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2010
Chateau Cos d' Estournel
Saint-Estephe

"An extremely well-sculpted, modern wine, with an enormous core of plum sauce, blackberry coulis and cassis fruit to match the ambitious roasted apple wood-, black tea- and tobacco-infused toast. Dense and chewy now, displaying the tannic spine of the vintage, this remains integrated, racy and incredibly long, offering a piercing chalky backbone that rivets everything together. Best from 2018 through 2038." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 95 pts.
"The 2010 is a more structured, restrained, less flamboyant version of the 2009. A final blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that hit 14.5% natural alcohol, this wine (which represents only 55% of the estate's production) is full-bodied, classic and built along the lines of the 2000 (although that wine was made before Reybier acquired the estate and upgraded quality significantly). This wine exhibits beautifully pure notes of creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur, pen ink, graphite and hints of toast and vanillin. The wine is full and rich, and although aged in 80% new oak, the wood is a subtle background component. This beauty will take longer to round into shape than the dramatic and compelling 2009. Forget it for 5-8 years, and drink it over the following three-plus decades." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 97+ pts.
"(a blend of 78% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot, cabernet franc 2% and 1% petit verdot; 3.51 pH; IPT 91; alcohol 14.5% alcohol; a 55% selection for the grand vin) Saturated bright ruby. Captivating, intense aromas of dark berries, red cherry, mint and tobacco. Dense, sweet and fruity in the mouth if still a bit youthfully tight, with great purity to the flavors of red and dark berries, exotic herbs and licorice. Finishes smooth and extremely long, with wonderfully silky tannins. This very big wine will need plenty of time, but I have no doubt this will be remembered as a great Cos. Jean-Guillaume Prats pointed out that though the analytical numbers (IPT, alcohol, acidity) are very similar to those of the '09 Cos, the two wines could not be more different. When it comes to wine, he emphasized, the numbers do not tell the whole story. I should point out that the 2010 Cos contains only 19% merlot, down from the 33% of 2009-and merlot that had overripened at that." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 93-96 pts.
"This is a complex and rich wine dominated by superripe fruit. It is a wine of extremes, of fruit, of dark tannins allied to some bitterness from the black chocolate extract. Ripe plums and sweet black fruits are given a lift at the end with bright acidity. -R.V. (5/1/2013)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 95 pts.
"2010 Cos d'Estournel was produced from 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and the remainder Petit Verdot. The wine reached 14.5 % alcohol which is a little lower than they achieved in 2009. Representing 55% of the harvest, the wine looks as dark as a midnight sky, with coaxing the wine offers smoke, Asian spice, cassis, boysenberry, stone and minerality in the complex nose. Powerful, dense, pure and packed with tannins as well as a wall of fruit, this wine requires serious aging. Long, fresh and mouth filling, while the tannin levels are less than they were in 2009, due to the higher levels of acidity, (which shaped the wines character) the wine feels more tannic. This broad shouldered, muscular wine will not be fun to drink in its youth. In time, it may become the perfect blend of tradition and modern. Tasters who were not happy with 2009 Cos should love this wine, (It's closer in style to 2005, with a dash of 1986 blended in, than it is to 2009.) 96-98 Pts Prats thinks 2010 Cos is a perfect definition of what Bordeaux does at its best, mixing austerity, power and elegance. While he loves 2009 Cos d'Estournel for its glamorous style, Jean-Guillaume considers it a unique vintage for the chateau." (JL)
Jeff Leve: 96-98 pts.
""Lifted nose of dried flowers, walnuts and dark fruits. Intense nose. A full-bodied wine, with powerful flavors of blackberries, coffee, dried herbs and spices. Super silky tannins and a long, long finish. Layered and flashy. Try in 2018." (JS)
James Suckling: 97 pts.
only $229.95

seghesio NEW RELEASE!!
2013
Seghesio
Zinfandel
Sonoma

"A lively, zesty red that offers bright cherry and tarragon aromas and sleekly layered flavors of briary raspberry, nutmeg and fresh cracked black pepper. Drink now through 2021. -T.F" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92 pts.

When Edoardo Seghesio first planted Zinfandel on our Home Ranch in Alexander Valley in 1895, Zinfandel was known as the "boss" grape in Sonoma County. It earned its popularity by thriving in the California sun and providing good color and sugar at harvest. To the many Italian immigrants in Sonoma County, Zinfandel was reminiscent of the fruit-driven wines of their homeland. Because wine was an everyday part of the family meal and given that Zinfandel is drinkable within a year of harvest, it became preferable over varietals that need years of aging.
(Winery Notes)
only $18.95

suffridi LAST CHANCE FOR THIS VINTAGE, 1/2 PRICE!
2010
Le Pupille
Saffredi
Tuscany

"The 2010 Saffredi (Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) delivers gorgeous intensity and broad aromas of black berry, leather, crushed granite and lingering smoke. It's a masterpiece on all happy fronts. The textural elegance is superb. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025. There is always a single face that identifies a region: A sole producer with the charisma and communicative talents required to perform the ambassadorial duties that bring a relatively obscure wine area to the world stage. For the Maremma, that person is Elisabetta Geppetti. Her newest releases confirm the extreme quality that distinguishes Fattoria Le Pupille." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 96 pts.
"The aromas of blueberries and lavender come out nicely in the glass. Full body, with fine tannins and a bright acidity. The texture is wonderful here. Needs two or three years to come together. Saffredi is a benchmark in Tuscany's Maremma region. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot." (JS)
James Suckling: 93 pts.
only $59.95

alturas NEW RELEASE!
2013
Belle Glos
Pinot Noir
Las Alturas Vineyard
Santa Lucia Highlands

"Spares no expense, with lavish smoke and black licorice–scented oak framing a rich core of dark berry, anise, boysenberry and savory herb notes. Full-blown and expressive through a persistent, mouthcoating finish. Drink now through 2024. -J.L." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 93 pts.
Intense ruby red in color, it is an intriguing aromatic mix of sunbaked blackberry, bright cranberry, ripe plum, black licorice and hints of candy apple. Complex red and black fruits unfold on the palate; blackberries, raspberries and warm cherry pie filling, with a wonderful dark chocolate characteristic. Cedary oak and soft vanilla undertones on the mid-palate further enhance the wine. The overall impression is rich and silky with a firm acidity, refined tannins and explosive layers of ripe fruit.
(Winery Notes)
only $36.95

mav WAS $25.00 ELSEWHERE PER BOTTLE, NOW 1/2 PRICE!!
2010
Domaine Richard Rottiers
Moulin A Vent Tradition
Beaujolais

"Smoky wine, rich as well as structured. The acidity of the year is integrated into the structure, the firm tannins and juicy red berry fruits a balanced pleasure to taste. -R.V. (10/1/2011)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 91 pts.
I've come across a cache of 2010 Richard Rottiers Moulin à Vent Beaujolais.
Richard Rottiers, a young, soft-spoken guy with longish curly hair he sports in a messy ponytail and purple-stained palms (from winemaking), is originally Chablisien. After stages in South Africa, New Zealand, Brouilly, Gascogne, and the Luberon, he met his wife and partner in 2007 and created his eponymous domaine in Moulin à Vent, which now encompasses 5 ha.The 2010 tradition Moulin à Vent comes from 40-80 year old vines in 9 different parcels of Gamay on the decomposed pink granite soils typical of Moulin. Large proportions of Maganese in the bedrock give Moulin à Vent its typical aroma of purple flowers, violette and iris. Partial whole cluster (semi-carbonic) followed by elevage in 3-4 y.o French barrel for 8 months for finesse and roundness. Iris, violet, juicy red cherry, and smoke on the nose lead to a richly-textured cru beaujolais with firm tannin and well-integrated acidity. Drink till 2017.
Excerpt from Neal Martin:
I was immediately impressed by the selection of wines courtesy of Domaine Richard Rottiers. Richard had worked in California and New Zealand before returning to Beaujolais in 2002 with a newfound appreciation for French terroir. After working in Cotes de Ventoux and then at Chateau Thivin, he finally took over the 3.15-hectare estate based in Romaneche-Thorins in 2007, attracted by the stock of 40- to 80-year-old vines, which he plans to turn completely organic by this year. Grapes here are picked by hand and undergo careful selection, then the fruit undergoes a traditional vinification with partial CO2 use, with regular rack and return to enhance fruite. He bottles according to the lunar calendar. These were some of my finest examples of Beaujolais that I found during my time in the region and I look forward to tasting more in the future. (6/2014)
(Wine Notes)
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keenan NEW LOWER PRICE, WHILE SUPPLY LAST!!
2010
Keenan
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is laced with an exciting melange of black cherries, incense, tobacco, mocha, graphite and dried flowers. Deceptively medium in body, the 2010 possesses gorgeous aromatics and tons of pure nuance, all in an understated style I find highly appealing. Today, the wine is a bit compact, but it should grow nicely with further time in bottle. The 2010 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 61% from Spring Mountain and 39% from Pope Valley. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 91+ pts.
"To call this Cabernet muscular is an understatement. It's a mixed martial arts wine that kicks butt and takes no prisoners. The fruit is immensely forward and ripe in cherries and currants, and the tannins are as strong as anything out of the valley. Give it until 2020 to begin with. -S.H. (5/1/2014)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 90 pts.
"Tarry and austere on the surface, this is packed with purple berry fruit and purple plum richness. Dusty tannins keep the fruit's generosity in check, finishing tight and coal-black. Built to cellar, this wine's earthiness will develop complexity with age. (2,270 cases)" (W&S)
Wine & Spirits: 92 pts.
only $39.95

carmenet BUY THIS NOW!! RICH, CREAMY, BUTTERY, OAKY!! A TRIPLE WOW AND PICK OF THE DECADE!!!
2013
Carmenet
Chardonnay
California

WINERY NOTES:
With rich characteristics of apple and spice, this lovely opulent wine is made in the style of a traditional Burgundy Chardonnay. Butterscotch and tropical palate, along with vanilla notes from the barrel fermentation. This Chardonnay ends with a smooth, crisp, enjoyable finish.
OUR TASTING NOTES:
Always leery of sugary-sweet bulk-juice efforts at this price range, we were absolutely floored when we tasted this! Here's what we found: Inviting aromas of poached pear and toasty, smoky oak are followed by spice and pear tart, with a touch of lemon curd and vanilla. More creamy than buttery, there's a caramelized aspect to the oak and a pleasant crispness. Deftly balanced with underlying complexity and finesse. Finishes strong, with lip-smacking anticipation of the next sip.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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prum IN STOCK NOW!!
2011
Joh. Jos. Prum
Wehlener Sonnenuhr
Riesling Kabinett
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

"Shows a well-defined richness to the lusciously fruity flavors of apricot, honeydew melon and white raspberry. A lattice structure supports plenty of spice and white chocolate notes. Finishes with candied ginger. Drink now through 2022." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92 pts.
"Prum's 2011 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett is a tad higher in residual sugar and correspondingly lower in alcohol than its immediate stable mates, but as one would expect from this great site, if anything the taste impression is drier. A ravishing nose of heliotrope and honeysuckle, Normandy cider and wet stone establishes the common themes for a palate performance that unites delicacy, juiciness and creaminess to an uncanny degree that only a few of the best Mosel vineyards and their prime caretakers can capture. Mouthwateringly lingering and compelling of the next sip, this rarified illustration of Mosel Kabinett virtue will reward you over the next quarter century." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.

only $27.95

waterstone BACK AGAIN!
THIS HAS BECOME ON INCREDIBLE NAPA VALLEY BARGAIN!!
2011
Waterstone
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

"Subtle and fruity with refined tannins and a delicate finish. This is medium-bodied, with polished, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Always among the best value in outstanding, drinkable Napa Valley Cabernet. Drink now." (JS)
James Suckling: 91 pts.
only $19.95

kopke NEW ARRIVAL!!
2011
Kopke
Vintage
Port

"Offers layers of dark plum, raspberry ganache and dark cherry flavors, filled with chocolate truffle notes. Shows seductive cedary details on the finish. Best from 2025 through 2050. 300 cases imported. –KM" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 94 pts.
From very old vines of up to more than 110 years or more that give maximum quality for low yield. "Very floral and fruity with raspberries and blueberries on the nose. Full body, medium sweet with firm and chewy tannins. Lovely texture to this." -92 Pts. jamessuckling.com 94 Pts. Wine Spectator "The 2011 Kopke has scents of damson, boysenberry jam and crème de cassis. The palate is certainly plush and sensual with lush blueberry and bilberry notes, a more approachable 2011 with a sweet, fleshy, corpulent finish.." eRobertParker 90 Pts.
(Winery Notes)
only $46.95

cottat NEW RELEASE!
2013
Patient Cottat
Sancerre
Anciennes Vignes
Loire Valley

"With intense, mineral aromas, this is a complex, tight and nervy wine. It has great concentration, serious amounts of acidity and a final series of herbaceous flavors that give a totally dry, steely aftertaste. Age until 2015 to round it out. -(10/1/2014) -91" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 91 pts.
Complex and intense. Prevailing aromas of acacia-blossoms with a Muscat-like note of passion-fruit. Full and fat. Very well balanced. Aromas of litchi and a touch of honey.
(Winery Notes)
only $18.95

loring LIMITED NEW RELEASE!!
2013
Loring
Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands

"Medium-deep ruby color; deep, tight aromas of cherry and oak; deep, big cherry flavors with smoky spice notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, forward Pinot with a lot there." (PR)
Pinot Report: 94 pts.

only $27.95

ironhorse 2014 WINE ENTHUSIAST TOP 100: #10
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2010
Iron Horse
Wedding Cuvee
Green Valley of Russian River Valley

"Pinkish-gold in color, this lovely cuvée is a blend of 74% Pinot Noir and 26% Chardonnay, the winery's take on a Blanc de Noirs. Fruity in peach, raspberry and blood orange, it is multi-faceted and complex, dry and elegant with a long finish that leans herbal, the acidity dialed perfectly right, gentle on the palate and memorable. -V.B. (12/1/2014)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 95 pts.

only $26.95

rose IN STOCK NOW!
2002
A.R. Lenoble
Brut Rose Millesime
Champagne

"(85% grand cru chardonnay and 15% premier cru pinot noir) Light, orange-hued pink, with a delicate bead. Redcurrant and blood orange aromas are complemented by notes of talc and allspice, with a mounting floral quality. Very fresh and focused on the palate, which offers tangy citrus and red berry flavors and a strong undercurrent of minerals. With air a note of bitter cherry skin comes up and adds a serious quality. Finishes with impressive clarity, grip and tangy persistence, repeating the blood orange and cherry skin notes." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 92 pts.
only $59.95

aia LAST CHANCE!!
2010
Aia Vecchia
Sor Ugo
Bolgheri Rosso
Tuscany

"The top denomination wine from this estate, the 2010 Bolgheri Superiore Sor Ugo delivers massive, dark concentration and an exceedingly supple mouthfeel. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a small part Petit Verdot (all aged 18 months in barrique). The beautifully rich wine inches forward over the palate with heft and determination, imparting bright cherry, blackberry and spice as it moves slowly along. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. Started in 1995, Aia Vecchia counts 42 hectares of vines between properties in Bolgheri and southern Maremma (Magliano in Toscana and Orbetello). At the Bolgheri property, long panoramas of manicured vineyard cut deep into the Mediterranean shrubs that blanket the hillsides. The focus is primarily international varieties, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, but smaller parcels are planted to Vermentino and Sangiovese. Over the past year, the Pellegrino family has invested in cryo-maceration technology for their white wines. Elia, 24, recently joined uncle Filippo and father Alessandro at the winery after his professional soccer career was cut short by injury." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.

only $29.95

tres NEW STUPENDOUS LOW PRICE!!
2012
Bodegas Borsao
Tres Picos
Garnacha
Campo de Borja

"The terrific 2012 Tres Picos is one of the finest inexpensive, Grenache-based wines made in the world. This full-bodied beauty boasts a deep ruby color as well as loads of strawberry and black cherry fruit, hints of lavender and crushed rocks, sweet tannin, and a broad, savory mouthfeel. It, too, should be consumed over the next 3-4 years." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.
"(half fermented in French oak and half in stainless steel): Bright purple. Heady aromas of blueberry, cherry compote, white pepper and woodsmoke, plus an exotic cinnamon note. Fresh and seamless, offering vibrant blueberry and black raspberry flavors and suave floral notes. The spicy quality lingers seductively on the tenacious finish." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 92 pts.
only $12.95

sassicaia LAST CALL!!
2011
Tenuta San Guido
Sassicaia IGT
Tuscany

"Ripe black cherry and blackberry flavors pick up accents of rosemary, mineral and spice in this red. Concentrated and intense, fresh and focused, leaning toward black currant and cedar notes on the solid finish. Racy midpalate. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2017 through 2030. From Italy. -B.S." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 95 pts.
"Introducing Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta, the newest generation to personify Italy's leading wine family. Under the guidance of her father, Marchese Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta, Priscilla is taking an increasingly visible role at Tenuta San Guido. She flew to Kuala Lumpur (the same morning flight Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing) to attend the Robert Parker Grand World Tour in March 2014. This was one of her first major public appearances representing her family's winery. Sassicaia 1985 was poured from magnums that night, and Priscilla timidly admitted that she had only tasted the wine two or three times previously. She said she was nervous that the wine would not show well. She had absolutely no reason to worry: The 1985 Sassicaia was by far the most memorable wine tasted during that leg of the World Tour." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 94 pts.
"Wonderful aromas of freshly sliced coastal rosemary and currants follow through to a full body, with integrated tannins and a fine finish. This shows so much finesse and beauty. But there is a solid backbone of tannins and length. Reminds me of some of the underrated Sass of the 1980s such as 1982, 1983 or 1987. Try after 2018." (JS)
James Suckling: 94 pts.
"The 2011 Sassicaia is soft, round and enveloping. The silky, textured style is a bit out of character for a wine that is usually a bit firmer and more energetic. Layers of expressive dark red fruit build to the open, caressing finish. There are no hard edges here. The 2011 has always come across as a bit flat, from the time it was in barrel to the multiple times I have tasted it from bottle. Overall, the 2011 looks to be a relatively early-drinking Sassicaia." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 92 pts.
only $179.95

gott BACK AGAIN!
SUPERB VALUE!
BRIGHT AND REFRESHING!

2013
Joel Gott
Sauvignon Blanc
California

""Lip-smacking lemon and lemon zest flavors are bright and refreshing in this crisp, light-bodied wine, showing a hint of lemon thyme on the finish. Drink now. 58,250 cases made. –MW" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 86 pts.

only $8.99

lucian A GREAT SUBSTITUTION FOR FRENCH BRUT ROSE CHAMPAGNE & NEW LOWER PRICE!!
N.V.
Lucien Albrecht
Cremant Brut Rose
Cremant d' Alsace

"Dried fruit notes, apricot and date, mix with nut and hints of citrus peel in this firm sparkler. It's juicy, with a creamy finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases imported." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 87 pts.

"While Albrecht's Pinot Blanc Cremant d'Alsace (a genre Lucien Albrecht was prominent in legally codifying) is delicious, it is a bit simple to count as a top value at $24, whereas their non-vintage Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose - a pure Pinot Noir - is more intriguing and distinctive. Along with strawberry and red raspberry fruit suggestions that are enhanced by the wine's discreet hint of sweetness, there are saline, meaty, and herbal notes to add interest to both the nose and a lush palate, and the hints of salinity and bitterness in the finish make for an invigorating complement to the wine's prominent fruit. This comes in a light-sensitive clear bottle, and I could identify no lot number, so make sure that whoever sells you a bottle will take responsibility for freshness and proper storage. As a group, Albrecht's wines were delightfully user-friendly, although some of them - like so many wines of Alsace nowadays -lacked the concentration or distinctiveness to render them excellent values, given starting prices of close to $20." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 87 pts.
"How much do I like Champagne? A lot. How much do I like Champagne's pink version? A lot plus a little more. Unfortunately, the rosé version usually costs between 2 and 5 times more than the standard version, so it's a very rare occasion that I get to drink the real deal. Legally, only grapes grown in the Champagne region of France can be called Champagne (with the exception of a few U.S. sparkling wines that were grandfathered in). And much like the "Napa Valley Effect" Champagne demands a much higher price than it's less prestigious, though sometimes just as tasty, counterparts in different regions of France and elsewhere.
In this case the grapes come from Alsace in eastern France near the German border. Lucien Albrecht's brut rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes whose skins impart the beautiful pink color in this wine. A perfect alternative to Champagne, this wine is fruity and creamy on the palate, with the Pinot grape coming through on the finish with nice mineral flavors and a little bitterness that reminds you this is a rosé, not a run of the mill sparkling wine.
At $14.95 you really can't go wrong giving this a try, especially if you are in search of an alternative to Champagne which starts at $25."
(Nickel & Dime)
only $14.95

dierberg NEW RELEASE!
2012
Dierberg
Pinot Noir
Dierberg Vineyard
Santa Maria Valley

"The 2012 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard shows the darker side of Pinot with its earthy, forest floor, red and black fruit and spice aromas and flavors. Coming all from sandy loam sois and aged 18 months in 35% new oak, it's beautifully balanced, has solid mid-palate density and a terrific finish. Enjoy it over the coming 4-6 years. These wines are now made by Tyler Thomas, who did a stellar job for Donelan Family Wines in Sonoma. These 2012s are beautiful. " (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.
"The 2012 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard is a bit more subtle and elegant than the Drum Canyon. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries and mint are all laced together in an effortless, impeccably balanced Pinot Noir. The Dierberg is racy, but also possesses plenty of nuance." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 90 pts.
only $34.95

torbreck BACK AGAIN!
2009
Torbreck
Shiraz
Run Rig
Barossa Valley

"Polished, ripe and seamless, playing out its layers and layers of dark berry, cherry, black olive and spice flavors on a rich, supple frame. The finish picks up mint and cream notes as it lingers effortlessly. A study in depth and opulence. Shiraz. Drink now through 2025. From Australia ." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 95 pts.

"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 RunRig opens with wonderful perfume, and though this label usually contains a splash of Viognier, which could account for the fragrant nose, it has none this vintage. Redolent of violets and blueberries it is very spicy with an undercurrent of anise and Indian spices muddled with mulberries. Taut and elegant on the palate, it gives plenty of concentrated fruit flavor with crisp acid and firm, fine tannins. It finishes long. Drink it from 2016 to 2030+." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 99 pts.
"(100% shiraz; 15% alcohol): Inky purple. Displays room-filling scents of dark fruit preserves, oak spices, violet pastille, cola and licorice, with a cracked pepper nuance adding lift. Deeply concentrated boysenberry and cassis flavors reach every corner of the palate and show superb energy and clarity for their power. Intensely perfumed and appealingly sweet on the finish, which features substantial but integrated tannins and persistent floral and fruitcake qualities. Built for the long haul, no question, but there's a lot of upfront sex appeal here as well; you could drink it now without guilt--or perhaps just a twinge." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 96 pts.

only $179.95

fontodi 2014 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #14
2011
Fontodi
Flaccianello della Pieve IGT
Tuscany

"Aromas and flavors of violet, black currant, raspberry and spice gain intensity as this red builds to its lengthy conclusion. Vibrant and harmonious, this needs some time to shed its well-proportioned tannins. Sangiovese. Best from 2017 through 2030. 4,000 cases made. –BS" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 95 pts.
"(100% sangiovese): Good deep, bright red. Knockout nose combines liqueur-like red fruits, minerals, aromatic herbs and spicy oak. Sappy and suave, with extremely deep red and dark berry, mineral and Oriental spice flavors framed by harmonious acidity. Still a bit youthfully aggressive today, finishing with firm, building tannins and outstanding length. An exceptionally successful Flaccianello; in fact, I predict it will turn out to be one of the top three Chianti-area wines of the 2011 vintage." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 94 pts.
"The blackberry, currant, nutmeg and chocolate aromas follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and lots of savory fruit. Some balsamic and citrus fruit underneath it all. Needs a little time to soften. Pure sangiovese. From organically grown grapes. Better in 2016." (JS)
James Suckling: 95 pts.
"Violets, crushed flowers, licorice, cloves and menthol wrap around the palate in the 2011 Flaccianello. A soft, seamless wine, the 2011 retains gorgeous freshness within the context of the year. Today, the Flaccianello is more expressive than the Sorbo, but it was also bottled two months earlier. This is another wine with off the charts levels of both polyphenols and acidity." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 94 pts.

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