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Real Deal Sangiovese:
2017 Podere le Boncie Rosso di Toscana Le Trame

Boncie is producing some of our favorite expressions of Sangiovese.

Every time we open a bottle of the Le Trame, we're blown away.

The Le Trame is a seriously compelling, multifaceted, and personality-filled bottle. In short, Le Trame is the real deal, a bold example of how great Sangiovese from Chianti Classico can be. 

"The 2015 is utterly captivating." - Lowest Price:
2015 Antinori Tignanello

Since its first vintage in 1971, Tignanello has turned out no shortage of stunning wines. No matter how you cut it, the 2015 stands out as one of the greats.

Piedmont & Tuscany: Bartolo Mascarello, Castello dei Rampolla, Cerbaiona, Conterno, Montevertine, Stella di Campalto, & More

Today, I'm happy to offer some of my favorite producers in Piedmont and Tuscany. The list below covers everything from magnums of Bartolo Mascarello Barolo and old Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco to Vajra's Freisa.

"Simply on another planet" - Miani:
From Friulano to Refosco

The wines of Miani are some of Italy's most sought-after cult wines. Tasting them is an unforgettable experience. Miani makes dramatic, flamboyantly rich, ruthlessly driven, and powerful wines. But somehow, they carry all their muscle and velvet with elegance.

Magnificence in Montefalco: 2015 Bea Sagrantino Pagliaro

Few wines deliver the mysterious depth and sheer soulfulness that Pagliaro does. For us, Bea's Sagrantino Pagliaro is one of the most compelling wines in all of Italy.

Italy 1989-2016:
Canonica, Cerbaiona, Conterno, Giacosa, Miani, Montevertine, & More

Today, I'm happy to offer a thorough cross section of our Italian inventory.

“One of the most compelling and important wines in all of Tuscany” - 2013 Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva

There are few wines over the past five years that have captured my imagination like the Chianti of Castell'in Villa. This is Sangiovese as it should be: finessed, harmonious, and understated. 

“Absolutely Delicious” - 2017 Giuseppe Rinaldi Dolcetto d'Alba

The wines of Giuseppe Rinaldi are among the greatest traditional wines of the Piedmont. They hardly need an introduction. The wine world has become obsessed with Rinaldi's soulful, finessed, and old school style.

The Alpine Distance Runner
2015 Ferrando Carema Etichetta Nera

The longevity of Ferrando’s Carema Etichetta Nera is legendary. Neal Rosenthal, Ferrando’s importer, speaks of a 1964 Etichetta Nera that hit its apogee in 1998—at 34 years of age. This is a bottle that rewards patience.

One of Italy’s most iconic producers."-Antonio Galloni
2015 Valentini Trebbiano D'Abruzzo

Valentini's Trebbiano is a wine that makes its own category. It's not Trebbiano, it's Valentini's Trebbiano. If Trebbiano has any reputation at all, it is for watery, simple, limp wines - the Oxford Companion to Wine calls the grape "undistinguished."

"This is such a beautiful wine."
2015 Serafino Rivella Barbaresco Montestefano

For years, the wines of Serafino Rivella were only known to a small group of insiders. In the past few years, that's started to change quickly. The wine possess such an honesty and precision that it's hard not to be wowed by them. They have plenty of finesse and feel almost devoid of artifice.

"Bucking every trend and modern convention"
- 2016 Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

An encounter with the wines of Emidio Pepe always leaves a deep impression. In short, they are nothing short of magical.

“Simply one of the world’s elite wines”
Montevertine Le Pergole Torte

The wines of Montevertine reach a level of nobility, elegance and age-worthiness that's simply extraordinary. In Montevertine’s hands, the Sangiovese grape reaches an unparalleled level of incisive class. Le Pergole Torte represents the pinnacle of Montevertine's incredible lineup.

Hitting A High-Water Mark, Again
2013 Roagna Barolo La Pira

Simply put, Roagna is at the top of their game. There are very few producers working in Piedmont at their level. 

"The 2014 is a superb wine" -
2014 Brovia Barolo Unio

The past handful of vintages have offered ample evidence that Brovia is at the top of their game. Their 2014 Brovia Barolo Ūnĭo may offer the most persuasive argument for inclusion among Piedmont's elite.

Back Up The Truck - Brunello Edition
2013 Caprili Brunello di Montalcino

The Caprili estate sits right next to Soldera and follows traditionalist practices. Today, they are under-the-radar and very much under-valued. There's no doubt that their low profile will come to an end very soon. The dynamic Giacomo Bartolommei has energized his family's estate and has taken the wines to a really serious level. The estate is being noticed in a major way. 

The Greatest Barolo You Haven't Heard Of
2013 Poderi Colla Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose

"The 2013 reminds me of some of the most profound Barolos and Barbarescos I have tasted." -Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media The Barolo traditionalist estate of Poderi Colla has kept a low profile. The 2013 Bussia Dardi Le Rose changes all of this. As Galloni's note above makes clear, this is simply a standout by any estimation. 

The Magic of Bea
2011 Bea Sagrantino Pagliaro

For us, Bea's Sagrantino Pagliaro is one of the most compelling wines to be found in all of Italy.

The Magic of Bea: 2011 Bea Sagrantino Pagliaro

For us, Bea's Sagrantino Pagliaro is one of the most compelling wines to be found in all of Italy. It's a view that seems to be widely shared. Every time that we offer Bea's Pagliaro, we brace ourselves for a flood of orders.

"Fans of classically built Barolos will want to take note."
-Antonio Galloni
2013 Francesco Rinaldi Barolo Brunate & Cannubi

In 2013, Francesco Rinaldi turned out the strongest collection we've seen from the estate.

Brunello's Old Guard
2013 Cerbaiona Brunello di Montalcino

Cerbaiona makes a mere 650 case of Brunello per vintage. This is a shame because Cerbaiona represents authentic, honest Brunello at the highest level of winemaking. Cerbaiona is all about perfumed aromatics, balance and finesse. If you're looking for examples of how graceful and profound Brunello can be, Cerbaiona should be one of your first stops. 

Overnight Benchmark
2014 Colombera & Garella Lessona

Colombera & Garella's first vintage was 2010 and they almost immediately became the benchmark for the entire Alto Piemonte. The wines possess such an incredible purity of fruit, precision and fineness that it's impossible not to take notice. 

Miraculous Finesse and Precision
2013 Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino

Poggio di Sotto drives home just how finessed and nuanced Brunello can be. In many people's minds, Brunello is a wine of raw power. 

"Truly Sublime" -Antonio Galloni
2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Asili Riserva

In any vintage, you can count on Asili being one of the stars of Produttori's line-up. In 2013, the wine is simply amazing. 

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