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. Decanter 91 points. Grape Variety: 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino & 15% Merlot. COLOUR Rich ruby red, brilliant NOSE Sensationally intense, with notes of ripe red fruit and delicate hints of vanilla PALATE Full bodied, rich, dry with a long finish
Voted no 4 in Top 10 Italian Reds by Gentleman Magazine. Wine Advocate 96 points. This is a baritone beauty. The 2015 Montefalco Sagrantino 25 Anni is a darkly extracted and thick expression with inky-black fruit aromas that are followed by finer accents of licorice, smoke and tar. The bouquet is deep and complex. There is dark spice here as well, but those spicy tones are mixed with balsam herb, barbecue smoke and teriyaki. The wine is full-bodied and layered, with rich textural fiber. This vintage will award those who wait. ML Oct 2019.
James Suckling 95 points. Variety: 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, 15% Merlot First vintage produced: 1993 Training Aging: 20 months in French oak barrels and at least 6 months in bottle Aroma: in its breadth we find cherry in alcohol and chocolate, violet, vanilla and more spices Taste: full and soft perfectly balanced by a tannin vibrant and velvety. #95
Tre Bicchieri, Gambero Rosso. Wine Advocate 95 points. This bottle is a true ambassador for Umbria. You get ample varietal tones in the 2016 Montefalco Sagrantino 25 Anni, with bitter chocolate and baking spice, but Caprai does a terrific job of softening up and fleshing out the Sagrantino grape to display a more contemporary and ultimately more approachable and versatile wine. It boasts a huge, bold and opulent mouthfeel with plenty of structure and determination. This was a release of 15,000 bottles. ML Jul 2021.
Decanter 95 points. Gambero Rosso 3 Bicchieri. Variety: 100% Sagrantino First vintage produced: 1979 Training Aging: 22 months in French oak barrels (one third new) and at least 6 months in bottle. Aroma: blackberry jam, pepper, clove and vanilla, a balsamic note and a touch of face powder Taste: powerful and timeless same elegant, great tannin that suggests the future.
Andrew Larsson Wines Tasted Blind 95 points. Falstaff 94 points. Variety: 100% Sagrantino First vintage produced: 1979 Training Techniques: Spurred Cordon with vine density of 6.000 vines per Ha. Yield per hectare 5-6 tons Aging: 22 months in French oak barrique and minimum 6 months aging in the bottle Aroma: blackberry jam, pepper, clove and vanilla, balsamic notes with a hint of powder Taste: powerful, yet elegant; bold tannins hint towards long aging Serving suggestions: roasted meat, preferably one with a bit of fat content, game, beef stew. Best served around 64-68 ̊F Aging potential: 10-15 years .
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 Enthusiast 95 points. Atillio Ghisolfi's Barolo Visette is from Nebbiolo vines that range from 20 to 40 years old, situated in the Visette microzone. The Barolo Visette is aged for three years in a mix of 70% oak barrels and 30% in Tonneaux and Barriques. The Barolo Visette is an elegant wine with intense red fruit on the nose with hints of mushroom and underbrush. On the palate it is rich and authoritative with firm tannins a racyl acidity yet warm and soft finish. Best paired with truffle dishes, roasted red meat and game or with mature cheeses. #DEC
"This wine is intense in aromas of violet, rose, underbrush, dark-skinned berry and spice. Tightly wound and vibrant, the taut, elegantly structured palate delivers Marasca cherry, black raspberry, cinnamon and clove framed in firm fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. It's still youthfully austere, so give it time to fully develop. Drink 2013–2035." - 94/100, Wine Enthusiast
"Dark-skinned berry, menthol, new leather, blue flower and baking spice aromas take center stage. On the radiant, full-bodied palate, vibrant acidity lifts red cherry, raspberry compote, star anise, clove and tobacco while youthfully taut, fine-grained tannins provide firm support. Hold on to this for even more complexity once it unwinds and develops. Drink 2023–2038." - 95/100, Wine Enthusiast.
Wine Spectator 95 points. Atillio Ghisolfi's Barolo Bussia is from Nebbiolo vines that range from 20 to 40 years old, situated in the Visette microzone. The Barolo Bussia is aged for three years in a mix of 70% oak barrels and 30% in Tonneaux and Barriques. The Barolo Bussia is an elegant wine with intense red fruit on the nose and spices. On the palate it is rich and authoritative with medium tannins. Best paired with truffle dishes, roasted red meat and game or with mature cheeses.
94 – JAMES SUCKLING, Aug 2020 "Lots of ripe berries, walnuts, flowers and spices. Orange peel, too. Full body and round, chewy tannins. The finish is fruity and tannic at the same time." 92 - WINE ENTHUSIAST, Sept, 2020 "Underbrush, violet, spiced plum and menthol aromas slowly emerge from the glass. The tight full-bodied palate shows dried cherry, licorice and tobacco alongside assertive grainy tannins. You'll also notice the warmth of alcohol on the close. D
James Suckling 95 points. Made by nebbiolo grapes located in the Visette hill (Bussia area) , Monforte Village "This is a very tight and rich Barolo with lots of ripe-strawberry, walnut and meat character. Some smokiness, too. It’s full-bodied and focused. Very long and layered." James Suckling Average age: 20-40 years. Planting density: 5500 vines/ha. Altitude: 300/350 asl. Exposure: South. South-west Soil: marly, calcareous, clay. Vinification: maceration on the skin for 12 days with careful controlling of the temperature and spontaneous fermentation with native yeast. Maturation: 70 % in large oak of 25-30 Hl and 30% in Barriques for 30...
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. Grape variety: nebbiolo 100% Average age of vines: over 48 years. Planting density: 5500 vines/ha. Altirude: 300/350 m. slm. Position: South Soil: marly, calcareous, clay. Vinification: maceration on the skin for 18 days and spontaneous fermentation brought on by native yeasts Maturaring: in tonneau of 500 l. for the firsts 12 months and 36 months more in large oak of...
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. #TAVOLO
James Suckling 99 points. This is so perfumed and seductive, with blackberries, cherries, dried flowers and perfume. It’s full-bodied and tight with very fine tannins. Really structured and long. Superb tannin texture. So fine, yet so powerful. This is an incredible combination of fruit and structure. Old-vine magic. Drink after 2026. JS.
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.”
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 Bibi Graetz and his family...
100 points | Jane Anson, Decanter Finely textured, with a nuanced perfume that fills the glass and takes you to the intense underbrush of Tuscany. Succulent and yet savoury, this has a lilting freshness that is overlaid with ripe berry fruits, sage and white pepper spice, and clear minerality in terms of its scraping texture that makes your mouth water on the finish. Feels light and sculpted and yet has an intensity that skewers you to the spot. This is a great wine, with scope and imagination that doesn't want to let you go. Genuinely stands out among the wines of this tasting, and these are a fine array of wines. As with Colore, Bibi...
James Suckling 97 points. 20th year anniversary special bottling. James Suckling Notes 97 Points, "Very attractive combination of dried fruit and spices with black cherries and plums. Aromas of flowers and sandalwood, too. Full-bodied and very refined, yet intense, with plush, velvety tannins that are wonderfully integrated and intertwined with the fruit. Ripe center palate. Tight at the end, suggesting the need for some serious bottle age. Very structured. Try after 2025." 8/21 #TUSCANS
Organic, biodynamic. Harvest: wine produced only in the best vintages, with hand picking of the best grapes. From the oldest vines with low grape bunch density, we select the finest berries from small, widely spaced bunches. Wine making process: de-stemming and pressing. Alcoholic fermentation with wild yeasts at controlled temperature. Long maceration, for over a month, partly with whole bunches and stems. Malolactic fermentation in oak barrels, refining for 2 years in new French oak barrels and for at least 12 months in the bottle. Ageing potential: over 25 years Organoleptic features: intense garnet red colour with orange shades. Fruity...
Falstaff Review 91 points. Organic.Biodynamic. Year of planting: 1991. Harvest: wine produced only in the best vintages, with hand picking of the best grapes. From the oldest vines with low grape bunch density, we select the finest berries from small, widelyspaced bunches. Wine making process: destemming and pressing. Alcoholic fermentation with wild yeasts at controlled temperature. Long maceration, for over a month, partly with whole bunches and stems. Malolactic fermentation in oak barrels, refining for 2 years in new French oak barrels and for at least 12 months in the bottle. Ageing potential: over 25 years Tasting note: intense garnet...
Gold Medal, Concours International Selection Mondiale 2020. Falstaff Magazine 92 points. Organic. Biodynamic. Wine making process: after hand-picking of grape clusters, destemming and pressing. Alcoholic fermentation with wild yeasts at controlled temperature. Average maceration time: 14-21 days. Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, refining in first- and second-hand-passage French oak barrels for 16-18 months and for at least 12 months in the bottle. Ageing potential: over 20 years Organoleptic features: intense garnet red colour with orange shades. A structured wine with prevailing hints of ripe fruit, maraschino cherry,...
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 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.
Falstaff Magazine 92 points. James Suckling 92 points "A medium-bodied, vibrant red with blueberries, cherry stones, lemon zest and dried herbs on the nose. Lightly dusty tannins. Well balanced, with a mineral touch. From organically grown grapes. Drink now or hold." Certified Organic. WINERY NOTE: CHIANTI CLASSICO is a tribute to our terroir. This single-variety winefascinates with its easiness and the ripe cherry notes, one of the typical aromas for Sangiovese. In the mouth, a lovely freshness and sapidity combine with young and crisp tannins. Denomination DOCG Varieties 100% Sangiovese. Tasting note Medium to full body. Lots of fruit and...
WINERY NOTE: Brancaia celebrates with the 2019 vintage an exceptionally important addition to our portfolio – the Gran Selezione. This wine combines tradition and elegance at the highest level and perfectly completes our Chianti Classico range. Our Gran Selezione is made from Sangiovese grapes that develop a truly unique authenticity and typicity thanks to the maturity of the vines, a careful selection of the clones and organic farming practises. The wine matures for 18 months in French oak tonneaux and additional 3 months in concrete tanks before it further ages for at least 12 months in the bottle. The Brancaia Chianti Classico Gran...
Wine Advocate 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.
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 94 points. This is absolutely delicious with cherry, berry and light milk chocolate. It’s medium-bodied with round tannins. Juicy and succulent. Racy and deep. Bright acidity. Give this time to open. Better after 2023. JS.
James Suckling 96 points Antonio Galloni - Vinous Media (95) "The 2019 Il Blu is gorgeous. Dark and mysterious in the glass, the 2019 is going to need at least a few years to reveal all of its personality. Blue/purplish fruit, lavender, sage, mint, licorice and new leather all meld together. This deep, fleshy Merlot-based blend hits all the right notes." WINERY NOTE: Made only from the best hand-harvested and selected grapes from our two estates in the Chianti region, with ultra-fine tannins and a smooth and full finish, this is a full-bodied wine that stands out for its complexity and elegance. Today, thanks to the ever-improving complexity...
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.
Wine Advocate 94 points. Packaged in its distinctive blue label, the Brancaia 2017 Il Blu is a blend of mostly Merlot, Sangiovese and a smaller percent of Cabernet Sauvignon. It offers power, structure and firmness spread out over a medium to full-bodied frame. The wine exhibits a dark and concentrated color and opens to rich aromas of dried cherry, blackberry, tilled earth, candied orange and iron ore. Indeed, the wine's friendly complexity far exceeds any basic expectations here despite the challenges of the vintage.
James suckling 93 points. Brancaia TRE is a blend of 80% Sangiovese 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The basis for this wine, are the grapes from the three estates: Brancaia (Castellina), Poppi (Radda) and Brancaia in Maremma. The wine ages 12 months in French tonneaux. A truly polished, classy red. Offering complex aromas of leather and blackberries, tea and raspberries. Full-bodied and extremely well integrated tannins. A very memorable long and caressing finish.
James Suckling 97 points. "This is really impressive with a dense and intense palate, yet ever so polished and refined. Full body. Compact and extremely long. Love the texture. Blackberries and currants with some violet and walnut undertones. Medium-to full-bodied with firm, polished tannins that show balance and focus. Stone and mahogany. Just a hint of chocolate. Racy and fine. 40% petit verdot, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 20% cabernet franc. Drink now or hold." ILATRAIA is a modern and terroir-typical blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc. A full-bodied wine with freshness, definition and elegance....
James Suckling 97 points. This has aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants, black olives, cedar, dark chocolate, praline, salted almonds and spearmint. Some gun metal and graphite, too. Creamy and caressing, with velvety tannins and a full body. Delicious salted-chocolate notes. So much power and concentration, yet it remains elegant. Long. JS. The full-bodied Brancaia Ilatraia, the top wine from Brancaia's Maremma vineyards, impresses with its freshness, precision and elegance. This wine shows a perfect balance between maturity and finesse. It is extremely silky and polished with supple tannins that are typical of the Tuscan coast. The blend...
Wine Advocate 96+. 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.
Wine Advocate 93 points. Made with certified organic fruit, the Brancaia 2020 Maremma Toscana N. 2 is a pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon that is fermented with ambient yeasts and aged in a combination of new and neutral tonneaux for 12 months. Grapes come from a site with medium-rich soils at a breezy 250 to 450 meters in elevation. This accessible 40,000-bottle production shows beautiful color saturation and rich darkness. Aromas embrace dark fruit and pressed blackberry with spicy oak. This medium to full-bodied red would work nicely across from a grilled pork chop marinated in rosemary and garlic. ML Aug 2022. James Suckling 93...
Organic. Ownership: Eric Albada Jelgersma, also owner of Chateau Giscours and Chateau du Tertre in Margaux, France. Wine Advocate 95 points. Tasted as an unfinished sample, the Caiarossa 2018 Caiarossa offers great insight into the forward-looking trajectory and the solid quality record of this gem of an estate on the Tuscan Coast. This is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Alicante, with the saturated and dark fruit aromas of the Cabernet grapes in pole position. A deep core of black fruit is backed by exotic spice, tar and sweet licorice at the back. The finest work here is to the...
Wine Advocate 93 points. The Cantina Kaltern 2019 Alto Adige Merlot Riserva Lasón (with 30,000 bottles made) is a bright and fragrant expression of this international grape with pretty aromas of wild berry, blueberry, mint, mountain herb and sweet potting soil. The wine shows a mid-weight style with firmness and good freshness, and you recognize the cool-climate alpine fruit, especially in this balanced vintage. It ages in barrique for 12 months (with 25% new oak). ML Dec 2022. TASTING NOTES – rich, brilliant ruby red – ripe blackberries, wild cherries and licorice on the nose – medium-bodied on the palate, with perfectly balanced...
Wine Advocate 92 points. This is a terrific entry-level red that offers plenty of varietal typicity with a very attractive price tag. The Cantina Kaltern 2020 Alto Adige Pinot Nero delivers all the goods: freshness, elegance and a no-fuss style to pair with white meat or even a spaghetti allo scoglio with seafood and chopped tomato, if served a few degrees chilled. I'd suggest buying this wine by the case, not by the bottle, and make sure to drink it while all that beautiful primary fruit is still intact. Some 95,000 bottles were made.ML Sep 2021.
Wine Advocate 95 points. The Cantina Kaltern 2018 Alto Adige Merlot Riserva Kunst.Stück is released in numbered bottles (I tasted bottle number 494 of just 3,000 produced) with a pretty, artist-created front label. This Merlot is soft and plush, with broad richness and smoothness that spreads evenly over the palate, imparting rich density all the while. It also delivers ripe blackberry, black cherry, leather, tar and sweet spice. You'd do well to enjoy it with some grilled sausages in front of the fire after a day of skiing. In general, these 2018 Merlots from Alto Adige show lots of generous fruit weight but mildly shorter length. ML Sep...
Wine Advocate 91 points. The Cantina Kaltern 2019 Alto Adige Lagrein Riserva Lareith is impenetrable in appearance and shows no light penetration whatsoever. This thickly concentrated red wine is redolent of black fruit, dried blackberry, earth and black rose petal. The wine is open-knit and accessible, offering a thick layer of black fruit that makes a bold and lasting impact. Aging is in barrique for 12 months with 30% new oak. ML Dec 2022. TASTING NOTES – dark violet-ruby – fine, elegant fruit on the nose, reminiscent of ripe berries, bramble and cocoa, woody undertones. – dense and creamy on the palate, finely structured tannin...
Wine Advocate 94 points. The Cantina Kaltern 2018 Alto Adige Cabernet Sauvignon Riserva Quintessenz comes out with gangbuster intensity, showing shapely tones of dark fruit, mature blackberry and dark plum. After 18 months in barrique (with 50% new barrels), the wine is nicely enhanced with oak spice that comes across with subtle layers of toast and smoke; however, the wood regime is never overdone. In fact, the cool-climate freshness associated with mountain wines is what gives this hearty red that extra kick of energy to enjoy with a well-marbled steak on the grill. This was a release of about 8,000 bottles.ML Sep 2021.
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