THE CLASSICS COLLECTION
TERRAZZE DELL ETNA
20% Nerello Cappuccio. Intense garnet.
Some rubber scents with bright floral fruit.
Still young with good concentration of
ash, dried herbs, liquorice, spice and garlic.
Warm and long with tight tea tannins,
good body and ageing potential. Score:
(Decanter World Wine awards, 2016)
514315 (XD) 750 mL $25.00
DI MONTALCINO 2012
The argiano 2012
Brunello di Montalcino does a great job of
interpreting the vintage and of showcasing
its special microclimate on the southern
flank of the Montalcino appellation. Both
these elements point to warm-climate
Sangiovese. and argiano accepts that
challenge with creativity and expertise.
This is a proud expression of the grape
with thick texture, determination and
a succulent approach. aromas of dark
cherry, moist earth, tobacco and grilled
herb lift from the bouquet. Bright acidity
marks the close. The wine still carries
its baby fat and needs a fewmore years of
cellar aging in order to fully express itself.
Drink Date: 2018-2030. Score:
Feb. 28, 2017)
154609 (D) 750 mL $55.00
BANFI POGGIO ALLE MURA RISERVA
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2011
This wine is on an
impressive upward swing in recent years.
The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Poggio
alle Mura is a dense, full and generous
Brunello. It presents classic aromas of
blackberry, dried cherry, pressed rose,
cola, tobacco and grilled herb. In fact, it really
doesn’t leave anything out. The vintage
heat has been well-managed thanks to
careful fruit selection and custom farming
studied for this special vineyard plot.
Castello Banfi rarely gets anything wrong.
If you are looking for a popular Brunello
that delivers the goods in this vintage, this
wine makes a great choice. It doesn’t
offer the off-beat idiosyncrasies and eclectic
eccentricities of Montalcino’s smaller
boutique estates, but it does offer rock
solid consistency. Drink Date: 2017-2030.
March 3, 2016)
466631 (XD) 750 mL $115.00
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2010
aromas of dried cherry,
plum and sandalwood. Full body, firm
and silky tannins and a gorgeous finish.
Extremely impressive. Drink or hold.
, Feb. 28, 2016)
236232 (D) 750 mL $84.00
MAZZEI SIEPI 2015
Great depth to this
with a fabulous center-palate of ripe fruit
such as plums, blackberries and blueber-
ries, not to mention raspberries. Full-bodied
and showing an ultra-fine and intense
texture. Superb finish. Great potential.
, Oct. 7, 2016)
391243 (XD) 750 mL $140.00
NIPOZZANO VECCHIE VITI RISERVA
RÚFINA CHIANTI 2013
(Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi)
The 2013 Chianti Rufina
Riserva Nipozzano Vecchie Viti is elegant
and sophisticated with mild and somewhat
tame intensity all the while. This wine hits
all the right sweet spots as a food-friendly
Tuscan red that would taste great next
to pasta with wild boar ragù. I enjoyed the
linearity, honesty and the straightforward
nature of this wine. Score:
, Oct. 28, 2016)
403469 (D) 1500 mL $64.00
TENUTA SETTE PONTI VIGNA
DELL’IMPERO 1935 VALDARNO DI
Very aromatic with subtle
tea-leaf, underbrush, dried-cherry and
flower character. Medium to full body, fine
tannins and a fresh finish. Lovely acidity to
this. Long and thoughtful wine. all about
length and beauty. Pure old-vine sangiovese.
Better in 2019. Score:
, Nov. 9, 2016)
515296 (XD) 750 mL $119.00