THE CLASSICS COLLECTION
MAURO MOLINO GALLINOTTO
TASTING NOTE: Fascinating aromas
of walnuts, dark berries and hazelnuts,
yet this remains subtle and complex.
Full-bodied and very intense with
sliced berries, orange peel and cream.
Goes on for minutes. Very fine. Drink
in 2020. Score:
, July 11, 2017)
321737 (XD) 750 mL $61.00
PIO CESARE ORNATO BAROLO 2013
TASTING NOTE: Extremely complex and
showing the terroir of Serralunga with
rose stems, wet earth, strawberries and
mushrooms. Orange peel to boot. Full
to medium body, ultra-fine tannins and
bright acidity. Fascinating character
that takes everything from the aromas.
Light chewy on the finish. Expanding.
Needs time to soften with bottle age.
Better in 2021. Score:
, July 11,
324186 (XD) 750 mL $140.00
CUCCO CERRATI BAROLO 2011
TASTING NOTE: Firmly structured, this
opens with aromas of dark berry, tilled
earth, leather, game, and a balsamic note.
The palate offers depth and layers of
flavor including ripe black cherry, crushed
raspberry, grilled porcini, clove, anise,
truffle and a hint of chocolate alongside
closely-knit, noble tannins. Drink: 2019-
2031. Cellar Selection. Score:
, Feb. 1, 2016)
526780 (XD) 750 mL $82.00
VALLANA GATTINARA 2007
TASTING NOTE: This fragrant Nebbiolo
opens with intense, ample aromas of
kitchen spice, chopped herb, leather,
dark-skinned berry, tilled soil and a
whiff of pressed rose petal. On the firmly
structured smooth palate, notes of
licorice, cinnamon and truffle accent a
core of juicy dark cherry. Polished tannins
provide the framework while a mineral
vein energizes the finish. Drink through
2022. Editors’ Choice. Score:
, Dec. 1, 2016)
467282 (XD) 750 mL $44.00
TASTING NOTE: The 2014 Montevertine
shows a little less density and darkness
compared to its predecessors. That
lighter color and leaner consistency you
see here is characteristic of the 2014
vintage that saw little sunshine during
the summer months and lots of rain.
But, the wine also offers a point of
acidic freshness, cherry brightness and
streamlined elegance that sets it apart.
It represents extraordinary craftsmanship
by the entire winemaking team. Despite
the difficulties encountered, what
emerges is a graceful, charming and
beautifully vintage-specific Sangiovese.
Drink Date: 2018-2028. Score:
April 28, 2017)
167742 (XD) 750 mL $78.00