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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

OCTOBER 2017

30 VINTAGES

ITALY

– VENETO

RED WINE

MASI RISERVA DI COSTASERA

AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA

CLASSICO 2012

DOCG

The sunset-facing Costasera slopes

are the best ones in Valpolicella Classica

for producing premium amarone. Here,

where the day is longer, the vines,

which overlook Lake Garda, benefit from

the reflection of its light and its milder

climate. This wine comes from Masi, the

masters of amarone, in magnum format.

348037 (D) 1500 mL $150.00

ZENATO SERGIO ZENATO RISERVA

AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA

CLASSICO 2010

DOCG

TaSTING NOTE:

Wonderful aromas of

dried flowers such as roses combine with

dark and dried fruits. Extremely aromatic.

Full body, round and velvety tannins and

an intense and juicy finish. Love the play

of lightly austere tannins and juicy fruit.

Drink or hold. Score:

96

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, Nov. 9, 2016)

132316 (D) 750 mL $110.00

SPERI VIGNETO

MONTE SANT’URBANO AMARONE

DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO

1997

DOCG

TaSTING NOTE:

This is a-1 amarone.

It has a classy, traditional prune and

chocolate nose, which comes in front of

a perfectly pure palate of dried cherry,

plum and dark chocolate. The finish answers

the challenge, delivering black tea and

tannins, but in layer upon airy layer.

Score:

91

(

Wine Enthusiast

, May 2003)

205351 (XD) 750 mL $260.00

MACULAN FRATTA 2013

IGT Veneto

TaSTING NOTE:

This harmonious red

is medium- to full-bodied. Structured

by fine-grained tannins, this offers subtle

layers of dark and brambly berry, dried

marjoram and star anise, with a rich

vein of smoke-tinged minerality. Presents

a lasting, aromatic finish. Cabernet

Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2019

through 2027. 600 cases made.

Score:

91

(alison Napjus,

winespect

ator.com

, april 30, 2017)

708321 (XD) 750 mL $99.00

PORTUGAL

RED WINE

QUINTA DO ZAMBUJEIRO TERRA

DO ZAMBUJEIRO 2013

DOC Alentejo

TaSTING NOTE:

The 2013 Terra do

Zambujeiro is a blend of 34%alicante

Bouschet, 28%aragonez, 15%Touriga

Nacional, 14% Petit Verdot and 9%

Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for two years

in French oak (40% new). It comes in at

15% alcohol. This is a slightly decadent

Terra at first, smooth and rich, packed

with flavor and finishing with some power,

enough to support the fruit and cut the

sweet edge. The oak is a bit too obvious

just now, but that will continue to improve

gradually. It mostly disappeared after

I played with the wine for a few hours. If

this starts slowly, it finishes big, filling the

mouth and expanding in the glass. Then,

it tightens. as the oak receded, the wine

also showed a bit more nuance, a touch of

beef and some blue fruit. Even if it initially

seems that this sexy wine is about the fruit,

don’t be fooled – the structure is very

impressive and that becomes clearer with

aeration. In a few hours, it became quite

powerful and surprisingly transparent. It

closed down a bit. It does have a bit of a

hard edge in its youth, but after extended

aeration it held together in terms of both

alcohol and tannins. This would benefit

from another couple of years in the cellar,

but it should be roughly approachable

when it is released even so, if you must,

and if you give it some air. Drink Date:

2018-2031. Score:

93

(Mark Squires,

robertparker.com

, Feb. 28, 2017)

522516 (XD) 750 mL $50.00