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  • Arianna Occhipinti Siccagno Nero d’Avola 2021

    £35.95

    “From top to bottom, these new releases from Arianna Occhipinti are fantastic. It’s great to see that even as her popularity and fan base have grown over the last 20 years, Occhipinti has stuck to her roots, creating an exciting portfolio of both vintage and terroir-driven wines made through all-natural and organic means. The niece of Giusto Occhipinti of COS, she started her own project at the age of twenty-two with just one hectare of abandoned vines in the commune of Vittoria. The portfolio has grown today, but Occhipinti’s artisanal touch in these wines is still apparent. Nearly all are wonderful upon release yet also balanced for the cellar.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (09/23)

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  • Arianna Occhipinti SM 2022

    £59.95

    “From top to bottom, these new releases from Arianna Occhipinti are fantastic. It’s great to see that even as her popularity and fan base have grown over the last 20 years, Occhipinti has stuck to her roots, creating an exciting portfolio of both vintage and terroir-driven wines made through all-natural and organic means. The niece of Giusto Occhipinti of COS, she started her own project at the age of twenty-two with just one hectare of abandoned vines in the commune of Vittoria. The portfolio has grown today, but Occhipinti’s artisanal touch in these wines is still apparent. Nearly all are wonderful upon release yet also balanced for the cellar.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (09/23)

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  • Baricci Brunello di Montalcino 2016

    £61.95

    “Dark and animal in nature, the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino comes to life like a savage beast waking from a deep sleep, sleek yet still shaking off its slumber. Purple-tinged florals and herbal tones meet depths of dark mineral-tinged fruits and hints of animal musk. This is silky-smoofh upon entry, yet it quickly gains in tension and poise, as grippy tannins come to the fore, slowly drying fhe tart wild berry fruits, while becoming spicy and more grippy with every sip. The cheeks pucker with residual tannic tension as this finishes painfully young yet long, with hints of licorice. The extra time in bottle has only propelled the 2016 even further than expected. Drinking window: 2026-2038. 96 points

    You don’t feel like you’re pulling up to a Brunello producer’s “estate” as you approach the Baricci homestead. Instead, what you see is a small house surrounded by a thick foliage, with large garage doors that open up into their cramped yet cozy and wholly traditional winery. On the other side of this home is the famed Montosoli hill, which lifts up like an island amongst a sea that is the northern hillside of Montalcino. When looking at Montosoli from the town, it appears almost as a mirage in the midst of a thick forest. What is also apparent is the mark of terroir, as you imagine the sea that once engulfed this region, and how the contours of Montosoli would morph into its unique soils of rock, mineral-rich marls, loam, quartz, shale and limestone with marine fossil strewn throughout. The family’s fifteen hectares are considered the choice parcel of the hill, ranging up to 280 meters in elevation and enjoying a south-to-southeast exposure. This location doesn’t share the deteriorating rock components from the hill of Montalcino as much of the surrounding territory does; it is uniquely its own individual terroir, and a true cru of the region.

    Long before the concept of a cru or the fame of Montosoli was confirmed, Nello Baricci realized that this was a very special location, and when the time came that this son of sharecroppers could afford his own land, it was this location that he chose. Today, it is the third generation, Federico Buffi, who cares for the vines and raises these wines using the teachings of his grandfather; and I can assure you that Nello Baricci, who passed away in 2017, would be very proud. The Baricci wines speak of the soul of Montalcino, as well as the terroir of Montosoli. When I taste them, it’s the classicism, purity, regal tannins, depth of fruit and harmony that invokes thoughts of not just Montalcino, but the world’s greatest wines. In a truly romantic way, this family of farmers, who also happen to be winemakers, are producing some of Italy’s hidden gems. I only hope that they never change.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (12/21)

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  • Baricci Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Nello 2015

    £119.95

    “The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Nello from Baricci boasts a strikingly intense display of pure Sangiovese fruit. It’s dusty in character, wafting up masses of crushed black cherry and strawberry, with sweet herbs, hints of spiced orange and sandalwood. It’s soft and feminine, while leaning on purity and a salty mineral lift, which creates a tactile feel toward the close. Raspberry, cranberry, savory spice and inner florals hold your attention firm, while youthful tannins slowly sink in, drying out the expression today, yet promising many good things to come. Wow! This only got better and better over the twenty-tour hours that I followed the wine. Drinking window: 2024-2034. 96 points

    Federico and Francesco Buffi represent the third generation to tend to the Baricci vineyards on the Montosoli hill. They have a lot to be proud of with the release of their 2016 Brunello and 2015 Nello Riserva. Since the beginning, and I truly mean the beginning, Nello Baricci, a son of sharecroppers, spent a large portion of his life tending to the vineyards of other producers before being able to acquire his own. However, once he did, the location he chose paved the way for many of the greatest wines coming out of the region today. Baricci purchased what you might consider to be the tenderloin parcel of the highly-regarded Montosoli hill. Five hectares at an average elevation of 280 meters, which enjoy a south-to-southeastern exposure in poor stony soils. He went on to be the first producer to register his vineyard with the newly-formed Consorzio; and he then created a heritage of traditional winemaking, which guides his family to this very day. Nello Baricci passed away in 2017, yet his memory lives on in every bottle of Montosoli.

    The Baricci wines scream Montalcino in every possible way. These pure yet complex expressions of Sangiovese fruit, which are deceiving in how inviting they can seem in their youth, can mature for decades. This is also one of the handful of producers who captured the magic of the 2015 vintage in their Riserva-level bottling. The Nello Riserva comes from a choice parcel within the family vineyard, or as Francesco Baricci puts it, “A cru within a cru”. This is a wine that was first created in 2010 to recognize their grandfather’s accomplishments, and it has since only been released in 2012 and now 2015. The Nello Riserva spends between 21-24 days macerating on the skins, versus the 15-18 days for the Brunello, and it then matures in five-hectoliter tonneaux for forty months. The production is quite small (between 1,800-2,000 bottles each vintage), yet this is a 2015 Riserva that’s worth seeking out. Also of note is that there will be a 2016 Nello Riserva; but it will be released in 2023, as the family feels that it will require more time in bottle to fully express itself.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (11/20)

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  • Baricci Rosso di Montalcino 2020

    £35.95

    “A vivid mix of wild strawberries, roses, hints of cinnamon and crushed rocks captivates as the 2020 Rosso di Montalcino comes to life in the glass. This is silky and refined, with depths of ripe cherry-berry fruits laced with minerals and spice that creates a sweet and sour interplay. The medium-length finish resonates on red currants and inner floral perfumes, as well as a gentle tug of tannin. This doesn’t impress on power or prestige, but instead on purity, refinement and sheer drinkability. Drinking window: 2022-2026. 91 points

    The Baricci Rosso hails from the younger vines of their property, and all on the hill of Montosoli. While the wine can be enjoyed young, the best vintages also have the capacity to age over the medium term.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (01/22)

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  • Bartolo Mascarello Barbera d’Alba 2015

    £59.95

    “The 2015 Barbera d’Alba brings together the sumptuous personality of the year with a very classic sense of structure. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, spice and floral notes abound in this fleshy, voluptuous Barbera. Drink it over the next decade. Drink: 2018-2025. 91 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (06/18)

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  • Bartolo Mascarello Dolcetto d’Alba 2021

    £45.95

    “The 2021 Dolcetto d’Alba is rich, deep and wonderfully expressive. A burst of dark cherry/plum, lavender and spice lends notable richness. In 2021 the Dolcetto marries sumptuous fruit with a total sense of classicism that is so appealing. The 2021 is a super-Dolcetto. Don’t miss it! Drinking window: 2022-2031. 93 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (12/22)

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  • Bel Colle Barbaresco Pajore 2019

    £39.95

    “The Bel Colle 2019 Barbaresco Pajorè shows initial restraint in terms of its fruit delivery, and this ultimately adds to the wine’s elegant bouquet. There are soft tones of dried cherry and raspberry, but the wine is also distinguished by crushed limestone or chalky mineral. The Pajorè ends with a cheerful note of dried mint or violet. Drink: 2023-2032. 91 points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (12/22)

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  • Bel Colle Barolo Bussia 2018

    £44.95

    “The Bel Colle 2018 Barolo Bussia shows ripeness on the bouquet with dried cherry and raspberry tart, but the wine is also redolent of garden herb and crushed flowers. This expression from Bussia is very silky and smooth with a polished, medium-weight finish. Earthy sensations appear, and you get hints of rust or iron ore. Drink: 2024-2033. 92 points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (12/22)

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  • Bel Colle Barolo Monvigliero 2018

    £44.95

    “Monvigliero is one of the most sought-after vineyard sites in Barolo today. The Bel Colle 2018 Barolo Monvigliero shows balanced intensity with dried fruit, earth, crushed white pepper, licorice and crushed rose. The wine is complete, thanks to its balanced acidity and integrated tannins. This is the most elegant of the Barolos presented from this estate. Drink: 2024-2035. 93 points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (12/22)

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  • Bel Colle Barolo Simposio 2017

    £39.95

    “Cherry cola, licorice and a touch of balsam herb define the bouquet of the 2017 Barolo Simposio. Like the other wines from Bel Colle, the aromatic intensity here is mild and elegant, but the “Symposium” delivers its keynote speech on the palate, where it shows a very fine, lean and silky texture. The tannins are well on their way to integration and softness in this release of 16,000 bottles. Drink: 2023-2036. 91 points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (06/21)

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  • Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013

    £125.00

    “The 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico opens with an intense burst of shaved cedar, dark chocolate and crushed black cherries. This soothes with its silky textures, offset by tart red and black fruits as rosy inner florals form toward the close. Medium in length, it finishes fresher than expected, showing the wiry yet energetic character of the vintage. Drinking window: 2025-2032. 92 points”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (02/24)

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