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  • Castello di Ama L’Apparita 2017

    £159.99

    “The 2017 L’Apparita, Ama’s 100% Merlot, is silky, polished and exceptionally beautiful. In 2017, L’Apparita is restrained and elegant more than it is powerful. I have seen L’Apparita blossom with a few years in bottle. I imagine it will be the case here too. Today, L’Apparita is decidedly nuanced and elegant. Drinking window: 2025-2042. 96+ points

    It’s always a pleasure to taste the Castello di Ama wines, even if the range is a bit smaller this year. Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti have decided to give their San Lorenzo Gran Selezione more time in bottle before release, which does not surprise me given the personality of the year. There will be no Bellavista or La Casuccia in 2017, as Sebasti and Pallante did not feel the wines met their exacting standards. Although the Ama wines are quite plush and opulent, they really only blossom with time in the bottle, something I have been fortunate to witness on many occasions.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/20)

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  • Felsina Berardenga Fontalloro 2017

    £48.99

    “Fontalloro is exquisite in 2017. It is also such a contrast to the Rancia, as the two wines could not possibly be more different. Fontalloro is bright and vibrant, with more sweet red Sangiovese character than the darker Rancia. It is also incredibly delicious now, even though it clearly has the energy to age for many years. The 2017 is one of the finest Fontalloros I can remember tasting. Drinking window: 2025-2037. 95 points

    This is a gorgeous set of wines from Fèlsina. The range is full of highlights, starting with the 2018 Chianti Colli Senesi, which is especially refined and a fabulous value. Fèlsina fans will find much to like in the 2017s as well. As always, the wines are deep and rich, with that distinct element of wildness that is so characteristic of the Sangioveses of Castelnuovo Berardenga. Even after all these years, Giovanni Poggiali and Giuseppe Mazzocolin, with their team, craft wines of distinction and elegance. Lastly, readers should also check out the wines of sister estate Pagliarese, which are made in a slightly more classic style.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/20)

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  • Fontodi Case Via Syrah 2018

    £42.75

    “The 2018 Syrah Case Via is ample and generous in the glass. Super-ripe blackberry, chocolate, spice, leather and cloves fill out the layers effortlessly. This deep, fleshy Syrah has much to offer. The 2018 was done with fully destemmed fruit and spent 18 months in French oak, 30% new. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. Drinking window: 2023-2033. 92 points

    Giovanni Manetti’s 2018s are superb examples of the vintage. The wines are rich, but not at all heavy, and marked more by energy than volume. Flaccianello is simply extraordinary. Over the last few years the wines have gained notably through a greater use of large format wood and shorter time in oak overall. A rare producer whose achievements go beyond wine, Manetti was recently re-elected to a second term as President of the Consorzio del Chianti Classico. The value of his leadership for the entire region can’t possibly be overstated. Earlier this year Manetti was knighted as Cavaliere del Lavoro, one of Italy’s most prestigious and rare civilian awards.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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  • Fontodi Dino 2018

    £33.99

    “The 2018 Dino, Fontodi’s 100% Sangiovese done in amphora, is so intriguing. The purity of the Sangiovese fruit is just remarkable, as is the wine’s energy. Readers will have to look past a bit of spritziness (that dissipates with air) but there is so much to like in the 2018, starting with its exceptional balance and poise. With a bit of air, the 2018 is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. I am really intrigued to see how the 2018 ages, as that is one of the biggest question marks for wines made in this style. Bright acids add a good deal of supporting structure that suggest the 2018 has at least another decade of fine drinking ahead of it. Drinking window: 2023-2033. 93 points

    I tasted a wide range of wines this year from Fontodi and proprietor Giovanni Manetti. The Filetta di Lamole Chianti Classico is a good example of a wine that is often a bit linear, but fills out a bit because of the heat of the growing season. Fontodi’s Chianti Classico is a sort of super-wine in its peer group, as it really has very few peers. It is also quite expressive today. I can’t say the same for the dual flagships Vigna del Sorbo and Flacciannello. Both wines are usually quite showy, but the 2017s are going to demand quite a bit of patience. I also had a chance to revisit the 2016s, which are every bit as magical as they were last year.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/20)

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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2017

    £92.99

    “The 2017 Flaccianello della Pieve is fabulous. Dark, sensual and enveloping, the 2017 captures the essence of the house style in its textural richness and baritone inflections. Black cherry, plum, spice, new leather, licorice and chocolate infuse the 2017 with tremendous richness. The 2017 spent 18 months in barrique followed by 6 months in cask, the same aging regime as the Vigna del Sorbo, but with a bit more new oak. That approach worked very well, as the Flaccianello stands out for its exceptional textural elegance and finesse. It is a positively stellar wine. Drinking window: 2025-2042. 97 points

    I tasted a wide range of wines this year from Fontodi and proprietor Giovanni Manetti. The Filetta di Lamole Chianti Classico is a good example of a wine that is often a bit linear, but fills out a bit because of the heat of the growing season. Fontodi’s Chianti Classico is a sort of super-wine in its peer group, as it really has very few peers. It is also quite expressive today. I can’t say the same for the dual flagships Vigna del Sorbo and Flacciannello. Both wines are usually quite showy, but the 2017s are going to demand quite a bit of patience. I also had a chance to revisit the 2016s, which are every bit as magical as they were last year.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/20)

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  • Gaja Ca’ Marcanda Vistamare 2019

    £29.99

    Was £36.75

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  • Il Carnasciale Carnasciale 2017

    £59.99

    “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 of 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 2016 (1500ml)

    £299.99

    “The 2016 Il Caberlot (Magnum) is a knock-out. Rich, ample and expansive, with superb intensity, the 2016 has so much to offer. A rush of red cherry jam, wild herbs, mocha, rose petal, mint and blood orange builds in a towering, explosive Caberlot that captures all of the personality of this unique Merlot/Cabernet Franc hybrid. Deep, plush and beautifully resonant, the 2016 is a total stunner. It is also one of the very finest vintages I have ever tasted here. In a word: magnificent! Drinking window: 2022-2041. 97 points

    The Rogosky family has made compelling wines at Il Carnasciale pretty much since the beginning, but the flagship Caberlot is truly sensational in 2016. Il Carnasicale’s unique Cabernet Franc/Merlot hybrid yields a wine of rare aromatic and flavor intensity that reaches a stunning peak of expression in 2016. Readers should also be on the lookout for Ottantadue, the estate’s new Sangiovese.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/19)

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  • Isole e Olena Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    £72.99

    “The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is among the finest Cabernet Sauvignons in Italy. High altitude sites in Barberino yield a distinctly mid-weight, elegant, savory Cabernet that is all about reserve. Dark plum, espresso, licorice, menthol and sage start to emerge with a bit of air, but the 2016 is a wine that demands cellaring. Over the years, I have had the good fortune to taste every vintage of the Isole e Olena Cabernet. It is one of the great under the radar wines of Tuscany. The 2016 takes its place with the very finest editions. Drinking window: 2024-2041. 98 points

    If there is one winery that merits special recognition this year it is without question Isole e Olena. Paolo De Marchi presented a dazzling set of wines, starting with the 2017 Chianti Classico, a terrific example of the how the warm growing season added an extra element of dimension to some wines. Cepparello is so distinguished. What else is new? Today, readers don’t care much about international varieties in Italy. I will freely admit it – I am not a huge fan. But De Marchi has a rare talent in coaxing so much personality from his Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, all of which are fabulous. I don’t think there is another winemaker in Italy who can match his skill across that many different varieties. And then there is the Vin Santo, which is everything Vin Santo can and should be. Don’t miss these wines.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/20)

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  • Isole e Olena Cepparello 2017

    £71.99

    “The 2017 Cepparello is another in a series of stunningly beautiful Cepparellos from Paolo de Marchi. Bright and beautifully focused in the glass, with tremendous depth, the 2017 is positively stellar from the very first taste. Succulent dark cherry, plum, licorice, spice, menthol and coffee all open up with a bit of air. Here, too, Paolo De Marchi has done a tremendous job in preserving freshness in the wine. Readers who can muster the patience will be rewarded with a spectacular wine. Drinking window: 2025-2042. 97 points

    If there is one winery that merits special recognition this year it is without question Isole e Olena. Paolo De Marchi presented a dazzling set of wines, starting with the 2017 Chianti Classico, a terrific example of the how the warm growing season added an extra element of dimension to some wines. Cepparello is so distinguished. What else is new? Today, readers don’t care much about international varieties in Italy. I will freely admit it – I am not a huge fan. But De Marchi has a rare talent in coaxing so much personality from his Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, all of which are fabulous. I don’t think there is another winemaker in Italy who can match his skill across that many different varieties. And then there is the Vin Santo, which is everything Vin Santo can and should be. Don’t miss these wines.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/20)

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  • Isole e Olena Chardonnay 2019

    £46.95

    “The 2019 Chardonnay Collezione Privata is a expressive, translucent wine. Apricot, mint, spice, tangerine peel and light tropical notes all race through this ethereal, super-classic Chardonnay. All the elements are nicely balanced. The 2019 offers an intriguing mix of mid-weight structure and a more overt, tropical flavor profile than I expected. Drinking window: 2021-2027. 92 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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  • Isole e Olena Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013

    £189.99

    “The 2013 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione is breathtaking. Beautifully ripe, deep and expressive, the 2013 has it all: deep fruit, stunning aromatic presence and tremendous structure. Black cherry, pomegranate, rose petal, mint and lavender all meld together in this super-expressive, resonant Chianti Classico. An absolutely killer wine, the Gran Selezione is a fabulous, contemporary expression of Chianti Classico at its very finest. Drops of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah round out the blend. Paolo De Marchi gave the 2013 a year in barrique and second year in cask. Drinking window: 2021-2038. 98+ points

    Always outspoken, Paolo De Marchi is not shy when it comes to expressing his views. For that reason, he is not really part of the ‘in crowd’ of owners in Chianti Classico’s highly political ecosystem. But he doesn’t need to be, the wines speak for themselves. These wines are simply extraordinary. The only wines that fall a bit short are the 2015s, but rain during harvest is not exactly easy to work around. De Marchi’s Chianti Classico Gran Selezione is one of just a few wines that truly express what the top of the qualitative hierarchy is, while his wines from international varieties, now out of favor, remain compelling. The flagship remains the 100% Sangiovese Cepparello, which in its best vintages, is capable of developing beautifully in bottle for 25+ years.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/19)

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