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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

DECEMBER 2017

38 VINTAGES

MAURO MOLINO GALLINOTTO

BAROLO 2013

DOCG

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:

95

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, July 11, 2017)

321737 (XD) 750 mL $61.00

PIO CESARE ORNATO BAROLO 2013

DOCG

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:

98

(James

Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, July 11,

2017)

324186 (XD) 750 mL $140.00

CUCCO CERRATI BAROLO 2011

DOCG

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:

94

(Kerin

O’Keefe,

Wine Enthusiast

, Feb. 1, 2016)

526780 (XD) 750 mL $82.00

VALLANA GATTINARA 2007

DOCG

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:

94

(Kerin

O’Keefe,

Wine Enthusiast

, Dec. 1, 2016)

467282 (XD) 750 mL $44.00

ITALY

– TUSCANY

RED WINE

MONTEVERTINE 2014

IGT Toscana

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:

91-93

(Monica Larner,

robertparker.com

,

April 28, 2017)

167742 (XD) 750 mL $78.00