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De Conciliis Donnaluna Fiano 2018 750ml
De Conciliis Donnaluna Fiano 2018 750ml
Price: $21.99

Crushed river rocks, honeyed citrus, and white wildflower petals frame the crisp orchard and lush tropical fruits of this ’18 Fiano. Chalky minerality counterbalances the wine’s creamy mouthfeel, while a sweet inner perfume complements the dry, harmonious palate. Heftier and more complex than Pinot Grigio, wilder than Chardonnay, De Conciliis’ organic Fiano ferments and ages in stainless steel to better articulate its unique Campanian terroir; it’s one of our favorite value Italian white wines. more info
Cantina Terlano Terlaner I Grande Cuvee 2013 750ml
Cantina Terlano Terlaner I Grande Cuvee 2013 750ml
Price: $239.00

A top-tier release from Cantina Terlan that saw its inaugural vintage in 2011, the ’13 Terlaner I Grande Cuvée gleams a brilliant straw yellow in the glass, a gem-like hue that hints at the wine’s multi-faceted beauty. This pure, intense, and layered wine bursts with orchard and citrus fruits, smoky minerality, peppery spices, crushed chamomile and fresh-cut herbs in a kaleidoscopic palate that changes by turns, revealing dizzying layers of flavors and textures. Exceptionally elegant, the ’13 Terlaner I Grande Cuvée lays its succulent fruit on a sturdy mineral spine that revs up its intensity as it glides to a lingering, impressive finish--this bottling is a fine-boned, aristocratic and deceptively powerful take on long-aging, high altitude Italian white wine. This collector Alto Adige white has the legs for the long haul; you can drink it now with liberal decanting, but it’ll hit its stride in a few years, when it’ll drink for a decade, likely longer. A blend composed of 90% Pinot Bianco, 7% Chardonnay, and 3% Sauvignon Blanc, the grapes for this wine ferment in whole clusters in large wooden vats; the wine ages on the lees for a year in botti before the final blend is composed and the wine is bottled. more info
Cantina Terlano Terlaner Classico Alto Adige 1986 750ml
Cantina Terlano Terlaner Classico Alto Adige 1986 750ml
Price: $249.99

This Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc blend offers indescribable beauty, and this ’86 bottle, wonderful vintage for this wine, is perfect for drinking right now. Honeyed, ripe fruits, toasted nuts, minerals, dried and fresh flowers, and many more notes will be evident in this mature Alto Adige wine that will bring to mind a textured Alsatian white and a mature white Burgundy. A cooperative of more than 100 wine growers located in Alto Adige’s Dolomite Mountains, Cantina Terlato has more than 2,000 years of winemaking history on its side. It also has some extraordinary terroir. Sheltered in a hollow of the Alps, Terlano’s 300 acres boast south-facing vineyards that rise from 820-3,000 feet above sea level, but best of all, the soil is this volcanic rock that retains heat, allowing the vines to stay warm when it gets cold and sloughing off water when it rains. This cooperative makes some of the best whites in all of Italy. more info
Gaja Chardonnay Gaia & Rey 2015 750ml
Gaja Chardonnay Gaia & Rey 2015 750ml
Price: $259.00

Not only is this the best Chardonnay in Italy, but it might be the best Italian white. Deriving from Gaja’s almost nine-acre Treiso vineyard planted in 1979, this wine is named for Angelo Gaja’s oldest daughter, Gaia Gaja, and his grandmother, Clotilde Rey. Gaia & Rey ferments with naturally occurring yeasts, and ages for 6 to 8 months in oak barrels. This is an intensely age-worthy wine, developing tertiary notes of nuts, butter and caramel with age. more info
Gaja Chardonnay Gaia & Rey 1984 750ml
Gaja Chardonnay Gaia & Rey 1984 750ml
Price: $499.00

A hedonistic wine with lusciously ripe flavors of guava, tangerine, honey, marzipan and oak spice, Gaia & Rey isn’t merely the best Italian Chardonnay--it may also be the very best Italian white. Impressively chewy in the mouth, the concentrated, ripe fruit is perfectly balanced by lively acidity that holds through the long, lingering finish. From Angelo's first Chardonnay vineyard that’s named for his oldest daughter, Gaia Gaja, and his grandmother, Clotilde Rey, Gaia & Rey is fermented with naturally occurring yeasts found on the grape skins and in the winery, giving the wine an added touch of exoticism. Intensely age-worthy, as this wine matures, tertiary notes of nuts, butter and caramel appear, illustrating why Gaia & Rey is one of Italy’s most collectable white wines. more info