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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 2020

    £48.75

    “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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  • Gaja Ca’ Marcanda Vistamare 2023

    £46.95

    “Tasted as a barrel sample, the 2023 Vistamare is lifted and packed with aromas of citrus zest along with a floral bouquet of concentrated key lime, starfruit, sea spray, and loads of floral citrus blossom. Medium to full-bodied, with a bit of white pepper spice, it has a fresher, more linear drive at this stage that should round and flesh out over time. 93-96 points

    When the Gaja family purchased their Bolgheri property in 1996, it was home to 10 hectares of vines planted to Sangiovese and Trebbiano. The rest of the land was dedicated to olive trees, peach trees, and cereal grains. Angelo Gaja was drawn to the region by several factors, including its small size, which he always looked for when seeking out denominations outside of their Piedmont home. The Bolgheri DOC had recently been established in 1994 with only 1300 hectares in total. A very different region from Piedmont, Bolgheri has historically been land owned by noble people, whereas Piedmont was a region of farmers. Thus, the Tuscans were more connected to international travel, and you find people with international names and sensibilities. Other differences include the incredibly varied soils, with 27 different types identified due to the erosion from the Colline Metalifere. Additionally, constant winds come through the region that help both with ventilation and temperature control of the vines. My tasting occurred at the Bolgheri winery in November of 2023. Readers will find many of the wines tasted here are parcel selections of that will not be produced on their own but rather will contribute to other cuvées. This is something I have come to appreciate and expect when visiting the Gaja estates across Italy, and it’s a fascinating way to gather data points into their operations and thought process. Whether it’s in the vineyard or in the winery, the family and the team at Ca’ Marcanda are consistently evolving to raise the bar with a measured and steady hand.”

    Audrey Frick, JebDunnuck.com (01/24)

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  • Gaja Ca’Marcanda Promis 2021

    £39.95

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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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  • Il Carnasciale Ottantadue 2019

    £34.95

    “The 2019 Ottantadue, 100% Sangiovese, is bright, effusive and full of personality. It offers up a beguiling mix of sweet red berry fruit, pipe tobacco, incense, mint and dried flowers. Medium in body, yet wonderfully deep, the Ottantadue shows how compelling Sangiovese can be here, in Val d’Arno di Sopra. Drinking window: 2024-2034. 94 points

    This is a stellar set of wines from the Rogosky family, punctuated by an absolutely thrilling release of the flagship Caberlot. Made from a unique clone the marries the fruit opulence of Merlot with the aromatic intensity of Cabernet Franc, Caberlot remains one of the most distinctive wines in all of Tuscany. Ottantadue (Sangiovese), a more recent addition to the range, is also compelling.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (07/22)

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  • Isole e Olena Cepparello 2020

    £109.95

    “The 2020 Cepparello is dense, powerful and soaring in intensity. A dark, almost somber Cepparello, the 2020 possesses remarkable depth from start to finish. Black cherry, plum, gravel, dried herbs and lavender build in a vivid, stunningly beautiful Cepparello that hits all the right notes. Drinking window: 2028-2045. 97+ 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)

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  • Isole e Olena Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016

    £300.00

    “The 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione is stunning. That’s hardly a surprise as Paolo De Marchi has a track record at making compelling Gran Seleziones in his own unique style. A brilliant, focused wine, the 2016 bristles with energy from start to finish. It is the rare wine that offers superb evolution in the glass as it opens over time. The blend is 90% Sangiovese plus dollops of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah. Drinking window: 2024-2041. 97 points

    Paolo De Marchi showed me a stellar set of wines this year. What else is new? De Marchi describes 2018 as a growing season with abundant rain in spring, late summer and during harvest that required quite a bit of selection, whereas 2019 was warmer, but with no spikes. That is certainly how the wines taste. Both the 2018 Chianti Classico and Cepparello are a bit lithe, while the 2019 editions show more flesh and radiance. Wines from international varieties are way out of fashion these days, but I would be remiss if I did not mention the supremely high level of the Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon at Isole e Olena.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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