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Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012 3L
Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012 3L
Price: $239.00

A terrific choice for Brunello fans who love the wine’s trademark bright acidity, this ’12 bottling from Silvio Nardi layers its tart red and blue fruits on a foundation of leather, spices, crushed violet petals and cedar-strewn earth.  This wine whooshes across the palate, scattering chewy tannins that stud the cheeks and building to a resonant finish. Structured and balanced, this ’12 Brunello could use a couple of years in the cellar before true enjoyment. A cuvée of grapes grown in Silvio Nardi’s vineyards, the grapes for this Bruenllo ferment in temperature-controlled tanks for about twenty days; the wine in a combination of French oak barriques, both new and used, as well as in botti, and it finishes with six months in bottle before release.
Antinori Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay 2012 3L
Antinori Cervaro della Sala Chardonnay 2012 3L
Price: $239.99
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Always one of our very favorite Italian whites, the ’12 Cervaro della Sala complements its stone and citrus fruits with a lovely saline minerality, putting its notes of toasted hazelnuts, yellow herbs, and tropical fruit at the forefront. Sporting soils of clay, volcanic sediment and Pliocene fossils, the rolling land at Castello della Sala, named after its beautiful medieval fortress, imparts a mineral inflection to its wines, and Antinori’s careful winemaking puts this Umbrian terroir front and center. Umbria’s warm 2012 vintage kept Antinori’s team on their feet, but mindful observation and lots of experience allowed them to pick the Chardonnay and Grechetto at an optimal time, making for a wine that’s lush yet fresh, intense yet delineated, juicy yet savory--and absolutely balanced.
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2012 3L
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2012 3L
Price: $279.00

Brooding cigar wrapper, sturdy minerals, sun-warmed earth and baking spices coddle the succulent red fruits and brambly blue fruits in the open-knit yet vibrant ’12 Brunello from Il Poggione. Smooth and refined, it uncurls on the palate to show a sweet inner perfume that meets its complement in savory minerals, polished tannins and an energetic acidity that propels the wine to a lingering finish. Il Poggione’s winemakers report that the challenging 2012 harvest was down a quarter, and you can feel the concentration in this intense, complex wine. Tucked in the southern Brunello di Montalcino zone, Il Poggione’s vineyards receive the benefit of a generous Mediterranean climate, and the estate has made a reputation for highly balanced, exceptionally age-worthy Brunellos. The estate's normale bottling blends across vineyards with a range of altitudes on its 247-acre estate (70% under vine); it ages for three years in barrique before bottling.
Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2010 3L
Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2010 3L
Price: $319.00

Created by the estate to forestall premature consumption of the estate’s flagship wine, Sassicaia, Guidalberto is the second label of Tenuta San Guido. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot kissed with Sangiovese, and one created in part from barrels made for Sassicaia, Guidalberto is a preferred drinking wine by many Bordeaux-blend-loving consumers who enjoy easy approachability in their wines. While not as introspective as Sassicaia, Guidalberto nonetheless shares the pedigree, quality and elegance of Sassicaia. Dense, intense and vibrant, Guidalberto shimmers with bright red cherries and brambly blackberries, even as its tannins ripple like velvet. It’s a lovely operetta of a wine, strewn with roses, dusted with spice and blessed with a striking, extended finish.
Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres 2009 3L
Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres 2009 3L
Price: $355.00

Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres 2009 3L
Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres 2009 3L
Price: $379.00

Galardi Terra di Lavoro 2009 3L
Galardi Terra di Lavoro 2009 3L
Price: $419.00

While this emblematic southern Italian blend of Aglianico and Piedirosso generally needs a lot of time in the cellar, the '09 is an exceptionally approachable vintage. The brooding '09 wafts with smoke, thrums with earth, and whooshes with juicy raspberries and blackberries. Velvety tannins coat the palate in this mineral-laden wine that offers terrific inner perfume, a brocade-like texture, and a powerful, lingering finish. A blend of mostly Aglianico that's kissed with Piedirosso, Galardi Terra di Lavoro is a dark, concentrated, long-aging red--and one of the South's very best wines. Deriving from a 25-acre vineyard in the Roccamonfina area of Campania, the volcanic soils add an unmistakable minerality to Terra di Lavoro, a wine customarily requires serious time in the cellar, but this ’09 bottling has just entered its drinking window.
Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Pagliaro 2010 3L
Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Pagliaro 2010 3L
Price: $459.00
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Pure, transparent red and blue fruits dance on a bed of tarry earth, pencil lead, peppery herbs, crushed violets, and baking spices in this classically styled ’10 Sagrantino Secco Pagliaro. Burly tannins hold the tongue in a steely grip, but a sweet inner perfume and kinetic acidity show that this wine has the structure for serious aging. Bea’s flagship Sagrantino bottling always needs a few years in the cellar, and that’s especially true for this 2010--time will tame this wine to make a beauty from a tannic beast! The jewel in the crown of Umbria, this mono-varietal Sagrantino macerates for an incredible 48 days; the wine ages in stainless steel for one year, two years in barrels, followed by a year in bottle. Paolo Bea is a standard bearer of Sagrantino, and the estate’s flagship wine consistently delivers terrific complexity and great longevity.
Prunotto Barolo Bussia 2005 3L
Prunotto Barolo Bussia 2005 3L
Price: $499.00

Ripe red fruits dance on a foundation of spicy wood, menthol, crushed herbs, espresso and dried rose petals in this ’05 cuvée Barolo from Antinori’s Prunotto. Balanced yet welcoming upon release, maturity has melded this wine’s elements, and it unfolds on the palate to show a delicious symphony of sweet and savory flavors and a silky texture. Now with a decade of age, tertiary notes of soy, forest floor and warm leather appear, yet this wine is fresh and vibrant--it’s ideal to enjoy from large formats! Deriving from vineyards located in Monforte, Castiglione Falletto, and Serralunga, all rich in fossil marl and calcareous clay soils, the grapes for this wine ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel for about two weeks; the wine ages in casks of a variety of sizes and then in bottle before release.
CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 2004 3L
CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 2004 3L
Price: $529.00

Juicy red and black fruits mingle with warm saddle leather, rich baking spices, fresh-cut herbs, espresso and oak in this explosive, complex ’04 Imperial Gran Reserva. This is just a powerhouse of a wine, but for all its pyrotechnics, this Rioja is nonetheless nicely delineated, complementing its sweet inner perfume with a sturdy core of elegant minerality. Grippy tannins cling to the cheeks as this wine builds to a lingering finish. A blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo, this ’04 Rioja Gran Reserva comes from CVNE’s vineyards in Barrio de la Estación, located in Haro, Spain. One of Spain’s most renowned estates, CVNE makes this silky, Burgundian Rioja Gran Reserva in only the best vintages, aging the wine for a minimum of five years before release, including 36 months in oak.