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Vina Real Rioja Gran Reserva 2006 Product #29491 (In Stock)
Vina Real Rioja Gran Reserva 2006 Vina Real Rioja Gran Reserva 2006

"The 2006 Reserva has a more gamey, animally nose than the 2005 with dark berries and earthy notes combining to intriguing effect. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweeter entry than the 2005. It is underpinned by fine tannins and a crescendo of ripe black cherry, wild strawberry and garrigue notes that inform the long, graceful finish. It is still unresolved but it shows great promise. Drink now-2025.

I have been a big fan of Vina Real for many years. A spine-tingling 1962 encountered during my trip attested to the longevity of these somehow, effortless, classic Rioja wines. Both the Crianza and Reserva are a blend of 90% Tempranillo augmented by Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo."Wine Advocate 91 points

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Villa Le Prata Brunello Di Montalcino 2006 Product #28103 (In Stock)
Villa Le Prata Brunello Di Montalcino 2006 Villa Le Prata Brunello Di Montalcino 2006

Everyone – really, without dissent – agrees that 2006 is a great Brunello vintage characterized by dense, muscular, wines with deep minerality and powerful tannins that will need a decade to resolve. Well, this Brunello is certainly “great,” but otherwise not a very typical 2006.  The fruit all comes from the original 3 small vineyards planted by Mairaluce Losappio in the early 1990s.  Her daughter, Benedetta, loves elegance and purity more than dark, dusky, power, so they seem to crop a little higher than some neighbors to achieve ripeness without over-concentration.  Winemaking is gentle and relaxed – 20 days fermentation in steel tank, 1 year aging in new and used French oak 500l barrels and then 1 year more in 30 hectoliter Slavonian oak cask.

The result is a Sophia Loren of a wine – certainly feminine, beautiful and even seductive, but with lacking nothing in character, substance or strength.  There’s a captivating transparency to the flavors of ripe berry and cherry and accents of fresh leather and tobacco and – as with the Rosso – the palate length here is superior.  The ripe, almost chalky, tannins don’t get in the way of the fruit flavors pumping out on the generous finish.  Drink right now for the fruit or give it a while for the earthy, leather, notes to expand.

“Full of floral, raspberry, cherry and tobacco aromas and flavors, this red also shows savory and mineral elements. Sinewy and taut, offering a silky texture and firm tannins. This shows fine length, with a sweetness that lingers. Best from 2013 through 2025. 400 cases made.”Wine Spectator 94 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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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 Brunate 2006 Product #25941 (In Stock)
Damilano Barolo Brunate 2006 Damilano Barolo Brunate 2006

"The 2006 Barolo Brunate shows the masculine personality of this site in its dark fruit, minerals, menthol and spices. Today the wine is very much closed in on itself, but the fruit and perfume should emerge as the tannins soften. This is a commendable effort that falls short of being truly inspiring, a shame considering how precious Brunate is. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026."Wine Advocate 92 points

"A wiry, angular red, awkward today, yet revealing a core of cherry, strawberry, rubber and tobacco flavors. This is vibrant, settling down on the lingering finish and echoing spice and leather accents. Best from 2014 through 2032."Wine Spectator 92 points

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Bodegas Asenjo & Manso A & M 2006 Product #25792 (In Stock)
Bodegas Asenjo & Manso A & M 2006 Bodegas Asenjo & Manso A & M 2006

A rare “luxury cuvee” that is all about the amazing fruit and not about oaky flash, this is one of the most delicious Tempranillo-based wines I have tasted in  years.  The fruit is from the heart of the vineyard, all from vines planted by Teofilo Asenjo 80 to 100 years ago.  And, while good, the Wine Advocate review undersells the wine by a lot.  Intense, complex, aromas of dark fruit, sweet herb, and cardamom spice get deeper and more layered with air.  In the mouth intensely focused fruit and roasted meat flavors with accents of licorice and balsamic.  Firm, fine, and very long with precise tannin and mouthwatering acidity.  Drink it now with roast lamb or standing rib roast or cellar for even more complexity.  Amazing stuff.

"The flagship 2006 A & M was sourced from 100 year old vines, was fermented with native yeasts, and went through ML in barrel before spending 15 months in French oak. Deep purple in color, it offers up a liqueur-like nose of blackberry, black cherry, sandalwood, mineral, espresso, and lavender. Full-bodied on the palate with outstanding volume and density, this layered, concentrated effort borders on opulence. It has structured to go the distance and should see its 30th birthday in peak shape. Drink 2010-2035.”Wine Advocate 93+ 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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Gaja Sori Tildin Langhe 2006 Product #26244 (In Stock)
Gaja Sori Tildin Langhe 2006 Gaja Sori Tildin Langhe 2006

In perfect condition and most still in un-opened wood six packs.  A very rare deal.

“Good full, deep red. Sexy aromas of minerals, truffle and ineffable rose petal. Suave and lush, showing a surprisingly open-knit texture that partly masks the wine's serious underpinning of fine tannins. Very long and aromatic on the aftertaste."International Wine Cellar 94 points

“Angelo Gaja's 2006s from Barbaresco are lovely, although they require a bit of aeration to find their focus. As always Gaja blends in a small percentage of Barbera for his single-vineyard Langhe wines. The 2006 Langhe Sori Tildin opens with a gorgeous, nuanced bouquet that leads to an equally expressive core of ripe, red fruits. This medium-bodied Sori Tildin is the most focused and energetic of these wines. It offers exceptional length and a refined, polished close. As is often the case, the Sori Tildin is also the most delicate and feminine of the single-vineyard wines. This is a very strong effort even if the explosiveness of the finest vintages is missing. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031.” Wine Advocate 94 points

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