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14 VINTAGES

HUNGARY

WHITE WINE

DISZNOKO 5 PUTTONYOS

TOKAJI ASZU 2008

Hungary

TASTING NOTE: Tasted at the Disznóko

vertical in London, the 2008 Tokaji Aszu

5 Puttonyos is a blend of 70% Furmint,

20% Zéta and 10% Hárslevelu, the

maceration mostly with finished wine.

This has an exceptional bouquet:

Satsuma and mandarin, quince and

marmalade, wonderful mineralite and

tension. The palate is very well balanced

with mandarin, lime, orange rind and

a touch of quince. This is edgy, a more

unpredictable yet compelling Tokaji

from Disznoko with a very long and

sustained finish. This comes highly

recommended – an outstanding 5

Puttonyos. Drink Date: 2020. Score:

96

(Neal Martin,

robertparker.com

,

Oct. 28, 2016)

452292 (S)

500 mL $59.00

ITALY

– TRENTINO

RED WINE

SAN LEONARDO 2011

IGT Vigneti delle Dolomiti

This wine received a rating of

BBB

in the

2017

Gambero Rosso

.

TASTING NOTE: A beautiful symphony

of flavors with cassis, cedar and tobacco

notes. The tannins are beautifully handled

with 13.5% alcohol. Still young and

vibrant, but ready to enjoy now. The first

vintage was in 1982. This wine is always a

blend of 60% Cabernet, 30% Carmenere

and 10% Merlot and aged for 2 years

in barriques. Score:

92

(Jeannie Cho Lee,

MW,

jeanniecholee.com

, June 26, 2017)

32474 (XD) 750 mL $94.00

ITALY

– PIEDMONT

RED WINE

GIACOMO BORGOGNO & FIGLI

RISERVA BAROLO CLASSICO 1998

DOCG

TASTING NOTE: The Borgogno family

is one of the dynasties of Barolo and

traces its origins in the wine trade back

to 1761, making it perhaps the oldest

house in the entire zone. The approach,

until recently, has been – understandably

– ultra-conservative, at times resembling

virtual immobility, but things seem to

be loosening up in recent years and the

Riserva wines are well worth looking

for. The 1998 Barolo Classico Riserva,

in fact, is outstanding, very sizeable in

its expression of the roses, resin, plums,

and anisette of Nebbiolo and endowed

with a powerhouse palate, very rich

but round and velvety as well. The fruit,

minerals, and classy tannins of the close,

the sweetness and irresistible texture

make this one of the essential wines of

the 1998 vintage. Drink: 2005-2020.

Score:

93

(Daniel Thomases,

robert

parker.com

, Aug. 28, 2005)

26815 (XD) 750 mL $106.00

PIO CESARE BAROLO 2013

DOCG

TASTING NOTE: The aromas to this are

really impressive with crushed berries,

dried flowers, walnuts and roses.

Metamorphoses all the time. Full to

medium body, characterized by a fantastic

mouthfeel of ripe and round tannins

that are always polished and beautiful.

Magnificent harmony and purity. Drink

or hold. Score:

95

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, July 11, 2017)

736587 (XD) 750 mL $84.00

SAN BIAGIO MONTERSINO

BARBARESCO 2013

DOCG

TASTING NOTE: Aromas of blueberry,

blackberry and cherry follow through to

a full body, chewy and powerful tannins

and a long and flavorful finish. Touches of

tar and bitter lemon aftertaste. Better in

a year or two. Score:

93

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, Nov. 21, 2016)

181370 (XD) 750 mL $42.00

FRATELLI ALESSANDRIA BAROLO

2012

DOCG

TASTING NOTE: This elegant, full-bodied

wine opens with delicate scents of

rose, iris and wild berry. The palate is

juicy and delicious, offering ripe black

cherry, crushed raspberry, grilled herb

and tobacco alongside a backbone of

firm, velvety tannins. Drink: 2020-2028.

This was rated no. 79 on the 2016

Wine Enthusiast

Top 100 Cellar

Selections. Score:

94

(Kerin O’Keefe,

Wine Enthusiast

, Oct. 1, 2016)

517128 (XD) 750 mL $63.00

THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

NOVEMBER 2017