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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 Isole e Olena Cabernet Sauvignon, Collezione 2 Case 6 75cl £250
  • The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione De Marchi is magnificent. Violets, smoke, plums and cassis jump from the glass in a stunning wine. All I can say is the 2010 is incredible. Just bottled one month ago, the 2010 shows no hard edges, incredibly expressive aromatics and beautifully delineated fruit. The 2010 isn’t a huge wine, but rather one built on exceptional finesse and elegance. It is one of the great wines of what has turned out to be a great Tuscan vintage.

Tasting Notes
98
Italy 2010 Orma Toscana 1 Case 12 75cl £410
  • Antonio Moretti's Orma seems to keep getting better with each passing vintage, and the 2010 is no exception to that recent trend. Beautifully delineated and alive in the glass, the 2010 impresses for its fabulous overall balance and class. Mocha, graphite, smoke, plums and grilled herbs emerge as the wine opens up in the glass. The tannins are fine, silky and exceptionally polished in this impeccable, deceptively medium-bodied wine. Orma is a Cabernet Franc/Merlot/ Cabernet Sauvignon blend.

    Score: 96Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, August 2013

Tasting Notes
96
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 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 2 Bottle 150cl £1,150
  • 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 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.

Tasting Notes
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.

Tasting Notes
94
Italy 2011 Giacosa Asili Barbaresco Riserva 1 Case 6 75cl £1,230
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2040

    Reviewed by

    Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    30th Jun 2016

    Source

    225, The Wine Advocate

    The 2011 Barbaresco Riserva Asili (red label) is a full and generous wine that wraps thickly over the senses. The bouquet shows enormous depth and power with a generous presentation of dark fruit, cassis, balsam herb, cola, licorice, tar and lingering smoke. There is an evident sense of fruit ripeness here that helps to build momentum and staying power. Clay soils in the vineyard site have also helped to contribute to the heft and full-bodied nature of this special wine. The finish is characterized by mild acidity and lingering flavors of ripe fruit. The opulent fruit of the wine recalls the 2007 and 2004 vintages.

Tasting Notes
95
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 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.

Tasting Notes
92
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 2013 Gaja Barolo Langhe Conteisa 1 Bottle 150cl £320
  • 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
  • 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 (Single Vineyard) 3 Bottle 150cl £1,250
  • 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 Falleto Vigna Le Rocche 1 Case 6 75cl £620
  • 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 Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche 4 Case 3 150cl £625
  • 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 6 Case 6 75cl £695
  • 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 5 Case 6 75cl £945
  • 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 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 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.

Tasting Notes
93
Italy 2014 Gaja Barolo Langhe Conteisa 4 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 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 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.

Tasting Notes
94
Italy 2015 Pieve Santa Restituta (Gaja) Rennina 2 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 4 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 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.

Tasting Notes
93
Italy 2015 Giacosa Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche 1 Case 6 75cl £850
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2022 - 2045

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    28th Jun 2019

    Source

    Issue 243 End of June 2019, The Wine Advocate

    Bottled in July of last year, the 2015 Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche is a daring and absolutely profound expression of Nebbiolo with the depth, thickness and volume you can expect from a warm vintage such as this. This wine is a veritable bomb of aromatic intensity with thick layers of dark fruit, spice and crushed stone that all vie for your attention in equal measure. The mouthfeel is characterized by thick fiber and lasting succulence, all capped with fresh acidity and a firm tannic backbone. This Barolo is classic Giacosa.

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