Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2005

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Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2005

#81 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009 Three great tenors are much more effective than a choir. This Barolo is made by blending three important crus cultivated by the azienda agricola Paolo Scavino: Rocche di Castiglione, Fiasco in Castiglione Falletto and the mythical Cannubi of Barolo. The result is one of the most fascinating and sensuous wines of the estate. 95 Points ~ Wine Spectator...

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Leone 2011

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Leone 2011

Mama Leone (Erin) and I both fell in love with this beautiful wine from Sicily on our first sip. A blend of 80% Catarratto and 20% Chardonnay the combination works great together ! With bright fruit, nicely balanced citrus notes with a slightly sweet hint of lemon and a very slight sparkle on the tip of your tongue this wine is one that will serve beautifully on a hot summer night, by the pool or with friends at camp. This isn’t a light weight, the LEONE has a ton of character with excellent mouth feel that will pair well as an aperitif or with summer fish dishes. The blend is similar to another summer favorite SCAIA, from the Veneto, but has more character and is a fun delicious step up!...

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Guido Porro Barolo Vigna Lazzairasco 2006

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Guido Porro Barolo Vigna Lazzairasco 2006

“Porro’s 2006 Barolo Vigna Lazzairasco possesses a touch more density and structure than the S. Caterina. Freshly cut flowers, tar and new leather develop in the glass, adding layers of complexity to the beautifully articulated fruit. The Lazzairasco is a serious Barolo that needs time but it is shaping up as one of the hidden gems of the vintage. It is a fabulous effort from Porro…. Guido Porro is one of my favorite under the radar producers. Both of his 2006 Baroli deliver outstanding quality at a price that is exceedingly fair” Dec 2010  ~ The Wine...

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Sette Ponti Oreno 2005

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Sette Ponti Oreno 2005

“Gorgeous aromas of blackberry, currant, raspberry and just a hint of toasty oak and coffee. Full-bodied, with super-velvety tannins and wonderful balance. The finish goes on and on.” 95 Points ~ Wine Spectator Tuscany, Italy...

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Campaccio Terrabianca 2007

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Campaccio Terrabianca 2007

Bright, deep ruby red. Dark berry fruit, hint of cocoa and toasted almond, tanned leather aroma. Perfectly balanced body, concentration and freshness. Overall balance, solidly built with very well-developed tannins. A wine for celebrations or romantic dinners. The Wine Advocate 92 pts – Antonio Galloni The 2007 Campaccio is beautifully ripe and succulent in its dark, extroverted fruit. In 2007, Campaccio veers on the edge of overripeness but there is just enough acidity to keep things in check. French oak, smokiness, new leather and   licorice add depth to the rich, creamy finish. I am not sure how the 2007 will age, but it should provide highly pleasurable drinking for at least another decade. Campaccio is 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated    maturity: 2012-2022....

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Ornellaia 2006

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Ornellaia 2006

Ornellaia Bolgheri DOC Superiore is the Estate’s flagship wine which embodies the quality philosophy of the Estate. Resulting from a very rigorous selection, the wine is a remarkable cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. A perfectly balanced expression of the relationship between land, vine and man. Critical Acclaim: “The 2006 Ornellaia is a massive, towering masterpiece. There is awesome depth and richness to be found in the glass. Flowers, minerals, tar smoke and dark fruit are all woven in an intricate fabric of almost indescribable elegance and power. Tonight the 2006 Ornellaia is absolutely moving in its beauty and expressiveness. Vintage 2006 will go down as one of the all-time greats in Tuscany, and Bolgheri in particular, as all of that region’s benchmark wines are spectacular. The 2006 shows the intensity of the small berries that were harvested that year, with exceptional concentration, acidity and freshness, qualities that are precious and exceedingly rare when they are found in a single wine. Simply put, the 2006 Ornellaia is a must-have bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031.” 97 Points ~ The Wine Advocate Region:  Italy : Tuscany Varietal:  56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. ...

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Antinori Tignanello 2007

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Antinori Tignanello 2007

The original Super Tuscan, Tignanello is produced exclusively from a 116-acre vineyard site at Antinori’s Tignanello Estate. The 2007 Tignanello is intense ruby red in color with primary aromas of concentrated, ripe fruit and spice, which give way to milder notes of vanilla and toast. Generous, richly textured and intense on the palate, this wine possesses a complex structure and long persistent flavors with hints of chocolate, huckleberries and black plums on the finish. The well-managed tannin blends perfectly with the oak, for a complex and elegant wine. Critical Acclaim: “Antinori’s 2007 Tignanello is wonderfully ripe and seductive in its dark cherries, flowers, spices, tobacco, sage, cedar, mint and minerals. This is as opulent a Tignanello as I have ever tasted but there is just enough acidity and structure from the Sangiovese to keep things from going over the top. The wine’s richness and warmth are such that in a blind tasting I mistook the 2007 Tignanello for a wine from Maremma! The dense, muscular fruit follows through to an impeccable finish with no hard edges and impossibly fine, silky tannins. Simply put, the 2007 is a magnificent Tignanello. The 2007 Tignanello is 80% Sangiovese aged in 300-liter French oak barrels (1/3 new), 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, both aged in 100% new 225-liter French oak barriques. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2027.” 95 Points ~ The Wine Advocate   “You can’t help but love this wine. The richness, density and intensity are all outstanding and Tignanello is extraordinary in terms of aromas and flavors. The traditional formula for this groundbreaking super Tuscan was Sangiovese with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. This vintage sees 5% Cabernet Franc for additional texture and longevity.” Region:  Italy : Tuscany Varietal:  80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon ,5% Cabernet...

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Tolaini Valdisanti 2007

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Tolaini Valdisanti 2007

Valdisanti is an elegant, full-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc with spicy complexity imparted by its time in French oak. Patient cellaring is rewarded as it permits Valdisanti to mature further in bottle allowing tannins to mellow, thus enriching its complexity. Regularly  29.99      Sale:$19.88   Region:  Italy : Tuscany Varietal:  Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot...

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