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Italy 1997 Solaia 3 Bottle 75cl
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  • The unfiltered 1997 Solaia (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese, and 5% Cabernet Franc, from a single 25-acre vineyard) is aged in 100% new French oak. There are 8,000 cases of the 1997. The sensational, opaque blue/purple-colored 1997 exhibits a complex nose of cedar, spice box, cassis, and subtle oak. With yields of only 30 hectoliters per hectare, and malolactic fermentation in barrel (a la Tignanello), this wine reveals extraordinary concentration, a thick, viscous texture, yet no sense of heaviness or ponderousness. It is a thrilling Solaia to consume over the next two decades. If a first-growth Pauillac were made in Tuscany, this would be it! Score: 96

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96
Italy 1997 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino - 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Rating:

    87

    Price ($)

    $75

    Drink Date

    2007 - 2018

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Dec 2002

    Source

    144, The Wine Advocate

    Perhaps I caught the 1997 Brunello di Montalcino at a bad time, but it appeared very tannic with a hard finish. Interesting aromatics reveal notes of wild herbs, red fruits, earth, and cedar, but the tough finish reveals intrusive tannin. We'll see how it ages, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt ... for now. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2018.  

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87
Italy 1997 Tua Rita Giusto di Notri 4 Case 75cl
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  • The outstanding 1997 Giusto dei Notri (a 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot blend aged in French oak and bottled with neither fining nor filtration) exhibits a dark ruby/purple color, and excellent aromatics consisting of toasty new oak, lead pencil, black currants, chocolate, and smoke. Layered and rich, but backward and unevolved, with copious tannin in the finish, this wine should improve with further cellaring. The low acidity and sweet fruit give it immediate accessibility, but the wine has not yet developed its secondary aromatics. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2012

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90
Italy 1997 Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 1 Case 75cl
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  • Rating:

    94

    Price ($)

    $55

    Drink Date

    2005 - 2025

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Jun 2001

    Source

    135, The Wine Advocate

    The 1997 Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra is a fearsomely powerful, tannic, ultra-concentrated, explosively rich wine with a mid-palate in which one could get lost. A saturated ruby/purple color is accompanied by scents of lead pencil, cedar, black fruits, smoke, earth, and vanilla. Massive richness, monster extract, sweet tannin, and a blockbuster finish characterize this dazzling, 20-30 year wine. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025.   

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94
Italy 1998 Solaia 3 Bottle 75cl
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  • Solaia has been one of Italy's most brilliant wines since the early eighties. Made in a Bordeaux-like style, it will age for two decades or more. The 1998, a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese, and 5% Cabernet Franc (8,000 cases), was aged for 14 months in new and one-year old French oak casks prior to being bottled without filtration. Yields were a low 30 hectoliters per hectare. The 1998 is a classically-structured, dense, full-bodied, youthful, well-balanced wine designed for cellaring. Its opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by a classic bouquet of black currants, vanillin, earth, tobacco, and a touch of mint. Full-bodied, moderately tannic, dense, and concentrated, this backward 1998 needs 3-4 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020. 

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93
Italy 1999 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino - 6x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • Rating:

    92

    Price ($)

    $80

    Drink Date

    2005 - 2018

    Reviewed by

    Daniel Thomases

    Issue Date

    29th Apr 2005

    Source

    158, The Wine Advocate

    The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino, good as it is, is rather perplexing. A dark ruby in color with much black currant fruit, mocha, and vanilla on the nose, its sizeable and supple body and its lengthy, warm, and velvety finish are those of a high class wine, but not a wine which seems to have much to do with Sangiovese and Montalcino. Frankly, it is surprising to see a producer with this institutional position release a wine of this type. Drink: 2005-2018.  

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92
Italy 1999 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 1 Case 75cl
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  • Rating:

    92

    Price ($)

    $78

    Drink Date

    2005 - 2018

    Reviewed by

    Daniel Thomases

    Issue Date

    29th Apr 2005

    Source

    158, The Wine Advocate

    There are few surer bets in this appellation than the wines of Roberto Guerrini, who manages to find time both to run his family vineyards and cellar and teach criminal law at the University of Siena. The 1999 Brunello di Montalcino, in its combination of power and elegance, shows why the house has a dedicated following – the string of highly successful vintages began here in 1983 and there has not been a single misstep for over a decade and a half. Very fresh and brilliant in color, the potent and varietal aromas of wild cherries, tobacco, and chocolate swell in the glass and the flavors have a similar warmth and expansion, sweet and ripe on the attack, round, dense, and polished on the mid-palate and finish. Drink: 2005-2018. Importer: Empson USA, A

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92
Italy 2006 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva 1 Case 75cl
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  • The 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva is simply beautiful. Everything is in gorgeous balance as dark cherries, plums, violets and spices come together in a fresh, vibrant expression of Sangiovese. The wine is singing today, but it will be even more delicious in another year or two. The Chianti Classico spent 16 months in French oak, 40% of which was new.

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92
Italy 2006 Messorio Le Macchiole - 3x75 3 Case 75cl
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  • The 2006 is simply a flat-out great Messorio. Today it is the wine's density and structure that are most evident, but with time in the glass the inner perfume, minerality and sheer pedigree begin to emerge. This is a vintage that combines elements of sumptuous ripeness and structure to a degree that is highly unusual for Bolgheri. As such, the 2006 Messorio is best left alone for perhaps as long as another decade. When the wine finally emerges it will be spectacular. Hints of new leather, licorice and crushed rocks linger on the refined, classy finish.

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97
Italy 2006 Valdicava BdM Madonna del Piano 1 Case 75cl
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  • Valdicava’s 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano was another wine that appealed to the audience. And how could it not? A rich, dark, powerful wine, the 2006 showed all of its depth and pure muscle in a stunning display of class. It was utterly magnificent.

     

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96
Italy 2007 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva 1 Case 75cl
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  • The 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva emerges with hints of smoke, underbrush, licorice, leather and wild cherries. The wine gains volume and depth in the glass as its sheer pedigree emerges over time. There is plenty of muscle to back up the delicate aromatics in a striking balance of elegance and power, all in an essentially classic, mid-weight style. The round, deeply satisfying finish makes it hard to put the glass down.

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91
Italy 2008 Messorio Le Macchiole - 3x75 1 Case 75cl
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  • (100% merlot): Saturated, purple-tinged ruby. Knockout multidimensional aromas of crushed blackberry, blueberry, iron, bitter chocolate, coffee and smoky oak. Offers great verve and depth on the palate, delivering extremely dense but magically refined flavors of black fruits, violet and bitter chocolate. Finishes with subtle, palate-staining persistence and firm, noble tannins. A great Messorio.

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94
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