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The very concept of Italian wine is so vast and varied and distinctive, it’s like a world unto itself within the world of wine. And, given its vast array of unique indigenous varieties, the appreciation of fine Italian wine is an undertaking that could well keep one occupied for a lifetime.

 
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2012 Brunello di Montalcino Il Poggione   2010 Brunello di Montalcino Conti Costanti   2012 Barbaresco Produttori del Barbaresco   2015 Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Scot Cavallotto   2013 Dolcetto d'Alba Boschi di Berri Marcarini   2013 Aia Vecchia Lagone Toscana Rosso   2015 Etna Rosso Tenuta della Terre Nere   2015 Orvieto Classico Terre Vineate Palazzone  
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2012 Brunello di Montalcino Il Poggione

Good full red. Medicinal red cherry, raspberry, sweet spices and mint on the fresh, precise nose. Bright and sweet, with a penetrating, austere quality to its flavors of red fruits, minerals and medicinal herbs. Harmonious acidity nicely frames the pure, long, youthfully tight finish. Lovely young Brunello that will repay cellaring. Drink: 2025-2038. Rated 93+. - Ian D'Agata, vinous.com, March, 2017

Il Poggione is a Brunello superstar and a vintage like this reveals every reason why that affirmation is true. From the second the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino pours into the glass, you know you are in for something special. The wine is darkly saturated and rich in appearance. Absent are those slightly amber or browning hues you often get with Sangiovese in a hot vintage. Nor does the wine show flat or tired characteristics. Instead, the quality of fruit is vibrant and rich. This is a healthy, generous and exuberant Brunello with dark density and succulent fruit flavors that are followed by integrated spice and tobacco. The balance is impressive and one thing you get here is fresh acidity. This is not to be underestimated, because the acidity quota in the 2012 vintage across the appellation is not as high or evident as usual. This is one of the year's best Brunellos. Drink: 2017-2030. Rated 95+. - Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate Issue 229, February, 2017

$70.00 the bottle  $357.00 the case of six

2010 Brunello di Montalcino Conti Costanti

Costanti's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is stunning. Dark, powerful and mysterious in the glass, the 2010 captivates all the senses with its breathtaking beauty and layered, multi-dimensional personality. Lavender, violets, savory herbs, smoke, plums and graphite flow through to the rich, explosive finish. There is a prism-like sense of transparency allied to pure power in the 2010 that is impossible miss. Readers who can find the 2010 should not hesitate; it is a must-have. While many 2010s are approachable today, the Costanti's 2010 is not; it is a wine for the cellar. Drink 2018-2035. Rated 97. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com February, 2015

$80.00 the bottle  $816.00 the case

2012 Barbaresco Produttori del Barbaresco

A big, powerful wine, the 2012 Barbaresco hits the palate with surprising depth allied to nervous tannins that are going to need time to soften. Tobacco, smoke, licorice, menthol, game and a host of dark, ferrous notes give the wine much of its virile personality. The 2012 is not as finessed as some recent vintages, yet it offers considerable potential for the future. Most importantly, it is a terrific value at a time when well-priced Barbaresco is increasingly hard to find. In 2012, the Produttori did not bottle their Riservas. When that happens, the straight Barbaresco is often an overachiever. That is certainly the case here, as the 2012 offers outstanding quality for the money, with plenty of potential for the future. I can't think of too many wines that deliver this much pleasure and value. Drink: 2018-2032. Rated 92. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, December, 2015

$35.00 the bottle  $357.00 the case


2015 Dolcetto d'Alba Vigna Scot Cavallotto

Produce of 100% Dolcetto fruit from a parcel on the hillside between Bricco Boschis and Monprivato/Codana. Fermented with indigenous yeasts, macerated with submerged cap for 3-4 days, then aged in large Slavonian oak botti of 50 hl for 6 months and then in cement tanks for 6 months. More and better evidence of 2015 as the «annata solare»? Probably so, yeah. Heady aromas suggestive of fleshy ripe berries, fresh grape pomace, graphite and bitter almond; compellingly full, round and potent on the tongue with ripe but very present tannins carrying a rush of intensity of flavors that reprise and then riff on those very first whiffs with an added note of kirsh in the delicious mix. Warm, invigorating and potent to the finish.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

2013 Dolcetto d'Alba Boschi di Berri Marcarini

Marcarini's 2013 Dolcetto d'Alba Boschi dei [sic] Berri is pliant and expressive in the glass, with lovely density in its dark red and purplish fruit. Nuanced and layered in the glass, the 2013 has enough pedigree to drink well for a handful of years. Drink: 2014-2018. Rated 89. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com November, 2014. Regularly $27.50 the bottle, on sale now at ten bucks off:

$17.50 the bottle

2013 Aia Vecchia Lagone Toscana Rosso

A lovely if modestly modern claret-inspired Tuscan red wine from La California, as it is called there on the Tuscan coast near Bolgheri and Magliano. Produce of 60% Merlot along with an admixture of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, the wine undergoes a temperature-controlled fermentation, manual punch-downs and pump-overs. It is aged one year in barrique and a minimum of six months in bottle before release. Lovely ruby red in color with typical claret aromas suggesting ripe cherries, wild berries, a hint of spice, a scent of vanilla from barrel aging, but with a telltale and toothsome seaside saline quality; medium-bodied on the palate with a gentle richness and structure and long, smooth finish. Superb value, too!

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case

2015 Etna Rosso Tenuta della Terre Nere 2015 Etna Rosso Tenuta della Terre Nere

Etna Rosso is, for us, a most wonderful if somewhat recent discovery of some, um, magnitude. And Tenuta delle Terre Nere have emerged a favorite producer of the wine among our discerning clientèle. Produced from a preponderance of Nerello Mascalese along with a dash of Nerello Cappuccio fruit from the young vines of the estate cropped at low yields of around 35 hectolitres per hectare and growing on the hillsides of the famous volcano on the eastern edge of the island of Sicily, the wine is a limpid ruby red in color; reticent on opening (by all means do give this one a good decanting), quite lovely aromas are coaxed with some aeration, let's say tarry dried cherries, dried Italian herbs, spice, radice di liquirizia and deep dark volcanic earthy/smoky notes; while there has been a good deal of comparison of Etna Rosso to Burgundian Pinot Noir, the aromatic profile is surely different and the silken-textured opening quickly gives way, builds into somewhat more of a southern powerhouse on the tongue, with fine-grained tannins seemingly carrying bursting flavors right on up that hill, potent and long to the finish. Maybe a comparison to a mythical marriage of Chambolle-Musigny and Châteauneuf-du-Pape would be more apt but, then again, no. Etna Rosso is sui generis. One might say it leads on silken slippers, all carefree island-hopping, light on its feet, but follows with a firm resolve, as one might reasonably expect of a wine whose vines' dancing partner is the stuff of an active volcano.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

2015 Orvieto Classico Terre Vineate Palazzone

"Unquestionably the number one small estate of Orvieto" according to Stephen Tanzer, Palazzone produces delicious white wines from indigenous grape varietals of Umbria, balancing irresistable fruit aromas and flavors with an oh-so stony backdrop and nerve; 50% Procanico, 30% Grechetto and 20% of Verdello, Drupeggio and Malvasia, vinified in stainless steel to keep things fresh; medium-bodied, supremely-balanced white wine with aromas that speak clearly of cool of the morning harvest fresh grapes and notions of floral honey, beeswax and something like hazelnut and elderflower and, yet again, stone; at once, just ample and round, crisp and dusty, citrusy dry and alive with fresh grapey flavor; our Italian wine-loving pal Jerry Reid sez "slap and tickle." C'mon downtown 'n get yourself some of this delicious wine!

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case


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