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Region Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
Italy 1990 Biondi Santi, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Greppo 1 Bottle 75cl £450
Italy 1990 Solaia 1 Case 6 75cl £1,680
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    $75

    Drink Date

    2014

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 1994

    Source

    95, The Wine Advocate

    The 1990 Solaia is slightly more concentrated than the 1990 Tignanello, with a saturated purple color, and a classic, international nose of cassis, lead pencil, vanillin, and smoke. It is gorgeously rich, with a fat, unctuous texture, and a long, highly extracted finish. Well-balanced and already delicious, it remains unevolved and is potentially a 12-20 year wine. In the context of recent Solaias, I would rate it a worthy competitor to the other-worldly 1985. It is certainly much more opulent, with sweeter, jammier, richer fruit than the 1988 (most recently rated 88 points).  

Tasting Notes
94
Italy 1995 Umani Ronchi Cumaro 1 Bottle 150cl £100
Italy 1996 Gaja Darmagi Cabernet Sauvignon 1 Case 12 75cl £1,800
  • Rating

    (90 - 91)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2008 - 2025

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    27th Aug 1999

    Source

    124, The Wine Advocate

    The outstanding 1996 Darmaggi Cabernet Sauvignon is a structured, dense, black/purple-colored wine with excellent cassis fruit, and an unevolved, but promising personality. There are copious quantities of tannin, a massive mid-palate, and a sweet, long finish. However, it will require considerable patience. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025. 

Tasting Notes
91
Italy 1997 Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille 4 Bottle 75cl £100
  • A well-structured, big red. Lots of spice, cinnamon and ripe fruit. Full-bodied and very silky, with lots of raisin, spice and berry character and toasted oak. Needs time to mellow. Best after 2003. 1,000 cases made.

    Score: 93 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, June 2002

    Mature ruby with brickstone rim. Cough-syrup herb liqueur, fine dried-fruit notes and quite balsamic oak notes. Fully open on the nose. Quite sweet fruit with a good dollop of tannin but not without depth. Very intense and sweet on the finish and perhaps could be a little fresher. 2005 - 2022

    Score: 16.5 Walter Speller, JancisRobinson.com, April 2013

Tasting Notes
93
Italy 1997 Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille 1 Case 12 75cl £1,200
  • A well-structured, big red. Lots of spice, cinnamon and ripe fruit. Full-bodied and very silky, with lots of raisin, spice and berry character and toasted oak. Needs time to mellow. Best after 2003. 1,000 cases made.

    Score: 93 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, June 2002

    Mature ruby with brickstone rim. Cough-syrup herb liqueur, fine dried-fruit notes and quite balsamic oak notes. Fully open on the nose. Quite sweet fruit with a good dollop of tannin but not without depth. Very intense and sweet on the finish and perhaps could be a little fresher. 2005 - 2022

    Score: 16.5 Walter Speller, JancisRobinson.com, April 2013

Tasting Notes
93
Italy 1998 Roberto Voerzio Brunate, Barolo 6 Bottle 75cl £145
  • Rating

    (91 - 92)

    Release Price

    $150

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2016

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Oct 2001

    Source

    137, The Wine Advocate

    Dense, masculine, and muscular, the 1998 Barolo Brunate displays abundant quantities of blackberry and cherry liqueur aromas intertwined with vanilla, licorice, tobacco, and rose petals. The new oak is brilliantly absorbed by this medium to full-bodied, sweet, expansively-flavored Barolo. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2016.   

Tasting Notes
92
Italy 1998 Dal Forno Romano Amarone della Valpolicella 1 Bottle 75cl £325
Italy 1999 Gaja Barbaresco Sori Tildin 1 Case 3 150cl £1,320
  • The 1999 Sorì Tildìn is a pretty wine, even if many of the site-specific notes aren't quite as evident in this vintage. This decidedly mid-weight Sorì Tildìn is notable for its balance and harmony, but otherwise today it is a bit flat and lacking the excitement of the very best vintages. I have seen Sorì Tildìn blossom in bottle though, so I am inclined to think I found the 1999 at a particularly closed stage of its life. (Magnum tasted Drink 2014-2024)

    Score: 93+ Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, August 2012

    The 1999 Sori Tildin, is notably more powerful on the nose and more complex as well, with balsamic and resin sensations to accompany the mocha and vanilla. Rounder and ampler than Costa Russi, it is concentrated, sumptuous, and sensual as well as long and fresh on the development and finish. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2018.

    Score: 93 Daniel Thomases, Wine Advocate (149), October 2003

Tasting Notes
93
Italy 2000 Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d'Alceo 1 Bottle 75cl £115
Italy 2001 Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Sugarille 7 Bottle 75cl £90
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    $142

    Drink Date

    2009 - 2021

    Reviewed by

    Antonio Galloni

    Issue Date

    26th Dec 2006

    Source

    168, The Wine Advocate

    The 2001 Brunellos show the pedigree of the superior vintage. Gaja’s 2001 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille is the more potent of the Brunellos. It displays a darker color along with notes of tar, smoke, spices, toasted oak and dark fruit on a full-bodied frame with terrific expansiveness and length on the palate. A lingering note of licorice frames the finish of this beautiful, deeply expressive Brunello. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2021.  

Tasting Notes
94
Italy 2001 Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2 Bottle 300cl £480
  • Rating 93

    Reviewed by Daniel Thomases

    Issue Date 26th Apr 2004

    Source 152, The Wine Advocate

    The 2001 Testamatta, a blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, and Colorino, is a very full and firm ruby, and its expansive nose of red currant and plum fruit, underbrush, Mediterranean herbs, and sweet oak, is matched by rich, round flavors of ripe red fruit, vanilla, and seared oak. Already quite approachable, it has the stuffing to last for another decade and a half. 

Tasting Notes
93
Italy 2001 Giacosa Barolo Riserva Rocche del Falletto 1 Bottle 75cl £520
  • The 2001 vintage in Piedmont has long been a favorite of mine. Bruno Giacosa’s 2001 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto is explosive and decadently rich from the very first taste. The 2001 is arguably the last truly classic vintage for the Rocche Red Label. To be sure, the 2004, 2005 and 2007 are all compelling, but the 2001 has more in common stylistically with vintages like 1996 and 1999. Dense, perfumed and wonderfully intense, the 2001 is phenomenally great. Wow.

    Score: 98 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2018

    The 2001 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto is unbelievably reticent, which is hardly surprising considering how massive the wine was when it was relased. Readers will have to be especially patient here. The 2001 is best forgotten about for a number of years. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.

    Score: 97 Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012

    Darker and more backward than the Falletto in both its aromas and flavors, Giacosa’s staggering 2001 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto offers an explosive nose of spices, menthol, minerals, smoke and scorched earth followed by waves of sweet fruit that coat the palate in a potent mix of finesse and sheer power, with fine tannins, and a lingering balsamic note on the finish. This complex, multi-dimensional wine will require considerable patience and will age gracefully for several decades. Made from the oldest vines at Falletto, the 2001 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto is another towering achievement from Bruno Giacosa. An Azienda Agricola Falletto di Bruno Giacosa bottling. To be released in 2007.

    Score: 97 Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (167), October 2006

Tasting Notes
98
Italy 2003 Pira & Figli Barolo Cannubi Chiara Boschis - 5 Bottle 75cl £60
93
Italy 2003 Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore 3 Bottle 150cl £130
Italy 2005 Cappellano Barolo Otin Fiorin Pie Rupestris 2 Case 6 75cl £960
Italy 2006 Casanova di Neri Cerretalto Brunello di Montalcino 1 Bottle 75cl £215
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2040

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2018

    Source

    235, The Wine Advocate

    Holy gorgeousness! The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto is a knock-out beauty. This wine far surpassed my expectations and the memory I have of it from when I first tasted it on release six years back. This vintage has gained in precision, length and focus. It has shed a lot of its baby fat to reveal a muscular and beautifully balanced body. Its core is composed of wild berry, spice, leather and balsam herb—that latter aroma is something of a signature touch for Casanova di Neri. Despite all that enormous complexity and depth, this 2006 vintage still tastes young and tonic. The tannins are youthful, and this wine still has more potential for a slow-aging evolution ahead.

Tasting Notes
99
Italy 2006 Tua Rita Syrah 1 Case 3 75cl £295
  • I was blown away by the 2006 Syrah. This fresh, vibrant wine possesses endless layers of perfumed dark fruit, mint, minerals and sweet toasted oak. Despite its extroverted personality, the wine reveals superb clarity and detail in a rich, massive style. The tannins build mightily on the finish, suggesting a minimum of a few years of cellaring is warranted. It is impossible not to admire this wine's exceptional pedigree.

Tasting Notes
97
Italy 2006 Casanova di Neri Cerretalto Brunello di Montalcino 2 Case 3 75cl £650
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2040

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2018

    Source

    235, The Wine Advocate

    Holy gorgeousness! The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto is a knock-out beauty. This wine far surpassed my expectations and the memory I have of it from when I first tasted it on release six years back. This vintage has gained in precision, length and focus. It has shed a lot of its baby fat to reveal a muscular and beautifully balanced body. Its core is composed of wild berry, spice, leather and balsam herb—that latter aroma is something of a signature touch for Casanova di Neri. Despite all that enormous complexity and depth, this 2006 vintage still tastes young and tonic. The tannins are youthful, and this wine still has more potential for a slow-aging evolution ahead.

Tasting Notes
99
Italy 2006 Roagna Barbaresco Crichet Paje 1 Case 6 75cl £3,600
  • The 2006 Barbaresco Crichët Pajé is one of the most open, accessible vintages of this wine I can remember tasting. But it's still Roagna, which means the wine is powerful and structured, but less so than is typically the case. Iron, smoke, incense, tobacco, autumn leaves and a host of ferrous, savory notes are some of the signatures. As is sometimes the case here, extended time in barrel has dried out the fruit a bit. This is a style that personally gives me less pleasure, although, as the saying goes, your mileage may vary.

    -- Antonio Galloni

Tasting Notes
93
Italy 2007 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva 2 Case 6 75cl £225
  • 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.

Tasting Notes
91
Italy 2007 Montevertine Pergole Torte 1 Case 6 75cl £1,200
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2040

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    29th Mar 2018

    Source

    Interim End of March 2018, The Wine Advocate

    One of the unforgettable standouts in this historic retrospective, the 2007 Le Pergole Torte is an astonishing achievement. The wine offers soaring intensity and an enduring sense of balance and power. It has also entered a stunning phase in its lifeline, yet it still possesses that inner energy and youthfulness that ensures an even longer aging trajectory ahead. The bouquet is singular both in terms of its varietal purity and its aromatic reach. In many respects, this wine comes closest to the legendary 1990 Le Pergole Torte Riserva, an edition made only once in Montevertine's history. Indeed, this wine may have an upper leg on that wine given that inner youthfulness I mentioned above. The bouquet emits dark fruit and hints of exotic spice. The mouthfeel shows beautiful texture, fiber and even smoothness.

Tasting Notes
99
Italy 2007 Quintarelli Giuseppe, Alzero Cabernet Franc 1 Case 6 75cl £1,550
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2035

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    31st May 2017

    Source

    Interim End of May 2017, The Wine Advocate

    A blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, the 2007 Alzero is an Amarone-inspired red blend. The two Cabernet varieties undergo a three-month appassimento process and the Merlot is added at the last minute before bottling. This last grape adds a very evident layer of cherry sweetness and softness that goes a long way in defining this wine. Alzero has been in production since 1983 and no vintage has ever been skipped. This is a dark and brooding expression with a playful mix of sweet fruit intensity and dark tannic background shading.

Tasting Notes
95
Italy 2007 Masseto 1 Case 3 75cl £1,600
  • The immediate, voluptuous personality of the 2007 Masseto was on full display. Round, seamless and totally beautiful, the 2007 stood out for its balance and overall harmony.

Tasting Notes
96
Italy 2007 Gaja Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo 1 Case 6 75cl £1,675
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    $420

    Drink Date

    2027 - 2047

    Reviewed by

    Antonio Galloni

    Issue Date

    27th Feb 2010

    Source

    187, The Wine Advocate

    The 2007 Langhe Sori San Lorenzo is perhaps the most massive, virile wine in this lineup, and accordingly it will require the most time. Tannic and austere at the outset, the wine gradually opens to reveal staggering richness and depth in its dark fruit. The wine turns more elegant in the glass, revealing a myriad of black fruit, tar, licorice, spices and scorched earth in a dazzling display of class and elegance. This is one for the ages. Anticipated maturity: 2027-2047. My most recent visit to Gaja was quite an experience, as I tasted all of the estate’s 1989s, 1990s and 2007s. The 1989s and 1990s are reviewed in this issue’s What About Now feature. Angelo Gaja, always loquacious on a wide range of subjects, says virtually nothing about his wines, an approach I have increasingly come to appreciate in an era where so many producers are constantly in pitch mode. Then again, Gaja doesn’t really need to say anything, the wines speak for themselves. I tasted the 2007s at the winery in November 2009 and then again in New York in January 2010. Both times they were spectacular. Stylistically the 2007s remind me of the 1997s in terms of their opulence. Gaja’s wines are often immensely appealing when young – which is certainly the case with the 2007s – but then close down in bottle for a number of years, sometimes many years. My impression is that the Costa Russi and Conteisa are the most likely of these 2007s to offer the widest drinking windows throughout their lives with a minimum of cellaring. Fermentation and malolactic fermentation take place in steel. The wines then spend approximately one year in French oak and a second year in cask prior to being bottled. As has been the case for a number of years now, Gaja’s Langhe wines incorporate a small percentage of Barbera. On a final note, it’s great to see Gaja’s daughters Gaia and Rossana increasingly involved in the winery. They, and their younger brother Giovanni, have big shoes to fill, but couldn’t have asked for better teachers than Angelo and Lucia Gaja. 

Tasting Notes
98
Italy 2008 Guidalberto San Guido 2 Bottle 75cl £30
  • Wine Advocate

    90

    Tenuta San Guido’s 2008 Guidalberto is a very pretty wine laced with mineral-infused dark fruit. This is a decidedly smaller scaled, lithe Guidalberto that impresses for its overall balance and finesse. The structure of the 2006 and the exuberance of the 2007 are missing, but the 2008 offers superb drinkability and pleasure today and over the next few years. Dried flowers, licorice and new leather add the final nuances of complexity on the finish. The 2008 Guidalberto is Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Most of the fruit comes from vineyards that are separate from those used for Sassicaia, although Guidalberto always includes some barrels that don’t make it into the top wine. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2015. (Antonio Galloni)

Tasting Notes
90
Italy 2008 Jermann, Vintage Tunina 1 Bottle 150cl £60
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    $74

    Drink Date

    2012 - 2018

    Reviewed by

    Antonio Galloni

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2011

    Source

    193, The Wine Advocate

    The 2008 Vintage Tunina is terrific. The wine’s trademark expansive bouquet and generous fruit are beautifully balanced by a vein of minerality that is the hallmark of this cool year. All of the elements come together beautifully in the glass as the 2008 Vintage Tunina shows off layers of succulent peaches, pears, apricots, flowers and mint, along with hints of sweetness from the late-harvested fruit that is such a big component of the wine’s signature style. Vintage Tunina is Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia Istriana and Picolit. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018. These new releases from Silvio Jermann include a number of fabulous bottles. In particular, I was impressed with the top 2008s, a vintage where the cool minerality of the year prevails over the house’s typically lush style, an approach I tend to find less interesting. Jermann has a new red on the horizon, the Pignolo Vigna Truss, from recently purchased hillside vineyards in Dolegna, the home of his massive, new cellar. Previously, Jermann’s Pignolo had mostly come from the flats of Villanova, a far less prestigious village in Isonzo, rather than the Collio. I tasted all of the 2009 entry-level whites from screwcaps. Readers should be aware that Jermann is owned by my wife’s uncle. I have always viewed education as an important component of wine criticism. An article on Friuli without these wines would have been incomplete and ultimately the consumer would have been poorer for their exclusion. For those reasons I have chosen to include the wines in this report. Neither my wife nor I have any financial or other interest, direct or indirect, in this property.

     

Tasting Notes
92
Italy 2008 Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi 1 Bottle 150cl £395
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    $440

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2028

    Reviewed by

    Antonio Galloni

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2011

    Source

    197, The Wine Advocate

    The 2008 Costa Russi is absolutely gorgeous. Sweet dark cherries, tar, licorice and new leather are some of the aromas and flavors that take shape in the glass. The 2008 is a firm Costa Russi, with less of the seductiveness of most years, but equally fine balance. Ideally it needs a few more years in bottle, but it is striking. The finish shows terrific intensity. The typical juiciness of the site is framed by the firm tannins of the year. Everything that makes Costa Russi such an engaging wine is here, but in a slightly smaller-scaled package than in the very finest years. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028. This is a stunning set of wines from Angelo Gaja and his team in Barbaresco. Those who think 2008 is a truly great year for Nebbiolo must have tasted these wines. In a vintage that is inconsistent across the villages of Barbaresco, Gaja has produced not one but four stellar wines. As fabulous as these wines are, they aren’t especially true to type, as I explain in these notes. The 2008s I tasted in the US showed far better than the bottles I tasted in Barbaresco during the summer. Perhaps the onset of the cool fall weather gave these wines a little more spine than they had during the sweltering heat of August. Readers who want to learn more about the 2011 harvest at Gaja may want to take a look at my video interview with Gaia Gaja and vineyard manager Giorgio Culasso.  

Tasting Notes
94
Italy 2008 Gaja Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo 1 Bottle 150cl £395
  • Gaja's 2008 Sori San Lorenzo is impeccable from start to finish. The 2008 is a round, seamless San Lorenzo with seemingly no hard edges and terrific overall balance. The signature aromas and flavors are there, as is the wine's typical gravitas, yet the 2008 has an extra level of sweetness, its size notwithstanding. The wine possesses striking inner perfume and fabulous overall balance. The sheer excitement of the very finest years isn't quite there, but this is a fine bottle just the same. An explosive, juicy finish rounds things out in style. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033.

    Score: 95

Tasting Notes
95
Italy 2008 Gaja Barbaresco Sori Tildin 1 Bottle 150cl £420
  • The 2008 Sori Tildin is impressive. I confess I wasn't quite prepared for the assault of fruit and tannins here. Sori Tildin is so often a graceful, elegant wine, but that is not the case in 2008. That's not to say elegance is missing, but this is a big, big wine with tons of intensity and richness, all woven together beautifully. It's tough to find a comparison with a previous vintage, as this is a singular Tildin. The flavors are familiar if a touch on the dark side, but the structure is closer than that of Sori San Lorenzo. Flowers, tar, leather and licorice wrap around the palate. This is a fabulous showing and a great wine in the making. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033.

    Score: 96

Tasting Notes
96
Italy 2008 Isole e Olena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Collezione 3 Case 6 75cl £240
Italy 2008 Giacosa Barolo Riserva Rocche del Falletto 1 Case 6 75cl £1,275
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2040

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    28th Jun 2013

    Source

    207, The Wine Advocate

    The 2008 Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto (aged 36 months in botte grande) is a gorgeous wine from every perspective. Its 360-degree beauty shines comes through in terms of the intensity of the bouquet and the elegance of the mouthfeel. Again, super-finely textured tannins give the wine backbone and create a supporting structure for rich fruit flavors. There-s just enough consistency here to fill the palate, yet the wine is never heavy or flat. It shows vibrant energy thanks to the natural freshness and that beautiful note of garden fresh red rose that pops up as nostalgic sign-off. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040. With the return of winemaker Dante Scaglione in 2011, the wines of Bruno Giacosa (-the genius of Neive-) continue to impress. Bruna Giacosa, Bruno-s daughter, has taken over daily operations at the winery since her father suffered a stroke in 2006. 

Tasting Notes
96
Italy 2010 Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 3 Bottle 75cl £130
  • Mascarello's 2010 Barolo Monprivato shows good depth and volume in the glass, but the flavors are also a touch forward, which is a bit unusual for the year. Sweet red cherry, raspberry, mint, white pepper and orange peel linger on the delicate finish, all supported by silky, polished tannins. The 2010 is a bit more fully formed than it was a few months ago, but I don't find the pedigree of the best years, and I say that after having had the 1989, 2004 and 2008 in the days leading up to this visit.

Tasting Notes
89
Italy 2010 Chiara Boschis (Pira) Barolo Cannubi 3 Bottle 150cl £180
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    $103

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2030

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    26th Jun 2014

    Source

    213, The Wine Advocate

    The 2010 Barolo Cannubi is the “timid” wine of the bunch with subtle mint tones backed by flowers, licorice stick and a touch of distant cinnamon. It shows distinct mineral nuances from the silky, sandy soils that characterize the highest part of the single vineyard. It has southern exposures, but thanks to underground water supplies, older vines with deep root systems never suffer from heat stress. The finish is silky and clean with a touch of dried mint that is a trademark characteristic of this cru. Drink: 2017-2030.  

Tasting Notes
96
Italy 2010 Pian Orino Brunello di Montalcino Bassolino Sopra 1 Bottle 150cl £625
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2045

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    4th Mar 2016

    Source

    223, The Wine Advocate

    The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Bassolino di Sopra is the equivalent of the estate's Riserva. Only 3,000 bottles were made and the wine was not produced in 2009 or 2008. Nor will it be made in 2011 or 2013. Future editions are 2012 and 2015. Bassolino di Sopra is silky and smooth, but it also has a fine textural fabric that gives the wine an enormous sense of tactile intensity in terms of mouthfeel. This is a magnificent achievement with an extreme sense of purity and freshness that is elegant and streamlined. The bouquet reveals slight and miniature shifts in its evolution that keep your curiosity as you contemplate the wine in the glass. Wild berry is followed by a steady stream of balsam herb, cola, crushed oyster shell and delicate floral tones. The vineyards are located between 330 and 370 meters above sea level with limestone deposits and red soils. Farming is biodynamic.

Tasting Notes
100
Italy 2010 Gaja Barbaresco Sori Tildin 1 Bottle 300cl £1,150
  • 96+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2040

    Reviewed by

    Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    28th Jun 2013

    Source

    207, The Wine Advocate

    Gaia Gaja uses the word “salty” to describe this next wine, and I see her point. The 2010 Sori Tildin shows a dry, firmly structured quality that enhances those extraordinary, breezy overtones of lead pencil and brimstone that so fittingly frame the Nebbiolo grape. The lingering end-notes of rose petal, ginger and cedar are striking. You immediately feel the tannic structure and power of the wine. The jump is very sharp next to the Costa Russi, and that’s why this is one of Gaja’s best cellar-agers. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040.  

Tasting Notes
96
Italy 2010 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 1 Case 6 75cl £185
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    $65

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2028

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2017

    Source

    229, The Wine Advocate

    Altesino is now celebrating the release of its 40th harvest. In fact, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is inscribed with the words "our 40th Harvest" in gold letters on its front label. This is a truly delicious wine that exceeds my expectations. I love the way it takes full command of the slightly bolder and more opulent dark fruit aromas produced in this hot vintage. Black cherry, plum and crème de cassis converge on the bouquet. Grilled herb, forest floor, licorice and exotic spice play supporting roles. The finish offers moderate acidity on the Sangiovese scale. This means the wine is mush fresher and more tonic than most Tuscan reds. The finish is long and silky.

Tasting Notes
93
Italy 2010 Ornellaia 1 Case 6 75cl £900
  • One of the highlights of the vintage on the Tuscan coast, the 2010 Ornellaia is dazzling. A tightly wound, powerful wine, the 2010 is going to need a few years in the cellar to show the full breadth of its potential and class. Still, it is impossible to miss the wine's pure pedigree and class. Freshly cut flowers, mocha, tobacco, grilled herbs and plums burst from the glass in this beautifully layered, polished Ornellaia. The 2010 is vivid, nuanced and precise from start to finish. I can't wait to see how it develops over the coming years. Today, the 2010 is all about precision, vibrancy and saline-infused energy. I very much like the way the wine continues to open up in the glass. In 2010 winemaker Axel Heinz increased the Merlot quite a bit in order to give the wine a little more richness, while Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, both challenged by the weather, were used sparingly. The 2010 is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

Tasting Notes
97
Italy 2010 Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 1 Case 6 75cl £1,200
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2035

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    19th Sep 2019

    Source

    September 2019 Week 3, The Wine Advocate

    This was an excellent vintage in much of Italy, but unfortunately the weather was not as pleasant in this specific area of the Valpolicella. The season saw a lot of rain, and a good amount of fruit was cut and left on the ground because it could not be used. Considering these difficulties, Michele Dal Forno tells me he is "more than happy with the results." I tasted the 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta next to the 2009 vintage, and having these two wines side by side reinforces just how different they are. The 2010 vintages is sharper, more pointed and direct in comparison, and there is a tiny point of sourness on the close. This wine does not reach the same threshold for fullness, density or richness. It does come close. The wine's residual sugar measures between 5 and 6 grams per liter, which is normal for this wine, and the bouquet is redolent of familiar black fruit, raisin and spice. However, the wine feels a bit stuck in its tracks at the moment and is evidently experiencing a shy phase in its evolution. It has retreated.

Tasting Notes
95
Italy 2010 Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Monprivato Riserva 1 Case 6 75cl £3,150
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2022 - 2050

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2018

    Source

    237, The Wine Advocate

    The 2010 Barolo Riserva Monprivato Cà d'Morissio is one of the defining wines of this iconic vintage. This important wine was not made in 2009 or 2011. There will be releases in 2012 and 2013. However, the Mascarello family is not yet sure about 2014. If they do release the wine in that vintage, bottle production will be very small. Generally speaking, 4,000 bottles is the normal production target. This wine should be released more or less as this report is published in late spring 2018. There is a lot to say here, starting with the bouquet that is precisely defined and layered. You get tones of forest fruit, crushed mineral, wild sage and balsam herb. There are renderings of iodine, anise seed and licorice as well. What stands out most is the wine's seamless integration. The tannins are firm and dry, with just enough latitude to offer future development. This wine ages in bottle for two and a half years before its commercial release. It should not be touched for at least 5 more years, or preferably more.

Tasting Notes
98
Italy 2010 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 1 Case 6 150cl £5,850
  • Rating

    96+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2038

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    26th Jun 2014

    Source

    213, The Wine Advocate

    The 2010 Barolo is a singularly elegant expression that benefits from extremely long maceration time (up to 54 days) and a non-interventionists’ winemaking philosophy. The wine is superb in its elegance and finesse that caresses the palate in the most delicate and ethereal manner imaginable. Small fruit tones are enhanced by ash, crushed mineral, licorice and dried mint. Because of changes in how Barolo can be labeled, the wine no longer carries the names of the four single-vineyards that make up the traditional blend for this wine (Canubbi, San Lorenzo, Rue and Rocche di La Morra). Instead, this historic wine is now labeled straightforward “Barolo.” Drink: 2017-2038.

     

Tasting Notes
96
Italy 2011 Montevertine Pergole Torte 3 Bottle 150cl £235
  • Rating 94

    Release Price NA

    Drink Date 2019 - 2029

    Reviewed by  Monica Larner

    Issue Date 29th Mar 2018

    Source Interim End of March 2018, The Wine Advocate

    The 2011 Le Pergole Torte was born in a hot vintage, borderline too hot. On the one hand, you could deduce that the wine's performance is less nuanced and profound as a result. You might also want to consider a shorter drinking window. On the other hand, however, this warm-vintage expression of Sangiovese, from the cooler Radda in Chianti subzone, possesses gorgeous intensity and a super attractive, fruit-driven flavor profile. You get so much more exuberance and texture here. The bouquet offers dark fruit aromas backed by scorched earth, cured tobacco and a touch of savory black truffle. It's simply delicious right now.

Tasting Notes
94
Italy 2011 Masseto 3 Bottle 150cl £1,150£1,100
  • JAMES SUCKLING: 100

    MONICA LARNER: 95

    ANTONIO GALLONI: 94

    Wow. Fabulous aromas of currants, rosemary, mint and orange peel. Perfect nose. Full body with perfectly integrated tannins. It's long and incredible with tangerine, toasted-oak, berry, terracotta and chocolate flavors. It lasts for minutes on the palate. This needs at least five years to soften but so spellbinding now. Oct 2014, www.jamessuckling.com

Tasting Notes
100
Italy 2011 Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino 1 Case 6 75cl £215
Italy 2011 Giacosa Barolo Falletto 1 Case 3 150cl £600
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2035

    Reviewed by

    Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2015

    Source

    219, The Wine Advocate

    The 2011 Barolo Falletto is a beautifully balanced and determined wine. It spends 30 months in oak and this warm vintage is already showing a quick bottle evolution. This was an early vintage: Fruit was harvested on September 23, which is ten days before average. It shows soft, luscious lines and ripe fruit favors that are both generous and opulent. Yet, there is a healthy crunchiness and crackle in the mouth that makes for a long aging future ahead. Barolo Falletto closes with pretty aromas of dark fruit, spice and shaved truffle.

Tasting Notes
94
Italy 2011 Ornellaia 1 Case 6 75cl £725
  • Rating 94

    Drink Date 2016 - 2030

    Reviewed by Monica Larner

    Issue Date 31st Oct 2014

    Source 215, The Wine Advocate

    The 2011 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia lives up to the legacy of this important wine, thanks to its extreme intensity and its skillfully crafted bouquet. The excellent quality of fruit stands clear, despite the heat of the vintage, with pristine notes of dark cherry, exotic spice and chocolate. This expression of Ornellaia is composed of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. The results are nothing short of exuberant and this vintage will reward both those who decided to drink it early, as well as those who have the patience to wait. The only slight ruffle in this otherwise gorgeous presentation is the 2011 tannin that feels a touch aggressive. For that reason, its probably better to put the wine aside in your cellar.

Tasting Notes
94
Italy 2011 Giacosa Barolo Riserva Falletto Vigna Le Rocche (Red Label) 1 Case 6 75cl £1,630
  • Rating 97

    Drink Date 2020 - 2045

    Reviewed by Monica Larner

    Issue Date 30th Jun 2017

    Source 231, The Wine Advocate

    Here we have the venerated red label. The Bruno Giacosa 2011 Barolo Riserva Falletto Vigne Le Rocche commands attention and respect. The wine successfully, and somewhat magically, turns the tables on the overdone exuberance of the warm vintage and the natural heft that is inherent to Serralunga d'Alba. It does a great job of reining in all that power and transforming it into streamlined elegance instead. The wine opens to a dark and penetrating color and an immediately expressive bouquet. Thick layers of dark fruit, iron-rich earth, balsam herb, Darjeeling tea, dried ginger and cherry cola rise from the bouquet. The wine's Falletto signature is very strong. This is a Grande Vino with the proverbial capital G and capital V.

Tasting Notes
97
Italy 2012 Isole e Olena Cepparello 2 Bottle 150cl £115
  • The 2012 Cepparello is just as compelling as it has always been. Sweet, ample and generous from the outset, the 2012 shows all of its pedigree, even at this early stage. Radiant fruit and exquisite aromatics make a strong opening statement as the wine fleshes out in the glass. Ample, creamy and super-expressive, the 2012 is shaping up to be a superb Cepparello. The only thing the 2012 needs is time. An up and down year with hot temperatures in July and early August, followed by rain in September forced DeMarchi to be especially selective and bottle only the best lots. Production is down to 30,000 bottles from 36,000 in 2013 and 32,400 in 2011.

Tasting Notes
97
Italy 2012 Isole e Olena Cepparello 2 Bottle 300cl £250
  • The 2012 Cepparello is just as compelling as it has always been. Sweet, ample and generous from the outset, the 2012 shows all of its pedigree, even at this early stage. Radiant fruit and exquisite aromatics make a strong opening statement as the wine fleshes out in the glass. Ample, creamy and super-expressive, the 2012 is shaping up to be a superb Cepparello. The only thing the 2012 needs is time. An up and down year with hot temperatures in July and early August, followed by rain in September forced DeMarchi to be especially selective and bottle only the best lots. Production is down to 30,000 bottles from 36,000 in 2013 and 32,400 in 2011.

Tasting Notes
97
Italy 2012 Isole e Olena Chardonnay Privata 1 Case 6 75cl £195
  • Rating 89

    Drink Date 2015 - 2022

    Reviewed by Monica Larner

    Issue Date 30th Oct 2015

    Source 221, The Wine Advocate

    The 2012 Chardonnay Collezione Privata was slightly reduced when I first tasted it, so I asked Paolo De Marchi if I could take the open bottle back to my hotel to taste it a few hours later. When I did, I found that the wine had opened considerably and those flinty, volcanic tones had blown off. The bouquet shows apricot, cantaloupe melon and white almond paste. There is a natural creaminess to the wine that makes it very attractive once it gets revved up. Make sure you give this wine ample time to breathe.

    There is no way not to be totally overwhelmed by the stunning beauty of the tiny twin hamlets of Isole and Olena that straddle either side of this historic property. Paolo De Marchi's enthusiastic and engaging personality defines the landmark set of wines before you.

Tasting Notes
89
Italy 2012 Le Pupille Saffredi 1 Case 6 75cl £290
  • 95

    The excellent 2012 Saffredi is one of the best wines I have tasted from Fattoria le Pupille. This is an exuberant and expressive blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and a smaller part Petit Verdot from the gorgeous hills of Maremma near Grosseto, Tuscany. The wine is rich and penetrating with a stunning sense of balance and inner poise. Dark cherry, blackberry, spice, leather, tobacco and grilled herb flow freely from the bouquet. The wine is softly textured with full body appeal. This fabulous Saffredi should age forward ten years or more. The Cabernet component of the wine shows perfect ripeness. (Monica Larner)

Tasting Notes
95
Italy 2012 Molinari Brunello di Montalcino, Cerbaiona 2 Case 6 75cl £565
  • Cerbaiona's 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a nuanced and delicate wine that offers ample power, intensity and length. What the wine does best is paint a portrait of the grape in its most pure and naked state. It offers crisp outlines with loads of wild berry, blue flower and moist earth on the inside. That balanced ensemble of flavors adds to the long and polished persistence you feel in the mouth. Give this wine another 10 years of aging to best appreciate its slow evolution and budding complexity.

    Score: 95Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (235), February 2018

Tasting Notes
95
Italy 2012 Masseto 1 Case 3 75cl £1,330
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    $550

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2037

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    30th Oct 2015

    Source

    221, The Wine Advocate

    The 2012 Masseto is seductive from the first sip. The 2011 edition of this wine was very successful, and not too different in character from this wine. What the 2012 vintage offers instead is a level of textural richness and creaminess that is absolutely outstanding. The very nature of the fruit feels velvety and silky smooth, without a single ripple. The bouquet reveals upfront aromas of dark cherry and spice that are contrasted perfectly against one another. Classic vintages of Masseto include 2001 and 2006. The 2012 vintage doesn't offer the same backbone firmness as those years, but it offers lots more exuberant richness instead. Some 32,000 bottles were produced. The wine should hold forward for many, many years.

Tasting Notes
95
Italy 2013 Gaja Barolo Langhe Conteisa 1 Bottle 150cl £290£250
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2035

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    30th Jun 2017

    Source

    231, The Wine Advocate

    The 2013 Barolo Conteisa is now officially a DOCG wine following years as a Langhe Nebbiolo or IGT wine. The first vintage was 1996 and fruit is sourced from the Cerequio cru in La Morra. This is a classic and coherent expression that is characterized by crunchy fruit flavors and sweet tannins. Fruit came into the winery at very low temperatures and saw slow fermentations. Generally speaking, the 2013 vintage is characterized by slow ripening and a long growing season (unlike 2012 that saw more concentrated heat). This is a balanced and homogenous wine with a softly caressing nature. It offers aromas of citrus, summer fruit and even a touch of watermelon pulp. This wine is usually considered the more immediate of Gaja's two new Barolo wines, yet this vintage surely needs extra time to evolve.

Tasting Notes
95
Italy 2013 Gaja Barolo Sperss 2 Bottle 150cl £330£310
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2040

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    30th Jun 2017

    Source

    231, The Wine Advocate

    This wine shows the quintessential attributes of the Serralunga d'Alba appellation with dark fruit flavors and powerful intensity. The 2013 Barolo Sperss paints a very authentic picture of its unique territory with rich layers of black fruit, wet earth, black truffle, licorice and spice. The wine's tannic structure is firm and lasting. It shows broad shoulders and rich texture overall. This beautiful Barolo boasts a dark color and thick concentration with the aromatic elegance obtained in the 2013 vintage. This important wine is now part of the Barolo DOCG family.

Tasting Notes
96
Italy 2013 Tua Rita Redigaffi 7 3 Bottle 150cl £1,500
  • Rating 99 - There's a lot to say here, so let me start at the beginning. The 2013 Redigaffi 7 Magnum is a special-release wine, produced only in magnum to celebrate the 20th anniversary (which was in 2013) of this iconic expression of Tuscan Merlot. A precious few 420 magnums were produced, and the price tag is nothing to sneeze at. I will also say that I struggled to score this wine, and I nursed my magnum, my single sample, for as long as I could, tasting the wine blind, in a flight of peers, in different glasses and at various intervals after the bottle was open. I spent a lot of time contemplating my thoughts and impressions, and ultimately, that in itself is what convinced me to give it a two-digit score rather than a three-digit one. Awarding the perfect score is often an illumination that requires very little thought at all and if you think about it too long, you nurture a doubt, the original sin of wine tasting. However, if the next critic went with a 100-point score for this wine, I would be in absolute agreement on every intellectual level. I also want to address the hefty price tag here, because in my almost 20 years covering Italian wine, I have never seen a new release hit the market at such an ambitious price point. To this, I say congratulations to Stefano Frascolla and his family. Very few Italian icon wines know their own worth, and I am often shocked by the value you can get from an Italian benchmark compared to one from Bordeaux or Napa. I find myself in agreement with these politics, even though it sadly means only a handful of people will have access to a wine of this magnitude. This special Redigaffi comes from a single plot (that measures under one hectare) planted in 1988. This was Tua Rita's original Merlot vineyard and is where fruit was sourced to make the most successful editions of the wine (including the 100-point 2000 vintage). This wine ages in oak for three years (longer than the 750-milliliter Redigaffi), and the wood sees a higher level of toast. That extra spice and oak astringency is noted. The first commercial vintage of this wine was 1994, but Tua Rita is celebrating the 20th anniversary now because an experimental wine was also produced more than 20 years ago in 1993. My tasting notes are obviously very similar to my review of the 2013 regular Redigaffi, and I am impressed by the wine's generosity and its infinite complexity. The bouquet is packed tight with black fruit, spice, tar and grilled herb. There is also an imperfect point of greenness or tightness buried deep within that adds to the firmness of the tannins, both the fruit and the oak tannins. However, this magnum bottling has a long, long way to go in terms of its evolution, and I am quite sure that its aging trajectory will take it through untold waves of ups and downs. If there is one lesson I came away with as I tasted this wine over and over again, it is this: There is a lifeline here. This is a living, breathing, evolving wine of beauty and potential.

    This is a year of birthdays for Tua Rita. The iconic Redigaffi is celebrating its 20th anniversary (1993-2013) with a special magnum release, the 2013 Redigaffi 7 Magnum. A mere 420 magnums were produced, and the wine is hitting the market at an ambitious $1,600 retail. The 2017 Guisto di Notri is also distinguished by a special label to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Auguri, or congratulations, Tua Rita. 

    Source Issue 244 End of August 2019, The Wine Advocate

     

Tasting Notes
99
Italy 2013 Querciabella 'Batar' (Chardonnay/Pinot Bianco) 2 Case 6 75cl £320
Italy 2013 Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche 4 Case 3 150cl £625£570
  • Rating 95

    Drink Date 2020 - 2030

    Reviewed by Monica Larner

    Issue Date 30th Jun 2017

    Source 231, The Wine Advocate

    The recent evolution of this wine is a bit confusing. After the 2009 Barolo le Rocche del Falletto was released, the wine was not made in 2010 or 2011. The following year, we got the 2012 Barolo Falletto that I scored last year. We now return to the series with the 2013 Barolo Falleto Vigna Le Rocche—which is, of course, the white label wine. The wine shows extremely elegant and fine characteristics with a dry and streamlined approach. Fruit tones on offer are delicate and nuanced. White truffle, balsam herb, violet and licorice are folded within. The wine was a little reticent when I tasted it and it definitely needs more time to flesh out in the bottle.

Tasting Notes
95
Italy 2013 Gaja Barolo Langhe Conteisa 3 Case 6 75cl £720
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2035

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    30th Jun 2017

    Source

    231, The Wine Advocate

    The 2013 Barolo Conteisa is now officially a DOCG wine following years as a Langhe Nebbiolo or IGT wine. The first vintage was 1996 and fruit is sourced from the Cerequio cru in La Morra. This is a classic and coherent expression that is characterized by crunchy fruit flavors and sweet tannins. Fruit came into the winery at very low temperatures and saw slow fermentations. Generally speaking, the 2013 vintage is characterized by slow ripening and a long growing season (unlike 2012 that saw more concentrated heat). This is a balanced and homogenous wine with a softly caressing nature. It offers aromas of citrus, summer fruit and even a touch of watermelon pulp. This wine is usually considered the more immediate of Gaja's two new Barolo wines, yet this vintage surely needs extra time to evolve.

Tasting Notes
95
Italy 2013 Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi 1 Case 6 75cl £1,290
  • The 2013 Barbaresco Costa Russi is a real head-turner. Crystalline and utterly vivid in its expression of Nebbiolo, the 2013 is all class. Stylistically, the Costa Russi is closest to the straight Barbaresco, but it has a little more mid-palate sweetness and density. Bright floral and minty notes add lift on the chiseled, expressive finish. The Costa Russi is the star of the show this year, considering it is the least pedigreed of Gaja's three single-vineyard sites. The 2013 has been stunningly beautiful on the three occasions I have tasted it so far.

    Score: 98 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, October 2016

Tasting Notes
98
Italy 2014 Gaja Barolo Langhe Conteisa 3 Case 6 75cl £815
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2022 - 2045

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2018

    Source

    237, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Barolo Conteisa is an impressive wine that defies the odds of the vintage. Although the Cerequio vineyard did not suffer hail in 2014 (it did in 2016), grape production was reduced by half anyway. The remaining grapes delivered their best with intense flavors and crisp contours. Gaia Gaja tells me that the clusters harvested were perfect in appearance. This is a perfumed wine that offers defined aromas of wild cherry that rise to the top with intensity. The wine's tonality is dark and thick, and the tannins are full and structured.

Tasting Notes
95
Italy 2014 Gaja Barolo Sperss 4 Case 6 75cl £850
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2022 - 2045

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2018

    Source

    237, The Wine Advocate

    This is a slightly more subdued vintage of this legendary wine, albeit just as sophisticated as past editions. The 2014 Barolo Sperss opens to gorgeous aromas of dark fruit, wet earth and white truffle. The vineyards in Serralunga d'Alba produced much less fruit than average and suffered from bouts of downy mildew during the rainy seasons. But Serralunga d'Alba fruit is also harvested late, and that extra time was important for achieving grape ripeness targets. The wine presents depth and complexity within the context of a thinner vintage. Having said that, the bouquet is spectacular.

Tasting Notes
94
Italy 2014 Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi 3 Case 6 75cl £1,425
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2045

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    29th Dec 2017

    Source

    234, The Wine Advocate

    This is a wine of profound elegance and grace. The 2014 Barbaresco Sorì Tildìn is fine and deeply finessed, with long and polished berry notes that are enhanced by mild spice and smoky mineral notes. The wine starts off slowly and subtly. You can follow its evident progression as it opens and evolves quickly in the glass. In fact, of Gaja's three single-vineyard expressions, this wine is the most fluid and changing. The tannins are fine and nicely integrated to give the wine power, grace and staying power.

Tasting Notes
94
Italy 2014 Gaja Barbaresco Sori Tildin 3 Case 6 75cl £1,450
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2045

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    29th Dec 2017

    Source

    234, The Wine Advocate

    This is a wine of profound elegance and grace. The 2014 Barbaresco Sorì Tildìn is fine and deeply finessed, with long and polished berry notes that are enhanced by mild spice and smoky mineral notes. The wine starts off slowly and subtly. You can follow its evident progression as it opens and evolves quickly in the glass. In fact, of Gaja's three single-vineyard expressions, this wine is the most fluid and changing. The tannins are fine and nicely integrated to give the wine power, grace and staying power.

Tasting Notes
94
Italy 2014 Gaja Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo 3 Case 6 75cl £1,490
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2022 - 2045

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    29th Dec 2017

    Source

    234, The Wine Advocate

    Gaja's 2014 Barbaresco Sorì San Lorenzo is clearly at the beginning of a long and promising aging trajectory. At it's core, it shows a pinch of nervous energy and inner tightness that will surely unravel and soften as this beautiful wine continues along its magical journey in time. Angelo Gaja and his family present spectacular results in this controversial 2014 vintage. They have risen far above most of their peers and have shown a keen ability to understand their site and the versatility of their cherished Nebbiolo grape. The variety sings with a loud and exuberant voice, first offering plenty of primary fruit like blackberry and dried cherry. It then follows up with savory earth and spice. This is a bright and youthful wine that is set steady for a long aging future.

Tasting Notes
95
Italy 2015 Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Rennina 1 Case 6 75cl £585
  • The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Rennina is dark and powerful in the glass, slowly opening with a display of crushed stone, cedar, mint, and a dusting of cumin, as its dark red fruits begin to unfurl in a captivating display. On the palate, silky textures offset tart cherry and blackberry fruits, balanced by a core of rounded tannins and lifting acidity, a hints of licorice and sweet herbal tones develope. The finish is medium in length and poised, showing fine-grain tannins beneath a sheen of polished red and black fruits, with hints of lavender lingering on. The 2015 Rennina is a classy wine that’s just begging for a few years in the cellar to fully blossom.

    Eric Guido, Vinous April 2020

Tasting Notes
95
Italy 2015 Giacosa Barolo Falletto 3 Case 6 75cl £675
  • Superb aromas of ripe fruit such as plums and berries with peaches and tar. Very intense. Full body, great depth and density. Incredible richness and power with superb length and persistence. One of the most dense and vertical Falletos I have tasted. Try in 2025.

    Score: 98James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2019

Tasting Notes
98
Italy 2015 Ornellaia 1 Case 6 75cl £795
  • Rating

    93?

    Release Price

    $255

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2029

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    6th Sep 2018

    Source

    Mid-September New Releases, The Wine Advocate

    The 2015 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is a dark, exuberant and opulent wine that is teeming with flavor, ripeness and extract. That said, there is also a note of impurity that I only really locked in on when I went back to taste the wine at different time intervals later in the day and the next. To be clear, it was there upon first examination, but then it blew off. And then it came back. That game of hide and seek proved distracting and puzzling. I wondered if it was cork or barrel, although it did not behave like any of those things, and my doubt is recorded by the question mark next to my score. Once you get past that little blemish, you are instantly aware of the beauty and depth of the vintage. The wine is savory in terms of aromas and sweet in terms of tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon flavors of dried blackberry, toasted espresso and cured tobacco play leading roles.

Tasting Notes
93
Italy 2015 Gaja Barolo Langhe Conteisa 1 Case 6 75cl £920
  • The 2015 Barolo Conteisa is a heady, exotic wine, and also one of the most complete, alluring Conteisas I have ever tasted. Conteisa is usually a wine of grace and understatement. The 2015, on the other hand, is a bold, sweeping Barolo that saturates the palate with stunning depth and volume. Even with all of its intensity, the 2015 remains vibrant. This is such a complete, harmonious wine.

    -- Antonio Galloni 97 Antonio Galloni 2023 - 2040 Not Available Nov 2019

Tasting Notes
97
Italy 2015 Lodovico Tenuta di Biserno 1 Case 3 75cl £1,050
  • Rating

    97

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2045

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2018

    Source

    238, The Wine Advocate

    This wine will be released in 2019. The spectacular 2015 Lodovico is shaping up to be wine of stratospheric intensity, depth and succulence. Lodovico is a six-hectare parcel found within the greater Bellaria vineyard (that makes the Biserno wine) at this important estate in Bibbona, Coastal Tuscany. The entire site is planted to Bordeaux grapes Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. This vintage delivers power and momentum that drives this wine smoothly over the palate. The bouquet is seamless with dark fruit tones that segue to spice, tar, smoke and cured leather. This is the sixth vintage to be produced. All the previous editions (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013) are included in this report.

Tasting Notes
97

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