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A Note from Sergio


A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to spend a week cruising the Mediterranean as the wine expert on a cruise organized by Napa Valley Wine Reserve, a company whose sole purpose is to help people who love wine grow to love it even more. It was a remarkable week of pristine blue skies, a gorgeous cerulean ocean, fantastic food, amazing wines and wonderful people. Sometimes my life strains credulity with how great it gets.

I was really fortunate to have the opportunity to float along on this big beautiful boat all while meeting new friends and reconnecting with people I hadn't seen in a while. We stopped at tremendous destinations, places like Positano, Porto Ercole, Portofino and Capri--locations that have the glamour of movie sets--and we visited with some of my very favorite producers.

Since I've been back, everyone keeps asking what we drank. It's only natural. Napa Valley Wine Reserve has a well-deserved reputation for providing the highest quality wine experience, and when you're talking about drinking wines from producers like Giacomo Conterno, Bruno Giacosa, Biondi-Santi, Soldera, Movia, and Castello dei Rampolla, among others, it's not hard to see why. It was a star-studded wine list, and it's my pleasure to offer it to you today.

Every once in a while, the fates conspire to make our lives really fantastic. This offering is a reminder of that, and how when it happens, we need to celebrate it. Life is grand. Drink to it, my friends.

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Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d'Alceo 2006 750ml
Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d'Alceo 2006 750ml
Price: $175.00

The 2006 Vigna d’Alceo 2006 is a Super-Tuscan masterpiece. Dark, deep and opaque, this ’06 is showing few signs of age--only a kiss of tertiary notes appear and the wine is almost kinetic with energy. The stylish, juicy nose bursts with scents of wild herbs, dark black currants, and a touch of leather. This wine crosses the palate full throttle with gobs of black fruits, a fabulous texture that’s deep, thick and velvety with an amazingly long. concentrated finish. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% Petit Verdot, this biodynamic Super Tuscan ferments with only natural yeasts and ages for a year in barrique before release. more info
Valentini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2000 750ml
Valentini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2000 750ml
Price: $375.00

Deep purple in color, the ’00 vintage offers a complex bouquet of ripe dark fruit, tobacco, and pepper. This rich and intense, velveteen-palate wine offers black currant jam, cocoa, truffles, and spice, with a strong backbone and tannins that provide for a marathon finish. This Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is one of Italy's most sought-after wines and a cellar trophy for the collector. The late, great Lord of the Vines, Edoardo Valentini, put this wine on the global map with his elegantly rustic, unfiltered red produced from late harvest grapes grown on vines of 25-35 years of ages. The production varies by vintage, but one thing is certain: the wine's ability to deliver concentration and agebility. more info

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