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Bricco Dei Tati Cortese Piemonte 2012 Product #28090 (In Stock)

Cortese is best known as the grape of Gavi, but it's grown seldom as interesting as this! This wine is surprisingly complex on the nose, although we struggled to put it to words. Think of smelling an herbal infusion with lemon, honey, and lavender on a sunny day. (Fanciful, but it's the best I could do!) In the mouth the wine is clean and crisp with notes of lemon, bees wax, and fresh herbs complicated by something hard to describe but vaguely grapefruity. finishes clean and fresh with just a hint of green apple. this is going to be our "go to" for picnics, cold seafood salads, and simple chicken dishes. A whole lotta wine for the money.

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Franco Serra Barbera d'Alba 2012 Product #28123 (In Stock)
Franco Serra Barbera d'Alba 2012 Franco Serra Barbera d'Alba 2012

From a small Barbaresco producer, this fresh and fruity Barbera delivers a lot more complexity and satisfaction than it's humble price suggests.  Fresh and juicy Bing/black cherry fruit roll across your tongue with accents of fresh leather and aged Balsamic.  Long on the palate and mouthwatering finish where very light tannin gives a little extra support.  A pretty sophisticated wine for the price - great with pizza, pasta, or even on its own.

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Lodali Moscato d'Asti 2013 Product #27962 (In Stock)
Lodali Moscato d'Asti 2013 Lodali Moscato d'Asti 2013

A delightfully aromatic wine, with loads of fresh fruit flavors bursting from the glass. It is sweet, but beautifully balanced by the wine's effervescence and acidity. Being frizzante, it has only about half the effervescence of a sparkling wine, and is hard to resist. This wine makes a wonderful accompaniment to many desserts, especially those made with fruit such as peach, pear, apple and berries.

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Damilano Nebbiolo Langhe Marghe 2011 Product #27970 (In Stock)
Damilano Nebbiolo Langhe Marghe 2011 Damilano Nebbiolo Langhe Marghe 2011

The past three vintages of this “baby Barolo” have impressed, and the 2011 edition keeps that string going.  Sixteen months in small barrel (mostly used) soften Nebbiolo’s hard edges without diminishing the pure fruit and secondary flavors delivered by 30-50 year-old vines.  If you don’t mind a bit of grip, you can drink this on its own right now, but it will really sing with any dish loaded with earthy mushroom, duck, or roast pork dishes.  Value here is pretty staggering.

"Damilano's 2011 Langhe Nebbiolo Marghe blossoms in the glass with a generous, inviting melange of dark red and black fruits, cloves and new leather. The precocious vintage has filled out the Marghe nicely, adding considerable volume, texture and depth. There is a lot to like in this serious, expressive Nebbiolo."  Antonio Galloni 88 points

"The 2011 Langhe Nebbiolo Marghe is a terrific wine that shows the bright intensity of the Nebbiolo grape framed by fresh notes of cherry fruit, rosebud, polished stone and licorice. The wine goes down easily and refreshes the palate thanks to its balanced acidity. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016."Wine Advocate 88 points

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Fracchia Voulet Malvasia Di Casorzo D'asti 2012 Product #26876 (In Stock)
Fracchia Voulet Malvasia Di Casorzo D'asti 2012 Fracchia Voulet Malvasia Di Casorzo D'asti 2012

This delicious frizzante wine is a rare version of red Malvasia, vinified with a pleasant touch of sweetness and a light, frothy, sparkle. As The Washington Post’s Dave McIntyre said about the 2011, “This delightful little frizzante red from Piedmont is a cousin to Brachetto d’Acqui, and equal to Brachetto in its affinity for chocolate."  As always, the lightly sweet red raspberry and strawberry fruit is a delight!

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Vajra Langhe Rosso 2011 Product #27989 (In Stock)
Vajra Langhe Rosso 2011 Vajra Langhe Rosso 2011

One of our favorite Barolo estates makes this blend of Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Barbera with tiny bits of Albarossa, Freisa and Pinot Noir just for fun!  And, "fun" is the operative word here, in a wine that's bursting with strawberry, red plum, and juicy raspberry fruit.  Notes of black pepper and Asian spice add some complexity and there's just enough polished Nebbiolo tannin to give it shape.  Fantastic purity, zesty acidity, and plenty of luscious fruit make this pretty sophisticated, but mainly just delicious and, well, fun!

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Il Falchetto Langhe Chardonnay 2012 Product #27767 (In Stock)
Il Falchetto Langhe Chardonnay 2012 Il Falchetto Langhe Chardonnay 2012

A wine to enjoy at family celebrations – including Thanksgiving – from a family making wine in Italy’s Piemonte region since the mid-1600s.  Today, the latest generation of the Forno family – brothers Giorgio, Fabrizio and Adriano – craft award-winning Brachetto, Barbera, and Dolcetto from their vineyards along the border of the Langhe and Monferato.  And, thanks to Maurizio Farro, now we know they make a great Chardonnay value, too!

The Forno family’s Chardonnay comes from vineyards in Santo Stefano Belbo, about 20 minutes east of Barbaresco.  The sandy clay soils, bright Piemonte sunshine, and long growing season are perfect for getting Chardonnay ripe without losing bright, juicy, acidity. Fermentation and aging entirely in tank (no oak barrels) captures the essence of Chardonnay fruit and lets the grape’s character sing through.

The show opens with generous aromas of fresh fruit – apple, pear, pineapple, and lemon notes – with a captivating accent of fresh crushed mint.  The flavors follow the aromas with plenty of ripe apple, pear, and sweet lemon fruit plus a salty butterscotch element that takes the wine in a more rich, deeply flavored, direction than you’d expect.  The texture here is fantastic, rich enough to fill up your mouth but with no hard edges and a slippery, glycerol, character that makes this go down very, very, easily. A squirt of lemon and green apple acid at the end makes your mouth water as the fresh fruit and salty caramel flavors linger on.  The kind of wine that quenches your thirst and pairs beautifully with salty nuts or savory hors d'oeuvres.  But there’s more than enough complexity and heft here to make this a great dinner table white, too, even for a meal as big and bold as Thanksgiving!

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La Mondianese Grignolino d'Asti 2012 Product #27392 (In Stock)
La Mondianese Grignolino d'Asti 2012 La Mondianese Grignolino d'Asti 2012

What is Grignolino?  A red wine grape from Piemonte, Italy, where the root name – grignole – means “many pips”, referring to the many seeds found in this rarely seen grape.  It’s prone to being tough and tannic, but not here.  Diane thought this tasted like “Pinot Noir and Sangiovese had a baby”, and there's definitely something to that.  In any event, it’s a lightly colored and textured wine that opens with aromas of sweet cherry, red berries, and a hint of lavender.  In the mouth the fruit is bright and juicy and a touch of earthiness comes up at the end.  Light enough to drink with fish or to take a chill for solo sipping.

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Crivelli Grignolino D' Asti 2012 Product #27649 (In Stock)
Crivelli Grignolino D' Asti 2012 Crivelli Grignolino D' Asti 2012

This is a spectacular rendition of Piemonte's Gignolino, a wine of robust and fresh aromas and flavors and smooth as silk finish.  The translucent cherry red color is a showstopper, but the bold aromas of tangy strawberry, crunchy black cherry, citrus peel and a touch of tar are even better.  Round and mouthwateringly bright, the wine finishes juicy and long with very soft, fine, tannins.  Pure, unadulterated, fun.

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Oddero Dolcetto d'Alba 2011 Product #26727 (In Stock)
Oddero Dolcetto d'Alba 2011 Oddero Dolcetto d'Alba 2011

This beautiful Dolcetto has just gotten better and better with a little time in bottle.  Big aromas of licorice, lavender, black cherry and plum, nutmeg and anise.  In the mouth, cherry and black raspberry fruit gushes across your palate with spice and flower-like anise notes adding complexity.  The finish is mouthwateringly juicy with supple tannins and suggestions of sandalwood and bitter almond lingering nicely.  Just yummy, lovely, stuff.

"This red bursts with juicy cherry, raspberry and a touch of black pepper. Reveals some serious tannins underneath for support. Drink now through 2015.”Wine Spectator 89 points

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Oddero Barbera d'Alba 2010 Product #27357 (In Stock)
Oddero Barbera d'Alba 2010 Oddero Barbera d'Alba 2010

For this last few vintages, Oddero’s classy Barbera d’Alba has been on a hot streak.  The 2007 made Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list and the 2009 (the last release reviewed), was a rock-solid 90 pointer that became a huge Chain Bridge Cellars customer favorite.  Given how different the 2009 and 2010 vintages were, it’s a bit surprising how similar the just arrived 2010 is to those previous great releases.

Once again, this is an honest, fresh, take on one of Italy’s most versatile food wines.  Aromas of bright cherry, smoke, and a touch of wood spice lead to juicy flavors of red fruit, fresh cut flowers, and earthy spice.  Tangy sour cherry acidity gives the flavors a nice lift and makes your mouth water on the long finish with just the right dash of tannin at the end.  The kind of red that makes almost any Italian food better, but will be just as much fun with a burger or garlicky roast chicken.

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Pecchenino Dolcetto Di Dogliani San Luigi 2012 Product #27733 (In Stock)
Pecchenino Dolcetto Di Dogliani San Luigi 2012 Pecchenino Dolcetto Di Dogliani San Luigi 2012

Another fine vintage for this rock-solid Dolectto that sings with pizza, pasta, and grilled fish. It's racy and taught with intense tangy raspberry and wild cherry aromas and flavors and just a touch of licorice.  Solid grip on the finish where a hint of herb tea shows through.  Not much comes into the US (less than 500 cases), so grab it while you can!

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Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2011 Product #27939 (In Stock)
Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2011 Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2011

This Barbera benchmark value is better than ever in 2011.  And, still priced to be Vietti's "calling card" - a great value!

"Distinctly blacker on the nose than the Tre Vigne, offering rather powerful scents of black cherry and crushed blackberry sweetened by caramel oak. Plush, strong and deep, with black fruit and licorice flavors complicated by oaky torrefaction (the wine was in small barrels until November of 2012, then spent a few months in big casks before being moved to stainless steel to await bottling). Distinctly more tannic and clenched than the Tre Vigne and less exclusively about fruit."International Wine Cellar 91 points

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Ferrando Erbaluce Di Caluso La Torrazza 2011 Product #27551 (In Stock)
Ferrando Erbaluce Di Caluso La Torrazza 2011 Ferrando Erbaluce Di Caluso La Torrazza 2011

From the hilly vineyards not far from Naples, this smells round and generous with notes of pear, tangerine, and lemon zest.  In the mouth, both round and mineral with focused flavors of pear, apple and a dash of lemon oil bitterness.  The minerals and a dash of pepper well up on the long, zesty, finish.  This would be lovely with all kinds of seafood or with a wide range of cheeses and meats.

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Vietti Arneis 2012 Product #27648 (In Stock)
Vietti Arneis 2012 Vietti Arneis 2012

From the family that "saved" Arneis, grapes for this wine come from the middle of the Roero area, in Santo Stefano Roero. Pale sunshine yellow color with fresh floral, citrus and melon aromas with hints of almonds. An unoaked, dry, medium bodied white wine with crisp acidity, the Arneis is well-balanced, elegant wine with good complexity and a lingering finish.

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Monsecco Vespolina Barbatasso 2011 Product #28116 (In Stock)
Monsecco Vespolina Barbatasso 2011 Monsecco Vespolina Barbatasso 2011

Another Italian oddity, and perhaps the most fun yet!  Vespolina means "little wasp" in Piemonte, a name earned perhaps for the sting of its naturally high acids.  Here, though, the acid is tamed by boatloads of black raspberry, blackberry juic, and red cherry fruit with accents of sandalwood, spice, incense, black pepper, and more.  Drink this bright, juicy, utterly compelling wine a tad cool with cured meats or spicy pizza.  Yummy!

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Falchetto Brachetto d'Acqui 2013 Product #28233 (In Stock)
Falchetto Brachetto d'Acqui 2013 Falchetto Brachetto d'Acqui 2013

If you're a fan of Fracchia Voulet, this is your "special occasion" wine.  And, if you think lightly sparkling, sweet, red wine sounds odd, then you just haven't tried a beauty like this!  A traditional wine in Italy's Piemonte region, this comes from 100% Brachetto grapes, harvested early in the season, soaked for 2 days to extract color, and then fermented in tank to a low alcohol level.  Brachetto's high acidity cuts through the sweet raspberry, strawberry, and rose petal flavors and the note of dark chocolate adds complexity and depth.  It's beautiful in the glass, at once rich and refreshing on the palate, and a perfect wine to sip ice cold by itself or with chocolate-covered strawberries or raspberries.

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Oddero Barolo Normale 2008 Product #27358 (In Stock)
Oddero Barolo Normale 2008 Oddero Barolo Normale 2008

Whenever I taste wine from Oddero, the word “honest” keeps cropping up in my notes.  The wines here are always clear, direct, expressions of their grapes, sites, and vintages, although the 2008 Barolo breaks the mold a bit on that last point.  In what was mostly an elegant, silky, vintage, this is a big-boned Barolo with uncommon power and depth.  Needs a little time, but then look out!

“Blueberry with raspberries and lemon rind aromas. Full body, with well-integrated tannins and a fruity finish. Subtle and polished. Needs a year or two to soften the tannins.”  James Suckling 91 points

“The 2008 Barolo is quite striking in the vintage. Black cherries, plums, spices, menthol and tobacco are some of the many notes that emerge from the glass in this big wine. This is a decidedly large-scaled entry-level Barolo, but all the elements are very much in the right place. Firm tannins frame the muscular close. This is an impressive showing among its peers. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2023.” Wine Advocate 90 points

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Brovia Roero Arneis 2012 Product #27643 (In Stock)
Brovia Roero Arneis 2012 Brovia Roero Arneis 2012

One of the best Arneis we've ever tasted comes from the lovely folks at Brovia who farm just 2 acres of this fickle white grape.  Complex aromas and flavors of pineapple, fennel, and green apple swirl in this richly textured, generous, white.  The flavors are long on the palate and last a long time on the finish, where mouthwatering acids keep things fresh.

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Sandrone Barbera d'Alba 2010 Product #27563 (In Stock)
Sandrone Barbera d'Alba 2010 Sandrone Barbera d'Alba 2010

The 2010 harvest was fantastic for Barbera, and that blend of fine ripeness and zippy acidity shines through in spades here.  Luciano Sandrone blends fruit from 3 vineyards for this wine and then ages it for 12 months in 500 liter French oak barrels (about half new).  The wood allows Barbera’s tangy acids to relax and adds a little tannin, but the concentrated fruit has no trouble sopping up any oak flavors.  A great wine for big, boldly flavored, foods.

“Sandrone’s 2010 Barbera d’Alba is remarkably juicy and exuberant. There is plenty of rich, fleshy fruit in the glass, but at the same time, I expected to find more minerality and energy in this vintage. On the plus side, the French oak, which can sometimes be dominant, is better integrated than it has been at times. Overall, the 2010 is an excellent choice for drinking over the near and medium term.”Wine Enthusiast 89 points

“A lush, modern style, delivering plenty of power on a supple texture. Possesses definition and balance, intensity and length--just about all you could ask for in a Barbera. Drink now through 2015. 500 cases imported.”Wine Spectator 92 points

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