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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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2007 Brunello di Montalcino Il Poggione
The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is flat-out sexy. Layers of dark red fruit caress the palate in this round, voluptuous Brunello. Sweet roses, violets, mint and spices appear later, adding further complexity. The 2007 boasts striking inner perfume, radiant fruit and silky, super-refined tannins. Readers are going to have a hard time keeping their hands off this extraordinary wine. As great as the 2007 is today, it will be even better in a few years' time. This is a fabulous showing from Il Poggione. Tasted: April, 2012. Drink 2017-2034. Rated 94. ‑ Antonio Galloni,
$67.50 the bottle  $344.28 the case of six

2011 Rosso di Montalcino Il Poggione
A younger and more accessible Tuscan red from one of our favorite producers of Brunello di Montalcino, Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino is produced from 100% Sangiovese grapes handpicked from younger vines on the estate — a baby Brunello, if you will. Bright ruby red in color and decidedly red-fruited on the nose with aromas suggestive of red berry, tart cherry, saddle leather, sun-drenched underbrush and dusty earth; medium-full in body (fuller still with some air), almost velvety in texture with fine and gentle, crisp dusty tannins and red-fruit flavors that burst with a kind of Mediterranean warmth toward the mouthwatering finish. Baby Brunello? Sure! But this Il Poggione Rosso is in and of itself an absolutely delicious Tuscan red wine!
$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

2009 Barolo Monprivato Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio

The 2009 Barolo Monprivato impresses for its sheer balance. Nothing really stands out, instead it is the wine's overall harmony that speaks most clearly. This is going to be a fascinating vintage of Monprivato to follow. What will emerge over time? Will it be the personality of the year, or the pedigree of these poor, white soils? Time will tell. Tasted: May, 2013. Drink 2019-2039. Rated (93-95). ‑ Antonio Galloni,

Moderately saturated medium red. Compelling early perfume of strawberry, black cherry, licorice and brown spices. Silky and seamless on entry, then perfumed and light on its feet in the middle, with captivating complexity to the flavors of sweet red berries, earth and minerals. Harmonious acidity gives shape to the middle palate and extends the flavors through the long, subtle, vibrant finish. This very young wine is evolving slowly and probably needs seven or eight years to shine, and yet the tannins are quite suave today. Rated 92(+?). ‑ Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, November/December 2013

$125.00 the bottle  $1275.00 the case

2006 Barolo Aldo Conterno

The 2006 Barolo is made from the estate’s youngest vines, which means an average age of 20-35 years at this address, mostly from the village of Monforte with a touch of Barolo. Sweet, fragrant aromatics lead to an elegant, supple Barolo with a plush core of fruit supported by dusty yet elegant tannins. Spices, flowers and small red fruits come to life on the long, attractive finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024. Rated 90+. ‑ Antonio Galloni, Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate Issue 187, February 2010

Ripe and pure, featuring cherry, strawberry and spice aromas and flavors matched to an elegant frame. The finish feature dense tannins and a strong mineral component. Best from 2013 through 2028. 448 cases imported. Rated 92. ‑ Bruce Sanderson,

$80.00 the bottle  $816.00 the case

2008 Brunello di Montalcino FULIGNI 2008 Brunello di Montalcino FULIGNI
One of the clear highlights of the vintage, the 2008 Brunello di Montalcino emerges from the glass with black cherries, violets, cloves, menthol, licorice and tar. The 2008 stands out for its impeccable balance and layered, highly expressive personality. A translucent, mid-weight, silky finish is totally striking. Once again, Fuligni made one of the more refined wines of the village. In 2008 there is no Riserva. All the best of the lots made it into the straight bottling. If I had to bet on a 2008 Brunello that might surprise on the upside in a few years Fuligni would be near or at the top of my list. Tasted September, 2013. Drink: 2013-2023. Rated 92+. ‑ Antonio Galloni,
$77.50 the bottle  $790.56 the case

2007 Brunello di Montalcino FULIGNI 2007 Brunello di Montalcino FULIGNI
The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine that brings together the richness of the vintage and the house’s continuing move to a more traditional style. Sweet red berries, flowers, mint, spices and anise are woven together beautifully in this large-scaled, generous wine. The wine gains volume and depth in the glass as the flavors built to a huge crescendo. The 2007 was aged exclusively in cask. This is a great showing from Fuligni. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027. Rated 95. ‑ Antonio Galloni, Robert M. Parker, Jr.’s The Wine Advocate Issue 200, April 2012
$77.50 the bottle  $790.56 the case

2007 Brunello di Montalcino COSTANTI 2007 Brunello di Montalcino COSTANTI
The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino is a model of grace and elegance. This isn’t a huge, powerful wine like the 2006, but rather a Brunello that impresses for its total finesse. Sweet floral notes lead to hints of tobacco, wild herbs and spices on the refined finish. Layers of fruit flesh out beautifully in a radiant, expressive wine that captures the essence of the vintage. Costanti gave the 2007 Brunello 36 months in oak, 18 months in medium-sized barrels followed by 18 months in cask. This is a fabulous showing from Andrea Costanti. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027. Rated 95. ‑ Antonio Galloni, Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate Issue 200, April 2012
$72.50 the bottle  $739.56 the case

2009 Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa ZENATO 2009 Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa ZENATO
This splendid Veronese red wine from Zenato is long a favorite here in the greater beautiful downtown Austin, Texas area. Produce of 80% Corvina Veronese, 10% Rondinella and 10% Sangiovese grown in the southeast-facing hillsides of the commune of Sant’Ambrogio, the wine takes its name from the method in which it is produced, after the old fashion of the greatest red wine of the Veneto region, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, wherein selected lots of Valpolicella are "repassed" over the lees of Amarone, initiating a second fermentation, increasing the volume, breadth and depth of flavor in the wine, taking it from something really good to something more approaching greatness. Deep ruby red in color with inviting aromas suggestive of dried cherries and raisined grapes with hints of rose petal and white pepper; smooth and velvety-textured on the tongue with gentle but firm grip of ripe, rounded fruity tannins and a lingering warm and flavorful finish.
$27.50 the bottle  $280.56 the case

2010 Valpolicella Classico Superiore ZENATO
A blend of 80% Corvina, 10% Rondinella and 10% Croatina and Oseleta from the Valpolicella Classico area. Ruby-red in color to garnet at the rim; fleshy aromas of wild berries, currant, black cherry and spice, with hints of chocolate; robust, full and dry on the tongue with characteristic velvety texture.
$14.99 the bottle  $152.74 the case

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