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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)
Armando Piazzo Barbaresco 2014 (750 ml) Azienda Agricola Cos 'Nero di Lupo' Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2015 (750 ml) Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso 2016 (750 ml)
WE 88

This leads with woodland berry, blue flower and dried herb aromas. The palate is rather closed and austere but eventually reveals cranberry, pomegranate and crushed mint flavors through its frame of tightly wound tannins and vibrant acidity.

-Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2017)
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
Fattoria Selvapiana Bucerchiale Riserva, Chianti Rufina 2012 (750 ml) Feudo Maccari Saia Sicilia 2015 (750 ml) Cantina - Kellerei Tramin Selections 'Nussbaumer' Gewurztraminer Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige 2014 (750 ml)
WA 92

The 2012 Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale shows a bit more ripeness and succulence compared to the 2013 edition. In fact, this vintage saw a hotter and drier summer growing season. The Riserva is softly layered and thick with ripe cherry, blackberry, mocha and evident spice. I would recommend this wine for more immediate consumption and suggest drinking it within the next five years.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
WA 91, WS 90

The 2015 Sicilia Saia is a dark, plump and exuberant expression of Sicily's mighty Nero d'Avola grape. The wine offers a distinctive bouquet with dark cherry, wild fennel and toasted pistachio nut. This is a soft and nicely concentrated expression with a long delivery of ripe fruit to keep your attention. Drink this wine over the next 5 years.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2017)
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)
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)
Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2014 (1.5 Liter) Livon Eldoro Pignolo Colli Orientali del Friuli 2012 (750 ml) Rocca di Frassinello Maremma Toscana 2012 (750 ml)
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.
WA 93

We are finally seeing some very exciting results from Paolo Panerai's Rocca di Frassinello estate in northern Maremma, Tuscany. The 2012 Maremma Toscana Rocca di Frassinello is a thickly extracted and beautifully favored red blend. The richness of the wine is very attractive and the bouquet peels back with chocolate, candied cherry, pressed blackberry and grilled herb. The wine shows exceptional texture with firm tannins that are enveloped within fleshy berry flavors.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2015)
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) Farnese Edizione Cinque Autoctoni, Abruzzo 2014 (750 ml) Luciano Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2016 (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)
From five autochtonous grapes – hence the name. The vintage is undeclared on the label. The number on the label represents the number of years since the wine’s first release (1999). The reason for this, is that the blend’s five autochthonous (“cinque autoctoni”) grapes actually come from two different regions, Puglia and Abruzzo. Thus, labeling regulations require it to be a “non-vintage” wine. “We wanted to prove it was possible to achieve nobility by using only the incredible range of native grapes our country has to offer,” Valentino confides
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)
Felsina Berardenga Vin Santo Chianti Classico 2006 (375 ml) Luciano Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2015 (750 ml) Armando Piazzo Barolo 2013 (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)
WA 93+

The Valmaggiore vineyard in Roero hill on the left bank of the Tanaro river has been pumping out some really impressive fruit lately. The 2015 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore is a prime example of this site-specific excellence. Nebbiolo from Valmaggiore tends to reveals floral intensity and that's what you pick up here. The bouquet is laced with many small details that keep your attention and form a greater web of nuance and complexity. Violets, wild berries, campfire ash and licorice root are part of this winning formula. The mouthfeel is consistently linear and tight. The Sandrone family first came to Valmaggiore in 1990. It took them several years to buy up the 28 individual parcels that form the three-hectare holding farmed today.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
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.
Vietti Vigna Scarrone Barbera d'Alba 2015 (750 ml) Giovanni Viberti Barolo Buon Padre 2013 (750 ml) Poggiopiano Chianti Classico la Tradizione 2007 (750 ml)
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)
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)
Carpineto Vigneto St. Ercolano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009 (750 ml) Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml) Montepeloso Eneo Toscana IGT 2014 (750 ml)
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)
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)
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)
Bolla Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013 (750 ml) Silvano Bolmida Bussia Vigne dei Fantini, Barolo 2012 (750 ml) Weingut Gottardi Mazzon Blauburgunder Sudtirol, Trentino-Alto Adige 2013 (750 ml)
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)
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.
Marchesi Antinori Castello della Sala 'Cervaro della Sala' 2015 (750 ml) Silvano Bolmida Bussia, Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Icardi Montubert, Barbaresco 2010 (750 ml)
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)
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)
Poggio le Coste Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Tenuta dei Sette Cieli Indaco 2012 (750 ml) Tenute Cisa Asinari Marchesi di Gresy Martinenga, Barbaresco 2012 (750 ml)
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.
WE 93

A blend of 30% Malbec, 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, this opens with aromas of ripe blackberries, Mediterranean herbs and cedar. The firmly structured palate doles out layers of black currants, blackberries, white pepper and licorice alongside chewy tannins. Drink through 2022.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2017)
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) Binomio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 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)
WS 89

Supple and well-knit, this medium-bodied red offers flavors of black raspberry, currant, spice box and tobacco, framed by light tannins and fresh acidity. Minerally, with a moderate finish. Drink now through 2022.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Web, 2017)
Il Borro Toscana Rosso 2014 (750 ml) Vignaioli Elvio Pertinace Barbaresco Marcarini 2012 (750 ml) Renato Corino Arborina, Barolo 2013 (750 ml)
WA 91

Made with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot, the 2014 Il Borro is a darkly saturated and hearty red wine. It opens to beautiful aromas of black fruit with licorice, campfire ash and sweet baking spice that all find impressive balance. Mineral notes of flint and lead pencil are also part of the aromatic embroidery. The bouquet delivers a firm and lasting impact but the mouthfeel is perhaps more delicate in nature. The wine shows medium body with tangy but ethereal flavors of cola and spice on the close. I would suggest a near or medium-term drinking window.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
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 93

This beautiful red exudes rose, strawberry, cherry and mineral aromas and flavors, matched to a supple texture, with a vibrant structure underneath. More open than its peers today, but should evolve well nonetheless. Best from 2022 through 2036. 200 cases made.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)
Armando Piazzo Barbaresco Riserva 2012 (750 ml) Tenute Folonari Cabreo Il Borgo Toscana 2015 (750 ml) Castello di Monsanto Nemo 2009 (750 ml)
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.
WA 88

Representing a marriage of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 Il Borgo is a heady and dark wine from the Folonari brothers. The bouquet opens to dark fruit aromas with dried cherry and raspberry. You feel the summer heat in the quality of fruit presented here. The finish offers moderate depth and dimension with an easygoing drinking style overall.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2017)
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)
Felsina Berardenga Fontalloro Toscana 2011 (750 ml) Fattoria di Magliano Poggio Bestiale Rosso Maremma Toscana 2012 (750 ml) Elvio Cogno Barolo Cascina Nuova 2012 (750 ml)
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)
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)
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)
Fattoria di Magliano Perenzo Toscana 2012 (750 ml) La Spinetta 'Pin' Monferrato Rosso, Piedmont 2013 (750 ml) Badia a Coltibuono Sangioveto Vino da Tavola 2011 (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)
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.
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)
Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone 2013 (750 ml) Marchesi Antinori Badia a Passignano Riserva Chianti Classico 2012 (750 ml) Terre Nere Campigli Vallone Riserva, Brunello di Montalcino 2010 (750 ml)
WA 92, WS 92, WE 91

The delicious 2013 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone opens to a rich and darkly saturated appearance. The bouquet peels back to layers of dark fruit, dried blackberry, cherry confit, spice, leather and cured tobacco. It offers all the robust and enriched characteristics you should expect of a great Tuscan red. This vintage was a bit cooler than average, and the wine offers a pronounced sense of linearity and freshness as a result. Asinone should hold nicely over the next ten years.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
WE 93

Aromas of ripe black-skinned berries, scorched earth, exotic spices, menthol and a whiff of oak are just some of the scents you'll find in this vibrant red. The elegant palate delivers mature Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, orange zest, star anise and a hint of espresso alongside polished, fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2024.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (March, 2018)
JS 95

Love the perfumed aromas to this red with lots of dark fruits and flowers. Full body, tight and very fine tannins. Chewy yet polished and satisfying. Long finish.

- James Suckling
Castello di Monsanto La Chimera Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2005 (375 ml) Barberani Calcaia Muffa Nobile Dolce Orvieto Classico Superiore 2014 (750 ml) Tua Rita Giusto di Notri 2014 (750 ml)
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)
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)
Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2015 (750 ml) Mauro Veglio Castelletto, Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Tommaso Bussola Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Veneto 2012 (500 ml)
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)
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) Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Monvigliero Barolo 2012 (750 ml) Tenuta La Fuga Brunello di Montalcino 2013 (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.
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)
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)
Foradori Granato, Trentino-Alto Adige 2015 (750 ml) Poggio Borgoni Borromeo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 (750 ml) Gonzaga Tenuta San Leonardo 'San Leonardo' Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2010 (750 ml)
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
WA 95

San Leonardo was not produced in 2009. The 2010 San Leonardo (Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot) is a seamless and polished wine that shows the best of this estate and this vintage. This is a profound and lasting wine with a bouquet that opens to dark fruit tones backed by spice, leather, tobacco and polished river stone. It tastes very young now but offers good material (in terms of richness, acidity and structure) to promise a steady aging evolution ahead. This edition of San Leonardo is gorgeous with a capital G.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (May, 2016)
Cantina Vignaioli Elvio Pertinace Vigneto Nervo, Barbaresco 2011 (750 ml) Cantina di Soave Rocca Sveva Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 (750 ml) Palazzo Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (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 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)
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)
Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Il Bosco 2011 (750 ml) Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2014 (750 ml) Damilano Brunate Barolo 2012 (750 ml)
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)
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.
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)
Corte Rugolin Monte Danieli, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2010 (750 ml) Damilano Cerequio Barolo 2012 (750 ml) Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml)
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)
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)
Pecchenino Bussia, Barolo 2013 (750 ml) Le Salette Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2014 (750 ml) Poggio Antico Altero, Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml)
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)
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)
Armando Piazzo 'Sottocastello di Novello', Barolo Riserva 2012 (750 ml) Tenute Cisa Asinari Marchesi di Gresy Gaiun Martinenga, Barbaresco 2011 (750 ml) Michele Castellani Ca' del Pipa Cinque Stelle, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2012 (750 ml)
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 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 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)
Masi Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 (750 ml) Le Salette La Marega, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013 (750 ml) Mastroberardino Radici Riserva, Taurasi 2009 (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)
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)
WS 95, WA 95, WE 94

An impressive red, seamless yet substantial in structure, loaded with notes of black currant and blackberry preserves, mineral, smoke and earth. Fragrant anise, tobacco and graphite accents glide on the long, lasting finish. Drink now through 2034.

- Allison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2017)
Giorgio Pelissero Long Now Langhe Rosso 2006 (750 ml) Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino 2007 (750 ml) Fornaser Monte Faustino Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2009 (750 ml)
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)
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)
Livio Felluga Terre Alte, Rosazzo 2015 (750 ml) Icardi Barolo Parej 2009 (750 ml) Michele Chiarlo Cerequio, Barolo 2012 (750 ml)
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)
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)
WA 92

Cerequio is arguably Michele Chairlo's most important vineyard cru and the prominent Italian vintner has embraced its subtleties and nuances better than most. The 2012 Barolo Cerequio is interesting because although the aromatic intensity is muted compared to other more celebrated vintages, the wine's inner complexity is intact. The bouquet is redolent of wild berry, tar, smoke, licorice and spice. The overall effect is ethereal and pure.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2016 (750 ml) Silvano Bolmida Bussia Riserva, Barolo 2010 (750 ml) Ceretto Bricco Asili Bernardot, Barbaresco 2007 (750 ml)
Color: The color is garnet red with orange reflections. Bouquet: The bouquet is ample and embracing, with pronounced fruity notes of cherry and plum. Flavor: On the nose there are notes of tobacco, licorice, and cocoa. The taste is harmonious, and pleasantly dry with soft tannins. This wine is broad and full-bodied, with a persistent finish.
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)
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.
Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di San Niccolo 2012 (750 ml) Roccolo Grassi Amarone della Valpolicella 2012 (750 ml) Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino 2005 (750 ml)
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).
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)
Giorgio Pelissero Long Now Langhe Rosso 2010 (750 ml) Ornellaia 'Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia' Bolgheri Rosso 2014 (750 ml) Beni di Batasiolo Vigneto Corda della Briccolina, Barolo 2008 (750 ml)
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 90

The 2014 Bolgheri Rosso Le Serre Nuove is a lush and well measured red wine that does not shy back in terms of intensity. Neither does it overachieve in that department. This blend of 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot marches to a steady pace with good fruit definition followed by spice, leather and fresh tobacco leaf. The wine does flaunt its youth and charm. There is a touch of tannic tightness or sourness on the close that should relax within a year or two.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
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
Renato Ratti Rocche dell'Annunziata, Barolo 2013 750 ml) Gerardo Cesari Bosan, Amarone della Valpolicella 2008 (750 ml) Renato Ratti Conca, Barolo 2013 (750 ml)
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.
WA 94, WE 93

The excellent 2013 Barolo Conca breaks away from past editions in terms of intensity and elegance. This classic vintage has produced a wine of power, heft and concentration. Yet that determination is delivered with polite manners. The base of the wine consists of ample structure and depth. The multilayered aromas on top peel back to reveal dark cherry, licorice and white truffle. This wine is endowed with generous heft and substance that should carry it steadily through its bottle evolution.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
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) Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana 2015 (750 ml) Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 (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)
WS 94, WA 93

Rich and dense, but elegant, with a dusty swath of tannins coating the finish. Black cherry, black currant and mineral flavors hold court, with a fresh, balanced feel on the finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2019 through 2032.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2017)
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)
Le Macchiole 'Paleo' 2014 (750 ml) Giovanni Viberti Barolo Bricco delle Viole Riserva 2011 (750 ml) Zenato 'Sergio Zenato' Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 2012 (750 ml)
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)
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)
Giovanni Viberti Barolo La Volta Riserva 2011 (750 ml) Giovanni Viberti Barolo San Pietro Riserva 2011 (750 ml) Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2014 (750 ml)
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)
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)

Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Fossati, Barolo 2010 (750 ml) Luce della Vite 'Luce' Toscana 2014 (750 ml) Monteverro Toscana 2012 (750 ml)
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)
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)
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)
Gaja Rossj-Bass Langhe 2017 (750 ml) Ceretto-Bricco Rocche Barolo Brunate 2012 (750 ml) Cavallotto Bricco Boschis Vignolo, Barolo Riserva 2010 (750 ml)
WA 90+

Crisp and luminous, the 2016 Langhe Rossj-Bass is Chardonnay enhanced with a tiny part Sauvignon Blanc. This second grape only constitutes 5% of the blend, yet its presence is felt in a big way. The wine presents pristine and sharply delineated tones of exotic fruit, peach and white rose. Fruit is sourced in Barbaresco and in Serralunga d'Alba. This wine delivers a bright spot of acidity that was shaped by the steep diurnal temperature shifts that characterized the tail end of the growing season. Much work has been achieved in the vineyards to optimize farming and to ensure that ripening does not advance too quickly or with too much alcohol.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (June, 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)
WE 97, WS 95, WA 94+

After a few minutes in the glass, this stunning wine opens up to reveal classic Nebbiolo aromas of leather, tilled soil, underbrush, fragrant blue flower and ripe berry. The juicy concentrated palate dishes out layers of succulent black cherry, crushed raspberry, anise and pipe tobacco framed in firm, velvety tannins. Drink 2022–2035.

- Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Oct, 2016)
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 2012 (750 ml) Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio Monprivato, Barolo 2011 (750 ml)
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, WS 95, WA 94

A mix of chocolate, cherry, earth and tar flavors are allied to a dense structure in this red. Initially tannic, this needs several hours of aeration to reveal its true personality, delivering cherry, leather, licorice and spice flavors that marry harmoniously with the silky texture, with excellent length. Best from 2022 through 2038.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (April, 2017)
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)
Fratelli Alessandria Barolo Gramolere, Barolo 2012 (1.5 Liter) Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2009 (750 ml) Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 (750 ml)
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
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)
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) Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 (750 ml) Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Vino da Tavola 2011 (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)
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)
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)
Giorgio Pelissero Barbaresco Vanotu 2009 (750 ml) Falletto di Bruno Giacosa Asili, Barbaresco 2012 (750 ml) Salvioni Cerbaiola Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (750 ml)
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)
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)
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)
Vietti Ravera Barolo 2014 (750 ml) Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Vino da Tavola 2009 (750 ml) Castello dei Rampolla 'Vigna d'Alceo' Toscana 2011 (750 ml)
V 97, WA 95

Another highlight in this range, the 2014 Barolo Ravera opens with the most exquisite, captivating aromatics imaginable. It will be interesting to see if it develops a bit more midpalate depth and pliancy. Today, the 2014 is a bit austere, even within the context of the year and this site, where the wines are a bit on the nervous side to start. I have seen Vietti Raveras blossom into spectacular wines and imagine that will be the case here as well. Readers should not plan on opening a bottle anytime soon.

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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)
Giorgio Pelissero Vanotu, Barbaresco 2007 (750 ml) Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2007 (750 ml) Sassetti Livio Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 (750 ml)
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)
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)
Paolo Scavino Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva, Barolo 2011 (750 ml) Giorgio Pelissero Vanotu, Barbaresco 2005 (750 ml) Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2013 (1.5 Liter)
WA 96, WE 96, WS 95

This is among Paolo Scavino's latest releases. The 2011 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva is a profound and generous wine from a hot vintage. The fruit is opulent and soft with blackberry, dried cherry and dark plum on prime display. The wine emits clear confidence and quality that is evident in the intensity and the depth displayed here. Additional layering and complexity is provided by lingering tones of spice, tobacco, moist earth and white truffle. This beautifully-crafted Barolo delivers the grace and the inherent age-worthiness of the La Morra township.

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

Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cru Cerretalto 2008 (750 ml) Le Macchiole Messorio Bolgheri 2014 (750 ml) Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana 2013 (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)
WS 91

Rich and dark, this red offers black cherry, plum, leather, tobacco and earth flavors. Dense and balanced, revealing lingering oak spice notes, finishing long. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2017 through 2027.

- Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (June, 2016)
Masi Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2007 (1.5 Liter) Castello Vicchiomaggio Merlot FSM 2007 (750 ml) Castello di Ama L'Apparita Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2009 (750 ml)
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)

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)
Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2004 (1.5 Liter) Ceretto Bricco Rocche, Barolo DOCG 2007 (750 ml) Icardi Montubert, Barbaresco 2010 (3 Liter)
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)
WA 94+, WS 92

The 2007 Barolo Bricco Rocche is understated and classy all the way. Freshly cut roses, licorice, new leather, spices and dark red fruit are woven into a rich fabric of notable class. The open, inviting personality of the vintage is on full display. The tannins possess a silky elegance that is simply marvelous. The Bricco Rocche always gets the highest amount of new oak, but it’s hard to see this vineyard being the best suited to that treatment. At its best the Bricco Rocche is an elegant, sexy wine that might respond better to a slightly more delicate hand. Still, that is a fairly small criticism for what is otherwise a fabulous wine. This is a hugely promising Barolo from Ceretto. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027.

This is a truly impressive set of 2007 Baroli from Ceretto. I can’t remember the last time I tasted young wines here with such lovely balance. The French oak seems far better measured than was the case just a few short years ago.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (Feb, 2011)

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)
Luce della Vite 'Luce' Toscana 2012 (1.5 Liter) Castello di Neive Santo Stefano Riserva, Barbaresco 2007 (1.5 Liter) Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Riserva 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)
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) Giorgio Pelissero Barbaresco "Nubiola" 2010 (3 Liter) Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore 2011 (1.5 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)
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)
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)
Marchesi Antinori Solaia 2013 (750 ml) Antinori Tignanello Vino da Tavola 2015 (1.5 Liter) Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Vino da Tavola 2009 (1.5 Liter)
WA 97+, WS 95, WE 94

The best vintages of Solaia are 1990, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and now 2013. Marchesi Antinori's 2013 Solaia is a profound and meaningful wine that is based mostly on Cabernet Sauvignon with Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc in supporting roles. It sports a dark and thick texture with plump fruit and spice, grilled herb and black pepper. The bouquet is intense and layered with the kind of complexity that is best admired as the wine shifts and evolves in the glass. The textual impact is also impressive—you feel the inherent power and the structure, but these elements are never overdone. The best is yet to come; this Solaia is built for long cellar aging.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
JS 98, WS 97

Fantastic aromas of dark berries, sandalwood and Spanish cedar that are ever so deep. Full body, an incredible spin of polished tannins and bright acidity. Incredible depth. Like looking over the edge of a skyscraper. Powerful and structured. A great Tignanello. A little more sangiovese than usual. Best since the legendary 1997?

- James Suckling (Jan, 2018)
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)
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona 'Vigna di Pianrosso Santa Caterina d'Oro', Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (1.5 Liter) Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2013 (3 Liter) Tenuta Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2008 (5 Liter)
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)
WA 94

Sweet, rich, lush and layered, yet also remarkably light on its feet, the 2008 Brunello di Montalcino dazzles from start to finish. Sweet roses, red berries, flowers, mint and orange peel all take an appearance in this utterly impeccable polished Brunello. I imagine the 2008 will still be a special wine at age 30. The aromas are naturally still quite primary, so some cellaring is advisable. The brutal August hailstorm took with it a full 40% of the production, but left behind a strikingly beautiful Brunello endowed with seemingly endless layers of fruit and fabulous overall balance. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2038.

- Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (June, 2013)
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2007 (1.5 Liter) Pra Amarone della Valpolicella 2008 (3 Liter) Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri, Tuscany 2014 (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)
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)
Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino 2006 (3 Liter) Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore 2015 (1.5 Liter) Antinori Tignanello Vino da Tavola 2014 (3 Liter)
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.
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

Tignanello has this amazing ability of always being, well, Tignanello. Its very DNA makes it among the most distinctive and recognizable wines in the world. I'm happy to report that this is also the case for the 2014 Tignanello that faced very different growing conditions compared to most. The wine is beautiful and balanced with sweet tannins and a supporting oak texture that is neatly folded at the back. The wine is all about measure and proportion, and it aspires to these goals with an impressive sense of natural harmony. This is not an overtly powerful or muscular expression. Instead, it shows a tasty, almost savory form of elegance. This vintage was made with 75% Sangiovese, which means that the Cabernet presence is a tad bigger than normal. Ultimately, this wine is more finessed and delicate, and I appreciate the careful tannic management on display here.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (April, 2017)
Le Macchiole Messorio Bolgheri 2012 (1.5 Liter) Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2012 (3 Liter) Antinori Tignanello Vino da Tavola 2015 (3 Liter)
WA 97, WS 95

The 2012 Messorio is a drop dead gorgeous wine. Warm summer temperatures have done their part to shape a soft and supple wine that feels like silk sheets against the palate. The bouquet is redolent of red fruit, bold cherry, leather, spice, tar, licorice and grilled herb. The youth of the wine allows you the perspective of contemplating each one of those aromas individually. They will, of course, reach greater harmony and integration as the wine continues its long evolution. This wine reflects beautifully on the magnificence of Merlot in Coastal Tuscany.

- Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct, 2016)
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)
JS 98, WS 97

Fantastic aromas of dark berries, sandalwood and Spanish cedar that are ever so deep. Full body, an incredible spin of polished tannins and bright acidity. Incredible depth. Like looking over the edge of a skyscraper. Powerful and structured. A great Tignanello. A little more sangiovese than usual. Best since the legendary 1997?

- James Suckling (Jan, 2018)
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2006 (3 Liter) Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana 2012 (3 Liter) Vietti Castiglione, Barolo 2014 (5 Liter)
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)
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 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)
Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva "Rancia" 1995 (5 Liter) Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2004 (3 Liter) Marchesi Antinori Solaia Toscana 2014 (1.5 Liter)
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, 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)
Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Vino da Tavola 2009 (3 Liter) Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva "Rancia" 1997 (3 Liter) Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2004 (3 Liter)
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 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)
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (5 Liter) Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany 2015 (3 Liter) Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2004 (5 Liter)
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)
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)
Vietti Ravera, Barolo 2014 (5 Liter) Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano 2004 (3 Liter) Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano 2006 (3 Liter)
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)
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)