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2008 Masi Brolo di Campofiorin Oro
Review Date: 12-9-2013
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I have to admit I wasn’t quite prepared for this wine having tried it at the end of a long tasting but its arrival was dramatic. The nose alone sent me over, I had to recheck the bottle, dumped my glass and started over, I haven’t tasted anything like this in a while. This is Masi Campofiorin with the character it had decades ago yet with more depth, power and the most complexity and balance I can remember in a Masi wine in this price range ever. It really is a step up from the regular Campofiorin and it really deserves its Brolo Campofiorin Oro added label distinction. The wine is made from Corvina, Rondinella and the addition of an indigenous grape just recently being cultivated again called Oseleta. The nose is full of spice and the complexity derived from the dried grapes that has to be experienced, it isn’t raisiny it’s just complex. On the palate the wine is impressive, while it has a bold, fleshy richness but it is the acidic balance that really makes the wine work. This wine has great tannic structure but this wine is in such harmony that you only feel the tannin a bit in the finish and that goes on for some time. The wine gives truly a layered feeling as flavors just seem to arrive one after the other again and again. Masi suggests you pair this wine with a Pumpkin (squash) risotto with Porcini mushrooms and Taleggio, while I wouldn’t disagree a nice, rare Prime Rib Eye will do you just fine.
Drink from 2013 to 2020
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 93 BC 0

Fuenteseca Reserva K&L Exclusive Extra Añejo Tequila 750ml
Review Date: 12-6-2013
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This is something new, something that you may not be ready for, I wasn't. I've tasted a lot of high end Tequila and I've always liked Jimmy Buffet and Sammy Hagar as singers or Justin Timberlake as an actor, but I've never been enchanted with the smell of new oak unless it is in a piece of furniture and I've heard people use the word smooth so many times that I think they must have been raised on Jello or have no teeth. Tequila for me has always lacked that one extra…je ne sais quoi… that great Cognac, Armagnac and Single Malt whisky seem to have in their back pockets, but after tasting this Tequila it is obvious what they’ve been missing.... age. This unbelievably delicious spirit has taken Tequila to a new level, this is creating a new category of spirits that hasn’t existed before...and it is worth the price.
Drink from 2013 to 2020
Price: $189.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Sesta di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 12-1-2013
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This Sangiovese has both the weight and aromatic depth of Brunello. The aromas of this wine are impressive, wild cherry and plum mixed with Tuscan earth, saddle leather, middle eastern spice the fill your glass. On the palate it is powerful yet supple on the palate, the flavors echo the aromatics with more spice and leather. A long finish that shows layers of wild cherry and ripe plum all harnessed in the finish with a bit of fresh leather. Rack of Lamb, grilled rib eye or a big hunk of Parmigiano Reggiano.
Drink from 2013 to 2021
Price: $22.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Zaccagnini "Chronicon" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Review Date: 11-26-2013
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One of Abruzzo’s finest wines comes from this perfectly situated amphitheatre vineyard sloping gently to the southwest. Ciccio Zaccagnini and his winemaker Concezio Marulli are making some of Abuzzo’s best balanced wines and their single vineyard “Chronicon” produces a delicious Montepulciano! This 2008 vintage already has 5 years of age on it and is so supple on your palate it is incredible, dense, saturated fruit flavors just roll across your tongue, lush and full with a very long finish you’ll be surprised to see it is only 13% alcohol. The wine is aged for a year in second and third year barriques but I don’t find any toasty sweetness flavor wise just a polished, long finish. This wine is very versatile and can go with grilled meats or roasts.
Drink from 2013 to 2016
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Zidarich Malvasia Carso
Review Date: 11-19-2013
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What's in a name? Most people will see Malvasia and immediately think sweet and for Malvasia Bianca they'd more often than not be correct but this is Malvasia Istriana something altogether different. This bone dry wine is fermented on the skins in open top wooden tanks using nothing but wild yeast and then it is aged for 2 years in big wood. This wine is absolutely stunning, an extraordinary persistence in the mouth, with layers of fruit and the classic Carso salty minerality. Have this with grilled Swordfish or a risotto, you'll thank me.
Drink from 2013 to 2017
Price: $42.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Zidarich Vitovska Verde
Review Date: 11-19-2013
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The Carso is one of the most unique growing areas in Friuli and for that matter all of Italy. Situated on the Slovenian border just outside of Trieste. This wine is made from the indigenous grape Vitovska and the Verde refers label and that this wine is made from the young vines. Fermented in open top wooden fermenting tanks with wild yeast and on the skins for 10-15 days, then aged for a year in big wooden barrels for a year and it is unfined and unfiltered. You might think this some funky, toe jam filled wine but it isn't, it is so pure, fresh and shows the real character of the Carso a unique, salty minerality. Clean and fresh in the nose, extraordinary length, really a superb wine.
Drink from 2013 to 2016
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart W&S 93 BC 0

2011 Viticcio "Bere" Toscana
Review Date: 11-18-2013
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This wine is a great value, lots of fruit mixed with a supple richness that makes easy drinking now. While there is a lot of fruit this wine has a lot more going on with delicate hints of earth and spice. At the price point it is bigger and more full bodied than any Chianti in the price range yet it isn't heavy at all. Good balance and a nice finish. Perfect for your Tuesday night drinking pleasure!
Drink from 2013 to 2016
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart JS 90 BC 0

2011 Cantina Terlan "Vorberg" Pinot Bianco Riserva
Review Date: 10-24-2013
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2011 is an excellent follow up to the superb 2010 Vorberg, this vintage the fruit is a little more up front but it still has that incredible layering of minerals and the classic salty finish. The wine is unctuous yet has such vibrant energy that the balance is truly superb. Capable of lasting for another decade or two you won't be able to wait because it tastes so good now!
Drink from 2013 to 2030
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Corsa Sella Ronda Teroldego Rosso
Review Date: 10-24-2013
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I'm not normally enamored with Teroldego, more often than not I find there is too much tannic extraction for the body, but this wine is a gem. This is a private label and I'm not normally thrilled with building brands that aren't always source specific year after year but this wine was just so good I had to buy it. It has the classic Teroldego nose of bold dark fruit and hints of earth and leather, but this wine's supple palate presence is truly special. Full and easy to drink with great balance and a wonderful finish. Perfect for intense pasta dishes, pork or chicken, give it a try you'll love it. If you're a Cycling fan the label will enliven your dreams.
Drink from 2013 to 2015
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Calcagno Carricante Sicilia
Review Date: 10-23-2013
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I love the wines from Etna and I find Carricante to be the perfect grape to show off the minerality of this incredible growing zone. The volcanic soil adds a crunchy texture that along with the acidity makes this wine vibrant. You might think with that description that this wine is lean and tart, not at all it is full bodied almost voluptuous but with that structure the wine is extraordinarily well balanced. Fermented and aged in stainless steel so you just get the purity of the grape and the soil, tremendous wine.
Drink from 2013 to 2017
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 La Massa "Giorgio Primo" Toscana
Review Date: 10-23-2013
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Those of you who are California Cabernet lovers or Bordeaux aficionados will pack your bags and be on your way to Tuscany after tasting this wine. A Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Petit Verdot blend that will give you a new impression of what the word "Super" Tuscan means. Made in the heart of Tuscany this wine has everything, dark, powerful, loads of ripe fruit and is sensationally balanced. Yes balanced, this wine with its fruit still shows great length, and an elegant polished finish.
Drink from 2013 to 2030

2011 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana
Review Date: 10-23-2013
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La Massa’s flagship wine is a powerful, complex and overtly flavorful wine. On the palate its texture is supple yet balanced and well structured and it is eminently drinkable. It shows a density for wines in this price range that is astounding. Yet while the density is obvious it still shows a lively energy, this is no couch potato of a wine it is vibrant, fresh and has a superb finish. Plus this is easy drinking on its own!
Drink from 2013 to 2020

2011 Sartarelli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi
Review Date: 8-28-2013
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I love Verdicchio and this Sartarelli Verdicchio is a real pleasure to drink. Just over 10 miles from the Adriatic Sea, Sartarelli’s vineyards produce wines that have intriguing aromatics of elder flower and pear, while on the palate hints of richness cover layers refreshing acidity with suggestions of a mineral finish. Perfectly balance this Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio is the perfect pairing for appetizers, sautéed fish or just relaxing by the pool!
Drink from 2013 to 2016
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart JS 91 BC 0

2007 Mastroberardino "Radici" Taurasi
Review Date: 8-14-2013
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Mastroberardino has been the flag bearer for this appellation since seemingly forever but officially from 1878. I remember drinking a 1968 Taurasi, a vintage that really propelled them into the forefront of Italian wines, in the mid 1980’s and marveling at its youth, freshness and complexity. This 2007 is amazing, one of the best balanced and most drinkable “young” Taurasi I’ve ever had. Supple and smooth it glides across your palate almost imperceptibly, yet I said almost, you don’t forget it is Aglianico and the power rides under the radar, you need sonar to feel it. The wine is full of dark plumy fruit mixed with Middle Eastern spice and hints of incense. Amazingly drinkable now for Taurasi this is a wine to drink and then age some for another 10-15 years. This incredible Taurasi is aged in French barriques and large Slavonian oak barrels for 12-18 months and it will make you re-think Southern Italian wines.
Drink from 2013 to 2028

2010 Galardi "Terra di Lavoro" Roccamonfina
Review Date: 8-14-2013
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Sultry, earthy, sensual and striking are words that just flow out of this glass, molten, smoked blackberry preserves, and pencil shavings are all coursing through this wines exotic array of flavors. Lying about an hour north of Naples, Galardi’s vineyards are planted about 1200 feet overlooking the Gulf of Gaeta. Terra di Lavoro is a blend of 80% Aglianico and 20% Piedirosso a blend that allows the power of the Aglianico to be softened by the Piedirosso, yet this is more about the vineyards than any simplistic softening, these grapes were meant for each other since their inception. The wine has a richness that is enticing yet exotic, this isn’t a jam jar full of primary fruit flavors this is a wine that has intense, profound aromatics that you might not have experienced before. This is like walking into a Turkish bazaar; your senses are attacked from every angle with smells, textures, flavors all in combinations that might be your first experience with them. It is warm, there’s a sultry thickness to the air and you’re eating wild boar for the first time surrounded by a culture you are completely unfamiliar with, but you let yourself go and dive in with abandon. That is the Galardi Terra di Lavoro experience, wild, intense and fascinating. Terra di Lavoro is aged in new Allier and Never barriques for 12 months.
Drink from 2013 to 2023

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