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Giuggiolo Toscana Rosso 2011 Product #28153 (In Stock)
Giuggiolo Toscana Rosso 2011 Giuggiolo Toscana Rosso 2011

Here is my actual tasting note from the first time I tried this:  “This is just stupid delicious.”  A few more details – this is 100% Sangiovese made in staeinless steel that opens with fresh and lovely aromas of violets, purple fruits and crushed cherries.  In the mouth it’s juicy and ripe with loads of pretty fruit and a dark, earthy, streak.  Bright and clean through the end with a delicious note of coffee and cocoa dust emerging at the end.  Drink it with a little chill with pizza and pasta or warmer with anything off the grill.  Like I said:  Stupid delicious.

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Colsanto Ruris Umbria 2012 Product #29743 (In Stock)

Here's our single best-selling Italian wine of the past five years - a fantastic value that tastes like it costs twice as much as it does. The wine is mainly (70%) Sangiovese and delivers plenty of that variety's juicy black cherry fruit. But, the 20% Merlot in the blend rounds out the mid-palate and keeps the wine soft while the secret ingredient -- 10% Sagrantino -- adds spice and complexity uncommon in Umbrian wines. Sure, it goes well with pizza and robust pasta sauces, but there's enough going on to handle game and hard, salty, cheeses and a soft enough finish just to drink at a party. Fantastic value.

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Renzo Masi Chianti Riserva 2011 Product #29456 (In Stock)
Renzo Masi Chianti Riserva 2011 Renzo Masi Chianti Riserva 2011

Simple?  Yes - Simply delicious! Pizza/pasta Chianti at a fine value price.

"Renzo Masi is a second brand owned by Fattoria di Basciano's Masi family. The emphasis here is on value wines with vibrant territorial personality. The family has been making wine for three generations. The 2011 Chianti Riserva opens to a plush, dark color and midnight black consistency. The wine shows simple lines without too much in terms of complexity or underlying dimension. It takes a soft and easy approach with no blemishes or extraordinary points of excitement. Ripe cherry fruit and soft tannins make an appropriate curtain call."Wine Advocate 87 points

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Perticaia Umbria Rosso 2013 Product #29784 (In Stock)
Perticaia Umbria Rosso 2013 Perticaia Umbria Rosso 2013

From one of the most exciting young estates in Umbria, created as a "retirement" gig by old Tuscan hand Guido Guardigli. He created this new estate with his family in land-locked Umbria, naming it for the dialect word for "plow" - and just as the plow helped Umbria to prosperity by transforming from a grazing to farming region, Guido hopes his estate will "open the earth" to exciting new wines.

His entry-level red is a joy, fresh and fruity with deep aromas and flavors of black cherry, juicy raspberry, and a dash of sweet spice.  Sangiovese (80%) provides the core of fruit and a zesty structure while Colorino and Merlot (10% each) soften up the finish and add top- and base-notes, respectively.  A great pizza/salami/grilled sausage wine and even better with a light chill.

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Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2012 Product #29395 (In Stock)
Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2012 Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2012

A blend of Sangiovese plus 5% each of Colorino and Merlot aged in neutral cask.  Not as dark and chocolatey as last year - instead, pretty and fresh with enough cut to handle red sauce nicely. 

"A delicate, fruity Chianti Classico with dark-berry and light-chocolate character. Medium body, powdery tannins and a fresh finish. Traditional and delicious Chianti Classico."  James Suckling 90 points

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Tenuta Le Calcinaie Chianti Colli Senesi 2012 Product #28729 (In Stock)
Tenuta Le Calcinaie Chianti Colli Senesi 2012 Tenuta Le Calcinaie Chianti Colli Senesi 2012

Organic Grapes.  Here's a gutsy, ripe, blend of Sangiovese with just a tiny bit of Canaiolo Nero) that delivers romas and flavors of black cherry fruit with accents of violets, licorice, and a hint of spice. There's just the right amount of Chianti heft and tannic power on the finish, but a nice burst of tangy cherry acidity keeps the dark fruit and floral flavors fresh and focused across the long finish.  A great steak Chianti and ready to drink now.

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Le Pupille Morellino Di Scansano 2012 Product #29353 (In Stock)
Le Pupille Morellino Di Scansano 2012 Le Pupille Morellino Di Scansano 2012

From Tuscany's coastal regions, Pupille's mainly Sangiovese (just a dash of Alicante and Malvasia Nera for complexity) is always wonderfully perfumed, but has an extra dose of ripe fruit this year.

"This is much fruitier than past vintages yet super fresh and clean. It's a wine that you want to drink all yourself. Medium to full body, fresh acidity and a long, bright finish. Very perfumed. Drink now. Excellent value."   James Suckling 91 points

"Freshly cut flowers, mint, sweet red berries and cinnamon are some of the notes that lift from the glass in Le Pupille's 2012 Morellino di Scansano. This pliant, expressive Morellino is a great choice for drinking over the next 2-3 years. Drops of Alicante and Malvasia Nera round out the blend."  Antonio Galloni 88 points

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Guicciardini Morellino Di Scansano Massi Di Mandorlaia 2011 Product #28789 (In Stock)
Guicciardini Morellino Di Scansano Massi Di Mandorlaia 2011 Guicciardini Morellino Di Scansano Massi Di Mandorlaia 2011

From the southern Tuscan Coast, this blend of Sangiovese (85%) and equal parts Merlot, Cabernet, and Alicante delivers a lot of Italian energy with a touch of International flair.  Big aromas of Bing and black cherry plus fresh cut flowers lead to a juicy black cherry flavors with accents of leather, herb, and scorched earth.  The fruit keeps on pumping through the long, finely tanninc, finish.  A great match for rich meats or stews.

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Voliero Rosso Di Montalcino 2013 Product #29516 (In Stock)
Voliero Rosso Di  Montalcino 2013 Voliero Rosso Di  Montalcino 2013

The hallmark of Andrea Cortonesi’s Voliero wines from Montalcino’s North is floral perfume, and there's plenty of that on display in this lovely, elegant, Rosso di Montalcino.  Crushed berries, violets, spice and fresh leather all waft from the glass with the fruit getting darker and more prominent with air.  In the mouth, there's a big burst of black cherry and red plum fruit lifted by tangy acidity and framed by notes of sweet spice, fresh earth, and crushed violets. On the finish, the sweet fruit keeps on singing out over very fine, ripe, tannins and tangy cherry juice acidity.  Although the aromas and flavors are very Montalcino, the texture and freshness resemble a top Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and this will work like that with salmon, grilled beef, and mushroom dishes.

“The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino is fresh, perfumed and vibrant, with lovely overall purity. Drink this mid-weight, pliant Rosso over the next few years. This high-altitude site in Castelnuovo yields a Rosso with terrific balance. Sweet floral and spiced notes ring out on the finish.”  Antonio Galloni 89 points

“Andrea Cortonesi's 2013 Rosso di Montalcino Voliero is a gorgeous expression that I happily recommend to anyone looking for a solid Rosso to pair with their steak dinner. The wine shows a great sense of restraint, with richness and opulence that never goes over the top. You'll also love the way it feels on the palate. It caresses the senses with soft layers of cherry and blackberry fruit. At the end, you get a playful touch of oak spice - with toasted almond and vanilla - that comes thanks to 10 months in barrel. This is the ultimate food-friendly Rosso.”Wine Advocate 91 points

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Buondonno Chianti Classico 2012 Product #29562 (In Stock)
Buondonno Chianti Classico 2012 Buondonno Chianti Classico 2012

Here's a luxurious Chianti Classico made from organically grown, hand-harvested Sangiovese (90%), Merlot (10%) and Syrah (10%), all aged 10 months in French oak. The aromas and flavors are explosive, with loads of juicy black cherry and blackberry fruit and accents of wood smoke, fresh leather, and a touch of spice.  Round on entry and in the middle and then juicy and long on the finish where fine-grained tannins kick in at the end.  A winner!

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Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico 2012 Product #29226 (In Stock)
Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico 2012 Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico 2012

Gioia Cresti fashioned her 2012 Chianti Classico from 100% Sangiovese grapes grown  at 350 meters elevation in Castelnuovo Berardenga.  Fermentation in tank followed by 12 months aging in neutral barrel lets the fruit shine through while mellowing Sangiovese’s often hard tannins.  You’ll find bold and classic Chianti aromas of dark black cherry, leather, dried tobacco, crushed violet and more jump out of the glass at first pour and get deeper and more ripe with air.  Plenty of the dark, rich, fruit you expect from this warm 2012 vintage, but also some of the clarity and juicy acids that make Fontalpino so easy to drink and pair with food.  The tannins are fine and ripe and the juicy cherry/berry and violet notes linger nicely.  Very classic Chianti indeed.

"Serious density and freshness for the vintage with dark-berry and fresh-mushroom character. Full body with fine tannins and a crisp finish. Drink now." James Suckling 90 points

"Bright, saturated red. Aromas of red cherry, dark berries, tobacco and violet, lifted by a whiff of minty minerals. Bright, juicy and sappy, showing very good density to the vibrant flavors of redcurrant, tobacco and gunflint. This solidly structured, mineral-bright Chianti Classico finishes with a firm tannic spine and just screams sangiovese. I was pleasantly surprised by this estate's performance this year, and I'll be following the wines more closely in the years to come."  Vinous 90 points

"Rich and elegant, with cherry, strawberry, tobacco and tea flavors. Medium-bodied, with firm tannins defining the finish. Best from 2016 through 2022. 4,200 cases made." Wine Spectator 90 points

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Gracciano Della Seta Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2011 Product #28798 (In Stock)
Gracciano Della Seta Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2011 Gracciano Della Seta Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2011

An exciting, 100% Sangiovese, Vino Nobile that's been softened by 24 months in large barrel but still retains a bit of Montepulciano's wildness.  Generous aromas of dark fruit, spiced, and aged tobacco.  Then a plush, velvety, mouthful of ripe raspberry, cherry, and balsamic macerated strawberry fruit with accents of smoke, spice, and leather.  The texture and finely tanninc finish are smooth and classy with nice squirt of cranberry tang at the end.

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Uccelliera Rosso Di Montalcino 2013 Product #29517 (In Stock)
Uccelliera Rosso Di Montalcino 2013 Uccelliera Rosso Di Montalcino 2013

Antonio Galloni rates this as the best Rosso di Montalcino ever from Uccelliera - above even the brilliant 2007 - and we have to agree.  Give it a swirl and it smells like very good Brunello, with intense scents of dark cherry, leather, smoke and dark flowers.  On the palate, it's a terrific marriage of the best of Rosso - medium bodied, transparent, fresh - with gusty Brunello flavors of ripe fruit, leather, spice, flowers and more. The wine finishes with muscular (but very ripe) tannins and a lash of juicy acidity as the fruit keeps on flowing. Tempting with a decant and food right now, but this is a Rosso that will really blossom with a year or two in cellar and drink through the early 2020s easily.

“The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino captures the essence of this site rich in clay and limestone, where the wines are ample and broad in style. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, lavender and spice notes blossom in a resonant Rosso loaded with personality. Readers who want to explore the Uccelliera wines should start here; this is a fabulous showing from Andrea Cortonesi.”  Antonio Galloni 91 points

“The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino opens to easy fruit intensity and sharp mineral tones of brimstone and pencil shaving that you note immediately. Those dusty tones slowly turn to bright cherry, licorice and cola. Rosso di Montalcino is one of Italy's most food-friendly wines (think pasta, grilled sausage and lasagna) and this wine is a good example of why. Fresh acidity and easy tannins offer a smooth and informal drinking experience.”Wine Advocate 88 points

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Villa Le Prata Rosso Di Montalcino Tirso 2012 Product #29553 (In Stock)
Villa Le Prata Rosso Di Montalcino Tirso 2012 Villa Le Prata Rosso Di Montalcino Tirso 2012

Opens with classic Sangiovese aromas of dark cherry, strawberry, leather and violets.  You can taste the warmth of the vintage on the palate with deep flavors of black cherry, raspberry, crushed flowers and a hint of mocha coating your palate. With a little air, attractive notes of clean leather and fresh earth emerge to add complexity.  This is a bigger, richer, more darkly-fruited Rosso than we’ve seem from the women of Villa le Prata in the past, but a nice squirt of cranberry acidity keeps things fresh all the way through the gently tannic finish.  It’s bright and clean enough to enjoy with lighter foods or even dishes with a little tomato (pizza, anyone?) but enough depth and heft to handle an herb-crusted pork chop.  Delicious now and built to improve steadily over the next 3-5 years.

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Tenuta di Valgiano Palistorti Rosso 2011 Product #29058 (In Stock)
Tenuta di Valgiano Palistorti Rosso 2011 Tenuta di Valgiano Palistorti Rosso 2011

A blend of biodynamically grown Sangiovese and 15% each Merlot and Syrah from pebble and sandstone laced vineyards overlooking the walled Tuscan city of Luca.  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 2011 Palistorti di Valgiano is fabulous. A bevy of expressive red fruit, flowers, spices and mint hit the palate in this expressive, exuberant wine. Readers who want to learn about Valgiano can start here. This is a gorgeous entry-level offering."  Antonio Galloni 92 points

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