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46 VINTAGES

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017

UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017

VENETO

BUGLIONI IL LUSSURIOSO

AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA

CLASSICO RISERVA 2011

DOCG

TASTING NOTE: Inviting aromas of molten choco-

late, plum cake, purple flower and baking spice take

shape in the glass along with a whiff of underbrush.

The dense palate offers blackberry extract, cassis,

licorice and chewing tobacco alongside firm, fine-

grained tannins. It finishes on a confectionery note.

Drink 2018-2025. Score:

91

(Kerin O’Keefe,

Wine Enthusiast

, Dec. 31, 2016)

Full-bodied & Smooth

496984

(XD) 750 mL

$52.95

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FUMANELLI SQUARANO VALPOLICELLA

CLASSICO SUPERIORE 2014

DOC

TASTING NOTE: The Marchesi Fumanelli family has

cultivated grapes and produced wines from their

estate for 28 generations, dating back to 1470. The

Squarano Estate, where this wine is grown and

hand-harvested, is situated in the heart of Valpolicella

on a gentle hilltop surrounded by vineyards and

cherry and cypress trees. The wine offers ripe, lush

red fruit, cedar and floral notes caressed by supple

tannins. (Vintages panel, May 2017)

Medium-bodied & Fruity

028944

(XD) 750 mL

$42.95

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MASI BROLO CAMPOFIORIN ORO 2013

IGT Rosso del Veronese

TASTING NOTE: A good value wine, the 2013 Brolo

Campofiorin Oro opens to a velvety dark appearance

and shows thick layers of dried fruit, prune, spice

and leather. The intensity is strong, yet it remains a

clear step belowAmarone in terms of power and

muscle. This vintage offers good structure at the

back with light touches of sweet and sun-dried fruit.

This is a great wine to pair with barbecued meat.

Drink date: 2017-2022. Score:

91

(Monica Larner,

robertparker.com

, May 31, 2017 )

Full-bodied & Smooth

976092

(XD) 750 mL

$26.95

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CONT’D

TUSCANY

RUFFINO SANTEDAME

CHIANTI CLASSICO 2014

DOCG

Established in the 15th century, Cappella di

Santedame (“Chapel of the Madonna”) is surrounded

by one of Europe’s few protected cypress forests

and its chapel features a fresco of the Madonna,

which serves as the inspiration for this wine’s label

design. Expect vibrant red cherry and berry fruit

embroidered by pretty floral notes and pair the wine

with tomato pastas.

Medium-bodied & Fruity

523076

(XD) 750 mL

$19.95

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SASSICAIA 2014

DOC Bolgheri Sassicaia

(Tenuta San Guido)

TASTING NOTE: This is my official review of the

2014 Bolgheri Sassicaia after having been

graciously invited to the estate for various barrel

samples spanning back several years. I have

watched the evolution of this wine with a close eye

and am impressed by how its real quality is dia-

metrically opposed to the poor expectations of this

difficult vintage. The nose is redolent of bright fruit

and blackberry. Spice, tar and leather appear subtly

at the back. The wine took on considerable weight

each year I came back to taste it and this vintage was

bottled earlier than average, precisely to give it more

time to unwind and relax in the small confines of the

bottle. This is a solid effort for sure and the wine

is a stunning example of what it takes to make great

wine, even when weather conditions are not in your

favor. Drink Date: 2018-2030. Score:

93

(Monica

Larner,

robertparker.com

, April 28, 2017 )

Full-bodied & Firm

480533

(XD) 750 mL

$216.95

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TOMMASI POGGIO AL TUFO

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

IGT Toscana

Tommasi’s Tuscan project, Poggio al Tufo, creates a

wine that promises evocative notes of currants,

plum, black cherry and spice in a crowd-pleasingly

modern style. Brave the autumn elements and

savour this wine with barbecued steak or ribs, or sip

alongside meaty pasta topped with a hearty helping

of freshly grated Asiago cheese.

Medium-bodied & Fruity

203927

(D)

750 mL

$17.95

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