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Ca dei Mandorli Brachetto d'Acqui 2012 500ml
Ca dei Mandorli Brachetto d'Acqui 2012 500ml
Price: $22.00

Nothing goes better with chocolate than nothing goes better than the light, fizzy and flavorful Ca dei Mandorli Brachetto d'Acqui. From the Piemonte region of northwest Italy. Brachetto d’Aqui, a slightly fizzy but not overly sweet red, is similar in aroma and taste profile to Recioto from the Veneto--you get the strawberry and floral notes on the nose--but Brachetto edges more towards the medium-bodied palate. With notes of bitter almond, roses and berries, Brachetto is also perfect with cheesecake or a cream-based dessert, and this version from family-owned-and-operated Ca dei Mandorli is both authentic and wallet-friendly.
Ca dei Mandorli Brachetto d'Acqui Donne Boschi 2015 750ml
Ca dei Mandorli Brachetto d'Acqui Donne Boschi 2015 750ml
Price: $22.00

Nothing goes better with chocolate than light, fizzy and flavorful Ca dei Mandorli Brachetto d'Acqui, yet this wine also perfectly accompanies cheesecake or cream-based desserts. From the Piemonte region of northwest Italy. Brachetto d’Aqui, a slightly fizzy but not overly sweet red, is similar in aroma and taste profile to Recioto from the Veneto--you get the strawberry and floral notes on the nose, but Brachetto edges more towards the medium-bodied palate. Deriving from the estate’s southeast-facing Donne dei Boschi vineyard, the grapes first ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, followed by fermentation in autoclave to create the persistent perlage in this pleasantly fizzy wine. With its notes of bitter almond, roses and berries, Ca dei Mandorli’s Brachetto is an ideal dessert wine--but it’s also terrific as a complement to French toast, pancakes or other sweet brunch items!
Castello della Sala Muffato Della Sala 2009 500ml
Castello della Sala Muffato Della Sala 2009 500ml
Price: $44.99
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Juicy peach nectar blends with orange flower, lemon zest and honey, but it's this wine's enchanting creamy mouth-feel, piquant minerality and dusting of exotic spices that make it special. The product of a perfect, ripe vintage, this intense, dense, balanced ’09 Muffato della Sala rests its ripe stone fruits and citrus zest on a bed of minerals, toasted nuts and spice. Derived primarily from grapes that have realized a considerable degree of concentration and been affected by noble rot, the sweet wines of Orvieto are intense and decadent. Regarded as the most accomplished in its class, Muffato della Sala is 60% Sauvignon Blanc blended with Grechetto, Traminer (also known as Gewurztraminer), and Riesling.
Castello della Sala Muffato Della Sala 2011 500ml
Castello della Sala Muffato Della Sala 2011 500ml
Price: $44.99
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The 2011 growing year started cool and sunny but ended hot and dry, which led to a limited yield of healthy, concentrated grapes; the ’11 Muffato della Sala reflects its vintage in its lush aromatics, honeyed texture, and terrific balance. Juicy stone, succulent tropical, and zesty citrus fruits cavort with buttery toffee, saline minerals, pressed flower petals, and kisses of spice in this vibrant yet unctuous wine. Derived primarily from grapes that have realized a considerable degree of concentration and been affected by noble rot, this sweet wine is intense and decadent. Regarded as the most accomplished in its class, in 2011, Muffato della Sala is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Grechetto, Sèmillon, Gewürzraminer, and Riesling, fermented separately before blending and aging for ten months.
Maculan Torcolato Vespaiola Passito 2013 375ml
Maculan Torcolato Vespaiola Passito 2013 375ml
Price: $47.99

Maculan’s Torcolato Vespaiola Passito is a delicious, electric, and nutty-sweet “vino di meditazione,” or wine of meditation, that encourages you to slow down, sip leisurely, and contemplate the sweetness your life has gifted you. Luscious tropical fruits, honeyed citrus, and juicy orchard fruits mingle with ginger, pressed herbs, white flower petals and spicy fruit jam in this full-bodied, mineral-laden ’17 Torcolato. Deep and profound, the Torcolato is nonetheless lively, matching its fruits with nutty minerality, and its lush body with a skein of bright acidity--it’s outstanding. A mono-varietal Vespaiola that derives from Maculan’s limestone-rich, volcanic vineyards, grapes dry for four months to concentrate flavors and sugar before fermentation; the wine ages for a year in barrique, one-third new.
Castello della Sala Muffato Della Sala 2014 500ml
Castello della Sala Muffato Della Sala 2014 500ml
Price: $49.99

2014 gifted Castello della Sala with the perfect climatic conditions for botrytis, or “noble rot,” which the estate turned into a nearly flawless bottle of its low-production Muffato della Sala. Crushed white flowers, saline minerals, warm spices, candied citrus and saffron frame the juicy, fleshy stone fruits in this elegant, tantalizing wine. While sweet, the ’14 Muffato della Sala is nonetheless vibrant and bright, uncoiling with silky grace to reveal endless notes and shifting textures. This persistent, structured wine will drink for decades. Derived primarily from grapes that have realized a considerable degree of concentration and been affected by noble rot, the sweet wines of Orvieto are intense and decadent. Regarded as the most accomplished in its class, Muffato della Sala is 60% Sauvignon Blanc blended with Grechetto, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling.
Castello della Sala Muffato Della Sala 2008 500ml
Castello della Sala Muffato Della Sala 2008 500ml
Price: $54.99
Currently Unavailable.

Juicy peach nectar blends with orange flower, lemon zest and honey in this mostly Sauvignon Blanc wine (it's blended with Grechetto, Traminer and Riesling), but it's the wine's enchanting creamy mouth-feel, piquant minerality and dusting of exotic spices that make it very special. 2008 offered Orvieto a mild but not overly hot summer, and this bottling reflects the weather's disposition and the perfect harvest in its honey and wildflower aromatics and its palate of fresh citrus and spice. Derived primarily from very ripe, concentrated grapes that have been affected by noble rot, this wine is intense and satisfying, the perfect way to end any decadent meal.
Begali Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2011 500ml
Begali Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2011 500ml
Price: $54.99

A frankly voluptuous wine, this opulent dessert wine uses partially dried grapes, just as an Amarone does, to achieve its intense, palate-staining full body, but unlike an Amarone, it’s approachable early and it’s sweet. Dark and seductive, Begali Recioto della Valpolicella Classico offers a bounty of juicy plums, brambly blackberries and sweet figs, all laid upon an herbal-inflected bed of cinnamon, star anise and sandalwood. Velvety and rich, yet spiked with tongue-piquing acidity, this luxurious wine is made for slow sipping, accompanied by cheese, chocolate or pastry. A blend of 65% Corvina, 30% Rondinella and the remainder other indigenous grapes, this wine spends a year in barrel, followed by at least six months in bottle before release.
COS Aestas Siciliae NV 375ml
COS Aestas Siciliae NV 375ml
Price: $54.99

This sweet non-vintage wine marries its weighty texture with lively acidity, and weds its honeyed fruits with saline minerals--it’s a dessert wine that will appeal even to sweet wine skeptics! Luscious tropical and stone fruits dance with caramel, crushed white flower petals, hazelnuts and sea spray in this unique Sicilian dessert wine. As mouth-filling and intense as the Aestas Siciliae is, the wine feels energetic, powered by intense acidity and a sturdy core of minerals. Deriving from late ripening Moscato grapes that are organically grown about 820 feet above sea level, this wine ferments on the skins with natural yeasts, and the wine ages in steel to preserve its unique terroir.
Giuseppe Quintarelli Valpolicella 2009 750ml
Giuseppe Quintarelli Valpolicella 2009 750ml
Price: $84.99

The product of an excellent yet ripe harvest, this ’09 Valpolicella bursts with brambly berries and juicy cherries, crushed river rocks, smoke, black licorice and freshly cut herbs. At once vibrant and silky, this wine studs the cheeks with polished tannins as it builds to an energetic finish that dwells in tension between its sweet fruits and savory elements. Crafted from a mélange of indigenous Veneto grape varietals chosen with Quintarelli’s legendarily strict grape selection, this appassimento-technique Valpolicella spent seven years in Slavonian oak botti before bottling, a protocol unheard of in the region but one the estate uses to create nuanced and structured, complex wine. An opportunity to experience Quintarelli magic at a fraction of the price of the estate's Amarone, this Valpolicella is a true "baby Amarone."