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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

2011 Mustilli Falanghina Sant'Agata dei Goti
Review Date: 7-30-2013
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Falanghina is a grape of many faces and this Falanghina is much more powerful than most I've tried. The wine is dense, powerful and fairly aromatic while still having a good acidic balance. This wine would be perfect with firmer fleshed fish like Halibut or Swordfish.
Drink from 2013 to 2015
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Mustilli Fiano Sannio
Review Date: 7-30-2013
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Classic is my first note on this wine, and for Fiano that means honey like aromatics on the nose but this wine goes even further with an added beeswax component as well. Full and fleshy on the palate as the layers of complexity emerge and balanced by good acidity. Very impressive wine!
Drink from 2013 to 2017
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2007 Terre da Vino "Essenze" Barolo
Review Date: 7-10-2013
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The lushness of the 2007 vintage is readily apparent in this delicious, balanced and eminently drinkable Barolo. Classic flavors of tar and rose aromatics lie deep in the center of this wine surrounded by a veil of tannin that gives one the "classic" Barolo feel yet coupled with this vintage remains in balance and adds definition to the wine. While the wine is really drinkable it still is Barolo at heart and will be able to age well for another decade.
Drink from 2013 to 2022
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart WE 91 BC 0

2011 Tenuta Sarno 1860 Fiano di Avellino
Review Date: 5-15-2013
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I've always thought Fiano d'Avellino was really good but never great, that was until I had this wine. Tenuta Sarno has more depth, more structure and more flavor than I can ever remember having before in a Fiano. The aromas are spicy and powerful while on the palate layers of complexity, alternating between a leesy, biscuit like richness and a slightly gritty tannin grip really make this wine's presence unmistakable. I would love to have this with a bigger, more structured fish like Swordfish although I'm sure many of you'd head towards Lobster. I really think this wine is stunning, you definitely need to try this!
Drink from 2013 to 2017
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart DC 96 BC 0

2011 Punta Crena "Cruvin" Rosso
Review Date: 4-4-2013
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It seems to be a never ending parade of "what kind of grape is that"? Crovino? And yes they are they only producers who make one... BUt thank GOD they do! The wine has a great fleshy richness on the palate without being over ripe. A little bigger than a CRU Beaujolais, a little softer than Nebbiolo, and 100% delicious.
Drink from 2013 to 2015
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Olek Bondonio Barbaresco
Review Date: 4-2-2013
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This 2009 Barbaresco has superb, deep fruit aromatics, and a power that just seems to fill your glass with a breath of the harvest. Powerful and complex on the palate but while still holding that “sweet” profile that softens the tannins into balance. A long life a ahead and impressively drinkable now.
Drink from 2013 to 2030
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart WS 94 BC 0

Canard-Duchêne "Authentic" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-26-2013
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Rich, complex, with great central focus, a hint of biscuity aromatic, supple on the palate at this price an outrageous steal!
Drink from 2013 to 2015
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2007 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 1-26-2013
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The pinnacle of the Frescobaldi properties is Castelgiocondo in Montalcino; here they’ve been making powerful Sangiovese in Montalcino’s southwest quadrant for a long time. Winemaker Nicolo d’Afflito is Bordeaux trained and has blended that technique with the traditional big cask aging that most of Montalcino uses. That character is evident in the wine and gives this Brunello a determined focal point, length and mid palate power, that leads to bold, direct, and richly textured flavors, plum, vanilla and a bit of spice. This wine is going to age nicely for the next 10 -15 years and will do best with a bit of decanting.
Drink from 2016 to 2026

2006 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Review Date: 1-26-2013
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This wine has a different story, while the Sesta di Sopra Brunello is a Micro-Production of 345 cases the Riserva is a ridiculous 590 bottles…..hence I don’t get to taste the Riserva anywhere near as often as the Brunello. When I did taste it last February it was an explosion of fruit, the fruit seemed to be foaming out of the glass it was impossible to understand. It too has now settled into a more recognizable form and begun to express itself as an adult rather than a rambunctious adolescent. The Riserva is powerful and it has an incredibly deep richness, it is this textural depth that really sets this wine apart. Waves of camphor, meat, wild cherry, sage, and a slightly Amarone like raisined character flow across your palate but it is the integration of the tannins that makes this experience special. The tannins are powerful yet so well integrated into the wine it seems to create another layer of textural pleasure, and along with the inherent acidity lengthen the wines finish dramatically. Complex, rich and long I’d love to throw this in with some Napa Cabernet lovers and stretch their envelope a bit. Obviously this is a very limited wine but well worth the experience.
Drink from 2015 to 2026
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart RP 92 BC 0

San Venanzio Prosecco Brut
Review Date: 12-29-2012
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Prosecco at this price rarely has much distinctive character but San Venanzio's Brut is something different. This is one of our Direct Imports hence the low price but quality is superb. The wine comes from Valdobbiadene, the heart of the classic Prosecco DOCG, and has a mineral driven, saline focus to it that is super clean, bright and distinctive finish. Only 11.5% ABV these bubbles are fresh and lively and perfect as an aperitivo or with some fresh Dungeness Crab.
Drink from 2012 to 2014
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2007 Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 11-21-2012
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The Silvio Nardi wines always have lots of big Tannic structure and sometimes need decades to shed it, but in the 2007 the wine is extraordinarily balanced, the best they've made that I've tasted. The wine has loads of deep, complex fruit, rich body and yes the same tannins but in balance with the size of the wine! Really a superb deal, I'm going to put a few away in my cellar!
Drink from 2012 to 2027

2008 Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva
Review Date: 11-20-2012
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Another classic from the Frescobaldi family and their historic Nipozzano estate just a little south east of Florence. The wine is a blend of 90% Sangiovese with a bit of Malvasia Nera, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon aged in French barriques. I loved the supple texture, balanced expression (13.5% ABV) and freshness of flavors. The barrel character is so well integrated you don't even notice it on the palate. The finish is long,direct and has a bit of spice and wild cherry. Perfect for you favorite pasta!
Drink from 2012 to 2016

2007 La Lecciaia "Manapetra" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 10-17-2012
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Manapetra is the name of a creek running on the edge of the La Lecciaia estate about 4.5 km southeast of the town of Montalcino and gives its name to their premier vineyard site. This wine has all of the classic richness of the 2007 vintage but shows great structure, depth and length. The ripe wild cherry fruit fills your glass and beckons forth the layers of spice, earth, leather and is reminiscent of a bit of air you’d smell on a walk in the Tuscan countryside. The tannins are sweet and very fine grain but show the wine has big, powerful shoulders that carry through across the palate. Manapetra has a very supple texture that makes it drinkable now but it will age well for another decade plus.
Drink from 2012 to 2022

Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth 1L
Review Date: 7-9-2009
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If you have never tasted this product you must. If you think you know what vermouth is think again; this will absolutely blow you away. Inordiately complex, so full of spice, balanced...it is really good. Try it on the rocks with a twist and a splash, straight up or in a Manhattan.
Drink from 2009 to 2059
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart WE 95 BC 0

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