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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

JANUARY 2018

9 VINTAGES

ITALY

– SICILY

RED WINE

PLANETA 2015

DOC Etna

Monica Larner called this a “… subtle and

easygoing wine that … flaunts its primary

fruit, its fresh acidity and its firm but not

astringent mouthfeel …” and suggested

a drinking window of 2017-2020.

(

robertparker.com

, Aug. 31, 2017)

TASTING NOTE: Lots of blue fruits with

raspberry and lemon character. Medium to

full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish.

Crisp and lively. Textbook Etna. Drink now.

Score:

92

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.

com

, Nov. 21, 2016)

538082 (XD)

750 mL $30.00

ITALY

– TUSCANY

RED WINE

SOFFOCONE DI VINCIGLIATA 2014

IGT Toscana

(Bibi Graetz)

TASTING NOTE: A silky and refined red

with plum, berry and cherry character.

Medium body and a fresh finish. Shows

finesse and beauty. Lively acidity. Best

ever. All the Testamatta and Colore is

declassified into this. Wow. Drink or hold.

Score:

94

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.

com

, July 19, 2016)

387605 (XD)

750 mL $59.00

LA MASSA GIORGIO PRIMO 2013

IGT Toscana

TASTING NOTE: This is a truly sumptuous

wine that stands as a tall testament to the

winemaking talents of Giampaolo Motta,

his vision for interpreting this vintage and

his specific vineyard site in Panzano in

Chianti. This standout wine brings Fattoria

la Massa to a new level of accomplishment

and opens an exciting new chapter of

possibility. The 2013 Giorgio Primo (50%

Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and

5% Petit Verdot) is dark and impenetrable

on first impact. The aromas accelerate

slowly and grow evenly in power and

intensity after a few quick swirls of the glass.

The bouquet peels back with dark fruit

aromas, baking spice and Mediterranean

herb. The effect is seamless and smooth.

A velvety texture is accented by full-bodied

richness and just enough freshness to

keep the palate energized. And, of course,

this is just the beginning of a long cellar

life. Drink date: 2017-2035. Score:

97

(Monica Larner,

robertparker.com

,

Dec. 30, 2016)

20883 (XD)

750 mL $135.00

TOLAINI MONTEBELLO

GRAN SELEZIONE

CHIANTI CLASSICO 2013

DOCG

TASTING NOTE: A textbook Chianti Classico

with dried cherry and citrus character.

Medium body, light tannins and a bright

and fruity finish. Firm and silky. Shows the

character of its zone. Drink now but better

in 2018. Score:

93

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, Aug. 21, 2016)

466607 (XD)

750 mL $46.00

BELLARIA ASSUNTO

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012

DOCG

TASTING NOTE: Complex aromas of

berries, cherries, leaves and wet earth.

Full-bodied, layered and rich with

fantastic tannin structure and intensity.

Better in 2019 but already delicious

to taste. Score:

95

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, Feb. 19, 2017)

206854 (XD)

750 mL $80.00

FOSSACOLLE

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012

DOCG

TASTING NOTE: Boasting a dark and rich

color, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is

a youthful and bright expression that still

has a ways to go in terms of its evolution.

The wine shows loads of primary fruit at

the moment with dark fruit, cherry and

black currant at the front line. The Brunello

offers smoothness and softness on the

palate but you also get a bright and tangy

touch of that Sangiovese acidity that

reminds you of the appellation’s most

valuable assets. Drink date: 2017-2026.

Score:

93

(Monica Larner,

robertparker.

com

, Feb. 28, 2017)

309880 (D)

750 mL $68.00

SAN FELICE VIGORELLO 2011

IGT Toscana

TASTING NOTE: Shows fine depth,

featuring spice, smoke, blackberry and

plum flavors. Balanced on the firm side,

with polished tannins and a lingering

aftertaste. Best from 2017 through

2025. Score:

92

(Bruce Sanderson,

winespectator.com

, Sept. 30, 2015)

726463 (XD)

750 mL $64.00