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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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  • Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi 2019


    “The single-vineyard red 2019 Finca Dofí comes from the 14 hectares of vines planted across three parajes (lieu-dits) in Gratallops. This year, it’s 87% Garnacha, 12% Cariñena and 1% white grapes (Garnacha Blanca and Macabeo. It fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in large oak barrels (bocoyes and foudres) for 14 months. It’s classy, elegant and fresh with very clean aromas and flavors, not lacking concentration or power. There is superb definition and purity here; it has to be the finest and most elegant Dofí to date. It has finer tannins and more elegance than La Baixada this year. The 2018 was fragrant and this has more clout but superb balance. These two vintages have been great for Dofí. I still remember the 2005, hard as nails then and what the wine is now—spherical and velvety. Dofí on a roll… It was bottled in May 2021, and 21,146 bottles were produced. Drink: 2022-2030. 97 points

    Climate is certainly getting extreme, and in Priorat, we saw an incredibly warm (up to 43 degrees Celsius!) and dry 2019 (with only 280 liters of rain) and a 2020 with 800 liters of rain! But so much rain and the warm temperatures can only end up in a huge mildew attack. The rest of the season was extremely warm, to the point that ended it up being their earliest harvest ever! Year of extremes… year in and year out! Both years were higher in Garnacha and lower in Cariñena, in 2019 because of the heat and in 2020 because of mildew. So, the wines are more Garnacha driven than ever. For Álvaro Palacios, the highlights of the 2019 vintage (I only tasted Camins from 2020) were the Finca Dofí and L’Ermita. The Dofí was classy, elegant and fresh with very clean aromas and flavors, but L’Ermita was truly captivating, quite different from the 2013, an extreme year, perhaps in an opposite way but truly exceptional. It deserved my highest rating, as my heart started beating faster as I put my nose in the glass. Bravo!”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (07/21)

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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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  • Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2017


    “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


    “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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  • Antoine Arena Carco Vermentino 2021


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  • Antoine Arena Morta Maio 2019


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  • Arianna Occhipinti Il Frappato 2020


    “What a pleasure it was to watch the dynamic Sicilian winemaker Arianna Occhipinti in Stanley Tucci’s CNN special “Searching for Italy,” featuring the food culture of Italy. Based in Vittoria, her vineyards see the Iblei mountains at the front and the Mediterranean Sea at the back. They are located 250 meters in elevation and because this area was underwater during the Miocene epoch, the soils range from clay, calcareous, tufo, gold sand, red sand and light sand. “The soils change every meter and so do the wines made from those sites,” says Arianna. In 2016, she started her Vino di Contrada series that sees three expressions of Frappato from three sites (PT, BB and FL). We can soon expect a new white wine to hit the market. Arianna is farming Grillo at 500 meters above sea level in the Contrada Santa Margherita in the town of Chiaramonte Gulfi. All of her wines are certified organic and made according to biodynamic methods.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (11/21)

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  • Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2019


    “Ata Rangi’s 2019 Pinot Noir is the whole package. It has a piercing, focused nose, offering clarity of fruit and the backing support of lightly spiced French oak. Reminiscent of fresh yet sweet cherry fruit and woody herbs on the palate, it also reveals a savory tobacco and game note that’s oh-so-Martinborough. The wine sits comfortably in your mouth, like a ball being gently cupped. It delivers excellent concentration, and the fine, powdery tannins coat the palate, leaving you licking the inside of your mouth and experiencing the texture of river stones. The finish is long, fresh and fragrant. Drinking window: 2023-2036. 97 points”

    Rebecca Gibb, Vinous (04/22)

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  • Baricci Brunello di Montalcino 2015


    “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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