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Il Bastardo Sangiovese Toscana 2014 Product #29839 (In Stock)

A fun, flavorful, and fine value Tuscan Sangiovese made by Paolo Masi from grapes grown near Rufina in Chianti. Ripe aromas and flavors of cherry and red berry start off bright and fresh and then get darker with a little air. The juicy acidity and light tannins make this easy to just sip, but give it enough substance to enjoy with pizza, burgers, or a big bowl of pasta and red sauce.  There's enough going on here to hold your interest through a few glasses and - especially at this price - tempt you to open a second bottle as the night goes on.  Fun stuff!

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Tomaiolo Toscana Rosso 2010 Product #29841 (In Stock)
Tomaiolo Toscana Rosso 2010 Tomaiolo Toscana Rosso 2010

This rich, fleshy, super-Tuscan is both luxurious and a killer value!  It's a blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot aged in used French oak. Lots going on aromatically, with a swirl of lavender, black cherry, currant, spice, and oak and even more on the palate where the dark fruit gains complexity from accents of licorice, chocolate and more spice.  Black pepper and oak notes frame the firm, dark-fruited, finish, making this a great match for burgers, steak, or chops today and a fine candidate for further improvement in your cellar.  This outperforms most $20 super-Tuscans in this style.

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Colsanto Ruris Umbria 2012 Product #29743 (In Stock)

Here's our single best-selling Italian wine of the past five years - a fantastic value that tastes like it costs twice as much as it does. The wine is mainly (70%) Sangiovese and delivers plenty of that variety's juicy black cherry fruit. But, the 20% Merlot in the blend rounds out the mid-palate and keeps the wine soft while the secret ingredient -- 10% Sagrantino -- adds spice and complexity uncommon in Umbrian wines. Sure, it goes well with pizza and robust pasta sauces, but there's enough going on to handle game and hard, salty, cheeses and a soft enough finish just to drink at a party. Fantastic value.

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Perticaia Umbria Rosso 2013 Product #29784 (In Stock)
Perticaia Umbria Rosso 2013 Perticaia Umbria Rosso 2013

I just love this style of Italian red, a bottle that’s gusty enough to play well with grilled beef or lamb and fresh and vibrant enough to sing with salami, antipasti, or even pizza.  It’s from the relatively young estate of Perticaia, created as a "retirement" gig by old Tuscan hand Guido Guardigli.  He launched this new estate with his family in land-locked Umbria, naming it for the dialect word for "plow" - and just as the plow helped Umbria to prosperity by transforming from a grazing to farming region, Guido hopes his estate will "open the earth" to exciting new wines.

His entry-level red is a joy, fresh and fruity with deep aromas and flavors of black cherry, juicy raspberry, and a dash of sweet spice.  Sangiovese (80%) provides the core of fruit and a zesty structure while Colorino and Merlot (10% each) soften up the finish and add top- and base-notes, respectively.  A great pizza/salami/grilled sausage wine that gets richer and more intensely fruited with air or brighter and fresher with a light chill.  Much more interesting than 90% of wine labeled “Chianti” at this price!

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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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Lucignano Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2011 Product #29154 (In Stock)
Lucignano Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2011 Lucignano Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2011

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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Renzo Masi Chianti Riserva 2011 Product #29456 (In Stock)
Renzo Masi Chianti Riserva 2011 Renzo Masi Chianti Riserva 2011

Simple?  Yes - Simply delicious! Pizza/pasta Chianti at a fine value price.

"Renzo Masi is a second brand owned by Fattoria di Basciano's Masi family. The emphasis here is on value wines with vibrant territorial personality. The family has been making wine for three generations. The 2011 Chianti Riserva opens to a plush, dark color and midnight black consistency. The wine shows simple lines without too much in terms of complexity or underlying dimension. It takes a soft and easy approach with no blemishes or extraordinary points of excitement. Ripe cherry fruit and soft tannins make an appropriate curtain call."Wine Advocate 87 points

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Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2012 Product #29395 (In Stock)
Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2012 Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2012

A blend of Sangiovese plus 5% each of Colorino and Merlot aged in neutral cask.  Not as dark and chocolatey as last year - instead, pretty and fresh with enough cut to handle red sauce nicely. 

"A delicate, fruity Chianti Classico with dark-berry and light-chocolate character. Medium body, powdery tannins and a fresh finish. Traditional and delicious Chianti Classico."  James Suckling 90 points

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Tenuta Le Calcinaie Chianti Colli Senesi 2012 Product #28729 (In Stock)
Tenuta Le Calcinaie Chianti Colli Senesi 2012 Tenuta Le Calcinaie Chianti Colli Senesi 2012

Organic Grapes.  Here's a gutsy, ripe, blend of Sangiovese with just a tiny bit of Canaiolo Nero) that delivers romas and flavors of black cherry fruit with accents of violets, licorice, and a hint of spice. There's just the right amount of Chianti heft and tannic power on the finish, but a nice burst of tangy cherry acidity keeps the dark fruit and floral flavors fresh and focused across the long finish.  A great steak Chianti and ready to drink now.

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Le Pupille Morellino Di Scansano 2012 Product #29353 (In Stock)
Le Pupille Morellino Di Scansano 2012 Le Pupille Morellino Di Scansano 2012

From Tuscany's coastal regions, Pupille's mainly Sangiovese (just a dash of Alicante and Malvasia Nera for complexity) is always wonderfully perfumed, but has an extra dose of ripe fruit this year.

"This is much fruitier than past vintages yet super fresh and clean. It's a wine that you want to drink all yourself. Medium to full body, fresh acidity and a long, bright finish. Very perfumed. Drink now. Excellent value."   James Suckling 91 points

"Freshly cut flowers, mint, sweet red berries and cinnamon are some of the notes that lift from the glass in Le Pupille's 2012 Morellino di Scansano. This pliant, expressive Morellino is a great choice for drinking over the next 2-3 years. Drops of Alicante and Malvasia Nera round out the blend."  Antonio Galloni 88 points

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Guicciardini Morellino Di Scansano Massi Di Mandorlaia 2011 Product #28789 (In Stock)
Guicciardini Morellino Di Scansano Massi Di Mandorlaia 2011 Guicciardini Morellino Di Scansano Massi Di Mandorlaia 2011

From the southern Tuscan Coast, this blend of Sangiovese (85%) and equal parts Merlot, Cabernet, and Alicante delivers a lot of Italian energy with a touch of International flair.  Big aromas of Bing and black cherry plus fresh cut flowers lead to a juicy black cherry flavors with accents of leather, herb, and scorched earth.  The fruit keeps on pumping through the long, finely tanninc, finish.  A great match for rich meats or stews.

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Perticaia Montefalco Rosso 2012 Product #29862 (In Stock)
Perticaia Montefalco Rosso 2012 Perticaia Montefalco Rosso 2012

A good Montefalco Rosso is at once familiar and highly distinctive.  The “familiar” elements are Sangiovese’s dark black cherry fruit, whiff of berry blossom, and touch of fresh cured leather.  The “distinctive” elements come from Umbria’s unique Sagrantino grape:  powerful, firm, deeply intense, and layered with exotic spice.  This is more than a “good” Montefalco – it’s a terrific one.

Guido Guardigli crafts his Monteflacot Rosso from 70% Sangiovese and 15% Colorino – both classic Chianti grapes – plus 15% Sagrantino.  It’s young and wound up tight a bit now, but already serving up complex, sophisticated, aromas of black raspberry puree, currant, and the kind of fine leather used to bind expensive first edition books wafts from the glass.  On the palate, it stays intense and powerful, with real drive and energy.  Raspberry blossom, crushed berries, blackcurrant, and red plum flavors get drive from bright acids and definition from fine-grained, gritty, Sangrantino tannins.  Finishes firm and mouthwatering with berry blossom and leather notes lingering.  It’s serious and intense enough to pair with something fancy like roasted veal, but you’d be darn happy to drink it with sausage pizza that had a touch of truffle oil drizzled on top.

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Buondonno Chianti Classico 2012 Product #29562 (In Stock)
Buondonno Chianti Classico 2012 Buondonno Chianti Classico 2012

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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Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico 2012 Product #29226 (In Stock)
Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico 2012 Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico 2012

Gioia Cresti fashioned her 2012 Chianti Classico from 100% Sangiovese grapes grown  at 350 meters elevation in Castelnuovo Berardenga.  Fermentation in tank followed by 12 months aging in neutral barrel lets the fruit shine through while mellowing Sangiovese’s often hard tannins.  You’ll find bold and classic Chianti aromas of dark black cherry, leather, dried tobacco, crushed violet and more jump out of the glass at first pour and get deeper and more ripe with air.  Plenty of the dark, rich, fruit you expect from this warm 2012 vintage, but also some of the clarity and juicy acids that make Fontalpino so easy to drink and pair with food.  The tannins are fine and ripe and the juicy cherry/berry and violet notes linger nicely.  Very classic Chianti indeed.

"Serious density and freshness for the vintage with dark-berry and fresh-mushroom character. Full body with fine tannins and a crisp finish. Drink now." James Suckling 90 points

"Bright, saturated red. Aromas of red cherry, dark berries, tobacco and violet, lifted by a whiff of minty minerals. Bright, juicy and sappy, showing very good density to the vibrant flavors of redcurrant, tobacco and gunflint. This solidly structured, mineral-bright Chianti Classico finishes with a firm tannic spine and just screams sangiovese. I was pleasantly surprised by this estate's performance this year, and I'll be following the wines more closely in the years to come."  Vinous 90 points

"Rich and elegant, with cherry, strawberry, tobacco and tea flavors. Medium-bodied, with firm tannins defining the finish. Best from 2016 through 2022. 4,200 cases made." Wine Spectator 90 points

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Gracciano Della Seta Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2011 Product #28798 (In Stock)
Gracciano Della Seta Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2011 Gracciano Della Seta Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2011

An exciting, 100% Sangiovese, Vino Nobile that's been softened by 24 months in large barrel but still retains a bit of Montepulciano's wildness.  Generous aromas of dark fruit, spiced, and aged tobacco.  Then a plush, velvety, mouthful of ripe raspberry, cherry, and balsamic macerated strawberry fruit with accents of smoke, spice, and leather.  The texture and finely tanninc finish are smooth and classy with nice squirt of cranberry tang at the end.

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Uccelliera Rosso Di Montalcino 2013 Product #29517 (In Stock)
Uccelliera Rosso Di Montalcino 2013 Uccelliera Rosso Di Montalcino 2013

Antonio Galloni rates this as the best Rosso di Montalcino ever from Uccelliera - above even the brilliant 2007 - and we have to agree.  Give it a swirl and it smells like very good Brunello, with intense scents of dark cherry, leather, smoke and dark flowers.  On the palate, it's a terrific marriage of the best of Rosso - medium bodied, transparent, fresh - with gusty Brunello flavors of ripe fruit, leather, spice, flowers and more. The wine finishes with muscular (but very ripe) tannins and a lash of juicy acidity as the fruit keeps on flowing. Tempting with a decant and food right now, but this is a Rosso that will really blossom with a year or two in cellar and drink through the early 2020s easily.

“The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino captures the essence of this site rich in clay and limestone, where the wines are ample and broad in style. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, lavender and spice notes blossom in a resonant Rosso loaded with personality. Readers who want to explore the Uccelliera wines should start here; this is a fabulous showing from Andrea Cortonesi.”  Antonio Galloni 91 points

“The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino opens to easy fruit intensity and sharp mineral tones of brimstone and pencil shaving that you note immediately. Those dusty tones slowly turn to bright cherry, licorice and cola. Rosso di Montalcino is one of Italy's most food-friendly wines (think pasta, grilled sausage and lasagna) and this wine is a good example of why. Fresh acidity and easy tannins offer a smooth and informal drinking experience.”Wine Advocate 88 points

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Villa Le Prata Rosso Di Montalcino Tirso 2012 Product #29553 (In Stock)
Villa Le Prata Rosso Di Montalcino Tirso 2012 Villa Le Prata Rosso Di Montalcino Tirso 2012

Opens with classic Sangiovese aromas of dark cherry, strawberry, leather and violets.  You can taste the warmth of the vintage on the palate with deep flavors of black cherry, raspberry, crushed flowers and a hint of mocha coating your palate. With a little air, attractive notes of clean leather and fresh earth emerge to add complexity.  This is a bigger, richer, more darkly-fruited Rosso than we’ve seem from the women of Villa le Prata in the past, but a nice squirt of cranberry acidity keeps things fresh all the way through the gently tannic finish.  It’s bright and clean enough to enjoy with lighter foods or even dishes with a little tomato (pizza, anyone?) but enough depth and heft to handle an herb-crusted pork chop.  Delicious now and built to improve steadily over the next 3-5 years.

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Tenuta di Valgiano Palistorti Rosso 2011 Product #29058 (In Stock)
Tenuta di Valgiano Palistorti Rosso 2011 Tenuta di Valgiano Palistorti Rosso 2011

A blend of biodynamically grown Sangiovese and 15% each Merlot and Syrah from pebble and sandstone laced vineyards overlooking the walled Tuscan city of Luca.  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 2011 Palistorti di Valgiano is fabulous. A bevy of expressive red fruit, flowers, spices and mint hit the palate in this expressive, exuberant wine. Readers who want to learn about Valgiano can start here. This is a gorgeous entry-level offering."  Antonio Galloni 92 points

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Paolo Bea Montefalco Vigna San Valentino 2009 Product #29004 (In Stock)
Paolo Bea Montefalco Vigna San Valentino 2009 Paolo Bea Montefalco Vigna San Valentino 2009

A stunning blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Montepulciano, all from a 50-year old vineyard.  After a 30 day maceration, the wine ages 3 years in tank and then in bottle until it's ready to drink.  It's a touch more ripe than the 2008 edition, with loads of plump black and Bing cherry accented by fresh earth , licorice, mocha, almond olive and earth  notes.  There's a slight tang of volatile acidity - normal in these organic, no-sulfur, wines - and then loads of dark fruit on the juicy, firm finish.  Less than 400 cases made in 2009 - which is why we only have two of them!

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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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