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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

DECEMBER 2017

40 VINTAGES

CONTI COSTANTI BRUNELLO

DI MONTALCINO 2012

DOCG

TASTING NOTE: Immensely inviting,

this opens with fragrant pipe tobacco,

crushed berry, new leather and pressed

violet aromas. On the palate, firm, refined

tannins underpin juicy black cherry,

raspberry and cinnamon flavors, while

orange zest accents and an energizing

mineral note lift the finish. It’s beautifully

balanced with bright acidity and will

reward a bit of cellaring. Drink 2020-

2032. Cellar Selection. Score:

98

(Kerin

O’Keefe,

Wine Enthusiast

, April 1, 2017)

707216 (XD) 750 mL $111.00

CORTONESI POGGIARELLI

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012

DOCG

TASTING NOTE: Aromas of blueberries,

blackberries and dark Indian tea

follow through to a full body, chewy and

powerful tannins and a long and

flavorful finish. Generous and structured.

Try in 2020. Score:

95

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, Nov. 30, 2016)

391284 (XD) 750 mL $75.00

LUCE BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO

2012

DOCG

(Luce della Vite)

TASTING NOTE: Blackberry and coffee-

bean character with hints of black tea.

Full body, firm, silky and chewy tannins

and a focused finish. Tight and precise.

Very muscular for the vintage. Needs

time to soften. Better in 2020. Score:

94

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

,

Nov. 30, 2016)

244665 (XD) 1500 mL $257.00

526715 (XD) 3000 mL $529.00

TOLAINI TENUTA MONTEBELLO

PICCONERO 2011

IGT Toscana

TASTING NOTE: A blend of 65%

Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, the

2011 Picconero Tenuta Montebello

is a distinguished and important wine.

I’ve been noticing howwell Cabernet

Franc performs at this Tuscan estate.

You get a good sense of this here (and

especially in this vintage). The wine

opens to an inky black appearance as

you would expect, with fragrant aromas

of dried blackberry and candied cherry.

Warmer aromas of allspice and sweet

clove add more consistency and weight

to the overall package. These various

attributes find terrific harmony. Score:

93

(Monica Larner,

robertparker.com

,

Dec. 30, 2016)

181784 (XD) 750 mL $98.00

FULIGNI RISERVA BRUNELLO

DI MONTALCINO 2007

DOCG

TASTING NOTE: Dried fruits with hints

of coffee bean and cedar. Full body

with silky tannins and a tangy, savoury,

complex, succulent finish. Almost

salty character, with ripe fruits. Drink

or hold. Score:

95

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, Nov. 19, 2014)

526806 (XD) 750 mL $269.00