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SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2018

VINTAGES

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UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2018

LA GERLA BRUNELLO DI

MONTALCINO 2012

DOCG

TASTING NOTE: Chopped herb, wild berry, spice

and truffle aromas slowly take shape in the glass.

The palate shows both concentration and elegance,

offering fleshy raspberry, crushed cherry, licorice

and crushed mint flavors, bolstered by firm but

refined tannins. Drink: 2019-2027. Score:

93

(Kerin

O’Keefe,

Wine Enthusiast

, April 1, 2017)

Medium-bodied & Fruity

642561

(XD) 750 mL

$61.95

2

VILLA TRASQUA

CHIANTI CLASSICO 2013

DOCG

TASTING NOTE: A tight and pretty red with blueberry

and chocolate. Medium body, fine texture. Very

enjoyable. Drink now. Score:

91

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, Aug. 21, 2016)

Medium-bodied & Fruity

121160

(XD) 750 mL

$17.95

1

VENETO

CANTINA DI VERONA RIPASSO

VALPOLICELLA SUPERIORE 2014

DOC

TASTING NOTE: In fair Cantina di Verona, where we

set our scene, this wine is made. It strikes a nice

balance of richness and elegance, with sweet-ripe

and dried fruit notes on a supple frame. Pair it with

sausage risotto smothered in Asiago cheese.

(Vintages panel, May 2017)

Medium-bodied & Fruity

424960

(D)

750 mL

$17.95

2

TUSCANY

CASTELLO DI BOSSI C. BERARDENGA

CHIANTI CLASSICO 2013

DOCG

TASTING NOTE: The Castello di Bossi 2013

Chianti Classico plays its cards close to its chest. It

embodies the delicate and polished side of San-

giovese without the extra distractions that come with

over extraction or abundant oak. This wine speaks

of the vintage and the grapes. Delicate notes of tar

and smoke rise above wild berry and cherry aromas.

This is great choice at an amazing low price. Drink

date: 2017-2024. Score:

90

(Monica Larner,

robert

parker.com

, Jan. 31, 2017)

Medium-bodied & Fruity

994608

(XD) 750 mL

$22.95

2

FATTORIA LE PUPILLE MORELLINO DI

SCANSANO 2015

DOCG

(Elisabetta Geppetti)

TASTING NOTE: This is the best classic Pupille in

years. Aromas of blackberry, chocolate, spice, and

black tea. Hints of cream. Full to medium body, round

tannins. Shows the great quality of the fantastic 2015

vintage. Great value. Score:

93

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, Nov. 21, 2016)

Medium-bodied & Fruity

455659

(XD) 750 mL

$17.95

2

IRROSSO 2015

IGT Toscana

(Casanova di Neri)

TASTING NOTE: This red is dense with cherry, straw-

berry and floral notes, building to a juicy finish. The

structure is there too, but this is more about the fruit.

Sangiovese and Colorino. Drink now through 2023.

Score:

89

(Bruce Sanderson,

winespectator.com

,

Sept. 30, 2017)

Medium-bodied & Fruity

536235

(XD) 750 mL

$28.95

2