Azienda Agricola Dino Illuminati

Azienda Agricola Dino Illuminati

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017

v17. Big wine totally over delivers. Crushed berries and violet nose. Rich, deep, black cherry and tar fruit. Full bodied, dry astringent finish. Pretty wild , but good. — 8 days ago

Azienda Agricola Dino Illuminati

Ilico Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017


Deep ruby color. Youthful. Medium intensity aromas and flavors. Fruity, full of red and black cherries. Medium(+) fine-grained tannins. #trebicchieri #gamberorosso I find it very enjoyable, clean, not as rustic or tannic as other #montepulcianodabruzzo — 4 months ago

Rosario Molina
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Stolpman Vineyards

La Croce Santa Ynez Valley Red Blend 2016

Dinner w the best Dino in SB. Flavor long lasting. — 8 months ago

Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut Rosé Champagne Blend

Wine and friendship are often synonymous. This bottle shared with Dino is a continuation of a journey many decades in the making. Dino introduced me to the magic of Cristal during our 20’s. Dino describes this as “liquid silk”. My comments begin with Toasty, brioche, Granny Smith apple, Asian Pear. Rich and lovely, young and elegant, nice now, but capable of more with time and patience. Why wait, our friends are here now. Cheers!! — 3 months ago

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Monsieur Touton Selection

Cooperativo Tra Produttori Barolo 2015

Great pairing with Sunday gravy, candlelight and Dino Crocetti. We’ll put this one into the regular winter rotation. Salud! — 6 months ago

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Rive di Cimarossa Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Cimarossa, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rive di Cimarossa. Vintage 2011. ABV 14.20%.

This wine is deep ruby with garnet secondary hues. On the nose this wine has medium(+) intensity of developing aromas. Aromas include blackberry preserves, black cherry, dried prune, fig, also black pepper, molasses, cedar, tobacco, mocha, cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, earth, and wet moss. On the palate this wine is dry. It has medium acidity, a full body, high alcohol, firm (high) tannins, and medium(+) intensity of flavors consistent with the nose but with delicate vegetal notes. The baking spice is also very prominent. The finish is long.

The 2011 vintage in Napa Valley was on the wetter and cooler side, which offered an extended growing season allowing the grapes to ripen and develop slowly. This wine comes from a vineyard located in Howell Mountain, on the Northeastern side of the Vaca Mountains, which afforded it additional exposure to winds that kept the vines dry and sunshine which aided in the ripening process.

Fun fact! Howell Mountain legally became its own appellation in 1983, the year of my birth, making this Howell Mountain Cab a fine choice for a Birthday weekend (there’s always a connection).

In addition to owning this spectacular winery, owners Corry Dekker and Dino Dina both come from an impressive background in medicine and biotechnology and have left, and continue to leave, an indelible impact on the vaccine industry. Cheers to that!! And cheers to Mia Kline for her excellence in winemaking and fruit expression.

This label features an image of the yellow monkeyflower, a wild flower that grows along the edges of the vineyard from which this wine comes.
— a month ago

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Shay A

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This is a killer visit. Wonderful atmosphere. And their 2011 wines are some of my favorites.


@Shay A Love it! We’d love to visit the next time we’re in Napa. This wine has complexity, intensity, and impeccable balance. We shall revisit!


Millesimato Metodo Classico Brut White Blend

Very solid for a supermarket sparkler. I was surprised to find Illuminati at the Milano COOP. — 5 months ago

Sarah Bignami
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Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

Interesting name