- Baracchi O'lillo Toscana 2013 Product #29314 (In Stock)
Fruit comes from three different vineyards: San Martino at 300 meters (where the winery is located), Gabbiano (closer to Montepulciano and excellent for Syrah and Cabernet), and Montanare (where Sangiovese and Merlot grow on hills fought over by Romans and Carthaginians during the Punic Wars). The grapes are hand harvested and given gentle fermentations in neutral oak vats before aging in tank and bottling early to preserve fresh fruit and vibrant acids.
As with the 92 point 2012 edition, this is once again a super-steal of a super-Tuscan red. Broad-shouldered and powerful, it pumps out black cherry, blackberry, and black plum fruit with generous does of warm spice and expensive leather. The dark fruit and spice fan out on the satisfying, long, finish.
- Tenuta Di Valgiano Palistorti Rosso 2012 Product #30502 (In Stock)
Palistorti is one of just two reds made here (the other costs 2x as much!), and it’s simply captivating in 2012. A blend of Sangiovese and 15% each Merlot and Syrah, I can’t quite decide if this is more like a 3-4 year-old Brunello or a really nice vintage of Antinori’s Tignanello super-Tuscan. From the nose to the rich, powerful, palate this explodes with pure black cherry, fruit blossom, spice, and expensive leather aromas and flavors. The very deep flavors get support from fine-grained, ripe, tannins as hints of crushed herb, licorice, and expensive balsamic weave in and out of the long, long, finish. Distinctive, delicious, and very nicely priced.
"The 2012 Palistorti di Valgiano is bursting at the seams with personality. Juicy dark cherries, smoke, earthiness, licorice and violets are all super-expressive in the glass. Fleshy and boisterous, with plenty of intense, super-ripe fruit, the 2012 Palistorti di Valgiano delivers the goods, and then some. Drink this fleshy, immensely pleasing red over the next handful of years.” Vinous (Galloni) 91 points