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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

JANUARY 2018

10 VINTAGES

ITALY

– VENETO

RED WINE

CA’ LA BIONDA

AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA

CLASSICO 2012

DOC

TASTING NOTE: Dark ruby with a hint of

an amber rim. Reticent but deep aromas

and flavors of flint, plums, cassis and

cocoa. A brooding, powerful wine with

young, chewy but noble tannins. Finishes

long with persistent notes of espresso

and lavender. Lacks a little nuance to be

truly memorable, but this well balanced,

suave wine is a remarkable achievement

in 2012. (16% alcohol). Drinking window:

2018-2029. Score:

92

(Ian D’Agata,

vinous.com

, May 2017)

539023 (XD)

750 mL $66.00

GIUSEPPE QUINTARELLI

AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA

CLASSICO 2007

DOC

TASTING NOTE: The 2007 Amarone della

Valpolicella Classico was bottled seven

months before I tasted it. Grapes undergo

a four-month appassimento for extra

concentration and intensity. Despite this

heavy-handed winemaking technique (in

which the clusters lose up to 30% of their

water mass in the air-drying process), this

is a surprisingly delicate and nuanced

wine. The aging process has definitely

broken down and assimilated any of the

hard edges that come from dried grapes.

In its wake, the wine is polished and tight

with a long, silky texture. Drink date:

2019-2035. Score:

96

(Monica Larner,

robertparker.com

, May 31, 2017)

402149 (D)

750 mL $445.00

GIUSEPPE QUINTARELLI

RECIOTO DELLA VALPOLICELLA

CLASSICO 2004

DOC

TASTING NOTE: The 2004 Recioto della

Valpolicella Classico (375-milliliter) opens

to slightly musky aromas of moist earth

and button mushroom with dried cherry

and blackberry preserves at the back.

This is a long and silky expression. Wine-

making reflects the same process used to

make Amarone, only the fermentation is

blocked to preserve some of that bitter-

sweetness. The name Recioto comes

from the local dialect word for “ears”

(reccie) because the wine is made with the

shoulders of the grape clusters that tend

to ripen first and have more residual

sugar as a result. The finish imparts tarry

licorice, dried fruit and bitter chocolate.

The drinking window here is wide open for

sure. Drink date: 2018-2045. Score:

95

(Monica Larner,

robertparker.com

,

May 31, 2017)

722967 (S)

375 mL $214.00

SPARKLING WINE

NINO FRANCO GRAVE DI STECCA

BRUT PROSECCO 2012

DOC

TASTING NOTE: Made with 100% Glera

grown inside a walled vineyard, this

stunning wine boasts unusual depth and

structure. It delivers aromas and flavors

of ripe yellow apple, pear, lemon drop,

chopped sage and a ginger note while the

foaming, silky mousse lends it a creamy,

elegant texture. A recent vertical tasting

back to 2007 proves this wine can develop

more complexity after several years in the

cellar. Cellar Selection. Score:

93

(Kerin

O’Keefe,

Wine Enthusiast

, Dec. 1, 2015)

422758 (D)

750 mL $49.00

PORTUGAL

RED WINE

HERDADE DE SÃO MIGUEL RESERVA

2014

DO Alentejo

TASTING NOTE: The flagship wine of the

São Miguel estate, this impresses with its

dense tannins and opulent black fruits.

It’s fermented in open lagares and aged

18 months in wood. While its concentration

and power are obvious, its elegance is

surprising. Structured to age, this will

be best from 2020. Cellar Selection.

Score:

94

(Roger Voss,

Wine Enthusiast

,

May 1, 2017)

538546 (XD)

750 mL $40.00