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Canalicchio Di Sopra Rosso Di Montalcino 2011 Product #28348 (In Stock)
Canalicchio Di Sopra Rosso Di Montalcino 2011 Canalicchio Di Sopra Rosso Di Montalcino 2011

Canalicchio Di Sopra has been on a qualitative hot streak for a few years now, but they've achieved new heights with their 2011 Rosso di Montalcino.  We often call Rosso a "baby Brunello," but that's never been quite as true as with this wine!  A lovely, very pure, Sangiovese Grosso that's delicious now and has plenty of cellar potential, too.

"Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully. The estate’s 2011 Rosso di Montalcino is endowed with serious complexity and character. Tobacco, savory herbs, mint, anise and underbrush are some of the many aromas and flavors found in this Rosso, a wine that stands out for its personality. Rosso is often sold as a mini-Brunello, a label that unfortunately applies to only a small number of wines. Not here. This is a Rosso of unusual pedigree and distinction. I imagine the 2011 will drink well to age ten, perhaps beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021."Wine Advocate 90 points

"Laced with cherry and berry flavors, this succulent red gets lift from bright acidity and firm tannins. Balanced in a slim package, with a lingering aftertaste of fruit and earth. Best from 2014 through 2020."Wine Spectator 90 points

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Villa Le Prata Rosso Di Montalcino 2011 Product #28102 (In Stock)
Villa Le Prata Rosso Di Montalcino 2011 Villa Le Prata Rosso Di Montalcino 2011

The Losappio family makes its Rosso from three different estate vineyards.  Two lower down the hill that deliver ripe fruit flavors and body to the wine and one at the top of the hill that adds oodles of perfume and fresh acids.  The grapes are all hand-harvested and fermented in tank before aging one year in large (500 liter) neutral French oak casks.

That’s the objective, technical, stuff.  What you really need to know, though, is that this is a breathtaking, dazzling, perfumed beauty of a Rosso.  Fragrant aromas of tender red cherry, ripe strawberry, and a big bouquet of spring flowers burst joyfully from the glass.  The flavors stay pretty and pure, with a very attractive intensity of cherry/strawberry fruit with floral overtones and savory, earth, notes underneath.  The length here is simply amazing – you’ll taste these flavors from the inside of your bottom lip to somewhere back behind your tonsils (if they’re still there).  A delicious, lingering, mouthwatering finish of strawberry pie and rose petal delights and brings you back for more.  Irresistible and delicious now and for 3-4 years.

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Villa Le Prata Brunello Di Montalcino 2006 Product #28103 (In Stock)
Villa Le Prata Brunello Di Montalcino 2006 Villa Le Prata Brunello Di Montalcino 2006

Everyone – really, without dissent – agrees that 2006 is a great Brunello vintage characterized by dense, muscular, wines with deep minerality and powerful tannins that will need a decade to resolve. Well, this Brunello is certainly “great,” but otherwise not a very typical 2006.  The fruit all comes from the original 3 small vineyards planted by Mairaluce Losappio in the early 1990s.  Her daughter, Benedetta, loves elegance and purity more than dark, dusky, power, so they seem to crop a little higher than some neighbors to achieve ripeness without over-concentration.  Winemaking is gentle and relaxed – 20 days fermentation in steel tank, 1 year aging in new and used French oak 500l barrels and then 1 year more in 30 hectoliter Slavonian oak cask.

The result is a Sophia Loren of a wine – certainly feminine, beautiful and even seductive, but with lacking nothing in character, substance or strength.  There’s a captivating transparency to the flavors of ripe berry and cherry and accents of fresh leather and tobacco and – as with the Rosso – the palate length here is superior.  The ripe, almost chalky, tannins don’t get in the way of the fruit flavors pumping out on the generous finish.  Drink right now for the fruit or give it a while for the earthy, leather, notes to expand.

“Full of floral, raspberry, cherry and tobacco aromas and flavors, this red also shows savory and mineral elements. Sinewy and taut, offering a silky texture and firm tannins. This shows fine length, with a sweetness that lingers. Best from 2013 through 2025. 400 cases made.”Wine Spectator 94 points

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Lisini Brunello Di Montalcino 2009 Product #28913 (In Stock)
Lisini Brunello Di Montalcino 2009 Lisini Brunello Di Montalcino 2009

Always a favorite for early drinking and cellaring, the 2009 Lisini us bolder and richer than some vintages, but it's sill poised, elegant, and very long.

"A rich, layered wine for the vintage, with dried berry and hints of cocoa and earth. Full-bodied, balanced and succulent. Delicious already."  James Suckling 91 points

"This red bursts with cherry, strawberry and floral aromas and flavors, married to a firm structure. Elegant, with vibrant acidity driving the flavors to a lingering aftertaste of fruit and mineral."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Valdicava Brunello Di Montalcino 2009 Product #28252 (In Stock)
Valdicava Brunello Di Montalcino 2009 Valdicava Brunello Di Montalcino 2009

Like 2011, the 2009 harvest was quite warm, yielding softer wines than in 2004 or 2006.  While this 2009s won’t go the 20+ years in cellar that Valdicava usually will, it compensates by being much more open and accessible today.  It’s a rich, deeply flavored, wine that shows the dark fruit, fresh floral, and dark chocolate flavors Valdicava is known for, but in a more silky, elegant, package than usual.  Marvelous wine.

“A silky, fine 2009 Brunello with light berry, chocolate and prune character. Medium to full body. Ultra-fine tannins. A wonderfully crafted Valdicava along the same lines as the excellent 2004. Drink or hold.”  James Suckling 94 points

“Vincenzo Abbruzzese’s 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is a dense and full-bodied rendition that delivers an enormously floral bouquet of crushed rose petal and dried potpourri with background tones of cinnamon stick, root beer and caramelized brown sugar. Past vintages of this wine have shown great power and structure in the mouth, but the 2009 vintage is veiled and nuanced instead. There’s a silky and tight quality to the tannin backed by a long, polished feel. The wine never feels bulky or dense. It will be interesting to see how it evolves, but if you don’t want to wait, it can also be consumed in the near-term. Drink: 2016-2024.”Wine Advocate 92+ points

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Valdicava Brunello Di Montalcino 2006 Product #24117 (In Stock)
Valdicava Brunello Di Montalcino 2006 Valdicava Brunello Di Montalcino 2006

"The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino flows with gorgeous layers of dark red fruit. This is one of the more muscular, virile wines of the vintage. Slow to reveal its character, the Valdicava Brunello will require significant patience, but I have seen the wine blossom beautifully, even in the smallest of vintages. A blast of iron, smoke, tar, licorice and new leather inform the deep, intense finish. This is a hugely promising, brilliant Brunello from proprietor Vincenzo Abbruzzese, but it needs to be buried in the cellar for at least a few years. Readers who can’t wait should open the wine a few hours in advance, which will allow the fruit to emerge. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031"Wine Advocate 95+ points

"Though rich and round, the cherry, black currant and violet flavors in this Brunello are pure and focused. This is beautifully textured, displaying bright acidity and refined tannins that drive the long mineral aftertaste. Best from 2012 through 2025."Wine Spectator 95 points

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