Italian Reds

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1997 Allegrini Palazzo delle Torre Italian Reds 750 ml 4 $49.00
2004 Fattoria di Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia Italian Reds RP96 1.5 L 1 $249.00
The 2004 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is pure silk on the palate. The 2004 is never going to be a huge Rancia. Instead, it is the wine’s elegance and poise that stand out most. In this tasting, the 2004 comes across as a modern day 1990, even if the vintage was quite different from a climactic perspective. Sweet roses, spices and licorice are all woven together beautifully on the impossibly fine, dazzling finish. This is a wine of unbelievable harmony. Proprietor Giuseppe Mazzocolin and longtime oenologist Franco Bernabei have elevated Sangiovese to a level of sophistication rarely seen. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034.
2006 Fontodi Flaccianello Della Pieve Italian Reds WS99 1.5 L 3 $399.00
Shows excellent color and richness for a Sangiovese, with aromas of sultana, coffee, toasty oak and vanilla bean. Full-bodied, with masses of fruit and chewy tannins. The concentration and depth of fruit and layers of tannins are breathtaking. A blockbuster. Best after 2014. 5,000 cases made. –JS
2013 Fontodi Flaccianello Della Pieve Italian Reds 750 ml 12 $109.00
1988 Gaja Costa Russi Italian Reds 750 ml 1 $475.00
1999 Gaja Rennina Italian Reds 750 ml 1 $88.00
2006 La Massa Toscana Giorgio Primo Italian Reds WS94 750 ml 2 $119.00
Offers blackberry, toasty oak and milk chocolate aromas. Full-bodied, soft and velvety, with a long, rich finish. Concentrated and pretty. Layered and serious. Best after 2011. 2,150 cases made. –JS
2007 La Massa Toscana Giorgio Primo Italian Reds WS97 750 ml 10 $119.00
Dark and brooding, with intense aromas of lead pencil, blackberry, black cherry and licorice. Full-bodied, with velvety, polished tannins, followed by vanilla, berry and currant on the finish. Powerful and complex. Built like a brick house. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best after 2013. 1,750 cases made. –JS
2006 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis Italian Reds RP97 750 ml 2 $190.00
The 2006 Barolo Cannubi Boschis is seductive, round and sweet in its ripe dark fruit. The wine continues to gain weight in the glass, showing a level of density that nearly manages to cover the tannins. Floral notes add lift on the finish. This is a powerful, linear Cannubi Boschis with tons of energy and muscle, but it will require quite a bit of patience. Sandrone harvests his three parcels in Cannubi Boschis separately. Vinification takes place in stainless steel. The wines undergo malolactic fermentation and are aged in 500-liter barrels (roughly 20% new) for a year. Once the final blend is assembled, the wine goes back into oak for another year prior to being bottled in the spring. Sandrone is one of the earliest producers to bottle, which he does to preserve as much freshness as possible. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031.
2006 Miani Calvari Italian Reds RP98 1.5 L 1 $899.00
The 2006 Calvari is a towering wine of epic proportions. Dark, hulking and muscular, it emerges from the glass with masses of blackberry and blueberry jam, spices, new leather espresso and grilled herbs. Graphite and licorice follow, adding further layers of complexity that lead to the marvelously explosive, palate staining finish. The Calvari possesses dazzling power, class and intensity, all in a style that elevates Refosco to a level this rustic, indigenous grape has never aspired to. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026.
1966 Minuto Felice Barbaresco Riserva Speciale Italian Reds 750 ml 1 $159.00
This wine has an imperfection.
1970 Orsolani Barolo Italian Reds 750 ml 1 $79.00
This wine has an imperfection.
2012 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc Italian Reds AG91 750 ml 6 $78.00
The 2012 Barolo Bric del Fiasc is embryonic at this stage. In two tastings so far, the 2012 has comes across as relatively light by this wine's standards, while the site specific signatures that are so typical never seem to develop. It will be interesting to see if the 2012 Bric del Fiasc gains depth in bottle. Today, it is a bit of a mystery. -- Antonio Galloni
2012 Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi Italian Reds AG92 750 ml 6 $78.00
Sensual and inviting, the 2012 Barolo Cannubi is an attractive, mid-weight offering. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries and anise are some of the signatures. The wine's color and mid-weight structure both lead me to believe the 2012 Cannubi it is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. -- Antonio Galloni
2012 Paolo Scavino Barolo Monvigliero Italian Reds AG90 750 ml 6 $73.00
Scavino's 2012 Barolo Monvigliero fleshes out beautifully in the glass. Creamy, ample and layered, the Monvigliero possesses good depth for the year, not to mention solid overall balance. This is an especially forward vintage for the Monvigliero. The only thing missing at this stage is a bit more site specificity. If that develops in bottle, the 2012 will be an even better and more satisfying Barolo than this note suggests. Over the last few months the tannins have begun to soften nicely, so we will see. Sweet tobacco, crushed flowers, blood orange, cranberry and spices add the final shades of nuance on the mid-weight finish. -- Antonio Galloni
2010 Paolo Scavino Barolo Riserva Rocche dell'Annunziata Italian Reds AG96 750 ml 3 $165.00
Scavino's 2010 Barolo Riserva Rocche dell'Annunziata stands out for its finesse, inner perfume and detail, all hallmarks of this great La Morra site. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, mint and spices abound in a Barolo that is all about elegance. Constantly changing in the glass, the 2010 is a model of pure grace and sensuality. Sweet, silky tannins support the suave, textured finish. -- Antonio Galloni
1999 Pietranera Brunello di Montalcino Italian Reds 750 ml 1 $68.00
2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Montefico Riserva Italian Reds AG94 750 ml 2 $60.00
2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Muncagata Riserva Italian Reds WA92-ML 750 ml 6 $55.00
The 2009 Barbaresco Riserva Muncagota opens to a pretty garnet color and soft layers of cherry fruit, wild berry and blue flower. The wine presents a ready, immediate quality that makes it appropriate for near-term consumption. The Muncagota vineyard gets the morning sun with its southeast exposures. Its compact soils contribute to the heft and concentration of the mouthfeel. In cooler years, this vineyard offers pretty balsam and menthol characteristics. The site is slightly cooler than Rabaj?. You only get a distant hint of those herbal characteristics in the 2009 vintage. ML
2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Ovello Riserva Italian Reds AG93 750 ml 4 $55.00
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