THE 2015 VINTAGE VOTED BY WALL STREET JOURNAL (Sep 28, 2017) as ONE OF THE TOP 5 WINES ON THE PLANET TO HAVE WITH A PIZZA!!!!! (came in at no3). HOW GOOD IS THAT? "The bright and juicy character of this lively red Sangiovese-dominant blend from superstar Umbrian producer Arnaldo-Caprai makes it ideal for just about any type of pie, especially a classic pizza margarita." Lettie Teague, WSJ. James Suckling 91 points. Variety: 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, 15% Merlot First vintage produced: 1975 Aging: 12 months in French oak barrique and minimum 4 months aging in the bottle Aroma: small red woodland fruits, dark flowers, and light...
James Suckling 94 points. "Welcome to the black hole of Umbrian red wine where you get to experience a new level of tannic density, but this is also married to extraordinary ripeness. For all this, a surprisingly clean and elegant finish. Very savory. Drink or hold." JS Variety: 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, 15% Merlot First vintage produced: 1993 Aging: 20 months in French oak barrique and minimum 6 months aging in the bottle Aroma: wild cherries preserved in spirits, chocolate, violets, vanilla and exotic spices Taste: full bodied and round, perfectly balanced with vibrant, velvety tannins Serving suggestions: this well-rounded,...
WA 94. Marco Caprai strikes again with yet another beautiful vintage of his top-shelf red. The 2013 Montefalco Sagrantino 25 Anni is a darkly saturated and thickly extracted wine with a full and generous style. The wine is redolent of dark fruit, tobacco and smoky barbecue. However, the real protagonist is spice: baking and Christmas spice, to be exact. The wine is firmly structured with some tannic astringency that will soften with extra cellar aging.ML Dec 2017. Winery Notes: A wine that symbolises not only a winery, but the whole appellation, Arnaldo Caprai's Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG “25 Anni” has shown all the potential of...
For centuries now, the beautiful red grapes of the Barbera varietal have been grown in Italy, where they are prized for their unusual high acid content and low tannins, brought about by their thin skins. The Barbera grape varietal thrives in warmer climates, and has had some success overseas in the new world, where its strongly aromatic flavors of intense hedgerow fruits make it a favorite with wineries and wine drinkers looking for a grape which offers plenty of interesting characteristics. Interestingly, the differences between young and aged wines made from this varietal are quite significant, with younger bottles holding a plethora of...
Wine Spectator 93 points. Jancis Robinson 17.5/20. Dosed with quite generous new oak scent on the nose, which I'd imagine might rile some Barolo fans - but the quality of flavour is excellent, and there is plenty of fruit, spice and structure to match. Richard Hemming MW. Barolo has ancient origins. Documents testify to the growing of Nebbiolo in the Visette area as long ago as the XII century, when the Saracen invasions advanced inland into Piedmont from the Ligurian coast. These influences led to the old centre of the village of Monforte being named “Saracca”. The name Visette itself comes from the local dialect word for the vine,...
Wine Spectator 94 points. A big, noble, long-ageing wine, Barolo is the pride and glory of old Piedmont, and the absolute master of the dining table. It wins over the palate with its strength, balance and body, holding it lengthily under its spell. Made from Nebbiolo grapes grown on more recently-planted vineyards in the Visette area of the village of Monforte d’Alba.Vine age 9-16 years. Vinification: As with the other wines, only wild yeasts are used in the fermentation. The maceration on the skins lasts around 10 days, at a controlled temperature of between 25 and 30° C. Maturing: in oak casks holding 25-30 Hl for 30 months. Ageing: in...
Produced from a single vineyard called “Ciabot Minat” (i.e little shack) from the located in the Bussia-Visette subregion , this wine represents the pinnacle of quality and excellence of the producer. It is produced only in the best vintages. 3000 bottle production in 2012.
Approachable, rounded, plush nebbiolo from one of Monforte's very best producers. All estate grown. WINERY NOTES: Vinification: to bring out the wine’s freshness and fragrance to the full, the maceration on the skins takes place at a controlled temperature of between 25 and 29° C for around 5 days. Maturing: in small oak barrels for 9-12 months. Ageing: for several months in the bottle, at a controlled temperature of 15° C. Colour: bright ruby red. Nose: floral, intense and ample. Taste: warm, savoury and silky due to moderate tannins.
~ Buy Six and Pay $55 net ~ Julia Harding for Jancis Robinson Wine Review 17/20 points. JS 91 WS 90 There is a cherry orchard next to the vineyards that this wine is made from. A small private road leads to a secluded cul de sac overlooking the orchard and vines. Bibi and his team began noticing that many young couples would park at the road and steam up their car windows on a regular basis. Thus was born the name of the label which loosely translates as "Sucker of the Cherry Vineyards". Ahem. Anyway the wine's other credentials are as follows: 100% Sangiovese, soil rich in galestro and clay, vines 30-40 years, Vincigliata, Fiesole, Rufina,...
James Suckling 97 points. Very aromatic and exciting with citrus rind, plums, cedar and rose petals. Full body, fine and silky tannins and a long and beautiful finish. Love the persistence and intensity. Salty undertone at the end. Needs two to three years to open. JS. WA 93+. Bibi Graetz applies his unique winemaking philosophy to a can-do-no-wrong vintage. The 2013 Testamatta (100% Sangiovese) opens to a deep and dark ruby color and smoky aromas of cigar ash, crushed stone, licorice, grilled herb and dried cassis. Make no mistake: This is one of the most original and off-the-radar expressions of Sangiovese you will ever taste. There is...
99 Pts James Suckling A stunning wine. This is the best Testamatta ever made. Fascinating aromas of red fruits, tea, bark and wet soil as well as fresh leather. Full body, silky tannins and a juicy finish. I love the tension and texture of this great red. So gorgeous to taste now but better in 2021. Suckling has long been a fan of Bibi Graetz and his old-vine Sangiovese, calling it: “one of Tuscany's true cult wines, Testamatta. It's a pure Sangiovese that has the race and breed of a grand cru Burgundy. Think of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's La Tâche.”
Delivery from Feb 2020. James Suckling 98 points. A very beautiful and thoughtful Testamatta with aromas of earth, terra cotta, black tea, and lavender. Full-bodied, very layered and extremely polished with superb, soft tannins. Racy and very long. Muscular and formed but very, very balanced. Gorgeous richness and depth. Shows balance and wonder. Try in 2020. 96 POINTS - MONICA LARNER, THE WINE ADVOCATE The 2016 Testamatta represents a blend of fruit from old vines spread across the various vineyard holdings farmed by Bibi Graetz in both the Siena and Firenze provinces of Tuscany. These holdings include plots in Vincigliata (home base to...
2 glasses Gambero Rosso. Raffaella Bissoni is a remarkable woman whom we met earlier in 2015. We had been told by the conoscenti that she has been leading a quiet revolution in Romagna to reinstate the region as an internationally reknowned producer of sangiovese. Given that Tuscany has long held the spotlight for all sangiovese wines we were both curious and skeptical. That was until we tried her wines. They are outstanding and represent excellent value. The winery now exports to 10 countries, with the USA being the largest taker. Bissoni's wine-making philosophy is quite plain and hides no secrets: in order to preserve quality they limit...
Awarded Gold Medal and "People's Crown" , voted by readers of Vini Buoni d'Italia. Raffaella Bissoni is a remarkable woman whom we first met in 2015. We had been told by the conoscenti that she has been leading a quiet revolution in Romagna to reinstate the region as an internationally reknowned producer of sangiovese. Given that Tuscany has long held the spotlight for all sangiovese wines we were both curious and skeptical. That was until we tried her wines. They are outstanding and represent excellent value. The winery now exports to 10 countries, with the USA being the largest taker. Bissoni's wine-making philosophy is quite plain and...
WA 90 The 2012 Barolo sees fruit sourced from various spots around the Barolo township. This is a classic expression with a tight tannic structure and good tension in terms of mouthfeel. This was a hot vintage, with concentrated heat at the height of the summer. This forced a slightly shorter growing season and the bouquet is consequently less nuanced and complex next to the slightly cooler years. Yet the results achieved here are graceful and fine. This a good alternative for near and medium-term drinking. ML Jul 2017.
James Suckling: 92 Points Very aromatic and floral on the nose. Medium body, fine tannins and a fruity finish. Fine and fun. Drink now. Winery Notes Our Barolo is born from the union of our 5 cru vineyards in Barolo: Liste, Cannubi, Fossati, Cannubi San Lorenzo, San Pietro delle Viole. This is why it expresses together the elegance and the typical power of Barolo di Barolo and the true Barolo of the past. A medium weight, haunting Barolo that wafts from the glass with intnese aromas of red fruits, dried roses, tobacco, violets, tar, liquorice and leather. Rich, complex and traditional in style with powerful, youthful tannins and a...
AG 91-93 This is top class Barolo from a blue ribbon producer. Cannubi is to Barolo what Pauillac is to Cabernet, Cornas to Syrah, Mesnil to Champagne. If you have been wondering what everyone is gushing about when it comes to Barolo, set aside an hour to decant this beauty and sit back and savour some true magic in a glass. This is a baby now yet approachable. Will continue to develop and improve for 20 years.
Gilbert & Gillard 95 points. Beautiful red with bricking. Elegant nose combining fruit, nut, spice and tobacco aromas. Full, ample palate with tannins that are tightly-wound yet soft. The finish stays fresh and driven by the same fruit and spice aromas. Tasted: 01-Jun-2016 WA 91 The Cannubi cru is among the first to ripen and it also produces some of the most refined and delicate taste profiles in Barolo. Despite the warm vintage, Borgogno's 2011 Barolo Cannubi is indeed elegant and fine compared to the wines made from the estate's other celebrated vineyard sites. The bouquet is slow and shy, opening bashfully to wild berry, white truffle...
WA 92, Decanter World Wine Awards 92 points. Borgogno releases its wines one year later than most other producers. The 2012 Barolo Cannubi shows volume and richness, with soft layers that wrap over the palate. The Cannubi cru consists mostly of sand for the first 20 to 30 centimeters of topsoil, with thicker marlstone underground. The Cannubi cru is alway the first to reach maturity. This is a delicately contained expression of Nebbiolo that releases its perfumes slowly as the wine evolves in the glass. It's performance is steady and in constant crescendo.ML Jul 2017.
92 Points, Stephen Brook, Decanter: "Vibrant raspberry nose with considerable purity of fruit. The attack is sleek and very concentrated, with the firm tannins typical of this traditional producer. There's plenty of spice, drive, and punch, and the length is exceptional." WA 91. From one of the best-performing vineyard sites in Barolo (especially in balanced years such as this), the 2013 Barolo Cannubi is my favorite expression among the three cru expressions I tasted from Borgogno this year. This wine is forthcoming and direct in terms of its aromatic performance. You still get some of those Indian or Asian spice nuances that I discovered...
Wine Spectator 93 points. Tasting Notes Color The wine is dark ruby color with purple highlights. Taste Bright, lively, harmonious, elegant wine, filled with notes of juicy plums and ripe cherries. The finish is long, rounded, with soft tannins on the finish. Aroma The wine has a delicious aroma consisting of voiced floral notes, licorice and cola tones, highlighted by shades of chalk and dried ginger. Gastronomy Wine will be perfect pair with grilled red meats, game, white truffles and mature cheeses and blue cheeses.
WA 91. The 2011 Barolo Fossati bears the warm climate characteristics of the vintage for sure. The fruit is upfront and mature with lingering notes of cherry liqueur, blackberry confit and air-dried apricot. The wine presents extra richness and succulence. The fruit is round and slightly sweet and the tannins are yielding. This is a steady Barolo to drink in the near or medium term. ML Jul 2017.
WA 92 The 2012 Barolo Fossati is slightly more inward-looking and introspective compared to the other cru expressions presented this vintage. The Fossati vineyard is characterized by sandy soils and the wines made here veer towards extreme elegance and finesse. Indeed, this Barolo walks with light footsteps. The bouquet releases wild berry fruit, white cherry and dry licorice root. The wine will take on more volume and power as it continues its bottle evolution. ML Jul 2017.
WA 90 Borgogno has produced a handsome line of single-vineyard Barolos from the 2013 vintage, including Cannubi, Liste and Fossati. The 2013 Barolo Fossati is perhaps the most delicate and understated of the group. The wine needs more years of bottle aging before it starts to gain in focus and precision. At this young stage, it offers a thin layering of black fruit, spice, smoke and licorice. Give it more time to flesh out. ML Sep 2018.
WA 91 The single-vineyard 2006 Barolo Liste is the richest and most voluptuous of these 2006 Baroli. It is made in a more modern style than the rest of the wines. There is plenty of richness and inner perfume, but the smaller barrels have flattened some of the character that is so compelling in the other Baroli. The Liste is still beautiful, but frankly it is a bit of a letdown after the other wines in this line-up. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031. AG Oct 2011.
James Suckling 95, Antonio Galloni 94, Wine Spectator 92. Intense garnet red color with orange highlights. Ethereal, persistent, intense "tar" on the nose. The palate is balanced, velvety, full-bodied and generous.
Wine Spectator 93 points, Wine Advocate 92 points. Tasting Note: There is an essence of sweet fruit in this austere red, with underbrush, tar and tobacco notes holding the upper hand for now. Concentrated and long, presenting a savory, sanguine aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2035. 550 cases made. Score - 93. (Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, 2017) The 2011 Barolo Liste is heavily characterized by ripe and dark fruit aromas. Dried cherry segues to raspberry confit, plum and blackberry. These important primary fruit aromas are nicely contrasted against savory spice and cured tobacco. This wine offers significant power that is born both in...
93James Suckling Lots of dried berry, peach and cedar character. Full body, layered and powerful. 92Vinous / IWC Wild herb, smoke, incense, licorice and blood orange give the 2012 Barolo Liste a decidedly exotic.
WA 93 The 2008 Barolo offers a pretty succession of savory notes that span from bresaola and cigar box to dried fruit and prune. Despite the apparent, and beautiful, evolution of tertiary aromas on display, the wine continues to ooze with life and vitality. The silky, fine nature of the tannin is especially enjoyable. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. ML June 2013.
Mid to light cherry red. Seductive cherry aroma but also some spice and a more savoury edge – classic unoaked Sangiovese. Initial impression is straightforward fruit but there’s a real purity here, giving finesse and persistence. Elegant and finely textured. Drink 2018-2026. 100% Sangiovese. Aged in stainless steel (66%) and in concrete tanks (33%) for 12 months. JancisRobinson.com Julia Harding MW Winery Notes: Brancaia Chianti Classico shows our passion for this territory and the real character of the Sangiovese grape. This wine matures for 12 months in stainless steel tanks. It has seducing notes of ripe fruit, a lovely acidity and it...
WA 92+ Brancaia usually adds a little Merlot (20%) to this wine to soften and flesh out the crisp tightness that comes from Sangiovese. The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva is a beautiful wine that plays its best cards in terms of mouthfeel. The bouquet is beautiful as well, with dark fruit nuances that are layered tight. You get wild cherries and red rose petal in generous supply. The mouthfeel is light to medium in texture, but it shows more smoothness and silkiness compared to many of its peers. Some 60,000 bottles were produced. ML Nov 2018.
Wine Advocate 94 points The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva is a beautiful wine that does an excellent job of stringing together the many varied components of what makes a great Chianti Classico and puts them all together in a single bottle. The wine is balanced and intense with a long bouquet that starts off with black primary fruit and then trails off into a continuum of spice, leather, tar and tilled earth. There are many levels to consider here. The mouthfeel is equal parts structured, fresh and succulent, and these three factors fit together with precision. This is a terrific wine and one that I will readily drink with a grilled veal...
James Suckling 95 points, Wine Advocate 94+. The balance and beauty to this wine shows real Super Tuscan character. Aromas of flower, dark berry and licorice follow through to a full body, ultra-fine tannins and a flavorful and focused finish. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and sangiovese. Drink now or hold. JS. This is the wine that put Brancaia on the map of Tuscany's most celebrated estates. A blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese and a smaller percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (fermented with indigenous yeasts in conical steel vats and aged in new and neutral barrique for 20 months), the 2015 Il Blu is a wine that enthusiastically...
Wine Advocate 96 points. This blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese and a smaller percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon has one of the most impressive track records of a modern Tuscan blend that I can think of. The 2016 Il Blu is a beautifully balanced and precise blend that pits the freshness and authenticity of Sangiovese against the softness and fruitiness of the Merlot. Although the Sangiovese plays a supporting role in the blend, its influence and signature go far to creating the overall identity of this special wine. It's a very nice effort to celebrate with a grilled T-bone. Some 35,000 bottles were made.ML Sep 2019.
Wine Advocate 91 points. This wine sees fruit sourced from the warm and sunny Maremma area on coastal Tuscany. The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon shows an inky dark appearance with dark garnet color saturation. It offers a fine and chiseled aromatic profile with dark berry fruit followed by spice, anise seeds and an unmistakable balsamic note that reminds me of eucalyptus oil. This is a mid-weight expression of the grape that is both accessible and easy to drink straight out of the gate. It ages in neutral oak for 12 months. Some 20,000 bottles were made.ML Sep 2019.
Wine Advocate 90 points. The 2016 Tre is 80% Sangiovese with 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The combination of those three grapes makes for a well-priced entry-level Tuscan red that would pair nicely with pasta or spicy sausage pizza. This is a soft and simple mid-weight wine with a bright bouquet that is colored with vibrant tones of dark fruit, spice and grilled herb. The quality of the fruit in this classic vintage is what pushes this value wine up to an exciting 90-point threshold. Bottle production is 500,000 units strong. ML Sep 2019.
This French oak-aged blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Sangiovese and 10% Petit Verdot is sweet and generous on the palate, where dark fruit, leather, spices, espresso and toasted oak come together in a very harmonious wine with well-integrated tannins and lovely balance.
WA 93. The estate’s 2006 Ilatraia is an unqualified success in this vintage. Super-ripe dark cherries are intermingled with spices, minerals and French oak in this generous, expansive wine from Tuscany’s Maremma. There is tons of length here to go along with the wine’s sumptuous, generous personality. This is probably not a long-term ager, but it should drink beautifully over the mid-term. Ilatraia is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Sangiovese and 10% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2021. AG Aug 2009.
The 2007 Ilatraia is awesome. Black cherries, violets, minerals, mocha, spices and French oak are some of the nuances that flow from this round, enveloping wine. The 2007 Ilatraia is quite intense, dark and brooding. While the richness of the fruit makes the wine delicious today, it will be even better in a few years. Ilatraia is Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Petit Verdot from vineyards in Maremma that spent 18 months in French oak. The warmth and sheer volume of Maremma comes through in spades in this vintage, which is among the finest I have tasted of this relatively young bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027. AG Oct 2010.
There's plenty of ripe, juicy fruit in this young wine, which is full and velvety, with a long finish. Best after 2011. Wine Spectator.
Wine Advocate 96+ points. A blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Ilatraia is a terrific, full-bodied expression from Tuscany. If you love this combination of full-throttle grapes, I suggest you try this rendition. It tends to be more delicate and nuanced at the edges compared to a similar blend from a New World wine region, like say, California. The wine is contoured and full but never heavy. Indeed, the aromas of blackberry, spice and tar remain surprisingly fresh and bright. This is a big wine to be sure, but there is a lot of tonic energy packed tight within. Some 30,000 bottles were made. ML...
Veronelli 92 points. Single vineyard reserve made in very limited quantities. 100% sangiovese. Rich , deep and robust wine with excellent balance and length. Winemaker Carlo Ferrini. Tasting note: bright ruby, just a little bit orange on the nail. Complex nose, austere, where it differs from the olfactory descriptors of pure Sangiovese, blackberry jam, tobacco, pepper and oriental spices. mature and elegant tannins well integrated into the fine structure.
95% Sangiovese, 5% cabernet and merlot. Winemaker Carlo Ferrini. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one of Italy's classic red wines, and has unquestionably helped Tuscany retain its privileged place on the world wine map. It comes from the vineyards which surround Montepulciano, a picturesque hill town 25 miles (40km) southeast of Siena, southeastern Tuscany. Viticulture here dates back many centuries to Etruscan times. During the 15th Century, the local wine was a favorite among the local Sienese aristocracy, and in the 16th Century it was revered by Pope Paul III, who spoke of the wine's excellent qualities. Aged in French oak for 36 months....
Veronelli 91 points, 95% Sangiovese, 5% cabernet and merlot. Winemaker Carlo Ferrini. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one of Italy's classic red wines, and has unquestionably helped Tuscany retain its privileged place on the world wine map. It comes from the vineyards which surround Montepulciano, a picturesque hill town 25 miles (40km) southeast of Siena, southeastern Tuscany. Viticulture here dates back many centuries to Etruscan times. During the 15th Century, the local wine was a favorite among the local Sienese aristocracy, and in the 16th Century it was revered by Pope Paul III, who spoke of the wine's excellent qualities. Aged in...
Bibenda 4 stars. TASTING NOTES – dark, ruby red – ripe blackberries, wild cherries and chocolate on the nose – a powerful beginning on the palate, with increasing tannins, prominent fruit and a long, lingering finish.
TASTING NOTES – beautiful garnet red color – multi-layered warm notes of ripe forest berries and roasted coffee beans – strong body with smooth tannins in great harmony with a vivacious acidity structure and long lasting finish.
Wine Advocate 93 points. Wine Doctor 95 points,. Significant depth and layering is how I'd describe the 2016 Alto Adige Cabernet Sauvignon Riserva Quintessenz (with 10,000 bottles made). The wine shows a mid-weight appearance but is laden with dark fruit. Ripe blackberry and cherry rise from the bouquet, with a medium-density and an almost light feel in the mouth for a Cabernet like this (which is also aged in oak for 18 months). That almost fragile lightness comes as a most welcome surprise. ML July 2019.
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