09 Apr 98 Point Super Tuscan & More Outstanding Italian Reds
98 Point Super Tuscan
And More of Italy’s Best!
We have some of Tuscany’s best in stock and on sale, including 97/98 point Super Tuscans, and 2010 Brunello Riservas!
“The Merlot grape is international, but Galatrona is amazingly terroir specific. Its flavors transport you to a world of Renaissance painting and soft marble statues.”
The Wine Advocate
2013 Petrolo Galatrona, Toscana
On Sale $87.99
The violets and blackberries show wonderfully on the nose here, yet this remains subtle and complete with hints of walnuts. Full body, ultra-fine and firm tannins and a beautiful fruit and mineral undertone… So layered. Another example of finesse and beauty here with this pure Merlot.
98 Points, James Suckling
Also on sale!
2012 Tenuta Sette Ponti “Oreno,” Toscana
On Sale $62.99
Fabulous aromas of blackberries, orange peel, raspberries and citrus… violets, too. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a light, dusty texture. It’s so fine, beautiful, racy and refined. Very structured but also soulful and inspiring. There’s a new refinement to this wine as the winemakers search for a truly beautiful expression of the terroir. Better in 2017 but a joy to taste now.
97 Points, James Suckling
2012 Montevertine “Pergole Torte,” Toscana
On Sale $109.99
The 2012 Le Pergole Torte is brilliant. In fact, this is one of the best showings of the 2012 that I can recall. The flavors are bright, focused and pulsing with energy. Because of its mid-weight structure and not overly complex personality, the 2012 looks like it will start drinking well sooner rather than later. Even today, the 2012 is extremely beautiful. This is a terrific showing for the 2012.
94 Points, Vinous Media
2011 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia, Bolgheri Sassicaia
On Sale $179.99
Ripe black cherry and blackberry flavors pick up rosemary, mineral and spice accents in this red, which is concentrated and intense, fresh and focused. Racy midpalate, this leans toward black currant and cedar notes on the solid finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2017 through 2030. 3,500 cases made.
94 Points, The Wine Spectator
2011 Marchesi Antinori “Solaia,” Toscana
On Sale $259.99
Blackberry jam, cassis, grilled herbs and melted road tar meld together in the 2011 Solaia. Another super-exotic, racy 2011 from Antinori, Solaia is supremely beautiful. Mocha, espresso and sage are some of the many notes that add complexity. Hints of white truffle, lavender, smoke and licorice are laced into the exotic, racy finish. In 2011, Solaia has a dollop more of Cabernet Franc in the blend, added to give the wine a touch of freshness. Ripe and flashy to the core, the 2011 needs time to lose some of its youthful exuberance. At times, the 2011 could be easily mistaken for a wine from Napa Valley, such is its intensity.
96 Points, Vinous Media
2010 Brunello Riservas
The 2010 vintage in Montalcino is one of the greatest ever, and we are beginning to see the Riservas roll in. Riservas differ from the regular bottlings in two basic ways: most producers only make Riservas in great years using their best grapes, and the wine is aged an extra year. These wines are in stock but quantities are limited, so “riserva” them while you can!
2010 Collosorbo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
On Sale $74.99 (Lowest price online!)
Plenty of dried cherry and strawberry aromas here with some orange peel. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a savory, spicy and pepper undertone. Gorgeous and complex. Drink now.
94 Points, James Suckling
2010 Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna di Pianrosso Santa Caterina d’Oro
On Sale $139.99 750mL, $314.99 1.5L
With so many fantastic wines produced in 2010, it’s hard to make a shortlist of your favorites. One expression that should definitely be included is the stunning 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna di Pianrosso Santa Caterina d’Oro. This is a graceful and super elegant wine with bold aromatic intensity that is followed by firm tannins and a polished, smooth texture. It offers power in the proverbial silken glove. But the wine is not simplistic by any stretch. The longer it warms in the glass, the more it delights and surprises. Delicate tones of wild berry, cassis, blanched almond and dried ginger work together in harmony.
96 Points, The Wine Advocate
2010 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino “Cerretalto”
On Sale $309.99 750mL, $539.99 1.5L
This is a towering achievement. It is delightful on every level. The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto is an expressive, exuberant and stunning wine that opens to a dark ruby color and rich consistency. The bouquet is never-ending with immediate intensity that is followed closely by finely-tuned aromas of black cherry, spice, grilled herb, clove, tobacco, wet earth and white truffle. A gorgeous display of elegant mineral tones rises from the bouquet with time. Later, those aromas turn to cola, licorice and tar. This wine showed an impressive evolution over the 24 hours I tasted it and delivered solid improvements each time. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth, and there’s enough power here to move the wine over the palate in seamless fashion.
99+ Points, The Wine Advocate