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Tenuta Di Valgiano Palistorti Rosso 2012 Product #30502 (In Stock)
Tenuta Di Valgiano Palistorti Rosso 2012 Tenuta Di Valgiano Palistorti Rosso 2012

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

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Poliziano Merlot Cortona In Violas 2011 Product #30961 (In Stock)
Poliziano Merlot Cortona In Violas 2011 Poliziano Merlot Cortona In Violas 2011

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano producer Poliziano makes this exciting, 100% Merlot, from near-by Cortona.  Ripe fruit plus 16 months in (80% new) French oak gives this a wonderfully plump, round, texture and rich, dark, fruit.  "Very Merlot" on the nose and palate and "Italian" on the mouthwatering finish.

"The 2011 In Violas, Poliziano's Merlot-based red, is a plump, juicy wine to drink now and over the next few years. Succulent dark cherries, plums, spices, menthol and new leather are all nicely delineated. The 2011 is soft, open-knit and quite tasty today."  Vinous (Galloni) 90 points

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Poliziano Mandrone Di Lohsa Toscana Igt 2010 Product #30962 (In Stock)
Poliziano Mandrone Di Lohsa Toscana Igt 2010 Poliziano Mandrone Di Lohsa Toscana Igt 2010

Lohsa is the Maremma project of Montepulciano's Poliziano winery, nestled up agains the sea in a perfect place to grow Bordeaux varietals.  This, their top wine, blends Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot plus a touch of Alicante Bouschet for extra complexity aged 18 months in French oak.  Richly textured and flavored by a bit of time in bottle, there's good freshness here and a fine, food-friendly, finish.

"Black currant, black cherry, violet, rosemary and spice aromas and flavors are allied to a vibrant structure and firm tannins. This is balanced and lingers on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Alicante. Best from 2016 through 2024."Wine Spectator 92 points

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Castello Dei Rampolla Sammarco 2011 Product #31127 (In Stock)
Castello Dei Rampolla Sammarco 2011 Castello Dei Rampolla Sammarco 2011

What's Italy's greatest Cabernet-based Supertuscan?  Over the past few years, one could make a case for Castello dei Rampolla's Sammarco and d'Alceo over more famous names like Sassicaia and Ornellia.  The 2011 Sammarco is once again among the very top-rated wines of the vintage.  An outstanding deal, if limited.

"Aromas of tar, chilis, raspberries and dark chocolate follow through to a full body with super velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Need three years to soften. Another superb blend of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon from the organic estate in Panzano. Try in 2018."  James Suckling 95 points

"The 2011 Sammarco is so youthful it almost tastes like a barrel sample! Dark, rich and inviting, the 2011 possesses notable concentration and depth, with round yet powerful tannins and a surprising level of freshness for the year. A host of black cherry, graphite, smoke, plum and lavender notes accompany the powerful finish. It will be quite some time before the 2011 is ready to drink, but there is plenty to look forward to."  Vinous (Galloni) 95+ points

"The fullness and generosity here is absolutely amazing. The 2011 Sammarco is one of the protagonists of this vintage. In fact, I think Sammarco represents the hot 2011 growing season better than any other wine from the Chianti Classico area. The bend this year is 94% Sangiovese with 6% Merlot (the breakdown between the two grapes is usually 90-10) and the wine is fermented with ambient yeasts. The bouquet is beautifully redolent of dark berry fruit, soft spice, licorice and cola. The wine's overall elegance and length are both impressive. Drink 2015-2029"Wine Advocate 94+ points

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Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2011 Product #29355 (In Stock)
Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2011 Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2011

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

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Castello Dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2006 Product #24154 (In Stock)
Castello Dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2006 Castello Dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2006

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

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