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WA 90

The 2011 Valpolicella Superiore impresses for its richness and the purity of its red fruit aromas. The blend is 60% Corvina, 15% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella and 5% Croatina. The wine is aged in both botte grande and barrique in equal parts. Dark raspberries and blueberries segue to leather, spice, toasted almond and barbecue smoke.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2014)
JS 93 WE 90

This robust red opens with enticing aromas of mature black-skinned berry, pipe tobacco, baking spice and crushed violet. The dense hearty palate delivers ripe black cherry, fig, mocha and star anise framed in chewy tannins.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2016)
WS 91, JS 91

Firm tannins are tightly knit to the core of crushed blackberry, wild herb, tarry mineral and abundant spice notes in this sleek, full-bodied red. Fresh and focused, this should open nicely with air or short-term cellaring. Best from 2018 through 2027.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)
V 93, WA 91

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, the 2008 60-20-20 is aged in new French oak for 36 months. The wine is full and immediate with thick aromas of black fruit, plum, spice cake and cigar box that fit together seamlessly. Pretty accents of dried rosemary or Italian oregano add lift and buoyancy to the bouquet. This is a large and opulent wine in terms of mouthfeel with thick, fruity extract and a delicious touch of soft sweetness on the finish. Drink 2015-2025.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2013)
WS 93

Refined and creamy, with sweet hints of chocolate pudding and baking spice underscoring the flavors of cherry clafoutis and herbes de Provence, accented by a streak of tarry mineral. Elegant overall, but sculpted tannins lend this weight and definition. Offers a lasting, smoky finish. Drink now through 2031.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2016)
WS 89

Round and juicy, this balanced red shows light tannins and expressive notes of raspberry preserves, dried thyme, mocha and smoke. Chewy. Drink now through 2020.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (2016)
WE 91

Ripe, black-skinned fruit, dark spice and chopped herbs abound on this structured red. The big, bold palate offers ripe black cherry, blackberry extract, mocha and licorice while round tannins envelop the palate.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2015)
WS 89

Firm and chewy, this offers flavors of black cherry coulis, singed orange peel, date and fragrant dried herb. Juicy, well-spiced finish. Drink now through 2021.

- Alison Napjus, WIne Spectator (2016)
WS 91, WE 91

A well-knit red, featuring dense tannins married to flavors of crushed black cherry, cured tobacco, smoke and Asian five-spice powder. Sleek and balanced, with a chewy finish. Drink now through 2025.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)
WS 92

There's fine balance to the rich flavors of dried cherry, fig cake, grilled herb and smoky mineral in this rich red, bolstered by burly tannins and juicy acidity. Shows fine length and depth, with ripe fruit and spice echoing on the finish. Drink now through 2030.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2016)
WE 93

Crushed blue flower, ripe plum and a whiff of exotic spice emerge on this bold wine. On the concentrated palate, ground pepper, cocoa and licorice notes accent ripe black cherry and baked plum. Velvety tannins lend elegance and support.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2015)
WS 91

A dense, savory red, with rich, smoky minerality underscoring the flavors of cherry compote, graphite, herbed black olive and star anise. The supple tannins form a firm, well-knit frame. Spicy and chewy on the lasting finish. Best from 2017 through 2029.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2015)
V 95, WS 91, WE 91

Well-knit and silky in texture, with refined tannins framing the layers of dried cherry and black currant fruit. Aromatic notes of herb and spice show a deep accent of rich wood smoke that builds through to the lasting finish. Drink now through 2023.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2013)
The big, big brother of the Grassi Valpolicella, this is delicious & refined with rich ripe plums, bing cherries, oven-baked blackberry jam, with cloves, nutmeg, a hint of cardamom, and pleasing acidity. The finish is endless.

There are only 800 cases made of this wonderful Amarone, and I'm lucky to get any to share. You might find a few dubious bottles of this elsewhere online, but the provenance doesn't get any better than this (we fly it over, straight from Roccolo Grassi's cantina).
WE 91, WS 90

This is full-bodied and savory, with spice box and dried rosemary notes accenting flavors of crushed black cherry, violet and smoke. Fresh and well-knit, featuring a subtle, chewy finish. Drink now through 2025.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)
WS 91

An intense and enticing mix of fresh and spicy dried fig, date and raisin on the nose. Full-bodied, with big, silky tannins that coat the mouth and provide for a long finish of spice and mineral.

- Wine Spectator (Sept, 2006)
JS 97, WS 92

Baked currant and fig cake notes are laced with tea leaf, wood smoke and citrus peel accents in this bright, tightly meshed red. Dense tannins provide firm structure. The lasting finish echoes a streak of spicy minerality. Drink now through 2027.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2017)
Named for the winery’s matriarch, Mara Cesari, thiswine is produced in the extended Valpolicella region near the city of Verona in the Veneto region. Following fermentation in stainless steel, the wine was refermented on the dried grape skins (“the Ripasso technique”). The wine is then racked off for a few months and undergoes malolactic fermentation. Aging takes place for 12 months in Slavonian oak barrels and French tonneaux and 6 months in bottle. A smooth, elegant wine with an aromatic bouquet of ripe fruit and cherries, Cesari Mara Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso boasts a persistent, warm finish.
WS 91

Open-knit and accessible, this red offers layered flavors of blackberry coulis, spiced plum, licorice and spice box. Lightly juicy throughout, with a chewy finish and a lasting hint of dried herb. Drink now through 2020. 120 cases imported.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (June, 2013)
WA 96, WS 94

Truly drop-dead gorgeous is the 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Mazzano. I think the 2007 vintage is one of the best expressions of Mazzano ever made. This is a finely elaborate and intriguing vinous creation that shines bright like a piece of classic marble sculpture. There is a subtle gloss and patina to the wine that gives it extra smoothness and silkiness to the touch. Likewise, its aromas of white mineral, spice, blackcurrant and licorice are finely etched and defined. Timeless Mazzano will keep in your cellar for ten years or more.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Nov, 2014)
WE 95, V 94

Aged in cherry-wood casks, this opens with earthy aromas of tilled soil, blue flower, leather, black cherry and baking spices. The delicious palate offers plum cake, nutmeg, baked fruit, cocoa and cinnamon alongside velvety-smooth tannins. It’s both elegant and opulent, and while it’s extremely accessible now, it will also age well. Drink 2015–2027.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2014)

WE 92, WS 91, WA 91

Smoke, graphite, blue flower, cedar and black pepper aromas take center stage on this bold, structured wine. Velvety tannins support the dense black cherry, plum and blackberry flavors, while notes of freshly ground pepper and nutmeg add depth. Thanks to fresh acidity it's already surprisingly drinkable but it also displays aging potential. Drink through 2022.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2014)
JS 98, WE 95, WS 94

Dal Forno delivers one of the world's most impossibly rich and concentrated red wines. Using grapes sourced from the high-density Monte Lodoletta vineyard, this inky, dark expression oozes with syrupy tones of maraschino, dark chocolate fudge, cinnamon spice, crushed clove and barbecue smoke. In keeping with the wine's legendary reputation for long aging potential, the tannins are rock solid at the moment.

- Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2012)