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  • Brancaia Il Blu 2019

    £71.95

    “The 2019 ll Blu is gorgeous. Dark and mysterious in the glass, the 2019 is going to need at least a few years to reveal all of its personality. Blue/purplish fruit, lavender, sage, mint, licorice and new leather all meld together. This deep, fleshy Merlot-based blend hits all the right notes. 70% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drinking window: 2025-2039. 95 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (07/22)

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  • Castello di Ama Haiku 2019

    £57.95

    “The 2019 Haiku is captivating. Bright and expressive, with brisk acids, the 2019 hits all the right notes. Black cherry, plum, incense, tobacco, crushed rocks and lavender race across the palate. I see more depth and also greater energy than in earlier vintages here, and that’s great to see. Drinking window: 2024-2037. 96 points

    This set of new releases from Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti is the most impressive I have ever tasted here. The wines are strong across the board, while the 2019 flagship wines – La Casuccia, Bellavista and L’Apparita – are off the charts great. Pallanti has long coaxed notable intensity from these vineyards, but the 2019s add dimensions of freshness and energy that are simply breathtaking. I tasted these wines a few weeks later in my home in New York, far away from the bucolic setting of Ama, and was equally blown away.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (07/22)

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  • Conti Costanti Ardingo 2019

    £54.95

    “Hauntingly dark and viral in the glass, the 2019 Ardingo reaches up with notes of sweet sage, blueberry compote, tobacco and hints of pine. It soothes the palate with a wave of silken red and blue fruits, taking on a graphite minerality over time, as notes of lavender and violet resonate throughout. The 2019 takes a turn toward the savory spectrum with hints of olive and grilled herbs offsetting plum while finishing with impressive length and structurally balanced for the long haul. The Ardingo is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Sangiovese from vines planted on the Montosoli hill. It’s a must-have for fans of Costanti. Drinking window: 2024-2031. 94+ points”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (10/22)

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  • Felsina Berardenga Fontalloro 2019

    £59.95

    “The 2019 Fontalloro is terrific. In this vintage, the blend of three vineyards is a plus in giving a wine endowed with density, resonance and plenty of Sangiovese character. Dried herbs, leather, incense, tobacco and cedar open with time in the glass. Drinking window: 2024-2036. 94 points

    This is an interesting set of wines from Fèlsina. The two 2020s make me really excited to taste the rest of the range. “Most of the year was marked by consistently warm weather, but with no shock events,” Giuseppe Mazzocolin explained. “We were fortunate to have good ventilation throughout the most critical periods.”

    The 2019s are more mixed. Less even ripening and higher yields are evident in wines that are lighter than usual and also at times a bit rustic. That is most evident in Rancia. I can’t remember a young Rancia that was underwhelming, and I have tasted them all. The 2019 is certainly a mystery at this stage.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (07/22)

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  • Fontodi Case Via Syrah 2019

    £41.75

    “The 2019 Syrah Case Via is powerful, inky and expressive. A blast of inky dark fruit, espresso, licorice, cloves, game and leather infuses the 2019 with notable depth. This virile, somber Syrah has plenty to offer. Drinking window: 2024-2034. 93 points

    Proprietor Giovanni Manetti continues to push his estate into new directions. Readers will note the addition of a new wine, the 2019 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Terrazze San Leolino, which emerges from vineyards in Panzano near the San Leolino church. It will be followed next year by the Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Pastrolo, Manetti’s first estate wine from terraced vineyard in Lamole at 640 meters in elevation. Naturally, those wines are works in progress, so it will be a few years before they reach the level of the other wines in the range. The dual flagships Vigna del Sorbo and Flaccianello are quite good in 2019, although they don’t reach the level of the finest years. The Chianti Classico, always a super-Chianti Classico here, is a standout. A reduction of time in small oak, along with a final phase of aging in cask and a greater emphasis in freshness overall are the key drives to the Fontodi style these days.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (07/22)

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  • Fontodi Dino 2020

    £41.49

    “The 2020 Chianti Classico Dino is a selection of Sangiovese from Fontodi’s coolest site, fermented in terra cotta amphora. It shows all the richness of Panzano, but with more tannic drive than most of the wines in this range, likely because there is no sweetness or textural suaveness imparted by oak. Readers will find a wild, raw Chianti Classico that needs a year or two to soften. Drinking window: 2025-2035. 93 points

    Proprietor Giovanni Manetti could certainly rest on his laurels. The wines have been benchmarks for some time. In recent years, Manetti’s influence as a leader in Panzano and Chianti Classico has exploded because of his role as the President of the Consorzio del Chianti Classico. Instead, Manetti has continued to acquire vineyards and introduce new wines while also quietly refining his approach with the established labels. The 2020s are a bit reticent, but they have also begun to soften in recent months. An example is the 2020 Vigna del Sorbo, which was brooding when I first tasted it a few months ago but is quite a bit more refined in recent tastings. “Two thousand twenty and 2021 are pretty similar,” Giovanni and Bernardo Manetti recounted at Fontodi. “There were perhaps more extremes weather-wise in 2021, but we also had greater diurnal shifts and a later harvest under cooler conditions.””

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/23)

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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2020

    £129.95

    “The 2020 Flaccianello della Pieve is a blend of Fontodi’s vineyards, mostly three main vineyards planted on sites with very dense, heavy rocks. Dark, pliant and inviting, the 2020 is so expressive today. Black cherry, plum, spice, lavender, licorice and mocha are seamless in the glass. The 2020 is a fine Flaccianello with a bright future. Most of this blend is sourced from three parcels in upper hillside vineyards close to town center. The 2020 spent a year and a half in barrique (40% new) and six months in cask. Drinking window: 2026-2045. 96 points

    Proprietor Giovanni Manetti could certainly rest on his laurels. The wines have been benchmarks for some time. In recent years, Manetti’s influence as a leader in Panzano and Chianti Classico has exploded because of his role as the President of the Consorzio del Chianti Classico. Instead, Manetti has continued to acquire vineyards and introduce new wines while also quietly refining his approach with the established labels. The 2020s are a bit reticent, but they have also begun to soften in recent months. An example is the 2020 Vigna del Sorbo, which was brooding when I first tasted it a few months ago but is quite a bit more refined in recent tastings. “Two thousand twenty and 2021 are pretty similar,” Giovanni and Bernardo Manetti recounted at Fontodi. “There were perhaps more extremes weather-wise in 2021, but we also had greater diurnal shifts and a later harvest under cooler conditions.””

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/23)

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  • Il Carnasciale Carnasciale 2017

    £69.95

    “The 2017 Carnasciale is absolutely gorgeous. Rich, expansive and beautifully layered, the 2017 delivers all the complexity of the Merlot/Cabernet Franc hybrid that is planted in the estate’s vineyards. Succulent dark cherry, plum, spice, espresso and leather all build as the 2017 shows off its alluring personality. The 2017 is a wine of pure and total allure. Drinking window: 2021-2032.  93 points.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/20)

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  • Il Carnasciale Il Caberlot 2017 (1500ml)

    £275.00

    “The 2017 II Caberlot (Magnum) is so impressive. More than anything else, I am struck by how elegant and refined it is, especially for a year that was so warm and dry. Sweet red cherry, raspberry jam, espresso, wild fIowers, mint and dried herbs all grace the 2017, a wine of simply extraordinary beauty. Il Caberlot has previously been a wine of impact. The 2017 offers plenty of richness, but is also much more finessed than previous editions. Drinking window: 2024-2037. 97 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/20)

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  • Isole e Olena Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    £89.95

    “The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione Privata is another stellar wine in this range from Isole e Olena and Paolo De Marchi. Still pretty tightly wound, the 2018 is going to need at least a few years to fully unwind. Dark blue/purplish fruit, lavender, spice, mocha and espresso are some of the many aromas and flavors that start to open with a bit of aeration. The Isole Cabernet has a brilliant track record of aging. I expect the 2018 will one day take its place among the very finest editions. Drinking window: 2026-2043. 96 points

    Paolo De Marchi’s decision to sell Isole e Olena was on every producer’s mind when I visited Chianti Classico recently. Never one to hold back his opinions, De Marchi quickly established himself as a leader in the appellation with a series of stunning wines and a relentless drive to build the reputation of his estate. I can still remember the first time I tasted the flagship Cepparello. I was probably in my mid-twenties, and yet the wine was so distinctive I have never forgotten it. While focus has always been on Sangiovese, De Marchi is one of the few producers in Tuscany who has also excelled with Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, as I have personally seen in tasting many older vintages here over the years. To say that Paolo De Marchi will be missed is a massive understatement, but words aren’t really adequate to express all he has achieved and contribute in a long, storied career that goes back to the mid-1970s.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (07/22)

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  • Isole e Olena Cepparello 2019

    £94.95

    “The 2019 Cepparello has closed down quite a bit since I tasted it last year, as it all of its energy is focused inward. That won’t be an issue in another few years’ time, but for now readers should resist any temptation to open bottles. Time in the glass brings out gorgeous Sangiovese fruit, along with hints of blood orange, spice, cedar, mint and tobacco, all wrapped together by plush, silky contours. The purity of the fruit is just striking. In 2019, Cepparello is more finesse than power. I expect it will age beautifully over the next several decades. Drinking window: 2027-2044. 96 points

    Paolo De Marchi’s decision to sell Isole e Olena was on every producer’s mind when I visited Chianti Classico recently. Never one to hold back his opinions, De Marchi quickly established himself as a leader in the appellation with a series of stunning wines and a relentless drive to build the reputation of his estate. I can still remember the first time I tasted the flagship Cepparello. I was probably in my mid-twenties, and yet the wine was so distinctive I have never forgotten it. While focus has always been on Sangiovese, De Marchi is one of the few producers in Tuscany who has also excelled with Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, as I have personally seen in tasting many older vintages here over the years. To say that Paolo De Marchi will be missed is a massive understatement, but words aren’t really adequate to express all he has achieved and contribute in a long, storied career that goes back to the mid-1970s.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (07/22)

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  • Isole e Olena Chardonnay 2021

    £62.95

    “The 2021 Chardonnay Collezione Privata is a wine of uncommon pedigree and depth. Lemon peel, dried pear, chamomile, white pepper and crushed rocks infuse the 2021 with layers of complexity. I especially admire the sense of vertical drive here. Readers will find a serious Chardonnay for the dinner table. Drinking window: 2024-2029. 93 points

    My most recent visit to Isole e Olena was decidedly bittersweet. Paolo De Marchi turned out an exceptional set of 2020s, wines that are among his very best ever. However, the sale of Isole e Olena has been quite traumatic. It’s a complex subject, the result of a mix of family dynamics and the lack of an industry structure that could long-term stability. These factors are not unique to Isole e Olena but rather conditions that afflict all family-owned wineries in Italy. Personally, I would like to see more long-term thinking in Italy, but that is not typically part of the cultural construct here. New owners EPI Group, who also own Biondi-Santi, will surely put their own stamp on things. Obviously, it is much too early to know where things will go. Right now, I can only advise Isole e Olena fans to snap up the 2020s, as they are magical.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/23)

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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