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Collemattoni Toscana Adone Rosso 2015 Product #32952 (In Stock)
Collemattoni Toscana Adone Rosso 2015 Collemattoni Toscana Adone Rosso 2015

We loved Collemattoni's 96 point Brunello di Montalcino 2012, but - truth be told - we probably liked this vibrant Toscana Rosso even more!  It's a blend of 95% Sangiovese from in and around the Brunello zone plus 5% Merlot for extra plumpness and depth.  Pretty aromas of violets, cherry and blackberry lead to a rich and zesty palate with good breadth and richness and a fine, food-friendly, finish.  A fine pizza/pasta red with the extra heft to handle a good steak, too.

"Fresh and fruity red with sliced lemon and chocolate character. Medium body. Firm finish."  James Suckling 90 points

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Poggio Alloro Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2016 Product #32938 (In Stock)

We’ve been impressed by the Fioroni family’s last few Vernaccia releases, but the just arrived 2015 takes the deliciousness to new heights even as the price goes down! Since at least 1276, Tuscany’s Vernaccia grape has delivered whites of true character and refreshing zest.  Nearly wiped out by easier to grow, and higher yielding, Trebbiono and Malvasia in the mid-20th Century, Vernacchia was saved when Italy created Tuscany’s first (and only) white wine DOC for Vernacchia grown on the sandstone soils around the old city of San Gimignano.

This is a classic example, made from 100% Organic grapes harvested at optimum ripeness and allowed to become wine slowly, naturally, in neutral tank.  It’s wonderfully expressive on the nose, with generous aromas of peach, apricot, green apple, and herby wildflower.  Take a sip and you’ll love how it fills up your mouth with rich flavors of mid-summer stone fruit (peach, apricot, nectarine), Granny Smith apple, and tangerine zest.  The lip-smacking fresh finish makes this a great anytime sipper, but it will shine most brightly at table with fish, poultry, and cheese.

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Bardellini Vermentino U Munte 2015 Product #32279 (In Stock)
Bardellini Vermentino U Munte 2015 Bardellini Vermentino U Munte 2015

Vermentino needs an unusual combination of conditions to be interesting.  It needs plenty of warmth and sunshine to ripen, but also cool nights to lock in acidity and stay fresh.  That's exactly what Colle dei Bardellini's vineyards in Liguria, east of Monaco and near the Cinque Terre deliver.  From 1,000 feet above sea level, this explodes with green fruit, lime zest, and lots of salty, seafood-friendly, minerality.  Refreshing, lip-smacking, fun!

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Casaloste Rosso Maniero Toscana IGT 2014 Product #32304 (In Stock)
Casaloste Rosso Maniero Toscana IGT 2014 Casaloste Rosso Maniero Toscana IGT 2014

This could almost be labeled Chianti Classico (and actually has some declassified Chianti juice in it), but with just 65% Sangiovese, it's a tad under the minimum.  The 35% other grapes - mainly Merlot and Canaiolo - soften Sangiovese's bite and add a nice layer of richness and depth to this all tank blend.  Dark cherry and bitter chocolate aromas and flavors get a nice lift from lemony acidity and fresh, juicy, raspberry.  There's enough structure and weight to make this a great table wine but it's supple enough to just sip, too.

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Poggio Alloro Vernaccia Nicchiaio 2016 Product #32981 (In Stock)
Poggio Alloro Vernaccia Nicchiaio 2016 Poggio Alloro Vernaccia Nicchiaio 2016

From vineyards in the shadow of the towers of San Gimignano, this is Vernacchia harvested a bit later and given more time on the lees in barrel than Poggio Alloro's "regular" bottling.  Rich, nutty, aromas of acacia flower and stone fruit lead to a palate at once rich and bright.  Layered flavors of sweet pear, apricot, toasted nut and a hint of herb honey are lifted by juicy acids and linger with a hint of mineral across a long, building, finish.

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Voliero Rosso Di Montalcino 2015 Product #32382 (In Stock)
Voliero Rosso Di  Montalcino 2015 Voliero Rosso Di  Montalcino 2015

We sometimes think of Rosso di Montalcino as "baby Brunello," and some winemakers craft their Rosso in that style:  rich, dark, powerful and structured if just a touch less deep than Brunello.  But Andrea Cortonesi’s Voliero Rosso di Montalcino 2015 is something different.  It certainly captures the dark fruit and layered complexity of Sangiovese Grosso grown in the sandier soils of Montalino's norther vineyards.  But this is no "almost Brunello" - instead, it's a wine of unique purity, grace and even finesse that is uniquely Rosso.

It's also really, really, delicious!  Aromas of crushed berries, violets, spice and fresh leather all waft from the glass with the fruit getting darker and more prominent with air. In the mouth it glides across your palate with beautifully purity and deftness, layering fresh raspberry and cherry fruit with floral, spice and fresh earth accents. On the finish, the sweet fruit keeps on singing out over very fine, ripe, tannins and tangy cherry juice acidity.  Although the aromas and flavors are very Montalcino, the texture and freshness resemble a top Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and this will work like that with salmon, grilled beef, and mushroom dishes.

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Livio Sassetti Pertimali Montecucco Rosso 2015 Product #33207 (In Stock)
Livio Sassetti Pertimali Montecucco Rosso 2015 Livio Sassetti Pertimali Montecucco Rosso 2015

Topline:  this is one delicious Sangiovese!  Brunello grower Livio Sassetti works this small farm in Tuscany's Maremma district, between Montalcino and Morellino di Scansano.  It's 100% Sangiovese (all organically farmed) and in 2015 is explosively ripe on the nose and sweetly fruited on the palate.  Black cherry, violets and subtle leather notes weave in and out of a generous red that fills your mouth and then finishes up with a whip of steak-friendly tannin.  A treat!

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Poggio Alloro Vin Santo Del Chianti 375ml 2010 Product #30376 (In Stock)
Poggio Alloro Vin Santo Del Chianti 375ml 2010 Poggio Alloro Vin Santo Del Chianti 375ml 2010

Half-Bottle (375ml) A traditional dessert wine style from just outside the walled city of San Gimignano, Tuscany.  Trebbiano, Malvasia, and San Colombano grapes are dried and then aged five years in small barrels (traditionally chestnut) to give it a distinctive nutty, resinous aroma and flavor. Great with the traditional accompaniment of biscotti.

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Montenidoli Toscana Rosso Sono Montenidoli 2015 Product #32932 (In Stock)
Montenidoli Toscana Rosso Sono Montenidoli 2015 Montenidoli Toscana Rosso Sono Montenidoli 2015

One of Tuscany's most famed estates - but only in Italy and mainly among the lucky few who met the late Sergio Muratori and Elisabetta Fagiuoli, Sergio's very much alive cofounder and creator of Montenidoli in the Chianti hills not far from San Gimignano.  The 24ha acres of vines are nestled into 250ha of woodlands, rising from ancient seabed soils at the base to blood-red, iron-rich, remnants of the Triassic period at the top of the hill.  These are the oldest soils in Tuscany and the only place they are planted to vine.

Elisabetta's Sangiovese grows naturally (only a little copper or sulfur as needed) in the poor red soils, ripening stunning cherry and strawberry fruit flavors while sucking up and sharing layer up on layer of iron ore minerality.  Aging a year in neutral oak gives the wine some roundness, but the tannins here are still classically firm and mouthcoating - the kind of big mouthful of tannin that's satisfying and mouthwatering, not hard or bitter.  The wine's delicious and rare and priced far, far, below its value.  Try it.

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Montenidoli Fiore Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2016 Product #33082 (In Stock)
Montenidoli Fiore Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2016 Montenidoli Fiore Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2016

One of Tuscany's finest white wines, Elisabetta Fagiuoli's Vernaccia di San Gimignano regularly tops critics' ratings of wines from this often overlooked white DOCGs.  The 2016 edition has yet to be reviewed, but the 91 point write-up from Wine Advocate below for the 2015 hints at the wonderfulness you're going to taste in the even better 2016 vintage. There's a Riesling-like character to the minerality and core of ripe green apple and stone fruit and then Sancerre-like minerality, cut and vibrancy.  In all the years Wine Advocate has reviewed Italian wines, only 17 Vernaccia Di San Gimignano have earned higher ratings.  And Elisabetta made about a third of those.  And it's hard to believe any are better than this!

"Offers steady and clean aromas of saffron, white peach and juicy Golden Delicious apple. Delicate notes of crushed flint and granite fill in the rear. This is a clean and refreshing wine but it also offers the complexity and layering that distinguishes this specific wine within a group of peers. Winemaking is simple: it is fermented in stainless steel and goes directly into bottle with no oak contact."   Wine Advocate 91 points (for 2015 vintage)

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Montenidoli Fiore Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2015 Product #32931 (In Stock)
Montenidoli Fiore Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2015 Montenidoli Fiore Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2015

There's a nice review from Wine Advocate here, but it only hints at the excitement we felt on tasting Elisabetta Fagiuoli's stunning and crazy good Vernaccia.  Because we simply had no idea that Tuscany's most important white grape could make wine this fantastically good.  There's a Riesling-like character to the minerality and core of ripe green apple and stone fruit and then Sancerre-like minerality, cut and vibrancy.  In all the years Wine Advocate has reviewed Italian wines, only 17 Vernaccia Di San Gimignano have earned higher ratings.  And Elisabetta made about a third of those.  You really need to try this wine!

"The 2015 Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore offers steady and clean aromas of saffron, white peach and juicy Golden Delicious apple. Delicate notes of crushed flint and granite fill in the rear. This is a clean and refreshing wine but it also offers the complexity and layering that distinguishes this specific wine within a group of peers. Winemaking is simple: it is fermented in stainless steel and goes directly into bottle with no oak contact."Wine Advocate 91 points

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Donatella Cinelli Colombini Rosso Montalcino 2015 Product #32959 (In Stock)
Donatella Cinelli Colombini Rosso Montalcino 2015 Donatella Cinelli Colombini Rosso Montalcino 2015

Vintage 2015 is going to be a great Brunello vintage - and it's already a terrific year for Rosso di Montalcino!  This one is a beauty, very Brunello in flavor - dark cherry, leather, spice, a hint of balsamic - but with the immediate acceisbility to be fun to drink tonight.  Highly recommended!

"There is plenty of tobacco and cedar to this Rosso di Montalcino as well as ripe strawberries and hints of herbs. Full body, round tannins and an intense finish."  James Suckling 91 points

"A perfumed red, evoking floral, cherry, currant and leather flavors. On the palate, this picks up wild herb and earth notes. Intense yet elegant, with fine length."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Poggio Alloro San Gimignano Rosso Convivo 2015 Product #32937 (In Stock)

A juicy blend of Sangiovese and Colorino, this Tuscan red is aged in oak for 12 months to round it out just a hair.   It's rich and deep with plenty of ripe cherry fruit and building layers of earth, leather and smoke.  Finishes firm and ready for all kinds of bold foods - perfect with winter braised dishes.

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