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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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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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Voliero Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 Product #29329 (In Stock)
Voliero Brunello Di  Montalcino 2010 Voliero Brunello Di  Montalcino 2010

When Andrea Cortonesi makes this from vineyards in the northern part of the Brunello zone, soils that are lighter than cooler than at Uccelliera in the south. As Wine Advocate explained when reviewing the 2007 Brunello, “These vineyards on the northern side of Montalcino give Cortonesi the raw materials to craft wines that show the elegant, refined side of Sangiovese. They are a wonderful contrast to the richer, more muscular wines Cortonesi makes at Uccelliera.”  The winemaking and organic farming are similar to Cartonesi’s approach at Uccelliera, so the uniqueness and differences of the two sites really shines through in the glass.

As the Suckling review, below, notes, the fruit character at Voliero can be quite dark – black cherry and black raspberry have shown in prior vintages – but the texture is more silky and focused than at Uccelliera and the aromas and flavors more perfumed and bright.

“A Brunello with dark fruits such as plum and cherry with hints of flowers and chocolate undertones. Full body, fine tannins and dried citrus fruit. Tangy and spicy. Very long and intense. Better in 2017.”  James Suckling 96 points

"The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Voliero is a gorgeous wine that hits all the right buttons, takes a little pause, and then hits them once again. This is a wine that does not hold back, and it graciously delivers all sorts of dark fruit, spice, licorice and grilled herb intensity. In the mouth, the tannins are exceedingly silky and smooth and the wine imparts a very long finish. What I like best is its power and personality that never goes over the top. It remains within the strict confines of elegance. This wine should hold well for 15 years."Wine Advocate 95 points

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Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello Di Montalcino Pianrosso 2010 Product #29185 (In Stock)
Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello Di Montalcino Pianrosso 2010 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello Di Montalcino Pianrosso 2010

Ciacci’s Pianrosso vineyard is one of Brunello’s landmarks, a site that layers on extra stuffing and depth to Ciacci’s elegant, graceful, style.  The family has farmed this 12 hectare vineyard of rocky marl soils organically for years and ages the fruit entirely in traditional large Slovenian oak casks.  You can certainly take a peek at it when it arrives, but Pianrosso is built to develop gracefully in cellar and both the 2001 and 2004 from my cellar are really just hitting their peak now.

“Aromas of lilac, dark berry and sandalwood follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and an intense and savory finish. Very intense and very long. Succulent. Amazing balance and depth to this red. It's so beautiful to taste now but it will be much better in five to ten years. A triumph.”  James Suckling 98 points

"Beautiful and delicate from the start, the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso impresses for its depth and balance. The wine sees one more year of oak cask aging compared to the base Brunello and you can definitely sense the extra spice on the nose. Those delicate balsam notes of root beer, ginger and rosemary oil are still prominently on display. Rich spice, leather and tar are followed by dark fruit, prune, blackberry and cassis. The finish is graceful and silky, but its length remains impressive. This is a terrific effort that promises a steady evolution ahead."Wine Advocate 97 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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Canalicchio Di Sopra Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 Product #29384 (In Stock)
Canalicchio Di Sopra Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 Canalicchio Di Sopra Brunello Di Montalcino 2010

Canalicchio di Sopra is both a long-time store favorite and a rarity in Montalcino – a multi-generational family estate that’s actually been making wine here for more than a few years!  Patriarch Primo Pacenti founded the estate in the 1960s and his son, Pier Luigi Ripaccioli, brought it to international fame in the 1990s. Today, his children Simonetta, Marco and Francesco run the estate.  With Francesco taking the lead.  It's always a pretty powerful wine, but shows more lushness and immediate appeal than usual in the excellent 2010 harvest.

“Dark red cherries, plums, spices, mint, licorice and hard candy jump from the glass in the estate's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino. Ripe, juicy and deeply expressive, the 2010 boasts stunning mid-palate density. Even with all of its immediacy and voluptuousness, the 2010 has enough structure to drink well for another 20+ years. The Canalicchio Brunellos always offer power, but the 2010 overlays tons of finesse to round things out.”  Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 95 points

“A ripe, rich, intense wine with blackberry, plum and mineral character that goes to mushroom and peppermint. Full body, fine tannins and a juicy finish. So long and beautiful. Absolutely delicious now, but will be even better in three or four years.”  James Suckling 96 points

"The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more."Wine Advocate 98 points

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Villa Le Prata Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 1.5l Product #29555 (In Stock)
Villa Le Prata Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 1.5l Villa Le Prata Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 1.5l

Even better in big bottle! As always, there’s something a bit feminine about this Brunello created by a remarkable trio of Italian women, but in 2010 it’s a bit more voluptuous than in the past.  The aromas are compelling and sultry, dark and spicy, while the palate shows a plush sexiness.  At this early point in development, it’s still pretty stern and brooding, but – as Wine Advocate notes – it gets much friendlier and more approachable with air.  You’ll get 15 years of pleasure from this powerful wine with everything from grilled Bistecca alla Fiorentina to roasted lamb or stews.

“Incredible aromatics here with smoked meat, toffee, light prune, dried cherry, and dried flower. Full body, soft and velvety tannins and a long, sexy finish. Wonderful depth and intensity. Big wine from a little producer. Try in 2017.”  James Suckling 94 points

“The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino shows smooth lines and a curvaceous figure. Soft aromas of cherry, Spanish cedar, licorice, dried rosemary and roasted almond rise from the bouquet. I tried this wine during two phases, once shortly after the bottle was opened and a second time 24 hours later. The evolution and softening of the wine was remarkable and is very encouraging in terms of its potential longevity. Yet, you never lose sight of that characteristic Sangiovese tartness and freshness. Drink this elegant Brunello after 2017.”Wine Advocate 92 points

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