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Region Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Ratingsort descending
Italy 2011 Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino 1 Case 6 75cl £215
Italy 1998 Dal Forno Romana Amarone della Valpolicella 1 Bottle 75cl £325
Italy 2003 Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore 3 Bottle 150cl £130
Italy 2004 Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore 1 Bottle 150cl £130
Italy 2008 Isole e Olena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Collezione 3 Case 6 75cl £240
Italy 2013 Querciabella 'Batar' (Chardonnay/Pinot Bianco) 2 Case 6 75cl £320
Italy 2001 Sassicaia 1 Case 6 75cl £1,250
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Italy 2017 San Guido Le Difese 2 Case 6 75cl £65
  • Rating

    88

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2023

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    17th Jan 2019

    Source

    January 2019 Week 3, The Wine Advocate

    The 2017 Le Difese (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese) meets its immediate goals as an entry level red. This is an easy-drinking Tuscan blend from a warm vintage that shows dark, ripe fruit nuances over a short and lean mouthfeel. That said, I have always thought that more could be done with Le Difese especially considering its Tenuta San Guido pedigree. There is potential here to make this a better wine for sure.

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Italy 2012 San Guido Le Difese 1 Case 6 75cl £60
  • The 2012 Le Difese is a bright and fruit-forward blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and Sangiovese (aged one year in oak) that shows a point of ripe fruit or strawberry at the very start. There’s a frank simplicity to this wine that makes it a pleasure to drink without too much contemplation. That solid core of ripe fruit is embellished by soft contours of spice and tobacco.

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88
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.

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89
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.

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89
Italy 2008 Guidalberto San Guido 4 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)

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90
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 2012 Le Serre Nuove Tenuta dell'Ornellaia 1 Case 6 150cl £350
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2028

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2014

    Source

    215, The Wine Advocate

    The 2012 Bolgheri Le Serre Nuove is a voluptuous and generous wine that bursts forth with wild-cherry aromas, blackberry, crème de cassis, oak spice and smoke. The blend of grapes this year is 52% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 12% Petit Verdot. It awards pleasure and smoothness, thanks to its plump tannins and ripe fruit overtones. Le Serre Nuove shows the acidity and structure for ten years or more of cellar aging.

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92
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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92
Italy 2017 Gaja Barbaresco 5 Case 6 75cl £795
  • “The 2017 Barbaresco is a gorgeous example of the year. Sweet, perfumed and light on its feet, the 2017 offers an intriguing mélange of cedar, pipe tobacco, dried cherry, mint and incense nuances, with terrific freshness and the slightly nervous edge that runs through all of these wines.....”

    92-94 | Antonio Galloni February 2020

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92
Italy 2017 Guidalberto San Guido 1 Case 6 75cl £120
  • Rating

    92+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2028

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    16th May 2019

    Source

    May 2019 Week 2, The Wine Advocate

    A blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the 2017 Guidalberto appeals to the more informal side of sophisticated drinking. By that I mean it makes a great choice at lunch or for family dinners. Despite the accessibility and dense concentration of the fruit, especially evident in a warm vintage such as this, the wine's pedigree is evident in terms of the careful management of the structure and acidity. My samples were a little closed at first and needed some extra coaxing. Once open, the wine shows the dark fruit and exuberance of this hot vintage in Tuscany.

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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 2003 Pira & Figli Barolo Cannubi Chiara Boschis - 5 Bottle 75cl £65
93
Italy 1995 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2 Case 6 75cl £520
93
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 2015 Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi 1 Case 6 75cl £1,740
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2022 - 2040

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2018

    Source

    237, The Wine Advocate

    The 2015 Barbaresco Costa Russi was about to be bottled before I tasted it. Like the other wines from this warm vintage, you are treated to extra plushness and roundness with dark berry fruit intensity. This wine also offers unexpected mineral tones that come off as crushed oyster shell and talc powder. These add to the drying, almost nervous, tension you feel in the mouth.

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93
Italy 2015 Gaja Barbaresco Sori Tildin 1 Case 6 75cl £1,900
  • Rating 93

    Drink Date 2020 - 2040

    Reviewed by  Monica Larner

    Issue Date 29th Jun 2018

    Source 237, The Wine Advocate

    The 2015 Barbaresco Sorì Tildìn is dense and compact with smoky layers of black fruit, crushed mineral and black truffle. This growing site always produces robust and opulent wines, but these characteristics are hammered home even more so in the hot 2015 vintage. The wine graciously offers enough acidity to achieve balance and remind you of its pedigree. Barbaresco usually opens and evolves faster than Barolo. I think you can count on this wine to reach the start of its drinking window within the next decade.

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93
Italy 2014 Giacosa Barbaresco 1 Case 6 75cl £450
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2030

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    30th Jun 2017

    Source

    231, The Wine Advocate

    This is a difficult wine to find in the marketplace and it is rarely presented for official review. In fact, the last time it was produced was way back in 2008. The 2014 Barbaresco sees fruit sourced from the lower part of the Asili cru with some smaller amounts from Rabajà. This is a very opulent and rich expression with forward determination and power. This is an unusual vintage with a cool summer and a very warm pre-harvest period. It produced interesting wines specifically in Barbaresco and almost nowhere else in Northern Italy. The quality of fruit is ripe and a touch sweet. Its texture is succulent and soft. The wine feels like it could be ready to drink now, but it also has the pedigree and beautiful inner structure for long cellar aging.

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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 2015 Ornellaia 2 Case 6 75cl £750
  • 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.

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93
Italy 2011 Gaja Barolo Langhe Conteisa 1 Case 6 75cl £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 Langhe Nebbiolo Conteisa is an irresistible wine with enormous depth, beauty and penetration. It sweeps over the palate in opulent waves with dark fruit, spice, leather and grilled herbs. It also shows a distinct balsam personality with cola and dried violets that give the wine a beautiful sense of aromatic lift and buoyancy. Langhe Conteisa is made with Nebbiolo (and a tiny part Barbera) from the Cerequio vineyard in La Morra. The 2011 vintage is slightly broader than past vintages, but this wine promises a long drinking evolution regardless.

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94
Italy 1997 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2 Case 6 75cl £520
94
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 2011 Giacosa Barolo Falleto 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.

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94
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.

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94
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.

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94
Italy 2014 Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi 3 Case 6 75cl £1,550
  • 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.

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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.

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Italy 1985 Solaia 1 Bottle 75cl £225
  • 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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