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Greg St. Clair

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2010 Rocca di Montegrossi "San Marcellino" Chianti Classico (1.5L)
Review Date: 07-29-2015
Bold, wild cherry and plumy aromatics are the first thing you smell in this wine then the soil’s impact begins to come forward with a subtle background of leather, cedar and hints of barrel spice. On the palate you realize this is a serious wine, powerful, full-bodied and focused, however this is no tannic monster it is supremely balanced, just coiled for a long life. The finish seems to go on forever, so persistent, and just full of energy. Decant if you’re drinking now for a couple of hours or more.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $99.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 93

2010 Rocca di Montegrossi "San Marcellino" Chianti Classico
Review Date: 07-29-2015
Bold, wild cherry and plumy aromatics are the first thing you smell in this wine then the soil’s impact begins to come forward with a subtle background of leather, cedar and hints of barrel spice. On the palate you realize this is a serious wine, powerful, full-bodied and focused, however this is no tannic monster it is supremely balanced, just coiled for a long life. The finish seems to go on forever, so persistent, and just full of energy. Decant if you’re drinking now for a couple of hours or more.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 93

2011 Rocca di Montegrossi "Geremia" 1.5L
Review Date: 07-29-2015
The nose of this wine just exudes complexity, the 65% Merlot – 35% Cabernet Sauvignon Super Tuscan blend is full of high toned, focused, dark cherry fruit surrounded by hints of leather, spice and cassis. On the palate the wine is supple, dense but has an incredible lift and brightness but all couched in a concentrated combination of dark fruits and spice. A long, sinuous, muscular finish that is incredibly balanced, and will continue to evolve for a decade plus….if I could stop from drinking it now, it’s so damned tasty!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2011 Rocca di Montegrossi "Geremia" Toscana
Review Date: 07-29-2015
The nose of this wine just exudes complexity, the 65% Merlot – 35% Cabernet Sauvignon Super Tuscan blend is full of high toned, focused, dark cherry fruit surrounded by hints of leather, spice and cassis. On the palate the wine is supple, dense but has an incredible lift and brightness but all couched in a concentrated combination of dark fruits and spice. A long, sinuous, muscular finish that is incredibly balanced, and will continue to evolve for a decade plus….if I could stop from drinking it now, it’s so damned tasty!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2009 La Fortuna Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-23-2015
A long time K&L favorite La Fortuna’s Brunello is a product of two growing zones in Montalcino. The winery’s home vineyard and winery is a short distance east of the town of Montalcino right next to one of Montalcino’s big names Fuligni and just scant meters across the valley from another super star, Siro Pacenti. La Fortuna’s home vineyard gives their Brunello a focused core and structure with high-toned fruit aromatics; they also own a vineyard just south of Castelnuovo dell’Abate (just like Siro Pacenti) the strong southern facing gives the wine from this vineyard a riper, deeper, more saturated flavor. In this 2009 La Fortuna Brunello the two vineyards are blended together creating a wine with a centered core of structure with a cherry, plumy richness woven into the heart of the wine. Supple yet lively on the palate, this wine is perfect for richer dishes; perhaps a creamy, porcini risotto where the fruit and earthy flavors join together. A beef stew...or Cinghiale if you really want to be authentic would be ideal as well.
Drink from 2014 to 2014
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 Joseph Carr Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 07-22-2015
Price point California Chardonnay doesn't usually get me too excited, and with this wine I kept looking for something wrong.....hey there wasn't anything and it's at an unbelievable price. Definitely a wine for those who enjoy the classic California-style Chardonnay, but this wine showed so much balance, freshness, acidity and length it will work for those who like wines that aren't over oaked. Good balance, weight and finish, really a solid wine for the price point.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 90

2010 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L)
Review Date: 07-21-2015
The nose is dense, brooding pools of plum, earth, smoke and hints of wood spice. On the palate the wine is powerful, broad, deep, a muscularly vibrant presence that brings the fruit to life. The wine finishes very long, with a great central focus with hints of wood spice in the finish.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 La Mannella "I Poggiarelli" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-21-2015
The nose is full of the versante senese aromatic, of wild cherry, brush, leather, Middle Eastern exotic woods and a bit of sauvage. On the palate the wine is wound around a tight core, this is a powerful wine with a lot of structure it will open but it is a bit tight at the moment. There’s lots of pent up flavors and time will open up a lot of those locked in flavors, and if you’re looking for near term drinking La Mannella’s Annata Brunello is for you, but the long term potential of the I Poggiarelli is superb. The finish is powerful, long and layering, a really powerful wine with a long, long future.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2010 Castiglion del Bosco "Dainero" Toscana
Review Date: 07-21-2015
A supple, forward wine with elegant aromatics. On the palate the wine shows its Merlot-based nature and is aided by a bit of Sangiovese to balance it out. The finish is fresh, easy and is great to drink now.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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WS 90

2010 Querciabella "Mongrana" Tuscan Red
Review Date: 07-21-2015
I love Querciabella’s Chianti but this wine comes from their property in the Maremma along the South Tuscan coast and I think they really do an excellent job there as well. The nose is full of ripe, plumy Sangiovese accented by a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon cassis and a touch of herb from the Merlot. On the palate the wine has lots of richness but the Sangiovese core gives the wine great length and balance that allows you to feel the wines depth all the way through the finish. The label has a new photo on it every year and this vintage’s is a photo by Alessandra Rocchetti of Vera Tussing, channeling her inner Sunflower.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $16.95 Add To Waiting List
WS 90

2013 Paolo Calì "Mandragola" Frappato Vittoria
Review Date: 07-21-2015
The 2013 Paolo Calì "Mandragola" Frappato Vittoria excited me with its exotic swirls of cherry aromatics, hints of Middle Eastern spice and enough space between them to seem like veils obscuring bits of the wine. Mandragola is Italian for Mandrake a plant known for its hallucinogenic properties and strange hand shaped roots that was in every witch’s pantry back in the Middle Ages. Yet for Paolo Cali it was the esoteric virtue of this ancient plant that inspired him just “like the dreams hidden inside of a man." Paolo’s Frappato comes from his red sand vineyards which….yes I said red sand, it’s really wild looking! His Frappato is fermented and aged in stainless steel to retain its aromatic freshness, yet it is its location that gives it its soul.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List

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2012 Baracchi Sangiovese Cortona
Review Date: 07-21-2015
The grapes were harvested the first week of October fermented in stainless steel and then aged in a mix of Troncais, Nevers, Alliers French barriques for a year. The wine has a brilliant cherry filled nose that has touches of spice and leather. On the palate the wine is elegant, it has a full, rich body but it has a vibrant acidity balancing the richness. A long, long finish showing hints of barrel spice and cherry compote. A perfect filet mignon wine, give it a try!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List

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$23.99
JS 90

2010 Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-15-2015
The nose is full of bold, plummy fruit with hints of spice and touches of earth but predominantly darker fruit. On the palate the wine shows loads of structure but is extraordinarily well poised, a density that is coupled with classic length and a balance that surprised me. On the palate the wine’s flavors are strident, rich, saturated and forthright echoing the dark plum, slight bits of cherry and leather begin to emerge but less savory and more straightforward fruits. The finish is powerful, balanced, long and a carries through the consistent flavors throughout. The best from this winery in years.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $37.89 Add To Waiting List
RP 93 JS 92

2006 Baron Fuente "Grand Millésimé" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-15-2015
Such an elegant expression of Champagne, this wine shows the riper character of the 2006 vintage but with excellent balance. Pure, clean fruit with depth and length but fresh and clean. Not a toasty rich style just pure minerality for a superb vintage Champagne.....what? Wait I just saw the price? Holy Cow! What a steal!!!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 91

Michel Arnould Verzenay "Reserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-15-2015
I love the smooth nature of this Champagne, that subtle richness of the mousse, just a creamy texture yet backed up by an excellent acidity, crisp, light and refreshing--the best of both sides. Such a deal, buy two!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $32.99 Add To Waiting List

1973 Chateau Pellehaut 40 Year Old K&L Exclusive Tenareze Vintage Armagnac 750ml
Review Date: 07-15-2015
I was so blown away by this spirit, I found it hard to classify as a beverage.......it was more of an experience, it certainly takes over your olfactory senses with its ethereal...no it isn't ethereal it is real, just so complex, layered, something I want to spend an afternoon with, just watching it evolve and for spirits like this that is how you need to experience it, there isn't an explosive one-time OMG moment, it is more like archaeology, long, slow digging and then you get to experience layer after layer. Wow....
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $149.99 Add To Waiting List

Bollinger "Special Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-15-2015
Do I really have to encourage you to buy this? Wow... one of the few barrel fermented Champagnes left. So good, focus, texture, etc., etc. Damn, that's good.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

Baron-Fuente "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-15-2015
A broad, creamy, texturally rich Champagne, lots of leesy complexity, yet remarkably well balanced, and for a song of a price. Only because we import this directly can you get prices like this with quality as well!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $23.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 91 JS 90

2012 Clos Henri (Domaine Henri Bourgeois-Sancerre) Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 07-14-2015
I really like the fact that this wine smells...well like wine. Too many Pinot Noir to me smell of sweet fruit, almost candy like but this wine is great. The nose shows a real depth and makes you look into the wine it isn't exploding out of the glass. On the palate richness with ultra fine grain tannin give the wine superb balance and the flavors are a mixture of dark cherry, smoked meat and earth. Nice finish, good balance, Lamb Kebabs for me with this!
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2013 Quarter Acre Merlot-Malbec (Bordeaux Blend) Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 07-14-2015
I find it so refreshing to find a wine like this, balanced, invigorating and lively on the palate. The nose is a inviting blend of plumy Merlot and leathery Malbec, combining to form a complex mix of spice and earth. The wine lifts on the palate and is full of energy, vibrant yet supple. Long finish. I'd love to try this wine with a beef bourguignon!
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Innocenti Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-14-2015
The nose is truly filled with savory, dried meat flavors,with a chocolaty cherry whiff coming up at the end. On the palate the wine is really elegant, supple with a medium bodied feel where more cedar and leather flavors come out with spiced cherry accents. The finish is long, growing and really balanced. The wine is made in 30hl barrels.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $36.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 94 SJ 1

2010 San Carlo Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-14-2015
The nose is full of spice and dried flowers. On the palate the wine is structured with dense, tannic shoulders, powerful, long tannins. The wine is a blockbuster on the palate then begins to narrow at the back of the palate with a long finish.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $41.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 95 RP 90

2010 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-14-2015
Dried flowers lead the nose into an ethereal arena where dark, wild cherry, cedar and leather all come together in an extraordinary thrust. On the palate the wine is multi-faceted and seemingly at every angle another layer of flavor, this time smoky, the next time cedar, then wild cherry all dancing across your palate. The finish is taught, a bit of tannic grip drags the flavors and textures together and pulling them along to a long, intriguing and texturally exciting finish.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2010 La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-13-2015
The nose is full of dark earth, vibrant wild cherry, smoke, crushed stone, and a hint of gaminess. On the palate the wine is impressive; a powerful structure of very fine grained structure surrounds the core of this wine. A commanding central focus bonds the fruit and spice to the voluptuous layers of fruit that curl up around the core. Waves of flavor seem to never end bringing more wild cherry and earth with hints of wood smoke. The finish continues the lustrous richness that is backed up once again by that very fine grained tannin. It is a superb wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Baricci Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-08-2015
I love the complex earthiness, which has a sort of cherry tobacco, plum mixture that graces the elegant and lithe body. This wine favors grace over power, and needs a curious mind to delve into the layers of spice, earth and fruit. It is a wine without a need to speak loudly and leaves itself to be discovered rather than shouting out its own name. Those who like Baricci, love this complexity and find reward in the effort to understand it. This is a Great Baricci--you should definitely buy a case to put away. I will.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 93

2013 Tongue In Groove "The Mound Vineyard" Riesling Waipara Valley
Review Date: 07-08-2015
The nose is full of honeysuckle and edelflower...well more like their extract, to say that the wine is floral would be incorrect it has a more concentrated aromatic, wilder and at the same time savory while still being honeysuckle and edelflower. Ok maybe that's a bit esoteric but on the palate the wine has a generous richness that while not sweet is more appealing for many food pairings than a screechingly dry version. The 5% botrytis affected grapes adds a depth of flavor without any direct sweetness but more like a catalyst for the rest of the wine to come together. This is dynamite wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2013 Grey's Peak (Greystone) Pinot Noir Waipara
Review Date: 07-08-2015
The nose is complex, bright and spicy, more concentrated and structured than the 2012 but also more intriguing. The palate shows the wine's depth and power but it still has a rich and pleasing mid palate presence that makes it great for current drinking. If you do wait a bit this wine will gain weight and complexity, but it would be hard to do it tastes so good now.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Tenuta di Sesta Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L)
Review Date: 07-08-2015
I find that Tenuta di Sesta’s wines are always overlooked upon release, they are never the loudest, tallest or heaviest the just seem to be pleasant. Yet after years of tasting their wines I find they are just slower to develop and end up morphing into silky, elegant masterpieces. In this the 2010 vintage their Brunello shows far more upfront earth and mineral than usual at this stage, yet the pure Sangiovese aromatics of wild cherry and plum cut in behind the earthy elements along with hints of dried roses and freshly cut leather. On the palate the wine is graceful, seemingly plump yet the acidity is present in the finish and the longer the wine is in your glass the deeper and more profound the flavors become and the longer the aftertaste. This wine always puts a smile on my face it just feels so good, never pushy or demanding just there growing with each minute in the glass. I can’t wait to see this wine in another 5 years, stunningly good.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $99.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 95 RP 94

2013 Tongue In Groove "Clayvin Vineyard" Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 07-08-2015
The 2012 was a revelation for me, really spectacular, I brought it to dinner with James Suckling and he went 95pts crazy on it! The 2013 is better, however it isn't as obvious and forward as the 2012 was. The 2013 has more depth, less current sweetness, the fruit is dark, brooding still waiting to open its' depth. On the palate this wine is direct, focused but you feel the mid palate weight just waiting to expand. The finish is long, lingering but with a real, powerful movement that makes you feel the wine is still going back on your palate. Serious wine, I'd drink it now with food but in a couple of years this wine will blossom into something magnificent.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2014 Alkoomi Estate "Old Vine - Black Label" Riesling Frankland River Western Australia
Review Date: 07-08-2015
Absolutely classic Riesling nose, fusel with underlying mineral, "dry as a bone" without a doubt but such complex stone character. On the palate DRY and not floral but pure, long, great acidity, just an outstanding wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $16.99 Add To Waiting List
JH 97

2012 Domaine Michel & Stéphane Ogier Syrah "d'Ogier" Collines Rhodaniennes
Review Date: 07-08-2015
The nose is full of plum, stones, spice, dried flowers with hints of wildness behind. On the palate the wine is so focused, aromatic while being pleasingly plump, no fat just relaxed enough to drink now and go back for seconds or...Excellent value and drinkable now.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 90

2011 Villa Symposia "L'Origine" Languedoc Rouge
Review Date: 07-08-2015
This wine took my breath away, so complex on the nose, full of meat, spice, earth, dried flowers, leather but so clean, so fresh none of the reductive character I find so often in Syrah. On the palate the limestone soil shows through giving the wine real verve, focus to go along with the plumy, rich fruit. The finish is superb, long and really stays with you. I Love this wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 92

2013 Clos de l'Anhel "Lolo de l'Anhel" Corbieres
Review Date: 07-08-2015
The nose is fruit driven but focused, bright and briary yet shows lots of complex herb and stone. On the palate the wine is lively, has good acidic structure to balance the medium to full body. I really see this wine as a tremendous food accompaniment, fairly rich pasta like lasagna, or Coq au vin or grilled pork chops. Outstanding value
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $12.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 Château Viranel "Tradition" Saint-Chinian Blanc
Review Date: 07-08-2015
The nose took me by surprise, so complex, spice driven with hints of dried flowers. On the palate the wine has a rich texture, full, dense but underlying is a mineral/acid base that freshens, livens and lifts this wine. Excellent long finish....Wow...just checked the price this is an Outstanding wine for the price.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Fattoria dei Barbi "Vigna del Fiore" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
I really love the Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino you can read my review, it’s tremendous even more so because they produced 16,666 cases. Their top of the line Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino “Vigna del Fiore” only produced 333 cases. While the Annata (means vintage and is used instead of normale or regulare, which no one believes their wines are) version is more open now the Vigna del Fiore is brooding, its powerful structure seems to be holding back some of the flavors one sees in the Annata. My experience with this particular vineyard designate and the winery’s traditional style means long aging will be needed to have this wine show its potential. However there is tremendous potential in this wine, its long, coiled nature have so much to release, you’re just going to have to wait a bit for this wine to blossom the “Fiore”!
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2010 Fornacina Brunello di Montalcino 1.5L
Review Date: 07-07-2015
The nose of this wine is like a two day old fire pit, smoky, ash, earth, leather but then gradually it opens to dried herbs, spiced fruit and takes on the vintage’s savory character. On the palate more fruit begins to open and the wine’s powerful structure begins to take hold. As the wine lingers on your palate the leathery, savory, smoky flavors slowly blend with the spice, fruit and herbs and while you’re waiting for this to come together you notice this wine has powerful tannins yet slowly, gently the wine begins to stretch out and the tannins blend into the background. This wine has got a lot going on but really needs to age a couple of more years to come together or spend a few hours in a decanter, but such potential!
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2010 Fornacina Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
The nose of this wine is like a two day old fire pit, smoky, ash, earth, leather but then gradually it opens to dried herbs, spiced fruit and takes on the vintage’s savory character. On the palate more fruit begins to open and the wine’s powerful structure begins to take hold. As the wine lingers on your palate the leathery, savory, smoky flavors slowly blend with the spice, fruit and herbs and while you’re waiting for this to come together you notice this wine has powerful tannins yet slowly, gently the wine begins to stretch out and the tannins blend into the background. This wine has got a lot going on but really needs to age a couple of more years to come together or spend a few hours in a decanter, but such potential!
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2010 Franco Pacenti Canalicchio Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
This wine exemplifies what I think Brunello should be all about…balance, it is so...well… balanced. The flavors are classic, high toned wild cherry coupled with perfectly integrated layers of leather, meat, wild herbs and making the wine an aromatic and textural masterpiece. This wine is about elegance, its long core of structure gently lengthens the flavors revealing that savory, salty character of the vintage. It is superbly drinkable now yet this wine will drink for another 15 years easily, balance is what makes wine age properly.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2013 E. Pira Chiara Boschis Dolcetto d'Alba
Review Date: 07-07-2015
An elegant, crisp and refreshing Dolcetto. Chiara Boschis' gentle hand in winemaking allows this wine to take on the vintage's character, dark fruit, medium ripe and vibrant finish. The perfect wine for meaty pasta or grilled sausage and polenta.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Marisa Cuomo "Fiorduva" Costa d'Amalfi Furore Bianco
Review Date: 07-07-2015
If you were to taste this wine without knowing what it was you would be floored, it is outstanding, but you probably wouldn't be able to place where it is from. The nose of this wine is a mixture of white flowers, dried herbs, honey and a bit of salt air. On the palate the wine is....well just luxurious, sumptuous yet is so light on its feet, elegant but all the while it feels like a warm embrace. The finish is an inappropriate word because it doesn't seem to finish, it languishes, relaxed on your tongue and you don't want to let go.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $54.99 Add To Waiting List

2014 ColleStefano Verdicchio di Matelica
Review Date: 07-07-2015
OK, so I'm a little prejudiced I Love the wines from this region. Matelica is a small valley in the middle of the Apennine mountain range just about an hour’s drive from Ancona in the Marche. A very long growing season always gets this wine physiologically ripe and never loses its focus or becomes overripe. This vintage is just mind-blowing for such a simple wine it is just vibrant, the minerality, richness and tremendous aromatics make this wine a sure winner. You can have this with a range of food from shellfish, to swordfish or even chicken and pasta. I love it and I’m sure you will too.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $17.99 Add To Waiting List

Conte di Gropello Brachetto d'Acqui
Review Date: 07-07-2015
I love Brachetto, this clean, bright, fresh wine is so aromatic and clean! Ok it's sweet, think of it like Red Moscato, but because of it being red the tiny bit of tannin dries out the finish to keep it from being sticky sweet. This wine is so refreshing you can serve it with savory dishes as well.Or just drink it on its own, it's great!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $13.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
I absolutely love this wine, the best thing they've done... that I can remember. The nose is full of earth, spice, leather, dried wild cherries and is a powerful statement from the nose. On the palate a classic, long, slightly leathery character is in the middle of a broad, rich and luxurious follow through. Layers of spice, plum, wild cherry, wild herbs in a long procession of flavors marching to the finish. In the finish a long, persistent and so satisfying end, Super wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 San Giacomo Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
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
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 94 WE 93

2010 Caparzo "La Casa" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
The nose highlights wild cherry and sweet earth that flow from your glass in a slow, easy presentation. On the palate the wine is supple, plumy and seems to have a depth of texture, yet is never overpowering it has a presence that is subtle while still having a prominent demeanor. The flavors come together in a rather understated yet beguiling way, this isn’t a wine that is shouting it is signaling with more of a come hither smile. The finish is long, slow, supple where the cherry and earth begin to emerge along the edges of some very fine grain tannin.
Drink from 217 to 217

2010 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
The aromatics in this wine speak more to its density, level of saturation and structure, like I’ve never experienced in this level of Banfi Brunello before. Plum, cherry, savory meats, spice blended with dried flowers highlight the nose. On the palate it is the wines structure that takes over, big, shoulder size tannins that give a framework of power and allow the dense fruit to bond. Flavors of plum and cherry are mere accents to the dense power. Very fine grain tannins pull the wine to a long and vibrant finish.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2010 Collosorbo Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
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 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
The nose is dense, brooding pools of plum, earth, smoke and hints of wood spice. On the palate the wine is powerful, broad, deep, a muscularly vibrant presence that brings the fruit to life. The wine finishes very long, with a great central focus with hints of wood spice in the finish.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 07-07-2015
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

2011 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva
Review Date: 07-06-2015
The 2011 vintage is a little riper, fuller than the more structured 2010, however this wine is still Monsanto in a classic way. The nose has that ever present earth, cherry, leather, spice nose that the winery is so known for. On the palate 2011 vintage shows its pleasing richness, depth of flavor and persistence. Texturally more forward the wine still has structure, power and presence. Able to age for 10-15 years without much thought Monsanto produces on of the absolute best Chianti Classico Riserva at this price point. Stock up!
Drink from 2015 to 2015

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