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Fiore Rosso Toscana IGT 2012 Product #28254 (In Stock)
Fiore Rosso Toscana IGT 2012 Fiore Rosso Toscana IGT 2012

Alessandro Fiore got started in the wine business promoting the wines of his father’s estates - Poggio Scalette in Chianti and Castelluccio le More in Emilia Romagna – in Europe and the USA.  So, when Alessandro decided to strike out on his own, it was natural that he turned to Vittorio Fiore for advice and winemaking help.  In 30+ years of consulting across Tuscany, Vittorio had identified a handful of small estates with exceptional quality fruit and wine, but limited marketing resources or skills.  With Vittorio finding and making the wines and Alessandro leading on marketing, Fiore Wine Collection was born.

There are several outstanding wines in this line-up, but tasting the Fiore Rosso IGT stopped us cold.  This “Super-Tuscan” is a blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, all grown near the storied towers of Tuscany’s walled city of San Gimignano.  Fermented cool and aged all in tank, the wine opens with generous aromas of black cherry, red- and blackcurrant, and a touch of sweet spice.  In the mouth, it’s flat out exciting, with luscious dark berry and cherry fruit at the core of a lushly textured, velvety, mouthful of wine.  The richness and fruit carry on through the rich, plush, finish where velvet-clad tannins and tangy cherry acids provide support, keep the flavors fresh, and pull you back for another sip.  You can certainly drink this all by itself, but you’ll love it even  more with salami, grilled red and white meats, and even pizza!  A super value Super Tuscan steal!

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Baracchi O'lillo Toscana 2012 Product #27943 (In Stock)
Baracchi O'lillo Toscana 2012 Baracchi O'lillo Toscana 2012

Fruit comes from three different vineyards:  San Martino at 300  meters (where the winery is located), Gabbiano (closer to  Montepulciano and excellent for Syrah and Cabernet), and Montanare (where Sangiovese and Merlot grow on hills fought over by Romans and Carthaginians during the Punic Wars).  The grapes are hand harvested and given gentle fermentations in neutral oak vats before aging in tank and bottling early to preserve fresh fruit and vibrant acids.

The Wine Spectator review seems spot on to us, although we’d note that this really delicious now for the gobs of primary fruit and touch of licorice and spice flavors.  A rare deal on a truly “Super” Tuscan red that will just get better and better with time.

"Round, vibrant and juicy, packing plenty of cherry, raspberry and spice flavors. Broad-shouldered and powerful, this remains focused on the fruit. Shows fine length, echoing cherry, spice and mineral notes. Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Best from 2016 through 2025."Wine Spectator 92 points

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Castello Di Bolgheri Superiore 2009 Product #28651 (In Stock)
Castello Di Bolgheri Superiore 2009 Castello Di Bolgheri Superiore 2009

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

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Castello Dei Rampolla Sammarco 2009 Product #28347 (In Stock)
Castello Dei Rampolla Sammarco 2009 Castello Dei Rampolla Sammarco 2009

Sammarco was created in 1978 by Rampolla owner Alceo Di Napoli and his good friend, enologist Giacomo Tachis as an experiment in making a Sassacaia-like Cabernet blend from the very best vineyards in Chianti’s Conca d’Oro.  The answer turned out to be, “Something pretty impressive!”  While not quite the “wine of the ages” the 2008 was, the 2009 Sammarco is a beauty that you can dip into right now (although a few more years won’t hurt) and enjoy while the 2008 slumbers.  At about half the price of Ornellaia and one-third the cost of Sassacaia – not to mention abouut $50 off the release price – this is an outstanding value.

“The 2009 Sammarco will thrill Rampolla fans who have some of the more structured vintages aging in the cellar. Layered and expressive, the 2009 is wonderfully open today. Grilled herbs, tar, licorice, black cherries and currants meld together in this seamless, voluptuous wine. I don't think I have ever tasted such a succulent, young Sammarco that delivers so much pleasure at this early stage. The recent increase in Merlot has done wonders to make Sammarco more accessible at a young age than in the past. This is a dazzling effort.  Drink 2017-2034.”  Antonio Galloni 95 points

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Antinori Guado Al Tasso 2010 Product #28514 (In Stock)
Antinori Guado Al Tasso 2010 Antinori Guado Al Tasso 2010

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

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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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Castello Dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2008 Product #28344 (In Stock)
Castello Dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2008 Castello Dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2008

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

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