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Greg St. Clair

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2010 Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-25-2015
The nose of this wine is so inviting, gentle, it just seems to have an extra dimension, it shows an elegantly riper fruit with lots of spice and leather. The texture of this wine is heavenly, like a cross between silk and velvet and it is the perfect medium for the wine's more ethereal fruit, spice and earthy components. Under the fluff the wine has a deeper more serious plum core that also shows this vintage's classic savory/salty character and allows the earthy and leather components to come forward. Great balance, hard to resist drinking now.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Iliceus Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-24-2015
I have to admit I was quite surprised, I’m usually pretty good about knowing all of the producers in Montalcino, but this one got by me. Not surprisingly because they are one of the few producers not in the Consorzio so I gave myself a pass, that was until I tasted it…then I kicked myself. Deeply colored, the wines presence in the glass alone was impressive and one sniff of the nose let me know why it was a barriqued wine. Generally I’m not much of a fan of Sangiovese in barrique, it takes the right producer to be able to grow fruit powerful enough to withstand the barrels character, Iliceus is that wine., pronounced {ill-lee-chay-us}. The nose is packed with dense fruit a combination of wild cherry, ripe, yet vibrant plum, bits of leather, spice, very aromatic. On the palate the wine is sensational, an audacious, polished, supple force, powerful yet easy, superbly balanced yet opulent. The finish is long, stretched out to spread the frame of this powerful and delicious wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2010 Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana
Review Date: 06-23-2015
This is an excellent wine, Cabernet based but with 20% Sangiovese. The nose is focused and deep, and shows waves of earth, leather, and Tuscan brush. On the palate the wine is long, layered and full of spice, earth and Middle Eastern woods. The wine has great balance and depth and portends a long life. As the wine sits on your palate it begins to expand, deepening its flavor profile where wild forest fruits begin to emerge. The finish has a bit of tobacco, leather and plum that blossoms in the end.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 San Giacomo Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-18-2015
The nose is a little reticent at first, then gradually it opens into a spicy, wild cherry and leather, gently flowing, not bold but vibrant. On the palate, the wine has an elegant presence, and the savory flavors grow, with bits of leather, and morph into a meaty, spicy richness; yet overwhelmingly I find myself paying more attention to the ultra-fine tannins. I'm not a fan of aggressive tannins and these are not at all, but they make an impressive statement. The finish is the highlight of this wine, that's because this isn't a bold, forward wine, this is a wine that takes time to develop, blending the flavors and textures to a triumphant statement. Still, that savory/salty nature of the vintage comes through in the finish. An excellent wine--I can't wait to see what this will be like in another 5-10 years.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2010 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-18-2015
The nose is full of baked cherry pie aromatics, not the super sweet portion but that wafting, enticing kind that fills your kitchen as you wait to dive in. The wine is no fruit bomb, however; it epitomizes the character of the 2010 vintage with its savory/salty character, hints of leather, stone and that exotic cherry. On the palate the tannins are sweet, elegant and offer a perfect framing for the umami-like flavors. The finish carries through all of the aromas and flavors, but if you wait just a bit and linger it just builds and builds. I just love this wine, the best Col d'Orcia I've ever had, sensational effort!
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-18-2015
The nose of this wine is full of sweet, ripe fruit, more plum than cherry but Italian "plumminess," not overripe, just spicier. On the palate the wine opens, deepens and is full of the ripe cherry, but not sweet more savory. The finish is balanced, long, and full of the same fruit character. It becomes more elegant and lifts on the back end.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Donatella Cinelli Colombini "Prime Donne" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-18-2015
The Prime Donne is a denser, more powerful version of Donatella's Brunello. However, the density has focused the wines flavors inward and it doesn't have the current effusiveness that the Brunello Annata does. However the future holds the key to this wine and those who show the patience to wait will be rewarded. On the palate the structure is balanced, yet focused to the middle, a slight sweet toastiness lingers and in the finish the power shows itself.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2010 Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-18-2015
The nose is full of a savory/salty fruit character--seems kind of crazy, but that's what it is, that umami, salted plums mixed with oyster shells. On the palate the wine is richly textured, lusher than many of the 2010s but not fat, it just has a density to it that carries its weight in front, not on its shoulders. The finish carries the same flavors through and is delicate for the size of the wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Terre Nere Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-18-2015
The nose is a wild combination of cigar ash, salted plum, cedar and bergamot...never thought I'd write that combination in my life but it really works. On the palate the wine has serious depth, richness and an underlying sensation of complexity couched in a very lush, broad body. The finish is long, bold and flamboyant, lots of texture and sweet fruit. For this style of more New Worldly Brunello, this is excellent.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2010 Cupano Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-18-2015
The nose is a powerful combination of sweet spices, fruit compote and barrel spice, and has a dynamism that is truly impressive. On the palate that dynamic movement of the wine is evident as the layers of ripe fruit, smoke, cedar, emerge and eventually lay bare the underlying savory/salty character. The finish is ongoing, truly powerful, deep, and although big, I don't seem to classify it as such that's a tertiary characteristic--it's more about the flavor and balance. Slightly more modern in style and truly great.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2012 D'Amico Chardonnay Calanchi di Vaiono
Review Date: 06-18-2015
On the border of Lazio and Umbria in the Upper Tiber River Valley is a Unesco-protected region called the Calanchi that almost no one has ever heard of before. Paolo and Noemia d’Amico have made this their home, and their wines are unbelievable. It's geologically spectacular, and the sparse soil character allows the volcanic origins of the region to come through in this AWESOME wine. This wine is stunning: the nose is full of spice, apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg with an underlying boldness that is its minerality. This isn’t a lean, edgy, thin white wine, it is rich, complex and bold, but its minerality is what forces balance on its richness. Most folks who taste it still think it is barrel aged because of its complex, textural richness, but it is what I like to call "wood naked"...un-oaked just sounds negative, this is much more appealing and the wine can back it up. Challenge yourself; you’ll be buying it by the case!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 Tua Rita "Rosso dei Notri" Toscana
Review Date: 06-18-2015
The nose is very forward, fruit compote, dark and ebullient. On the palate the 50% Sangiovese comes through forcefully and is evident in balancing the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Richly textured, New World flavors and lush on the tongue. On the finish the Cab, Merlot and Syrah kick in and give a bold crescendo to the taste. Perfect for grilled meats, bold BBQ flavors or just easy drinking.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Campogiovanni (San Felice) Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-17-2015
The nose is deeply layered with a chocolate cherry character showing hints of spice, earth, tobacco, leather, very complex. On the palate a bit of tannic structure routes the wine giving that luscious richness direction and focus. The finish shows plummy fruit, leather and bits of Tuscan dust.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Collosorbo Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-17-2015
Collosorbo's southern exposure always seems to absorb the sunshine right into the bottle in an exuberantly fruity style, this vintage is a bit different and for me it is a stunningly more complex version. This vintage the meaty, soy, umami, salted plum and leather flavors have joined in behind the fresh, wild cherry ripeness to form an incredible combination. Texturally the wine has a bright focus to go with its natural lushness but the real attention grabber is the array of flavors both bold and subtle, waves of intrigue just flow from the glass. The finish is really focused but still shows that inherent richness. Excellent wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Belpoggio Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-16-2015
Belpoggio comes from Montalcino’s southeast corner where the climate’s sunny exposition and rich soil give this wine its warm personality. Similar in style to their neighbor Ciacci Piccolomini, Belpoggio’s Brunello has an inviting fruit filled nose that shows plum, dried flowers with hints of spice that just flow from the glass. On the palate, its lushness is present, but unlike many “riper” styles this doesn’t sit on your palate. It has so much energy and freshness it is remarkable. On the palate more fruit comes through along with a bit of spice. If you’re going to drink this wine now, and want more minerality, you’re going to need to decant for a couple of hours. Otherwise, the fruitier character is very appealing at this young age and will be particularly good for new Brunello drinkers switching in from California.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2011 Correggia Nebbiolo Roero
Review Date: 06-16-2015
This is outstanding nebbiolo, one of the most drinkable versions I've had in a while. Classic aromatics, balance,follow through and a perfect introduction to the varietal if you haven't had it before. I really like drinking this wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2010 Castelli del Grevepesa Chianti Classico "Panzano" Gran Selezione
Review Date: 06-16-2015
This is one of the best of the “new” Gran Selezione Chianti Classico selections I’ve had. The wine exhibits lots of power, depth and character but still seems to be Chianti. I love Panzano, it gives a little more richness and the flavors are more saturated, and in this case darker, more plum than cherry but still focused bright, not fat or muddled. The wine has a powerful structure, but not harsh just powerful and a layer of richness that goes on and on. This is a really great wine, that has excellent aging potential and portends a great future for this new appellation.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2012 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Review Date: 06-16-2015
When I first tasted this wine I took couple of seconds, to gather my thoughts, because I was a bit taken back, this wine is the quintessential Chianti Classico, just pure Sangiovese. The nose is absolute purity, earth, spice, brilliant wild cherry, just perfection, on the palate you don’t lose anything Sangiovese’s long axis leads a flow of spice, mineral and wild cherry fruit flavors down the middle of your tongue. The finish doesn’t seem to finish, it just keeps inviting and begging you to have another glass. This is Chianti Classico.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2012 Correggia Barbera d'Alba 1.5L
Review Date: 06-16-2015
This is a wonderfully balanced aromatic Barbera, yeah, that’s fine but what makes this wine sizzle is that it combines that with a supple, fruit forward body that makes this wine super to drink. Bold dark fruit flavors, combined with a smooth palate presence, super drinking now!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2012 Correggia Barbera d'Alba
Review Date: 06-16-2015
This is a wonderfully balanced aromatic Barbera, yeah, that’s fine but what makes this wine sizzle is that it combines that with a supple, fruit forward body that makes this wine super to drink. Bold dark fruit flavors, combined with a smooth palate presence, super drinking now!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2010 Pieve Santa Restituta (Gaja) Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L)
Review Date: 06-11-2015
The name Gaja is synonymous with Piedmont and the reputation for outstanding quality is known throughout the wine trade, what isn’t so well know it their property in Montalcino. In 1994 Gaja bought the Pieve di Santa Restituta estate in Montalcino and produced two Brunello wines Sugarille and Renina, and then in 2005 they released their first “classic” Brunello, hardly seen in the USA, now the 2010 vintage is the best release of this wine yet. The 2010 vintage is spectacular; the nose is full of warm, rich, wild plum character with hints of cinnamon and Tuscan bush. On the palate the wine’s fine grain tannin structure is balanced with a fresh acidity that lifts the wine in the finish. The flavors are savory, full of, roasted meat, plums, smoke, earth, spice. The finish a swirl of lustrous richness, full of the vintage hallmark savory, saltiness, highlighted by hints of spice, a really dynamic wine with a long life ahead.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
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2011 Ugo Lequio "Gallina" Barbaresco
Review Date: 06-11-2015
The nose on this wine won me over from the first moment, it is bursting with high toned red fruits that reach out of the glass and envelope you. On closer examination the nose displays the classic rose petal and tar but layered behind the animated fruit. On the palate the wine shows a supple, luscious richness that is perfectly balanced with an energetic acidity and the requisite tannins, while segueing from the exuberant fruit it begins to display a more savory depth that slowly emerges in a long lasting finish. This wine is exhilarating to drink and will convert even the most novices of drinkers with its inviting freshness and fruit forwardness but savvy Nebbiolo drinkers will know the benefits of longer aging where that underlying savory character will marry with the stone and leather to create a truly magnificent experience. A truly outstanding wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2010 Bellaria Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-02-2015
The nose on this wine is sweet and savory full of spiced plum, wild herbs and a hint of the Tuscan dust. In the mouth the wine is expansive and seemingly fills every corner with a luxurious and full body. The flavors are once again the plum but less spice and more wildness this time, the savory component seems to remain on the palate for a longer time than the rich fruit. The finish is long, flavorful and so well balanced the tannins seem almost not to be there, but they are, just in complete harmony. So approachable now it’s hard to resist drinking but it will grow in stature with a few more years.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2007 Terre da Vino "Essenze" Barolo
Review Date: 06-02-2015
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. Drinking so well now it's hard to resist!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2012 Fattoria Petrolo Torrione Toscana
Review Date: 06-01-2015
This superb example of Sangiovese’s blending ability, the dash of 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon add just a little flesh and structure to Sangiovese’s core of brilliant cherry fruit. The winery sits outside of Chianti Classico on the eastern edge of the range of mountains that make up Chianti’s eastern border; here in a region without a known DOC Luca Sanjust took his passion into the vineyards to create really excellent wines. A portion of the wine is aged in barrique and tonneaux and then the rest in 40hl oak barrels for about 15 months. The results swirl out of your glass in waves of plum, cherry and touches of earth and spice; in the mouth, the wine gives a richly textured mouthfeel, smooth and soft but still has a Sangiovese backbone to lengthen and freshen the wine. The finish is superb, long, lingering and makes you look for your fork as you are attacking your favorite pasta!
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2013 Sequillo (Eben Sadie) White Blend Swartland
Review Date: 05-28-2015
The Chenin Blanc backbone really stands out and I love Chenin, the supple richness it provides as a canvas for the rest of the varietals. Excellent balance but still richly textured, so complex and an absolute steal. I'm buying this wine!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2012 Sequillo (Eben Sadie) Red Blend Swartland
Review Date: 05-28-2015
This is one of the most unique, vibrant and exciting wines I've had in sometime. It's rare to get an opportunity to taste something so different yet absolutely delicious, it makes me remember my first wine experiences. On top of the superb drinkability and character these wines are priced incredibly low for the quality. You need to try this and experience the ride!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2011 Talosa Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Review Date: 05-19-2015
I love the easy drinkability of this wine, so balanced, supple full of expressive plumy fruit. However this wine isn't a simple fluffy red this has backbone and character as well, it's just that the exterior has such a wonderful warm smile you forget it's serious as well. Decant this wine an hour ahead of time and let that core come together and you'll be amazed.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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1990 Glenfarclas 24 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 05-19-2015
While I loved the sweetish intensity of the Glenfarclas Faultline Casks this bottling is about the ethereal aromatic, not that it lacks power but the flavor profile is alluring, beckoning, not bursting from the glass, no overly bold adjectives but subtle grace, length with an incredible finish. Here one finds the delicate flavors woven like silk threads to form something much more profound than any one flavor just a beautiful kaleidoscope of aromatics, none stronger than another just a complete fabric. Stunning quality, superb balance for all of those who really appreciate “fine” malts.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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Glenfarclas "The Faultline Casks" K&L Exclusive First Fill Oloroso Sherry Casks Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 05-19-2015
My favorite malt of the year, this is one scintillating Scotch. I could not believe the depth of flavor, that pure Oloroso richness, but it wasn't sweet it was just that the intensity was so profoundly deep. Texturally this malt is really concentrated but never in an over the top mode it’s just full to the brim it reminds me of the oiliness that smoky Islay malt gets where there’s just such concentration not aromatically as much as on the palate, in smoky malts this character is measured in PPM, Phenol Parts per Million, this malt is all about Oloroso, that wild, sweetish allusion that is just flavor concentrated. If you like Macallan styled malts, you better stock up on this, they wish they could be this good for the price!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2010 Pecchenino Barolo "San Giuseppe"
Review Date: 05-13-2015
This is a classically styled Barolo, full of the textbook rose aromatics mixed with ripe strawberry coupled with hints of smoke and leather. While on the palate the wine is Barolo, powerful tannins yet in balance and well integrated. The flavors begin to expand and while there is still some of the floral component the powerful earth and leathery characters come forward. Powerful, elegant and real Barolo best to put in your cellar for a few years and then drink from 2020-2035.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

Sorelle Bronca Prosecco DOCG
Review Date: 05-13-2015
Valdobbiadene is the heart of Prosecco for me, perhaps not geographically but certainly stylistically. Here the wines have more soul; they vineyards are extraordinary, splattered over a maze of steeply sloping hills, not one big mass but a conglomeration of hundreds of small growers. It is here that the Bronca Sisters (Sorelle Bronca) make their Extra Dry Prosecco DOCG, theirs is an excellent expression of soil, sun and fruit, superb balance and incredibly refreshing, the hallmarks of great Prosecco.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2011 Proprietà Sperino "Uvaggio" Costa della Sesia
Review Date: 05-13-2015
I love this wine, it’s an exciting blend of 80% Nebbiolo, 15% Vespolina and 5% Croatina fermented with wild yeast in open top wood fermenters then aged in a mix of barrique, tonneaux and 15hl oval barrels for almost 2 years. This isn’t a Langhe Nebbiolo this is grown in Alto Piemonte on the Swiss border and the soils, growing conditions are very different. I find here you get a pure expression of Nebbiolo, but it is the addition of the other grapes that softens, opens and lengthens the Nebbiolo, with that the wine becomes more expressive, has more fruit and is easier to drink now. The supple texture is underlain by a savory, salty strata that excites the palate and begs for food. I’m thinking risotto with fresh Porcini mushrooms….
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2011 San Francesco "Quattro Spine" Riserva
Review Date: 05-13-2015
Tenuta San Francesco vineyards are like nothing you’ve ever seen before, more than 100 year old pre-phylloxera grown in a unique pergola system. This wine is so interesting, smoky, earthy while full of deep plumy fruit character but no in a sweet way, just background for the earth, stone and wildness to come through. This is an Aglianico based wine so it does have a tannic signature but the Piedirosso and Tintore flesh out the body and give the wine a certain richness and depth. Super spicy, intriguing finish this is a really stunning wine. I think this wine would be great with any sort of grilled meats or eggplant based pasta.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2012 Pian dell'Orino Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 05-13-2015
We were struck by how incredibly delicious the 2012 Pian dell’Orino Rosso di Montalcino is, but it wasn’t the incredible “deliciousness” that makes this wine so special is its’ purity. Sangiovese when grown in the right soil and best methods is truly an eye into the soil, and Jan’s wines truly speak of their origins, the dirt, the yeast, the air, slope so many things that make each little vineyard site so different. The nose is full of a complex blend of earth, spice, plum, wild cherry, wild herbs, smoke, and shows a particularly savory side to it. On the palate the wine is true to its Sangiovese core with a long, central structure that stretches out the plum and wild cherry and intertwines the two with a mix of depth and tannic structure and then the spice shows up. So complex, building slowly, not jumping out, just a long, ever growing flavor…Stupendous. This wine will age easily for a decade but it is so good to drink now it’s OK to pop one tonight! I would decant the wine for 1-2 hours; Sangiovese always does better with air. This is a profound wine, and really a jewel only 441 cases were made, we’ve sewed up almost all that came to California, but don’t wait it will go in a hurry!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 Baracchi O'Lillo Tuscany
Review Date: 05-13-2015
I am not always the easiest to convince about wines made from indigenous mixed with international grapes but this wine just floored me, there wasn’t anything I could say other than wow, that’s really good and what’s the price? What were the grapes again? Well 25% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Syrah worked for me this time, the Merlot’s supple warmth makes the entry very friendly, the Sangiovese’s freshness and acidity lengthen and balance the wine, the Cabernet offers depth, structure and a complexity while the Syrah adds a lot of back end richness. The wine is fermented in oak and then aged in stainless steel for 6 months before bottling; I find it perfect just to drink on its own or with your favorite pasta.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2011 Luciano Landi "Gavigliano" Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Superiore
Review Date: 05-13-2015
Luciano Landi’s Grandfather Sergio started the winery in the 1950’s with 2.5 acres of vineyards and today Luciano has extended the acreage to 10 acres. The winery is located in Belvedere Ostrense, a small commune 10 miles from the coast and just over 800’ a bit north of the Jesi river in provincia di Ancona. Luciano makes Verdicchio but for me it is his Lacrima di Morro d’Alba that is the star. This is such and unique varietal, I remember tasting it for the first time and it seems so new world just from the nose, this intense Blueberry compote, wild and vibrant. On the palate you can tell this is a serious wine, structure, depth, richness but with a focused, intense flavor then the powerful texture and long finish. This wine seems ready for some BBQ Ribs or some intense meat on the grill! Powerful, rich and drinkable with that undeniable Blueberry finish!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2010 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona "Pianrosso" Brunello di Montalcino (5.0L)
Review Date: 05-11-2015
The nose is full of dark chocolate, with black pepper, and wild cherry and while seeming to be wildly divergent flavors the amalgamation is extraordinary. On the palate the wine’s density steps out, it is all absorbing, powerful, potent yet doesn’t drag the wine down it’s buoyant and allows the fleshy presence to warm you. The wine turns from the cacophony of flavor into the nose into a consistent reminder of salty and savory flavors. Sage, Rosemary, porcini flavors join the wild cherry and black pepper, with hints of iron to give a tremendously complex flavor array. The wine finishes with a burst of flavor, density and slight tannic grip.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2004 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona "Vigna di Pianrosso" Brunello di Montalcino (1.5l)
Review Date: 05-11-2015
The nose is full of dark chocolate, with black pepper, and wild cherry and while seeming to be wildly divergent flavors the amalgamation is extraordinary. On the palate the wine’s density steps out, it is all absorbing, powerful, potent yet doesn’t drag the wine down it’s buoyant and allows the fleshy presence to warm you. The wine turns from the cacophony of flavor into the nose into a consistent reminder of salty and savory flavors. Sage, Rosemary, porcini flavors join the wild cherry and black pepper, with hints of iron to give a tremendously complex flavor array. The wine finishes with a burst of flavor, density and slight tannic grip.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2010 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino (3L)
Review Date: 05-11-2015
From the first moment the wine’s aromatic reach your nose you know this is something extraordinary. Dried flowers, crushed berries, braised meat, juniper, and cinnamon, leather all whirl through your glass. On the palate you see this wine’s power, the incredible underlying structure that powers layers of rolling textural density. The flavors compliment the nose bringing together the broad spectrum of flavors into one voice. The finish shows, supple, fine grain tannins while the richness and density stretch out over this wines incredible frame into an unforgettable finish.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Capanna Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Patrizio Cencioni, Capanna’s owner, is a man of very few words, he lets his wine do the talking for him, he’s the strong, silent type, and you never quite know what’s going on behind his eyes. I wouldn’t play poker with him, yet I’d buy his wine. Capanna is a powerhouse; the nose is an array of wild cherry, chestnut, cinnamon, smoked meats, plum and cocoa. This is a wine with tannic structure yet so in balance it doesn’t really stand out and that is because it is so well balanced, all the pieces line up elegantly. On the palate the wine is a cauldron of molten fruit, spice, and leather and displays an extraordinary density. This is a powerful wine, it has everything, fruit, spice density, palate presence it is a marvel to behold, however this is a wine you’ll need to hold onto for awhile, this isn’t a pretty wine this is a stunningly gorgeous wine that will take a bit of time to take it all in. Drop it in your cellar for another 5-10 years, or if you have anyone you need to gift a Birth year wine for, this is it.
Drink from 2020 to 2020
Price: $46.99 Add To Waiting List
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2010 Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 3.0L
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Patrizio Cencioni, Capanna’s owner, is a man of very few words, he lets his wine do the talking for him, he’s the strong, silent type, and you never quite know what’s going on behind his eyes. I wouldn’t play poker with him, yet I’d buy his wine. Capanna is a powerhouse; the nose is an array of wild cherry, chestnut, cinnamon, smoked meats, plum and cocoa. This is a wine with tannic structure yet so in balance it doesn’t really stand out and that is because it is so well balanced, all the pieces line up elegantly. On the palate the wine is a cauldron of molten fruit, spice, and leather and displays an extraordinary density. This is a powerful wine, it has everything, fruit, spice density, palate presence it is a marvel to behold, however this is a wine you’ll need to hold onto for awhile, this isn’t a pretty wine this is a stunningly gorgeous wine that will take a bit of time to take it all in. Drop it in your cellar for another 5-10 years, or if you have anyone you need to gift a Birth year wine for, this is it.
Drink from 2020 to 2020
Price: $199.99 Add To Waiting List
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2010 Capanna Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-11-2015
Patrizio Cencioni, Capanna’s owner, is a man of very few words, he lets his wine do the talking for him, he’s the strong, silent type, and you never quite know what’s going on behind his eyes. I wouldn’t play poker with him, yet I’d buy his wine. Capanna is a powerhouse; the nose is an array of wild cherry, chestnut, cinnamon, smoked meats, plum and cocoa. This is a wine with tannic structure yet so in balance it doesn’t really stand out and that is because it is so well balanced, all the pieces line up elegantly. On the palate the wine is a cauldron of molten fruit, spice, and leather and displays an extraordinary density. This is a powerful wine, it has everything, fruit, spice density, palate presence it is a marvel to behold, however this is a wine you’ll need to hold onto for awhile, this isn’t a pretty wine this is a stunningly gorgeous wine that will take a bit of time to take it all in. Drop it in your cellar for another 5-10 years, or if you have anyone you need to gift a Birth year wine for, this is it.
Drink from 2020 to 2020
Price: $94.99 Add To Waiting List
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2012 Elena Fucci "Titolo" Aglianico del Vulture
Review Date: 05-06-2015
Aglianico has always scared me a bit, the ultra-powerful tannins, brooding nature of these wines has always made me a bit circumspect about any near term drinking. Enter Elena Fucci. Elena’s wines are from Basilicata (the instep of Italy’s boot) on soils from an extinct volcano called Vulture. It is really a back-woodsy area, yet from this lonely outpost this wine shows such an incredible grace, such a natural flow without losing any of the powerful presence of Aglianico Elena has coaxed an inner beauty forward. Beauty is not a word I’ve ever used to describe Aglianico before but the balance, confidence and presence this wine has is just incredible. The nose is subtle, not overt; it has more of an earthy presence, wisps of smoke in the countryside, earth, stone and a savory nature. Where the wine truly shines is on the palate, it doesn’t just lay there it embraces you, a warm, close hug, supple, yet not fat or loose it seems fitted. The wine gains flavor in a slow, growing way, not in waves but more of a welling up, as flavors of stone and earth seem to bubble forth, hints of smoke, Mediterranean herbs and dried plums come forward as well. Its texture is so embracing, supple; it makes you feel in the presence of something truly important but it isn’t as if this wine isn’t Aglianico. Structure, depth and real age-ability make this Aglianico del Vulture truly something to search out.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 94

2010 Pieve Santa Restituta (Gaja) Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 05-05-2015
The name Gaja is synonymous with Piedmont and the reputation for outstanding quality is known throughout the wine trade, what isn’t so well know it their property in Montalcino. In 1994 Gaja bought the Pieve di Santa Restituta estate in Montalcino and produced two Brunello wines Sugarille and Renina, and then in 2005 they released their first “classic” Brunello, hardly seen in the USA, now the 2010 vintage is the best release of this wine yet. The 2010 vintage is spectacular; the nose is full of warm, rich, wild plum character with hints of cinnamon and Tuscan bush. On the palate the wine’s fine grain tannin structure is balanced with a fresh acidity that lifts the wine in the finish. The flavors are savory, full of, roasted meat, plums, smoke, earth, spice. The finish a swirl of lustrous richness, full of the vintage hallmark savory, saltiness, highlighted by hints of spice, a really dynamic wine with a long life ahead.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $76.95 Add To Waiting List

2010 Terre da Vino "Essenze" Barolo
Review Date: 04-23-2015
From the exceptional 2010 vintage in Barolo the Terre da Vino folks have released an outstanding wine at an unbelievable price. The wine's nose is full of a complex blend of plum, smoke and leather but it is on the palate that the wine is sensational. Most 2010's will be headed to your cellar but this wine can go right to the table. The palate has a supple, powerful, luxurious feel to it that shows lots of rich fruit along with spice and earth, and the tannins are really well integrated. A long, vibrant finish really makes this wine a sensational drink now or for quite a few years to come.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 91

2006 Terralsole Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-23-2015
Terralsole comes from the southeast corner of Montalcino's growing zone and is outstanding in this classic 5* vintage. The nose is a little shy at first (unless you decant 2-3 hours ahead, which I suggest)but then it begins to open showing a superb blend complex, deep, sun roasted, dried meat flavors, warm and supple on the palate but with excellent structure as well. No pigeonhole to put this wine in but an outstanding example of the Superb 2006 vintage.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2004 Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Review Date: 04-21-2015
The nose of this decade old Riserva is classic, leather, iron, smoke, tobacco, porcini dust with a bit of plum on the back end. This is a wine that needs to decant for a few hours and then you'll see the mid palate start to expand, add richness and some of the plumy fruit begins to sweeten your mouth. The wine finishes with a slight tannic edge but showing all of the aromatics that have now turned to flavors. Have this wine with a rich pasta or Pot Roast.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $54.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 91 RP 90

2010 Talosa Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva
Review Date: 04-21-2015
One of the best Vino Nobile I've had in a long time and certainly the one that's going to be appreciated by everyone. This 100% Sangiovese is aged in a mixture of barrique, tonneaux and in 35HL barrels for three years and then a year in the bottle before release. The wine is simply stunning, showing that 2010 isn't only great in Montalcino but Montepulciano too. The wine is full of rich, plumy fruit that has spicy complexity to it but the wine has such balanced richness it is compelling to drink, it's really tasty. It also will age for another decade plus easily.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 94

2011 Baracchi Smeriglio Syrah Cortona DOC
Review Date: 04-21-2015
This just might be a first, I'm not a giant fan of Syrah to start with and generally Italian Syrah even less but I acquiesced to tasting this wine and thank goodness I did. This is far more of a cool climate Syrah, the flavors are bright, faceted and yes there is body but it isn't ponderous or thick, it's balanced with a long finis and has Syrah's classic profile of black pepper as well. A really good wine you should check it out!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List
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