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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.
Castello della Sala Muffato Della Sala 2008 500ml
Castello della Sala Muffato Della Sala 2008 500ml
Price: $54.99
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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
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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.
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."
Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito 2009 375ml
Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito 2009 375ml
Price: $94.99
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Complex, interesting, compelling and surprising, Paolo Bea ’09 Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito is not a wine that you can relegate to one category. Bright garnet in the glass, this mono-varietal Sagrantino wafts with juicy cherries and dried berries, warm cigar wrapper, saline minerals, grilled herbs, balsamic and a kiss of citrus zest. At once sweet and savory, this Passito-style wine holds the palate in delicious tension; it’s a pure, energetic, complicated expression of Sagrantino, and it could only come from Umbria’s master. Bea let the grapes dry for a few weeks, concentrating their sugars and flavors, and then let them ferment with skin contact for 39 days before aging for almost three years on the lees in stainless steel, and bottling the wine almost five years after harvest. Just 200 cases made.
Fontodi Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2001 375ml
Fontodi Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2001 375ml
Price: $119.00
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Upon release, Fontodi’s ’01 Vin Santo was praised for its balance between its sweetness and its minerality, its traditional and its exotic elements, and its creamy feel and its acidic freshness. Now with more than fifteen years of age, this wine is a kaleidoscopic beauty, at turns showing citrus peel, tropical fruits, savory minerals, caramel, figs and spice cake. This wine teases the palate with a mélange of fruits and spices, layering its sweetness atop crushed rocks and jaunty acidity, which linger on the lasting finish. A blend of organically grown Malvasia and Sangiovese, the grapes for this balanced Vin Santo come from various plots in Fontodi’s holdings. After picking, the grapes dry for about five months before vinifying in chestnut and oak barrels; the wine ages for at least six years before release.
Berta Elisi Grappa NV 750ml
Berta Elisi Grappa NV 750ml
Price: $119.00
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Clean, warming, and intense, the Elisi Grappa wafts with scents of chocolate-wrapped cherry, orchard fruits, caramel, toasted nuts and a kiss of spice. This Grappa feels silky and rich in the mouth, suffusing the palate with flavor notes, elegant alcohol, and just a touch of sweetness--it’s a finely balanced liqueur that caps a delicious dinner with deft balance and perfect heat. Crafting the non-vintage Elisi is a two-step process; first, Berta distills the component grape pomaces in copper pots and ages the component wines in oak, and then the distillery assembles a blend of 50% five-year-old Barbera grappa with 25% each eight-year-old Nebbiolo Grappa and three-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon Grappa; after the blend has been composed, the Elisi Grappa ages for a year in oak.