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  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco Angelo 2017


    “The 2017 Barbaresco Angelo is superb. The aromatics alone are simply beguiling. Rose petal, mint, lavender, pine, orange peel and sweet red cherry give the Angelo remarkable allure. Pliant and silky on the palate, with striking resonance, the Angelo impresses from the very first taste. Its overall balance is simply remarkable. I loved it. Drinking window: 2025-2037. 95 points

    This is an impressive set of 2017s from the Rocca family. The estate has been on a roll these last few vintages. Like all 2017s, the Albino Rocca Barbarescos are on the lighter side, but what stands out in the range is a level of site expression that is rare in this vintage. All of the Barbarescos are aged in cask, with the exception of the Cottà, which sees slightly smaller oak because of the tiny size of the parcel.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/20)

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  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco Cotta 2018


    “Pouring from the bottle with a light ruby color, the Albino Rocca 2018 Barbaresco Cottà shows dried cherry, cassis and lots of blue flower or summer lavender. This is a classic and neatly contained expression of cool-vintage Nebbiolo. The bouquet is fluid but also compact, and you can look forward to an interesting aromatic evolution to come as this wine continues along its aging path. Only 2,000 bottles were released. Drink: 2023-2037. 93+ points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (06/21)

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  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco Ovello Vigna Loreto 2018


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  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco Ronchi 2019


    “The 2019 Barbaresco Ronchi is a deep, potent wine. In this tasting, the Ronchi impresses with its stature, aromatic presence and textural intensity. Dark red cherry, red plum, cinnamon, rose petal and dried flowers emerge with a bit of coaxing, but the Ronchi is one of the least giving wines in the range today. I would cellar if for at least a few years. It is another wine where elegance and power meld together. Drinking window: 2025-2039. 96 points

    This is another set of gorgeous wines from the Rocca family. As has been the case now for some years, the wines are marked by striking translucence and tons of site character. The Barbarescos are fermented in tank and then aged in cask for about two years, the exceptions being the Cottá and the Angelo, which are vinified in oak uprights and see submerged cap maceration at the end of fermentation. Readers who have not tasted these wines recently owe it to themselves to do so, as the transformation here of late towards wines of purity and finesse is significant.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/22)

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  • Aldo Conterno Barbera d’Alba Conca Tre Pile 2018


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  • Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala 2017


    “The Poderi Aldo Conterno 2017 Barolo Bussia Cicala reveals a deep garnet color with some dark copper. Like the other 2017 wines from this celebrated producer, I can’t help but suspect that these areas of Bussia suffered from the heat and some of the other weather challenges associated with this growing season. A clear note of overt ripeness comes across as dried strawberry or sweet crème de cassis. The finish is similarly weighed down by the fruit weight and oak tannins. Drink: 2023-2028. 91 points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (06/21)

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  • Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello 2017


    “The Poderi Aldo Conterno 2017 Barolo Bussia Colonnello shows good focus, structure and a sharper character that is often the distinguishing factor in this wine. The bouquet is redolent of dark fruit and plum, but it also shows a solid framing of iron ore and dark stony mineral. These give the wine greater lift and contoured edges. This is not the first time that Colonnello is my favorite wine in this lineup, and I suspect it won’t be the last. Drink: 2025-2040. 94+ points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (06/21)

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  • Aldo Conterno Barolo Romirasco 2017


    “Opening to a dark color and robust consistency, the Poderi Aldo Conterno 2017 Barolo Bussia Romirasco is perhaps the most powerful of the four new releases reviewed here. Wearing broad shoulders and sporting a heavy gait over the palate, the wine sees a solid construction of dark berry and spicy or toasted oak aromas. There is a lot to behold in this bottle, and it definitely shows the potential to soften and relax with more cellar aging. However, you definitely need to put the bottle aside for many years. Drink: 2025-2043. 94 points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (06/21)

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  • Aldo Conterno Nebbiolo Langhe Il Favot 2018


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  • Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2018


    “Touring the Allegrini vineyards is an eye-opening experience to say the least. It’s one thing to read and write about how owner Marilisa Allegrini has been pushing the boundaries in the region, and it’s another thing to truly see it. When I say pushing boundaries, mostly I mean the importance the Allegrini family places on terroir, a concept that Valpolicella has only recently begun to accept. Another push is their beliefs that the two most important grape varieties of the region are Corvina Veronese and Corvinone, and how the blending rules of the DOC are preventing producers from making the best wines possible. It’s because of this that Allegrini uses the maximum amount allowed of each throughout their range of Valpolicella, Amarone, and Riserva, balancing out to 45% Corvina Veronese, 45% Corvinone, 5% Rondinella and 5% Oseleta. It’s also the reason why a number of the highlights from the portfolio are labeled IGT, allowing for a more dynamic mix of varieties or mono-varietal wines, such as the single-vineyard La Grola (90% Corvina Veronese and 10% Oseleta) and La Poja, a varietal Corvina Veronese. Both wines hail from the La Grola hill between 310 to 320 meters in elevation and from vines planted in 1979, and neither of them rely on appassimento to bolster their character. Add to this repertoire the Palazzo della Torre, another single-vineyard yet younger vine expression at 240 meters that mixes Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and a small percentage of Sangiovese to create what is one of the best values found in the region, and you have a dynamic portfolio that runs the gamut. As is usually the case, I find myself so wrapped up in the IGTs that I forget to talk about just how special the Amarone really is; in fact, I find it to be a benchmark of the region. With each vintage, the Amarone has a balance between the glycerol textures and perception of sweetness from appassimento fruit with a core of minerality and fine tannins that makes it enjoyable near release, but also able to mature over decades. It is great to know that one of the traditional families in this region is currently at the head of the pack.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (04/22)

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    Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montesoli 2012


    “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


    “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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