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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

NOVEMBER 2017

18 VINTAGES

TOMMASI AMARONE DELLA

VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2013

DOCG

TASTING NOTE: Bright dark red with a

pale amber tinge at the rim. Ripe aromas

and flavors of red cherry and aromatic

spices. Offers a decadent, luscious

mouthfeel with soft tannins, but also a

touch of alcohol-derived warmth. The

finish is long and savory. Though not the

most complex Amarone Tommasi has

ever made, it has a lovely easy to drink

quality for such a big wine and is very

hard to resist in its candied, opulent

personality. Drinking window:

2019-2025. Score:

90

(Ian D’Agata,

vinous.com

, May 2017)

297994 (D) 1500 mL $100.00

MASI MAZZANO AMARONE DELLA

VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2004

DOCG

TASTING NOTE: The belle of the ball,

the 2004 Amarone della Valpolicella

Classico Mazzano is a breathtaking effort

that is drinking beautifully right now.

The wine is richly textured and intricate

with tightly embroidered notes of dried

cherry, barbecue sauce, cured meat,

juniper berry, plum cake, leather and

grilled herb. It shows the power of

Amarone with the elegance of a wine

made from fresh berries (not air-dried

fruit). But make no mistake, that extra

appassimento intensity and texture is on

full display. Drink 2015-2030. Score:

95

(Monica Larner,

robertparker.com

,

Oct. 30, 2013)

215764 (XD) 750 mL $248.00

WHITE WINE

GINI LA FROSCA SOAVE

CLASSICO 2014

DOC

Monica Larner awarded this wine a rating

of

91

points and suggested a drinking

window of 2017-2022. (

robertparker.com

,

May 31, 2017)

TASTING NOTE: Shows green mango

with lime and wet stone. Full and fresh

with a persistent finish. Oily and rich.

Ripe wine. Beautiful. A big wine but fresh

at the same time. Drink now. Score:

93

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

,

Nov. 21, 2016)

528471 (XD) 750 mL $36.00

PORTUGAL

RED WINE

MARITÁVORA OLD VINES GRANDE

RESERVA 2014

DOC Douro

TASTING NOTE: This powerful, tarry

and ripe wine offers weight as well

as good black fruits. As it develops, it

will reveal ripe berry flavors with a

balanced structure. Drink this potentially

impressive wine from 2021. Cellar

Selection. Score:

93

(Roger Voss,

Wine

Enthusiast

, Feb. 1, 2017)

522318 (XD) 750 mL $60.00

MONTE DA RAVASQUEIRA

MR PREMIUM RED 2012

DO Alentejo

TASTING NOTE: A tribute to the family

patriarch, José Manuel de Mello, the

wine is structured and dense. It is a

concentrated product from a selection of

parcels, aged in new oak. Full of black-

plum fruit, dark tannins as well as a firm

texture, the wine is developing and will be

ready from 2019. Score:

93

(Roger Voss,

Wine Enthusiast

, Oct. 1, 2016)

522086 (XD) 750 mL $70.00

SPAIN

RED WINE

CARMELO RODERO PAGO

DE VALTARREÑA 2014

DO Ribera del Duero

TASTING NOTE: The single-vineyard

Tempranillo from a plot that names

the 2014 Carmelo Rodero Pago de

Valtarreña matured in new French

barriques for two years, yet the oak feels

perfectly integrated and folded into the

fruit of this balanced year. The aromas

are subtle, and so is the palate, with the

power and concentration you’d expect

from old vines from Ribera del Duero.

Impressive! Drink Date: 2017-2026.

Score:

94

(Luis Gutierrez,

robertparker.com

,

Feb. 28, 2017)

528489 (XD) 750 mL $85.00