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Monte Degli Angeli Pinot Noir Monferrato 2014 Product #29656 (In Stock)
Monte Degli Angeli Pinot Noir Monferrato 2014 Monte Degli Angeli Pinot Noir Monferrato 2014

You've got to be willing to think a bit outside the box to find real, honest, Pinot Noir selling for less than $10 these days.  Here we head to Italy's Piemonte region - more famous for Barolo and Barbaresco - to a small family-owned estate run by Brothers Antonio and Paolo Sperone.  The climate here is closer to Burgundy than you'd expect, and it lets the Sperones harvest ripe, juicy, Pinot Noir fruit and then give it 6 months in barrel to soften and gain complexity.  Black cherry and strawberry fruit hold center stage here with accents of smoke and fresh earth.  Juicy in the middle and supported by light, fine, tannin, this is a steal in value Pinot Noir that tastes like...well, Pinot Noir!

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Castello di Uviglie Barbera Bricco del Conte 2014 Product #30465 (In Stock)
Castello di Uviglie Barbera Bricco del Conte 2014 Castello di Uviglie Barbera Bricco del Conte 2014

Yes, there's a real "Castello" at this estate, perched on a hillside in the Piemonte region of Monferrato.  Like neighboring Asti, this is perfect territory for making great Barbera, with lots of summer warmth for ripening and cool nights to retain plenty of juicy acidity.  Bricco del Conte is a classic, all tank Barbera, that's loaded with dark black cherry fruit and classic floral and balsamic accents.  There's a nice plush richness here with more complexity and a better juicy, fresh, finish than you'd expect for the very attractive everyday price.  A delicious winner!

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Franco Serra Barbera d'Alba 2014 Product #30220 (In Stock)
Franco Serra Barbera d'Alba 2014 Franco Serra Barbera d'Alba 2014

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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Osel Ruche Monferrato 2011 Product #28190 (In Stock)
Osel Ruche Monferrato 2011 Osel Ruche Monferrato 2011

You may never have heard of Ruche, but if you like aromatic grapes like Pinot Noir, and are searching for something that will sing with everything from Indian food to pizza, you've found your new best friend.  A traditional grape from Italy's Piedmont region, this is a soft, easygoing red with intriguing aromas of cherry, plum, lavendar, and floral notes.  Delicious and unique.

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Lodali Moscato D'asti 2014 Product #29350 (In Stock)
Lodali Moscato D'asti 2014 Lodali Moscato D'asti 2014

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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La Mondianese Grignolino d'Asti 2013 Product #28622 (In Stock)
La Mondianese Grignolino d'Asti 2013 La Mondianese Grignolino d'Asti 2013

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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Salvano Gavi 2014 Product #29947 (In Stock)
Salvano Gavi 2014 Salvano Gavi 2014

Just what the Cortese grape is supposed to do in Piemonte's Gavi region.  Full-bodied and fleshy in texture with a crisp, dry, finish, this pumps out generous aromas and flavors of Granny Smith apple, lemon, and just a touch of stone fruit.  Lemon zest and a hint of anise emerge on the juicy, mouthwatering, finish.  Great with seafood or lighter meats, and a fine value, too!

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Lovisolo Vino Spumonte Brut Rose NV Product #24653 (In Stock)
Lovisolo Vino Spumonte Brut Rose NV Lovisolo Vino Spumonte Brut Rose NV

It's back - our favorite sparkling pink Nebbiolo from Italy. At first, a bizarre idea, but turns out deliciously here.  The wine’s a pretty pale salmon pink color with brilliant highlights and zesty bubbles.  The aromas suggest Nebbiolo – cherries, strawberries, red flowers, perhaps some tar.  Then in them mouth there’s lots of bright berry fruit framed by notes of basil and mint.  The ripe fruit builds towards the middle before everything finishes clean, crisp, and dry with lingering cherry/berry fruit and mouthwatering acidity. A really good sparkling rosé that’s fun to look at and a delight to drink.

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Pecchenino Dolcetto Di Dogliani San Luigi 2013 Product #29054 (In Stock)
Pecchenino Dolcetto Di Dogliani San Luigi 2013 Pecchenino Dolcetto Di Dogliani San Luigi 2013

Another fine vintage for this rock-solid Dolectto that sings with pizza, pasta, and grilled fish.a

"The 2013 Dogliani San Luigi presents the silkier, more finessed side of Dolcetto. Floral aromatics meld into a core of expressive red stone fruits in a mid-weight, gracious Dogliani built on delicacy. The 2013 isn't a blockbuster, but it sure is gorgeous."  Antonio Galloni 91 points

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Rovero Vigneto La Casaline Grignoino D'asti 2013 Product #29389 (In Stock)
Rovero Vigneto La Casaline Grignoino D'asti 2013 Rovero Vigneto La Casaline Grignoino D'asti 2013

Piemonte's old, but often overlooked, Grignolino grape is making a comeback, and we say, "Hurray!"  Named for the many seeds found in each berry (2-3x the number of seeds in most other grapes), Grignolino is always a pale, translucent, rose color reflecting both the grape's limited pigment and gentle winemaking needed to work around all those potentially bitter seeds.  This is a fine one that pumps out aromas of crushed cherry, strawberry, rose petal and more.  The palate is fresh, light, and bolstered by snappy acids and tannins.  Great wine for sipping with salami!

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Paitin Arneis Langhe Elisa 2014 Product #29935 (In Stock)
Paitin Arneis Langhe Elisa 2014 Paitin Arneis Langhe Elisa 2014

If this crackling 2014 Piemonte white seems a little zestier, fresher, and more mineral than you'd expect - well, that's what blending 15% Riesling into the Arneis base does.  Peach and passion fruit aromas and flavors get a boost from Riesling's lime and stone notes.  A dash of white pepper and hints of fresh fennel add interest and plenty of juicy stone and citrus fruit drive the mouthwatering finish where hints of stone and slate linger.  Tasty stuff indeed!

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Guidobono Barbera d'Alba 2012 Product #29225 (In Stock)
Guidobono Barbera d'Alba 2012 Guidobono Barbera d'Alba 2012

A ripe and juicy Barbera that delivers $25 character at a much nicer price.  Fermented in tank and then given less than a year in older barriques, this delivers big Barbera aromas and flavors of black cherry, underbrush, and fresh cut flowers.  One notch more concentration and power than most Barbera in this price range, but still nice and fresh with mouthwatering acidity on the clean, bright, finish.

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Salvano Fosco Dolcetto Di Diano d'Alba 2012 Product #30206 (In Stock)
Salvano Fosco Dolcetto Di Diano d'Alba 2012 Salvano Fosco Dolcetto Di Diano d'Alba 2012

Diano d'Alba is one of a handful of DOCGs devoted to this often overlooked Piemonte grape. Salvano makes a beauty, robust and loaded with black plum and blackberry fruit and a touch of berry blossom.  Creamy in texture and very flavorful, this finishes with firm, grippy, tannins, plummy fruit, and a hint of classic almond.  Fresher than some Dolcetto and a fine match for sausage or just to sip.

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Il Falchetto Brachetto d'Acqui 2013 Product #28233 (In Stock)
Il Falchetto Brachetto d'Acqui 2013 Il 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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Cascina Corte Dogliani Classico (Dolcetto) 2013 Product #29877 (In Stock)
Cascina Corte Dogliani Classico (Dolcetto) 2013 Cascina Corte Dogliani Classico (Dolcetto) 2013

In most of Piemonte, Dolcetto is an afterthought grape - what you grow in places that won't ripen Barbera or Nebbiolo and what you drink after work with some salami while waiting for dinner.  In the small commune of Dogliani, though, Dolcetto is the star and it's fun to find a bottle like this that really shines.  From organically farmed vines planted in 1946 and 1951, this is fleshy, fruity, and fresh, with big aromas and flavors of tangy cherry, sweet blackberry, crushed violets, and a touch of bitter chocolate.  It's a great companion to cured meats, cheeses, burgers, or pretty much any casual food.

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Paitin Barbera d'Alba Serra 2012 Product #30176 (In Stock)
Paitin Barbera d'Alba Serra 2012 Paitin Barbera d'Alba Serra 2012

From the northern edge of Paitin’s estate Barbaresco vineyard, Serraboella, where the slightly higher amount of clay in the soil favors Barbera over Nebbiolo.  At one time, this was a flashy, oaked-up, wine but no more!  Now it spends 12 months in old Slavonian oak casks, tempering Barbera’s juicy acidity, retaining rich fruit, and adding a tiny bit of structure and spice.  Blackberry and dark cherry fruit hold center state here with hints of crushed violets, leather and spice for complexity.  A great drinker that will pair with a huge range of foods.

"Paitin's 2012 Barbera d'Alba Serra jumps from the glass with dark red cherries, plums, spices, rose petals and tobacco are some of the many notes that meld together in the 2012 Barbera d'Alba Serra. Sweet floral and spice notes flesh out in an ample wine that overdelivers big time. The Serra was aged exclusively in Slavonian oak.  Drink 2014-2020."  Vinous (Galloni) 90 points

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Ca' Viola Dolcetto d'Alba Vilot 2013 Product #30100 (In Stock)
Ca' Viola Dolcetto d'Alba Vilot 2013 Ca' Viola Dolcetto d'Alba Vilot 2013

Even better than the review says; stupid delicious.

"The 2013 Dolcetto d'Alba Vilot fleshes out in the glass with notable depth and texture. Dark red and purplish fruit, game, smoke, spices and leather meld together in a decidedly powerful, textured Dolcetto loaded with personality. Far from an easygoing wine, the Vilot has enough depth to drink well for a number of years. A final burst of violet and spice notes puts an exclamation point on this gorgeous Dolcetto from Beppe Caviola."   Vinous (Galloni) 91 points

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Azienda Agricola 499 Freisa Langhe 2013 Product #30482 (In Stock)
Azienda Agricola 499 Freisa Langhe 2013 Azienda Agricola 499 Freisa Langhe 2013

Let's start with the winery name - it comes from the altitude of the winery at 499 meters above sea level near the Piemonte village of Camo.  Then, the mission:  to make excellent, sit-specific, wines from under-appreciated Piemonte grapes:  Moscato (for whites) and Freisa (for sort of reds).  Not surprisingly, and despite the altitude, this is still an under-the-radar winery!

But, if the offbeat appeals to you and you already enjoy Northern Italy's light, but flavorful, reds like Schiava and Grignolino, then this delicious Freisa is for you.  Translucent cherry red in the glass, it bursts with exotic scents of tangy cherry, ripe strawberry, and crushed red flowers.  All that and more carries on to the vibrant, mouthwatering, palate with firm tannins giving grip and cherry/floral extract providing  mouthwatering lift.  Just 5 barrels made, and all are perfect with salami, cheese, and grilled veggies.

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Ca' Viola Barbera d'Alba Brichet 2012 Product #30423 (In Stock)
Ca' Viola Barbera d'Alba Brichet 2012 Ca' Viola Barbera d'Alba Brichet 2012

Wildly fun stuff.

"A big, explosive wine, the 2012 Barbera d'Alba Brichet races across the palate with a compelling melange of pomegranate. raspberry jam, wild flowers, cinnamon and French oak. The style is racy and opulent, but all the elements are in the right place. There isn't a whole lot of subtlety here, just plain deliciousness."  Vinous (Galloni) 93 points

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Rovero Nebbiaia Monferrato Rosso 2011 Product #29320 (In Stock)
Rovero Nebbiaia Monferrato Rosso 2011 Rovero Nebbiaia Monferrato Rosso 2011

A brand new winery to us, but one that's clearly onto something good.  This is 100% Nebbiolo, organically grown in Monferato near Asti.  Big, generous, aromas and flavors of black cherry and plum take center stage with accents of spice and vanilla.  Dusty, rich, tannins give the wine mass and structure, but the fruit just won't quit pumping out from begging to end.  Mouthwatering, long, and - all to rare for Nebbiolo - flat out fun to drink.

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