia leaves little hidden behind the curtain. It presents a frank and straightforward array of bold fruit, spice, leather and tobacco-like aromas that emerge from the bouquet with energy and force. The aromas are complete and genuine. The palate, however, offers more space for interpretation and review. It is finessed and nuanced, thus requiring more time to fully comprehend and appreciate. Silky tannins are followed by fine textural smoothness and a long finish. The outgoing nature of the aromas make for a fascinating contrast against the inward and reticent nature of the mouthfeel. (ML)" (04/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Very enticing aromas of spices, meat and berries. Full-bodied and juicy, soft and velvety, with a long, succulent finish. Best after 2011. (BS)" (10/2010)

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2008 Tenuta San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri (375ml) - 2 available ($104.99)

97 points James Suckling: "This is the best young Sassicaia in years. It's the new 1988, which was great, and sometimes better than the legendary 1985. What incredible aromas here with blueberries, spices, licorice, plums. Graphite too. Subtle and complex. Full and silky with a beautiful texture of fine tannins and an ultra-fine finish. So beautiful now but will be much better in 2015. Owner Niccolo Incisa della Rocchetta says that Sassicaia is always great in years that end with eight: 1958, 1968, 1978, 1988, 1998, and 2008." (06/2016)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Bolgheri Sassicaia is a wine without a winemaker. The last vintage made by Giacomo Tachis was 2007 and incoming enologist Graziana Grassini claims 2009 as her first vintage. Within the context of this retrospective, the 2008 vintage opens a new chapter, because it is the first wine to show evident tertiary definition and complexity. In fact, the wine performs beautifully with an exalted performance and ethereal aromas. They include cassis, wild berry, crushed mineral, licorice, petrol and grilled herb. This wine is really coming together now and is entering a very exciting moment in its drinking life. It boasts finesse, elegance and grace. Yet, it also shows unmistakable richness and structure that gives the wine an enormous presence in terms of mouthfeel. This was one of the top highlights of the retrospective. (ML)" (04/2017)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "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. *Cellar Selection*" (02/2012)

96 points Vinous: "The 2008 Sassicaia is a rich, deep wine imbued with notable class in its black cherries, plums, grilled herbs, minerals and smoke. The 2008 is a decidedly buttoned-up, firm Sassicaia that is currently holding back much of its potential, unlike the 2006 and 2007, both of which were far more obvious wines. Readers who can afford to wait will be treated to a sublime wine once this settles down in bottle. Muscular, firm tannins frame the exquisite finish in this dark, implosive Sassicaia. The 2008 Sassicaia is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. The wine spent 24 months in French oak barrels. (AG)" (08/2011)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Refined and elegant, this is right in step with the reserve of the vintage. Blackberry, plum, cassis and mineral flavors play out with subtle oak spice notes on the finish, where this flexes some muscle. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2014 through 2025. *Collectibles* (BS)" (10/2011)

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2004 Tenuta Sette Ponti "Crognolo" Toscana - 2 available ($29.99)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Lots of blackberry and hints of mineral follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Caressing and balanced. Sangiovese and Merlot. Best after 2007." (10/06) Arrival August 2007

2005 Terrabianca "Campaccio" Toscana - 2 available ($39.99)

1997 Terreno Chianti Classico Riserva - 1 available ($29.99)

1998 Terreno Chianti Classico Riserva - 1 available ($29.99)

2003 Vietti Barbaresco "Masseria" - 1 available ($74.99)

94 points Wine Spectator "This is excellent. Superfruity on the nose with loads of raspberry and strawberry character. New wood undertones. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Fresh and powerful. Almost up to the 2000 in quality. Best after 2009. 450 cases made. JS'

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2012 Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva ($29.99)

92 points James Suckling: "Very aromatic with dark fruits, dried meats and flowers that follow through to a full body, round tannins and a fresh finish. Tangy and delectable. This is always a delicious Chianti Classico Riserva." (08/2015)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Made with Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, this opens with aromas of red berry, plum, violet and whiff of cedar. The elegantly structured, savory palate delivers juicy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and grilled herb alongside fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity. It's well balanced and already accessible. (KO)" (09/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator: "A tightly wound version, this boasts black cherry, raspberry, leather, spice and tea flavors. Leans toward the tannins on the finish, staying firm, fresh and long. Best from 2017 through 2023. (BS)" (10/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori is Sangiovese that has been enhanced by small percentages of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit is sourced from the various properties owned by the Antinori family in the Chianti Classico appellation such as Badia a Passignano, Tenuta Tignanello and Peppoli. The family just bought a new property called San Sano near Castello di Ama and some of that fruit was used here too. This wine shows very nice ripeness with luscious, dark fruit flavors backed by spice and leather. (ML)" (10/2015)

90 points Vinous: "Dark red cherry, plum, mocha, spices and mint flesh out in the 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva Villa Antinori. Rich and sumptuous in the glass, with considerable richness, the 2012 shows the darker, more voluptuous side of Chianti Classico. Even with all of its intensity, the 2012 retains considerable freshness. Dollops of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon round out the blend. (AG)" (09/2015)

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This wine is for me the embodiment of Old World elegance. It captures the savory Sangiovese flavors of cherries, raspberries and plum with subtle notes of spices and herbs. It has a soft earthy texture underlying rich, concentrated fruit and just a touch of acidity. Very well balanced, structured and, in a word, elegant.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 06, 2016

This wine would be a wonderful introduction to the world of Chianti for anyone new to the variety or region. It is a lovely blend of red fruits and mild acidity, with soft tannins, and a lighter than expected mouthfeel. The earthy qualities are in no way overpowering in this wine, but add some structure and depth, which is perfect for someone used to drinking more fruit-forward wines. Because this Chianti is lighter bodied with cherry and raspberry notes predominant, I feel it can easily be enjoyed now with a few hours of decanting.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 06, 2016

Tasting this wine was a revelation for me. I had felt in past vintages that Antinori had become too big, that they had lost their way as a top Chianti producer; this wine really shows theyre back on track! The nose is so pure, classic Sangiovese aromatics of wild cherry, earth, leather and a woodsy spice fill your nose. On the palate the wine carries those same aromatics and turns them into lively flavors. As the wine warms in your mouth it builds, opens and expands the spice and leather blossom and adds a complex layer to underscore the wild cherry. This wine is really built for the future; superb balance and structure. I opened mine and decanted it a couple of hours ahead of time and it just exploded. While built for the future it is so well balanced you can drink this wine easily now, as I did with my bottle! Try it with your favorite pasta or as I did with grilled pork chops! Kudos to Antinori for getting this fabulous Chianti Classico back on track!

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 06, 2016

Fresh cherry, dry earth and savory notes on the nose become integrated and elegant as the wine opens up in the glass. These flavors are complemented on the palate with the polished and light structure of the wine. At first, the ripe fruit is the star of the show but as time progresses the spice really begins to shine. Throughout it all, an underline of classic Sangiovese savoriness gives depth to each sip.

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 06, 2016

After a long absence from our sales floors, the Villa Antinori Chianti Riserva is back in stock. This iconic label remains one of the benchmark wines for Antinori and we love the 2012. Made from ninety percent Sangiovese and ten percent Cabernet, it boasts a seamless palate of red and black fruit flavors with ample underlying acidity and plenty of length. It's a bit shy when first opened but fleshes out perfectly with proper aeration and there's nothing out of place. Simply delicious.

Staff ImageMike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 01, 2016

This is simply beautiful. The opulent, forward fruit that is typical of the year is present, but a firm sense of structure keeps things from going over the top. If that sounds appealing youll love this wine. Dark red fruit, flowers, minerals and spices come together beautifully in this Riserva. Buy a couple, it will keep.