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Region Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
Italy 1978 Solaia 1 Bottle 75cl £290
  • At 35 years of age, the 1978 Solaia is still in great shape. Deep, rich and muscular, with great intensity for a wine of its age, the 1978 is an absolutely joy to taste. Over the years, the 1978 has acquired distinctly Sangiovese-inflected overtones, which is fascinating to contemplate.

    -- Antonio Galloni 94 Antonio Galloni 2013 - 2018 Not Available Dec 2013

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Italy 1985 Solaia 1 Bottle 75cl £250
  • The 1985 Solaia kicks off a flight of Early Classics. I have had the 1985 twice recently and it has always been impressive. It is also very much a wine of its era, which is to say if anything, it is too polished. This was an era in which wines were squeaky-clean. Well-stored bottles still have plenty of fruit although further upside appears to be limited.

    -- Antonio Galloni94Antonio Galloni2013 - 2023Not AvailableDec 2013

     

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Italy 1995 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2 Case 6 75cl £520
93
Italy 1997 San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo 4 Bottle 75cl £140
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    $65

    Drink Date

    2000 - 2020

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Aug 2000

    Source

    130, The Wine Advocate

    The dense ruby/purple-colored 1997 Percarlo is compelling. Enormous in aromas, flavors, and persistence on the palate, it exhibits profound levels of concentration as well as unbelievably dense, black currant, blackberry liqueur notes infused with new saddle leather, licorice, truffles, and toasty oak. Enormously thick and viscous, with low acidity, and mouthcoating levels of extract, this wine's tannin level is high, but largely obscured by the wealth of fruit, glycerin, and extract. It is an amazing accomplishment! Anticipated maturity: now-2020.  

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98
Italy 1997 Messorio Le Macchiole 2 Bottle 75cl £250
98
Italy 1997 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2 Case 6 75cl £520
94
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.   

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Italy 1998 Dal Forno Romana Amarone della Valpolicella 1 Bottle 75cl £325
Italy 1999 Tua Rita Redigaffi 8 Bottle 75cl £240
  • Rating

    99

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Oct 2001

    Source

    137, The Wine Advocate

    The 250-case cuvee of 100% Merlot, the 1999 Redigaffi has an astonishing 36 grams per liter of dry extract, which exceeds most top Pomerols in a great vintage! Unfined and unfiltered, it is as close to perfection as a wine can get. The color is a deep saturated blue/purple. The powerful, pure nose offers smoke, licorice, black cherry, and blackberries. It boasts awesome concentration, a fabulously dense, viscous mid-section, and a finish that lasts for nearly a minute. This is riveting juice. 

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99
Italy 1999 Tua Rita Redigaffi 1 Case 3 75cl £720
  • Rating 99

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Oct 2001

    Source

    137, The Wine Advocate

    The 250-case cuvee of 100% Merlot, the 1999 Redigaffi has an astonishing 36 grams per liter of dry extract, which exceeds most top Pomerols in a great vintage! Unfined and unfiltered, it is as close to perfection as a wine can get. The color is a deep saturated blue/purple. The powerful, pure nose offers smoke, licorice, black cherry, and blackberries. It boasts awesome concentration, a fabulously dense, viscous mid-section, and a finish that lasts for nearly a minute. This is riveting juice. 

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99
Italy 2000 Ornellaia 1 Case 6 75cl £940£890
  • Nothing in particular stands out about the 2000 Ornellaia, instead the whole is clearly greater than the sum of its parts. This blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc is a seamless beauty, showing exceptional purity with notable length on the palate and no hard edges. While the 2000 may not have the structure or complexity of the best vintages it will provide exceptional drinking now and to age 15, give or take.

    Score: 92Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2007

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92
Italy 2001 Mascarello Barolo Monprivato Riserva Ca d'Morissio 1 Bottle 75cl £475
  • Rating

    97

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2031

    Reviewed by

    Antonio Galloni

    Issue Date

    26th Apr 2012

    Source

    200, The Wine Advocate

    The 2001 Barolo Riserva Monprivato Ca d’Morissio is a staggering wine of heroic proportions. It’s all there in the glass. Dark cherries, flowers, spices and minerals emerge as this powerful, intense Barolo shows off its inimitable pedigree. The 2001 isn’t likely to be one of the biggest Ca d’Morissios, but it is impeccable and totally satisfying in every way. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2031. Mauro Mascarello’s 2001s showed very well. I have had the privilege of attending more than my fair share of Monprivato verticals, but something tells me future tastings are going to be even more special, as the number of great examples of this wine has never been higher. Imagine tasting the 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 in another 10-15 years’ time! 

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97
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. 

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93
Italy 2001 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

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98
Italy 2001 Giacosa Barolo Riserva Falletto Vigna Le Rocche (Red Label) 1 Bottle 75cl £580
97
Italy 2001 Sassicaia 1 Case 6 75cl £1,400£1,320
  • Rating

    87

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2022

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    28th Apr 2017

    Source

    230, The Wine Advocate

    Compared to the 2002 vintage that seems serendipitously suspended in time, the 2001 Bolgheri Sassicaia is in a more significant downward decline. The 2002 vintage was widely-panned. Back in the day, the 2001 vintage was given a full five stars for excellence. Despite the accolades, this wine does not have much life to give. The bouquet shows aromas of cured meat, petrol, smoke, dried herb and dusty earth. The primary aromas have left the building. The mouthfeel is dry and quickly flat-lining.

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87
Italy 2003 Pira & Figli Barolo Cannubi Chiara Boschis - 5 Bottle 75cl £65
93
Italy 2003 Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Monprivato 1 Bottle 75cl £120
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    $94

    Drink Date

    2008 - 2023

    Reviewed by

    Antonio Galloni

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2007

    Source

    173, The Wine Advocate

    The 2003 Barolo Monprivato is made in an atypically big, powerful style loaded with ripe fruit supported by plenty of structure. It boasts an enticing palate presence and a uniquely intense personality. The classic Monprivato notes of ripe cherries, roses, minerals, flowers and herbs are present, but they don’t have the clarity and precision of the finest vintages. In 2003 Mascarello was more severe than normal in his green harvesting of the vineyard as he wanted to lighten the load on his plants to reduce their stress. He was also helped considerably by the compact, moisture-retentive soils. Readers who prefer more classically-styled versions of Monprivato may want to revisit the 1999 and 2001 although Mascarello told me he prefers the 2003 to the 2001. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2023. Mauro Mascarello is one of the few producers who prefers his 2003 Barolos to his 2001s as he finds they have more power and intensity while also maintaining finesse and a sense of classicism. The wines certainly have more power, but I am not sure I would agree they have more finesse. In any event, his 2003 Barolos are among the best of the vintage, in particular the Santo Stefano di Perno and Monprivato. I also tasted the 2003 Ca’ d’ Morissio from barrel a few months ago, and it is shaping up to be a remarkably rich wine very much in keeping with the style of the vintage. Mascarello hasn’t decided when he will release the 2001 Ca’ d’ Morissio, but it, too, is promising, as is his entire range of 2004 Barolos.  

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93
Italy 2003 Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore 3 Bottle 150cl £130
Italy 2004 Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore 1 Bottle 150cl £130
Italy 2004 Soldera Case Basse Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2 Bottle 150cl £1,300
97
Italy 2004 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Berardenga 2 Case 6 75cl £105
Italy 2004 Tignanello 2 Case 6 75cl £575
94
Italy 2006 Ornellaia d’Artista L'Esuberanza 1 Bottle 300cl £3,500
  • Special Labels - For the ‘Exuberance’ (L’Esuberanza) of Ornellaia 2006, Luigi Ontani has designed an exclusive label which dresses an extremely limited number of large size bottles of Ornellaia 2006: 100 double Magnums (3 litres), 20 Imperials (6 litres) and a unique Salmanazar bottle (9 litres). Luigi Ontani has dedicated a different colour to each format, and every bottle is individually numbered and personally signed by him. The design of the label features four faces hidden by the artist’s calligraphy, depicting the theme of the seasons, and the surrounding decorative leaves create letters that compose the words ‘Ornellaia Esuberanza’.

    Wine Advocate:

    The 2006 Ornellaia flows from the glass in a profound expression of ripe, dark fruit. With time in the glass layers of minerals, cassis, tar, sweet herbs and French oak emerge, adding further complexity. This harmonious Ornellaia combines the richness of the vintage with superb freshness and awesome balance. Today the wine's sheer density almost manages to hide the tannins, but they are there, and the wine will ultimately benefit from a few years in the cellar. The 2006 Ornellaia is one of the highlights of this sensational Tuscan vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.

    Score: 97 Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (IT report), September 2009

     

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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.

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97
Italy 2006 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 1 Case 12 75cl £1,075
96
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

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93
Italy 2007 Tignanello 1 Bottle 150cl £190
  • Antinori's 2007 Tignanello is wonderfully ripe and seductive in its dark cherries, flowers, spices, tobacco, sage, cedar, mint and minerals. This is as opulent a Tignanello as I have ever tasted but there is just enough acidity and structure from the Sangiovese to keep things from going over the top. The wine's richness and warmth are such that in a blind tasting I mistook the 2007 Tignanello for a wine from Maremma! The dense, muscular fruit follows through to an impeccable finish with no hard edges and impossibly fine, silky tannins. Simply put, the 2007 is a magnificent Tignanello. The 2007 Tignanello is 80% Sangiovese aged in 300-liter French oak barrels (1/3 new), 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, both aged in 100% new 225-liter French oak barriques.

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95
Italy 2007 Ornellaia d'Artista L'Armonia 1 Bottle 300cl £3,500
  • Special Labels - The creation of the labels which dress a very limited number of large size bottles of Ornellaia 2007 Vendemmia d’Artista L’Armonia was executed by Ghada Amer in collaboration with Reza Farkhondeh. Each label forms an element of the phrase Happily*Ever*After. The Double Magnum (3 litres) labels are executed by drypoint etching on paper, in six different series which have a different colour. The labels of the Imperial bottles (6 litres) and the unique Salmanazar bottle (9 litres) are in fabric enriched by embroidery. Each bottle is numbered and individually signed by the two artists, Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh.

    This has fascinating aromas of seaweed, oak, iodine, rosemary, and currants. A subtle wine at first, but then it takes off. A phenomenal wine that is full bodied, tight, then hits you with mint, berries, currants, and minerals. Pure class.

    Score: 98 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, November 2010

     

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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.

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91
Italy 2007 Gaja Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo 1 Case 6 75cl £1,720
98
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.  

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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

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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

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96
Italy 2008 Romano Dal Forno Amarone della Valpolicella 1 Bottle 300cl £880
  • Rating 96

    Drink Date 2019 - 2040

    Reviewed by Monica Larner

    Issue Date 19th Sep 2019

    Source September 2019 Week 3, The Wine Advocate

    Production was skipped over in 2007 due to extreme hail damage. The fruit that would normally be destined to Amarone went to the lower tier Valpolicella Superiore instead. The 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta marks a return to a slightly cooler vintage with a longer growing season slowed down during the summer's moderate temperatures. Indeed, harvest was wrapped up during the first days of November. The blend is mostly Corvina, at about 60%, with smaller parts Corvinone, Rondinella, Croatina and Oseleta. The new Dal Forno winery was finished in 2008, complete with the unique vacuum-sealed fermentation tasks that help to avoid any intrusive oxygen during winemaking. Indeed, this wine is balanced and elegant with fruit that is still crunchy and very much alive. The tannins are firm and nicely integrated into the wine's thick, fleshy consistency. This vintage is characterized by a very elegant and graceful approach, which must be taken into context given the enormity of a wine of this caliber. Happily, there is no doubt that this vintage should still evolve steadily over time.

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96

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