Gianfranco Bovio

Azienda Agricola Gianfranco Daino

Suber Nero d'Avola Blend 2017

Alder Yarrow
9.2

I probably drink too many Etna wines, so for a change here’s a Sicilian wine that is NOT from the volcano. It’s from the center of the island, near the city of Caltagirone, and it’s an unusual blend of two expected grapes (Nero d’Avola and Frappato) and one fairly unexpected one (Alicante Bouschet). Grown in dense vineyards planted with head-trained bush vines at about 1000 feet above sea level, this wine has a deep garnet color and a stony core surrounded by blackberry, licorice, and black cherry fruit. At once ripe and chiseled with acidity, this is a perfect expression of Sicily in many ways. It bears the i Vigneri stamp of consultant Salvo Foti, a good sign if there ever was one on Sicilian bottles. — a month ago

Josh, Chris and 12 others liked this

Gianfranco Alessandria

Langhe Nebbiolo 2018

Arethusa wine. Phil and I both really liked it — 3 months ago

Gianfranco Alessandria

Barolo Nebbiolo 2011

Tar and roses and dark plums: this is a beautiful bottle of wine. With medium acidity, the wine begs to be served at a heavy meal! — 4 months ago

Anthony liked this

Gianfranco Bovio

Parussi Barolo Nebbiolo 2016

Cathy Corison
9.4

Tar and Roses. Translucent. Cherries. Grippy. — 4 months ago

Joshua, Josh and 20 others liked this

Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera

Case Basse Riserva Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2005

A wine I have had many times but my 1st time having it next to the Poggio Sotto. The Soldera is a completely different Brunello showing lots of cherry, strawberry fruits, leather, spice with floral tones in an elegant & silky style, complex & layered that reminds me of what Burlotto’s Monvigliero is to Barolo. Always a Burgundy lovers Brunello! — 22 days ago

Lyle, Ira and 14 others liked this

Gianfranco Bovio

Barolo Nebbiolo 2016

Fragrant with unrelenting texture and tannins at opening. 24 hours later it’s shy but sweet with cherries and plum, floral and leather. Needs time. Plan on buying more 2017 to drink now. — 3 months ago

Paul, Dawn and 7 others liked this

Gianfranco Fino

'Es' Primitivo di Manduria

Served double-blind. First impression: “What the hell is this?!” Umami, German chocolate cake, flower shop…opulent in ever sense of the word. Dark fruit for dayzzz…with a sort of raisinated character that slips in at the finish. Remarkable depth. There’s also a black pepper thing on the very back end. Hefty structure with rather remarkable acid considering how bulky this wine is and, to be frank, rather necessary considering the 16% abv. Finish is sooooo long. I figured some sort of Valpolicella Ripasso or even an Amarone (neither are wines I drink a whole lot of but seem to fit the profile) and obviously from a good producer. When this was revealed, I can’t say I was shocked only because the Primitivo di Manduria also fits the description. That being said, this was my first experience with Gianfranco Fino’s wines and it was certainly a hedonistic treat. — 4 months ago

MICHAEL, Peter and 7 others liked this

Gianfranco Alessandria

Barbera d'Alba 2018

Summer red sauce wine — 10 days ago

Romain liked this

Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera

Pegasos Toscana Rosso Sangiovese 2005

Brilliant colour
Nose that says Brunello
Cherry, leather, cinnamon and licorice
Elegant and light to start at the palate and then finishes intense, long and aristocratic
I reckon ot can defeat time for a long while
— a month ago

Wil, Severn and 9 others liked this

Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera

Toscana IGT Sangiovese 2008

Gorgeous. Sour cherry and crush stones. Immensely concentrated and sweet, but weightless. Finish goes on forever with great acid and silky tannins. My first Soldera and it exceeded immense expectations. — 4 months ago

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Pooneet K

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A 9.8 from MBG! No joke. Nice!
Michael Greene

Michael Greene

And from a supposedly “weak” vintage! Producer winning above all yet again...