Molise, Italy

Montevertine

Le Pergole Torte Sangiovese 2016

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim. This 7 year old is showing a great nose now.

Dry on the palate with medium plus acidity.

Showing red and black fruits with wood, earth, herbs, spices, wild flowers, chocolates, leather, tobacco leaf, dark coffee and black pepper.

This is a delicious, yet very young, Sangiovese from Chianti. Nicely balanced, powerful and tangy.

This 2016 vintage holds great promise for aging gracefully over the next two decades. However, at present, it has yet to fully reach its full potential. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

Would have been nice to have it decanted for a few hours, but it wasn't my call. I had it blind, so it is what it is.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

100% Sangiovese grapes.

14% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$350.
— 6 days ago

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Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello

Monprivato di Castiglione Falletto Barolo Nebbiolo 2004

Though not giving much on the nose it more than compensated with a bright, red floral palate that was Burg-like, long, notes of tar and tea, dark cherry and leather. Beautiful. — 7 days ago

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Bruce Leboff

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Nice. From a top producer- in the burgundy of Italy
Bruce Leboff

Bruce Leboff

Nice. From a top producer- in the burgundy of Italy

Tenuta delle Terre Nere

Etna Rosso Nerello Mascalese Blend 2020

Made from one of my favorite Sicilian wineries, the 2020 Terre Nere Etna Rosso is a splendid reference for the Nerello Mascalese variety. Medium-ruby colored, the nose displays fragrant aromas of wild strawberry, crushed violets, freshly cut herbs and a dash of rose pedals. The medium-bodied palate delivers concentrated, ripe red fruit, polished tannins and lively acidity, all perfectly balanced. Drink now until 2030. — 3 days ago

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Marchesi Antinori

Villa Antinori Toscana Sangiovese Blend 2011

One of my favorites. Great with dinner, especially Italian. A great mixture of sweet and dry. — 14 days ago

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Casanova di Neri

Tenuta Nuova Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2010

Once again superb, if not quite up to a 100 pointer, it is an astounding example and with no reason to wait beyond a brief decant. — 7 days ago

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Isole e Olena

Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend 2019

Popped and poured; no formal notes. Opened this to sip on while I made sauce for dinner and it hits the spot 👌🏽. The 2019 Isole e Olena CC is clean and expressive with dusty dark cherries, black tea, orange pith, dry earth. Good structure for a variety of meals. Bone dry. A long, slightly bitter finish. A textbook CC. Drink now or over the next 5-10 years. — 6 days ago

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I see the gravy bro...nice

Produttori del Barbaresco

Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2017

Quite medium ruby . Spiced cherry , touch of anis and floral touches . Nice freshness on the palate , floral and with red fruits , quite firm but fine tannins , balanced acidity . Good length , liquorice finish . Nicely done for now and over the next 10 years . — 4 days ago

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Masi

Costasera Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Corvina Blend 2017

Mind blowing! High alcohol with complex bouquet.
In a blind tasting of 8 wines at home, this was the winner amongst new world, Bourgogne and Bordeaux
— 16 days ago

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Valdicava

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2015

Decanted 3 hours but needs maybe 5-10 years. Quite nice and a good pairing with a deep sausage ragu. Aromatically quite beautiful - dried flowers, red fruit. Tannins are pretty serious at this point. Nice long finish and balanced acid. Was worried 2015 would be too much but at 14% flat this worked. — 12 days ago

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Emidio Pepe

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2014

D’elezione vecchie vigne, top 5 bottles on the list I’ve been meaning to taste. Very surprising and not disappointing! Resembling Beaujolais Cru much more than any Italian wine (color aside) it starts dominated by fresh herbal tones, minty, zesty, hidden under a thin layer of natural funk. The palate is dominated by bright acidity, turned earth, perhaps small berries, very light and fine tannins. Still shy and quite elegant. I wish I could say I’d spend $160 on it, but still awesome to taste a piece of winemaking history — 24 days ago

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