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Greg St. Clair

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2010 Villa le Prata Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-30-2015
A truly complete wine, the nose is full of spicy plum aromatics mixed with a salty, earthy scent. On the palate the wine has a luxurious feel, yet not heavy it seems to lift off of your tongue, energetic, forward leaning. The flavors are sweet, savory, umami and all seem complete on their own. The finish is long, coiled, powerful,and I can't wait to taste this in another 10 years.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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JS 94 RP 92

2013 D'Amico "Seiano" Lazio Rosso
Review Date: 06-30-2015
It's Tuesday night, what am I going to eat? I might as well have something to drink while I'm figuring it all out, $10...how can you go wrong! This aromatic blend of Sangiovese and Merlot shows wild cherry aromatics and lilac scents. On the palate this wine is supple, the Merlot supports the mid palate depth and the Sangiovese stretches it into balance. Fresh, easy, on the low side of 13% alcohol. this is the perfect marinara based pasta wine, a little lower in acidity that drinks perfectly by itself with a few cheeses!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 Iliceus Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-30-2015
Vibrant, focused Sangiovese nose of wild cherry and hints of earth while on the palate the wine shows classic Sangiovese length and bits of herb, spice and leather to go with the wild cherry. The finish is long, coiled and vibrant just an excellent wine for rich pasta like Lasagna or couple of grilled sausage straight off the BBQ!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 D'Amico "Seiano" Lazio Bianco
Review Date: 06-30-2015
Edelflowers in the nose with hints of delicate white peach,....hey, this is a review for a $10 wine, it's already ahead of the game! Nice balance and weight on the palate where the flavors are refreshing, not overwhelming, if you've been drinking Pinot Grigio to go light this is your wine, what a bargain. Only 12% alcohol
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2011 Tollo Valle d'Oro Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Review Date: 06-30-2015
I find that most Americans rarely know where the Abruzzo is and of course there is the continual confusion between its most famous grape Montepulciano hence Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and the Tuscan town Montepulciano where they make Vino Nobile di Montepulciano… Yet the Abruzzo, just east of Rome, as one drives through the Apennines takes you back in time. Culturally, physically, and geographically it is so different than the flat plain that Rome sits on it’s almost hard to imagine it is in the same country. The winemaking history of this region for us in America has been dominated by the giant Coop versions that usually end up on the bottom shelf at your grocery store for $4.99. Why? Well because the grape itslef has so much potential that even immensely over-cropped it produces really good value wine! Since 1960 when the Cantina Tollo was formed they have responded to the marketplace which since 1960 has changed dramatically. Once volume was important but now balance, sustainability in the production methods and a fresher, more vibrant flavor profile brought forward with reduced yields has transformed their wines into the 21st century. The town of Tollo is located near Chieti about 12 miles from the coast situated on gently sloping hills. The back drop of this town however is the view back towards the Gran Sasso one of the highest points in the Apennines dominating the countryside at more than 9,500 feet. The rolling hills around Tollo though provide the vineyards for the winery that is now producing wine from more than 7,000 acres! The 2011 Cantina Tollo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Valle d’Oro is a delightful wine, it is fermented in stainless steel tanks, racked off and then allowed to sit for almost a year before bottling. The results are an everyday marvel, balanced, fresh and extraordinarily pleasing. I think this is the wine for your Tuesday night Pasta night, a glass of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo with a classic American spaghetti marinara, a bit of French bread and tutto bene!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 Ciacci Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-30-2015
This is one of the best Ciacci Rosso di Montalcino's that I have tasted. The bright cherry freshness, coupled with a texturally rich body is just a delightful experience. A perfect wine for BBQ fare or your favorite pasta. 2013 produced wines with bright, clean acidity and is one of the best since 2010.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2006 Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-30-2015
Ferrero’s normal richness in this vintage is back seat to the balance, structure and complexity. While still showing their hallmark character of chocolaty, supple opulence and smooth finish it is the layers of spice, wild herbs and structural length that really make this vintage stand out. The wine shows great balance and linearity weaving a luxuriant, tactile fabric of the wild cherry aromatics, black fruits and hints of leather, cinnamon and sage. The tannic structure is certainly there but it is a background stage that allows the flavors to play out without dominating the scene. This is the best non Riserva Ferrero Brunello I’ve had. I wrote this before tasting the 2010 Brunello from Ferrero, but this is equally as good, really exceptional wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

San Venanzio Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut
Review Date: 06-30-2015
I was stunned by the superlative quality in this vintage of San Venanzio, 2014 was a very difficult vintage but Gabriele waited and waited to harvest and this exceptional wine jumped out. The wine has so much minerality, clean focus yet still retains that Prosecco elegance and balance. This is the best wine this estate has ever made. Sensational finish!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2009 Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
Review Date: 06-30-2015
Certainly one of the best priced Riserva on the market and in this vintage a superbly drinking wine. The 2009 vintage is really inviting and drinkable and Ferrero's Riserva is no exception, the nose is full of wild cherry and spiced plum. The palate is supple, still structured but it gives a smoother feel as the plum and wild cherry begin to show bits of earth, leather and cedar box. The finish is long and inviting, wonderful to drink now but will last another decade.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2013 Ferrero Rosso di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-30-2015
In 2013 Pablo Härri produced supple, rich and balanced Sangiovese and at his estate in Southwest Montalcino where the wines take on sort of a cross of Napa like richness with Montalcino power it is a refreshing result! A luscious 100% Sangiovese Rosso di Montalcino that has the structure to age and the balance to drink now Grab some now, fire up the BBQ and Grill yourself a Bistecca Fiorentina! Don’t forget to drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on it when it’s done!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2012 Ferrero Toscana Rosso
Review Date: 06-30-2015
In 2012 Owners Pablo Härri & Claudia Ferrero produced a spectacular wine from their property in Montenero d’Orcia just across the river from Montalcino. It is a blend of 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 17% Montepulciano and 17% Alicante. The Cab’s complex ripeness is accented by the peppery nature of the Alicante while the tannins of the Montepulciano are softened by the supple nature of the Merlot. The freshness of the 2012 vintage gives this wine superb palate presence and is delicious to drink now but will age for another 5-10 years.Truly a Super Tuscan blend, but the wine is stunning for the price!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2010 Tenute del Cerro La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-30-2015
The nose speaks of dried, salted cherries with hints of brush and leather then leading to an array of spicy dried berries. On the palate the wine speaks of balance, length, lightness, energy, it is really elegant yet the balance hides the incredible texture. Richness, depth yet so delicately woven, a marvel to behold, the finish is a composite of freshness, balance and intrigue.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2013 Erik Banti Morellino di Scansano
Review Date: 06-30-2015
I had tasted Morellino di Scansano for a couple of decades before I actually visited Scansano. Having spent a Summer on this part of the Tuscan Coast (It's OK to be jealous)the flat low lying ex-marsh didn't seem to be a zone where I thought really good wine could be made. I remember driving up through vineyard after vineyard from that coastal plain until I started to wind my way up the hill to Scansano at 1600 feet! Erik Banti's Morellino is made here and the wine shows more of an inherent freshness, delicacy and balance. Graceful on the palate, delicate layers of fruit and spice. This isn't an overpowering wine it is just a perfect accompaniment to a meal, a gracious house guest! You'll love it.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2009 Sesta di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-30-2015
For more than 40 years Ettore Spina was an International banker, although originally from Torino he and his wife Enrica Bandirola lived his professional career in Rome. Their idea was always to “retire” to the Tuscan countryside and after years of searching finally in 1980 they found an abandoned house on the south side of Montalcino, it took years of restoring to make it livable. Early in the 1990’s they planted a vineyard to make Brunello it was a tiny 1.73 acre vineyard and there first release was in 1999. They make a tiny amount, 340 cases; yes that’s just 340 cases of wine a very small producer. Enrico studied hard and asked lots of questions and has become an excellent producer, but mostly they bought such an extraordinary piece of land it was hard to mess up. Their vineyard is planted in a soil type called Galestro that is ex-foliating shale with a lot of limestone in it, the perfect soil for Sangiovese. They are situated on the south face of Montalcino facing Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano that dominates the local weather patterns, the vineyard sits above and benefits from a nightly cooling as cool air sweeps down off the slope toward the Orcia river valley below. The wine is aged in one 30 hecotliter barrel, yes just one barrel, it’s a big one but just one barrel. Brunello by law must stay 2 years in barrel but the traditionalists like Ettore, all age it for 3 plus years and can’t be sold until January of the 5th year after the harvest. This 2009 is precocious, it is a supple, aromatic, pretty wine, easier to drink now than to age it a decade plus. It still has the classic Sesta di Sopra nose of earth, sage and leather with hints of complex earth, stone and plumy notes. This vintage is lively on the palate, fresh, frisky and would do well with I’m lucky, I get to try the new vintage every year with braised veal shank, Enrica is a tremendous cook, it’s the perfect match, if you’re not so inclined try it with a Grilled Porterhouse or an aged piece of Pecorino Toscano make sure it is Toscano.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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WE 91 RP 90

2012 Riecine Chianti Classico
Review Date: 06-30-2015
2012 is really a "Classic" year for Chianti Classico, I almost don't want to say Chianti because so many folks have an idea of what they think Chianti tastes (and it isn't good) like but this is just out and out fantastic wine. Guido and I visited Sean this February (yes Sean he's Irish) and were blown away by the purity of expression. The nose is full of spicy cherry with bits of bramble and earth behind that. On the palate the wine has loads of fruit that is bright and crisp with hints of wild cherry, superb balance and length and is just an experience! You'll love it!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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JS 92

2011 Ca' del Baio "Asili" Barbaresco
Review Date: 06-30-2015
I am always drawn to two vineyards in Barbaresco for their elegance, aromatics and balance Rabaja and Asili.In 2011 Ca del Baio's Asili nose is filled with dried flowers, spice with hints of plum. On the palate it is the wine's inherent balance that grabs your attention, focusing your thoughts on its center where gradually rose hips, cedar, chestnut flavors roll across your tongue. The finish, is so balanced and layers of spice, floral tones, and fruit finish in an ever intriguing length.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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2011 Pasquale Pelissero "San Giuliano" Barbaresco
Review Date: 06-30-2015
This is such a wonderful vintage for Barbaresco, supple, forward and most importantly for Big Nebbiolo...drinkable. The nose is full of rose, plum and hints of barrel spice. On the palate the tannins are balanced and encircled by a rich and fruit filled body. The finish is balanced, elegant and refreshes the palate, a veritable steal at the price.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-30-2015
The nose on this wine is …. well tremendous, I know that’s not a particularly descriptive adjective but damn it is just tremendous! The nose is a bit plumy, leaning toward the salted plum, umami spectrum, however it smells rich. On the palate the flavors are so inviting, sirens beckoning you to drink more, yet there is a decadent richness to this wine, more like Elizabeth Taylor reclining on a red velvet couch wearing a Cleopatra outfit…this wine oozes. Yet this isn’t a sloppy, overripe wine it is focused, complex, powerful but it just has a bigger body type, if you like Napa over Mendocino then you’ll like this wine it just exudes decadence. The finish is full of Middle Eastern spice, roasted meats, cedar, leather, then shows a layer of earthy minerality underneath, really impressive. I’m always amazed that this wine doesn’t get higher scores.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Agostino Bosco "Neirane" Barolo
Review Date: 06-30-2015
The Neirane is spicy, more full flavored than the more subtle La Serra, and showing a bit of a rambunctious nature, wild and carefree, full bodied but buoyant. Superb balance and great length. This wine has so much depth of flavor, so complex and all couched in an incredibly sexy body. Andrea Bosco has made his best wines ever this vintage!
Drink from 2015 to 2015
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JS 96 WE 93

2010 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva
Review Date: 06-30-2015
The fabulous 2010 vintage provides another stunning wine. Monsanto was one of my first loves in Italian wine. It is amazing how they have maintained such high quality for so long, without ever changing style. This wine has more richness, a broader fuller feel on the palate than for most of their wines and the aromatics are a lot more open and vibrant but underneath you can feel the classic Monsanto length and depth. So much fruit now but that baby fat will go away in a year or so and then it will age extraordinarily well.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-30-2015
Bold, dramatically ripe aromatics of sweet cherry and plum fill the nose along with a big dose of barrel spice. On the palate the wine is luscious and rolls across your tongue replaying the aromatics with a bold fruity character. The wine is centered on the mid palate and has lots of breadth.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2010 Villa I Cipressi Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-30-2015
The nose is a cauldron of earth, Tuscan brush, rosemary, smoke, spice and leather exhibiting that savory quality of the vintage. On the palate the wine has exceptional balance and the plumy, wild cherry flavors emerge first but are swept up in a whoosh of savory exuberance, layers of smoked meat, earth, wild cherry, spice, smoke all come together on the palate. The finish is long, balanced and a replay of this wine’s spectacular array of flavors.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2010 Solaria Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-29-2015
Dense, dark fruit that’s more plum than cherry along with bold strokes of vanilla burst from your glass. They are followed on the palate by a wine that shows less structure than the nose might portray but has lots of juicy, bold fruit accompanied by fine-grained tannin. The finish is full, fleshy and shows a bit of square tannin. This wine needs a few years to come together to show all the potential it has.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
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JS 95 AG 90

2010 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino
Review Date: 06-29-2015
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 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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JS 95 ST 93

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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JS 92 RP 91

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
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 95 RP 92

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
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List

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
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 91

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

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