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Ciacci Piccolomini Rosso Di Montalcino 2011 Product #27884 (In Stock)
Ciacci Piccolomini Rosso Di Montalcino 2011 Ciacci Piccolomini Rosso Di Montalcino 2011

Another outstanding, delicious, vintage for Ciacci's benchmark Rosso, missing out on the 90+ point score only because it's built to drink now,not age.

"Dark ruby; one of the deepest-colored 2011 Rosso di Montalcino wines. Sweet spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) complement candied red cherry and raspberry syrup on the rich nose. Then big, ripe and rich on the palate, with flavors of dark cherry macerated in alcohol, vanilla, oak and minerals lingering impressively. Finishes with vibrant acidith, smooth tannins, a trace of alcoholic heat and more than a hint of residual sugar. This is a superripe style of Rosso di Montalcino but I'm betting its that creamy sweetness and perfumed personality are going to be hard to resist."International Wine Cellar 89 points

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Lisini Rosso Di Montalcino 2011 Product #28001 (In Stock)
Lisini Rosso Di  Montalcino 2011 Lisini Rosso Di  Montalcino 2011

Often called “Baby Brunello,” Rosso di Montalcino usually offers up a little of Brunello’s ripe, juicy, fruit but not much more.  Lisini’s 2011, though, really does show like a good Brunello with deeply ripe fruit flavors, a powerful mid-palate, and classic accents of tobacco, leather, and balsamic.  For some reason, wine writer’s seem to feel that 91 points is as high as you can go for a Rosso, so ratings here often look about 4 points too low.  Read Antonio Galloni’s words below – they give a much better sense of the quality here than the modest rating.  Outstanding wine, outstanding value.

"The 2011 Rosso di Montalcino has gorgeous depth and body. Sweet red cherries, tobacco, mint and cedar all flesh out in this open, radiant Rosso. The warmth of the year adds volume, yet the 2011 remains a mid-weight and gracious wine, with lovely balance and plenty of Sangiovese character. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016."Wine Advocate 88 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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Verbena Brunello Di Montalcino 2008 Product #27620 (In Stock)
Verbena Brunello Di Montalcino 2008 Verbena Brunello Di Montalcino 2008

A big, dark and powerful wine on first opening with the notes of tobacco, fresh leather, and wood spice tightly wrapped around the core of compacted black fruit.  After just 15 minutes in the glass, the wine opens beautifully with luscious black cherry and raspberry occupying center ground and the leather, spice and tobacco elements plus a bit of dried blueberry around the edges.  Finishes strong, too, with loads of perfumy fruit, leather, and earth lingering over the ripe tannins. It’s a big, muscle-bound, Brunello that needs to loosen up a bit before showing off its definition and strength fully – but then look out!  Decant for an hour or two now or cellar for 2-5 years and drink through 2023.

“A wine with layers of ripe tannins and pretty fruit. I like the sliced mushroom and dried berry character. Flavorful finish. Rich yet reserved. Drink or hold.”  James Suckling 92 points

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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 2007 Product #26371 (In Stock)
Lisini Brunello Di Montalcino 2007 Lisini Brunello Di Montalcino 2007

Delicious, elegant, Brunello at a fantastic price.  Already delicious and built to improve through 2027.

"Bright and floral, with very pretty aromas of fruit too. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and fine tannins. I like the minerality to this. Long and caressing. Better in 2014. Consistently outstanding."  James Suckling 93 points

"Medium red. Cherry, rose petal and a hint of leather on the vibrant nose. Sweet, pliant and fine-grained; less meaty and more floral in the mouth than on the nose. Not yet especially complex but lush and seamless, with an almost glyceral richness to the deep raspberry and cherry fruit. Finishes very long, with sweet, suave tannins." International Wine Cellar 92(?+) points

"The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is very beautiful in this vintage. Sweet dark cherries, flowers, mint and licorice take shape as the wine opens up in the glass. This is an especially voluminous wine endowed with tons of richness and nuance. A finessed, seamless finish laced with sweet hints of tobacco and wild flowers rounds things out in style. This is a terrific showing. Lisini gave the Brunello three years in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027." Wine Advocate 94 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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