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Masciarelli

Villa Gemma Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva 2013

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Villa Gemma is the wine that announced Abruzzo to the world, showcasing what the region and grapes of Abruzzo could produce. Villa Gemma Montepulciano Riserva is the only Italian wine with 14 consecutive Tre Bicchieri awards and, more importantly, was the wine that established Abruzzo as capable of making truly distinct, extraordinary wines. Villa Gemma Montepulciano Riserva is a powerfully – almost undeniably – intense wine of character and complexity.

James Suckling "The fruit here is really beautiful with dried violets, crushed lavender, oyster shell and iodine. To be sure, there’s lots of vanilla and resin, as well as tar and ash,…

Related Materials: Masciarelli Villa Gemma Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva 2013 Tech Sheet (94 JS)

Wine Spectator "A rich, fragrant red, with saturated boysenberry coulis, oak spice, pomegranate and black tea leaf aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and well-meshed, with fine-grained tannins firming the fresh and lingering, graphite-laced…

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Domaine Chanson

Gevrey-Chambertin 2016

Gevrey-Chambertin, Burgundy

Gevrey-Chambertin is one of the major communes in the Cote de Nuits and is located in the northern part of the appellation. This is a "coup de coeur" wine, meaning it touches your heart with its charming style and powerful aromas and flavors.

Wine Spectator "Defined by vivid acidity, this red is racy, corralling the cherry, currant, tobacco, earthy and mineral flavors into a linear frame. Shows an underlying smokiness, along with fine length."

Related Materials: Domaine Chanson Gevrey-Chambertin 2016 Tech Sheet (93 WS)

Ornellaia

Ornellaia Bianco 2015

IGT Toscana

Ornellaia Bianco is Italy's most ambitious white wine. It is a result of the Estate’s desire to translate the exceptional properties of its terroir not only into red wines, but also into this magnificent white.

James Suckling "Very pronounced on the nose, which suggests lemon meringue, dried guava peel, orange blossom, mangoes, dried papaya, vanilla and even kiwis."

Jeb Dunnuck "The 2015 Ornellaia Bianco is a more rounded, powerful white compared to the 2016 and has ripe, sexy notes of honeyed melon, white flowers, honeysuckle, and subtle minerality. While its…

Related Materials: Ornellaia Bianco 2015 Tech Sheet (95 JD)

Vinous Media "The 2015 Ornellaia Bianco, 100% Sauvignon (with a touch of Gris) is quite a powerful wine. In 2015, the Bianco has a real phenolic edge that gives the wine structure…

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Château Recougne - Boutisse - Tour Bayard

Château Boutisse 2016

Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Purchased in 1996,the Milhade family have invested enormously in the vineyards and facilities at Boutisse and, above all, with their energy. Today Boutisse is no longer a surprise - dynamic young winemaker Marc Milhade has transformed this estate into an outstanding Saint-Emilion, with ripe, structured and engaging character.

Jeb Dunnuck "From the eastern part of the appellation and firmer clay soils, the deeply colored 2016 Château Boutisse (85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Carménère brought up in one-third new…

Related Materials: Château Boutisse 2016 Tech Sheet (93 JD)

Vinous Media "The 2016 Boutisse is magnificent. Striking aromatics and veins of saline minerality frame this absolutely exquisite, nuanced Saint-Émilion. Blood orange, mint, sage and floral notes add myriad shades of nuance…

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Paternoster

Don Anselmo Aglianico del Vulture 2015

Aglianico del Vulture DOC

Don Anselmo is a landmark wine made from 100% Aglianico grapes, the native varietal in Basilicata for which the region is renowned. It is dedicated to the winery's founder, Anselmo Paternoster, and represents the history, roots, and continued importance of the Paternoster family in the area of production of the wines, Vulture.

James Suckling "This is a delicious and exotic red with clove, tea-leaf and ripe-fruit aromas and flavors. Full body, soft tannins, and a long flavorful finish. Anise coming through at the end.…

Related Materials: Paternoster Don Anselmo Aglianico del Vulture 2015 Tech Sheet (95 WA)

Wine and Spirits “The Paternoster family makes about 150,000 bottles a year from their 50 vineyard acres on the slopes of Mount Vulture in Basilicata. Don Anselmo is their top wine, made form…

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Wine Advocate “The 2015 Aglianico del Vulture Don Anselmo sees fruit sourced from a 4.5-hectare single vineyard located at 600 meters above sea level. The wine opens to tangy fruit aromas that…

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Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Napa Valley, California

The Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a medium-bodied wine offering notable raciness up front, compelling freshness and depth of flavor. The earthy, complex and concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon is softened by the judicious addition of Merlot. This is a wine that delivers immediate pleasure upon release.

Jeb Dunnuck "The largest production cuvée is the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, which comes mostly from Calistoga (there's a small amount of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from Oak Knoll) and spends…

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Vinous Media "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a very pretty wine. Floral, lithe and understated, the 2016 is a wine of grace above all else. Sweet red cherry, mint, licorice,…

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Chateau Montelena

Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Calistoga, Napa Valley, California

The Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is Chateau Montelena’s flagship wine and a quality icon of Napa Valley. The winemaking team works obsessively and passionately with each vintage to capture the best expression of their historic terroir. This is a show-stopper that reveals the perfect blend of flavors, aromas and textures to reach the pinnacle of balance.

Jeb Dunnuck "The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a brilliant wine and one of the gems out there from this estate. It offers crème de cassis, crushed violets, purple iris, and white…

Related Materials: Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Tech Sheet (97 JD)

Vinous Media "A powerful, intense wine, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Montelena exudes depth and textural richness, all with the tannic and structural underpinning that is such a signature of the Montelena…

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Mitolo

G.A.M. 2015

McLaren Vale

G.A.M. represents the first initial of each of the Mitolo children's first names - Gemma, Alex and Marco. The G.A.M. Shiraz comes from the Chinese Block within the Lopresti Vineyard, located all the way at the southern tip of McLaren Vale and on the coast.

Wine Advocate "Hints of menthol and toasty French oak accentuate the plums and mulberries on the nose of the 2015 GAM Shiraz. This is full-bodied, plush and rich on the palate, showing…

Jeb Dunnuck “Deeper and richer than the 2014, the 2015 Shiraz G.A.M. (which represents the initials of the Mitolo children) offers a smokin’ good bouquet of mulled spices, chocolate, salted caramel, and…

Related Materials: Mitolo G.A.M. 2015 Tech Sheet (95 JD)

Ponzi Vineyards

Chardonnay Reserve 2015

Willamette Valley

The Ponzi family has dedicated over 25 years to innovation in farming and winemaking to develop Oregon Chardonnay's place in the world. Luisa Ponzi's formative experiences working in Burgundy in the early 1990s guide her vision of producing complex and ageworthy Chardonnay.

Vinous Media "Light bright yellow. Fresh pear, peach and tangerine on the highly perfumed nose; hints of fennel and toasted brioche gain strength with air. Pliant and juicy in the mouth, offering…

Wine Advocate "The 2015 Chardonnay Reserve has a delicate nose of crème fraîche, lemon confit, white peach and wet stone. Medium to full-bodied and creamy textured, it fills the mouth with ripe…

Wine Enthusiast “This excellent reserve celebrating the winery’s 45th anniversary is a multi-vineyard blend that includes grapes from the top cuvées. It’s high toned and scented with whiskey barrel aromas and hints…

Related Materials: Ponzi Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve 2015 Tech Sheet (91 WE)

Champagne Ayala

Perle d’Ayala 2006

Champagne, France

A treasure in the portfolio, Perle d'Ayala is produced only in exceptional years, according to practices that have remained faithful to the Champagne tradition. Composed of a majority of Chardonnay, this wine captures the essence of the Champagne terroir, in the purest respect of the style of the House.

James Suckling “A Chardonnay dominant cuvee (80 percent) that has rested on the lees for more than eight years.\ It delivers attractive, nutty complexity with an array of peach, lemon and lime…

Related Materials: Champagne Ayala Perle d’Ayala 2006 Tech Sheet (93 JS)

Champagne Ayala

Le Blanc de Blancs 2012

Champagne, France

Ayala’s Blanc de Blancs is 100% Chardonnay, produced in small quantities in exceptional years only, fully expresses the superb caliber of great Chardonnay from the best crus of the Côte des Blancs. After 6 years of aging in Ayala’s cellars, remarkable minerality and low dosage make this an outstanding wine.

View from the Cellar, John Gilman Ayala Le Blanc de Blancs 2012 is one of the finest bottles I have ever tasted from this excellent house. The wine spent five years aging sur latte and was…

James Suckling “Super attractive aromas of chalky, fine, lemon pastry and pears with a subtle mineral thread. The palate has a very attractive array of fine, smooth peaches and citrus fruit and…

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Petrolo

Bòggina A 2016

Val d'Arno di Sopra DOC

Every year, Petrolo selects a small lot of Bòggina, a wine made purely from their best Sangiovese grapes, to ferment in amphorae. The choice of amphorae has a historical dimension: Terracotta in Tuscany has a history back to the early Etruscan times. The remains of amphorae and other Etruscan relics can be found throughout the Petrolo property, an area that has been settled for thousands of years.

Wine Advocate "The wine is beautifully ethereal, delicate and fragile, showing focused purity and intensity at the same time. In a nutshell, this wine embraces all the best characteristic of this iconic…

Wine & Spirits "Bòggina is an 11-acre plot of sangiovese vines first planted in 1952. Sanjust began producing a pure sangiovese from the vineyard in 2006, and five years later began vinifying a…

Related Materials: Petrolo Bòggina A 2016 Tech Sheet (94 W&S)

Vinous Media "The 2016 Bòggina A is 100% Sangiovese done in amphora. Crushed flowers, dried rose petals, mint, sweet tobacco and savory herbs give the wine much of its distinctive, pungent personality.…

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Wine Spectator "This is elegant, offering cherry, plum, tobacco, leather and earth flavors, backed by lively acidity. Harmonious and long, echoing the leather and tobacco elements, with a hint of mineral."

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James Suckling “Extremely refined and beautiful with tight density of fruit and polished, linear tannins. Full to medium body and a bright, beautiful finish. Iron and stones, too.”

Related Materials: Petrolo Bòggina A 2016 Tech Sheet (95 JS) Petrolo Bòggina A 2016 Shelf Talker (95 JS)

Petrolo

Bòggina B 2016

IGT Toscana

Bòggina B is a little bit of Burgundy with a Tuscan twist. The wine is made with 100% Trebbiano Toscano. The clone of the Valdarno has been known for its quality since the 1300s, when it was regularly sent to the popes in Rome and the courts of Florence. Petrolo has been using Trebbiano grapes for its sweet vinsanto for decades, but owner Luca Sanjust decided that the time had come for a tribute to the great whites of Valdarno’s past. The wine is made under the guidance of one of Burgundy’s greats, Mounir Souma of Lucien Le Moine.

Wine Advocate "The 2016 Bòggina B is a pure expressions of Trebbiano Toscano that opens to creamy, almost nutty intensity and deep aromas of honey, dried apricot, baked bread and toasted pine…

Wine & Spirits "Luca Sanjust was inspired to produce a white wine by Mounir Souma of Burgundy’s Lucien Le Moine. This is the third vintage of Bòggina B (B for “bianco”), a rich, smoky…

Related Materials: Petrolo Bòggina B 2016 Tech Sheet (91 W&S)

Vinous Media "The 2016 Bòggina B, 100% Trebbiano, is a very pretty and expressive white. A hint of reduction adds complexity without overpowering the varietal orchard fruit, mint and floral flavors. There…

Related Materials: Petrolo Bòggina B 2016 Tech Sheet (92 VM) Petrolo Bòggina B 2016 Shelf Talker (92 VM)

James Suckling “This remains one of the coolest whites in Tuscany with a mineral, apple, and light flint aroma and flavor profile. Full-bodied, tight and focused with a beautiful finish of bright…

Related Materials: Petrolo Bòggina B 2016 Tech Sheet (97 JS) Petrolo Bòggina B 2016 Shelf Talker (97 JS)

Petrolo

Bòggina C 2016

Val d'Arno di Sopra DOC

Bòggina is a Sangiovese cru and a testament to the winemaking foresight of Petrolo’s founder, Gastone Bazzocchi, who planted the vineyard in 1952 and saw the great quality potential of the vineyard early on. Over the years, the vineyard has been replanted little by little with a massale selection to preserve the diversity of the original clones. Bòggina showcases the great expression of a 100% Sangiovese that Petrolo’s unique terroir and microclimate are capable of producing.

Wine Advocate (+) "The wine offers a beautiful display of forest fruit, spice, leather and earthy tones. This single-vineyard expression of Sangiovese reveals impeccable balance and elegance."

Wine & Spirits "Sangiovese for the “classic” Bòggina C ages for 18 months in French oak barrels, and comes across as more shy and muted than the highly expressive, amphora-aged Bòggina A (recommended…

Related Materials: Petrolo Bòggina C 2016 Tech Sheet (92 W&S)

Vinous Media "The 2016 Bòggina C, 100% Sangiovese vinified in cement and aged in oak, is a total knock-out. Readers will find a wine endowed with fabulous richness and depth. Black cherry,…

Related Materials: Petrolo Bòggina C 2016 Tech Sheet (94 VM) Petrolo Bòggina C 2016 Shelf Talker (94 VM)

Wine Spectator "This vibrant, balanced red is rich, with plum, cherry, iron and tobacco notes. Firms up nicely, suggesting a decade or more of development ahead, ending with a tangy aftertaste of…

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James Suckling “This is so focused and precise with fantastic depth and beauty. A pure definition of sangiovese. Full-bodied, tight and refined. Yet, full of strength and length. Succulent, too. A single-vineyard…

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Petrolo

Torrione 2016

Val d'Arno di Sopra DOC

Torrione marks the beginning of the Petrolo’s quality revolution. It is considered to be the true identity of Petrolo, made with a blend of grapes from all of the estate’s vineyards.

Wine Advocate "The bouquet opens to ripe cherry and dried raspberry with moist earth, exotic spice and chewing tobacco. The wine is plush and rich with a hint of that tangy Sangiovese…

Wine & Spirits "Torrione is a blend of grapes from all of Petrolo’s vineyards. It leads with sangiovese’s lively red berry flavors and raspy tannins, rounded out by plump merlot and some earthy…

Related Materials: Petrolo Torrione 2016 Tech Sheet (91 W&S)

Wine Spectator "Fresh earth and graphite aromas lead off in this version, finding its feet with cherry, raspberry, currant and floral notes midpalate. Hints of earth, mineral and tobacco add depth as…

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Vinous Media "Petrolo's Torrione is quite pretty and gracious in 2016. Aromatically expressive and pliant, this Sangiovese-based entry-level offering has a lot to offer. Dollops of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon round out…

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James Suckling "Aromas of dried flowers, dried berries, cherries and hints of stones. Full-bodied, very firm and silky. An intense underlying energy of acidity and a lovely finish. 75% sangiovese, 20% merlot…

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Petrolo

Bòggina B 2015

IGT Toscana

Bòggina B is a little bit of Burgundy with a Tuscan twist. The wine is made with 100% Trebbiano Toscano. The clone of the Valdarno has been known for its quality since the 1300s, when it was regularly sent to the popes in Rome and the courts of Florence. Petrolo has been using Trebbiano grapes for its sweet vinsanto for decades, but owner Luca Sanjust decided that the time had come for a tribute to the great whites of Valdarno’s past. The wine is made under the guidance of one of Burgundy’s greats, Mounir Souma of Lucien Le Moine.

James Suckling “The aromas of dried flowers, stones, dark tea leaves, hot tile, and dark berries. Full-bodied, yet tight and linear. Wonderful drive and depth. An extremely long and focused finish. A…

Related Materials: Petrolo Bòggina B 2015 Tech Sheet (96 JS)

Le Macchiole

Bolgheri Rosso 2017

Bolgheri Rosso DOC

Bolgheri Rosso is a refined, irresistible blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah, serving as an introduction to the estate. The wine is, frankly, almost too good at the price. All the intensive artisanal work that Le Macchiole carries out in its vineyards and cellars benefits this wine, and despite more availability than its Paleo Rosso, Messorio and Scrio siblings, it sells out nearly as quickly.

Wine Advocate "As usual, Le Macchiole has done a great job with all of its releases, including the lower-end bottles such as the 2017 Bolgheri Rosso. There is a sure sense of…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso 2017 Tech Sheet (91 WA)

Le Macchiole

Paleo Bianco 2017

Toscana IGT

First produced in 1991 in tiny quantities for a local restaurant, Paleo Bianco today is a silky, mineral-driven blend of Chardonnay  and Sauvignon Blanc with loads of savory Mediterranean character. 

Wine Advocate "A blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, the 2017 Paleo Bianco is not quite as fleshed out as the 2016, as this wine came out a bit saltier and finer…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Paleo Bianco 2017 Tech Sheet (92 WA)

Le Macchiole

Paleo Rosso 2015

Toscana IGT

Paleo Rosso has been called Italy's landmark expression of Cabernet Franc. It is named for a type of local wild grass, which once covered the land where its vines are now planted. Originally a blend of several different varieties, the wine has been made from 100% Cabernet Franc since 2001, and was the first mono varietal Cabernet Franc to be produced in Bolgheri. The grapes come from several vineyards on the estate, including Vignone, Madonnina, Puntone and Casa Nuova. Each vineyard is picked separately, and fruit from the same vineyard is often picked more than once at different stages of maturity, resulting in about 20 different pickings.

Wine Enthusiast "Black currant, exotic spice, coconut and espresso mingle with whiffs of violet and cedar. On the smooth, delicious palate, fine-grained tannins give elegant support to cassis, pipe tobacco, chocolate, licorice…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2015 Tech Sheet (93 WE)

Wine Advocate "There is a gorgeous nuttiness to the 2015 Paleo. It is a highly aromatic expression of Cabernet Franc, with a bouquet of roses and some notes of red cherry. The…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2015 Tech Sheet (96 WA)

Wine Spectator "This red is sleek and concentrated, featuring black currant, black cherry, licorice, tobacco and leather flavors. Balanced and juicy, with a long, mineral-tinged aftertaste. The firm structure will allow this…

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Vinous Media "The 2015 Paleo Rosso is powerful, dense and super-concentrated, with all of the richness of the vintage very much on display. There is terrific persistence and follow through."

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso 2015 Tech Sheet (95 VM)

James Suckling “There are so much essence-like fruits on the nose of this Bolgheri Rosso, from blackberry perfume and dark-cherry compote to fresher elements of rosemary, lavender, hot stones and citrus. Full…

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Le Macchiole

Scrio 2015

Bolgheri DOC

Scrio was first produced in 1994. Le Macchiole founder Eugenio Campolmi created it because he wanted to produce a wine that would best express his vision of Syrah, his favorite grape variety. Scrio has an original personality and stands apart from Syrah grown in France or anywhere else - it is an extraordinarily compelling meld of deep and velvety Mediterranean fruit with cool climate aromatics and detail. Given the extremely limited production, Scrio is decidedly a hidden gem.

Wine Enthusiast "Aromas of black currant, cedar, bay leaf and a whiff of leather lead the way. On the firmly structured, elegant palate, fine-grained tannins support mature blackberry, black pepper and licorice."

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Scrio 2015 Tech Sheet (92 WE)

Wine Advocate "It's worth noting that the Scrio was not made in 2014, as Syrah did not reach the right maturity for the quality Le Macchiole looks for. The 2015 growing season…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Scrio 2015 Tech Sheet (95 WA)

Wine Spectator "Deep and saturated in both color and fruit, with core flavors of ripe plum, blackberry and black cherry, this red also offers interwoven notes of earth, vanilla, licorice and black…

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Scrio 2015 Tech Sheet (95 WS)

Vinous Media "Cherry, chocolate, new leather, spice and menthol all flesh out in a wine that possesses notable power. Today, Scrio is mostly a wine of texture and density."

Related Materials: Le Macchiole Scrio 2015 Tech Sheet (93 VM)

James Suckling “A stunning syrah; the real McCoy for the variety. The depth of aroma takes your breath away with bark, tea leaves, peppermint, dried rosemary, thyme, sage, pressed violets, cedar, creme…

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