Lazio, Italy

Marchesi Antinori

Villa Antinori Toscana Sangiovese Blend 2020

Another solid vintage of this consistent Tuscan Red. Blend of primary Sangiovese with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blended in. Medium ruby red color. Aromas of red and black berry/currant fruit with hints of coffee and meat. The palate shows plum, cherry and strawberry fruit flavors with additional notes of tobacco, menthol, iron and spices. Very earthy and crisp finish that includes a touch of vanilla. Nice complexity and balance. Great Lead-off wine, Keith S! — a day ago

Austin, Paul and 1 other liked this

Cantina Bartolo Mascarello

Barolo Nebbiolo 1971

Great. Black cherry with some strawberry. Beautiful richness and clear fruit. Some leather and tangy woody orange. Very pure and intense. Excellent. From mag. — 5 days ago

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Douglas, Jan and 9 others liked this

Cantina Zaccagnini

Il Vino Dal Tralcetto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018

Medium ruby in color; blackberries, black cherries, and graphite on the nose; medium acidity; medium tannins; tastes like red plums, violets, and dried herbs with a long finish. This is my kind of wine. — 11 days ago

Marchesi Antinori

Tignanello Toscana Super Tuscan Blend 2015

2015 vintage. Decanted and tasted immediately. Very little sediment. Medium-medium-heavy body. Structure and both ample grip and fruit in a beautiful balance currently and for the foreseeable future. No rush to crush. Revisit in a decade. Wowzers. 5.17.24. — 9 days ago

Ted, Jan and 14 others liked this

Azienda Agricola Fontodi

Flaccianello della Pieve Colli Toscana Centrale Sangiovese 2006

Superb, opened 5 750s. Saw big bottle variation, 3 spectacular, 1 off and one really off bottle. Some cork seepage on the lesser btls. Shame…this was worth cellaring, the best on par with the finest super Ts anywhere and aging with light sour cherry, sweet tobacco and old leather notes that were so nice. — 15 days ago

Jeroen, Jan and 26 others liked this

Pio Cesare

Barolo Nebbiolo 2016

Bright Ruby with aromas of dark fruits, spices, oak and floral notes. On the palate flavors of cherry and plum with notes of herb pepper, tobacco, cedar and cacao. Long finish, nice balance with fine soft tannins, ending with oak and earthy notes. Good now but a few more years in the bottle will not hurt! — 14 days ago

Paul, Juan and 5 others liked this

Marchesi Antinori

Solaia Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2019

Solaia has changed a lot over the last 10 vintages. This wine is more perfumed and has a weight not seen in say a 2010. Wine is still tight but is clearly packing a lot. The composition is excellent. The fruit is there but mostly in reserve. I liked but didn’t love this… Yet. I suspect it will be quite special the next time. — 11 days ago

Ron, Tom and 16 others liked this

Produttori del Barbaresco

Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2018

Lived up to their reputation. Tannins were prominent but fine and integrated and not overbearing due to the fruit intensity. Balanced and long once it breathed for 1+ hr — 6 days ago

Big, Ted and 8 others liked this

Valdicava

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2007

Classic Valdicava aromas and taste. Really shined after about 90 mins of airtime and paired with sausages — 2 days ago

Austin, Tom and 8 others liked this

Banfi

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2018

Nice but not great. Was worried it would drink too much like a bruiser given the 15% abv and relatively young age - actually wasn’t too bad on that dimension. But, not quite the level of fruit, acid, and seamlessness I’d hope for. Wait on others. — 15 days ago

Bob, Tom and 1 other liked this