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Drei Dona Le Vigne Nuove Sangiovese Emilia Romagna 2012 Product #30483 (In Stock)
Drei Dona Le Vigne Nuove Sangiovese Emilia Romagna 2012 Drei Dona Le Vigne Nuove Sangiovese Emilia Romagna 2012

Tuscan Sangiovese gets all the glory, but Italy's most important black grape shines almost anywhere in Italy where warm sunshine is balanced by cool nights and were sandy clay soils balance water availability with good drainage.  Sangiovese has thrived in Emilia-Romagna, just north of Tuscany, for centeruies and on the Drei Dona farm in for a couple hundred years, at least.

This bottling, from the estate's younger vines and more forward barrels, is a fine choice for casual sipping and dining, especially with rich pastas or savory pizza.  You'll find generous dollops of Sangiovese's typical bright cherry fruit on the nose and palate, plus a nice dose of meaty, leathering, complexity and hints of licorice and violets from 15% other local grapes.  It turns a bit meatier and richer with air, but juicy acids and dusty tannins keep this fresh and fun from first sip to last.

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Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2013 375ml Product #30015 (In Stock)
Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2013 375ml Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2013 375ml

Half Bottle.  A blend of Sangiovese plus 5% each of Colorino and Merlot aged in neutral cask.  Pretty and fresh with enough cut to handle red sauce nicely.

"Pretty cherry and strawberry notes pick up light touches of spice in this red, which is elegant, but needs air to show the fruit and tone down the oak. Fine length. Drink now through 2019."Wine Spectator 90 points

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Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico 2011 Product #29840 (In Stock)
Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico 2011 Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico 2011

Capraia's legacy dates from at least the year 998, when the property was donated to the Abbey of San Michele.  The vineyards lie in the most "Classico" portion of Chianti Classico:  the famed Conca d’Oro ("Golden Bowl"), the amphitheater-like hill in the center of Castellina in Chianti.  Here, the estate farms Sangiovese (90% of the blend) for plenty of bright cherry, rose petal, and bitter almond Chianti character plus small plots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (5% each) to add complexity and smoothness of texture.  A full year's aging in a mixture of large and small barrels (all used), smooths out the wine's texture and adds a touch of spice without any overt woodiness.

The result is a Chianti Classico that smells, tastes, and finishes like a much more expensive wine, with loads of juicy ripe dark cherry and red berry fruit, floral and spice accents, and a firm, food-friendly, finish.  Delicious right now and sure to keep improving for 3-4 years.

"Tenuta di Capraia's 2011 Chianti Classico is sexy and voluptuous from start to finish. Juicy red berries, rose petals, anise and spices all flow from this effortless, totally gracious Chianti Classico. Soft and perfumed throughout, the 2011 is drinking beautifully today. I would prefer to enjoy the wine in its youth, but it also has more than enough fruit to develop nicely in bottle for a number of years. This is a winner." Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 90 points

"Rich and vibrant, with earthy undertones supporting the cherry and cranberry flavors. Firm and juicy, presenting a long, almond- and mineral-tinged aftertaste."Wine Spectator 90 points

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Poggio Alloro Chianti DOCG 2014 Product #30149 (In Stock)
Poggio Alloro Chianti DOCG 2014 Poggio Alloro Chianti DOCG 2014

Here’s proof that great farming and straight-ahead winemaking can deliver fine Chianti – and even finer value! – from outside the Classico zone.  More and more Chianti is either all Sangiovese or Sangiovese strengthened with dollops of Cabernet or Syrah.  Here, a family dedicated to natural, organic, farming turns back to Tuscan tradition to make Chianti from an old-school blend of grapes:  Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino and Ciliegiolo.  Sangiovese gives the wine heft and structure, while Canaiolo adds volume, Colorino deepens the color, and Ciliegiolo – Sangiovese’s genetic parent – soft red cherry fruit.

All of this comes together to deliver a ripe, zesty, Chianti that’s very easy to drink.  Ripe black and red cherry fruit forms the wine’s core and gains interest and complexity from accents of crushed violets, red licorice, rich earth, and sweet spice accents.  There’s no oak influence at all, allowing ripe fruit to shine through while retaining outstanding freshness and just the right touch of structure at the end.  A fine party Chianti, for sure, and one that will be as much fun to drink with a big bowl of pasta as with burgers or rosemary-scented pork.

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Renzo Masi Chianti Riserva 2012 Product #30400 (In Stock)
Renzo Masi Chianti Riserva 2012 Renzo Masi Chianti Riserva 2012

Simple?  Yes - Simply delicious! Pizza/pasta Chianti with just a touch more sophistication and complexity than you'd expect at this fine value price. Pop, pour, enjoy!

"Lean and taut, with cherry, currant and earth flavors. Shows a sense of balance, as well as tobacco and mineral accents on the finish."Wine Spectator 88 points

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Fattoria La Lecciaia Rosso di Montalcino 2011 Product #30401 (In Stock)
Fattoria La Lecciaia Rosso di Montalcino 2011 Fattoria La Lecciaia Rosso di Montalcino 2011

A screaming deal!

"Penetrating ink and flint nuances complicate bright red cherry, strawberry and violet aromas on the enticing nose. Bright and fresh in the mouth, with creamy, floral red and dark cherry flavors and a persistent spiciness. A perfumed mineral tang repeats at the back. Very refined Rosso di Montalcino with sneaky concentration and lovely purity of fruit."  Vinous (Galloni) 90 points

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Lucignano Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2013 Product #30722 (In Stock)

One of the most consistently popular Chianti reds comes from the hills around Florence.  As always, it's a round, black-fruited, wine loaded with soft black cherry and plum flavors and just the right touch of earthy spice.  Juicy and a touch tangy on the finish, it's a solid choice for burgers, pasta, pizza or just to sip on its own. Nicely priced, too!

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Gagliole Chianti Classico Rubiolo 2013 Product #30397 (In Stock)
Gagliole Chianti Classico Rubiolo 2013 Gagliole Chianti Classico Rubiolo 2013

We’ll call this “modern” Chianti Classico, in the sense that Sangiovese’s hard edges have been filed down to silky smoothness and that the sweet cherry fruit is allowed to sing through without being overwhelmed by earthy, leathery, notes (which were always more about poor cellar conditions more than Sangiovese itself).  But, it’s certainly “traditional” in the sense that there’s a solid base of tannin for support and that you’ll taste Chianti – both the place and its Sangiovese grape – rather than oak.  Mainly, though, we’ll call this “fun” – because that’s the best word to describe the pleasure you’ll get from drinking this lovely wine now – 2020 or so.

"The 2013 Chianti Classico Rubiolo is a gorgeous entry-level wine from Gagliole. Soft, fleshy and expressive, the 2013 hits all the right notes, with vibrant red cherry fruit and fabulous balance. Silky tannins add to an impression of finesse, while attractive floral and spiced notes give the wine an attractive upper register."  Vinous (Galloni) 91 points

"A red with raspberry, black pepper and lemon rind character. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Beautiful density of fruit here. Best Rubiolo ever."  James Suckling 92 points

"The 2013 Chianti Classico Rubiolo offers a pure core of bright cherry fruit with cherry liqueur and candied cherry for added intensity. Besides that very obvious cherry theme, the bouquet makes room for added spice, leather and polished mineral. Rubiolo offers a very elegant and clean presentation for those who enjoy the bright flavors and crisp nuances of Chianti Classico."Wine Advocate 91 points

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Pettrone Sangiovese 2012 Product #30110 (In Stock)
Pettrone Sangiovese 2012 Pettrone Sangiovese 2012

Kati Pettrone and Skip Bailey Lovin partner with Kati’s East Coast brothers, Mark and McLean's own Frank Pettrone to bring us this homage to the wine their Italian parents drank.  A richer, riper, and more fun take on Chianti's main red grape, this shows soft cherry and raspberry fruit with hints of cracked epper and olive.  Hefty enough for big roasts or stews but not at all harsh or hard.

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Tenuta Le Calcinaie Chianti Colli Senesi 2013 Product #30224 (In Stock)
Tenuta Le Calcinaie Chianti Colli Senesi 2013 Tenuta Le Calcinaie Chianti Colli Senesi 2013

Organic Grapes.  About as much fun to drink as Chianti gets!  Bright red cherry fruit aromas get accents of violets, licorice, and a hint of spice. The cherry/strawberry fruit is sweet and savory on the palate with plenty of juicy acidity and supple, fine, tannins that add just the right amount of support and keep it fresh and focused across the long finish.  A great everyday pizza, pasta, or even sipping Chianti and ready to drink now.

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Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico 2012 Product #30226 (In Stock)
Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico 2012 Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico 2012

An old-school Chianti from the Castellina-in-Chianti sub zone of the appellation.  Deep aromas of scorched earth, cherry and spice lead to a plump mouthful of juicy cherry, red berry, earth, leather and more spice. Finishes clean and fresh with juicy acids and light tannins. The sweet, ripe, fruit at the core makes this fun to drink but there's more than enough going on here to shine with savory foods like hamburger, pork, or lamb.

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Buondonno Chianti Classico 2013 Product #30649 (In Stock)
Buondonno Chianti Classico 2013 Buondonno Chianti Classico 2013

Here's a luxurious Chianti Classico made from organically grown, hand-harvested Sangiovese (90%), Merlot (10%) and Syrah (10%), all aged 10 months in French oak. The aromas and flavors are explosive, with loads of juicy black cherry and blackberry fruit and accents of wood smoke, fresh leather, and a touch of spice.  Round on entry and in the middle and then juicy and long on the finish where fine-grained tannins kick in at the end.  A winner!

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Fattoria La Lecciaia Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 Product #29842 (In Stock)
Fattoria La Lecciaia Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 Fattoria La Lecciaia Brunello Di Montalcino 2010

 

"This is very strong showing from La Lecciaia, one of Montalcino's under the radar estates. The wines show gorgeous Sangiovese purity. The wines are fairly classic in style across the board.  La Lecciaia's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is beautifully layered in the glass, with gorgeous intrigue, depth and personality all on full display. There is a sense of translucent finesse in the 2010 that is impossible to miss. Sweet red cherry, stone fruit, mint and wild flowers all grace the exquisite finish. What a pretty wine this is."  Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 94 points

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Fattoria La Lecciaia Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva 2009 Product #30221 (In Stock)
Fattoria La Lecciaia Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva 2009 Fattoria La Lecciaia Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva 2009

It's amazing that this small (15 hectare) estate can make such great wines and still stay under the radar of point-chasing collectors.  Impressive and delicious.

"The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a pretty, soft wine to drink now and over the next decade. Sweet red stone fruits, mint, white pepper, anise and wild flowers are all laced together in this gracious, beautifully textured Brunello."  Vinous (Galloni) 91 points

"Floral, strawberry, cherry, spice and woodsy aromas and flavors are the hallmarks of this elegant, juicy and harmonious red, with a solid structure and a terrific aftertaste of berry, mineral and spice. Complex and resonant."Wine Spectator 95 points

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Collosorbo Brunello Di Montalcino 2009 Product #30471 (In Stock)
Collosorbo Brunello Di Montalcino 2009 Collosorbo Brunello Di Montalcino 2009

A fine 2009, showing the vintages open accessibility with plenty of depth and class and an exotic tobacco/herbal twist.

"Sexy, oak-spiced syrupy raspberry and black cherry aromas are accented by flowers and minerals, with a sneaky cinnamon note emerging with air. Lush dark berry flavors are juicy and bright, with tangy minerality adding energy. Impressively bright on the long finish, which features good thrust."  IWC 90 points

"Distinctive balsamic notes give way to floral, berry and herb flavors in this elegant yet intense red. Supple and balanced, featuring ample tannins to develop over the near term. Best from 2016 through 2030."Wine Spectator 92 points

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Le Ragnaie Brunello Di Montalcino V.V. 2009 Product #30364 (In Stock)
Le Ragnaie Brunello Di Montalcino V.V. 2009 Le Ragnaie Brunello Di Montalcino V.V. 2009

A producer we've always admired, but never bought becomes irresistible at these very significant savings.  Limited.

""Le Ragnaie is, in my opinion, the break-out star of the 2009 vintage. If I were to select my top picks of the 2009 vintage, these beautiful bottles would be among them. Their tasting profile – loaded with gorgeous, elegant floral nuances – clearly sets them apart. They are the essence of balance and Brunello beauty. The ethereal 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Ragnaie V.V. sees fruit sourced from older vines from vineyards located almost at the bull’s eye center of the appellation, roughly equidistant between Montalcino and Tavernelle. Under 3,000 bottles were produced. Like the base Brunello, this wine first goes into cement vats to undergo fermentation and this step has added much in terms of the wine’s aromatic profile. Subdued notes of pressed flower, dusty earth, ash and crushed mineral render a feminine and elegant expression. This wine is simply fantastic and among my favorite of the year. Drink: 2017-2027."Wine Advocate 93+ points

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Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello Di Montalcino Pianrosso 2008 Product #30475 (In Stock)
Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello Di Montalcino Pianrosso 2008 Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello Di Montalcino Pianrosso 2008

A lovely, ready now, Brunello of fine weight and power.

"Freshly cut flowers, dark red fruit, licorice, spices and menthol are all layered together nicely in the glass. A wine of considerable texture and depth, the 2008 Pianrosso should drink well for at least a handful of years. There is no shortage of depth, richness or complexity in this fine effort. This is an especially concentrated style for the year, but it works. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2025."Wine Advocate 91 points

"Graphite and cedar aromas lead off in this cherry-, strawberry- and licorice-flavored red. This is firm, with quiet intensity and a dense, spice-infused finish. Best from 2015 through 2030."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Le Ragnaie Brunello Di Montalcino Fornace 2010 Product #30366 (In Stock)
Le Ragnaie Brunello Di Montalcino Fornace 2010 Le Ragnaie Brunello Di Montalcino Fornace 2010

A producer we've always admired, but never bought becomes irresistible at these very significant savings.  Limited.

"The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Fornace is a beautiful expression with an impressive level of confidence and individuality. The wine's color is a bit darker compared to its peers and its concentration is similarly thicker. But that extra padding does not take away from the inner elegance and finesse displayed here. Aromas embrace red rose petal, licorice, grilled herb and forest floor. The oak rendering is evident but not obvious: Dark smoke, crushed granite and ash give the wine a savory side. Its evolutionary track has no place to go but forward and the wine won't reach its drinking window for another three to five years. "Wine Advocate 96 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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Villa Le Prata Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 1.5l Product #29555 (In Stock)
Villa Le Prata Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 1.5l Villa Le Prata Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 1.5l

Even better in big bottle! As always, there’s something a bit feminine about this Brunello created by a remarkable trio of Italian women, but in 2010 it’s a bit more voluptuous than in the past.  The aromas are compelling and sultry, dark and spicy, while the palate shows a plush sexiness.  At this early point in development, it’s still pretty stern and brooding, but – as Wine Advocate notes – it gets much friendlier and more approachable with air.  You’ll get 15 years of pleasure from this powerful wine with everything from grilled Bistecca alla Fiorentina to roasted lamb or stews.

“Incredible aromatics here with smoked meat, toffee, light prune, dried cherry, and dried flower. Full body, soft and velvety tannins and a long, sexy finish. Wonderful depth and intensity. Big wine from a little producer. Try in 2017.”  James Suckling 94 points

“The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino shows smooth lines and a curvaceous figure. Soft aromas of cherry, Spanish cedar, licorice, dried rosemary and roasted almond rise from the bouquet. I tried this wine during two phases, once shortly after the bottle was opened and a second time 24 hours later. The evolution and softening of the wine was remarkable and is very encouraging in terms of its potential longevity. Yet, you never lose sight of that characteristic Sangiovese tartness and freshness. Drink this elegant Brunello after 2017.”Wine Advocate 92 points

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