Italy

Tenuta Monolo

Riserva Bramaterra Nebbiolo Blend 2001

A wine that I just couldn’t get enough of Literally, I bought out the remaining stock. Very cool back story, two friends began the vineyard in the early 70’s in were then responsible for the appellation getting DOC status in 79’. Given their role in the founding of the appellation, the owners thought it would be a conflict of interest to sell their wines so there is a significant catalog of back vintages that slowly hit the market. So per my shop owner this can be exceedingly hard to find at least for now. The exact proportions of the blend are unknown, but records from the property suggest they had planting’s of 60% Nebbiolo, 20% Croatina, 10% of each Uva Rara and Vespolina and used all their planting’s in this bottling. From my point of the majority is Nebbiolo, but is 100% delicious. I couldn’t stop smelling it as it’s showing tertiary flavors on the nose and palate. Floral notes lead the way to leather, tobacco, spice notes, and ample black fruits. Great structure and balance. Buy it if you see it. — 2 months ago

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Scott Petrus

Scott Petrus

The king from a more northern climate?

Stefano Banfi

Don Barbé La Rocchetta di Mondondone Red Blend 2013

Mostly Barbera, says the wine list. Surprisingly sleek and elegant, while still carrying the Barbera rubber and metallic nose. — 15 days ago

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Paolo Bea

San Valentino Sangiovese Blend 2010

Holy this wine. Bea is after all the first three letters of beautiful. The tannins, the flowers the holy you snuck a tomato into that fermenting vat right? notes of this that scream Sangiovese are balanced by the...crunch? The crunch yes of Sagrantino and Montepulciano. Beyond the balsamic laced tomato plate is an earth covered cherry. It is full still graceful. This one is a muscular dancer. Far too easy to gulp but is that so wrong? — 8 days ago

Severn, Bill and 16 others liked this
Norman Gennaro

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“The crunch”. Love it. Btw gulping is underrated and certainly not wrong.
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@Norman Gennaro glad you see things my way😊

Roccia Rossa

Galliano Nebbiolo 2014

60% Nebbiolo, 25% Barbera & 15% Croatina

Color is crazy, not of a wine only 4 years of age, translucent red, but with ruby-brown edges, indicative of a wine at likely 10-12 years of age.

Nose is lightly acidic cherry and minerals, lovely for budget Alto Piemonte.

Palate is ripe cherry and lightest hint of oak so barely noticeable. Still concentrating flavors after a recent decant, improvement expected.
— 3 hours ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Thanks @Lyle Fass
@Tom Casagrande agree with your notes, color is not what I was expecting, very nice.
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Great wines. Love them.

Corte Volponi

Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore

Silvia's Wine
9.2

Very close to an Amarone. Dense, structured and well balanced. — 4 days ago

Jeff, Adriana and 2 others liked this

Caberlot

Podere Il Carnasciale 'Ottantadue' Toscana Sangiovese 2016

Jörgen Lindström Carlvik
9.3

Where most Sangiovese remains either magical and rare to find/ afford or just simple, green and utterly boring, this version represents something else. Silky tannins, caressing red fruits and just wonderful to drink young. A great, inviting and personal version, which more producers should aim for. — 14 hours ago

Daniel P., "Odedi" and 4 others liked this

Barboglio De Gaioncelli

Claro Dosaggio Zero Millesimato Chardonnay Pinot Bianco 2010

First time having Italian equivalent of champagne and this was quite amazing. So light with good fruit and zero aftertaste. Delicious. — 5 days ago

Shawn, Daniel and 3 others liked this

Elena Casadei

Le Anfore Sangiovese

Jörgen Lindström Carlvik
8.9

Elegant and naked. Tannins somewhat hatch still down better wait another year or two. Clean and positive! — 9 hours ago

Eric, Daniel P. and 3 others liked this

Gran Passione

Rosso Veneto Corvina Merlot 2013

Thursday night Rosso to go with a simple pasta dish tonight. Notes forthcoming...

Color is a very deep purple, looking like one of those wines you're going to be cautious with spillage, likely a permanent stainer.

Nose is still tight, giving up dark berry fruits and green pepper right now. (Update, vegetal/methoxypyrazine aromas have dissipated, loads of black fruits are flowing out of the glass.)

Palate is all blackberry, black cherry and sweet blueberry, tannins are quite gentle.

I'm expecting some improvement as we gain more air time tonight. BTW $12, this wine's a steal, I always love finding budget wines that really deliver!
— 10 days ago

Phil, Robert and 13 others liked this

Isole e Olena

Cepparello Toscana Sangiovese 2011

I love this wine but the 11 is a little over oaked at the moment, that said @ £54 it’s a solid performer 😉

🏵 93-4 points

🍇 Mostly Sangiovese w/ drop of Trebbiano

🍷 Opaque ruby

👃 Red berries, green stalks, blackberry & currant, cherry, rich soaked smoked charred oak, menthol & roses w/ raspberry, minerals, sweet cedar & mint

👄 Med creamy body of ripe blackcurrant w/ a cocoa touch into a minty herby freshness & a balsamic tone

🎯 Med+ dark fruits & red berry in a balsamic bath w/ a fresh clean & touch dry mineral oak finale
— 11 days ago

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