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Giorgio Pelissero Barbera d'Alba Piani 2013 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Langhe Nebbiolo 2013 (750 ml) Petrolo Torrione Valdarno di Sopra, Tuscany 2015 (750 ml)
JS 92, V 91

Pelissero's 2013 Barbera d' Alba Piani embodies the virtues of this cool, late-ripening vintage. Freshly cut flowers, mint, hard candy, spices and sweet dark cherries are some of the notes that inform this vibrant, super-expressive Barbera. In 2013, Giorgio Pelissero did not bottle his top of the line Barbera Tulin; all the best fruit went into the Piani.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
WS 91

Alluring aromas of flowers, cherry, strawberry, sandalwood and leather mark this muscular red. Finishes on the firm side, but should develop well. Drink now through 2021.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2015)
JS 94, WS 91, WA 90

This is lean and taut, with cherry, leather, tobacco, earth and iron flavors. Leans to the dry side in the end, but has depth and character. Turns more elegant and complex with air. Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2019 through 2025.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (March, 2018)
Azienda Agricola Cos 'Nero di Lupo' Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2015 (750 ml) Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso 2016 (750 ml) Cantele Amativo 2015 (750 ml)
Scents of violets and freshly cut herbs lead into this wine’s tangy flavors of blackberry and plum. It’s lively and fresh, with fruit-skin tannins that feel taut without impeding the juicy flavors. The wine gains density with air, picking up subtle notes of licorice and black pepper.
JS 92, WS 92

Outstanding vintage. Elegant, fruity and fun. It makes you smile with pleasure making you understand with ease what you expect from the other wines. Deep ruby red color with purple hues. On the nose you get spices, green pepper and vanilla with forest fruit aromas. The palate is an elegant wine, balanced. Tannins give a feeling of freshness, long and sweet finish.

- James Suckling
WS 89

Ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit flavors are bright and brambly in this elegant, medium-bodied red, which offers light, taut tannins and notes of spice, aromatic herb and citrus lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2023.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (2018)
Rocca di Fabbri Sagrantino di Montefalco 2013 (750 ml) Cantina - Kellerei Tramin Selections 'Nussbaumer' Gewurztraminer Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige 2014 (750 ml) Armando Piazzo Barbaresco 2015 (750 ml)
A hint of eucalyptus meshes with plump cherry, seared mushroom and herbal black olive flavors in this polished red, while a note of ashy mineral and a core of tightly wound tannins hold sway on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2024.
WA 91+

The Cantina Tramin 2014 Alto Adige Gewürztraminer Nussbaumer offers a bouquet that is so generous and opulent, it almost outsized the wine's petite frame. In fact, that delicate contrast is this wine's most interesting feature. Floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle are followed by drying mineral tones and tropical fruit. The wine shows balance and integrity.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (July, 2016)
WE 90

Aromas of woodland berry, new leather and forest floor lead the nose. The savory palate offers red cherry, star anise and white pepper alongside polished tannins and fresh acidity.

-Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2018)
Roccolo Grassi Valpolicella Superiore 2012 (750 ml) Azienda Agricola Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2014 (750 ml) Giovanni Rocca Bricco Ravera Barolo 2013 (750 ml)
World class red from an artisan producer. Made much a like a dry Amarone, this wine has tremendous depth and complexity with dried flowers and spiced currant aromas and has a silky and savory palate of plum, cherry and finishes with full and succulent tannins. Grilled lamb and rich cheeses are supreme pairs with this marquis red.
WA 94+

This is a tremendous wine and is my favorite bottle in this excellent series. The 2014 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico reveals beautiful integrity and elegance with wild raspberry, blue flower and raw pistachio nut that is a bit sweet and salty at the same time. Buoyant and bright berry fruit takes center stage and although there are some post-fermentation aromas that might stick out to some experts, I embrace them as an integral part of this unique wine's distinctive personality. The bouquet is almost electric. It has many elements that recall a young Nebbiolo with powdered licorice, cola and dried ginger. I tasted this wine from vat and tasted it again as a finished product. The label has been restyled to boast one of the most distinctive and contemporary designs I have even seen in Italian wine.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (May, 2017)
WE 91

Rose, eucalyptus, espresso and exotic spice aromas lead into a linear, structured palate offering sour cherry, pomegranate star anise and roasted coffee flavors in this wine. Close-grained tannins leave a firm, tight finish. Drink 2023–2033.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)
Rocca di Frassinello Maremma Toscana 2014 (750 ml) Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2014 (1.5 Liter) Livon Eldoro Pignolo Colli Orientali del Friuli 2012 (750 ml)
WA 93, WS

Brooding and thick, the 2014 Maremma Toscana Rocca di Frassinello takes all the intensity of the vintage and pours it into the glass. That's saying a lot because this vintage infamously lacked in intensity overall, although you'd never know it here. Rocca di Frassinello makes good on the excellent environmental factors that contribute to this wine. There is the sunshine of Coastal Tuscany, the light sea breezes and the reddish Maremma soils. This Bordeaux blend born in Tuscany offers dark fruit aromas, savory spice and bitter chocolate. The tannins are soft, but the wine does deliver solid structure to keep it firmly stitched together.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jan, 2017)
V 92

Linear and loaded with finesse, this delicate, polished red opens with fragrant blue flower, berry and crushed herb scents. The bright, ethereal palate offers sour cherry, strawberry and a hint of baking spice, framed by silky tannins and vibrant acidity. Drink soon.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (April, 2017)
A stellar example of the potential of Italian indigenous grapes this is 100% Pignolo, a small-clustered variety that faced almost certain extinction. This robust, succulent single-vineyard wine has blackberry, prunes, cigar box and sticky melted milk chocolate aromas and flavors. Rich in soft tannins and fruity concentration.
Tenuta di Ghizzano Nambrot Toscana 2015 (750 ml) Beni di Batasiolo Barolo 2014 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Barbera d'Alba Tulin 2009 (750 ml)
The color is deep garnet red. The bouquet has all the typical aromas of the grape Nebbiolo after the aging period provided by the process of production, showing the dried fruit, flowers, spices, sweets, and the typical delicate herbaceous aromas. In the mouth, the perfect balance between tannins, freshness and the alcoholic content, offer truly powerful sensations but absolutely elegant and pleasing. Good intensity and persistence put this wine one of the best expressions of the Langa.
V 91, WS 90, IWC 90

This inky red offers plum, cherry jam, violet and tobacco aromas and flavors on a full, rich, powerful frame. Concentrated, needing air to cohere, with a firm grip of tannins on the finish. Only 750 cases made.

- Vinous
Monteverro 'Terra di Monteverro' Toscana 2012 (750 ml) Luciano Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2016 (750 ml) Terre Nere Campigli Vallone, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2012 (750 ml)
WA 91, WS 90

The 2012 Terra di Monteverro shows inner sunshine and warm climate traits of ripe fruit and blackberry confit. This is a more affordable wine from Monteverro with good complexity and overall harmony. It would pair nicely with succulent cuts of lamb or pork. The wine reveals soft tannins and delicious intensity. There is an extra level of sweetness here that comes from the hot vintage.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jan, 2017)
WA 94

About ten producers make wine in the Valmaggiore cru in Roero (many of whom are reviewed here), and these wines get better each year I return to taste them. The 2016 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore is particularly beautiful, thanks to ideal growing conditions during that year. The Sandrone family counts 3.5 hectares in this location. As an alternative to Barolo, this wine presents a soft and graceful side of Nebbiolo with delicate fruit nuances and distinct mineral etchings. Indeed, the wine is almost salty in taste. The sandy soils of Valmaggiore contribute to shaping the wine's lively ruby appearance and those tangy wild berry aromas. This wine is only aged in neutral oak.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
JS 93, WE 92, V 91

Fragrant and refined, this offers aromas of Mediterranean brush, rosemary, violet, woodland berry and a whiff of dark spice. The juicy savory palate gives layers of succulent wild cherry, black raspberry, clove and star anise while polished tannins provide a lithe framework. Drink through 2022.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2017)
Felsina Berardenga Vin Santo Chianti Classico 2006 (375 ml) Armando Piazzo Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Vietti Vigna Scarrone Barbera d'Alba 2015 (750 ml)
WA 94

The 2006 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico represens a blend of Trebbiano and Malvasia del Chianti that is aged in small oak barrels called caratelli for seven long years. This is a beautiful expression that is not too sweet or heavy. Indeed, it offers a noticeable level of elegance and sophistication that you don't always find in this category of dessert wine from central Italy. The bouquet shows candied fruit, honey, brown sugar and grilled herb. Fèlsina produces 9,000 bottles of this wine, making it one of the biggest producers of Vin Santo in the Chianti Classico area.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
Classic Nebbiolo aromas of wild berry, aromatic herb, tilled soil and a balsamic note slowly emerge on this structured red. The focused, full-bodied palate offers wild cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon, white pepper, anise and mint alongside assertive tannins and bright acidity. It needs to come together but already boasts finesse and complexity. Drink 2019–2031.
WA 93, WS 93

The 2015 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Vecchia Scarrone is a beautifully crafted and accessible wine made with fruit from a historic vineyard. Luca Currado opted not to make Barbera in the difficult 2014 vintage. This wine opens to immediate density and richness. It shows succulent aromas of blackberry, spice, tar and dark plum that build the wine's soaring aromatic profile. Earthy tones of forest floor and black truffle also appear. The mouthfeel is on the soft side (of the Barbera spectrum) and there is a playful point of sweetness as well.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
Giovanni Viberti Barolo Buon Padre 2013 (750 ml) Poggiopiano Chianti Classico la Tradizione 2007 (750 ml) Les Cretes Cuvee Bois Chardonnay 2015 (750 ml)
WS 93, JS 93

This red shimmers with licorice, cherry, tar and mineral aromas and flavors. A bit heady, but expressive, with plenty of buried cherry notes at the core. Fresh and lightly chewy on the long finish. Best from 2021 through 2036.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Sept, 2016)
WS 92

Ripe and complex, this is full of sweet mulled plum and cherry, showing leather, spice and cigar box overtones. Focused and fresh, with plenty of life and a fine, savory aftertaste. Drink now through 2024.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2013)
V 93, WE 89

Toasted oak, butter and ripe apple aromas emerge in the glass. The aromas carry over to the medium-bodied palate along with apricot jam and a hint of ginger. Drink through 2021.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2018)
Montepeloso Eneo Toscana IGT 2014 (750 ml) Bolla Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013 (750 ml) Silvano Bolmida Bussia Vigne dei Fantini, Barolo 2012 (750 ml)
WS 90

A muscular red, with black cherry, plum, tar and licorice flavors. Tannic yet fresh, with a long, complex finish. Not everyone's cup of tea, but has character. Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Alicante and Malvasia Nera. Best from 2018 through 2024.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (June, 2017)
WS 88

A balanced, easy-drinking Amarone, with lightly chewy tannins framing the kirsch and mandarin orange peel flavors and smoky dark chocolate and spice notes. Fresh, open-knit finish. Drink now through 2021.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (2018)
WS 93

A floral aroma introduces this delicate red, whose cherry and leather flavors are ripe. Balanced overall, with sweet fruit, floral and light savory notes that linger on the aftertaste. Not a typical Barolo, this is more lacy in texture. Decant now or age for a few more years. Best from 2018 through 2029.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2017)
Weingut Gottardi Mazzon Blauburgunder Sudtirol, Trentino-Alto Adige 2014 (750 ml) Marchesi Antinori Castello della Sala 'Cervaro della Sala' 2015 (750 ml) Silvano Bolmida Bussia, Barolo 2013 (750 ml)
The vineyard estate Gottardi is famous for its South Tyrolean Pinot Noir. In the year 1986, the Gottardi family from Innsbruck, originally with roots in Trentino, bought the Fernheimhof at Mazzon in Neumarkt/Egna and continued the wine trade. In 1995, the first wine was produced in their own cellars. Since then Bruno and Alexander Gottardi have succeeded in acquiring a well-respected name as wine producers. Since his father Bruno’s passing, Alexander is now controlling the fate of the estate. At the "Blauburgundertage" (Pinot Noir Days), the Gottardi wines have on a number of occasions been on the podium with the three best Pinot Noir wines in Italy. The 6 hectares of vineyard have now grown to nearly 9 hectares, with annual production between 45,000 and 50,000 bottles. In the new cellar, refinement takes place for one year in barrique, a further 8 to 10 months in wooden barrels, before bottling the wine 20 to 22 months after wine harvest.
WA 93, WS 91

This is a beautiful wine that consistently outperforms vintage variation. In other words, it maintains very high quality despite the many troubles Mother Nature can throw its way. This was an easy vintage with a hot summer and plumper, richer aromas as a result. The 2015 Cervaro della Sala is robust and exuberant with bold fruit flavors and soft renderings of roasted almond, Umbrian saffron and spice. I loved the cooler and more delicate 2014 vintage, but I also adore this more powerful version from 2015.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)
WS 93

Rose, cherry and strawberry aromas define this elegant red, whose flavors pick up hints of wild herbs, eucalyptus and mineral. Linear in profile and stretched taut, with a long finish. Best from 2020 through 2035.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2017)
Icardi Montubert, Barbaresco 2010 (750 ml) Poggio le Coste Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Tenute Cisa Asinari Marchesi di Gresy Martinenga, Barbaresco 2012 (750 ml)
WA 93

Icardi’s 2010 Barbaresco Montubert opens with dark concentration and a tight aromatic embroidery of tar, cola, licorice, cedar, dried cherry and black currant. The personality here is steady, strong and smart. Firm Nebbiolo structure holds it together beautifully. There is an initial shyness or restraint that unwinds as the wine spends more time in the glass. You can count on the same softening to occur with more cellar aging. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)
Deep garnet-red with orange reflections. Slightly floral notes of dried rose and violet, layered over a core of black tea and tobacco. Dry, elegantly austere and with soft tannins that accent dried chery and orange notes emerging in the lingering finish.
WA 91-93, WS 91

Tasted from barrel, the beautiful 2012 Barbaresco Martinenga is shaping up to be an exemplary edition of this celebrated wine. Already at this young stage, it shows an impressive level of harmony and intensity with an impeccable sense of vertical lift. This is a wine of energy and loud varietal voice. It speaks volumes of the Nebbiolo grape with etched tones of wild berry, balsam herb, cola and licorice.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)
Musella Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 (750 ml) Ceretto Barolo 2014 (750 ml) Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco 2012 (750 ml)
WE 91

Aromas of exotic spice, baked plum, leather and menthol lead the nose along with a whiff of crushed purple flower. The smooth hearty palate delivers mature blackberry, prune, cinnamon and pipe tobacco while velvety tannins provide seamless support.

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

Ceretto's 2014 Barolo offers lovely depth and fleshiness for the year. Silky tannins and a translucent expression of fruit give the wine tons of appeal. Dried cherry, rose petal, cedar, cinnamon and tobacco are finely knit in this very pretty, polished entry-level Barolo from Ceretto – and the more it sits in the glass, the prettier it gets. In 2014, Alessandro Ceretto did not bottle his Barolos from Brunate or Bricco Rocche, as he did not feel those wines were fully expressive of site. Instead, they were blended into the straight Barolo.
WS 93

Intense aromas of cherry, tar, wild herb and camphor signal this rich, fleshy red. Cherry fruit comes forward on the palate, while tobacco, licorice and iron notes play supporting roles. The dusty tannins are moderate. Long finish. Best from 2019 through 2032.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2017)
Mastroberardino Radici, Taurasi 2012 (750 ml) Tenuta delle Terre Nere Calderara Sottana Rosso Etna, Sicily 2015 (750 ml) Villa Al Cortile, Brunello di Montalcino 2013 (750 ml)
WE 93, WA 91

Underbrush, red fruit, dark spice and a whiff of menthol are some of the aromas that come together on this. The firmly structured elegant palate offers ripe plum, red cherry, licorice and tobacco framed in youthfully austere fine-grained tannins that need time to unwind. Drink 2020–2028.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (June, 2017)
WE 93, WS 92

A bright and harmonious version, with a thread of citrus and spice unraveling through the generous raspberry and mulberry fruit, while supple tannins and a hint of tar focus the finish. Drink now through 2028.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (March, 2018)
WE 91, JS 91

Aromas of red-skinned berry, tobacco and underbrush emerge from the glass. The juicy palate reveals bright red cherry, clove and star anise alongside fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2018)
Il Borro Toscana Rosso 2015 (750 ml) La Spinetta 'Pin' Monferrato Rosso, Piedmont 2013 (750 ml) Armando Piazzo Barbaresco Riserva 2012 (750 ml)
JS 97

Tucked away in the foothills of the Apennines in eastern Tuscany, Il Borro was completely renovated and reinvented in 1995 by Ferruccio Ferragamo, president and CEO of Salvatore Ferragamo. Suckling flipped for this gorgeous red: “This is the best Il Borro to date with fantastic blackberry, blueberry and sandalwood aromas that follow through to a full body with masses of fruit. Yet, it remains bright and linear down the center palate. A rich and toned wine. 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet and 15% Syrah. From organically grown grapes. Needs four or five years to come around.

- James Suckling
A full-bodied red with firm, chewy tannins and lots of dark-chocolate, ripe-fruit and spice undertones. Lots of fruit and flavor. Blend of barbera and nebbiolo.
Scorched earth, black-skinned berry, orange zest and baking spice are some of the aromas that emerge on this vibrant red. It's still nervous, offering flavors of raw red berry, white pepper and grilled herb alongside bracing tannins. A coffee note signals the close. Drink 2018–2026.
Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Veneto 2013 (750 ml) Binomio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2014 (750 ml) Fattoria di Magliano Poggio Bestiale Rosso Maremma Toscana 2012 (750 ml)
WS 91

Dried strawberry and violet notes are layered with supple tannins in this medium-bodied Amarone, underscored by accents of wild herb, singed orange peel and wood smoke that linger on the silky finish. Drink now through 2023.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2017)
WE 89

As a joint venture between Sabato di Properzio of Fattoria La Valentina in Abruzzo and Stefano Inama of Inama Azienda Agricola in Soave, this bottling starts off with aromas of sweet tobacco leaf and anise over a lightly spiced cherry core. The medium-bodied palate shows a solid intensity of tart cherry and currant, with a mineral twang and medium-grained tannins.

- Alexander Peartree, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2018)
JS 91, WE 90

A fresh, clean red with strawberry, cherry and lemon-rind aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a crisp finish. Lots of bright acidity gives this backbone. Better in 2016.

- James Suckling (Nov, 2015)
Elvio Cogno Barolo Cascina Nuova 2012 (750 ml) Felsina Berardenga Fontalloro Toscana 2011 (750 ml) Tenute Folonari Cabreo Il Borgo Toscana 2015 (750 ml)
WE 92, WS 92

Underbrush, herb and woodland berry aromas take center stage in this fragrant red. The full-bodied palate deals morello cherry, cranberry and licorice, alongside firm, refined tannins. Drink through 2018–2023.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Feb, 2017)
WS 94, WA 94

A firm, linear red, featuring black cherry, black currant, leather, tobacco and tar notes on a dense frame. This persistent version builds to a long fruit-, spice- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Combines power and finesse, and should age beautifully. Sangiovese. Best from 2017 through 2027.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2015)
WS 92

This red follows a savory, earthy and minerally line, offering leather, wild scrub, iron and tobacco flavors. Focused and muscular, with a saline persistence. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2021 through 2033.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2018)
Marcarini Brunate, Barolo 2014 (750 ml) Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml) Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone 2014 (750 ml)
WS 91, WE 90

Like a garden after rain, this smells like mint, floral, dusty cherry and wet earth. Licorice and sandalwood notes chime in as this builds to a lingering aftertaste. Elegantly rustic, in a traditional style.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2019)
WS 93, WE 91

There's plenty of elegance here, from the light touches of flowers to the red berry and stone flavors to the vivid acidity. This hangs together, with the structure driving the long finish. Best from 2020 through 2036.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)
V 94, WA 91

The 2014 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone is a deep and complete wine. Only 10,000 bottles were produced in order for the winery to keep momentum going (and not skip a vintage) despite severely reduced yields in 2014. The wine is silky and elegant with bright berry nuances of dried raspberry and cherry. It closes with balsam intensity followed by grilled herb and licorice. Asinone is 100% Sangiovese.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jan, 2018)
Fattoria di Magliano Perenzo Toscana 2012 (750 ml) Castello di Monsanto Nemo 2009 (750 ml) Carpineto 'Molin Vecchio' Appodiato Rosso Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2010 (750 ml)
WE 89

This round, structured Syrah opens with aromas of ripe black fruit, tilled soil and ground black pepper. The palate shows mature blackberry and raspberry together with notes of spice and clove. Velvety tannins provide the framework.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2016)
WA 91, JS 91, V 91

Very savory and almost spicy, the 2009 Nemo (Cabernet Sauvignon) opens to grilled notes of smoked meat and rosemary with loads of dark, luscious fruit at the back. Barbecue sauce and sweet spice give the wine added aromatic appeal. Where this wine really stands apart is in the mouth, where polished tannins add a firming sense of structure. Nemo is ready to drink now or can be put aside for the future.

The wines made at Castello di Monsanto are some of the most consistent in the entire Chianti Classico appellation. Year in and year out, they offer an impeccably clean perspective that is always characterized by varietal and vintage. This set of new releases follows faithfully in the tradition set forth by this winery.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
WS 93

This is hitting its stride. The cherry and plum fruit has mellowed, along with the tannins, and there are supporting elements of mineral, wild herb, leather and tobacco. Still has some tannins to resolve, but food will help. Sangiovese, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2028.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (July, 2018)
Vignaioli Elvio Pertinace Barbaresco Marcarini 2012 (750 ml) Carpineto Vigneto St. Ercolano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009 (750 ml) Castello di Monsanto La Chimera Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2005 (375 ml)
WE 92

You'll find classic Nebbiolo scents of perfumed berry, rose, violet, tilled earth, leather and a hint of game in this striking wine. On the palate, notes of sage, white pepper and clove accent a core of red and black cherry. It's balanced with nervous acidity and gripping tannins.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2015)
WS 92

A broad, ripe style, bursting with plum, black cherry and blackberry flavors. Accents of violet, graphite and spice add interest, while dusty tannins line the finish. Enjoyable now when paired with braised meats and stews. Drink now through 2020.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (May, 2017)
WA 94

The 2005 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico La Chimera opens to a dark amber color and thick layers of glycerin that move in thick streaks down the side of the glass. It shows tertiary tones of burnt butter, toasted almond and candied fruit. This Vin Santo is very caramelized in personality with a chewy thickness that makes it a meal on its own, or an ideal pairing partner to an after-dinner cigar.

The wines made at Castello di Monsanto are some of the most consistent in the entire Chianti Classico appellation. Year in and year out, they offer an impeccably clean perspective that is always characterized by varietal and vintage. This set of new releases follows faithfully in the tradition set forth by this winery.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
Barberani Calcaia Muffa Nobile Dolce Orvieto Classico Superiore 2014 (750 ml) Tua Rita Giusto di Notri 2014 (750 ml) Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2015 (750 ml)
WA 94+

The words Muffa Nobile have been taken off the front label, although this vintage sees full Botrytis Cinerea, just like in past years. The delicious 2014 Orvieto Classico Superiore Calcaia (500 milliliters) is a fabulous dessert wine from Umbria and one that I highly recommend. The wine is so robust and generous, it sails clear past any problems associated with the difficult growing season. It does so with robust confidence and personality. The wine opens to a beautiful golden color and amber hues. The bouquet delivers honey, dried apricot, white raisin and candied fruit. The mouthfeel is honey-like in intensity. Some 15,000 bottles were produced, so it's not too hard getting your hands on this special sweet wine.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)
JS 94, WE 94, WA 93

The 2014 Giusto di Notri is an extremely well-made wine that has most certainly exceeded vintage expectations by a long measure. The blend is Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc with a smaller part Merlot. Fruit was harvested 20 days later in 2014 compared to previous averages and the wine was aged in barrique for 22 months. This is another example of a great Tuscan red made in 2014 that has fleshed out beautifully in barrel. The dry extract here is more than 37 grams per liter. It's impossible not to notice and admire the rich thickness and textural importance of this wine. Black fruit, plum and spice fuels a luscious finish.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
JS 97

Sit back and enjoy this very rich but beautifully polished Tuscan red, which is the essence of the sangiovese grape. Great concentration and a very long and silky finish that has a great bittersweet-chocolate character. Beautiful now, but it has many, many years ahead of it.

- James Suckling (June, 2018)
Badia a Coltibuono Sangioveto Vino da Tavola 2011 (750 ml) Mauro Veglio Castelletto, Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Tommaso Bussola Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Veneto 2012 (500 ml)
WS 91

Ample cherry and strawberry flavors are matched by savory elements of wild herbs, leather and tobacco in this firmly structured red. Still firm, but has all the components. Drink now through 2020.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2015)
WE 94

This wine's enticing rose, blue flower, menthol and herb scents come together in the glass. On the taut, precise palate, tightly knit, refined tannins enwrap crunchy red cherry and juicy cranberry flavors. White pepper and clove notes add depth, while bright acidity lends balance. Drink 2023–2035.

- Kerin O'Keefe, WIne Enthusiast (Oct, 2017)
The wine is of a brilliant and intense ruby color. The nose offers intense aromas of a fruity nature. The taste is sweet, seductive, soft and eminently elegant thanks to the rich tannins and to a balsamic note on the finish. It is very persistent. It should be served at room temperature and it is ideal with desserts and unbeatable with fine pastries, chocolate pralines and soft fruits like strawberries.
Jermann 'Were Dreams', Friuli-Venezia Giulia 2014 (750 ml) Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2013 (750 ml) Le Piane Boca Nebbiolo 2012 (750 ml)
JS 93, WA 91

This acclaimed Chardonnay, first crafted in 1987, is dedicated to U2’s 1987 album “The Joshua Tree” and the song “Where the Streets Have No Name.” Loads of aromas of candied lemons, peach skin and a touch of camembert. Light toffee, too. Full body, lots of fruit and an oily texture. Lively acidity on the finish.

- James Suckling
JS 94, WS 94, WA 94

This is exotic yet chilled with a red fruit character overlaid with fresh flowers on the nose. Smoky. Medium to full body, firm yet lightly polished. Lovely fruit and subtly refined. Layered. Extremely fine and pretty.

- James Suckling (Nov, 2017)
WA 93

The 2012 Boca represents a traditional blend of 85% Nebbiolo with 15% Vespolina. It sees a longer maceration time and up to four years of aging in large oak casks. The bouquet in this vintage is slightly less expressive and subdued overall. As it warms in the glass, it begins a long and elegant presentation of dried rose, wild berry, licorice, campfire ash and white truffle. What sets this wine apart, however, is the extreme elegance and finesse of the mouthfeel.

Christoph Künzli is a man of infectious charisma and joyful optimism. I highly recommend a visit to his little tasting room on the main square in the town of Boca. He also produces some of the finest wines you will find in Alto Piemonte. This high-performing winery is a true treasure not only for Piedmont but for Italian wine in general.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2017)
Carpineto Dogajolo Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2016 (3 Liter) Ornellaia 'Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia' Bolgheri Rosso 2015 (750 ml) Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Monvigliero Barolo 2012 (750 ml)
The name Dogajolo was invented by Carpineto’s founders, derived from the Italian word doga, meaning “stave” - the narrow strips of wood used to form oak casks. A young wine that boasts fruity aromas with hints of cherry interlaced with coffee, vanilla, and spice. Each varietal is vinified separately in stainless steel in this Sangiovese-based baby Super Tuscan. The blend is briefly aged in oak rendering a medium-bodied red that is soft on the palate with a balanced acidity. Suitable for everyday consumption, Dogajolo is best within a few years of the vintage. 70% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Color: deep garnet with violet reflections. Bouquet: very fruity and intense, with hints of cherry, coffee, vanilla and spice. Flavor: full, soft on the palate, complex, well developed.
WA 93, WS 92

This is a stunning and exuberant wine that drinks with beautiful intensity and personality. The 2015 Bolgheri Rosso Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia is made with fruit from the estate's young vines. Fruit from the older vines is instead directed to the top-shelf expressions. If this wine is any indication of what we can expect from the next vintage of Ornellaia to hit the market, we are in for a very special treat. This is a complete and richly concentrated expression that drinks with seamless intensity. It pits power against elegance with confidence and grace.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
WE 92, WS 91

Subdued aromas of menthol, dark spice and a whiff of leather lead the nose while the full-bodied palate offers mature black cherry, star anise and clove. Tightly wound tannins give a solid finish.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2016)
Tenuta La Fuga Brunello di Montalcino 2013 (750 ml) Foradori Granato, Trentino-Alto Adige 2015 (750 ml) Poggio Borgoni Borromeo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 (750 ml)
WE 93, WS 92

Forest floor, chopped aromatic herb, blue flower and woodland berry aromas slowly emerge. The firm linear palate evokes pomegranate, sour cherry and culinary spice framed in tight fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. It's still primary at this young stage but promises to bloom into a beauty with more aging.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2018)
Pomegranate, wild cherries, flowers, mint, leather and sweet spices abound. Sexy and radiant to the core, the Granato is especially seamless in this vintage, with voluptuous fruit, silky tannins and exceptional overall balance.
Color: bright ruby red with violet reflections Smell: intricate, feelings of blackberry and jam that anticipate elegant scents of licorice, tobacco and coffee Taste: bodied wine, it seduces the palate with elegance and softness long finish and pleasantly spicy
Ceretto Zonchera, Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Palazzo Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml) Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2014 (750 ml)
V 91, WE 90

Aromas suggesting sun-baked earth, leather, underbrush, ripe plum, espresso and a balsamic note lead the way. On the full-bodied palate, licorice and clove notes add depth to a core of ripe dried cherry. Solid tannins provide the firm framework.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2017)
Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella is made with late harvested grapes, which are dried on racks in controlled conditions for 4 months after the harvest. In January following the vintage, the grapes are softly pressed and fermented. The result is an intense wine, bursting with spicy, leathery aromas, with a concentrated mix of cherry and chocolate flavors.
Damilano Brunate Barolo 2012 (750 ml) Corte Rugolin Monte Danieli, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2010 (750 ml) Damilano Cerequio Barolo 2012 (750 ml)
WS 92

A juicy, vibrant style, this offers cherry, strawberry, spice and tea flavors, backed by a firm structure. Stays tight and compact on the finish, with enough complexity to show potential. Best from 2019 through 2030. 333 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2017)
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

Aromatic and spicy, this elegant red delivers cherry, leather and tobacco flavors shaded by vanilla and licorice accents. The tannins are on the rustic side, gaining finesse with air. Best from 2019 through 2029.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2017)
Cantina di Soave Rocca Sveva Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 (750 ml) Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml) Tormaresca Bocca di Lupo Castel del Monte 2013 (750 ml)
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 93, WS 91

Aromas of fragrant blue flower, wild berry, dark culinary spice, leather and menthol lead the nose. The firmly structured palate delivers succulent wild cherry, raspberry, tobacco and orange zest alongside firm chewy tannins. Fresh acidity lends balance. It's youthfully austere and precise, with good aging potential. Drink 2022–2032.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2018)
WS 92

The grippy tannins are well-knit, with an expressive range of crushed black cherry, bay leaf, finely ground pepper and citrus peel flavors in this fresh, medium- to full-bodied red, which shows good tension through to the mineral-laced finish. Harmonious. Drink now through 2028.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2018)
Cantina Vignaioli Elvio Pertinace Vigneto Nervo, Barbaresco 2011 (750 ml) Pecchenino Bussia, Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Le Salette Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2014 (750 ml)
WS 88

A dark, licorice- and tar-flavored version, with dense tannins and a spicy finish. Tightens up on the finish, which leaves a woolly feel on the gums. Best from 2017 through 2026.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (2014)
WS 93, JS 93

Leads off with scents of graphite, mineral and menthol, giving way to flavors of cherry and black currant. Dense and powerful, with big, dusty tannins guarding the finish for now.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Sept, 2018)
WS 90

Aromatic, with hints of pink peppercorn, orange peel and dried rosemary, this firm, savory version is framed by light, taut tannins, offering flavors of crushed currant, blackberry and game. Smoke-tinged finish. Best from 2019 through 2024.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (June, 2018)
Poggio Antico Altero, Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml) Armando Piazzo 'Sottocastello di Novello', Barolo Riserva 2012 (750 ml) Gonzaga Tenuta San Leonardo 'San Leonardo' Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2013 (750 ml)
WA 95, WS 93

Here's a richly concentrated expression from one of the highest sites in Montalcino. The wine shows excellent balance and suppleness. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Altero flaunts the best characteristics of the hot vintage including beautifully saturated color intensity, seamless aromas and good texture richness. On that last point, I feel that the mouthfeel has been positively impacted by oak tannins. Dark cherry and dried blackberry are followed by spice, tar, licorice and grilled rosemary or Mediterranean herb. The wine is youthful and tight but should obtain a more polished approach with a few more years of bottle aging.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2017)
WE 88

Subdued aromas evoking sawdust, tobacco leaf and underbrush come together on this. The dense palate offers licorice, ripe dark-skinned fruit and roasted coffee beans alongside assertive tannins. Drink through 2024.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Nov, 2018)
WA 96, WS 93

The flagship wine from this celebrated Trentino estate was not produced in 2012. We do have the stunning 2013 San Leonardo on the market now. This vintage is large in scale and has immediate intensity, and I am somewhat surprised by the volume and seamless bouquet that appears this early in the game. This vintage shows balanced ripeness with plummy fruit aromas that are carefully contrasted against spice, leather and fine tobacco. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot, and San Leonardo is always aged in barrique for four years (of which only 25% of the barrels are new). This is a bottle to keep long (extra long) in your cellar.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2018)
Tenute Cisa Asinari Marchesi di Gresy Gaiun Martinenga, Barbaresco 2011 (750 ml) Renato Corino Vigneto Rocche dell'Annunziata, Barolo 2014 (750 ml) Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Il Bosco 2011 (750 ml)
WA 93, WS 92

With 24 months in barrique, the 2011 Barbaresco Gaiun Martinenga exhibits a ripe and generous style with pretty aromatic embellishments that range from dark fruit and spice to chocolate and caramel cola. The bouquet is shapely, opulent and very pleasing. The wine shows a similar sense of balance in the mouth with well-managed tannins and fleshy fruit endnotes. It flaunts its youth now, but should only improve with more cellar aging. I suggest popping the cork in five years or more.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)
WS 92

Savory, offering hay, eucalyptus, orange bitters and wild herb flavors, showing cherry notes underneath. Linear, firm and leafy, with a lingering finish.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2018)
WS 93

An aromatic thread of woodsy spice and dried thyme notes winds around the grippy tannins and layered flavors of baked cherry, singed orange peel, coffee liqueur and tar. A rich, balanced, full-bodied red, with good concentration through to the spiced finish. Best from 2020 through 2031.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (May, 2018)
Michele Castellani Ca' del Pipa Cinque Stelle, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012 (750 ml) Livio Felluga Terre Alte, Rosazzo 2015 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Long Now Langhe Rosso 2006 (750 ml)
WS 93

A dense, well-knit red, offering finely sculpted tannins and rich cherry compote, forest floor, baking spice, date and singed orange peel flavors, set on a silky palate. Long and aromatic, with hints of mocha, citrus zest, spice and smoke echoing on the chewy finish. Drink now through 2027.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)
V 93, WS 92

Fragrant lime blossom and spice notes waft through flavors of glazed apricot, lemon meringue pie and saline-tinged mineral in this pure, vibrant white, which is medium-bodied and well-cut, with a lithe, lasting finish. Pinot Bianco, Sauvignon and Friulano. Drink now through 2028.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (March, 2018)
WS 95, WA 92

Dark and brooding, featuring saturated black currant, wild herb and mineral aromas and flavors, just hinting at animal. This is backward and tightly structured with tannins, yet also concentrated and long, with sweetness prevailing in the end. Nebbiolo and Barbera. Best from 2015 through 2040. 780 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2010)
Le Salette La Marega, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013 (750 ml) Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino 2007 (750 ml) Fornaser Monte Faustino Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2009 (750 ml)
WE 93, V 92, WS 91

Alluring aromas of exotic spice, purple flower, dark-skinned berry and a balsamic note lead the nose. The concentrated palate delivers dried cherry, ripe plum, mint, licorice and a hint of game alongside velvety tannins that wrap around the finish. It nicely balances weight and finesse.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Dec, 2016)
WE 94, WA 93, WS 93

The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino reveals a dark, brooding expression of black cherries, menthol, licorice and flowers. The wine possesses lovely detail and clarity, in a somewhat compact, firm style. With air the wine fleshes out nicely. A final floral note gives the wine a sense of lift on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (June, 2009)

WS 92

Finely balanced and mouthwatering, with a plush mix of dried cherry and raspberry fruit, Earl Grey tea and subtle hints of woodsy spice and smoke, backed by sculpted tannins. Drink now through 2026.

- Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (May, 2016)
Masi Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 (750 ml) Icardi Barolo Parej 2009 (750 ml) Silvano Bolmida Bussia Riserva, Barolo 2010 (750 ml)
WS 94, WA 92

A dense and smoky Amarone, with long, sculpted tannins and finely meshed flavors of baked black raspberry and forest floor, showing accents of citrus peel, dried fig and espresso. Silky on the palate, this should open nicely with air, while the length and harmony make the case for time in the cellar. Offers a long, spiced finish. Best from 2020 through 2030.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)
WA 93+

The 2009 Barolo Parej is a slow to evolve wine that grows in careful increments and measured intensity with each swirl of the glass. The aromas veer over to the dark side with licorice, tar, asphalt, plum, dark berry and wet earth. It’s well worth waiting to see where it will go. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)
WS 94

Macerated cherry, plum and spice flavors are shaded by leather, tar and tobacco accents in this dense, beefy red. The aromas are beginning to open up. Balanced, with a long way to go. Best from 2019 through 2035.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (March, 2017)
Ceretto Bricco Asili Bernardot, Barbaresco 2007 (750 ml) Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di San Niccolo 2012 (750 ml) Roccolo Grassi Amarone della Valpolicella 2012 (750 ml)
JS 93, WA 93, IWC 91

The 2007 Barbaresco Bernardot is a highly attractive, soft wine redolent of crushed flowers, spices, licorice, tobacco and tar. Everything comes together beautifully in this textured, yet mid-weight, expressive Barbaresco. Spices, menthol and licorice linger on the impeccable, harmonious finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2027.
WA 95

As always, this celebrated wine shows excellent results. The 2012 I Sodi di S. Niccolò (85% Sangioveto and 15% Malvasia Nera) is a young wine that needs time to flesh out. It shows bright berry flavors and fresh acidity that will benefit from more time to relax and integrate. The wine is beautifully stitched together and balanced with soft contours, and has a long, lively mouthfeel. It offers wild berry and red cherry with spice, crushed stone, pressed blue flower and scorched earth. The wine is aged in equal parts new and neutral oak.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
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).
Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino 2005 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Long Now Langhe Rosso 2010 (750 ml) Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2013 (750 ml)
WS 93, JS 93, WE 92

The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino from Castello Romitorio is a fresh, juicy offering endowed with gorgeous dark fruit. Expressive aromatics are woven throughout, adding complexity. This mid-weight, understated Brunello reveals outstanding length and tons of class, with a round, caressing finish that begs for a second taste. It is a terrific effort in this vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (April, 2010)
V 94, WA 92

Given the personality of the year, I am not surprised to find the 2010 Long Now closed down. Over time some of the wine’s inner silkiness and perfume begins to emerge, but only slightly. There is plenty of energy and focus in the glass, but like all of Pelissero’s 2010s, the Long Now needs time. The superb energy and precision of the finish is promising for the future. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

Pelissero is without question one of the top-tier estates in Barbaresco. Every wine in this lineup is solid and well worth seeking out. In particular, the 2009 Barbareschi are some of the very finest wines I have ever tasted here. The management of the tannins – such a problem at other estates – was expertly handled. Pelissero’s 2010 Barbareschi had been bottled just before my visit and were too closed down to properly evaluate.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2012)
WA 94, WS 93, WE 92

The 2013 Barolo Cannubi is a layered and enriched expression that shows both elegance and power. This is a beautiful quality that is so specific to the celebrated Cannubi cru. The wine is silky and dense in texture and offers generous aromas of dark fruit, cassis, licorice and balsam herb. There is moist earth and some dustiness on the finish. The Barolo offers all of the most graceful aromatic highlights that you should expect of Nebbiolo.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2017)
Beni di Batasiolo Vigneto Corda della Briccolina, Barolo 2008 (750 ml) Renato Ratti Rocche dell'Annunziata, Barolo 2013 750 ml) Gerardo Cesari Bosan, Amarone della Valpolicella 2009 (750 ml)
JS 90

An alluring red, this offers perfumed aromas of flowers, cherry and tar followed by juicy cherry, raspberry, licorice and spice flavors. Flesh covers the structure well, but could benefit from aging. Best from 2014 through 2030.

- James Suckling
WA 95, WE 95

The Barolo Marcenasco is aged in large casks, whereas the 2013 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata sees a mix of smaller wood and barrique instead for a more robust and opulent style. This approach works very nicely across from the hearty intensity and austerity displayed by the Rocche dell'Annunziata fruit. This wine is beautifully redolent of dark cherry and spice with lingering notes of balsam and medical herb that add focus to the wine's already fragrant bouquet. This vintage will require patience. The wine is hard-headed and stubborn now. It needs time to relax with age.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
Bosan Amarone is produced from a single vineyard of 5 hectares located in the prestigious Illasi Valley. Concentrated and full-bodied, Bosan displays jammy, raisined fruit flavors. Ripe red cherry notes envelope the palate, while subtle cocoa and vanilla notes follow on the lengthy finish. The finest dried fruit is vinified in stainless steel using the traditional Amarone production method unique to the Valpolicella and then aged in a combination of French and Slavonian oak barrels for 3 years.
Icardi Barolo "Parej" 2007 (750 ml) Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2009 (750 ml) Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2009 (750 ml)
WS 93, WA 92

The 2007 Barolo Parej emerges from the glass with spices, freshly cut flowers, licorice and sweet red cherries. It is a relatively mid-weight wine for the year, but the bright red fruit nevertheless shows considerable depth. Sweet floral notes wrap around the finish. The Parej is a supple, fruit-driven Barolo but I find myself drawn in by the wine's exuberant, sexy personality. Silky tannins frame the long finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2011)
WA 92, IWC 92

The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is a standout expression with long and polished notes of dried fruit and tobacco presented in a smooth and seamless fashion. It shows good structure and balance but an even prettier nose with ethereal balsam herbs, tar, licorice and pressed violets that emerge as the wine evolves in the glass. The wine hints at a greater evolution to come. Drink: 2017-2022.

Only a few brief moments into my winery visit with Francesco Ripaccioli, it was evident that I was looking the future of Brunello di Montalcino squarely in the eyes. This young man is the personification of a new generation of vintners and proprietors who will soon inherit this storied winemaking legacy. Francesco's confidence with languages, his clear understanding of his family's patrimony, and his deep commitment to the winemaking process makes him, like many others in his age group, an encouraging symbol of what will come.


- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2014)
JS 95, V 95, WA 94+

The 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo is impressive. The overtness of the year is nicely balanced by the inherent freshness and acidity of Sangiovese. Hints of tobacco, cedar, licorice and spices are layered into the insistent finish. This is a terrific showing. I very much like the energy, length and focus of the fruit. I can’t wait to see how this develops over the coming years. The Vigna del Sorbo is a bit overlooked in the Fontodi stable, but it is often striking, especially after a few years in bottle. This historic vineyard is planted to 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Sorbo has an element of freshness that the Flaccianello doesn’t have. I will not be surprised if over time it enjoys a more gradual and finessed evolution in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (June, 2012)
Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco Toscana 2013 (750 ml) Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 (750 ml) Le Macchiole 'Paleo' 2014 (750 ml)
WS 97, WA 95, WE 93

A polished, blackberry- and black currant—infused red, with accents of wild herbs and spice, this is both saturated, intense and racy. All the elements are in the correct proportions, this just needs time to express itself fully. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2020 through 2033.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (June, 2018)
V 96, JS 94, WA 93

The 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo is beautiful in this vintage. It shows gorgeous mid-palate depth and pliancy, with wonderful richness in its sweet dark fruit, smoke, licorice and grilled herbs. The 10% Cabernet Sauvignon works particularly well in this vintage, as it seems to give the wine a measure of depth and delineation that is less obvious in the Flaccianello. Higher toned floral notes add lift on the finish. The Vigna del Sorbo is a touch restrained in 2008, as are most wines, yet it shows fabulous balance and tons of personality. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Aug 2011)
WA 92

The 2014 Paleo (100% Cabernet Franc) shows an introverted personality, much like the Messorio from the same vintage. With a few stern swirls of the glass, the wine begins to show increased substance and grit with black fruit, cured leather and spice aromas. The wine oozes darkness overall. It appears opulent and bold in terms of aromas, yet the mouthfeel is more streamlined and compact instead. In terms of the palate, this edition of Paleo definitely needs to flesh out further with additional cellar aging.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
Giovanni Viberti Barolo Bricco delle Viole Riserva 2011 (750 ml) Zenato 'Sergio Zenato' Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 2012 (750 ml) Giovanni Viberti Barolo La Volta Riserva 2011 (750 ml)
WS 91

Dense, this offers cherry, licorice, wild herb and tar flavors, backed by lively acidity and dusty, well-integrated tannins. Features a fine, minerally finish.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2018)
WS 94, WE 92

This red is settling into a mix of sweet fruit and savory flavors, suggesting notes of cherry, raspberry, juniper and autumn leaves. Hints of burning vine cuttings and mineral grace the subtle yet long finish. Very fresh and harmonious.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2018)
Giovanni Viberti Barolo San Pietro Riserva 2011 (750 ml) Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2014 (750 ml) Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Fossati, Barolo 2010 (750 ml)
WS 93, WA 92

A rich, meaty style, boasting cherry, plum, tobacco and underbrush flavors. Well-structured yet harmonious, with a long finish of autumn woods and tobacco.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2018)
WS 94

Enticing flavors of sweet cherry and strawberry are accented by leather, licorice and tar details in this solidly built yet supple red. Notes of wild herb, menthol, mineral and underbrush add interest as this plays out on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2043.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2018)

WS 92

A silky, elegant style, offering cherry, spice, tobacco and mineral flavors. Balanced and gaining composure with air, so decant now or cellar for two to three years. Fine length. Best from 2018 through 2029.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2016)
Monteverro Toscana 2012 (750 ml) Luce della Vite 'Luce' Toscana 2014 (750 ml) Ceretto-Bricco Rocche Barolo Brunate 2012 (750 ml)
WA 94, WS 92

The 2012 Monteverro is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. This is a gorgeous wines that excels on many fronts including extraction, intensity and richness. The bouquet opens to aromas of dark berry and spice, with lingering tones of tobacco, resin and blackberry jam. The 2012 vintage was a warm one (similar to 2011) on the Tuscan Coast. As a result, this edition is slightly less nuanced compared to cooler vintages like 2008 and 2010. This is a beautiful option if you choose to drink the wine now or hold it for later.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jan, 2017)
JS 96, WE 92, WS 92

Air reveals black cherry and blackberry flavors wrapped in toasty oak in this rich, polished red, supported by dense, muscular tannins. A fine effort in a difficult vintage. Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2019 through 2027.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (July, 2017)
WS 94, WA 93, WE 92

A sleek, linear style whose macerated cherry and berry flavors are framed by spicy oak, tobacco and graphite notes, with tannins that are tight and assertive now, but this has balance and finesse overall, and lingering sweet fruit in the aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2038. 210 cases made.

-Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (April, 2017)
Giorgio Pelissero Tulin, Barbaresco 2011 (750 ml) Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2008 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Tulin, Barbaresco 2003 (750 ml)
V 95+, IWC 92

Impresses for its crystalline purity. Bright veins of chalky salinity support the fruit in a drip-dead gorgeous, vibrant Barbaresco built on energy and nuance. An exotic finish laced with hints of tangerine peel, rose petal, anise and spices rounds things out beautifully. This is one of the most polished, graceful wines I have ever tasted from Giorgio Pelissero.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct, 2014)
WA 93, JS 92

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is fabulous. An exciting melange of dark cherries, plums, tobacco, licorice, mocha and herbs take shape in the glass. Powerful, rich and structured, the 2008 wraps around the palate with serious depth. The Canalicchio Brunellos often have an element of wildness to them, as does the 2008, but the wine also has a track record of aging very well. This is an intriguing Brunello, to say the least. The 2008 has more than enough depth to stand up to 36 months in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028.

Canalicchio di Sopra is one of my favorite properties in Montalcino. The wines are consistently outstanding, have plenty of personality and also age beautifully.


- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)
WA 89

The 2003 Barbaresco Tulin presents a dark expression of Nebbiolo in its deep, penetrating aromatics as well as its backward super-ripe fruit, earthy smoke and tar flavors. It is a big, full-bodied effort, with notable concentration as well as length, and an imposing tannic structure. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2017.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2006)
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2003 (750 ml) Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2010 (750 ml) Luciano Sandrone Le Vigne, Barolo 2012 (750 ml)
WA 92, IWC 91

The cask-aged 2003 Brunello di Montalcino from Canalicchio di Sopra is a big, full-bodied wine packed with vibrant dark fruit. It coats the palate with gorgeous depth and persistence, showing terrific energy and notable overall balance. This is a great effort from Canalicchio di Sopra and one of the estate's best wines in recent memory.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (April, 2008)
V 98, WA 95, JS 95

The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo is a timeless expression that embraces all the canons of great winemaking. This vineyard-designate expression (Sangiovese and a small part of Cabernet Sauvignon are planted here) boasts a delicately floral side in 2010 with dried violets and blue flower that gracefully lift the bouquet. Beyond the floral tones are shadings of cassis, wet earth, anisette and tobacco. Like the other wines of Fontodi, Vigna del Sorbo shows an ethereal side and inner elegance that is impossible to repeat elsewhere. It’s sure to develop bottle complexity over the years. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2013)
WS 95, WA 93

A hint of oak lends this a spicy component, along with cherry, licorice and tar flavors. Racy and bright, with fine intensity and a long, tightly wound finish that seems to go on forever. This shows beautiful purity and class. Best from 2020 through 2036.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Feb, 2017)
Fontodi Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2004 (375 ml) Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio Monprivato, Barolo 2011 (750 ml) Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Gramolere, Barolo 2012 (1.5 Liter)
WA 96, V 94

Ending on a sweet note, both figuratively and literally, the 2004 Vinsanto del Chianti Classico is a pure incarnation of vinous opulence and beauty. The wine is absolutely stunning, from start to finish. It shows bright amber highlights against the same shade of dark brown you see on a polished chestnut shell. Its thick, viscous consistency glides over the smooth surfaces of the glass with the soft, slow motion movements of maple syrup. The bouquet is impossible to forget as it leaves notes of honey, brown sugar, roasted nut, rum cake, vanilla, white truffle, candied apricot and moist pipe tobacco firmly etched in your memory. The blend is 50-50 Sangiovese and Malvasia. You don’t drink this wine. You slurp it down instead, savoring each tiny drop. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2040.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Aug, 2013)
WE 95, WA 95, WS 95

No matter the vintage - hot or cold - this special wine always stays true to itself. The 2011 Barolo Monprivato is not as precise or polished as the excellent 2010 vintage, but the wine offers abundant elegance and generosity nonetheless. Dark fruit is followed by pipe tobacco, licorice and cola. These elements achieve a beautiful level of balance, depth and unity. Some tartness appears on the close. This wine demonstrates that you can't beat an excellent vineyard site when it comes to making iconic wines.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
V 94

The 2012 Barolo Gramolere is the most complete and convincing of the three single vineyard Barolos. It is also the wine with most intense expression of site. Blood orange, mint, rose petal, pine, kirsch and anise give the 2012 its characteristic high-toned aromatic profile, while intensely saline, Gramolere tannins add backbone. Deeply colored yet translucent, with notable freshness, the Gramolere is the star this year. Specifically, the 2012 is remarkably vivid, with all the nuance and complexity that only Nebbiolo can deliver.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2009 (750 ml) Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 (750 ml) Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 (750 ml)
JS 95, WS 92

This red is supple, with bright cherry fruit offsetting the firm tannins. Tobacco and leather flavors, with a hint of tar, add complexity as this persists through the lingering aftertaste of tobacco and spice. Sangiovese. Drink now through 2021.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (April, 2013)
WS 95, WA 95

Offers a balance of cherry and berry fruit, savory wild herb and balsamic notes and leather and tobacco details, all matched to a firm, harmonious structure. Juicy, building to a long, energetic finish. Best from 2021 through 2035.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (June, 2018)
WE 95, WS 94, JS 93

Artist Sandro Chia and his team have delivered a lush, modern, approachable and opulent riserva with aromas of spice, ripe fruit, chocolate fudge and red cherry. This is a round and supple wine, with a soft, generous mouthfeel backed by firm structure and bright acidity. Best from 2015 through 2032.
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2004 (750 ml) Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Vino da Tavola 2011 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Barbaresco Vanotu 2009 (750 ml)
WA 93

Canalicchio di Sopra’s 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is an intense, full-bodied red that is simply captivating for its seamless dark fruit and superb depth. Rich, round and delicious, this racy Brunello offers plenty of dark fruit with sweet scents of licorice, leather and spices that linger on the long, refined finish. Clean notes of minerality give the wine superb balance. This is easily the most elegant, refined Brunello I have tasted yet from Canalicchio di Sopra and is one of the highlights in 2004. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (April, 2008)
WA 95, WS 95, IWC 94, V 94

The 2011 Flaccianello della Pieve is 100% Sangiovese aged 24 months in new French oak and two months in large oak cask. I’m not sure how Fontodi does it, but this edition of Flaccianello is simply beautiful. It is a seamless expression with lingering tones of red cherry, coffee, spice, truffle and red rose that flow harmoniously into unison. In the mouth, the wine shows great opulence and textural richness that is pushed forward by the stylistic softness of the tannins and the wine’s inner freshness. Pretty menthol tones appear on the finish. Drink: 2015-2030.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
IWC 93+, WA 93+

Higher-pitched on the nose than the Nubiola and Tulin, offering scents of black fruits, violet and dried rose. Juicy and energetic in a calcaire way, combining attractive sweetness with excellent definition. This is every bit as sweet as the 2008 Vanotu, with even more floral character in the mouth. The superb mounting back end features firm-edged tannins and noteworthy verve. In style, this really transcends the vintage.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2012)
Falletto di Bruno Giacosa Asili, Barbaresco 2012 (750 ml) Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Vino da Tavola 2009 (750 ml) Castello dei Rampolla 'Vigna d'Alceo' Toscana 2011 (750 ml)
WE 95, WA 94, WS 93

Bruno Giacosa's 2012 Barbaresco Asili benefitted from a warm growing season. The wine opens to a dark, compact appearance and shows an impressive level of aromatic intensity and complexity. The tannins are slightly less mature and more astringent in 2012 compared to 2011. This bodes well for the aging potential of this beautiful wine. Fresh acidity caps a very pretty portrait of the Nebbiolo grape. This is a lovely offering from this historic producer.

Bruna Giacosa tells me that the 2014 vintage posed greater challenges to the Barolo area than it did to Barbaresco. Barolo got twice the rainfall compared to Barbaresco. Specific pinpoint areas of Monforte d'Alba and La Morra lost up to 80% of their crop to the soggy conditions. The Barbaresco area lost 20% on average in return.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)
WS 96, Top 100: 2012, Rank: 25
JS 95, WA 94, IWC 94

The first impression of this red is purity and finesse, as black currant, raspberry and violet aromas and flavors stay focused and persistent. An earthy leather element and mineral notes chime in on the finish, backed by a vibrant structure. Sangiovese. Best from 2015 through 2032.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2012)
WA 95, WE 95

The 2011 D'Alceo is a stunning blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% Petit Verdot. The bouquet is perfumed and enticing with dark rose, cherry fruit, spice, leather, cola, grilled herb and so much more. Fruit comes from a six-hectare single vineyard (whereas fruit for the Sanmarco represents a special selection from various vineyards.) The intensity and purity is what sets this wine part. Both are impeccable. In the mouth, D'Alceo feels long, linear and meaningful. Castello dei Rampolla practices biodynamic farming.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
Salvioni Cerbaiola Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Vanotu, Barbaresco 2007 (750 ml) Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2007 (750 ml)
WA 94

The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino La Cerbaiola is a beautiful expression with delicate berry flavors that wrap over the palate with polished perfection. The house style at Salvioni prizes ethereal elegance in a manner that few others can achieve within the Brunello appellation. These wines present a new facet each time you return to contemplate the fluid and ever-changing bouquet. Spicy tar, clove and toasted nut appear as almost indistinguishable afterthoughts on the long-lasting finish.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (May, 2017)
V 93, IWC 92

The 2007 Barbaresco Vanotu is an intense wine that expresses the warm, open quality of the vintage, but with a touch more gravitas. Sweet, sensual and totally inviting, the Vanotu swirls around in the glass with dark cherries, mocha, leather and grilled herbs. The French oak is nicely integrated, and there are virtually no hard edges to be found in this beauty, with the exception of the young Nebbiolo tannins that occasionally come through. A few additional years in bottle should help this exceptional Barbaresco find its center, although in truth it is already pretty striking. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.

Pelissero is one of my favorite producers in Barbaresco. Year in, year out proprietor Giorgio Pelissero does a fabulous job with all of his wines, from top to bottom.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec, 2010)
V 94, WE 94, WS 93

Ripe, lush and polished, this red is fresh and lively, showcasing plum, cherry, leather, spice and chocolate flavors on a sleek frame. Lacks cohesion on the finish for now, but should come together with age. Best from 2016 through 2032.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (May, 2013)
Sassetti Livio Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 (750 ml) Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2013 (1.5 Liter) Giorgio Pelissero Vanotu, Barbaresco 2005 (750 ml)
WS 96, JS 95, WA 94,

Showing a dark color and appearance, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beautiful wine. The 2012 vintages deliver some great surprises, like the ones you get here. The wine is dark and powerful with full throttle aromas of black cherry and blackberry. Spice, leather and balsam herb appear at the back. It sports firm tannins and a robust structure that will carry it forward over its aging years.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2018)
WA 96, WS 93

The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino lives up to the impeccable reputation garnered by this estate over the years. This is a profound and beautifully rendered Sangiovese that delivers bold and luscious fruit quality with black cherry and spicy plum at the start. The bouquet follows through with mild oak notes of smoke, tar and toasted nut. There is another aromatic component that includes crushed stone and dried herb or mint. This Brunello shows elegant evolution in the glass and promises a very long aging future ahead.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2018)

V 93, IWC 92

The 2005 Barbaresco Vanotu is the biggest and ripest of this trio of Barbarescos. An expansive, generous wine, it possesses remarkable density and richness in its dark fruit, mint and sweet toasted oak. The wine continues to grow in the glass, gradually revealing its superb pedigree. Floral notes on the long finish provide lift and give the wine an element of grace that hasn’t always been present in past vintages. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2018.

I was extremely impressed with these new releases from proprietor Giorgio Pelissero. Readers may also want to take a look at Issue 178 for notes on the estate’s value-priced wines.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Oct, 2008)
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cru Cerretalto 2008 (750 ml) Le Macchiole Messorio Bolgheri 2014 (750 ml) Masi Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2007 (1.5 Liter)
JS 94, WA 94

The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto comes from a more challenging vintage for Casanova di Neri with a cooler growing season and more moisture. In fact, the mouthfeel here is noticeably thinner compared to the stunning wines made from this vineyard in 2007 and 2006. Cerretalto is so immensely soft and luscious it is almost too much of a good thing. Rich spice, cherry, chocolate and crushed granite wrap thickly around the palate. Drink: 2017-2026.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2014)
JS 93, WA 92

The 2014 Messorio (100% Merlot) was slightly shy and slow to open when I tasted it as a barrel sample some eight months previous to this tasting. I can't say that the wine has opened much since then. It continues to show a tight and slightly austere bouquet with dark fruit, spice and leather. You don't get that quintessentially soft side of the grape. Instead, this Merlot feels a bit thorny and prickly in places due to the much cooler growing conditions. The mouthfeel is less opulent and layered compared to the warmer vintages we have seen in the past. This wine definitely will not be ready to drink for a few more years.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
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)

Castello Vicchiomaggio Merlot FSM 2007 (750 ml) Castello di Ama L'Apparita Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2009 (750 ml) Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2004 (1.5 Liter)
WS 92

There's lovely meat, ripe fruit and spice character to this wine, with tannins that are soft and integrated. Delicious already. Drink now.

- James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2010)
WA 94

Stunning as usual, the 2009 L’Apparita (100% Merlot) starts off slow but builds steady momentum and intensity. This is a seamless and beautifully integrated expression that sees fine contrast between acidity, structure and fruity extract. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (August, 2013)
WA 96, V 94

Medium to deep garnet color. Pretty, fresh blackberry and warm cherry aromas on the nose with fragrant nuances of rose petals and Chinese five spice. The tannins are firm yet finely grained and accessible. A crisp backbone of acidity provides freshness and perfect balance to the rich, ripe fruit flavours. The style straddles that wonderfully fine line between elegance and decadence. Very long finish with lingering notes of black truffles. Drinking now but will certainly open and soften with 4-5 years more cellaring. Should continue to develop through 2020+. Tasted January 2009.

- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (March, 2009)
Icardi Montubert, Barbaresco 2010 (3 Liter) Castello di Neive Santo Stefano Riserva, Barbaresco 2007 (1.5 Liter) Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 (1.5 Liter)
WA 93

Icardi’s 2010 Barbaresco Montubert opens with dark concentration and a tight aromatic embroidery of tar, cola, licorice, cedar, dried cherry and black currant. The personality here is steady, strong and smart. Firm Nebbiolo structure holds it together beautifully. There is an initial shyness or restraint that unwinds as the wine spends more time in the glass. You can count on the same softening to occur with more cellar aging. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)
WE 93, WA 91

The estate’s 2007 Barbaresco Riserva Santo Stefano is big, plush and inviting, but also a bit on the heavy side. Aging in French oak has given the 2007 Riserva significant textural depth and volume, but also left the wine with a sense of heaviness that is inescapable. I don’t see the 2007 as built for the long-term, but at the same time, the wine’s open, generous personality will provide plenty of pleasure over the next decade, if not longer. Overall, this is a bit on the monolithic side. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2012)
WA 93, WS 92, WE 92

Vigna del Sorbo became a Gran Selezione wine starting with the 2010 vintage, although the first vintage ever made was 1985. The 2012 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo represents the first vintage in which the wine is made with 100% Sangiovese. Past vintages saw anywhere from five to ten percent Cabernet Sauvignon, but Giovanni Manetti pulled the vines to show his "commitment to Sangiovese," he says. "There's no going back." The Sangiovese comes from 45-year-old vines planted to southeast exposures in Galestro-rich limestone calcareous soils. This vintage in particular shows drying mineral sensations of brimstone and talc powder. The root systems on these plants are deep, resulting in added finesse and complexity. Feminine notes of rose petal and wild berry also appear. This wine offers a beautiful interpretation of Sangiovese with an extra level of fresh acidity at the rear.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2015)
Marchesi Antinori Solaia 2014 (750 ml) Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore 2011 (1.5 Liter) Giorgio Pelissero Barbaresco "Nubiola" 2010 (3 Liter)
WA 95, WE 94, WS 93

The 2014 Solaia will be released during the second half of 2017. This is a fine-tuned expression that shows a focused sense of detail and careful attention. The quota of Cabernet Franc has been upped by a hair and this makes a big difference, especially in terms of the wine's bouquet. Otherwise, this celebrated Tuscan blend is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Sangiovese. It opens to dark fruit aromas with crushed mineral, pipe tobacco, pressed flower and toasted spice. Its appearance is midnight black and profound. The wine delivers a sense of sheer excitement and nervousness that will subside with another few years of bottle age. Nonetheless, I think a certain amount of that bright edginess or rigidness will always be part of this cool vintage Solaia. In the mouth, the wine is firm, compact and dense. The tannins are chiseled to the point of sublime integration. Marchesi Antinori made 40% less Solaia in this vintage in order to maintain the quality you taste here.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
WA 95

Forever the superstar, the 2011 Bolgheri Superiore Guado al Tasso is a delicious wine that never holds back in terms of intensity and seamless integration. Every detail has been finessed. The blend is 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Each vineyard parcel is fermented separately to maintain varietal identity. The wine’s appearance is dark and luscious with thick extraction and a vibrant dark garnet hue. Generous aromas of dark fruit, tobacco and chocolate lift steadily from the glass. The mouthfeel is soft and yielding with a great sense of tannic persistency that holds up the finish, which can be counted in many long minutes. Give this wine five years or more to fully evolve.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2014)
V 94, WA 91

The 2010 Barbaresco Nubiola is a well-priced wine that delivers a beautiful and subdued appearance with bright garnet and ruby highlights. The feminine, but profound bouquet shows tones of pressed blue flower, cherry, wild berry and dark spice. The wine drinks young at this stage and promises a steady evolution thanks to the natural freshness of the acidity and the astringent youthfulness of the tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)
Luce della Vite 'Luce' Toscana 2012 (1.5 Liter) Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Vino da Tavola 2009 (1.5 Liter) Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona 'Vigna di Pianrosso Santa Caterina d'Oro', Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (1.5 Liter)
JS 94, WS 91

Rich and fleshy, this red exudes black currant, blackberry and sweet baking spice flavors, with a layer of dense, refined tannins underneath. Fresh and elegant overall, with fine harmony and a lingering aftertaste. Merlot and Sangiovese. Best from 2017 through 2024.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2015)
WS 96, Top 100: 2012, Rank: 25
JS 95, WA 94, IWC 94

The first impression of this red is purity and finesse, as black currant, raspberry and violet aromas and flavors stay focused and persistent. An earthy leather element and mineral notes chime in on the finish, backed by a vibrant structure. Sangiovese. Best from 2015 through 2032.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2012)
WE 100, WA 95

This gorgeous wine opens with alluring aromas of sweet pipe tobacco, underbrush, new leather, truffle, plum and eucalyptus. Smooth and full-bodied yet elegant, the savory, juicy palate delivers crushed Marasca cherry, raspberry preserve, licorice and menthol alongside polished, enveloping tannins. Fresh acidity provides impeccable balance while an orange zest note lifts the finish.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (May, 2018)
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2013 (3 Liter) Tenuta Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2008 (5 Liter) Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2007 (1.5 Liter)
JS 98, V 95

The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is gorgeous. Dark red cherries, plums, spices, leather and tobacco wrap around the palate as this dense, powerful wine starts to open up. Expressive aromatics are woven throughout, giving the 2007 a measure of polish and sophistication that is not always present in this wine when it is young. Finessed, suave tannins reinforce an impression of elegance. The 2007 can be enjoyed with minimum cellaring, but it will also age gracefully for many years. Readers who want to try the 2007 today should give the wine plenty of air, as the more refined qualities only emerge over time. When tasted next to the 2006, the 2007 shows redder tonalities of fruit and less sheer muscle. Hints of tobacco, crushed flowers and spices wrap around the sensual finish. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (April, 2012)
Pra Amarone della Valpolicella 2008 (3 Liter) Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri, Tuscany 2014 (1.5 Liter) Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino 2006 (3 Liter)
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)
WA 93, WS 92

This is my official review of the 2014 Bolgheri Sassicaia after having been graciously invited to the estate for various barrel samples spanning back several years. I have watched the evolution of this wine with a close eye and am impressed by how its real quality is diametrically opposed to the poor expectations of this difficult vintage. The nose is redolent of bright fruit and blackberry. Spice, tar and leather appear subtly at the back. The wine took on considerable weight each year I came back to taste it and this vintage was bottled earlier than average, precisely to give it more time to unwind and relax in the small confines of the bottle. This is a solid effort for sure and the wine is a stunning example of what it takes to make great wine, even when weather conditions are not in your favor.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
JS 93, WE 93, WS 91, WA 91

A rich, generous red, this firms up on the finish, showing fine length. Sweet cherry, berry, spice and mineral notes mingle, then the layer of tannins emerges. Well-proportioned, just needs time. Best from 2013 through 2024.
Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore 2015 (1.5 Liter) Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 (3 Liter) Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2006 (3 Liter)
V 98, WS 97

A big, brooding red, packed with blackberry, plum and earth flavors, all wrapped in spicy oak. Monolithic now, finishing with saline mineral elements, a leafy tobacco edge and dense, mouthcoating tannins. Terrific potential. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2023 through 2038.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (July, 2018)
WA 93, WS 92, WE 92

Vigna del Sorbo became a Gran Selezione wine starting with the 2010 vintage, although the first vintage ever made was 1985. The 2012 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo represents the first vintage in which the wine is made with 100% Sangiovese. Past vintages saw anywhere from five to ten percent Cabernet Sauvignon, but Giovanni Manetti pulled the vines to show his "commitment to Sangiovese," he says. "There's no going back." The Sangiovese comes from 45-year-old vines planted to southeast exposures in Galestro-rich limestone calcareous soils. This vintage in particular shows drying mineral sensations of brimstone and talc powder. The root systems on these plants are deep, resulting in added finesse and complexity. Feminine notes of rose petal and wild berry also appear. This wine offers a beautiful interpretation of Sangiovese with an extra level of fresh acidity at the rear.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, (Oct, 2015)
WA 94, WS 92

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino comes across as tightly wound and inward at this stage. With time in the glass the wine’s inner perfume gradually comes to life, even if this remains a reticent Brunello within the context of the vintage. Still, it is impossible not to admire the inner sweetness of the fruit and the impeccable polish of the tannins. All this needs is time, maybe a little more than usual in this vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.

This is another solid set of wines from Canalicchio di Sopra – Ripaccioli, an estate that continues to ratchet up quality in a meaningful way.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (May, 2011)
Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana 2012 (3 Liter) Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva "Rancia" 1995 (5 Liter) Vietti Castiglione, Barolo 2014 (5 Liter)
WA 93, WS 93

Tenuta Sette Ponti's 2012 Oreno is a very different wine compared to its 2011 predecessor. This was also a warm vintage, yet the fruit is more masculine and sober in this vintage. The wine shows harder lines and a more determined style with shapely tannins and long flavors of dark spice, blackberry and bitter chocolate. Oreno should age beautifully over the next ten years. The blend is 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2015)
WA 94

The 1995 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is all about harmony. This isn’t the biggest or most complex Rancia, but rather a wine that impresses for its sense of proportion and harmony. Fine, silky tannins and a kick of Sangiovese acidity frame the long, vibrant finish. This is another dazzling wine that has stood the test of time, and then some. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (June, 2012)
WA 93, V 93

This is a terrific and flexible expression of Nebbiolo that can adopt to almost any dinner party setting. The 2014 Barolo Castiglione was designed for people who want to enjoy Barolo in an easy and direct manner. This Barolo is offered at higher production numbers, although this vintage is comparatively smaller. On average they make anywhere from 44,000 to 53,000 bottles, but in 2014 only 35,000 bottles were produced. The bouquet here is generous and broad with dark fruit, spice and tar. You even get a touch of citrus or dried orange peel. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner and more delicate in this vintage. Yet the tannins leave a firm footprint and promise a good aging future ahead.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2004 (3 Liter) Marchesi Antinori Solaia Toscana 2014 (1.5 Liter) Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Vino da Tavola 2009 (3 Liter)
WA 93, WS 92, IWC 91

Canalicchio di Sopra’s 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is an intense, full-bodied red that is simply captivating for its seamless dark fruit and superb depth. Rich, round and delicious, this racy Brunello offers plenty of dark fruit with sweet scents of licorice, leather and spices that linger on the long, refined finish. Clean notes of minerality give the wine superb balance. This is easily the most elegant, refined Brunello I have tasted yet from Canalicchio di Sopra and is one of the highlights in 2004. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (June, 2009)
WA 95, WE 94, WS 93

The 2014 Solaia will be released during the second half of 2017. This is a fine-tuned expression that shows a focused sense of detail and careful attention. The quota of Cabernet Franc has been upped by a hair and this makes a big difference, especially in terms of the wine's bouquet. Otherwise, this celebrated Tuscan blend is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Sangiovese. It opens to dark fruit aromas with crushed mineral, pipe tobacco, pressed flower and toasted spice. Its appearance is midnight black and profound. The wine delivers a sense of sheer excitement and nervousness that will subside with another few years of bottle age. Nonetheless, I think a certain amount of that bright edginess or rigidness will always be part of this cool vintage Solaia. In the mouth, the wine is firm, compact and dense. The tannins are chiseled to the point of sublime integration. Marchesi Antinori made 40% less Solaia in this vintage in order to maintain the quality you taste here.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
WS 96, Top 100: 2012, Rank: 25
JS 95, WA 94, IWC 94

The first impression of this red is purity and finesse, as black currant, raspberry and violet aromas and flavors stay focused and persistent. An earthy leather element and mineral notes chime in on the finish, backed by a vibrant structure. Sangiovese. Best from 2015 through 2032.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2012)
Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva "Rancia" 1997 (3 Liter) Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2004 (3 Liter) Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (5 Liter)
WA 96

The 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is another dazzling wine. This is a vintage of overt, sumptuous fruit and pure sexiness. Despite its richness, the 2007 never loses its sense of structure, but in this vintage the tannins are nearly buried by the huge fruit. Today the 2007 comes across as a hypothetical blend of the 2004 and 2006, with the finesse of the former and the size of the latter. Not a bad combination, to put it mildly. In the glass the wine is alive, vibrant and totally captivating. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2037.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (June, 2012)
WS 95, WA 94, V 94

The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is simply beautiful. Now that the wine is in bottle it is even better than when I tasted it from barrel. Firm but silky tannins frame a core of ripe dark fruit as this powerful yet elegant Brunello opens up in the glass. Smoke, cured meats, earthiness and graphite develop in the glass, adding further complexity. Sweet roses and spices linger on the long, refined finish. This is a big, structured Brunello, and like all of Abbruzzese’s wines, it needs at least a few years of bottle age before it offers its finest drinking. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (
June, 2009)
WS 95, WA 94, WE 93

Loads of balsamic aromas and flavors--juniper, rosemary, thyme, olive--along with cherry, sanguine and tobacco notes are the hallmarks of this intense red. Well-integrated and complex, building to a long aftertaste. Best from 2021 through 2035.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (June, 2017)
Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany 2015 (3 Liter) Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2004 (5 Liter) Vietti Ravera, Barolo 2014 (5 Liter)
V 98, JS 98, WS 97

A big, brooding red, packed with blackberry, plum and earth flavors, all wrapped in spicy oak. Monolithic now, finishing with saline mineral elements, a leafy tobacco edge and dense, mouthcoating tannins. Terrific potential. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2023 through 2038.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (July, 2018)
WA 93, WS 92, IWC 91

Canalicchio di Sopra’s 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is an intense, full-bodied red that is simply captivating for its seamless dark fruit and superb depth. Rich, round and delicious, this racy Brunello offers plenty of dark fruit with sweet scents of licorice, leather and spices that linger on the long, refined finish. Clean notes of minerality give the wine superb balance. This is easily the most elegant, refined Brunello I have tasted yet from Canalicchio di Sopra and is one of the highlights in 2004. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (June, 2009)
V 97, WA 94

To my palate, the Ravera cru is one of the most immediately recognizable in the entire Barolo appellation. It gives off robust aromas of cherry liqueur and bitter chocolate. Those are two of the beautifully polished characteristics you get with the 2014 Barolo Ravera. But there is a lot more complexity to behold in this wine. Subtle notes of balsam herb, crushed mineral and rusty iron also appear. This next descriptor might seem awkward to a non-Italian readership, but you might even detect a hint of perfumed anchovy. It's all good and all beautiful.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano 2004 (3 Liter) Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano 2006 (3 Liter)
WA 96+, WS 96, WE 95, Tre Bicchieri

The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano continues to develop very positively. This huge, concentrated Madonna del Piano dazzles for the richness of its fruit and the delineation of its aromas. The clean, vibrant finish suggests many years of cellaring potential. The Valdicava Brunellos are often misunderstood when young because they possess so much richness, but with time in bottle the wines turn more delicate and complete. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (April, 2010)
JS 100, WE 98, WA 96

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is a huge, towering wine. Waves of vibrant, intensely perfumed fruit hit the palate, backed up by the firm, broad tannins of the vintage. Violets, spices, new leather and licorice develop in the glass, yet the 2006 remains painfully young and stubborn. Clean mineral notes frame a blast of dark cherries, plums and camphor on the palate-staining finish. Readers will need to be especially patient, but the 2006 Madonna del Piano is stacking up to be one of the all-time greats from proprietor Vincenzo Abbruzzese. I followed the wine over the course of two days, during which it continued to improve while seeming to gain freshness and structure. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.

Vincenzo Abbruzzese has been one of Montalcino’s most consistent producers over the last few years, an impression that was reinforced during my visit earlier this year. I tasted every wine in cask, and they were all terrific. I also had a chance to revisit the 1988 and 1990 Madonna del Pianos, both of which have aged beautifully in bottle. Readers who want to learn more about the estate and their wines will want to check out my video interview with Vincenzo Abbruzzese on www.erobertparker.com

- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (April, 2012)