- Castello Di Bolgheri Superiore 2009 Product #28651 (In Stock)
The rare “Castello” named Italian winery that actually sits inside a castle – in this case a 16th Century monument built by the Counts of Gherardesca (the family that still owns the property today). The vineyards lie in the heart of Bolgheri, next-door to founding Super-Tuscan Sassicaia and around the corner from Ornellaia. This, the estate’s top wine, is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot aged for about 16 months in French oak (20% new). It’s the rare Bolgheri blend that’s as admired in Italy (it earned the coveted Tre Bicchieri award from Gambero Rosso) as it is by International critics. And, it’s delicious right now even though it will improve for a decade more. At these prices, it’s a do not miss deal.
“I like the aromas of walnuts and blackberries with hints of coffee beans. Full body, with soft and velvety tannins and a delicious sweet berry aftertaste. Delicious now. But will improve with age in the bottle.” James Suckling 93 points
“The sweet black currant and black cherry fruit flavors are framed by cedar, licorice and saline mineral elements in this rich, supple red. Displays plenty of structure, with the firm tannins buried by ample flesh. Fine length. Best from 2014 through 2024. 1,650 cases made.”Wine Spectator 93 points
- Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2012 Product #28837 (In Stock)
As Steve Tanzer says, "Insiders know that Guidalberto, first made in vintage 2000, is often an excellent wine and a really smart buy, even if it's much less famous than Sassicaia. Depending on the vintage, about 20% of declassified Sassicaia finds its way into the Guidalberto." Sassicaia's second label is a 60/40 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend aged 15 months in mainly French oak. It was hard work to wrest a pure, elegant, wine from the hot 2012 harvest, still with plenty of currant, blackberry, and cherry fruit nicely balanced by hints of warm spice and dried tobacco. Decant for an hour now or hold it for a few years and watch the fruit come forward and firm tannins mellow. A lovely super-Tuscan from the makers of Sassicaia.
"Aromas of blackberry and blueberry, with hints of wet earth and spices such as cloves. Full body with round, chewy tannins but polished and caressing. A juicy, succulent finish. One of the best ever. Drink or hold." James Suckling 93 points
"A compact style, with cherry, strawberry, earth and tobacco flavors matched to a firm structure. This is chewy, but retains a sense of elegance courtesy of the vibrant structure. Fine length. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2016 through 2025."Wine Spectator 91 points
- Antinori Guado Al Tasso 2010 Product #28514 (In Stock)
In 2010, the Antinori Family's Guado Al Tasso is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 15% Cabernet Franc - the Syrah that used to be included was dropped in favor of Cab Franc from the 2007 vintage. It's a wine that was definitely built to cellar, and you'll enjoy this most from about 2018 on. But, it's pretty captivating right now, so go ahead and try wine with a simple grilled steal or lamb chop. You won't be disappointed!
"A rich, beautiful wine with a dark-chocolate, currant and raspberry character. Full body with velvety tannins and a clean finish. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. This is very youthful and needs at least three years of bottle age." James Suckling 95 points
A star on the vast stage that is the Antinori wine empire, the 2010 Bolgheri Superiore Guado al Tasso is a seamless and stunning wine. It’s one of those rare wines that inspires praise and excited conversation from the very second you raise the glass to your nose. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon (55%) with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Baritone aromas of black cherry, black currant, cured meat, sweet spice, Spanish cedar, mocha and wild Mediterranean herbs come together in graceful unity. In the mouth, the wine is exceedingly smooth and decadent with a long velvety trail that softly coats the palate. This is one for the cellar. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030.Wine Advocate 97 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
- Castello Dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2008 Product #28344 (In Stock)
Perhaps the greatest vintage ever of one of Italy's benchmark super-Tuscan blends (Cabernet and Petite Verdot). Needs time, but will take your breath away if you can wait!
"Love this. Fabulous aromas of currants and blackberries. Hints of licorice, Indian spices and dried violets. Full-bodied, ultra-fine tannins and amazing fruit, yet so vibrant, racy and balanced. The structure of Margaux with the style of Rampolla. Best ever. Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. From organically grown grapes. Leave it for at least five or six years." James Suckling 100 points
"The 2008 d’Alceo is a huge, inward, brooding wine. Plums, black cherries, camphor, incense and smoke emerge over time, but only with great reluctance. The 2008 is going to require considerable patience, but it is shaping up to be an absolute jewel. The d’Alceo is a wine of notable depth and purity, but it is very closed down at the moment. Dark red fruit, flowers, mint, spices, tar, cassis, graphite and camphor linger on the huge, structured finish. This is a towering effort from the Di Napoli family. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033."Wine Advocate 96+ points