- Tenuta Di Valgiano Palistorti Rosso 2012 Product #30502 (In Stock)
Palistorti is one of just two reds made here (the other costs 2x as much!), and it’s simply captivating in 2012. A blend of Sangiovese and 15% each Merlot and Syrah, I can’t quite decide if this is more like a 3-4 year-old Brunello or a really nice vintage of Antinori’s Tignanello super-Tuscan. From the nose to the rich, powerful, palate this explodes with pure black cherry, fruit blossom, spice, and expensive leather aromas and flavors. The very deep flavors get support from fine-grained, ripe, tannins as hints of crushed herb, licorice, and expensive balsamic weave in and out of the long, long, finish. Distinctive, delicious, and very nicely priced.
"The 2012 Palistorti di Valgiano is bursting at the seams with personality. Juicy dark cherries, smoke, earthiness, licorice and violets are all super-expressive in the glass. Fleshy and boisterous, with plenty of intense, super-ripe fruit, the 2012 Palistorti di Valgiano delivers the goods, and then some. Drink this fleshy, immensely pleasing red over the next handful of years.” Vinous (Galloni) 91 points
- Castello Di Bolgheri Varvara 2013 Product #30697 (In Stock)
A big, rich, but still balanced super-Tuscan blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Soft and supple now and built to improve - 2023 or so.
"Very perfumed and floral on the nose with lavender and berry undertones. Full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Tight and sleek style that shows bright acidity. Vivid Bordeaux blend here. Drink or hold." James Suckling 92 points
Wine Advocate 90 points
- Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2011 Product #29355 (In Stock)
Italy's first 100% Sangiovese super-Tuscan red remains one of the very, very, best. Limited.
"A vivid, beautiful wine, the 2011 Pergole Torte is superb. Warm, early-maturing harvests often attenuate the differences between sites, but not here. The old vines weathered the heat better, resulting in a wine that is very much in line with the past, but with more body, amplitude and resonance. Rose petals, bright red stone fruits and mint are some of the many notes that grace the super-expressive finish. Drink 2019-2038." Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 97 points
"The 2011 Le Pergole Torte is a stunning expression from the heart of Tuscany and a worldwide ambassador for the Sangiovese (called Sangioveto on the label) grape. Brilliant in ruby color and buoyant in aromatic intensity, the wine is brimming with inner energy and verve. It speaks in high decibels with pristine cherry, anise seed, cola, balsam herb and almond paste. There’s a touch of softness buried within what is otherwise a tightly textured tapestry of flavors. In terms of texture, the wine is infinitely silky and long. Be patient for five years more at least. Drink 2016-2028"Wine Advocate 95 points
- Castello Dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2006 Product #24154 (In Stock)
Named to honor Castello dei Rampolla, Alceo Rampolla, this Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot blend is one of the most respected, sought-after, and highly rated wines in all of Italy. The 2006 is a bit of a monster and remains locked-down tight now, but the potential here is huge.
"Castello dei Rampolla is one of the benchmark properties in Tuscany, and for good reason. At their finest, these are some of the most elegant, luscious wines readers will come across. The 2006 D’Alceo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, is a much tighter-wound wine than the Sammarco but it also seems to be holding back a lot more sheer density in reserve. Full-bodied, rich and monstrously tannic at this stage, it doesn’t taste too different than it did when I first sampled it from tank in November 2006! The wine possesses dazzling inner perfume, refined tannins that need time to emerge and exceptional overall balance. It is a fabulous effort from Rampolla. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031."Wine Advocate 96 points
"Shows beautiful aromas and flavors of currant, toasty oak, tobacco and licorice. Full and very polished, with a wonderful finish. A gorgeous young wine. Layered and structured."Wine Spectator 98 points