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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

DECEMBER 2017

39 VINTAGES

SASSICAIA 2014

DOC Bolgheri Sassicaia

TASTING NOTE: This is my official

review of the 2014 Bolgheri Sassicaia

after having been graciously invited to

the estate for various barrel samples

spanning back several years. I have

watched the evolution of this wine with

a close eye and am impressed by how

its real quality is diametrically opposed

to the poor expectations of this difficult

vintage. The nose is redolent of bright

fruit and blackberry. Spice, tar and leather

appear subtly at the back. The wine took

on considerable weight each year I came

back to taste it and this vintage was

bottled earlier than average, precisely to

give it more time to unwind and relax in

the small confines of the bottle. This is

a solid effort for sure and the wine is a

stunning example of what it takes to make

great wine, even when weather conditions

are not in your favor. Drink Date: 2018-

2030. Score:

93

(Monica Larner,

robertparker.com

, April 28, 2017)

480541 (D) 1500 mL $492.00

480558 (D) 3000 mL $925.00

184275 (D) 6000 mL $4,720.00

FATTORIA LA MASSA CARLA 6 2013

IGT Toscana

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Carla 6 is

a pure expression of Sangiovese from

a man who has waged a very public war

against the Chianti Classico Consorzio

and its regulations. This wine chooses

to be an IGT Toscana instead. That

rebellious spirit shaped the extraordinary

personality of this wine. The bouquet

reveals beautiful plum and dark cherry

with succulent layers of spice and

tobacco. Carla 6 shows great balance.

There is both crispness and structural

firmness at the back, and that solid tannic

backbone should carry it through the

next ten years of bottle aging. Drink date:

2017-2028. Score:

95

(Monica Larner,

robertparker.com

, Dec. 30, 2016)

532754 (XD) 750 mL $141.00

FONTODI FLACCIANELLO DELLA

PIEVE 2013

IGT Colli Toscana Centrale

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Flaccianello

della Pieve is a commanding wine

and a strong protagonist of both the

vintage and its territory. Connoisseurs

of Sangiovese will be hard pressed to

find a wine more authentic, elegant,

complex and pristine than this. I am a

huge fan of the 2013 vintage in Chianti

Classico and the Flaccianello della Pieva

is one big reason for this love affair. The

bouquet is gorgeous and delineated with

wild berry, tangy spice, crushed mineral

and forest flower. Yet, the wine’s color

is dark, brooding and austere. The wine

offers exuberance and energy in the

mouth, thanks to its balanced acidity

and seemingly never-ending finish. It

should age forward for twenty years or

more. Congratulations Fontodi. Score:

98

(Monica Larner,

robertparker.com

,

Dec. 30, 2016)

963744 (XD) 750 mL $129.00

CASA EMMA CHIANTI CLASSICO

GRAN SELEZIONE 2012

DOCG

TASTING NOTE: A fresh and fruity

red with hints of tobacco and berry.

Medium to full body, solid core of

chewy yet polished tannins and a flavorful

finish. Solid Gran Selezione. Drink

or hold. Score:

94

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, Aug. 21, 2016)

526723 (XD) 750 mL $60.00

CASANOVA DI NERI TENUTA NUOVA

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012

DOCG

TASTING NOTE: The Casanova di Neri

2012 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta

Nuova is a beautiful wine that recalls

many of the stunning characteristics

found in its high-scoring predecessor.

I gave a perfect 100 points to the 2010

edition of this same wine. This expression,

made two years later, continues in that

tradition of excellence. The quality of fruit

is profound and intense. The bouquet

offers black cherry, spice, leather, balsam

herb, cola and licorice. The complexity

is absolutely impressive. The mouthfeel,

however, is slightly thinner. The classic

2010 vintage is remembered for its

twofold punch of elegance and power.

Alternatively, the 2012 vintage shows

aromatic intensity and less persistence

on the finish, generally speaking. Having

said that, this remains one Bellissimo

Brunello. DrinkDate: 2019-2035. Score:

96

(Monica Larner,

robertparker.com

,

Feb. 28, 2017)

85241 (D)

750 mL $138.00