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Volpaia Chianti Classico

2021 / 750 ml.

Item #: 84140

SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2023
A racy version, this boasts black cherry, blueberry, violet and iron flavors. Features a firm line of tannins that work in concert with the acidity, while flashes of Mediterranean scrub peek through. Mouthwatering finish. Sangiovese and Merlot. Drink now through 2032. 15,000 cases made, 14,000 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Aug 2023
The 2021 Chianti Classico is an absolute joy. Fragrant, silky and super-expressive, the 2021 captures all the finesse of Radda. Crushed red berry fruit, rose petal, orange peel and mint are all beautifully delineated in a vibrant, mid-weight Chianti Classico that has so much to offer. This is a fine showing. (Antonio Galloni)

Italy | Tuscany | Chianti Classico

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Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione

2015 / 750 ml.

Item #: 88773

JS9999 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Saturday, November 3, 2018
A really exotic nose with so much dried herb character, ranging from thyme and sage to Thai basil. Then there’s more familiar and equally appealing dark blackcurrants, crushed stones and lavender. Full body with very refined tannins that both coat and caress the palate. A long, chewy finish. Drink in 2022.
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Oct 2018
The 2015 Il Carbonaione presents a thick and darkly saturated side of Sangiovese. This expression opens to a dark garnet color with ripe aromas of black cherry, prune and blackberry. This edition delivers extra thickness and richness, yet that mid-weight approach is never compromised. This wine should spread out and gain in volume as it evolves in the bottle. Some 26,000 bottles were made (whereas only 2,000 bottles of the 2015 Capogatto were produced).
SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jul 31, 2018
This is lush, featuring a light touch of oak spice shading black cherry, blackberry and plum flavors. Firm yet well-integrated, with a lingering, fresh finish. Sangiovese. Drink now through 2022. 2,200 cases made, 750 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)

Italy | Tuscany | Alta Valle della Greve

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Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino

2016 / 750 ml.

Item #: 94504

VN9797 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2020
I’m not sure how Il Poggione manages to remain one of the largest producers of Brunello, maintaining such a high level of quality and turning out some of the best wines of the vintage year after year - but they do. The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is yet another stunning example. Depths of mineral-encased black cherries, sage, allspice, licorice, tobacco and crushed violets lift up from the glass. It’s seamlessly silky, even as the palate is peppered with tart red and black berries, nervous acids and savory exotic spices. This shows the density and weight of the vintage in a youthfully monolithic stance, yet with all the necessary components to maintain perfect balance. The 2016 Il Poggione seems to fold in upon itself through the finish, which is dark, mysterious and structured, with only hints of black tea and licorice to tempt the imagination. It’s a classic in the making.
SP9696 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2021
This Brunello leads with black cherry, black currant and violet aromas, augmented by flavors of iron, tobacco and spice. Dusty tannins emerge on the lingering finish, while the sweet fruit persists. Should be compelling in a decade. Best from 2025 through 2047. 16,700 cases made, 3,000 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2020
The Il Poggione 2016 Brunello di Montalcino opens to a medium dark appearance with pretty Sangiovese shine and a little ruby sparkle. This vintage shows a slightly untamed or wild side with a dense and heavier fruit profile. The focus here is on blackberry, dried cherry, tobacco and even a touch of smoky tobacco or horse saddle. The wine shows the firm grip and tannic backbone that is a common trait in this vintage, especially with the vineyards on this southern, sunlit side of the appellation. I also get a considerable flash of acidity on the close, almost too much, that certainly needs a few more years to soften. You really need to wait with this one. Production is an ample 200,000 bottles.
JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, November 11, 2020
A red with blackberry, cherry, some walnut and chocolate, as well as mahogany. Tea, too. It’s full-bodied and firm-tannined with beautiful length and depth. Linear and very fine. Drink after 2024.

Italy | Tuscany | Brunello di Montalcino

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Renieri Brunello di Montalcino

2016 / 750 ml.

Item #: 95038

JS9696 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, November 11, 2020
This is a very tight, refined Brunello that shows so much beautiful fruit and polish with dark-berry, cedar, walnut and cherry character. It’s full-bodied with layers of fine tannins and a fresh, pretty finish. Needs much more time to open. Try after 2024.
RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2020
The Renieri 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a plush, fruit-forward and accessible wine that captures the purity and elegance of the vintage. The best take-away, however, is the fresh, ready and bright state of this wine that makes it almost ready to enjoy straight out of the gate. This Brunello from a nine-hectare plot with limestone clay soils offers bold cherry and blackberry with delicate spice, smoke and blue flower. The wine is marked by balanced acidity, and there is some tannic tightness that should further relax by the time this wine hits the market at the start of 2021. This is a go-to bottle (in a 50,000 bottle release) if you want a first and memorable taste of the classic 2016 vintage.
WE9393 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 5/1/2021
Floral aromas of violet and rose mingle with new leather and menthol on this fragrant red. Racy and linear, the palate features dried cherry, licorice and blood orange set against firm, fine-grained tannins. Drink 2024–2031.
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jun 30, 2021
A dense, solid style, this red displays cherry, plum, iron, wild herb and scrub aromas and flavors. Concentrated and compact, needs time to unfurl all its nuances and equilibrium. Best from 2024 through 2042. 4,000 cases made, 1,200 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2020
The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a sweetly spiced and fruit-forward expression of the vintage, yet it manages to color within the lines of refinement. Mulled apples and strawberries with a balsamic tinge give way to mentholated herbal tones. It’s soft with a wonderful mix of inner sweetness, pure red berry fruits and minerals, yet it lacks momentum toward the close. Rounded tannins linger along with hints of plum, tobacco and dark inner florals. With the exception of a lull on the mid-palate, the 2016 Renieri is really quite pleasurable, yet it’s better to enjoy this sooner rather than later.

Italy | Tuscany | Brunello di Montalcino

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