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Greg St. Clair

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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
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

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
Price: $169.99 Add To Waiting List

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
Price: $109.99 Add To Waiting List

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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WE 90

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
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 92

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
Price: $39.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 93

2010 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-13-2015
The bold nose shows so much wild cherry, sweet earth, dried flowers coupled with a fuller plumier breadth. On the palate the wine has deep, saturated flavors of spiced plum, along with a pool of savory, porcini, dried meat and leather flavors. The wine is full of power, incredible depth and its richly textured palate presence is awesome. The finish is powerful, full and shows incredible length and layer after layer of spice, fruit, herbs, leather and earth. A truly spectacular wine.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

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 Brunello di Montalcino 375ml
Review Date: 05-11-2015
The nose speaks of sunshine, warmth, sweetness not floral just fruity. The flavors begin to expand on your palate and the simple plumy fruit is transformed to more of a kaleidoscope of flavors, Umeboshi (dried, salted, Japanese plums), wild cherry, iron and leather. While the nose speaks of ripeness the palate presence is freshened by the perfect acidic balance for this wine, just enough to lift without becoming edgy, a long and complex finish that has layers of flavor and textures.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

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

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
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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
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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

2012 La Massa "La Massa" Toscana
Review Date: 04-23-2015
This wine is so popular we just can't keep it in stock. The warm richness of the wine coupled with its stellar balance and length seem to make it a universal translator, everyone seems to love this wine. The core of this wine is 60% Sangiovese but it's from one of the Premier vineyard sites in Chianti Classico the Conca d'Oro. Here Sangiovese is at its best showing long, elegant lines with supple wild cherry character that enliven the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that add a little international swagger to the austere Sangiovese. A tremendous wine, you'll love it.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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JS 93 RP 93

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
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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
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2010 Villa Poggio Salvi "Pomona" Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-21-2015
The nose on this wine is full of ripe plum, wild marasca cherry, leather, spice, wild herbs, tobacco, smoke that envelops your presence. On the palate this wine has density, richness and an exciting palate presence, not too fat, not too firm yet has richness. The flavors start with the ripe plumy character, spiced with the wild cherry, leather, earth and finishes with s view to the iron rich, spicy soil. The wine shows great promise, depth and room to grow, it is really good. Villa Poggio Salvi’s Pomona is a true rarity, only 1,333 bottles were produced
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $89.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 96

2010 Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-21-2015
The nose on this wine is classic, all leather, earth, spice, wild cherry with hints of roasted chestnuts. On the palate it is a serious wine, muscular, sinewy, long, and leathery and in this vintage the layers of savory, salty, umami like character, then the fruit and structure just peel back one after another revealing even more Tuscan earth, wild herbs, rosemary and smoke an exceedingly deep wine. This isn’t a lush, plump wine this wine has a very fine-grain tannin feel to it stretched out along a powerful interior acidic core that allows the tannins to blend in harmoniously. A long finish where the earthy, spicy flavors seem to last for minutes. 3,750 cases produced
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $34.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 94 JS 91

Bellussi Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
Review Date: 04-20-2015
Excellent quality Prosecco at a bargaine price. This bubbly is from Valdobbiadene, the classic center of the historical Prosecco growing zone. Bright, clean, fresh, and on the drier side of Extra Dry. Excellent mousse to give you that rich feeling without that expolosive CO2 release. Great Prosecco for just about any time!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 Secoli Valpolicella Ripasso
Review Date: 04-20-2015
This wine is really forward, lush and spicy a remarkable price point for an excellent Ripasso. The nose is full of plum, spice, cherry, and those flavors carry onto the palate where the supple richness is accented by hints of Amarone. If you're unfamiliar with Ripasso think Zinfandel that's more complex and has a little better balance. Lovely with most anything off of your grill.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 Don Cataldo Rosato Salento Puglia
Review Date: 04-20-2015
I was so surprised by the freshness and balance of this really tasty Rose and then I saw it was a 2013. Normally I would only look at current vintages but this wine is rockin for this price point! Lots of cherry/strawberry flavors, excellent balance and really good finish. Just sayin, at this price you should buy a case!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2011 Vigne Surrau "Sincaru" Cannonau Sardinia
Review Date: 04-20-2015
The winery is just a few kilometers from Porto Cervo along the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast), the Costa Smeralda is an International Jet Set destination for most of the year and you can see enormous yachts parked alongside trendy hotels most every day of the week. The entire northeast corner of Sardegna is known as Gallura, this rugged region that is 150 to 450 feet above sea level and where Vigne Surrau’s vineyards are in the center of Gallura and the soil is crushed granite. Very difficult soil to grow grapes in but once every other year they apply a layer of manure to add a bit of nutrient to the ground. The lack of fertile soil is a natural growth restrictor allowing the vines to produce fewer but more concentrated grapes naturally without having to do a severe green harvest. Their Cannonau Sincaru, Sincaru means sincere in Sardo, the Sardinian dialect and Cannonaou is actually the Grenache grape but called Cannonau in Sardinia. I was really taken with this wine’s purity richness and authentic character, the wine is fermented in stainless steel and then spends several months in cement tanks lined with epoxy. Cement tanks are the rage in winemaking now at one time they were replaced by the supposed ease of stainless steel but they seem to be more susceptible to electrostatic charge and vibration, needless to say Cement is back in vogue. The wine is really rich however has excellent balance and persistent freshness to go with the very complex aromatics and supple mouth feel. The flavors are full of the Mediterranean maquis that wild, gamey herbal wind that is so enticing. I really feel this wine is perfect for grilled lamb kebab, merguez sausage or maybe just plain old Italian sausage!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2011 Vietti "Castiglione" Barolo
Review Date: 04-20-2015
Luca Currado is making wines at his family estate that are incredible, the most delicate hand, not intervention but gentle guidance. He would tell you his vineyards produce the wines and they are exceptional. 2011 is a more forward, richer and more drinkable at an early age wine. It will still last for 20+ years but if you're looking for a Barolo now its primary fruit character and supple balance make it an ideal choice!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List
AG 92

2010 Amantis "Birbanera" Montecucco
Review Date: 04-20-2015
Paolo Vagaggini his wife Bernardetta have their own winery just across Montalcino’s southern boundary, the Orcia River. It’s in the Montecucco DOC. The 2010 Amantis Birbanera Montecucco Rosso is slightly more than 60% Sangiovese, blended with a combination of Canaiolo, Colorino, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and then aged for a few months in 2nd and 3rd passage French barriques. The result is a wine full of rich fruit, soft and supple on the palate but still with excellent acidity to balance it out. It is easy to drink by itself, or with grilled meats, I like it with grilled Italian sausage.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2014 Saracco Moscato d'Asti
Review Date: 04-20-2015
Saracco is one of the best Moscato d'Astis around, their wines are always balanced and with more of a lime like freshness than the peachy, fleshy character so many cheaper versions have. Superb as an aperitif or with dessert.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco (3L)
Review Date: 04-20-2015
Produttori's reputation as a quality producer has been going strong for decades. The 2009 vintage is drinking well now but can age easily for another decade plus. Classic Nebbiolo flavors of leather, earth, smoke, tobacco and roses are evident with a supple and easy richness on the palate. This BIG bottle is a great deal and will make you look like you're "Living Large"!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $169.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 93 RP 92

2010 Ceretto "Bricco Rocche" Barolo
Review Date: 04-20-2015
Bricco Rocche for me has always been the pinnacle for Ceretto wines, so much power while at the same time so much finesse. The nose is captivating, swirls of rose, leather, smoke and truffles flow from your glass. On the palate the wine is gracious, tannic structure sure it's Barolo, however the flavors come in waves that caress rather than grip your palate. Sweet leather, earth, porcini and touches of wild herbs accented with rose hip flavors. Long, long finish a wine that is truly spectacular. This is the perfect wine for Brasato al Barolo, Italian Pot Roast, Barolo style!
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2012 Ca'Viola "Vilot" Dolcetto D'Alba
Review Date: 04-20-2015
Beppe Caviola’s wines always show lots of fruit and supple textures but what really sets them apart from a lot of other similar wines is the level of complexity. Yes the fruit is vibrant but just below the surface are so many facets of flavor that if you are a bit patient come to the surface and take this easily drinkable Dolcetto from simple to WOW and one sip. The perfect grilled sausage, I love it with polenta, wine or most anything off the grill, outstanding value!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 91

2011 Bibi Graetz Testamatta Rosso
Review Date: 04-20-2015
If you love vibrant, international styled Super Tuscans this is your wine. Bibi Graetz is really talented in securing leases on spectacular old Sangiovese vineyards. This wine is made from a blend of 35 to 80 year old vines and that structure and character come through. Outstanding length is the first thing you notice followed by wildly pure wild cherry aromatics that then bring in hints of vanilla that lead you to its palate richness. Powerful, broad and dramatic on the palate with loads of complex fruit. The 2011 vintage gives such a lush, richness to the wines they are hard to resist now but this wine will still age for years to come.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $109.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 98

2010 Castello di Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-20-2015
The nose shows leather, smoke, Middle Eastern spices and a hint of Tuscan earth all gently flowing from the glass. On the palate the wine is long; you feel it before you taste it, then that hint of salt, oyster shell, leather followed by wild cherry and plum. The wine is vibrantly long; it has a feeling of supple power as it begins to expand across your palate. A young wine and although not harsh or closed now it will grow considerably over the next decade.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2010 Verbena Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 04-20-2015
This is the best Verbena I’ve ever tasted, period. The wines shows lots of wild brush, herbs, plums and stone in the nose while on the palate the depth of this vintage begins to show. The layers of flavors, spice and herbs are the first thing you sense on the palate then the fruit, dried plum accented with wild cherry, hints of leather, bits of vanilla flow across your palate with more of that umami character coming to a point in the back palate. The finish is long, full and layered, and shows that aging will add more depth and breadth to the wine. 1,275 cases produced
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 94 RP 91

2010 Felsina "Rancia" Chianti Classico Riserva
Review Date: 04-20-2015
One of Chianti Classico's most important wineries and their most important Chianti. I love the Rancia's richness, structure and captivating aromatics and persistence. However what really sets this wine apart is its aging potential. If you've been lucky as I have to taste many older vintages this wine blossoms into something truly special. It is at this stage the wine's pedigree shows and its tremendous complexity. Then this is the 2010 vintage....it's great! Don't wait.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Pasetti "Tenutarossa" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Review Date: 04-20-2015
This is a powerful, rich and complex wine, made with 100% Montepulciano grapes and aged for 18 months in small French oak barrels. The results are wondrous, luscious fruit combined with an earthy intrigue framed by hints of toasty oak. The wine has a long, full finish where the richness and complexity dominate. This is in the Grilled Meat Zone, but if you're a Vegan a nice piece of Tofurkey and Gravy would be great with this too!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List

2011 Zaccagnini "Tralcetto" Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Riserva
Review Date: 04-20-2015
I visited this winery in October 2013 and was impressed on so many levels, their commitment to nature,quality of production and the inclusion of Art in their everyday lives. You should google them and check it out, and after you drink this absolutely delicious wine you'll want to know everything you can about them. The wine has lots of up front fruit, great mid palate richness and a long spicy finish. So tasty, You'll love to have this with your favorite pasta, roasted chicken or just by itself.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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JS 91

2010 Sella e Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva
Review Date: 04-20-2015
This is such a superb wine for the price point, 100% Grenache that is different from its Rhone cousins, it is spicier, earthier and has a bit of the salt air in its genes. Very supple on the palate, long finish with lots of character. One of the best values you can buy.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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