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Damilano Nebbiolo Langhe Marghe 2011 Product #27970 (In Stock)
Damilano Nebbiolo Langhe Marghe 2011 Damilano Nebbiolo Langhe Marghe 2011

The past three vintages of this “baby Barolo” have impressed, and the 2011 edition keeps that string going.  Sixteen months in small barrel (mostly used) soften Nebbiolo’s hard edges without diminishing the pure fruit and secondary flavors delivered by 30-50 year-old vines.  If you don’t mind a bit of grip, you can drink this on its own right now, but it will really sing with any dish loaded with earthy mushroom, duck, or roast pork dishes.  Value here is pretty staggering.

"Damilano's 2011 Langhe Nebbiolo Marghe blossoms in the glass with a generous, inviting melange of dark red and black fruits, cloves and new leather. The precocious vintage has filled out the Marghe nicely, adding considerable volume, texture and depth. There is a lot to like in this serious, expressive Nebbiolo."  Antonio Galloni 88 points

"The 2011 Langhe Nebbiolo Marghe is a terrific wine that shows the bright intensity of the Nebbiolo grape framed by fresh notes of cherry fruit, rosebud, polished stone and licorice. The wine goes down easily and refreshes the palate thanks to its balanced acidity. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016."Wine Advocate 88 points

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Oddero Barolo Normale 2008 Product #27358 (In Stock)
Oddero Barolo Normale 2008 Oddero Barolo Normale 2008

Whenever I taste wine from Oddero, the word “honest” keeps cropping up in my notes.  The wines here are always clear, direct, expressions of their grapes, sites, and vintages, although the 2008 Barolo breaks the mold a bit on that last point.  In what was mostly an elegant, silky, vintage, this is a big-boned Barolo with uncommon power and depth.  Needs a little time, but then look out!

“Blueberry with raspberries and lemon rind aromas. Full body, with well-integrated tannins and a fruity finish. Subtle and polished. Needs a year or two to soften the tannins.”  James Suckling 91 points

“The 2008 Barolo is quite striking in the vintage. Black cherries, plums, spices, menthol and tobacco are some of the many notes that emerge from the glass in this big wine. This is a decidedly large-scaled entry-level Barolo, but all the elements are very much in the right place. Firm tannins frame the muscular close. This is an impressive showing among its peers. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2023.” Wine Advocate 90 points

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Produttori Del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2009 Product #28279 (In Stock)
Produttori Del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2009 Produttori Del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2009

This 2009 Barbaresco is so delicious right now that it will be hard to wait until its full flowering in 5 years or so.  Good reason to grab more than a few bottles now!  A fantastic “normale” Barbaresco at a stellar price.

"Produttori del Barbaresco is like that long-lost friend who always picks up a lively conversation no matter how many years have passed since your last meeting. It’s the ultimate fallback wine: It’s never intimidating or awkward. It’s always a pleasure to drink. The 2009 Barbaresco shows personality and good cheer with a good dose of dried fruit and savory spice. There are some elements that make the wine seem more aged than it really is. Cured meat and old leather emerge. But then the wine suddenly surprises you with an entourage of Nebbiolo-based tones like dried mint and licorice that tell you it still has loads of life within. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.”Wine Advocate 92 points

“Bright cherry, strawberry, floral, licorice and herbal aromas and flavors highlight this fragrant, elegant red, which is silky and pure, with fine ripe tannins for support. Shows excellent length, with an aftertaste of fruit, spice and mineral. Best from 2015 through 2028.”Wine Spectator 93 points

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Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2009 Product #28042 (In Stock)
Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2009 Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2009

An utterly compelling Barolo from 30-50 year old vines, aged 80% in classic large cask and 20% in small barrel (used) for polish and softness.  Blended from 5 top vineyards in Barolo, Verduno, Grinzane Cavour, La Morra and Novello, this outshines many much higher priced 2009 Barolo.  It will age easily for a decade+, but it's in the window right now with rich foods or truffles.

"Damilano's 2009 Barolo Lecinquevigne boasts serious depth and intensity. Dark cherry, plum, spices, mocha, menthol, tar and licorice meld together in a rich, powerful, intense entry-level wine. This is a fabulous effort for the year. The 2009 shows great intensity of color and fruit, with beautifully balanced, harmonious tannins. All in all, this is a terrific showing."  Antonio Galloni 91 points

"Moderately saturated medium red. Inviting aromas of strawberry, espresso, mocha, earth and mellow oak. Supple, lush and seamless, with spicy red berry flavors complicated by sexy truffley underbrush. Mellow and attractive Barolo with impressive sweetness of fruit and a fine dusting of tannins that will not get in the way of early enjoyment."International Wine Cellar 91 points

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Oddero Barolo Normale 2007 Product #26729 (In Stock)
Oddero Barolo Normale 2007 Oddero Barolo Normale 2007

Loaded with dark red spicy leather, rose, and silky cherry aromas and flavors and firm, powerful, tannins.  This is superb.  Needs some air or cellar time now, but then watch out!

“This lean, angular Barolo is tightly wound, with cherry, tobacco and underbrush notes. Though firmly tannic, this is balanced and long, in a chewy, sinewy style. Best from 2015 through 2030.”Wine Spectator 91 points

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Orsolani Carema Le Tabbie 2009 Product #27924 (In Stock)

Ferrando and Carema’s co-op produce the bulk of the meager 10,000 cases of Carema each year, but Gian-Luigi Orsolani makes a tiny bit as well – making this the only other estate-grown/bottled Carema you’ll find.  The name “Le Tabbie” is local dialect for the “tables” or terraces perched on Carema’s mountainsides where Nebbiolo is grown.  Orsolani harvests these grapes in late October and gives them a traditional, long, fermentation and maceration before aging for 2 years in large oak barrels, 1 year in smaller barrels, and 1 last year in bottle.  All the wood is neutral – just letting the wine soften rather than imparting any oak flavor.

This 2009 Carema is more ripe and generous than the lovely 2008, lthough there’s still plenty of bright acidity and chewy tannins.  A beautiful perfume of roses, red fruits, cinnamon and licorice jumps out of the glass with a note of Barolo tar emerging with air.  In the mouth there’s plenty of cherry and strawberry fruit, but the wine is very pure and transparent with accents of rose petal, tar, truffle and mountain flowers.  Very perfumed on the long, elegant, finish, where there’s so much going on that you just have to take another sip.  Fantastic wine, even better value.

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Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d'Alba 2009 Product #27147 (In Stock)
Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d'Alba 2009 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d'Alba 2009

Barbaresco master Brune Giacosa's career is winding down, but he can still make a fine bottle of Nebbiolo.

"The 2009 Nebbiolo d’Alba is a solid effort. It shows considerable depth and fabulous overall poise. Dusty red cherries, crushed flowers and sweet spices are some of the notes that linger on the palate. The tannins are firm, yet beautifully balanced. I like the intensity here. Some rough edges remain, but there is more than enough personality to compensate. Even better, this should be relatively reasonably priced. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014."Wine Advocate 89 points

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Voerzio Nebbiolo Lange 2010 Product #28081 (In Stock)
Voerzio Nebbiolo Lange 2010 Voerzio Nebbiolo Lange 2010

Very limited from one of Piemonte's best Barolo producers.  Silky, generous, and delicious now.

“Readers who want an early glimpse at the 2010s should check out Roberto Voerzio's 2010 Langhe Nebbiolo S. Francesco Fontanazza, a wine that will give many Barolos a run for their money. Freshly cut flowers, mint, tar and black cherries are supported by firm, yet silky tannins. The 2010 is all about grace and inner perfume, two qualities it has in spades. This is a drop-dead gorgeous wine from Voerzio.”  Antonio Galloni 90 points

“The 2010 Langhe Nebbiolo Vigneti S. Francesco Fontanazza opens a window onto the high quality of fruit on offer in 2010. Grilled herbs, spice, small berries, tar and anise seed emerge beautifully from the glass. The wine boasts a charming personality with long, silky tannins on the close. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020.”Wine Advocate 92 points

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Sandrone Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore 2010 Product #27564 (In Stock)
Sandrone Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore 2010 Sandrone Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore 2010

Probably the most famous Nebbiolo vineyard outside of Barolo/Barbaresco, Valmaggiore sits about 15 miles south of Barolo in the region known as Roero.  It’s a few degrees warmer here than in Barolo, and the best sites give a more elegant, Pinot-like, Nebbiolo.  It’s a crazy steep vineyard covered in slippery broken fossils and decomposed sea bed that has to be worked entirely by hand.  Luciano Sandrone took more than 8 years to assemble his slice of this vineyard from 40 different owners.

Like Bruno Giacosa (the other famous name in Valmaggiore), Sandrone’s example shows plenty of the power and structure you’d expect from a top Barolo but with a slightly more silky, elegant, frame and with a bit more of a floral component.  This is going to need a little time but will become a beauty!

“The 2010 Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore is surprisingly shut down today. The Valmaggiore is often open and accessible when young, but that is far from the case with the 2010. Firm yet well-integrated tannins frame red cherries, sweet herbs, menthol and spices in this surprisingly large-scaled, broad Valmaggiore. Layers of fruit continue to build to the vibrant, layered finish. Readers will have to be patient here. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.”Wine Advocate 92 points

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Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2010 Product #28236 (In Stock)
Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2010 Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2010

Winemaker Luca Currado makes his outstanding value Castiglione from the family’s smaller holdings in some of Barolo’s most famous “crus” or vineyards.  As always, the 2010 edition is based on fruit from vineyards that most bottle separately – sites like Bussia, Ravera, Bricco del Fiasco, Fossati, and Ciabot Berton – and then charge 2-3 times more for.  It’s a wine that far outshines the typical “Barolo Normale” and marries a lovely, lush, and open texture today with the acid/tannic structure Barolo needs to age for a decade plus.  Outstanding value.

“The 2010 Barolo Castiglione is beautiful in the way it brings together the vibrancy of the year with a soft, inviting textural presence. Freshly cut flowers, mint, sweet spices, anise and red berries are all woven together nicely in the glass. With time in the glass, the wine blossoms with exquisite finesse, floral aromatics and exquisite overall balance. Ripe, silky tannins support the exquisite finish. An insanely beautiful wine, the 2010 will give readers a good idea of just how great the 2010 vintage is at Vietti. This is first-class juice.”  Antonio Galloni 94 points

“This is a young Barolo that is very aromatic and fresh with dried flowers, plums and light cloves and nutmeg character. Full body, with firm tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Balanced and refined. More linear than the Brunate with more depth this year. Better in 2016.”  James Suckling 95 points

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Andrea Oberto Barolo 2006 Product #23261 (In Stock)
Andrea Oberto Barolo 2006 Andrea Oberto Barolo 2006

"Good full red. Complex nose melds raspberry, coffee and sexy smoky oak, lifted by some floral high tones. Rich, sweet and creamy, with impressive fat to the red fruit flavors. Not the last word in complexity but this plush, seamless wine is classy and satisfying for normale."International Wine Cellar 90 points

“Despite keeping a much lower profile than many of his colleagues Fabio Oberto makes wines that can hold their own with the best producers, not just in La Morra, but in Piedmont. His range is consistently outstanding from top to bottom.

Oberto’s 2006 Barolo is a serious wine at this level. There is a spiciness to the fruit I find very attractive. With time in the glass the aromas and flavors gain definition, caressing the palate all the way through to the classy finish. This is a jewel of a wine and a standout among its peers in 2006. Oberto makes their entry-level Barolo from a combination of higher-altitude plots in La Morra ranging from 390-410 meters. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.”Wine Advocate 90 points

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Brovia Barolo Brovia 2009 Product #27805 (In Stock)
Brovia Barolo Brovia 2009 Brovia Barolo Brovia 2009

As Antonio Galloni (formerly Wine Advocate's Italian critic and long-time Barolo writer) says, this is "an exceptional wine in its category."

"The 2009 Barolo Brovia wraps around the palate with serious depth. Leather, cloves, cedar, mocha and incense all flesh out in a supple, radiant wine that captures the very best qualities of the vintage. Smoke, tobacco and dried cherries develop later, adding further complexity. The 2009 has enough suppleness to drink well upon release, especially if given some air. It is an exceptional wine in its category."  Antonio Galloni 90 points

"Sappy aromas of strawberry, redcurrant and flowers. Lively, sweet flavors of red berries, marzipan and chestnut offer attractive inner-mouth lift and perfume. Offers good depth and finishes with solid energy and broad granular tannins. This Barolo should be perfect to drink in three years."International Wine Cellar 89 points

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Ferrando Carema 'etichetta Bianca (Rosso) 2009 Product #27837 (In Stock)
Ferrando Carema 'etichetta Bianca (Rosso) 2009 Ferrando Carema 'etichetta Bianca (Rosso) 2009

Nebbiolo from the far northern reaches of Piemonte, just before the start of the Valle d'Aosta.  Grapes here grow on small terraces initially built by the Romans and are trained on overhead pergolas to give the grapes access to sunshine and allow ripening. It's an elegant, highly perfumed, expression of Nebbiolo with silky tannins and a long, lingering, finish.  Beautiful stuff.

"Sweet tobacco, dark red stone fruits, mint, crushed flowers and pine all wrap around the palate in the 2009 Carema Etichetta Bianca. This is an unusually supple, open young wine from Ferrando that appears to be built for near and medium-term drinking, as unusual as that will sound to readers who know these wines."  Antonio Galloni 91 points

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Brovia Barolo "Garblet Sue" 2008 Product #26531 (In Stock)
Brovia Barolo Brovia Barolo

Garblet Sue is the name of a small slice of the famous Bricco Fiasco vineyard in Castiglione.  It always gives classically structured Barolo with firm tannins, but this 2008 adds more roundness and fruit than you normally find here.  Still quite tight, but it's going to be a stunner!

“Brovia’s 2008 Barolo Garblet Sue’ bursts from the glass with a heady array of black fruit, smoke, incense and licorice. The Garblet Sue’, from the Bricco Fiasco vineyard in Castiglione, is usually a much more linear, tense Barolo, but in 2008 the wine has gorgeous inner perfume allied to a level of pure juiciness that rounds out some of the rough edges that are at times present in this bottling. A huge finish laced with iron, asphalt and crushed rocks rounds things out in style. This is a super-classic Barolo from Brovia. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040.”Wine Advocate 96 points

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Brovia Barolo Garblet Sue 2009 Product #27807 (In Stock)
Brovia Barolo Garblet Sue 2009 Brovia Barolo Garblet Sue 2009

Probably the least "open" of the 2009 Brovias, but promising great things 5-7 years from now!

"Iron, tar, scorched earth, smoke and game waft from the glass as the 2009 Barolo Garblèt Sue' opens up. The ferrous notes typical of this site come through loud and clear in the 2009. At the same time, the 2009 is surprisingly soft. At times delicate and even ethereal, the 2009 appears to be heavily marked by the vintage."  Antonio Galloni 90 points

"Wild, ripe aromas of red berries, plum, truffle and game. Rich and broad but currently less shapely and delineated than the Villero, not to mention less showy. Shows a larger structure reflecting its Castiglione origin, but this is also harder to taste today. The big tannins are less fine than those of the Villero. Elena Brovia points out that this wine is made in exactly the same way as the Villero and Garblet Sue, so the differences are entirely a function of terroir."International Wine Cellar 91+? points

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Vietti Barbaresco Masseria 2004 Product #20443 (In Stock)
Vietti Barbaresco Masseria 2004 Vietti Barbaresco Masseria 2004

6 bottles available.

The 2004 Barbaresco Masseria is an incredibly nuanced and elegant wine. It reveals outstanding purity in its focused, detailed notes of crushed flowers, spices and sweet ripe red fruit, with an engaging inner sweetness that carries through to the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2019.Wine Advocate 93 points

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Brovia Barolo Ca Mia 2009 Product #27806 (In Stock)
Brovia Barolo Ca Mia 2009 Brovia Barolo Ca Mia 2009

The compact soils and south/southest-facing exposure of this site in Serralunga helped Ca' Mia retain fine freshness even as it ripened into plush, velvety, richness. The first to sell out of the 2009s and likely to be the first 2009 gone, too.

"In this hot vintage the 2009 Barolo Ca' Mia appears to have handled the weather best of all the wines in the range, which isn't that much of a shock, considering that the more compact soils of Serralunga are at an advantage in warmer years. Firm tannins provide the backdrop for a serious core of dark red fruit, flowers, iron, tar and licorice, all of which seem to literally jump out of the glass. The 2009 has more than enough fruit and sheer depth to age well for a number of years."  Antonio Galloni 92 points

"Captivatingly fresh, primary aromas of raspberry, minerals and flowers are accented by a sappy note of blood orange; reminded me a bit of a topnotch Burgundy from Vosne or Chambolle. Sweet and thick but with lovely acidity giving the wine a strong impression of inner-mouth tension. A step up in density and fullness from the foregoing wines, with its Serralunga limestone pungency coming through loud and clear. Finishes very long and horizontal, with serious but well-buffered tannins and excellent menthol lift. Wonderfully elegant and perfumed Barolo from a south/southeast-facing vineyard that is spared the hottest afternoon sun."International Wine Cellar 94+? points

"The intensity and richness is bountiful, and seductive aromatic layers of dried fruit, licorice, tar, button mushroom and tobacco lift off the glass with building intensity. The wine’s texture is firmer and the length is decisively more rewarding. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030."Wine Advocate 93 points

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Brovia Barolo Rocche Dei Brovia 2009 Product #27808 (In Stock)
Brovia Barolo Rocche Dei Brovia 2009 Brovia Barolo Rocche Dei Brovia 2009

The most graceful, elegant, of the Cru wines from Brovia in 2009, but with plenty of depth, too.

"The 2009 Barolo Rocche dei Brovia wraps around the palate with layers of ripe, succulent fruit. Rich, open and expressive, the 2009 is flashy and seductive, in other words, very typical of the year. This is a fairly open, succulent vintage for the Rocche. I imagine it will drink well early and probably be likely to mature quickly as well. Dried rose petals, savory herbs and fennel add complexity on a finish distinguished by its grace."  Antonio Galloni 91 points

"High-pitched aromas of raspberry, rose petal and mint. Juicy, youthfully tight and intense; not a rich style but elegant and perfumed, with good supporting minerality. No sign of overripeness here, unlike with many other 2009 Barolos from sandy soil. Finishes with building but ripe tannins and enticing lingering aromatic character. Very refined."International Wine Cellar 92 points

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Andrea Oberto Barolo Rocche 2006 Product #24547 (In Stock)
Andrea Oberto Barolo Rocche 2006 Andrea Oberto Barolo Rocche 2006

"Large-scaled, chewy and sweet on the palate; bigger and deeper than the 2005, with impressive depth of fruit and sheer volume. Finishes with huge chewy tannins that saturate every millimeter of the palate, but this infant appears to have the fullness and breadth to support its structure."International Wine Cellar 92 points

“This is a strong set of 2006 Barolos from father and son team Andrea and Fabio Oberto. I had a chance to taste the 2006s next to the estate’s 2005s, and it is pretty clear the 2006s possess an extra dimension of generosity over their older brethren that, among other things, results in better integration of the oak.

The 2006 Barolo Vigneto Rocche is the alter-ego of the Brunate. Where the Brunate is powerful the Rocche is refined, where the Brunate is intense, the Rocche is subtle. Floral red fruits, menthol and minerals are some of the notes that emerge from this high-toned, aromatic Barolo. The aromas and flavors seem to resonate off each other like voices in a cathedral, creating a sensation of endless discovery as the wine opens up in the glass. The structure of the vintage comes through on the energetic, vibrant finish. Here, too, patience is key, but this is shaping up to be another magnificent Barolo from Oberto. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.”Wine Advocate 93+ points

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Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2006 Product #25940 (In Stock)
Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2006 Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2006

As seductive a young Cru Barolo as we've seen from 2006. Sure, it wants a decade, but decant it for an hour and you'll be blown away tonight!

"Cerequio. Brunate. Cannubi. These are the Italian equivalents of Musigny, Bonnes Mares and Chambertin; in other words, among the most precious vineyards anywhere in the world. Damilano’s 2006 Barolo Cannubi emerges from the glass with surprising richness and weight. Berries, flowers and spices flow effortlessly from this rich, textured Cannubi. The wine shows quite a bit more depth than is usually the case for a vineyard that tends towards the feminine, but the textural elegance and silkiness on the mid-palate and finish serve to provide a sense of proportion. Fine, elegant tannins frame the close. This is another fine effort from Damilano. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026."Wine Advocate 92 points

"Starts out supple, with the smooth texture framing black cherry, bitter almond and licorice notes. A firm base of tannins is offset by sweet fruit, as this glides to a lingering aftertaste of tobacco, spice and cherry. Best from 2013 through 2032."Wine Spectator 94 points

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