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    Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montesoli 2012

    £63.99

    “Always a crowd pleaser, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli is a beautifully crafted wine. It shows depth, intensity and loads of authenticity both in terms of grape variety and territory. Dark cherry and blackberry rise from the bouquet with spice, pipe tobacco and moist earth in tow. The wine is layered and nuanced. That Sangiovese authenticity comes through loud and clear on the palate. This is a mid-weight wine with polished but firm tannins and evident acidity. It shows a burst of freshness on the finish. Montosoli ages in large Slavonian oak casks for 36 months. It is fully equipped for a long aging future ahead. Drink: 2018-2030. 95 points

    Owner Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini purchased two additional hectares of Brunello vineyard in 2016. They are located in an excellent position right under the Montosoli cru. Generally speaking, the Montosoli hill sees slightly cooler temperatures on average. In fact, Altesino’s 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli has resisted the heat of the vintage. This wine stands out thank to its profound elegance and grace.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (229)

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  • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2019

    £42.95

    “The 2019 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Badia a Passignano is packed with inky dark fruit, chocolate, spice, Ieather and incense. Opulent and flamboyant to the core, the 2019 speaks in a loud, brash voice. There’s a ton of richness, but less in the way of finesse. Affer many years of tasting this wine, I have to conclude the Badia is never going to be a particularly refined Chianti Classico. It’s just not in its DNA. Drinking window: 2024-2034. 92 points

    I tasted a wide range of wines with Renzo Cotarella this year, including a number of hugely promising 2021s. Tignanello and Solaia are notable, but once again, what increasingly impresses me most is the quality Antinori routinely achieves with their entry-level offerings.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (07/22)

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  • Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2017

    £51.95

    “The 2017 BruneIIo di Montalcino is dark and powerful, with wave after wave of balsamic spices, wild herbs and crushed black cherries emanating from the glass. The depth of texture here is something to behold, weighty and fleshy in feel, yet perfecfly in balance, as brisk acids enliven the gobs of red and black fruits within. The tannins take a backseat as nuances of plum, clove, licorice and cocoa appear under an air of purple-tinged flowers. The 2017 tapers off remarkably long and potent, with a structure that will carry it for years to come. It’s a totaI success for such a difficult vintage. Drinking window: 2023-2027. 92 points”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (12/21)

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  • Antinori Tignanello 2019

    £129.95

    “The 2019 Tignanello is one of the most reserved, understated young wines I can remember tasting here. In so many vintages Tignanello is quite showy, but in 2019 the nervous energy and brightness of Sangiovese takes center stage. That’s intriguing, because the 2019 blend has a bit more Cabernet Sauvignon than normal, a decision made to compensate for some of the lighter qualities in the Sangiovese. With air the 2019 shows gorgeous depth and captivating inner perfume, even it it is clearly still coming together. The 2019 spent about 14 months in oak, with 50% new wood. Things are always in constant evolution at Antinori. This is the first vintage to incorporate some larger 500L barrels, an approach I think will work brilliantly. Drinking window: 2027-2041. 95 points

    “Two thousand-nineteen was a light Sangiovese year,” Antinori CEO Renzo Cotarella explained. “In Chianti Classico, it was mostly a cool year with some rain at the tail end of the season. As a result, we used more Cabernet Sauvignon than normal for Tignanello and bumped up the Franc in Solaia.” Antinori is another winery that has moved away from the high-octane approach of years past. Today’s wines offer plenty of depth, but greater vibrancy as well, something that works so well here, at the Antinori family’s Tignanello estate, home to both Tignanello and Solaia.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (03/22)

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  • Baricci Brunello di Montalcino 2015

    £59.99

    “Good full ruby-red. Captivating nose combines, ripe red cherry, black plum, minerals, herbs, mocha and sexy brown spices. Juicy and sweet, with refined, suave blackberry, raspberry, minerals and tobacco flavors dominating. Finishes extremely long, with a steely quality, fine-grained tannins and a multifaceted personality. Another great Brunello from Baricci. Drinking window: 2024-2035. 96 points”

    Ian D’Agata, Vinous (04/20)

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  • Baricci Brunello di Montalcino 2016

    £69.95

    “Dark and animal in nature, the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino comes to life like a savage beast waking from a deep sleep, sleek yet still shaking off its slumber. Purple-tinged florals and herbal tones meet depths of dark mineral-tinged fruits and hints of animal musk. This is silky-smoofh upon entry, yet it quickly gains in tension and poise, as grippy tannins come to the fore, slowly drying fhe tart wild berry fruits, while becoming spicy and more grippy with every sip. The cheeks pucker with residual tannic tension as this finishes painfully young yet long, with hints of licorice. The extra time in bottle has only propelled the 2016 even further than expected. Drinking window: 2026-2038. 96 points

    You don’t feel like you’re pulling up to a Brunello producer’s “estate” as you approach the Baricci homestead. Instead, what you see is a small house surrounded by a thick foliage, with large garage doors that open up into their cramped yet cozy and wholly traditional winery. On the other side of this home is the famed Montosoli hill, which lifts up like an island amongst a sea that is the northern hillside of Montalcino. When looking at Montosoli from the town, it appears almost as a mirage in the midst of a thick forest. What is also apparent is the mark of terroir, as you imagine the sea that once engulfed this region, and how the contours of Montosoli would morph into its unique soils of rock, mineral-rich marls, loam, quartz, shale and limestone with marine fossil strewn throughout. The family’s fifteen hectares are considered the choice parcel of the hill, ranging up to 280 meters in elevation and enjoying a south-to-southeast exposure. This location doesn’t share the deteriorating rock components from the hill of Montalcino as much of the surrounding territory does; it is uniquely its own individual terroir, and a true cru of the region.

    Long before the concept of a cru or the fame of Montosoli was confirmed, Nello Baricci realized that this was a very special location, and when the time came that this son of sharecroppers could afford his own land, it was this location that he chose. Today, it is the third generation, Federico Buffi, who cares for the vines and raises these wines using the teachings of his grandfather; and I can assure you that Nello Baricci, who passed away in 2017, would be very proud. The Baricci wines speak of the soul of Montalcino, as well as the terroir of Montosoli. When I taste them, it’s the classicism, purity, regal tannins, depth of fruit and harmony that invokes thoughts of not just Montalcino, but the world’s greatest wines. In a truly romantic way, this family of farmers, who also happen to be winemakers, are producing some of Italy’s hidden gems. I only hope that they never change.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (12/21)

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  • Baricci Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Nello 2012

    £119.95

    “Dedicated to Nello Baricci, the celebrated patriarchal figurehead of this historic winery who passed away in April 2017, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Nello does his memory proud. This is an extremely elegant and finessed Sangiovese with plenty of energy and tension buried deep inside. The bouquet produces delicate layers of wild rose, forest berry, spice and crushed river stone. This is a marvelous interpretation of a vintage that was certainly not all smooth sailing. These are exceptional results. Drink: 2020-2040. 96 points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (07/19)

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  • Baricci Rosso di Montalcino 2020

    £33.95

    “A vivid mix of wild strawberries, roses, hints of cinnamon and crushed rocks captivates as the 2020 Rosso di Montalcino comes to life in the glass. This is silky and refined, with depths of ripe cherry-berry fruits laced with minerals and spice that creates a sweet and sour interplay. The medium-length finish resonates on red currants and inner floral perfumes, as well as a gentle tug of tannin. This doesn’t impress on power or prestige, but instead on purity, refinement and sheer drinkability. Drinking window: 2022-2026. 91 points

    The Baricci Rosso hails from the younger vines of their property, and all on the hill of Montosoli. While the wine can be enjoyed young, the best vintages also have the capacity to age over the medium term.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (01/22)

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  • Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino 2016

    £164.75

    “The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino is a dark stallion of a wine that showcases both the depth and radiance of the vintage. At first, its bouquet is dark and earthy, yet quickly blossoms into an enthralling mix of musky red currants, wild peppery herbs, dusty rose and worn leather. While satiny in feel, it’s also sleek and lively, with a vibrant burst of sweet and sour citrus that enlivens its notes of tart cranberry and pomegranate, all wound tightly in a web of saline-minerals. Violet and lavender tones arch across the palate over a core of silky tannins that nicely frame the experience, as a hint at balsamic spice slowly tapers off. The 2016 is one of the most deep and balanced Brunellos that I’ve ever experienced from Biondi Santi. It this is the Annata, then I can only imagine what the Riserva might bring to the table. Something of note is that in 2016, production was down by 15% following the abundant 2015. Drinking window: 2024-2038. 97 points

    Eric Guido, Vinous (03/22)

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  • Caparsa Doccio a Matteo Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

    £35.95

    “Paolo Cianferoni’s Caparsa was founded in 1982 and represents another highly recommended discovery from Radda in Chianti. The estate is certified organic both in terms of the farming (with 12 hectares of vineyard) and the winemaking. It practices a traditional and very hands-on approach, with an artisanal stone cellar that features stainless steel in the fermentation area and large oak casks and cement vats for the aging. In addition to these fresh and pure wines, Caparsa makes olive oil and grappa and has guest accommodation in the agriturismo (or the rural bed & breakfast).”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (03/21)

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  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2017

    £39.99

    “This is the so-called “green label” Brunello with proprietor Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini’s signature on the front of the bottle. Her classic 2017 Brunello di Montalcino is sharp and tonic with wild raspberry, cassis, lilac, earth and garden herb. There is a sweet note of sour cherry on the mid-weight finish. This is an ample 160,000-bottle production made in a traditional approach with two years in casks made with both Slavonian and French oak. Drink: 2024-2035. 93 points

    Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini is back on the wine trail following these years of COVID-19 lockdowns. With her usual energy and special simpatia, she’s working hard to create identities for the single vineyards she farms, such as Caparzo’s Vigna La Casa and Altesino’s Montosoli.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (02/22)

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  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa 2017

    £64.95

    “The Caparzo 2017 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa offers more intensity and depth next to the annata expressions (also tasted in this report). It’s not much, but there is enough of a difference to justify the special single-vineyard selection. Wild fruit, licorice and balsam herb add vertical lift to the bouquet. The magical sharpness and brightness of this wine is linked to the soils of Vigna La Casa, which are blanketed with shards of galestro schist. These soils mitigate the warm growing season. Production is 15,000 bottles. Drink: 2024-2038. 94 points

    Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini is back on the wine trail following these years of COVID-19 lockdowns. With her usual energy and special simpatia, she’s working hard to create identities for the single vineyards she farms, such as Caparzo’s Vigna La Casa and Altesino’s Montosoli. I should be able to report more on these two sites in a few months (with a special video spotlight I hope to prepare). Stay tuned.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (02/22)

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