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Product Name Supplier Country
'Il Cantico della Figura' Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Riserva  ANDREA FELICI  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
White  Verdicchio  Marche 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$40.99   Speculative View Legend  
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+160721  8057438320011  Download Profile
Vintage    
2012     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 92 Points. "Medium-deep straw-yellow. Chamomile, apricot, apple, vanilla and balsamic herbs on the enticing nose. Rich and juicy, showing tactile, very saline flavors of ripe citrus fruits and apple. Finishes savory and long, with harmonious acidity extending the chewy flavors at the back. Another outstanding wine from this rapidly improving Italian wine estate." - Ian D'Agata, Vinous, Jun/15

2010 ~ 93 Points. "Leo Felici is a Verdicchio perfectionist and it shows. Cement-fermented and aged, this has outstanding varietal purity, lively acidity and exceptional length. Drink 2015-2022." - Decanter, Apr/15

2010 ~ 3 Red Glasses (Extraordinary Wines) ~ Gambero Rosso 2014




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep golden yellow.

Aroma:
Nose of ripe fruit, honey, bitter almonds and herbs.

Taste:
Crisp and pleasing roundness, balanced by alcohol, velvety, rich, very persistent with long flavours of apple, plum and almond.

Pairing:
Fresh tuna salad with avocado, pork and leeks with avgolemono sauce.



Other Info:

Andrea Felici is in the Marche region, between Apiro and Cupramontana, the heart of the land of Verdicchio. The winery practices organic viticulture, no chemical fertilizers or pesticides are used. Grapes are harvested by hand, the clusters are gently placed in small boxes and the grapes are pressed within a few hours after they have been removed from the vine. Temperature controlled fermentation is achieved without oxygen. Certification-in conversion. The wine matures and mellow in cement and stainless steel vats for a period much longer than the minimum prescribed by regulations.



Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore  ANDREA FELICI  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
White  Verdicchio  Marche 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$24.39   Speculative View Legend  
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+162941  8057438320028  Download Profile
Vintage    
2014     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2014 ~ 91 Points. "Medium straw-yellow. White flowers and almond dominate the nose. Enters the mouth juicy and fresh, then turns bigger and rounder, showing a suave, glyceral mouthfeel to the ripe apple and pear flavors. Laser-like acidity keep this wine light and lively on the palate. The finish is long and extremely saline." - Ian D'Agata, Vinous, June 2015

2012 ~ "Bright with white pepper spice on the nose while the palate has the softness of baked lemon fruit in the middle, although it tightens up on the finish with some crisp pear characters." – The Wine Gang, June 2013


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale straw yellow with golden highlights.

Aroma:
Complex aroma of exotic fruits, cedar, and lemon flowers.

Taste:
Intense and savoury, fresh, warm and persistent.

Pairing:
Pesce crudo and fresh seafood.



Other Info:

Andrea Felici is in the Marche region, between Apiro and Cupramontana, the heart of the land of Verdicchio. The winery practices organic viticulture, no chemical fertilizers or pesticides are used. Grapes are harvested by hand, the clusters are gently placed in small boxes and the grapes are pressed within a few hours after they have been removed from the vine. Temperature controlled fermentation is achieved without oxygen. Certification-in conversion. The wine matures and mellow in cement and stainless steel vats for a period much longer than the minimum prescribed by regulations.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Montefalco Rosso  ANTONELLI SAN MARCO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Sangiovese-Sangrantino-Merlot  Umbria 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$24.39   Speculative View Legend Montefalco 
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+824292  8032646060003  Download Profile
Vintage    
2012     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ 91 Points. "Vibrant and savory, this blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Merlot delivers succulent black cherry, crushed plum, black pepper, grilled herb and mocha flavors alongside firm but velvety tannins. It’s well balanced with surprisingly fresh acidity for the hot vintage. It’s already drinking well but will be even better after 2016." - Wine Enthusiast, Feb/15

2010 ~ 89 Points. "This blend of Sangiovese, Sagrantino and Merlot offers lovely aromas of violets, earth, berry, and spice. The palates delivers a lush wild cherry flavour, layered with accents of clove and white pepper, balanced by freshness and supple tannins." - Wine Enthusiast, Feb/14




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby red in colour with purple tints.

Aroma:
Wild berries, cherries and plums and enjoyable toasted aromas.

Taste:
Generous, warm and beautifully balanced.

Pairing:
Flavoursome first courses like risotto, tagliatelle, ravioli, rare beef, roasted and grilled meats and poultry and mature hard cheeses.



Other Info:

Each varietal is vinified separately, by gravity. Maceration and fermentation in contact with the skins for 14 days at 25°C. Malolactic fermentation takes place. The wine clarifies spontaneously with no need for filtration.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Montefalco Rosso Riserva  ANTONELLI SAN MARCO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Sangiovese-Sangrantino-Merlot  Umbria 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$37.39   Speculative View Legend Montefalco 
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+662114  8032646060119  Download Profile
Vintage    
2008     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2008 ~ 92 Points. "Underbrush, violet, moist soil and spicy blackberry aromas unfold in the glass of this refined, full-bodied wine. The delicious palate offers crushed dark cherry, raspberry, white pepper and clove alongside supple tannins. It ends on a mocha note." - Wine Enthusiast, Feb 2015

2008 ~ 90 Points. "The 2008 Montefalco Rosso Riserva delivers generous tones of spicy meat and barbecue backed by cassis, grilled herb and prune. Thick texture characterizes the mouthfeel." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #208, Aug 2013

2007 ~ 91 Points. "Good full, deep red. Musky, wild, vibrantly sangiovese aromas of red cherry, licorice, sweet pipe tobacco, violet and mint. Aromatic but tighter on the palate, displaying very good energy and lift to the flavors of red cherry, sweet spices and oak. Not as immediately showy as the Montefalco Rosso, but this has greater depth and sweetness of fruit. The long finish shows a firm but polished tannic spine. This blossomed with aeration, so I'd decant it a couple of hours ahead, at least. One of the more impressive Montefalco Rosso Riserva wines by Antonelli in memory." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar-Apr/13

2007 ~ 90 Points. "Made from Sangiovese, Sagrantino and Merlot, this structured wine delivers notes of blackcherry, raspberry, black pepper and spice, along with a licorice accent. It has a bracing but ripe tannins that need a few more years to unwind. Drink 2015-2022." - Wine Enthusiast, 2014


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Intense ruby red in colour.

Aroma:
The bouquet presents delicate notes of plums, cherry and spice.

Taste:
On the palate this is an elegant wine with mature red fruits and balanced final tannins.

Pairing:
Pair this wine with grilled and roasted meat, flavoursome first courses like lasagne, and mature cheeses.



Other Info:

Antonelli San Marco is a wine and farming estate of over 170 hectares located centrally within Montefalco's DOCG winemaking area. With a background rich in history, the Antonelli family is passionately committed to caring for their estate and maintaining the high quality of their wines. The estate has been in the Antonelli family since 1881 and today carries out extensive research, constantly aiming to improve the quality of their wines. The estate style is geared towards authenticity and harmony, drinkability and elegance rather than blunt power. It leans towards gentle extraction and moderate use of wood ageing.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Sagrantino di Montefalco  ANTONELLI SAN MARCO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sagrantino  Umbria 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$45.29   Speculative View Legend Montefalco 
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+646505  8032646060010  Download Profile
Vintage    
2008     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2009 ~ 92 Points. "The 2009 Montefalco Sagrantino is a beautiful wine that will appeal to those of us who love the rough-around-the-edges Sagrantino grape. The wine shows impressive intensity and power, but it also delivers elegance and harmony. The bouquet is defined by blackberry preserves, spice, leather and grilled herb. The tannins are well managed and firm without astringency. " - Robert Parker's the Wine Advocate, Mar/2016

2008 ~ 90+ Points. "The 2008 Montefalco Sagrantino is a massive wine with dark spice aromas, ripe fruit, prune, tar leather and tobacco. The aromas transport you somewhere exotic, like a spice marker in the Middle East. Gritty tannins show some coarseness on the close. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2022." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, August 2013

2008 ~ 89 Points. "Fragrances of black fruit and spice lead the nose of this wine, while the palate delivers notes of ripe blackberry, white pepper, and licorice, all accompanied by youthful, aggressive tannins." - Wine Enthusiast, February 2014




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby red in colour with garnet hues.

Aroma:
Rich and powerful nose with ethereal and complex notes featuring elegant fruit with blackberry and plums backed up with sweet wood.

Taste:
Replete with red fruit and final tannins.

Pairing:
Grilled and roast meats, stewed red meats (beef, lamb), game (wild boar, guinea fowl, pigeon) and mature hard cheeses.



Other Info:

The Sagrantino varietal, grown for centuries exclusively in Montefalco, may have been brought from Asia Minor by followers of St. Francis.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Montefalco Sagrantino Chiusa di Pannone  ANTONELLI SAN MARCO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sagrantino  Umbria 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$59.19   Speculative View Legend Montefalco 
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+861187  8032646060164  Download Profile
Vintage    
2007     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2008 ~ 93 Points. "The delicious 2008 Montefalco Sagrantino Chiusa di Pannone sees fruit sourced from a single vineyard spot just beyond Antonelli's gravity winery. This is a dark, wintery and richly etched red wine that delivers bold intensity and tight tannic firmness. In fact, the tannins offer an extra point of astringency in this slightly cooler vintage. This is a dark and brooding red wine that needs time to evolve and soften. The wine is in no hurry and nor should you be." - Robert Parker's the Wine Advocate, Mar/2016

2007 ~ 92 Points. "The 2007 Montefalco Sagrantino Chiusa di Pannone pours into the glass with thick, black extraction. Fruit is sourced from the highest vineyard at the estate, at more than 400 meters above sea level. That elevation helps establish elegance here, but otherwise you simply can’t miss the fact that is one seriously big wine. It shows oversized aromas of blackberry jam, Middle Eastern bazaar, oozing black tar, black twisted licorice candy and toasted cedar. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030. " - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate,, Aug/2013

2007 ~ 91 Points. "A subdued nose offers whiffs of leather, tobacco, black plum and an earthy note of game. The palate delivers blackberry, prune, white pepper and savory herb. It's already accessible with smooth, almost slippery tannins." - Wine Enthusiast, Feb 2015

2006 ~ 91 Points. "A dense red, with brawny tannins, this will need time in the cellar before the subtle kirsch, black olive, graphite and leather notes gain a more expressive toehold. Shows lasting grip on the spiced finish. Best from 2016 through 2026." - Wine Spectator, September 2014

2006 ~ 90 Points. "This structured Sagrantino is loaded with blackberry, spice, leather, and balsamic herb sensations. It also demonstrates the grapes massive tannins that will give this wine many more years of staying power. Drink 2016-2029." - Wine Enthusiast, Feb 2014


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby.

Aroma:
Perfumed herbs, dried flowers and sweet spices complement red fruits on the fresh nose.

Taste:
Firm and silky with fresh acidity and tannins, with aniseed and blackberry character.

Pairing:
Try this wine with lamb shoulder braised in a fresh-sage and rosemary tomato sauce over penne.



Other Info:

Chiusa means an enclosed piece of land usually surrounded by a stone wall. In the past the “Chiuse” were for the most part planted with olive trees, and the “Chiusa di Pannone” was an olive grove.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Sagrantino di Montefalco  ANTONELLI SAN MARCO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sagrantino  Umbria 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$91.29   Speculative View Legend Montefalco 
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+88203  8032646060133  Download Profile
Vintage    
2008     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2009 ~ 92 Points. "The 2009 Montefalco Sagrantino is a beautiful wine that will appeal to those of us who love the rough-around-the-edges Sagrantino grape. The wine shows impressive intensity and power, but it also delivers elegance and harmony. The bouquet is defined by blackberry preserves, spice, leather and grilled herb. The tannins are well managed and firm without astringency." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Mar/2016

2008 ~ 90+ Points. "The 2008 Montefalco Sagrantino is a massive wine with dark spice aromas, ripe fruit, prune, tar leather and tobacco. The aromas transport you somewhere exotic, like a spice marker in the Middle East. Gritty tannins show some coarseness on the close. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2022." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, August 2013

2008 ~ 89 Points. "Fragrances of black fruit and spice lead the nose of this wine, while the palate delivers notes of ripe blackberry, white pepper, and licorice, all accompanied by youthful, aggressive tannins." - Wine Enthusiast, Feb 2014


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby red in colour with garnet hues.

Aroma:
Rich and powerful nose with ethereal and complex notes featuring elegant fruit with blackberry and plums, backed up with sweet wood.

Taste:
Replete with red fruit and tannins on the finish.

Pairing:
Pair with grilled and roast meats, stewed red meats (beef, lamb), game (wild boar, guinea fowl, squab) and mature hard cheeses.



Other Info:

The Sagrantino varietal, grown for centuries exclusively in Montefalco, may have been brought from Asia Minor by followers of St. Francis.


Bottles per Case: 3
Bottle Size: 1500ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Sagrantino Passito  ANTONELLI SAN MARCO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sagrantino  Umbria 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$45.19   Speculative View Legend Montefalco 
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+862722  8032646060058  Download Profile
Vintage    
2009     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Rich ruby tending towards garnet in colour.

Aroma:
The wine resonates with blackberry, blackcurrant and raspberry jam and is both elegant and spicy.

Taste:
The taste is very delicate, showing a lovely balance of sweetness and a long length with persistence of red fruit.

Pairing:
Red fruit tarts, sweet biscuits (tozzetti), gianduia chocolate and mature cheeses (Parmigiano Reggiano).



Other Info:

Antonelli San Marco is a wine and farming estate of over 170 hectares located centrally within Montefalco's DOCG winemaking area. With a background rich in history, the Antonelli family is passionately committed to caring for their estate and maintaining the high quality of their wines. The estate has been in the Antonelli family since 1881 and today carries out extensive research, constantly aiming to improve the quality of their wines. The estate style is geared towards authenticity and harmony, drinkability and elegance rather than blunt power. It leans towards gentle extraction and moderate use of wood ageing.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 375ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Spoletino Trebbiano  ANTONELLI SAN MARCO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
White  Trebbiano Spoletino  Umbria 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$26.09   Speculative View Legend Montefalco 
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+504498  8032646060096  Download Profile
Vintage    
2014     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Intense straw yellow colour tending to gold with green tints.

Aroma:
A nose of intense and persistent impact, fruity and floral; one recognizes almond and hawthorn blossom, tropical fruit, and cedar with a slightly spicy finish.

Taste:
Dry, warm and soft on the palate. With a full acidic structure, typical of Trebbiano Spoletino, merges into a perfect and amazing balance with the other elements.

Pairing:
Quality cold cuts such as prosciutto ham or culatello, terrines and carpaccio. Serve with first course fish dishes, spaghetti alla carbonara, saffron risotto or with main dishes such as rich fish stews and English-style rare roast beef. Excellent with aged semi-hard cheeses.



Other Info:

Antonelli San Marco is a wine and farming estate of over 170 hectares located centrally within Montefalco's DOCG winemaking area. With a background rich in history, the Antonelli family is passionately committed to caring for their estate and maintaining the high quality of their wines. The estate has been in the Antonelli family since 1881 and today carries out extensive research, constantly aiming to improve the quality of their wines. The estate style is geared towards authenticity and harmony, drinkability and elegance rather than blunt power. It leans towards gentle extraction and moderate use of wood ageing.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Chateau Haut-Bergey  ASCLEPIADE  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Petit Verdot-Cabernet Franc  Bordeaux 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$48.99   Speculative View Legend Pessac Leognan 
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+42994  3760111814022  Download Profile
Vintage    
2012     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 90-93 Points. "Another brilliant effort from proprietress Helene Garcin, the opaque ruby/purple-colored, medium-bodied 2012 Haut-Bergey reveals lots of smoky barbecue, forest floor, black currant and damp earth notes in a surprisingly dense, concentrated, positive, complete style. An outstanding mid-palate and length make for an impressive showing. This 2012 should drink well for 12-15 years.” - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #206, April 2013

2012 ~ 90-93 Points. "Showy style, with lots of ganache and dark toast leading the way, backed by ample plum sauce, fig paste and currant confiture notes. Long, charcoal-framed finish has plenty of heft. Not shy in style, this has density and drive." - Wine Spectator, April 2013

2012 ~ 90 Points. "The 2012 Haut-Bergey is plump, juicy and forward. Sweet red cherries, plums, smoke, tobacco, licorice and herbs are all pushed forward in a supple Pessac Léognan to drink over the next few years." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Jan 2016

2012 ~ 89-90 Points. "“Tasted from a barrel sample at en primeur. A blend of almost 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, this has expressive ripe Cabernet on the nose that lends it an almost Pauillac-like minty personality. It is well defined and shows good vigour. The palate is medium-bodied with dusky, earthy tannins and the finish is just a little dry and austere. Still, this is a fine, classic, medium-term Haut-Bergey. Tasted April 2013.” - Neal Martin, Wine Journal, May 2013

2010 ~ 92 Points. "Offers lush fruit, with dark raspberry and boysenberry notes, good, graphite-laced structure and bright acidity weaving throughout. The long, smoldering finish features an appealing licorice snap and violet profile. Best from 2015 through 2025. 10,000 cases made" - Wine Spectator, Web/2013


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep red-ruby with purple highlights.

Aroma:
Attractive, slightly perfumed nose of pure cassis.

Taste:
Lovely purity on the palate with more cassis, blueberries, cherry with integrated spice. Very polished wine with a creamy black currant puree complexity

Pairing:
BBQ tri-tip, meaty pizzas, roasted red peppers, spaghetti bolognese.



Other Info:

2012 ~ Available in BC Summer/16.
The 28.5 hectare vineyard is located in the heart of the village of Leognan, a leading area of Graves region. The vineyard of Haut-Bergey is well exposed to the south and south-west on slightly sloping grounds, ensuring natural drainage. The subsoil is composed of clay and chalk streaked with iron-bearing parts that also contribute to the uniqueness and personality of the wines of Haut-Bergey. Oak barrel aging for 16 to 18 months depending on the vintage.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Chateau Yon Figeac  ASCLEPIADE  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon-Petit Verdot  Bordeaux 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$54.99   Speculative View Legend St Emillon 
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+484220  3760008171313  Download Profile
Vintage    
2012     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 90 Points. "The 2012 Yon-Figeac offers good depth and nuance throughout. Blue and black-fleshed fruits, smoke, licorice, tobacco and incense are all nicely delineated. The tannins are a bit burly, but time in bottle should help the wine come together nicely. All said, this is a solid Saint-Emilion that is sure to please readers over the next decade or so. Yon-Figeac is one of the little jewels of the year." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Jan 2016




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Dark and shiny ruby colour.

Aroma:
Intense and expressive fruity aromas of raspberry and other violets.

Taste:
A distinguished woody expression with black fruits such as elderberry and blackcurrant liqueur. The start is fleshy and the development is continuous and dense.

Pairing:
Hearty pot roast, stuffed peppers, grilled steak with blue cheese, lamb stew.



Other Info:

2012 ~ Available in BC Summer/16.
Chateau Yon Figeac nestles on the right bank of the river Dordogne, 50 km from Bordeaux and at the heard of Saint-Emilion appellation. The estate is recognized for being one of the biggest and for the quality of its wines. Chateau Yon Figeac is fermented to 20-30 days, then stored 12-14 months in 40% of new barrels and 60% of more than one wine.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Chateau Malartic Lagraviere  ASCLEPIADE  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Cabrnet Franc-Petit Verdot  Bordeaux 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$81.99   Speculative View Legend Pessac Leognan 
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+531434  626990263692  Download Profile
Vintage    
2012     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 95 Points. "Impressive nose with leather, dark polished fruit and flowers. Wonderful mouthfeel with soft silky tannins and beautiful texture. Really well put together. Powerful and rich with loads of fruit and ripe tannins. Very ripe." - James Suckling, January 2014

2012 ~ 94 Points. "This large estate of 131 acres has been run brilliantly by a Belgian family, the Bonnies since their acquisition a number of years ago. The quality of the white and red have soared to exceptional heights, and this is certainly still one of the more realistically priced wines of Pessac-Lèognan and classified crus. The 2012 is a beauty, with a dense ruby/purple color, a fabulously plush, opulent texture and medium to full-bodied flavors of cassis, spicy earth and blueberry. Quite rich, yet light on its feet, this is an absolutely textbook Pessac-Léognan, with wonderfully velvety tannins. Drink it now, or drink it in 25 years. This is a brilliant wine." - Rober Parker's The Wine Advocate, April 2015

2012 ~ 92 Points. "Solid, with dense layers of fig sauce, plum cake and blackberry confiture, laced with graphite and warm tar details. The long finish ripples with spice hints and black fruit, leaving a mouthwatering feel despite the heft. Best from 2017 through 2022." - Wine Spectator, March 2015


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Intense, deep red with hints of violet.

Aroma:
Powerful, complex, rich, extremely elegant, refined, very deep. Concentrated, pure nose, with red fruits, smokiness and a minerality that is typical of this wine.

Taste:
Smooth, rich, full-bodied attack. Distinguished, elegant, refined tannin structure. The palate has superb length and supple tannins, making the wine already very accessible, while at the same developing a complexity that suggests it will improve further with age.

Pairing:
Sausage pizza, beef bourguignon, slow braised short ribs, roast leg of lamb with rosemary.



Other Info:

Located on the oldest wine-producing terroir in Bordeaux, Château Malartic-Lagravière was purchased in 1997 by the Bonnie family; it is one of only six Bordeaux châteaux that has both red and white classified wines. This wine goes through vinification in thermoregulated stainless steel or oak vats, fermentation for 4.5 weeks at 28 to 30° C and aged in traditional 60% new oak barrels for 18 months.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Chateau La Croix Saint Georges  ASCLEPIADE  France 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon  Bordeaux 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$96.99   Speculative View Legend Pomerol 
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+760595  3760073714026  Download Profile
Vintage    
2012     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 93+ Points. "Stunningly concentrated, with loads of licorice, truffle, blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, this dense, purple-colored wine is another great example of the heights 2012 achieved in this tiny appellation. Full-bodied, rich, pure, and impressively deep, this is a stunner to drink over the next 20 years. Sadly, the production from this tiny estate of 2.5 acres (on the Catusseau plateau near Le Pin) is difficult to find." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #218, Apr 2015




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Dense purple-coloured.

Aroma:
Earthy and notes of jammy plums on the nose.

Taste:
Soft and round, ending in a fleshy, plum and oak-filled finish.

Pairing:
Meat and mushroom ravioli, slow-cooked venison, blue cheese burgers, prime rib with gravy.



Other Info:

2012 ~ Available in BC Summer/16.
The small vineyard of Château La Croix Saint Georges is superbly sited on the gravel of the high terrace opposite Château Petit Village and between the vineyards of Vieux Château Certan, La Croix and Le Pin. On the facade of one of the wine buildings, a very fine equestrian sculpture is a reminder that this estate belonged to the Order of Hospitaliers of Saint John of Jerusalem. The soils are rich in clay and gravel the wines are bottled with no fining or filtration. They are distinguished by their finesse, elegance and softness.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Terre di Talamo Tempo Morrellino di Scansano Riserva  BACCI WINE ESTATES  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sangiovese  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$0.00   Speculative View Legend  
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+99705  8016048000416  Download Profile
Vintage    
2012     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep and luminous ruby red.

Aroma:
On the nose, sweet, with marked nuances of ripe cherry refined by elegant scents of violets.

Taste:
Intense fruit flavours with dark cherry, blackberry, black currant, spice, leather and mild chocolate.

Pairing:
Perfect pairing partner to a heaping plate of homemade pasta.



Other Info:

2012 ~ Available in BC Fall/16.
Terre di Talamo is located in the southern part of Tuscany’s Maremma coastal area, facing the Argentario gulf. In addition to Sangiovese, other varieties are cultivated as well, in order to produce Morellino di Scansano and other wines: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Alicante, Vermentino, and Viognier. The soil is quite distinctive. Surface layers are largely well-drained rock, limestone and sandstone composites, but at a depth of about a metre and a half, an abundant clayey component keeps the soils cool and holds the water reserves necessary for the sound health and ripening of the grapes in the hot summers typical to this area. The wide range of soil types at Terre di Talamo has led to its being dubbed “minestrone soil”. The vine roots transmit these complex characteristics in the soil to the wine, so that the wines produced at Terre di Talamo are notable for their slaty mineral notes and for a perfect balance between acid and alcohol. Terre di Talamo Tempo Morrellino di Scansano Riserva is aged for 6 months in Barriques and bottle ageing for 12 months.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Castello di Bossi Corbaia  BACCI WINE ESTATES  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Sangiovese-Cabernet Sauvignon  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$73.99   Speculative View Legend  
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Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ 93 Points. "Elegant and silky for the vintage with blueberry and black pepper aromas and flavors. Medium body, firm tannins and a pretty finish. Delicious blend of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon. Drink or hold." - JamesSuckling.com, Jul/16

2011 ~ 93 Points. "The 2011 Corbaia is Sangiovese paired with Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a stunning rendition with a focused and delineated style that is absolutely attractive. The wine offers very precise points of dark berry and spice that work as prefect compliments. Together, they offer a pleasing sense of intensity that is bright and vocal, yet never over the top. Corbaia is the kind of wine you'll want to pair with shaved truffles or porcini mushrooms. The wine keeps the palate clean thanks to its firm tannins and bright acidity." – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate #221, Oct/15

2010 ~ 93 Points. "The 2010 Corbaia is tight and streamlined, with thorny aromas of forest berry and bramble that give the wine an interesting prickly or nervous energy. It keeps you on its toes on the palate as well, where Sangiovese’s fresh acidity is paired nicely against the firm tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon. That pretty duality gives the wine persistency and power as well as the ability to evolve over time. In fact, I would set off drinking this wine for at least another four to five years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #215, Oct 2014

2010 ~ 92 Points. "The 2010 Corbaia, Castello di Bossi's Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blend, is the most reticent of the wines a fair bit. With some coaxing, iron, smoke, wild herbs, plums, game and dark red cherries begin to emerge. The tannins remain imposing though, so readers will have to be patient. Today, I am drawn to the wine's superb persistence and complexity. It will be interesting to see what time brings." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Sept 2014


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Intense ruby-red.

Aroma:
Jammy aromas of black currants, cherries, and cassis backed by hints of tobacco, mocha, and vanilla.

Taste:
Full-bodied yet supple and layered with a rich texture and well-integrated tannins.

Pairing:
Grilled lamb chops, Bearnaise sauces, meats prepared alla Diavola, and grilled ribeye steaks.



Other Info:

Named for the vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in Bossi some 42 years ago, this Super-Tuscan is a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Corbaia is stainless steel-fermented and matured in Allier oak barriques, which results in a wine of superb finesse and elegance.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Renieri Brunello di Montalcino  BACCI WINE ESTATES  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sangiovese  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$70.99   Specialty View Legend Montalcino 
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+462143  8016048000218  Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ 94 Points. "A ripe, rich red with dried-berry, blackberry and chocolate aromas and flavors. Full body, round tannins and a savory finish. Excellent fine of fresh acidity. Focused. Drink or hold." - JamesSuckling.com, Oct/15

2011 ~ 93+ Points. "Renieri always delivers thickly extracted wines that boast their own distinctive style. The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is no exception. This is a beautiful effort. Dark cherry, plum and blackberry find excellent integration with dark spice, smoke, licorice and Spanish cedar. The bouquet is articulate and complex with thick layers that peel back one at a time. This Brunello shows a tight and structured mouthfeel with fresh acidity and a long-lasting, silky texture." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Mar/16

2011 ~ 93 Points. "Tightly wound, this Brunello is packed with cherry, strawberry, floral and salty, minerally flavors. This is well made, with ripeness midpalate and a lingering, succulent finish that echoes fruit, mineral and spice details." - Wine Spectator, Jun 15, 2016

2010 ~ 95 Points. "Renieri's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a wine of infinite depth and personality. It makes a huge impact on the senses thanks to the power of its extract and the boldness of its aromas. This is no small Brunellino. It's a wine of huge aspirations and horizons that will appeal to those who appreciate the extra meat and padding on display. Its overtly generous personality delivers tones of black fruit, shaved truffle, wet earth, prune, candied fruit, cigar box and wet tobacco. On the palate, it shows an irresistible sense of density and softness. This excellent wine can be consumed now or in ten years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Feb/15

2010 ~ 95 Points. "Loads of dark fruits such as blackberry and brambleberry with fresh-mushroom undertones. Full body, firm tannins and a long, long finish. Structured but delicious and captivating. Drink or hold." - James Suckling, Jan/15

2010 ~ 91 Points. "Renieri 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a pretty, fruit-driven wine to drink now and over the next decade. Sweet red cherry, plum, earthiness, rose petal, savory herb and game notes add nuance in a translucent, expressive Brunello with good overall complexity and balance." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Feb/15

2010 ~ Highly Recommended. "Intense spiciness on the nose followed by savoury undertones. Ripe and juicy palate showing plenty of sour cherry, aniseed and plummy acidity. Balanced, with ripe and rounded tannins." - Decanter, Nov/15


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep, intense ruby red.

Aroma:
Complex and multi-layered nose characterized by dark red berry fruit and vanilla.

Taste:
Considerable power on the palate, held nicely in check by supple tannins.

Pairing:
Lamb chops, baked pasta, and grilled beef tagliata with arugula salad.



Other Info:

The Renieri winery estate comprises 128 hectares in the southern quadrant of Montalcino, on slopes that face Monte Amiata. New vines were planted in 1998, at a density of 2,500 vines per acre. The yield is kept low, at just one kilo of grapes per vine, the equivalent of one bottle of wine, which entails the least stress per vine and ensures perfectly ripened fruit, and thus optimal quality. The principal grape variety at Renieri is Sangiovese, and it is the only grape used for the Brunello di Montalcino. A lengthy process of vinification and maturation transforms this raw material into the classic Brunello di Montalcino.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Castello di Bossi Girolamo  BACCI WINE ESTATES  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Merlot  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$65.09   Speculative View Legend  
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Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ 94 Points. "This is a first rate Merlot from Tuscany. The 2011 Girolamo is soft, yielding, pleasurable and extremely plump. The texture is outstanding as the wine glides clear over the palate like a silk sheet. It is persuasive, enduring and long lasting. Aromas of dark cherry, cinnamon spice and chocolate stands to attention and the wine continues to evolve and gain momentum as it warms in the glass. This is a truly beautiful effort that offers immense drinking joy. It should also hold well over the coming decade. But you might not be able to wait that long." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #221, Oct/15

2010 ~ 94+ Points. "A drop-dead gorgeous beauty, the 2010 Merlot Girolamo impresses for its voluptuous, layered personality. Iron, smoke and leather add distinct elements of Sangiovese-infused aromas and flavours. The combination of Merlot generosity plus structure of the year and appellation is incredibly appealing. The 2010 impresses for the sheer integrity and purity of its fruit. Sweet floral and spiced notes add complexity on the finish. This is another superb wine from Castello di Bossi." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Sep/14




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby red in colour with purple highlights.

Aroma:
Black raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, sweet spice, and vanilla with hints of chocolate and dried herbs.

Taste:
Soft and silky texture, backed by a sweet, firm tannins ending with a long, fruit-laden finish.

Pairing:
Rosemary pork roast with berry port wine sauce.



Other Info:

Named for the oldest vineyard of Merlot, planted in Bossi 42 years ago, the muscular Girolamo is made entirely from Merlot grapes. After the harvest, the grapes are crushed and fermented in stainless steel for extra smoothness and complexity. Girolamo is then aged in Allier barriques for approximately two years, to achieve an elegant combination of fruitiness, softened tannins, and body.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Terre di Talamo Per Cecco  BACCI WINE ESTATES  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Petit Verdot  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$44.29   Speculative View Legend Maremma 
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+198861    Download Profile
Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 93 Points. "This is rich and very silky with a pretty density and ripeness. Lots of blueberry and cherry character. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a flavorful finish. Hints of new wood. Hard to resist. Petit verdot. Drink or hold." - JamesSuckling.com, Jul/16

2008 ~ 92 Points. "Aged 24 months in French Allier oak barrique ; 12 months in bottle. The wine is a deep violet colour. On the nose, ripe red berry fruit with hints of spice. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, with ripe fruit, and firm, but soft tannins." - James Suckling, Jan 2012

2008 ~ 92 Points. "Aged for two years in oak barrels, this Petit Verdot is rich and concentrated, and it offers pretty aromas of blackberry, plum and bitter chocolate. Mild spice tones appear on the palate, but they don’t overshadow the fruit." - Wine Enthusiast, April 2013


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Intense red with purple nuances.

Aroma:
Mature black fruit, oak and spice.

Taste:
Plum, fig, vanilla, nutmeg and oak layered with bitter chocolate.

Pairing:
Lamb, beef and flavourful cheeses.



Other Info:

Terre di Talamo is located in the southern part of Tuscany’s Maremma coastal area, facing the Argentario gulf. The soil is quite distinctive. Surface layers are largely well-drained rock, limestone and sandstone composites, but at a depth of about a metre and a half, an abundant clayey component keeps the soils cool and holds the water reserves necessary for the sound health and ripening of the grapes in the hot summers typical to this area. The wide range of soil types at Terre di Talamo has led to its being dubbed ”minestrone soil”. The vine roots transmit these complex characteristics in the soil to the wine, so that the wines produced at Terre di Talamo are notable for their slaty mineral notes and for a perfect balance between acid and alcohol.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico  BACCI WINE ESTATES  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sangiovese  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$25.69   Speculative View Legend  
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+212118    Download Profile
Vintage    
2012     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ "Aromas of toasted oak, plum, menthol and crushed violet open on the nose. The palate offers dried black cherry, licorice, leather, chopped sage and espresso alongside firm, fine-grained tannins. Drink sooner rather than later." - Wine Enthusiast, May/2016

2011 ~ "With simple and clean lines, the 2011 Chianti Classico is redolent of bright cherry, blackberry and dried cassis. There's a ripe element to the bouquet that comes thanks to the vintage heat and the thicker soils of the Castelnuovo Berardenga growing area in the southern part of the Chianti Classico appellation. The finish is soft and luscious with a slightly chewy quality to the tannins." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #215, Oct 2014

2011 ~ "Dark red cherries, worn in leather, smoke, tobacco and cedar flesh out in Castello di Bossi's 2011 Chianti Classico. There is no escaping the effects of the heat in this southern part of the appellation. Sadly, the flavours are forward and roasted. The 2011 is best enjoyed sooner rather than later." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Sept 2014




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Intense ruby-red.

Aroma:
Ripe cherry, violets, and sweet toasty oak.

Taste:
Good body and structure with a soft, luscious finish.

Pairing:
Bean dishes, pastas, and roasted or barbecued meats.



Other Info:

The Chianti Classico is 100% Sangiovese, coming from vineyards of almost 20 years of average age. The vineyard sites have a South-West exposure with an elevation of 350 meters above sea level and a planting density of 5800 vines per hectare. Fermentation is in stainless steel and oak aging is for 6 months in cask.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo  BACCI WINE ESTATES  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sangiovese  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$45.19   Speculative View Legend  
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Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ 92 Points. "Castello di Bossi's 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo is a silky and buoyant expression of Sangiovese that does a great job of framing this warm vintage and the beautiful Tuscan territory. Dark berry aromas are followed by spice, leather, cola a distant chocolate. The effect is harmonious and unifying thanks to the firm structure that the wine shows at the back. It feels firmly knitted together into one velvety embroidery." – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate #221, Oct/15

2011 ~ 92 Points. "The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo is fabulous. Deceptively medium in body, the 2010 races across the palate with an exciting, intense personality and tons of pure class. Sage, rosemary, licorice, tobacco and menthol add complexity in a powerful wine with distinct elements of Mediterranean radiance. The 2010 is dark, powerful and at times a bit gamy. It will appeal most to readers who enjoy full-bodied, structured Chianti Classicos. There is no shortage of personality." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Sept 2014

2010 ~ 93 Points. "Compelling and elegant, the 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo is a tremendous effort that boasts a plump and ripe quality of fruit backed by silky tannins, good structure and fresh acidity. This Chianti Classico Riserva shows the natural heft and power to pair with succulent cuts of beef or braised pork. The 2010 vintage is especially nuanced and finessed." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #215, Oct 2014


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Dark red-garnet.

Aroma:
Dried cedary cherries, sandalwood, underbrush, and spice.

Taste:
Complex with fine and firm tannins, balanced acidity, and a pleasant hint of dried cedary cherries on the finish.

Pairing:
Korean short ribs, ragù sauces, gnocchi, and braised beef dishes.



Other Info:

The single vineyard Riserva is 100% Sangiovese from a vineyard with a planting density of 5000 vines per hectare with 30 years of age. The vineyard is positioned with South-West exposure at an elevation of 350 meters above sea level. After a 20 day maceration period the resulting wine is aged in barriques for 24 months, bottled and left to rest for a further 12 months prior to release.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Terre di Talamo Vento Teso Viognier  BACCI WINE ESTATES  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
White  Viognier  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$32.99   Speculative View Legend  
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+39180    Download Profile
Vintage    
2012     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2015 ~ 92 Points. "A very pretty viognier with honey and dried appie character. Hints of pear. Full body, a/most oily with dried fruit and hints of tropica/ fruit character. One of the best whites in Tuscany now. Drink now." - James Suckling, September 6th, 2016

2011 ~ "This expression delivers mild aromatic intensity, with layers of stone fruit, honey and cantaloupe." - Wine Enthusiast, April 2013




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Gold straw-yellow.

Aroma:
A stunning array of complex, mineral aromas, with a wide range of citrus fruits, lemon and grapefruit.

Taste:
Citrus, pear and white peach.

Pairing:
Bulgur and chickpea salad with sun-dried tomatoes, spicy and citrusy couscous salad.



Other Info:

Terre di Talamo is located in the southern part of Tuscany’s Maremma coastal area, facing the Argentario gulf. The soil is quite distinctive. Surface layers are largely well-drained rock, limestone and sandstone composites, but at a depth of about a metre and a half, an abundant clayey component keeps the soils cool and holds the water reserves necessary for the sound health and ripening of the grapes in the hot summers typical to this area. The wide range of soil types at Terre di Talamo has led to its being dubbed ”minestrone soil”. The vine roots transmit these complex characteristics in the soil to the wine, so that the wines produced at Terre di Talamo are notable for their slaty mineral notes and for a perfect balance between acid and alcohol.
The Terre di Talamo Vento Teso Viognier is a 100% Viognier grown without the aid of pesticides in the pristine Maremma Toscana, which stretches along the coast of southern Tuscany. This wine is named after the Breeze (Vento Teso in Italian) that blows constantly from the coast.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Terre di Talamo Tempo Morrellino di Scansano  BACCI WINE ESTATES  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sangiovese  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$23.99   Speculative View Legend  
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+658021    Download Profile
Vintage    
2013     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ "A cherry-laced red, with leather, earth and tobacco accents backed by lively acidity and dusty tannins. Nice length." - Wine Spectator, Web Only - 2015

2012 ~ 90 Points. "Mixture of fresh raisins, tar, cola and a layer of cinnamon on the nose. Savory with a hint of orange peel, tobacco and sweet wood. A layer of soft tannins offers complexity with a long, round finish." - James Suckling, Oct 20, 2014

2010 ~ "Shows depth to the plum, black cherry and tobacco flavors, along with burly tannins to match. Balanced in a rough-hewn way, with length and personality. Best from 2014 through 2019. 5,000 cases made." - Wine Spectator, Jan 2013

2008 ~ "The 2008 Morellino di Scansano Tempo is a plump, juicy wine bursting with perfumed fruit. This is a great example of why Morellino is such a compelling value. Roses and French oak linger on a finish that is round, harmonious and perfumed throughout. The estate's Morellino is 80% Sangiovese, 10% Alicante and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon." - Antonio Galloni, Oct 2010


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep luminous ruby.

Aroma:
Sweet, with marked nuances of ripe cherry refined by elegant scents of violets.

Taste:
Superb, full-structured character, with a harmonious, judicious balance between tannins and alcohol.

Pairing:
Grilled lamb chops or roasted pork.



Other Info:

Terre di Talamo is located in the southern part of Tuscany’s Maremma coastal area, facing the Argentario gulf. The soil is quite distinctive. Surface layers are largely well-drained rock, limestone and sandstone composites, but at a depth of about a metre and a half, an abundant clayey component keeps the soils cool and holds the water reserves necessary for the sound health and ripening of the grapes in the hot summers typical to this area. The wide range of soil types at Terre di Talamo has led to its being dubbed ”minestrone soil”. The vine roots transmit these complex characteristics in the soil to the wine, so that the wines produced at Terre di Talamo are notable for their slaty mineral notes and for a perfect balance between acid and alcohol.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Renieri Brunello di Montalcino Riserva  BACCI WINE ESTATES  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sangiovese  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$381.99   Speculative View Legend Montalcino 
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+799288  801604150104  Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ 100 Points. "A young Brunello with precision and complexity showing violets, blackberries, bramble berries, tea leaf and minerals. Stone undertones, too. Full body, a compressed palate and firm and velvety tannins. Powerful and long. Truly fantastic. Breathtaking." - James Suckling, Oct/15

2010 ~ 96 Points. "This is reminiscent of a fine Burgundy, showing berry, fading cherry, spice and chalky mineral notes. Juicy and elegant, firm yet harmonious, this lingers with a long, complex aftertaste." - Wine Spectator, Jun 30, 2016

2010 ~ 96 Points. "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a magnificent wine that will appeal to those who love the softer and richer side of Brunello. Proprietor Marco Bacci shows a unique talent for interpreting the Sangiovese grape and his deft work comes through clearly in this excellent vintage. This is a powerful, penetrating but elegant wine with dark cherry and blackberry softened by spice, cinnamon and licorice. The wine is tight and focused in terms of mouthfeel, but it also exhibits an expansive and generous personality. It is very young now and requires at least five years of cellar aging before it will really start to flex its muscles." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Mar/16

2010 ~ 96 Points. "Reminiscent of a fine Burgundy, showing berry, fading cherry, spice and chalky mineral notes. Juicy and elegant, firm yet harmonious, this lingers with a long, complex aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2033." - Wine Spectator, Web Only 2016


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Ruby-carnelian red.

Aroma:
Abundance of complex aromas of dark berries, balsamic and violets on the nose.

Taste:
Vibrant notes of juicy plums, raspberry and liquorice with impeccable balance of acidity and silky tannins.

Pairing:
Pairs well with grilled steak, roast leg of lamb, hard cheese, and veal piccata.



Other Info:

2010 ~ Available in BC early Summer/16.
The Renieri winery estate comprises 128 hectares in the southern quadrant of Montalcino, on slopes that face Monte Amiata. New vines were planted in 1998, at a density of 2,500 vines per acre. The yield is kept low, at just one kilo of grapes per vine, the equivalent of one bottle of wine, which entails the least stress per vine and ensures perfectly ripened fruit, and thus optimal quality. The principal grape variety at Renieri is Sangiovese, and it is the only grape used for the Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. A lengthy process of vinification and maturation transforms this raw material into the classic Brunello di Montalcino.


Bottles per Case: 1
Bottle Size: 1500ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Renieri Brunello di Montalcino Riserva  BACCI WINE ESTATES  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sangiovese  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$159.99   Speculative View Legend Montalcino 
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+845248  8016048220104  Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ 100 Points. "A young Brunello with precision and complexity showing violets, blackberries, bramble berries, tea leaf and minerals. Stone undertones, too. Full body, a compressed palate and firm and velvety tannins. Powerful and long. Truly fantastic. Breathtaking." - James Suckling, Oct/15

2010 ~ 96 Points. "This is reminiscent of a fine Burgundy, showing berry, fading cherry, spice and chalky mineral notes. Juicy and elegant, firm yet harmonious, this lingers with a long, complex aftertaste." - Wine Spectator, Jun 30, 2016

2010 ~ 96 Points. "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a magnificent wine that will appeal to those who love the softer and richer side of Brunello. Proprietor Marco Bacci shows a unique talent for interpreting the Sangiovese grape and his deft work comes through clearly in this excellent vintage. This is a powerful, penetrating but elegant wine with dark cherry and blackberry softened by spice, cinnamon and licorice. The wine is tight and focused in terms of mouthfeel, but it also exhibits an expansive and generous personality. It is very young now and requires at least five years of cellar aging before it will really start to flex its muscles." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Mar/16

2010 ~ 96 Points. "Reminiscent of a fine Burgundy, showing berry, fading cherry, spice and chalky mineral notes. Juicy and elegant, firm yet harmonious, this lingers with a long, complex aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2033." - Wine Spectator, Web Only 2016


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby with orange rim.

Aroma:
Abundance of complex aromas of dark berries, balsamic and violets on the nose.

Taste:
Vibrant notes of juicy plums, raspberry and liquorice with impeccable balance of acidity and silky tannins.

Pairing:
Pairs well with grilled steak, roast leg of lamb, hard cheese, and veal piccata.



Other Info:

2010 ~ Available in BC early Summer/16.
The Renieri winery estate comprises 128 hectares in the southern quadrant of Montalcino, on slopes that face Monte Amiata. New vines were planted in 1998, at a density of 2,500 vines per acre. The yield is kept low, at just one kilo of grapes per vine, the equivalent of one bottle of wine, which entails the least stress per vine and ensures perfectly ripened fruit, and thus optimal quality. The principal grape variety at Renieri is Sangiovese, and it is the only grape used for the Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. A lengthy process of vinification and maturation transforms this raw material into the classic Brunello di Montalcino.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Grappa di Moscato  BENIAMINO MASCHIO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Grappa  Moscato Canelli  Fruili 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$36.49   Specialty View Legend  
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+523480  8004595028861  Download Profile
Vintage    
NV     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Clear water white.

Aroma:
Intense floral notes from the moscato combine with grappa's characteristic herbal/anise scents.

Taste:
Aromas carry through on the intense, full-texture unctuous palate.

Pairing:
Panzanella Insalata.



Other Info:

The company was founded in the early '60s by Beniamino Maschio, inheritor of a family tradition that has linked the Maschio name to grappa for over three centuries. While still very young, Beniamino began distilling with his brothers in their father's distillery. In 1964, he started his own business in San Michele di Feletto on the hills of Conegliano. Blending love for the profession and a deep study of experimentation, he learned to produce excellent distillations of grape marc, and learned how to blend and age them to craft refined and incredibly elegant products.
Today, Beniamino Maschio's grappas continue to convey the extraordinary quality of this most celebrated Italian distillate outside the country. Research, technique, and quality are the watchwords in his company, thanks to the commitment that the talented wine specialists pour daily into bringing out the original varietal stampings in every distillate and grappa.



Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 700ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Barbera d'Asti Costalunga DOC  BERSANO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Barbera  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$19.99   Speculative View Legend  
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+348680  8000192005502  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ "This sinewy red offers a solid cherry flavor, with underlying chalk and mineral notes. moderately long on the finish." - Wine Spectator, Dec/15

2011 ~ 89+ Points & Best Buy Reds ~ Gordon Stimmell ~ Best Value Wines of 2013, The Toronto Star, Dec 2013

2011 ~ Best Buy ~ Wine Enthusiast, 2012

2007 ~ Killer Value ~ Wine Access Value Wine Awards 2009

2004 ~ 93 Points. "Think of it as a fine little pinot noir. It has ripe raspberry fruit with floral, licorice and leather flavours. Light to medium weight, this wine is cohesive and smooth, with low tannin and a tartish acidity on the finish. Very good length. 2007 to 2011." - Toronto Life Dec 3/07

2003 ~ 3 1/2 Stars ~ Vines Magazine, Winter 2006

2002 ~ 3 Stars. "light blackcurrant aromas mingle with the lively wild cherry, black raspberry flavours. Cries out for fresh pasta with home-made tomato sauce." - Vines Magazine, Nov/04


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby.

Aroma:
Intense red berries.

Taste:
Dry, vigorous, getting rounder with ageing.

Pairing:
Best with appetizers, pasta, roasted beef, light game and light cheese.



Other Info:

Barbera d'Asti "Costalunga" d.o.c.g. is made with Barbera grapes from vineyards around Nizza Monferrato, in the Asti County, which is the classic area for this grape variety. Among the local people of the region, Barbera d'Asti is considered the wine for everyday and every meal. The wines that made Piedmont famous all over the world are part of the Bersano Classic line for more than 100 years.
Costalunga is a good example as one of the most successful Barberas sold in the world. This Barbera is aged 8-10 months in Slavonian oak barrels and 3 months in the bottle.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Barolo Nirvasco DOCG  BERSANO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$43.99   Specialty View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+570754  8000192001108  Download Profile
Vintage    
2007     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2009 ~ "The cherry, plum and licorice notes are lifted by good acidity in this rich ‘09. Turns a little pinched on the finish, with crispness. Best from 2016 through 2025. 10,000 cases made.” – Wine Spectator, 2014

2008 ~ 89 Points. "Delicate, streamlined and feminine, this opens with pretty aromas of blue flower, cola, and forest berry. Fresh acidity and a bright touch of white almond mark the finish." - Wine Enthusiast, September 2012

2007 ~ 91 Points. "Round and accessible, offering cherry, plum and sweet spice flavours, backed by ripe, smooth tannins. Fine length shows its potential. There's no rush, though this will continue to develop over the next decade. Best from 2013 through 2021. Tasted twice with consistent notes." - Wine Spectator, April 2012

2005 ~ 90 Points. "Delicately perfumed, displaying blueberry, blackberry and floral aromas that follow through to a full body, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Tight and balanced." - Wine Spectator, Web-only 2009

2005 ~ Silver Medal - Decanter Wine Awards 2009

2004 ~ "Blackberry and licorice on the nose. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and ripe tannins. Medium and rich in the mouth, with ripe fruit and ripe tannins." ~ Wine Spectator, June 15/08


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Medium ruby.

Aroma:
An intense, complex bouquet of spices and ripe fruit.

Taste:
Full-bodied, with delicate tannins supporting flavours of ripe plums, with hints of leather, licorice, pepper and violets.

Pairing:
Venison, steak, and parmesan reggiano are exceptional matches.



Other Info:

The Bersano winery story began at the end of the 19th century in Nizza Monferrato, the heart of the Barbera d’Asti district. Arturo Bersano founded the winery, based on his motto “if you want to drink well, buy yourself a vineyard.” The winery’s holdings have expanded to 230 hectares, but it still remains in the hands of two families, the Masimellis and Soaves, making it the largest private vine-grower in Piedmont.
The grapes for Barolo Nirvasco DOCG come from vineyards in Langhe. Traditional refinement in Slavonian oak casks and in bottle which guarantees great elegance, harmony and balance.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
The Broad-Side Shiraz-Cabernet-Malbec  BLEASDALE VINEYARDS  Australia 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec  Langhorne Creek 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$17.49   Speculative View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+40600  9316475001932  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2014 ~ 90 Points & Silver Medal ~ The National Wine Show of Australia 2015

2014 ~ 90 Points. "Glass-staining ruby. Ripe cherry and blackberry aromas show very good energy and an enlivening jolt of peppery spices. Plush and seamless on the palate, conveying real power to its black and blue fruit, lavender pastille and white pepper flavors. Finishes broad and fleshy, with repeating spiciness, velvety tannins and strong persistence. This wine has the balance to reward patience but is also pretty appealing right now." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Mar/16

2013 ~ 90 Points. "Opaque ruby. Pungent aromas of cassis, dried cherry, violet and mocha, with a hint of cocoa powder in the background. Deep flavors of black and blue fruits and bitter chocolate take a livelier turn with air. Supple tannins give gentle grip tot the broad, appealingly sweet finish, with the blue fruit and chocolate notes echoing." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Mar/16

2012 ~ 90 Points. "Opaque ruby. Dark berries, floral pastilles and vanilla on the perfumed nose. Offers gently sweet blueberry and cherry compote flavours with suggestions of licorice and dark chocolate. Supple, fine-grained blend with slow-building tannins on the clinging finish and a late jolt of bitter cherry." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/August 2014

2012 ~ Silver Medal ~ Queensland Wine Show 2013

2009 ~ 89 Points. "There is real synergy here between the three varieties: plum, blackberry and a wisp of dark chocolate supported by fine, savoury tannins on the light- to medium-bodied palate."- James Halliday, November 2011

2009 ~ "This dark, ripe red offers rich blackberry and cherry fruit, finishing with lots of spice. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Drink now through 2015." - Wine Spectator, January 31- February 29, 2012

2005 ~ 89 Points. "The 2005 Shiraz - Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 51% Shiraz and 49% Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in neutral American oak for 15 months. Purple in color, it reveals scents of cedar, tobacco, blackcurrants and blueberry. In the mouth, it is supple-textured with black berry flavors and a bit of mint in the background. This nicely balanced effort has very good depth and length. Drink this excellent value over the next 3-4 years - Once again, Bleasdale Vineyards has produced a portfolio of great values that consistently over-deliver." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/07

2004 ~ "Aged in 300 liter hogsheads, the 2004 Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon is slightly more monolithic than its siblings, but it possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as a chunky, fleshy, muscular, tasty style. It should be drunk over the next 3-4 years. Drink 2006-2010." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #168, Dec/06

2003 ~ 94 Points. Ten of the Best Value Reds $10-15! "A medium-bodied, attractive mix of black fruits, ripe tannins and vanillan oak. Very good value." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, 2007 Edition

2003 ~ 94 Points. "A wine with a medium-bodied, attractive mix of black fruits, ripe tannins and vanilla oak. Again, very good value." - James Halliday's Best Bargain Buys of the Year, The Weekend Australian, Jul/06

2003 ~ Judges Choice ~ International Value Wine Awards, Wine Access, 2007

2003 ~ 89 Points. "Bleasdale produces some of the most reliable as well as fairly priced wines form Langhorne Creek that are good choices for both neophytes and connoisseurs." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate: Issue #161, Oct/05

2002 ~ 88-90 Points. "Readers looking for more mint/eucalyptus characteristics should check out the 2002 Shiraz/Cabernet, a heady concoction revealing copious quantities of black currant fruits along with the tell-tale mint. This impressively endowed, nicely textured, dense concentrated offering reveals the strength of this vintage in South Australia. Potentially bigger and richer than its 2001 counterpart, it will drink well for 4-7 years." - Robert Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate: Issue #148

2002 ~ "An almost equal blend of two great grapes makes this rich, ripe-fruit-loaded wine. Plums, berries and spice on the nose and hints of herbs and mint on the palate. Could cellar a couple of years." - Nick Lees, Journal Bistro, Edmonton Journal, Jun 14/06

2002 ~ "Smooth and plushly textured on a modest scale, with plummy flavors at the core, shaded nicely with nutmeg and meat notes on the finish. Drink now through 2009." - Wine Spectator, Sep/05

2001 ~ Gold Medal ~ International Wine Challenge, Oct/03

2001 ~ GREAT VALUE & 89 Points ~ Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate: Issue #148


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby/purple colour.

Aroma:
Loads of black currant fruits with notes of mint.

Taste:
This wine exhibits mint and berry flavours with spicy overtones. Oak maturation has given the wine a French toastiness and added complexity.

Pairing:
Pair with robust beef dishes, lamb, game and grilled steaks.



Other Info:

Bleasdale Vineyards is Langhorne Creek's founding winery and Australia's second oldest family owned and operated winery. It was established in 1850 by English migrant Frank Potts, who arrived in South Australia on the Buffalo in 1836. The vineyards are situated on the flood plains of the Bremer River, which runs parallel to Langhorne Creek. Frank Potts sons and grandsons have operated the winery since, while building on his legacy. Bleasdale is solely owned and operated by fourth and fifth generation members of the Potts family.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Bremerview Shiraz  BLEASDALE VINEYARDS  Australia 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Shiraz  Langhorne Creek 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$17.49   Speculative View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+885053  9316475001925  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2014 ~ 96 Points & Gold Medal ~ The National Wine Show of Australia 2015

2014 ~ 96 Points. “Destemmed to open fermenters, 15% whole berries, short cold soak, 9-12 days on skins, pressed to new (15%) and used French oak. Top gold National Wine Show ?15, gold Adelaide Wine Show and Melbourne Wine Awards. This is right in the heart of medium-bodied shiraz, black cherry, plum and blackberry fruits encased in a silken web of tannins, and a fleeting glimpse of French oak. Yes, it’s $20.” – James Halliday’s AWC, Aug/2016

2013 ~ 91 Points. "Bright purple. Vibrant, highly perfumed black and blue fruit aromas are complemented by suggestions of Indian spices and potpourri. Sweet, seamless and concentrated but light on its feet, offering sappy blueberry and cassis flavors and a suggestion of allspice. The very long, energetic, floral finish is framed by supple, harmonious tannins. This suave wine delivers remarkable value, showing the power and finesse of plenty of Shiraz bottlings that sell for two or three times the price." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Mar/16

2013 ~ 95 Points & Gold Medal ~ The National Wine Show of Australia 2015

2012 ~ 90 Points. "Powerful, spice-accented aromas of dark berry liqueur and violet. Fleshy and round, offering densely packed blackberry and blueberry flavors that gain intensity and spiciness with air. Finishes smooth, broad and very long, leaving an exotic spicecake note behind." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sept/Oct 2014

2012 ~ 90 Points. "Bright purple. Powerful, spice-accented aromas of dark berry liqueur and violet. Fleshy and round, offering densely packed blackberry and blueberry flavors that gain intensity and spiciness with air. Finishes smooth, broad and very long, leaving an exotic spicecake note behind" - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/August 2014

2010 ~ Gold Medal ~ Griffith Riverina Wine Show 2011

2009 ~ "fragrant and spicy blackberry fruit bouquet; the palate is medium bodied revealing fleshy black fruit and attractive regional mint." - James Halliday, August 2011

2008 ~ "A very ripe bouquet reminiscent of loganberry confiture is a prominent feature; medium-bodied, warm and quite luscious." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011

2007 ~ 90 Points. "The purple-colored 2007 Bremerview Shiraz, a wine aged in oak for 12 months. The nose exhibits spice box, cedar, game, blueberry, and a hint of mint. Layered, savory, intense, and well-balanced, this lengthy effort will be fun to drink over the next 4 years. It is a super value in Shiraz." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/09

2007 ~ 89 Points. "A case of Langhorne Creek borrowing some of McLaren Vale's dark, bitter, chocolate to go with the blackberry fruit and charry oak flavours centre stage." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011

2006 ~ 4.5 Stars. "A pretty, well-constructed wine... plenty of dark, ripe berry fruit. Soft, rich and easy to drink but more times will do wonders." - Winestate, Western Australia, Jul-Aug/08

2006 ~ "Red berry fruit, a touch of mint and earth on the bouquet; the palate is warm and generous and ample, with a slightly soft edge to the conclusion." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2010

2005 ~ Wine of the Month. "Full, fruit driven 'mouth-feel.' The flavours are enormous - redolent of blackberries and plums. It is made for early consumption while these fruit flavours remain prominent but, if you prefer more earthy and chocolate flavours, then it can be put aside up to about 2012." - Graeme McDonough, Proctor, Law Society of Australia, Apr/08

2004 ~ 90 Points. "The outstanding 2004 Shiraz Bremerview Vineyard is a fabulous buy, offering classic Shiraz characteristics of blackberries, tar, and white flowers. Aged in neutral 300 liter American oak hogsheads for 12 months, it possesses abundant fruit, glycerin, alcohol (14.5%), and texture along with a hint of earth." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #168, Dec/06

2001 ~ 93 Points ~ Nick's in Melbourne, Rating: ,
Value: 5 stars Bleasdale have over-delivered again. Very deep crimson colour with deep crimson hue. The nose is impressive, showing excellent lift, with notes of plum, spice, dark chocolate, vanilla and cherry. The palate structure is such that the wine is imminently drinkable now, although medium term cellaring is still worthwhile. Flavours of spicy plum, chocolate and vanilla. Excellent length and depth. Velvet smooth tannins followed by a long spice, vanilla and plum aftertaste. Cellar: 3-4 years (2007-2008)

2001 ~ 89 Points. "Also a great value, the 2001 Shiraz Bremerview boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as a big, peppery, sweet nose of blackberries and currants with notions of underbrush and sweet earth in the background. Ripe, fleshy, and hedonistic, it will provide enjoyment over the next 5-7 years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Issue 148

2001 ~ 89 Points. "Fresh flavors of black cherry and meaty black currant integrate into this wine's grape skin tannin to create a smooth shiraz without a heavy mask of oak. This is a robust wine, ready for the subtle spices in a long-braised shoulder of pork." - Wine & Spirits, Oct/05

2000 ~ 3 Stars & Recommended ~ Decanter November 2003


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby colour.

Aroma:
Ripe berry fruit aromas, with a touch of fruitcake and some cinnamon spice.

Taste:
The palate is dense with blackberry preserve and smoky oak flavours and lovely lingering fruit sweetness.

Pairing:
Great with roast game, or comfort food like casserole or a homemade steak.



Other Info:

Bleasdale Vineyards is Langhorne Creek's founding winery and Australia's second oldest family owned and operated winery. It was established in 1850 by English migrant Frank Potts, who arrived in South Australia on the Buffalo in 1836. The vineyards are situated on the flood plains of the Bremer River, which runs parallel to Langhorne Creek. Frank Potts sons and grandsons have operated the winery since, while building on his legacy. Bleasdale is solely owned and operated by fourth and fifth generation members of the Potts family.



Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Mulberry Tree Cabernet Sauvignon  BLEASDALE VINEYARDS  Australia 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Cabernet Sauvignon  Langhorne Creek 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$15.99   Specialty View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+45096  9316475001918  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2014 ~ 92 Points. “Destemmed and crushed to open fermenters, spending 11-15 days on skins, matured for 12 months in new (15%) and used French oak. Bright crimson-purple; you really have to wait until the aftertaste to understand and appreciate this wine: it’s in that languorous, medium-bodied Langhorne Creek style, the tannins soft, the fruit fully ripe at 14%, the aftertaste revealing some black olive nuances, a faint edge to the tannins, and a whisk of oak that all add to the package.” – James Halliday’s AWC, Aug/2016

2014 ~ 90 Points & Silver Medal ~ The National Wine Show of Australia 2015

2013 ~ 93 Points. "The strongly maritime climate of Langhorne Creek provides a welcome environment for cabernet, allowing supple cassis fruit to provide full flavour without the pain of austere tannins that can accompany good young cabernet. This wine has depth and length, and is very good value." - James Halliday's AWC, Aug/2016

2013 ~ 90 Points. "Inky ruby. Aromas of dried cherry and blackcurrant, with a hint of smokiness emerging as the wine opens with air. Spicy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and black fruit flavors with suggestions of dark chocolate and black pepper. Finishes with gentle tannic grip, an echo of bitter cherry and building sweetness. In a fairly elegant Old World style as wines from this region go." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Mar/16

2012 ~ 93 Points. "Has the colour of the '12 vintage, and is indeed a most attractive medium-bodied wine with pure blackcurrant varietal fruit supported by cedary oak and fine tannins. Great value." - James Halliday's AWC, Jun/14

2012 ~ 90 Points (Belly’s Budget Best). "All too often, Aussie Cabernet Sauvignon gets lost in the tidal wave that’s Australian Shiraz. But times are changing in Oz. And while Shiraz will likely never go out of style, folks are beginning to notice that winemakers Down Under do make pretty good other stuff. Case in point, this nicely balanced chocolate, blackberry and plummy-toned drop that’s wrapped in just the right amount of oak, with respectable chalky tannins and a good close. Think anything braised. A definite deal." - Tim Pawsey North Shore News, January 18, 2015

2012 ~ 90 Points. “Deep ruby. Vibrant blackberry and cherry aromas are complicated by peppery spices and candied flowers. On the palate, sappy dark berry and bitter cherry flavors are enlivened by notes of cracked pepper and lavender. The long, chewy finish features fine-grained tannins, a touch of mint and a late floral kick.” - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/Aug 2014

2012 ~ Best Buy. "With the warm feel of the sun on a dusty track in South Australia, this wine's dark fruit has a shady side as well, hinting at eucalyptus bark and balsamic notes. Its finishes balanced and cool, for roast lamb." - Wine & Spirits, February 2015

2012 ~ Top 115 Wines of 2015. "Tasty, ripe, smooth. This approachable and tasty Cabernet offers mulberries, cassis, black plums and pepper aromas amidst dried herbs, leather, vanilla, fresh mint and star anise. It is supple and sweet with ripe purple fruit, sweet spices and chocolaty flavours. Expect a smooth mocha finish and good freshness. Good value. - WineDiva, Nov/15

2010 ~ 90 Points. "Mid-crimson; an elegant medium-bodied wine with clear-cut varietal presence on both the bouquet and palate, skewed towards red fruits rather than black, and with fine-grained tannins on the finish. The moderate alcohol gives the wine freshness and vitality." - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2012

2009 ~ 89 Points. "A new second label from a winery established in 1850 with a long and proud history of continuous winemaking. Bright, deep crimson-purple, this has clear-cut varietal character with blackcurrant and a dash of dark chocolate. The tannins are soft and ripe, the French oak subtle. An attractive now-or-later style." - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2011

2007 ~ "The 2007 Mulberry Tree Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for 18 months in a mix of seasoned French and American oak. Enticing aromas of cedar, spice box, violets, and black currant lead to a mouth-filling, moderately structured Cabernet with good depth and a pure finish" - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/09

2006 ~ 89 Points. "The 2006 Mulberry Tree Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from a vineyard most of which is 80-90 years of age. It was aged for 12 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak. It delivers an enticing perfume of cedar, mineral, scorched earth, black currant, and blackberry. This is followed by an elegant wine with good integration of oak, tannin, and acidity, a seamless palate feel, and excellent length. It will evolve for 1-2 years and be at its best from 2010 to 2018. " - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Feb/09

2005 ~ 89 Points. "The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon "Mulberry Tree" was aged for 12 months in 60% American and 40% French oak ranging in age from new to 3 years. Dark ruby colored, the wine has an aromatic array of cedar, red and black currants with a touch of eucalyptus, and blackberry liqueur. This leads to a medium- to full-bodied, supple wine with forward red and black fruit flavors, excellent balance, ripe tannins and a long, pure finish. Drink this outstanding value over the next 6 years.

"Once again, Bleasdale Vineyards has produced a portfolio of great values that consistently over-deliver." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/07

2004 ~ 91 Points. "The outrageously good 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Mulberry Tree is a terrific bargain. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 12 months in a combination of French and American wood, is the kind of wine that makes consumers realize there is a lot of over-priced Cabernet in the marketplace. It boasts a deep ruby/purple color, an excellent texture, and notes of underbrush, black currants, tar, sweet cassis, and cedar. Full-bodied with light to moderate tannin, it can be drunk now or cellared for a decade." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/06

2003 ~ 89 Points. "Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the dense ruby/purple-hued 2003 is a nicely-textured, medium to full-bodied, elegant, rich, concentrated effort that emphasizes fruit as well as varietal character. It spent 18 months in neutral 300 litre French and American hogsheads. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. One of Bleasdale's flagship wines." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Issue #161, Oct 31/05

"Bleasdale produces some of the most reliable as well as fairly priced wines form Langhorne Creek that are good choices for both neophytes and connoisseurs." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Issue #161, Oct 31/05

2002 ~ 89 Points & Terrific Value ~ Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Oct/04

2001 ~ 89 Points & Outstanding ~ Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Issue #148

2000 ~ 4 Stars ~ Winestate Annual 2003


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby.

Aroma:
Attractive aromas of berries and mint.

Taste:
Creamy and toasty characters from eight months maturation in a combination of French and American oak.

Pairing:
Ideal with hearty stews and grilled red meats.



Other Info:

Bleasdale Vineyards is Langhorne Creek's founding winery and Australia's second oldest family owned and operated winery. It was established in 1850 by English migrant Frank Potts, who arrived in South Australia on the Buffalo in 1836. The vineyards are situated on the flood plains of the Bremer River, which runs parallel to Langhorne Creek. Bleasdale is solely owned and operated by fourth and fifth generation members of the Potts family.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Frank Potts Cabernet-Malbec-Merlot-Petit Verdot-Cabernet Franc  BLEASDALE VINEYARDS  Australia 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec-Petit Verdot-Merlot-Shiraz  Langhorne Creek 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$24.39   Speculative View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+43794  9316475001857  Download Profile
Vintage    
2013     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2014 ~ 96 Points. “61% cabernet sauvignon, 18% malbec, 9% merlot, 8% petit verdot, 4% cabernet franc, gold medal National Wine Show ?15. Almost nonchalantly floods the mouth with blackcurrant and plum, the texture mesmeric, focusing on the fruit, yet providing the edge of tannin that is an integral part of the quality of the wine.” – James Halliday’s AWC, Aug/2016

2014 ~ 95 Points & Gold Medal ~ The National Wine Show of Australia 2015

2013 ~ 95 Points. "Lovely red berry and darker fruit aromas, notably blackcurrant, plum and lifted violets with a touch of black olives. These characters continue onto the palate supported by layers of nutmeg, cinnamon and spice oak flavours, with a hint of vanilla." - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2016

2013 ~ 92 Points. "Bright violet color. Powerful smoke- and spice-accented aromas of fresh blueberry, cherry-vanilla and cured tobacco, with a floral nuance building with air. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering sappy dark berry preserve flavors with suggestions of candied flowers, licorice and mocha. Supple, slow-building tannins provide grip to the impressively long finish, which leaves boysenberry and smoky mineral notes behind." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Mar/16

2012 ~ 94 Points ~ James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2015

2012 ~ 93 Points ~ Campbell Mattinson Winefront Monthly Aug/14

2012 ~ 91 Points. "Inky ruby. Ripe cherry, blueberry, candied licorice, violet and a hint of vanilla on the highly perfumed nose. Sappy and appealingly sweet, offering plush dark berry and cherry-cola flavors that become spicier with air. Dusty tannins build slowly through the long, smoky finish, which leaves blue fruit and floral notes behind. This wine benefits considerably from aeration." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Mar/16

2012 ~ 90 Points. “Oenologically speaking, Australia may be at polar opposites with France in many ways. The wines tend to be louder and the grape blends often tradition-flouting. Here’s a full-bodied red that slavishly follows the classic Bordeaux formula, mostly cabernet sauvignon with malbec, petit verdot, merlot and cabernet franc. Gutsy and dense with sweet plum jam, it’s balanced by tangy acidity and peppery spice, with an herbal, tobacco depth (is that the cab franc speaking?) and a touch of mint. Lamb chops would carry it to a fine finish.” – The Globe and Mail, Nov 19, 2015

2012 ~ 90 Points. "Saturated ruby. Cassis, fresh rose, bitter chocolate and smoky minerals on the nose. Taut and focused on the palate, with lively red and dark berry flavours complemented by cracked pepper and chewing tobacco. Finishes with dusty, building tannins that fold smoothly into the wine's energetic fruit." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/August 2014

2012 ~ Silver Medal ~ 2014 International Wine Challenge UK

2012 ~ Silver Medal ~ 2014 Langhorne Creek Wine Show

2012 ~ Silver Medal ~ 2014 Riverina Wine Show

2012 ~ Silver Medal ~ 2013 Royal Adelaide Wine Show

2012 ~ Silver Medal ~ 2013 Royal Hobart Wine Show

2011 ~ 90 Points. "Saturated ruby. Cassis, fresh rose, bitter chocolate and smoky minerals on the nose. Taut and focused on the palate, with lively red and dark berry flavors complemented by cracked pepper and chewing tobacco. Finishes with dusty, building tannins that fold smoothly into the wine's energetic fruit." - Vinous, July 2014

2009 ~ 91+ Points. "A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, the 2009 Frank Potts has a deep garnet-purple color and aromas of creme de cassis, mulberries, blackberry preserves, cigar boxes, Indian spices, pencil lead, earth and pepper. Medium-full bodied and with plenty of mouth-filling fruit, it has enlivening / balanced acid, medium-firm finely grained tannins and a long finish. Approachable now, it will reward cellaring, drinking to 2020+." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Feb/12

2006 ~ 93 Points. "Retains good hue; a supple, medium-bodied wine, with a mix of blackcurrant, plum, Christmas cake and mocha, the tannins rip and soft in Langhorne creek style." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011

2006 ~ 90 Points. "The opaque/purple 2006 Frank Potts is composed of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Malbec aged for 18 months in a mix of new and used 300-liter French and American oak hogsheads. The alluring aromatic array reveals lots of toast, smoke, spice, black currant, and black cherry. This leads to a layered wine with savory flavors, excellent balance, plenty of depth, and a 40-second finish. It will continue to blossom with another 2-3 years of bottle age and offer prime drinking from 2011 to 2020." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Feb/09

2006 ~ 89 Points. "Bleasdale's 2006 Frank Potts Cabernet Malbec has a deep garnet-purple and earthy, nutty, meaty aromas over a blackberry and mulberry core plus some tobacco, licorice and leather. Full bodied and rich with evolving berry and savory flavors, it has a medium to firm level of grainy tannins, refreshing acidity and a long finish. Drinking now, it should remain good through 2015." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/10

2005 ~ 93 Points. "Bright colour, medium-bodied; bursting with cassis, raspberry and blackcurrant fruit; fine, ripe tannins, good length." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2007

2005 ~ 90 Points. "The winery's flagship is the 2005 Frank Potts. It is a blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, with the balance Petit Verdot and Merlot and was aged for 15 months in new and used French and American oak This purple-colored wine exhibits an expressive nose of plum, black currant, black cherry and blackberry. It is more structured than the other wines in the portfolio but the tannins are ripe, the fruit sweet, and there is a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It will evolve for 2-3 years and drink well through 2020." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/07

2005 ~ Gold Medal ~ International Wine Awards 2009

2004 ~ 94 Points. "Strong colour, clear red-purple; equally strong palate structure; masses of blackcurrant and cassis fruit; soft tannins typical of the region." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, 2008 Edition

2004 ~ 90 Points. "The 2004 Frank Potts Proprietary Red is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec, and 15% Petit Verdot. This cuvee spent 18 months in French and American wood, which is evident in the noticeable wood component. Nevertheless, it is an outstanding effort displaying notions of soy, vanillin, black currants, mint, and blackberries in its rich, full-bodied, tannic personality. It should last 10-12 years at a minimum. Drink 2006-2018." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #168, Dec/06

2004 ~ "This is a mouthwatering blend... It is ripe, generous and perfectly balanced, displaying a deep intensity of red and black fruit with definite overtones of cassis and mint. Rightfully a 'first class' wine with broad appeal, it is elegant, rich and totally satisfying. Get yours and experience a memorable discovery." - Vendor: Wine, Spirits & Beer - Western Canada's Trade Magazine, Summer 2008

2003 ~ 93 Points. "Bright colour; medium-bodied; bursting with cassis, raspberry and blackcurrant fruit. Ripe tannins and vanilla oak; good length." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, 2007 Edition

2003 ~ 90 Points. "Bleasdale produces some of the most reliable as well as fairly priced wines from Langhorne Creek that are good choices for both neophytes and connoisseurs. One of Bleasdales's flagship wines, the 2003 Frank Potts Proprietary Red (a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, and 11% Petit Verdot) is fashioned from a selection of the finest barrels. The outstanding 2003 offers up notes of licorice, black currants, blueberries, and spice box. An elegant, attractive, pure, rich effort boasting decent acidity as well as a long finish, it should drink well for 7-8 years." - Robert Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, #161 Oct 31/05

2002 ~ Trophy ~ Best Australian Red, London International Wine Challenge 2004

2001 ~ 91 Points ~ Wine Access, Jan/06


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep opaque ruby.

Aroma:
Intense blackberry and mint with eucalypt undertones.

Taste:
The aromas carry through on the full-bodied palate, while Malbec brings spiceness and roundness. The Petit Verdot adds further complexity by strengthening and improving the tannin structure and adding dark cherry and plum fruit characters.

Pairing:
Ideal with slowly-braised meats.



Other Info:

Frank Potts founded Bleasdale in 1850, this wine celebrates his legacy of innovation and resourcefulness. This wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon based bordeaux blend and may contain varying percentages of Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot depending on the performance of those varietals in the vintage year.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Second Innings Malbec  BLEASDALE VINEYARDS  Australia 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Malbec  Langhorne Creek 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$16.49   Specialty View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+532424  9316475001949  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2014 ~ 94 Points. “Open-fermented, 15% whole berries for 3 days cold soak, 12 days on skins, matured for 12 months in new (10%) and used French oak. The structure is tighter than that of its Generations sibling, and I’m not too sure I don’t prefer this wine, its freshness, balance and fine, savoury tannins all in harmonious balance.” – James Halliday’s AWC, Aug/2016

2014 ~ 92 Points & Silver Medal ~ The National Wine Show of Australia 2015

2014 ~ "Along with ripe blackberry and blueberry, nuances of clove and bay leaf give balancing freshness. And it’s hard not to like those soft, velvety tannins." - Oct 17, 2016, Michaela Morris - Westender

2013 ~ 92 Points. "When made as a single varietal wine, Langhorne Creek malbec delivers more come-hither charm than anywhere else in Australia (Clare Valley and Margaret River included). Lightly poached plum, and a flick of star anise, makes for drinking whenever the need (or the food) suggests." - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion, Jul/15

2013 ~ 90 Points. "Deep ruby. Fresh cherry and blackberry aromas show very good clarity and a hint of peppery spices. Sweet and seamless on the palate, conveying a juicy quality to its cherry compote, blueberry and white pepper qualities. Finishes very long and seamless, with repeating spiciness, even tannins and a touch of candied lavender." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Mar/16

2013 ~ Silver Medal ~ Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2014

2013 ~ Commendation for Best Malbec ~ Langhorne Creek Wine Show 2015

2012 ~ 93 Points. "Strong crimson-purple; has delicious rounded, plump plum fruit, with a swans down blanket of the softest imaginable tannins. Gold medal Melbourne Wine Awards '13. Hedonism on a stick; exceptional value." - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion, July 2014

2012 ~ Top 100 Wines under $20. “The grape is used in varietal wines and as a backbone of blended wines the world over. Take Australia’ Bleasdale as one example: they used 100% Langhorne Creek-sourced Malbec to produce their extremely quaffable (not to mention affordable) Second Innings Malbec. it’s Malbec with a South Australian accent, full of luscious blueberry and vanilla aromas. Silky and sumptuous, this robust red comes across like liquid velvet until a dry, punchy and spicy finish smacks the taste buds.” – James Nevison, Had a Glass 2016, Dec/15

2012 ~ B & Solid all around rich red. "Of course, it's not like Argentina has a monopoly on Malbec; the grape is used both in varietal wines and as a backbone of blended wines the world over. For example, take Australia's Bleasdale, which uses 100% Langhorne Creek-sourced Malbec to produce their extremely quaffable Second Innings Malbec. It's Malbec with a South Australian accent, full of luscious blueberry and vanilla aromas. Silky and sumptuous, this robust red comes across like liquid velvet until a dry, punchy and spicy finish smacks the tastebuds. Pair with Maui ribs or grilled lamb." - James Nevison, The Province, May 25, 2015

2010 ~ 90 Points. "A light- to medium-bodied version of the Premium, tracking that wine in terms of colour, flavour and texture, with its plum and red berry fruit and tannins beyond normal expectations for this variety." - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion, July 17/12

2010 ~ 89 Points. "This is a great value red wine to buy by the case. This Aussie malbec has intense aromas of ripe brambly berries and violet along with spice, rustic savoury leather, meaty and eucalyptus notes. The palate is full, with lots of red and black bramble berry. It's also quite complex, with earthy paprika, spice, cocoa and charred meat notes." - Rhys Pender MW, Wine Access, Jan 17 2013

2010 ~ WineDiva, Wine List-Budget Bottles 2013

2009 ~ "Bleasdale Second Innings Malbec 2009 is a rare Australian variety along the order of a two-goal Canuck lead. Orange peel, cooked boysenberry and spicy, chocolate, tobacco aromas preview a supple, slightly tannic palate with some sweetness. Love the plum jam, spice and savoury, vanilla, coffee, tobacco, boysenberry jam flavours with a dusting of mushrooms in the back end. Hamburgers would be an excellent between-period snack with this red." - Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun, May 27/11

2008 ~ 90 Points. "Crimson-purple; masses of plum and plum pudding flavours, the tannins soft but needed to give the wine structure; thoroughly enjoyable." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011

2008 ~ Judges' Choice ~ Wine Access Value Wine Awards 2010

Best Label Design ~ International Value Wine Awards, Wine Access 2010

2007 ~ Bronze Medal ~ International Wine Awards 2009

2006 ~ 90 Points. "Dense and chewy with tobacco, blackberry and a touch of mulberry; the palate is warm and generous, the tannins disappear behind the ample fruit." - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2010

2006 ~ Judges' Choice ~ Wine Access Value Wine Awards 2009


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Opaque ruby/purple.

Aroma:
Pronounced primary fruit aromas of plums and red berries with a touch of spice.

Taste:
Aromas carry through on the soft, round full body with velvety smooth tannins.

Pairing:
Delicious on its own or paired with grilled red meats.



Other Info:

In Australia, Malbec is rarely seen as a varietal wine but in Langhorne Creek it performs well enough to earn its stripes as a wine standing on its own. Bleasdale has been producing Malbec Table wine since 1961.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Amalaya Malbec  BODEGA AMALAYA  Argentina 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Malbec-Cabernet-Syrah  Salta 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$21.99   Specialty View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+168294  7798104763022  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2015 ~ 94 Points & Silver Medal. "Impressive purity of perfumed fruits, with blackcurrants, boysenberries, cherries, plums and leafy notes. Very expressive mouth, full, juicy and fresh with polished fine tannins, high structure and pure black fruits. Refined, distinctive with a lovely personality." - Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

2015 ~ 90 Points. "A fleshy red, with concentrated blackberry and dried blueberry flavors supported by fresh acidity. Mineral and dark chocolate notes linger with hints of white pepper on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 50,000 cases made." - Wine Spectator, Nov 15, 2016

2014 ~ 90+ Points & BEST BUY & TOP 50 SOUTH AMERICAN VALUES. “Soft, round and complex layers of juicy black cherry, rich smoky beef and smooth oak define the palate. Distinctive and densely concentrated, the fruit intensity persists to the finish. Powerful and robust.” - Decanter, Oct/15

2014 ~ 90 Points. "The entry-level red for Amalaya changed its name with the 2014 vintage and is now called 2014 Malbec, even if it still has some 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Syrah in the blend. Since it has 85% of Malbec it can be bottled as a varietal wine. From this vintage the wine is only produced with estate grapes, whereas in the past some were purchased. The vintage was also very good for Malbec in Salta. It's very spicy, possibly from the Syrah and there are also some herbal aromas for the Cabernet, cracked peppercorns, some olives and balsamic aromas, with more depth. I feel the Syrah quite a lot here, both in the nose and in the palate where it added smoked bacon and mineral earthy notes. It also has more structure and clout than the 2013. A big step up in quality for this wine." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Aug/15

2014 ~ "Suave and rich, with meaty notes to the roasted plum, Asian spice and dark cherry flavors. Mocha accents show on the creamy finish. Drink now through 2018." - Wine Spectator, Nov/15

WineAlign 20 Under $20 in BC. “For a full bodied red in a more precise, perfumed style, hop across the Andes to Argentina’s high desert and the 2000m high vineyards of Amalaya Vino Tinto de Altura 2013. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah has never shown so concentrated – and lifted – at once. Suitable for beef tenderloin or lamb.” – Treve Ring, Dec/15

2013 ~ 91 Points & Highly Recommended. “Refined and sophisticated bouquet of bright blackberries, a hint of florals and freshly ground pepper, showing the Syrah in the blend. Honest with well-integrated oak and good length. Drink 2015-2020.” - Decanter, July 2015

2013 ~ Gold Medal ~ Decanter World Wine Awards 2015

2013 ~ Bronze in 13.00 to 20.00 Category ~ Argentina Wine Awards 2014

2013 ~ "The nose is slightly reduced but opens with time, offering, black cherry, tobacco, black pepper, savoury, orange peel aromas. The palate is fresh, dry and juicy with light tannins and more savoury, blood orange, plum, cassis, black olive, tobacco, peppery flavours. Fine for grilled beef or lamb. Mostly malbec mixed with 15-percent cabernet sauvignon, syrah and tannat." ~ Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun, June 6/15

2012 ~ Critics Gold ~ Critics Challenge Wine Competition 2014

2012 ~ Gold Medal ~ San Diego International Wine Competition

2011 ~ 90 Points ~ Decanter, Feb/13

2011 ~ Gold Medal ~ Critic's Challenge Wine Competition 2013

2011 ~ 89 Points. "The waiting for a miracle ‘Amalaya’ wine is grown at some of the highest vineyards in the world. Mostly malbec mixed with 15 percent cabernet sauvignon, syrah and tannat opens with an aromatic nose and a fresh, peppery, juicy palate. More mineral and white pepper than fat sweet fruit this has wide appeal for food lovers. It is also farmed bio-dynamically. Finesse and value." - Anthony Gismondi, WineAlign.com, Oct/14

2010 ~ 91 Points. "There is an inner tension to this wine manifest in its red fruit and acidity, in a prickle on the tongue and a crispness to fruit and chestnuts speak of the power of the sun in the heights of Salta. The texture is unctuous and soft, coating every corner of the palate. This blend of Malbec (75 percent) with Cabernet, Syrah and Tannat." - Wine & Spirits, December 2012

2010 ~ Smart Buy & 89 Points. "A racy, floral red, offering layers of raspberry ganache, blackberry and light fig fruit that mingle with spice, spring herb and light mesquite notes. Though not a powerhouse, this is well-balanced." - Wine Spectator, July/12

2010 ~ "A sleeper style red you can lay away three to five years and watch it improve. There is plenty of fresh, juicy, plum, black cherry fruit with a smoky, tobacco leaf, peppery, meaty, cassis, coffee and licorice undercurrent. Good finesse and intensity with a juicy warm finish and light tannins to shed. Finesse and value that will improve with time." - Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun, January 2013

2010 ~ "An intriguing blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tannat Amalaya Vino Tinto (168294) $19.99 is on the lighter side of the full-bodied red spectrum. Lots of sassy red berry fruit flavours lead into black cherry and ripe plum over a touch of sweet caramel and peppery oak." - Doug Sloan, Island Courier, Sept 21/12

2010 ~ "This malbec-based blend has notes of juicy black fruit, plum, herb, tobacco, violet and spice on both the nose and palate. The tannins are softer in this wine than previous examples, but it is still weighty and balanced. It is drinking great right now, with barbecue, anything beef or some good cheese." - Wine Access, Aug 30/12

2010 ~ "Cherry liqueur, menthol, violet and spicy oak on the nose and palate. Suave, supple and energetic, with a sugar/acid balance giving the mid-palate insidious intensity and good definition. Nicely rising, fine-grained finish shows good length and a light touch. Sophisticated for the price." - Stephen Tanzer, March 2012

2009 ~ 89 Points. "My top pick is Amalaya Tinta de Altura 2009, from Argentina. Amalaya means waiting for a miracle, which aptly describes finding a wine like this in B.C. From the highest vineyards in the world this malbec, cabernet sauvignon, Syrah and tannat offers a rich palate of sweet dark cherry fruit and white pepper with flecks of mineral and spice. The finish is long fresh and spicy with silky textures that do not quit. Farmed bio-dynamically and certified in what is essentially the highest vineyard in the world." - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun, Dec/10

2009 ~ 100+ Best Value Bottles ~ "Brilliant high-altitude, biodynamically farmed Malbec, Cab, Syrah, and Tannat blend." - Vancouver Magazine, Jan/Feb 2012

2009 ~ By Popular Demand: 20 Under $20 List - www.housewine.ca, June 28/11

2009 ~ Best Buy wines, 20 under $20 ~ "This Malbec, Cabernet, Syrah and Tannat blend is delicious. Chewy tannins coupled with good acidity form the firm yet supple backbone for its rich black fruit. Have with your best Spring Creek Ranch grilled beef. This is high altitude wine, from the world's highest altitude winery." - The Tomato Magazine, May/June 2011

2009 ~ "Is an Argentine with rich, fresh fruit-kind of a cherry blend that rewards solo sipping and makes a satisfying match with dinner. The price is nice enough for a second bottle on the dinner table." - Jurgen Gothe, The Georgia Straight April, 2012

2009 - "Pure red-berry fruit, petals, and toast mark the nose, and rich strawberry and plum layered with spicy French oak the flavour. Precision farming, fermentation in smooth concrete vessels, and 10 months in oak lend dimension, depth, and finesse to this Malbec blend. Deserves a choice prime rib roast with all the trimmings." - Vancouver Magazine, April 12, 2012

2009 ~ "In the language of the native peoples of the Calchaqui, Amalaya means hope. Owned by the Hess Family of wineries (the properties are located on four continents: South America - in Argentina, North America in Napa Valley, Australia - Barossa Valley, Africa - in South Africa) Amalaya is home to the highest vineyards on earth.
The aromas in this Malbec based red blend are sweet but notably earthy - wild briary berries are layered with currents, dried herbs, mineral-rich earth and peppery spices. It is smooth and solid on the palate, the balance is good and it lays down flavours of coffee, mixed wild berries, vanilla and spice. It is an interesting red, quite chic, with a bright, juicy finish." - Daenna Van Mulligan The Wine Diva, February, 2012

2009 ~ "A bold, rich red is the wine equivalent of a dozen red roses. They're classic and will never go out of style, just make sure the wine is balanced and the flowers are long-stemmed! Amal-aya passes the test. It's a sumptuous blend made from grapes grown mile-high in Argentina's Calchaquí Valley and even has a whiff of floral notes to match a bouquet of flowers. There is also luscious berry and plum along with vanilla and pepper showing in this Malbec-dominated red featuring a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Tannat. Serve this with a quick sausage-themed pasta, or simply sip solo fireside. Bottom line: B+ "Bold and beautiful." - James Nevison The Province Newspaper, February 9, 2012

2009 ~ "Amalaya means waiting for a miracle which aptly describes finding a wine like this in British Columbia at $20. From the highest vineyards in the world. A must buy." - Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun, November 26/2011

2009 ~ "Stand outs and one of a few we fell in love with in the Tasting Room at Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival 2011" - Michaela Morris & Michelle Bouffard, Housewine.ca, Apr/11

2008 ~ 90 Points. "The dark, pure fruit hinting at tea and mineral as the finish persisted, won me over." - Wine Spectator Online, July/10

2008 ~ 89 Points. "At 14.5 percent alcohol, the nose is a bit hot off the start, but underneath are very enjoyable aromas of mint, chocolate, plum, leather and cool savoury notes. Flavours remain true to the palate. Generous fruit is balanced by grippy tannins and bitter chocolates, moving into a very palatable finish. Pair with typical red wine food matches. It may cellar well longer, but to retain the freshness and fruit, drink within 3 years if possible." - Wine Access Buyers' Guide+, 2009

2008 ~ "Ripe and bouncy, offering a fresh, almost tangy, mix of currant, fig, raisin and cherry laced with hints of mesquite and fruitcake. Stays fresh on the finish. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tannat. Drink now." - Wine Spectator, Oct/11

2008 ~ Wine of the Week. "From the dizzying heights of Salta (over 5000 feet above sea level!) comes the Amalaya. Powerful and intense, with black salted licorice, wild cherries and hunger-inducing meaty notes, it packs a punchy personality. Predominantly Malbec but a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tannat all add intrigue. Of course this would be great with steak but we think it would reach perfection with a gamey piece of venison. Salta is just one of the incredible stops on our Argentina wine tour. " - Michelle and Michaela, www.housewine.ca, Mar1/11

2007 ~ 91 Points & Smart Buy ~ Wine Spectator, Jun 15/09

2007 ~ 89 Points. "Fleshy ripe berry, green herb and peppery spice on the nose trigger comparisons with the wild berry character of California Zinfandel. Zingy red berry and blackberry flavours are backed up with milk chocolate, spice, lively acidity and firm, dry tannic structure. An exciting wine at this price." - Tidings Magazine, Apr/10

2007 ~ "The purple-colored 2007 Amalaya Malbec contains 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah. It was raised in a combination of stainless steel and French oak. Purple-colored, it reveals an expressive nose of spice box, violets, and black cherry. Ripe and succulent on the palate, this concentrated effort has very good depth and should drink well over the next 3 years." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Aug/09

2006 ~ 90 Points. "This wine is an interesting blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tannat and Bonarda. Deep garnet colour. Complex nose offering a pleasant combination of fruit, earth and meat aromas, revealing notes of cassis, blackberries, truffles, game and a hint of violets. The palate is full bodied with medium-high acidity providing vitality. Concentrated fruit flavours lead to a long finish. Drink now - 2011." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Jan/09

2006 ~ 90 Points. "Exotic, but pure, with delicious fig, currant paste, hoisin sauce and spiced hot chocolate notes. Long finish has nicely buried acidity, delivering lingering graphite and mineral hints." - Wine Spectator Online, 2008

2006 ~ "This smoothie blends Malbec with Cab Sauv, Syrah, Tannat and Bonarda, and is ready to sashay with soothing rich plum and supple raspberry, capped by a fresh, vanilla-infused finish." - Kenji Hodgson and James Nevison, Had a Glass, Top 100 wines for 2010 Under $20, $25, and $30.

2006 ~ "Founded in 1831, high in the foothills of the Andes, Bodega Colome can lay claim to being one of the original pioneers of the Argentine wine industry. Sourcing grapes from its own biodynamically farmed vineyards, this blend of Malbec dominated grapes is delicious with ripe berry, vanilla and spice flavors and soft tannic finish." - Larry Arnold, Eat Magazine, Victoria , B.C., Mar-Apr/09

2006 ~ "Inviting raspberry, plum and pepper nose. Dry, concentrated fruit. Harmonious and integrated with a refreshing finish." - Decanter, (online) 2008


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby with purple highlights.

Aroma:
Fruity and sweet with intense aromes of red berries like cherry, raspberry, and black berries such as mulberry. A soft chocolate touch due to its oaking.

Taste:
Fresh with high fruit expression and spicy notes. Very easy to drink due to its soft, gentle and round tannins.

Pairing:
Ideal with light meats such as poultry, and is also delicious with tomato-based pasta sauces and hard cheeses.



Other Info:

High above sea level, nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains is the home of Bodegas Amalaya, who's wines are an exquisite representation of the unique weather and soil conditions in Argentina's Northern Calchaqui Valley that also honors the heritage of the native Calchaqui Indians. The Calchaqui Valley sits in the northwestern region of Argentina in the eastern foothills of the Andes mountain range at an altitude between 5,400 and 5,600 feet above sea level.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Amalaya Vino Blanco de Altura  BODEGA AMALAYA  Argentina 
Type Varietal Region
White  Blend-Torrontes, Riesling  Salta 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$15.79   Speculative View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+942342  7798104769093  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2015 ~ 95 Points & Gold Medal ~ Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

2014 ~ Gold Medal. "Lean but vibrant, with a nose of elderflower, pink grapefruit, white flowers, apples and a clever use of Riesling that tempers the Torrontes. It has a lovely texture, with grip, fine oak integration and a long finish. Classy and seductive." - Decanter World Wine Awards 2015

2014 ~ WineAlign Top 20 Under $20. "From the Calchaqui Valley in high altitude Salta, this has intense floral aromatics, golden apple, pleasant dish soap, rose petal and slight tropical and ripe peach notes. The palate is dry, medium bodied and fresh with limey acidity, some mineral notes and the fine acidic zip from the 15% Riesling. Long apple and stone fruit with fresh citrus zest finish. Riesling adds a nice freshness. Surprisingly good!" - Rhys Pender, WineAlign, May/16

2014 ~ "The 2014 Amalaya Blanco is mostly Torrontés with some 15% of Riesling that is harvested very early, fermented separately and then blended. The wine does not go through malo. Winemaker Thibaud Delmotte wanted Sauvignon Blanc but he didn't find enough of it, so found a grower who had some Riesling in Cafayate. So they went for it and as the blend worked very well they have now planted three hectares of Riesling of their own. They are growing the range produced with the German grape, including a sparkler and a sweet wine they sell mostly in the local market in Argentina. The Riesling here gives some spiciness and compensates for the exuberance of the Torrontés. The wine is quite accessible and has subtle aromas of green apple, white flowers, lime and minerals. The palate is fresh, a little austere, with very good acidity that cleanses your palate. A very fresh white blend. Some 120,000 bottles produced." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Aug/15

2013 ~ Silver in 13.00 to 20.00 Category ~ Argentina Wine Awards 2014

2013 ~ Trophy(Argentinean White) ~ International Wine Challenge 2014

2013 ~ Trophy(Torrontes) ~ International Wine Challenge 2014

2012 ~ "This incredibly aromatic white wine is a blend of mostly Torrontes (about 85 per cent) with about 15 per cent Riesling. It’s zippy and fresh, with notes of flowers, pineapple and fresh ginger. Serve chilled alongside appetizers, curries, turkey dinner or Chinese takeout. Quite complex and excellent value, considering the price." ~ Shelley Boettcher, The Calgary Herald, Nov 2014

2011 ~ Regional Trophy Winner, Argentinian Torrontes under $10 ~ Decanter World Wine Awards 2012

2011 ~ "This is an excellent value for a complex aromatic white from the Salta region in northern Argentina, which is home to the aromatic torront's grape. It is a blend of 85% of that grape with 15% riesling that gives some zip to the mid-palate and finish. Expect floral aromas of daffodil, with ripe melon, white peach and ginger spice. The palate is rich and creamy with very good length. This has the stuffing to hold up against slightly spicy tapas dishes, like pickled vegetables or chorizo-based appetizers." - Wine Access, Aug 9, 2012

2010 ~ Gold Medal - A wine truly innovative and original, which blends Torrontes and Riesling, respecting the style of the great white wines from Calchaqui Valley. There are some wines with such a good value that deserve to be tried before fame makes them more expensive. Amalaya White 2010 is one of them. - Decanter World Wine Awards, May/11

2010 ~ 89 Points. "A blend of torrontés and riesling, this wine's nose is rife with honey, lime, peach and apricot. It has quite mineral and floral aromas. The palate is spot on, with a subtle touch of sweetness and great balance. Drink now." - Wine Access, August 30/12

2010 ~ "Argentina has its own indigenous grape, Torrentes. The best examples come from Salta, a hight altitude region in the upper reaches of the country. A touch of riesling gives the wine fresh acidity and additional complexity." - Flavours Magazine, Autumn 2013


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Intense gold with greenish edges.

Aroma:
Subtle and complex fruity aromas where apple and floral notes outstand.

Taste:
Sweet entry full of weight. Mineral notes and a touch of honey distinguish. The end is fresh with a kind acidity.

Pairing:
Pair this wine with seafood, spicy dishes and Asian food.



Other Info:

Where others just saw a desert, we foresaw great wines. In such a way Bodega Amalaya, the new expression of Cafayate, was founded. Amalaya is Donald Hess' new brainchild in Argentina, located in Cafayate Valley Northwestern Argentina, Province of Salta. The word "Amalaya" means "Hope for a Miracle" in the indigenous language. From the bosom of the Desert of Cafayate, this miracle becomes a mystical and magical revelation which offers us top quality grapevines.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Amalaya Gran Corte  BODEGA AMALAYA  Argentina 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Malbec-Bonarda-Cabernet Franc  Salta 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$26.99   Speculative View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+609313  07798104769116  Download Profile
Vintage    
2014     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2014 ~ 90 Points & Silver Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

2012 ~ 89 Points. "The Gran Corte is a blend of Malbec with some 7% each of Cabernet Franc and Tannat harvested quite ripe from their Finca San Isidro vineyard in the highest part of Cafayate. The Cabernet Franc and Tannat are pruned in a parral style, in a pergola. Part of the wine fermented in oak barrels (all the Tannat and Cabernet Franc, and around half of the Malbec) with a long maceration of 45-50 days in contact with the skins. All the wine aged in French oak barriques (one third new) for around one year. There are plenty of smoke, spices and toasty notes derived from the élevage, and the fruit is quite ripe, blackberries and plums. The palate is medium to full-bodied, ripe and juicy with sweet tannins. 144,000 bottles produced." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Aug/15

2012 ~ Bronze in 13.00 to 20.00 Category ~ Argentina Wine Awards 2014


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Intensely purple, rich and dark in colour with ruby edges.

Aroma:
Profound flavours of blackberry, black currants and blueberries are layered with recognizable spice and a touch of mint.

Taste:
Velvety and robust. The structure is made up of fruity and intense tannins with a middle mouth full of fruit explosion that comes from Malbec. At the end some fruit preserve, chocolate and liquorish notes appear. Easy to drink thanks to its soft and round tannins.

Pairing:
Ideal with grilled beef, lamb or flavourful rice dishes.



Other Info:

Amalaya is an exquisite representation of the unique weather and soil conditions in Argentina's Northern Calchaqui Valley that also honors the heritage of the native Calchaqui Indians.

The Calchaqui Valley sits in the northwestern region of Argentina in the eastern foothills of the Andes mountain range at an altitude between 5,250 and 5,580 feet above sea level. The high altitude provides a unique growing climate for the sustainably-farmed vineyard, providing intense sun in the day and cool nights that help better retain the acidity and concentrated fruit characteristics of the grapes.

Gran Corte is fermented in new barrels and aged for 12 months in French Oak.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Reserva  BODEGA COLOME  Argentina 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Malbec  Salta 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$69.99   Speculative View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+111641  7798104765026  Download Profile
Vintage    
2009     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ 93 Points. "The 2010 Reserva Malbec might solve one question: if you wonder what all the fuss about Colome is, this wine might be it. It is sourced from very old vineyards planted at 2,300 meters altitude and aged for two years in new French oak and has the restraint, concentration and depth of the old vines, with the oak neatly folded into the ripe fruit. The palate is medium to full-bodied, powerful serious and deep, but disguises well its 15.9% alcohol. This is a wild, big, powerful, yet balanced wine in need of some bottle aging. Drink 2016-2024." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #212, April 2014

2010 ~ Silver in > 50.00 Category ~ Argentina Wine Awards 2014

2009 ~ 91 Points. "This dark, zesty red features bright acidity behind the plum and wild berry fruit, offering savory hints of humus, olive and charred herb on the long, tangy finish. Drink now through 2016. 50 cases imported." - Wine Spectator, Aug 31, 2013

Colome was nominated for 'New World Winery of the Year' by Wine Enthusiast 2012

2008 ~ 94 Points & Best of the Argentina 2011. "The 2008 Reserva Malbec (100%) was sourced from the estate's 60-to-150 year-old, pre-phylloxera, Biodynamically farmed vineyard. It went through malolactic in new oak, where it remained for the rest of its levage. It is a glass-coating opaque purple color, with a brooding bouquet of toasty oak, mineral, exotic spices, incense, black cherry and black currant. Dense, velvety-textured and suave. It deftly melds elegance and power in a wine that will easily achieve its 20th birthday in peak form." - Jay Miller The Wine Advocate, December 23, 2011

2008 ~ 92 Points. "A dark, juicy red, displaying serious depth to the kirsch, cassis and spicy fig paste notes. Structured and dense, with layer after layer of baking spices, mesquite and mocha. Drink now through 2016." - Wine Spectator Insider June 13/12

2007 ~ 95 Points. "Colome's old-vine cuvee is one of Argentina's icon Malbecs. The 2007 Reserva is 85% Malbec and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from a 20-acre plot of 60 to 150-year-old vines purchased by owner, Donald Hess, in 2001. The wine spent 24 months in new French oak. With a glass-coating opaque purple color, it has that extra dimension of complexity that only old vines can provide. It offers up a confiture of black cherry and black raspberry along with mineral notes and toasty new oak. Dense, layered, concentrated, this rich, impeccably balanced effort will benefit from 5-7 years of cellaring and drink well through 2030." ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Aug/09

2005 ~ 92 Points. "Very dark and lush, with nearly hyperripe fig, blackberry and boysenberry flavors layered with bittersweet chocolate, black tea and spice notes. Stays poised and balanced, with a long, fleshy finish. - Wine Spectator, Apr/09

2005 ~ 92 Points. "The 2005 Reserva is a blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon which spent 18 months in new French oak. The wine is a saturated purple in color with a fragrant, complex bouquet of pain grille, earth notes, spice box, black currant, black cherry, and blueberry. On the palate it is opulent, silky, concentrated, and lengthy. It conceals enough structure to permit another 4-6 years of aging in the cellar. Drink it from 2012 to 2025." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Dec/08


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Opaque, inky black with brilliant purple highlights.

Aroma:
Ripe aromas of blackberries, plum, and black pepper with a touch of vanilla.

Taste:
Voluminous, round and powerful in the mouth. Flavours of raspberry, oak and spice shine through on the palate, ending with fine and harmonious tannins.

Pairing:
Best paired with osso bucco, lamb, strong cheeses and other hearty fare.



Other Info:

Bodega Colome vineyards are bio-dynamically and sustainably farmed at an altitude of 5,500 to 8,500 feet and are believed to be the highest vineyards in the world. The sandy and alluvial soils yield small crops and produce deeply coloured and concentrated wines which capture the spirit of this distinct terroir.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Estate Malbec  BODEGA COLOME  Argentina 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Malbec-Tannat-Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah  Salta 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$34.99   Speculative View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+956896  7792104764029  Download Profile
Vintage    
2013     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ 90 Points & Silver Medal. "Graceful aromas of violets, dried herbs, tobacco and cigar box. Rich, concentrated yet fresh with ripe tannins and a silky texture. Big and bold, with generous cassis, maraschino cherry, liquorice and herbal flavours on the palate, a wine with good depness." - Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

2013 ~ 90 Points. "The 2013 Malbec Estate has a similar blend of Malbec for the three zones and altitudes (1,700, 2,300 and 2,600 meters) with wines with higher acidity and a stronger tannic structure. It was bottled after 15 months in barrel (15% new), and the oak is nicely integrated. The nose might be a bit shy; there are subtle herbs, wild berries and some spices. A slightly shorter vintage from a cooler year where the selection in the blend was a little stricter." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Aug/15

2013 ~ 89 Points. "Full ruby. Musky, slightly gamey aromas of currant and dark chocolate. Fat, plush and sweet, with a lightly leafy quality to the dark berry and dark plum flavors. This generous, open-knit wine offers considerable early appeal. Finishes with serious, dusty tannins and good length, if not quite the grip of the 2012 release." - Stephen Tanzer, Mar 2016

2012 ~ 91+ Points. "The 2012 Malbec Estate is a blend of the three Malbecs sold separately as Lote Especial differentiating altitude and location, and it's approximately 5% from Cafayate which adds ripeness and roundness, with the backbone being from Colomé and representing some 70% of the blend and 25% of El Arenal. From this vintage the style and the varietal blend has changed to 100% Malbec. The aging is longer than that of the separate components, but there is only 10% new oak. The very showy, open and aromatic nose is very balsamic and spicy with aromas of wild herbs, especially thyme, juicy blueberries and violets. This is a ripe Malbec with good depth, concentration and balance. Soft, but with grip that is chewy and juicy. 240,000 bottles produced." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Aug/15

2012 ~ 90 Points. “Dark ruby-red. Aromas and flavors of bitter cherry and bitter chocolate are complicated by a whiff of game. Silky-sweet and supple, with beautifully integrated tannins contributing to an impression of suavity and carrying the fruit through a rather powerful, gripping finish. This should evolve gracefully.” – Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, February 2015

2011 ~ 91 Points. "This starts out as massive and grapy, but with each passing minute it becomes more Salta, and hence more complex. Feral and leathery, roasted-berry aromas require patience. In the mouth, this is a tannic and muscular, with stewed plum. Raging acidity and firm tannins suggest that this needs at least until 2016 to settle." - Wine Enthusiast, July 2014

2011 ~ 91 Points. "The blend is 85 malbec and 15-per-cent tannat, cabernet sauvignon and petite verdot, all grown in the upper Calchaqui Valley between 2,300 and 3,111 metres above sea level. It's all aged in French oak but only 20 per cent is new. Blackberries and black currants mix with cherries and raspberries flecked by floral (violet) and mineral and iron notes. The attack is soft and round with fresh acidity and tasty black cherry, black olive, plum, licorice and chocolate notes. Love the long warm savoury beef-friendly finish. Delicious." - Anthony Gismondi, Feb 14, 2014

2011 ~ 90 Points. "The 2011 Estate Malbec in reality has 8% Tannat, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot which I believe add to the complexity of the wine, which has an intense nose of concentrated raspberries and violets and just a hint of spicy oak. It is exuberant, with notes that reminded me of Touriga Nacional, almost Muscat-like. The palate is medium-bodied, with sweet tannins pleasant and supple, fresh and easy to drink. Drink 2014-2018." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #212, April 2014

2011 ~ 5 Stars & Gold Medal. "Intense dry cherry and aromatic black pepper nose. Voluptuous and exuberant, filled with fresh black fruit and spices. Fabulously long dry finale." - Decanter World Wine Awards 2013

2011 ~ Silver in 20.00 to 30.00 Category ~ Argentina Wine Awards 2014

2011 ~ "Ripe and round, good concentration and hints of minerality. Nice freshness, with olive and vegetal character. A little over-corrected on the finish." - Decanter, Oct/13

2010 ~ 91 Points & Outstanding. "This suave, racy red delivers game, crushed cherry and wild berry notes backed by fine tannins and bright acidity. Compact, yet creamy and well-balanced, with a long, savory finish. Drink now though 2018." - Wine Spectator Insider, Aug/12

2010 ~ 90 Points. "This opens with attractive balsam wood and cedar aromas as well as graphite, liquorice and earthy blackberry. It feels plump, lush and deep, with flavours of blackberry, black plum, balsamic and spice. Not overtly oaky, this is fruity, balanced effort." - Michael Schachner Wine Enthusiast Magazine, August 2012

Colome was nominated for "New World Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast 2012

2009 ~ 92 Points & Best of the Argentina 2011. "Colome's Estate Malbec is annually one of Argentina's better values. The 2009 contains small amounts of Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah in its blend. It spent 15 months in barrel, 30% new American, the balance second-use French with the fruit sourced from some of the world's most elevated vineyards. It is purple in color with a captivating nose of cedar, Asian spices, incense, violets, black licorice, espresso and assorted black fruits. Made in a racy style with uplifting acidity. It is a beautifully proportioned offering with exceptional elegance and length. Give it several more years of cellaring and drink this fantastic value from 2013 to 2024." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, December 23, 2011

2009 ~ 92 Points. "Good medium ruby. Sexy floral aromas of blackberry, violet and licorice are complemented by a leesy nuance. Savory, juicy and intense, with the black fruit and violet flavours carrying through in the mouth. At once sexy and serious, finishing with suave tannins and excellent savory persistence. This bottling has been consistently excellent in recent vintages, not to mention good value." - Stephen Tanzer, March 2012

2009 ~ 90 Points. "Smart Buy" Offers good density to the blueberry, raspberry and blackberry coulis notes that are backed by vibrant acidity. Floral and mineral notes play out on the long, tangy finish. Drink now through 2014. 8,000 cases imported." - Wine Spectator Buying Guide, Nov15/11

2009 ~ "Meaty, herbal and foresty on the nose, all of which are typical aromas for this Salta-bred Malbec. Linear in the mouth and acidic as it tastes exotic due to herbal notes and eucalyptus. On the other hand it's full of blackberry and chocolaty richness. Crisp and nicely built on the finish. Hess Collection"- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 31/2011

2008 ~ 91 Points. Smart Buy. "Lush and rich, but not overbearing. Fig paste, crushed plum and dark blueberry fruit mingles with extra licorice snap and dark chocolate notes, with nicely embedded acidity carrying the finish. Drink now through 2011.- Wine Spectator, July/10

2008 ~ Ranked #66 on Top 100 of the Year - Wine Spectator 2010

2007 ~ 92 Points & Ranked #32 of Top 100 of the Year. "This Argentine red is quite ripe, with nearly exotic plum sauce, braised fig and crushed blueberry notes rolled together, while spice, mocha and incense hints help stretch out the juicy, dense finish. A flashy style, but well-balanced." ~ Wine Spectator, Nov 20/09

2007 ~ 89 Points. "The purple-colored 2007 Malbec Estate spent 18 months in French oak, 20% new. It has an excellent bouquet of lavender, spice box, black cherry, and black raspberry. Ripe and full-bodied on the palate, it has plenty of spicy, savory black fruit, good balance, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Give it 2-3 years and drink it from 2011 to 2019." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Aug/09

2006 ~ 92 Points & Ranked #36 on Top 100 of the Year ~ Wine Spectator 2008


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep, dark red with a magenta hue.

Aroma:
This wine is layered on the nose with blackberry, licorice, violet, bitter chocolate and spices.

Taste:
The flavours are rich with layered fig paste, plums, cassis and blackberry fruit. Subtle French oak flavours are well balanced and fully integrated through the mid-palate and well into the finish, which is long and round.

Pairing:
Pairs well with steak, cassoulet, duck, venison and other hearty fare.



Other Info:

The Colome Malbec is produced mainly from pre-phylloxera vines planted in 1854. Bodega Colome vineyards are bio-dynamically and sustainably farmed at an altitude of 5,500 to 8,500 feet and are believed to be the highest vineyards in the world. The sandy and alluvial soils yield small crops and produce deeply colored and concentrated wines which capture the should of this distinct terroir.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Estate Torrontes  BODEGA COLOME  Argentina 
Type Varietal Region
White  Torrontes  Salta 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$18.49   Speculative View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+915363  7798104762018  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2015 ~ Platinum, 95 Points & Best Torrontes under £15 ~ Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

2015 ~ 92 Points. "A white with verve and minerality that refreshes and stimulates the palate. Full to medium body, slice lemon peel, salt and limestone character on the palate. A pleasure to drink. Drink now." - James Suckling, Jun/15

2015 ~ 91 Points. "Hess Family Colomé Torrontes 2015, Calchaqui Valley, Salta, Mendoza, Argentina: Floral, spicy and exotic Argentine white wine, with medium body, and a great price. Made from the aromatic Torrontes grape, this wine finishes with peach blossom and nectarine. A perfect wine to pair with Asian or Thai cuisine. Lemon Pledge on the finish. Torrontes, Argentina’s best-known white grape, reaches its most poignant expression in high altitude vineyards planted at 1700 to 3100 metres above sea level which creates a unique micro-climate. Bring on the Thai cuisine please! Torrontes food pairings: spicy dishes and curries, salads, seafood, shellfish, vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2016 – 2019 357913 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 91/100. July 2016." - Natalie Maclean, Jul/2016

2015 ~ 90 Points. "Very pale, bright color. Aromas of peach, mirabelle, flowers and wild herbs. Juicy, savory, minty wine with lovely saline lift and intensity to its citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Brisk acidity draws out the tactile, bright finish." - Stephen Tanzer, March 2016

2015 ~ "Offers minerally notes to the green apple and ripe lime flavors, with plenty of floral accents. White pepper details show on the well-structured finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases made." - Wine Spectator, June/2016

2014 ~ 92 Points, Outstanding. “A white with verve and minerality that refreshes and stimulates the palate. Full to medium body, slice lemon peel, salt and limestone character on the palate. A pleasure to drink. Drink now.” - James Suckling, June 2015

2014 ~ 90 Points. "As all the whites, the 2014 Torrontés is bottled with a very light carbonic gas to give it freshness. The fruit is sourced from different parts of the Salta province, Cafayate and Colomé proper. The grapes are not harvested early since winemaker Thibaud Delmotte believes when the grape ripens properly the bitter flavors disappear, which is not quite in line with what others tell me. The Colomé estate grapes are harvested earlier for the zone. Fermentation is very cold and long and that gives the wine good body, with more glycerol, so this is a powerful Torrontés. In the palate it is quite round, nicely balanced by the acidity, but the nose is quite subtle, even austere. I didn't get the very ripe notes, spices and white flowers, as with the high-altitude grapes (the vineyards in Colomé are old pergolas at some 2,300 meters altitude). Some 120,000 bottles produced." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Aug/15

2013 ~ 90+ Points. “Colome, established in 1831, has vineyards ranging from 2,300m to a staggering 3,111m above sea level. Its Torrontes balances the pungent nature of the variety with appealing freshness, and there is lovely, pure tropical fruit and great floral lift.” – Decanter, April 2015

2013 ~ 91 Points & Outstanding. "Very pale bright yellow. Pure, delicate, high-pitched perfume of rose petal and dusty brown spices. Brisk, tactile and quite dry but with an essentially supple texture - even a slightly glyceral character - to the flavours of grapefruit pith, lemon, flowers, spices and salty minerality. This serious yet seductive example of Torronte's finishes with sneaky dusty persistence." - Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, March 2014

2013 ~ Trophy in 13.00 to 20.00 Category ~ Argentina Wine Awards 2014

2013 ~ "Pine and other green-leaning aromas blend with lychee and exotic soapy scents to lay the path for a round palate with tropical flavours of lychee, melon, and star anise. The finish is full, citrusy and generous." - Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2014

2013 ~ "Firm and minerally, with notes of white pepper and ginger to the crisp green apple and lime flavours. Accents of lemon juice show on the floral finish. Drink now." - Wine Spectator, Aug 2014

2011 ~ 90 Points. "Bright, pale yellow. Very pure, perfumed aromas of ginger, licorice, rose petal and brown spices. Concentrated, supple and ripe, with impressive sappy intensity to the flavours of spices and fresh herbs. Builds nicely on the back half, finishing with lovely saline persistence and chewy grip." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, March 2012

2011 ~ "Light-bodied yet intriguing, with grace notes of salted butter, blanched almond and spring herb to the creamy tangerine and nectarine fruit flavours. Solid length." - Wine Spectator, Aug/12

Colome is nominated for "New World Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast 2012

2010 ~ 90 Points. "Always one of Argentina's best Torrontes. Tropical and easy on the nose, with fleshy roundness and chunky flavours of melon and peach. Full in style, with weight to the finish. Hess Collection." - Wine Enthusiast, March 2012

2010 ~ 89 Points. "Always one of Argentina's best and more fuller-bodied Torrontes. It's tropical and easy on the nose, with fleshy roundness and chunky flavours of melon and peach. Full in style, with some extra weight to the finish. Best to drink this as soon as you can, while it's fresh and lively." - Wine Enthusiast, May 2011

2009 ~ "#1 Top Aromatic White" ~ Food & Wine Magazine, July 2010

2009 ~ "Very pure, with a stony edge framing the quinine, salted butter, white peach and floral notes that all weave together on the long, paraffin-tinged finish." - Wine Spectator, August 2010


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Gold with straw edges.

Aroma:
Floral notes prevail such as jasmine mixed with white peach notes.

Taste:
Fresh and elegant with touches of apricot. Intense with a gentle final acidity.

Pairing:
A wonderful match for delicate fish and shellfish, Nicoise salad, polenta and Asian fusion cuisine.



Other Info:

Torrontes is the signature white wine from Argentina. It dates from the first vineyards planted in the early 1800's. Its origin has been the subject of much speculation for the last 100 years. One prevailing theory suggested it was a raisin variety brought by the Spanish Conquistadors, but in 2004 an Argentine graduate student determined through DNA analysis that it is a cross between the Mission wine grapes of Galicia, Spain and Muscat of Alexandria. Today, the variety enjoys high popularity with viticulturists, wineries and consumers in Argentina and is beginning to be exported internationally, with good reason.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Autentico Malbec  BODEGA COLOME  Argentina 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Malbec  Salta 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$48.99   Speculative View Legend Calchaqui Valley 
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+474106  7798104760342  Download Profile
Vintage    
2014     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2014 ~ 93 Points. "Saturated deep ruby. High-pitched, youthfully reticent aromas of black cherry, blackberry, minerals, roasted meat, dusty herbs and dark chocolate. A major step up in energy and intensity from the 2013 Estate Malbec, showing lovely violet lift and saline minerality to the dark plum, dark berry and crushed herb flavors; seems riper too as there's virtually no leafiness here. Offers an exhilarating combination of almost exotic sweetness and high-altitude acidity. This deep, pure, tactile yet utterly seamless wine finishes with sweet, ripe tannins and superb building length." - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2016

2014 ~ 93 Points. "The 2014 Auténtico Malbec follows the style of the Colomé of yesteryear. Sourced from old Malbec vines, the wine fermented with indigenous yeasts, matured for some 11 months in vat and was bottled raw, without any oak. The nose is ripe and heady, with notes of cassis, blueberries, decayed violets, wild herbs, tea leaves and some spiciness, all from the landscape as there is no wood used in its production. It's very dark, purple-colored, with bright fruit from a wine that has had very little contact with air it and does not have the micro-oxygenation from the barrique. 2014 is ripe and juicy, it has the tannins and concentration of fruit to develop nicely in bottle. Great, pure, dare I say authentic Malbec giving honor to its name! It was put into 30,000 bottles in April 2015." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #220, August 2015

2014 ~ 92 Points & SMART BUY. "Fresh, rich and juicy, with lively raspberry, cherry and red plum flavors backed by fresh, crunchy acidity. Lengthens out nicely midpalate, showing mineral and pepper accents. Hints of slate and tangerine emerge on the complex finish. Drink now through 2020. 3,500 cases made." - Wine Spectator, May/16

2014 ~ 90 Points & Silver Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2016

2013 ~ 92 Points. "The 2013 Auténtico Malbec is a new range developed since 2011 that wants to show the raw character of Malbec for the high-altitude vineyards of Colomé at 2,300 meters altitude. It is a homage to what the previous owner, Raúl Dávalos used to do in Colomé. The grapes are selected from the old parral vines and the rest from newer plantings developed from the vegetal material in the old vineyards, a massale selection, all of them ungrafted. The grapes fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and matured in vat without any oak. The wine is worked with manual pigeage and bottled unfined. This has the raw, wild character of the high-altitude Malbec of the old Colomé and is all flowers, berries and herbs from the countryside. The palate is juicy and fresh, has good concentration, sweet tannins and very good balance in this fresh vintage. A new (old) way for Malbec. 30,000 bottles." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, August 2015

2012 ~ 91 Points. “The vineyards are grown and worked using sustainable practices thus presenting the ‘authentic’ expression of the terroir. The winery practices pigeage, does not use commercial yeasts or lactic bacteria to speed up the fermentation. Acid correction and the use of sulphur dioxide is minimal and it has no oak influence. There is no filtration leaving the tannins to soften in the bottle with age. Expect a black colour with dark fruit aromas. The plate is a mix of spice and figs with some stony elements. Impressive for its age and what was a difficult vintage in Salta.” - Anthony Gismondi, July 2015

2012 ~ Silver in 30.00 to 50.00 Category ~ Argentina Wine Awards 2014

2012 ~ Trophy(Salta Malbec) ~ International Wine Challenge 2014


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Almost black, with violet tones.

Aroma:
Black fruit aromas outstand together with cherries and white mulberry. Figs and an elegant spiciness with a mineral touch.

Taste:
A crispy acidity. Robust with great concentration. An explosion of fruit full of ripe tannins, harmonic and balanced.

Pairing:
Best paired with osso bucco, lamb, strong cheeses and other hearty fare.



Other Info:

This is a 100% Malbec wine made from grapes which are harvested only in their vineyards at above 2,300 metres above sea level. Colome Autentico is produced using ancient techniques such as pigeage (punch down). They do not add commercial yeasts or lactic bacteria which may speed or result in fermentation. It has no oak influence and it is bottled without filtration.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Glorioso Reserva  BODEGAS PALACIO  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Tempranillo  Rioja 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$21.79   Speculative View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+266205  0068914813301  Download Profile
Vintage    
2009     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 91 Points. – Guía Peñín 2017

2009 ~ 91 Points. "Rich yet focused, this red delivers juicy plum and currant flavors, with notes of mocha, licorice and dried herbs. The polished texture is supported by firm tannins and juicy acidity. Drink now through 2022." - Wine Spectator, Feb 2014

2009 ~ Gold Medal ~ Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2014

2008 ~ 90 Points. "Black cherry, floral and licorice flavors mingle in this polished red, supported by crisp acidity and fine, firm tannins. Well-balanced and focused. Drink now through 2016." ~ Wine Spectator, June 2013

2008 ~ "The 2008 Glorioso Reserva is showing a little orange on the edges, but it’s still quite dark-colored. It is starting to develop the bouquet of leather, forest floor and meat, but it’s mostly fruit driven. The palate is pleasant, easy to drink, with a velvety texture and clean flavors, ending with a licorice aftertaste. Drink 2014-2018." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/13

2008 ~ Gold Medal ~ International Wine Challenge AWC Vienna 2013

2008 ~ Gold Medal ~ Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2013

2007 ~ Gold Medal ~ Vinalies Internationales Paris 2012

2007 ~ "Black cherry and plum flavors mingle with herb, tobacco and licorice notes in this round red, which has light tannins and gentle acidity, with a savory finish. Still fresh. Drink now through 2014." - Wine Spectator, September 30th, 2012

2007 ~ "Purple in colour with a pleasant nose of spicy black fruits, on the palate it is medium-bodied, savory and well-belanced. This tasty effort is a good value meant to be enjoyed over the next 3-4 years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, July/11

2006 ~ Gold Medal ~ Selections Mondiales Des Vins Canada 2011

2006 ~ Bronze Medal ~ Decanter World Wine Awards June 2011 (U.K.)

2006 ~ Bronze Medal ~ International Wine and Spirits Competition 2011

2006 ~ Bronze Medal ~ International Wine Challenge 2011 (U.K.)

2006 ~ "It displays an aromatic array of cedar, tobacco, spice box, and black cherry. This is followed by a smooth-textured, savory, elegant offering that can be approached now but will last for another 5-7 years. It, too, is a solid value." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, July/11

2006 ~ "Move into the most traditional Spanish red wine with Bodegas Palacio Glorioso Rioja Crianza (+361469) $16.99. The 2006 vintage was re-vamped in sleek burgundy-styled bottles with sloping shoulders but it is still 100 per cent Tempranillo grapes, aged in Bordeaux oak barrels for 12 months. Lots of dusty, juicy dark cherry fruit flavours with a touch of mellow vanilla from the oak." - Doug Sloan, Courier-Islander, Feb 5, 2011

2005 ~ "This ripe, fleshy red offers black plum, cola, leaf and orange peel flavors over moderate tannins, with a soft, spicy finish. Plump and generous." - Wine Spectator, June 15/10

2004 ~ 89 Points. "At six years of age, a hint of garnet is just beginning to show on the rim and the secondary flavours re starting to add some complexity. The nose is meaty and gamey, with lots of baking spice, coconut, floral and coffee notes. The palate is soft and supple, with cherry, plum and developed notes of spice, tea leaf, caramel, charred meat and graphite. The finish is long." - Rhys Pender, Buyer's Guide+, Wineaccess.ca, Nov.25/10

2004 ~ 4 Stars. "Fairly subdued aromas of strawberries and red plums, saddle leather, sweet spices and earth. It's the palate that shines in this Tempranillo, with red fruit, coffee and spice box flavours. Expect a wine with great acidity and fine, mouth-coating tannins that grab on mid-palate and don't let go. Pair with lamb or vegetables in a tomato based stew." - Daenna van Mulligen, Vines Magazine, May-Jun/09

2004 ~ Top 100 Values of 2008 ~ Wine Spectator, Jan 31/09

2004 ~ "Classic in style with a huge nose that does not require seeking out, it just comes out to get you. Lots going on here with ripe red berry, earth and spicy oak aromas that become increasingly alluring as the wine is exposed to air. Good weight on the palate with a soft silky texture and lovely fruit flavours that develop and expand through the finish." - Larry Arnold, Eat Magazine, Victoria, B.C., Mar-Apr/09

2004 ~ "This red has a firm backbone that supports a generous texture, which delivers black cherry, leaf and smoke flavors. Focused, with fresh acidity and a smoky, floral finish. Drink now through 2012." - Wine Spectator, Sep 30/08


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep red.

Aroma:
Dried fruit, toasted bread and cinnamon, characteristic of the Tempranillo variety.

Taste:
Aromas carry through on the medium body.

Pairing:
Stews, roasts, game, lamb, all sort of meats especially red; matured cheeses.



Other Info:

Glorioso Reserva Especial first launched in 1928. The grapes are grow at a high altitude in chalky vineyards near Laguardia. The fruit comes from old vine Tempranillo. After vinification, the wine is aged for 18 months in French oak and then aged for a further 18 months in bottle.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Pasion de Bobal Rose  BODEGAS SIERRA NORTE  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Rose  Bobal  Utiel-Requena 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$16.99   Specialty View Legend  
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+792317  8436017631722  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2015 ~ "Anyone who says rosé wines are purely for summer is lying to you. They can be some of the most food-friendly wines out there, particularly with poultry, and this unique bottling from Spain will prove it. When vinified red, the Bobal grape makes a pretty rich, dark, and spicy wine—so we know that this pink isn’t gonna be too wimpy or delicate. Ultraquaffable, the Pasión de Bobal has layer upon layer of dark fruit and even a few darker elements, like hints of molasses and cloves. Once you enjoy this with your Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll be racing to stock up for Christmas. (Oh, God, I can’t believe I’m already mentioning Christmas.)" - by Kurtis Kolt, The Georgia Straight, on October 5th, 2016

2011 ~ 90 Points & 5 Stars. "Raspberry, violet edge. Nose: ripe fruit, red fruit, floral, expressive, elegant. Boca, powerful, fruity, fresh, balanced" - Guia Penin Guide 2013

2011 ~ "From the Spanish D.O. Utiel Requena is perhaps as light and "dry" as rose can get before slipping into white. Bobal is the local red wine grape of Utiel Requena - north of Almansa and west of Valencia - 100 km from the Mediterranean coast in south eastern Spain." - Doug Sloan, Campbell River Courier-Islander, June 7, 2013


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Bright raspberry colour.

Aroma:
Intense aromas with red fruits (red currants, cherries and strawberries) together with fine notes of rose flowers.

Taste:
On the palate it is very well balanced and rich with a fresh acidity that makes the wine very vibrant.

Pairing:
A refreshing aperitif. Good with salads or starters, cooked and cured meats. Perfect with white meats, grilled meats or cooked ham. Goes well with cold or grilled fish.



Other Info:

The grapes for this wine are sourced from vineyards grown in a balanced, caring and sustainable way. The vineyards' soils carry great importance, being very active with good biological conditions which favour a fast assimilation of reincorporated organic matter. This enables full terroir wine expression. Pasion de Bobal is the result of a careful selection of the best grapes collected from our vineyards located in Camporrobles within the D.O Utiel-Requena region. Maceration of the grapes at very low temperatures for 16 hours, in which the free run juice is obtained, which will be fermented later at a controlled temperature. Age of the vines: 60 years.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Pasion de Bobal  BODEGAS SIERRA NORTE  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Bobal  Valencia 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
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Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 90 points. "The 2012 Pasión de Bobal is really perfumed with white flower aromas fused with blueberries to offer an open, aromatic, expressive and elegant nose. The palate is medium-bodied, with good balance and freshness. This is a well-crafted and drinkable commercial wine." - Robert Parker's the Wine Advocate, Feb/2015

2012 ~ 90 Points. "Black cherry, sanguine and bitter chocolate flavors mingle in this expressive red. The moderate tannins and juicy acidity keep this lively through the leafy, smoky finish. Balanced and alluring. Drink now through 2020." - Wine Spectator, Nov/15

2012 ~ 90 Points. "Saturated ruby. Blueberry liqueur, woodsmoke and a hint of vanilla on the fragrant nose. Plush and expansive, showing a restrained sweetness to the black and blue fruit flavors sharpened by a peppery nuance. Finishes on a long, gently sweet note, with fine-grained tannins adding shape and grip." -- Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Sept 2014

2012 ~ 90 Points. "Saturated ruby. Blueberry liqueur, woodsmoke and a hint of vanilla on the fragrant nose. Plush and expansive, showing a restrained sweetness to the black and blue fruit flavours sharpened by a peppery nuance. Finishes on a long, gently sweet note, with fine-grained tannins adding shape and grip." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 14

2012 ~ "A ripe, fruity, slightly raisined expression of the native bobal variety from southern Spain, pleasant, plump, succulent and satisfying. Wood is present but not exaggerated, as is alcohol, and the finish lingers impressively. Well worth discovering at the price I'd say, a satisfying, fleshy red with above average complexity at the price." - John Szabo, MS, WIne Align, Jan 28, 2016

2011 ~ "Bobal is the indigenous grape variety that this Valencian charmer is made from, and it accounts for almost 90 percent of wines made in the province's Utiel-Requena region. It's a medium-sized and thick-skinned late ripener that makes for a hearty wine perfumed with dark fruit and cases, with flavours of dried berries, dates, and black olives, and it's all balanced out by fresh acidity and well-woven tannins. This is chewy, stain-your-teeth fare that will be a hit with stews and braised meats." - Kurtis Kolt, The Georgia Straight, Dec/14

2011 ~ "Spicy, black pepper, earthy, licorice, black berry, smoky, meaty, tar aromas. Fresh, round, dry, elegant palate with light tannins. Black raspberry, black pepper, savoury, smoky, tobacco flavours. Elegant but somewhat rustic and lean but with solid fruit. Try this with grilled pork chops." ~ Anthony Gismondi, Vancouver Sun, May 30/15

2010 ~ 91 Points & 5 Stars. "Color deep cherry. Nose roa, ripe fruit, balsamic, spicy, creamy oak. Boca powerful, rich, fruity, spicy." - Guia Penin Guide 2013

2010 ~ 90 Points. "Here's a great example of a Spanish red made using an indigenous grape variety in this case, bobal. Blackberry, perfume, plum, raisin and savoury spice are alluring on the nose. It is a full-bodied red that brings some earthiness to the dark fruit notes - plum and blackberry especially - with mild tannins and acidity. This is an extremely food-friendly red that's complemented by modest oak and good structure." - Wine Access Buyers' Guide, Jan 31/13

2010 ~ 89 Points. "Bobal is the third most-planted variety in Spain but it is hardly a household name. In Utiel-Requena a region where it reigns supreme, it seems to over deliver for the price. Grown on a hot site at almost 1000 metres it has the gloss and fruit you would expect, a dash of oak and a slim finish with enough acidity to get your nose back into the glass. Produced from the oldest Bobal vines on the Fuenteseca estate the fruit is organic. It was perfect with a beef pasta dish. Good value." - Anthony Gismondi, Gismondionwine.com, Nov/13

2010 ~ Wine of the Week. "...The indigenous Spanish grape Bobal captured our attention during this last week. Soft ripe tannin with bright red cherry and raspberry flavours will be ideal to match the Turkey and echo the flavours of the all-important accompanying sauce. Gulpable and warming...Cheers!" - housewine.ca, Oct 2/12

2009 ~ 91 Points. "The purple-colored 2009 Pasion de Bobal (100%) went through malolactic fermentation in barrel followed by 6 months aging in new French oak. Fragrant raspberries, exotic spices, incense, and lilacs inform the nose of this racy, pleasure-bent offering that over-delivers in a big way. Drink it over the next 4 years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #195, June/11

2008 ~ 90 Points. "The purple-colored 2008 Pasion de Bobal (100%) was also made from organically grown fruit. Incense, Asian spices, cranberry, and boysenberry make for an exotic introduction to the Bobal grape. Savory, ripe, and pleasure-bent, this tasty, bargain-priced finished with no hard edges. Drink it over the next 3-4 years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #195, June/11


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Dark, opaque red.

Aroma:
Vanilla Bean and sawdust aromas and lots of spicy and fragrant oak barrel accents.

Taste:
This Bobal opens with raisin notes which are accompanied by red cherries, dried raspberries, and slightly edgy tannins.

Pairing:
Grilled red meats or spicy barbeque ribs.



Other Info:

Sierra Norte was founded in 1999 in Requena by two local families with a long tradition in grape growing and winemaking. Organic farming and the use of local grape varieties, including Bobal, are the two main characteristics that define this winery. Pasion is made out of Bobal grapes from 60+-year-old vines planted at 3,000 feet above sea level in the interior of the province of Valencia.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva  BODEGAS VALDEMAR (MARTINEZ BUJANDA)  Spain 
Type Varietal Region
Red  80% Tempranillo 20% Mazuelo  Rioja 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$31.99   Specialty View Legend  
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2004     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2004 ~ Gold Medal at Monde Selection 2011

2004 ~ 91+ Points ~ International Wine Review November 2011

2004 ~ 91 Points ~ The International Wine Review 2011

2004 ~ 91 Points ~ Wine Spectator October 2011

2004 ~ 91 Points. "The 2004 Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo, and 5% Graciano aged for 26 months in French and American oak. Made in a traditional style, it is already beginning to show aromatic complexity from its extended aging. Cedar, leather, Asian spices, incense, black cherry, and blackberry lead to a rich, elegant, plush wine in the style of the superb 2004 vintage. Flavorful, stylish, and lengthy, it will continue to blossom with several more years of cellaring and drink well through 2024" - Wine Advocate, June/10

2004 ~ 91 Points. - Wine Advocate April 2010

2004 ~ 90 Points. "Deep red. Complex, aromatic bouquet evokes dried red fruits, cherry-vanilla, mocha and pipe tobacco, plus a spicy overtone. Juicy and focused on entry, then fleshier in the middle, offering sweet red fruit flavors that pick up a smoky quality with air. Finishes smooth and sappy, with very good cling and lingering spiciness." - Stephen Tanzer's Wine Cellar, Sept/Oct 2011

2004 ~ 90 Points ~ Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar September/October 2011

2004 ~ Silver Medal & Best in Class Award at the International W&S Competition 2011

2004 ~ Silver Medal a the Decanter World Wine Awards 2011

2004 ~ Silver Medal at Mundus Vini 2011

2004 ~ "Track down a bottle of Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva '04 (337352) $35.99 and marvel at the depth and elegance of this lush Rioja. Bright black cherry over broodingly deep prune plums, a complex toasty medley of intriguing oak that starts with vanilla and ends with dark chocolate, some herbal hints and a swish of sandalwood all simmer in the glass." - Doug Sloan, Island-Courier, March 1, 2013.

2001 ~ 91 Points. "Conde de Valdemar is Bodegas Valdemar's flagship line. This wine is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano from their oldest vineyards. Aged 26 months in a combination of French and American oak, and then another 48 months in bottle prior to release. My note: Opens with red currants, black cherry, cigar box and a back note of licorice. Full-bodied with polished tannins and good acidity. A great wine to buy for the boss." - Natalie MacLean, Nat Decants, March 28, 2009

2001 ~ 90 Points. "Dried cherry, tobacco and anise flavors mingle in this supple, juicy red. Not heavy, but has focus and intensity, with a floral, spicy finish." - Wine Spectator, Jun/08

2001 ~ Silver Medal ~ Bacchus 2010


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Clear, medium ruby at core with some garnet signs of development.

Aroma:
Intense and complex ripe strawberry and currant aromas, with savoury spice, leather, tobacco and licorice notes.

Taste:
Flavours of ripe red fruits, currants, tobacco, and spice. Full-bodied with well-integrated oak, a rich velvety texture and a long, elegant finish.

Pairing:
Ideal with roast lamb, beef tenderloin or pork.



Other Info:

Conde de Valdemar is the winery's flagship range, where know-how is reflected in the vocation for constant evolution within the classic Rioja concept. In this range Bodegas Valdemar have managed to combine successfully the fruitiness and cask-aging characteristics.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Collio Malvasia Blanco  BORGO DEL TIGLIO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
White  Malvasia  Friuli 
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2014     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Straw yellow colour with hints of green.

Aroma:
When wine is young, it is reminiscent of roses but, as it matures, it becomes more spicy and piquant, with white pepper notes.

Taste:
Balanced and easy on the palate, floral tones and sweet notes of honey appear on the finish.

Pairing:
Pairs well with lighter dishes, especially seafood.



Other Info:

2014 ~ Available in BC late Fall/16.
Borgo del Tiglio is located in Cormòns, in the heart of the Friulian Collio region. It is a small artisanal winery based around a home, farm and vineyards. Under the leadership of Nicola Manferrari, Borgo del Tiglio has become a towering presence of excellence and a shining beacon of what is possible in one of Italy’s greatest, but often, most underachieving appellations.
The grapes for the production of this Malvasia are harvested from old vines. It is a temperamental variety which requires great care in the vineyard to produce the best grapes The berries undergo a brief cold maceration and then are fermented in 250 litre French oak barrels that have already been used once before.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Collio Chardonnay  BORGO DEL TIGLIO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
White  Chardonnay  Friuli 
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2014     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ "The 2012 Chardonnay is nicely layered in the glass, with expressive varietal notes a long, creamy finish. This distinctly Friulian Chardonnay offers solid balance, even if the aromatics aren't as precise as they usually are." - Vinous, June 2015




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale yellow.

Aroma:
A bouquet reminiscent of melted butter and vanilla cream over tropical fruit nuances.

Taste:
Rich, soft, well-balanced taste with refreshing acidity.

Pairing:
Perfect pair for grilled salmon and seafood or just to sip on its own.



Other Info:

2014 ~ Available in BC late Fall/16.
In 1987, Borgo del Tiglio expanded their vineyards with a purchase of some land in a nearby valley and one of the grapes planted was Chardonnay; this was the only variety that produced wine of the quality aimed for and shortly after most of the other varieties were replaced by Chardonnay vines. Proprietor Nicola Manferrari recognises that this demonstrated to him the relationship between terroir and great wine, although much work had to be been done with clonal selection and other vineyard activities to refine the production. The grapes are lightly pressed and juice barrel-fermented in small French oak barrels; the wine stays in barrel for around a year.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Collio Ronco Della Chiesa  BORGO DEL TIGLIO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
White  Friulano  Friuli 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
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2013     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ 94 Points. "Borgo del Tiglio has delivered a spectacular wine. The 2013 Collio Ronco della Chiesa is an unpredictable and ever engaging expression of the native Friulano grape that is aged in barrique for ten months. The bouquet is flirtatious and fluid with a steady stream of aromas that keeps you guessing. I picked up tones of white peach, green olive, caper, lemon custard, poached pear and cinnamon-infused apple. To say that the aromas are complex is an understatement. That's why I like the word "unpredictable" instead. The house style favors creamy consistency and smooth richness. You definitely get all that here." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, May 2016

2013 ~ 90 Points. "This opens with subtle aromas of white stone fruit, yellow flower and crushed rock. The structured, savory palate offers tangerine zest, yellow apple, lime and minerals. Toasted almond marks the close." - Wine Enthusiast, April 2016




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep yellow colour.

Aroma:
White flowers, apples and pears abound on the rich, soft and inviting nose.

Taste:
Intense, almost saline, mineral notes, and the expressiveness and generosity of the fruit notes.

Pairing:
Pairs well with shellfish, seafood, pasta with cheese and white sauce.



Other Info:

2013 ~ Available in BC late Fall/16.
The grapes for Ronco della Chiesa are grown in the small vineyard behind the winery; the Friulano vines here are decades old and certainly would have been called ‘Tocai’ vines when they were planted! The wine definitely shows the layered intensity of these old vines on the palate. With a steep, south-westerly aspect, facing the sea some 18 miles away, the grapes ripen evenly and slowly; work in the vineyard used to be carried out by horses and the vines are very densely planted. The grapes are fermented in small 250 litre French oak barrels and the malolactic fermentation is generally avoided in order to maintain the aromatics, acidity and freshness.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Collio Sauvignon Blanc  BORGO DEL TIGLIO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
White  Sauvignon Blanc  Friuli 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
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2013     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ "The 2012 Sauvignon is the most expressive of the single-variety, 'white label' bottlings. An expressive, varietal bouquet melds into white peach, sage and tomato leaf, all with vibrant saline notes that give the wine its energy. There is plenty of Collio personality here. As is the case throughout the range, the 2012 is a bit bigger than is typically the case." - Vinous, June 2015




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale yellow with gold hue.

Aroma:
Slightly herbaceous and pungent, with notes of balsamic and refreshing citrus pulp.

Taste:
The deep flavour is persistent and prolongs the finish with rare finesse.

Pairing:
Pairs well with delicate fish, seafood, cheese, and green vegetables.



Other Info:

2013 ~ Available in BC late Fall/16.
A good deal of Borgo del Tiglio's winemaking philosophy could be summarised by the phrase ‘maturity is the key to terroir expression’. Harvesting at the right moment is a key aspect in the production of this complex, long-lasting Sauvignon Blanc. Nurturing the grape to full ripeness allows the flavours to develop and a profile of white peach and blackcurrant, rather than asparagus and other green vegetables appears on the attack. Vinification takes place in oak, providing a softness rather than flavour aspect, the finish shows notes of sage, smoke and tomato leaf.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Collio Rosso Riserva  BORGO DEL TIGLIO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon  Friuli 
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2008     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2008 ~ 92 Points. "A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2008 Collio Rosso Riserva is an intense and compelling red wine that boasts a distinct personality. The bouquet peels back to reveal black cherry, olive and spice. Indeed, those lavish tones of cardamom and curry leaf give the wine an exotic or East-looking disposition. Church perfume and incense also appear, and add to the sophistication of the tertiary aromas that are on full and beautiful display. The wine is aged in barrique for two years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, May 2016




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Ruby red.

Aroma:
An enchanting aroma of black fruits, berries and spice.

Taste:
Rich, fruity, velvety palate with hints of oak.

Pairing:
Pairs well with beef, veal, pork and game.



Other Info:

2008 ~ Available in BC late Fall/16.
First produced in the early 1980s, this was a revolution in Friuli: the first Merlot aged in barriques; the Merlot is balanced with about 20% Cabernet in the blend. The grapes come from a small, old, steep terraced vineyard of about a hectare; with a typical Collio soil of marl and sandstone strata. After harvesting the berries are fermented in small open oak barrels.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Collio Rosso  BORGO DEL TIGLIO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon  Friuli 
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2009     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Intense ruby colour.

Aroma:
Intense, sharp notes of plum, blueberry, and wrapped in balsamic notes.

Taste:
Tannin is well designed and softened by the smoothness of Merlot.

Pairing:
Antipasti (salumi or cold cuts), roasted white or red meat, chicken, game, and aged cheeses.



Other Info:

2009 ~ Available in BC late Fall/16.
Borgo del Tiglio is located in Cormòns, in the heart of the Friulian Collio region. It is a small artisanal winery based around a home, farm and vineyards. Under the leadership of Nicola Manferrari, Borgo del Tiglio has become a towering presence of excellence and a shining beacon of what is possible in one of Italy’s greatest, but often, most underachieving appellations.
Collio Rosso is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The prevalence of Merlot in this assembly that benefits from the grapes of the historic vineyard of Brazzano. The wine goes through vinification and aging for 12 months in oak barrels.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Collio Bianco  BORGO DEL TIGLIO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
White  Blend-Friulano-Sauvignon Blanc-Riesling-Malvasia  Friuli 
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2013     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 89 Points. "The 2012 Collio Bianco is a pretty, entry-level offering. The interplay of mid-palate texture of Friulano along with the more aromatic signatures of Sauvignon and Riesling is beguiling. Sweet floral notes wrap around a finish laced with lemon oil, almonds and mint. This is a gorgeous entry-level offering from Borgo del Tiglio and proprietor Nicola Manferrari." - Vinous, June 2015




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Straw yellow colour.

Aroma:
Notes of peaches, apricots, lime and honey.

Taste:
Smooth and yet tangy with a firm minerality on a well-balanced palate.

Pairing:
Pairs well with delicate fish, seafood, cheese, and green vegetables.



Other Info:

2013 ~ Available in BC late Fall/16.
In the early 1980s winemaker Nicola Manferrari experimented blending Friulano with Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling; to compensate for Fruilano’s softer profile, this enabled him to ripen the Friulano grapes more than was common at the time. The Collio Bianco is a solid, entry-level offering from Borgo del Tiglio. It is essentially the second wine of the flagship Studio di Bianco. The Friulano is especially prominent, but overall, this is a fairly understated white from Borgo.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Barolo Villero  BROVIA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
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Vintage    
2009     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 94 Points. "As always, the 2012 Barolo Villero is a bit more pointed and focused than the Rocche, with veins of tannin and acidity that give the wine much of its shape. Beautifully delineated throughout, the Villero is laced with deep layers of spice, dried flowers, mint and licorice. This is one of the more inward, introspective wine of the vintage, as it always is at Brovia. Today, the fruit lies in the background, while the wine's structural components are front and center. Readers should be prepared to give the Villero at least a few years in bottle." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Mar/16

2011 ~ 93 Points. "The 2011 Barolo Villero is one of the most structured wines in the range. Here the firm tannins and ample frame both suggest the 2011 will drink well for many years, once the tannins start softening. Orange peel, wild flowers, red stone fruits and spices flesh out on the creamy finish. It's always interesting to taste the Villero next to the Rocche, as the two sites are pretty close to the other, yet the wines are remarkably different. Here the heat of the year is quite evident, while the Rocche benefits from greater ventilation and therefore a bit more freshness."- Antonio Galloni' Vinous, Mar/15

2009 ~ 92+ Points. "Medium red, showing a bit more amber than the Rocche. Less fruity on the nose, which is currently dominated by minerals, underbrush and flowers. Then larger-scaled in the mouth than the Rocche yet with an ethereal quality to the complex flavours of smoky red fruits, spices, leather and truffle. Generous Barolo in a classic style, finishing with a whiff of leather and serious, slowly mounting tannins. This is very good." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/13

2009 ~ 92 Points. "Brovia's 2009 Barolo Villero has a serious core of fruit, especially relative to the other wines in the range. Crushed flowers, mint, anise and tobacco add complexity to the fruit as the wine opens up in the glass. Exotic spiced notes typical of this site develop as the wine continues to blossom with air. The 2009 needs to be cellared for a few years, but it, too, looks like more of a near and medium-term drinker. Clean saline notes add a measure of freshness on the finish." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, May/13

2007 ~ 94 Points. "The 2007 Barolo Villero is all flowers, rose petals, spices and bright red fruit. This soft, sensual Barolo is laced with exquisite finesse to match its classy, poised personality. It is pure seduction. The 2007 is drinking well for such a young wine. It is already a touch forward and I don't expect it will be especially long-lived by Brovia standards. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, April 2012

2006 ~ 92-95 Points. "Like the Rocche, the 2006 Barolo Villero is also made from a vineyard in Castiglione Falletto, but it could not be more different. Here the fruit is deep, dark and sensual. While the Rocche tends towards suggestions of floral red berries, the Villero reveals plums, prune, spices and menthol intermingled with a host of other balsamic overtones. This virile yet mid-weight wine is quite promising. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Feb/10

2001- 92 Points. "The estate's 2001 Barolo Villero takes things up a notch, with its deep, rich nose of menthol, eucalyptus and sweet fruit. It shows plenty of dark fruit on a dense, structured frame of excellent length that will naturally take longer to become fully expressive. It should gracefully evolve to age 20 and maybe beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Oct/06


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
The colour is intense ruby red with a light presence of orange reflections.

Aroma:
The smell is elegant, intense, pleasant , balanced and with a hint of withered roses, plums, minerals, tobacco, liquorice, smoke and leather.

Taste:
The taste is full bodied, balanced and velvety, with a huge structure and a very long finish.

Pairing:
The traditional combinations are, definitely, with game or red meat dishes. The balance of this Barolo makes it very suitable as a "meditation wine" to savour while eating grissini or small slices of toasted bread.



Other Info:

The ageing takes place in French oak (mid size barrels of 30 Hl.), where the wine is allowed to mature for 2 years. After the ageing, the wine is put in the bottles without any filtration. The refining is carried out in a place at constant temperature and right humidity, protected from sunlight and artificial light.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Barolo Ca'mia   BROVIA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmonte 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
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Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 94+ Points. "The 2012 Barolo Brea Vigna Ca' Mia shows a much more finessed side of this great Serralunga site rather than the power that is much more typical. Rose petal, lavender, mint, sweet red cherries, licorice and dried herbs are laced together in a feminine, gracious Barolo endowed with striking translucence and pure class. Although not especially typical of its site, and a bit light relative to some recent vintages, the 2012 Ca' Mia is stunningly beautiful just the same." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Mar/16

2011 ~ 94 Points. "Lavender, mint, sage, smoke, tobacco and plums are all laced together in the 2011 Barolo Brea Vigna Ca'Mia. As always, the Ca'Mia is a decidedly vertical Barolo built on a spine of persistent tannin, but in 2011 there is a little bit of added polish that serves to soften the contours. Tucked off the main road, Brea remains one of the least well-known vineyards in Serralunga. The 2011 is a great wine to start exploring some of the nuances of this site. A huge finish that brings together power and voluptuousness captures the pure radiance of the year." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, March 2015

2009 ~ 94+ Points. "Bright red. Captivatingly fresh, primary aromas of raspberry, minerals and flowers are accented by a sappy note of blood orange; reminded me a bit of a topnotch Burgundy from Vosne or Chambolle. Sweet and thick but with lovely acidity giving the wine a strong impression of inner-mouth tension. A step up in density and fullness from the foregoing wines, with its Serralunga limestone pungency coming through loud and clear. Finishes very long and horizontal, with serious but well-buffered tannins and excellent menthol lift. Wonderfully elegant and perfumed Barolo from a south/southeast-facing vineyard that is spared the hottest afternoon sun." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov-Dec/13

2009 ~ 93 Points. "My money is on the 2009 Barolo Ca' Mia for the longest aging potential of the bunch. The intensity and richness is bountiful, and seductive aromatic layers of dried fruit, licorice, tar, button mushroom and tobacco lift off the glass with building intensity. The wine's texture is firmer and the length is decisively more rewarding. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Jun/13


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Intense ruby red.

Aroma:
Intense, pleasant, balanced and spicy with a bouquet of plums, cedar, tobacco, liquorice, soy and floral notes.

Taste:
Full bodied, concentrated and rich, with a firm tannic structure that classic Barolo need for a long ageing.

Pairing:
Game, red meat dishes and mature cheese bread.



Other Info:

The manual harvest of the grapes takes place at the half of October. With controlled temperature (about 28°C) for a period of 15 – 20 days. The ageing takes place in French oak (mid size barrels of 30 Hl.), where the wine is allowed to mature for 2 years. After the ageing, the wine is put in the bottles without any filtration. The refining is carried out in a place at constant temperature and right humidity, protected from sunlight and artificial light.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Garblet Sue  BROVIA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmonte 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$88.99   Speculative View Legend  
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Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 93 Points. "The 2012 Barolo Garblèt Sue’ is the most linear and sinewy of these wines. Bright red cherry, pomegranate, orange peel and white pepper are some of the notes that emerge, but once again, the Garblèt Sue’ is mostly identified by its overall structural feel. Intense and long on the palate, but with a bit less mid-palate richness, the Garblèt Sue’ is another strong effort from Brovia. As always, the Garblèt Sue’ is a bit rustic, especially in its tannins." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Mar/16

2011 ~ 93 Points. "The 2011 Barolo Garblèt Sue’ is remarkably polished and sophisticated, two qualities that are rarely found in this Castiglione Falletto site, where the wines tend to be much more sinewy and virile. White pepper, pomegranate and sweet red cherries are some of the notes that open up in the glass. The flavors remain bright, focused and beautifully delineated in the glass. I very much like the sense of energy here, although I have to admit, the softer edges of 2011 are incredibly alluring." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, March 2015

2009 ~ 91+ Points. "Medium red. Wild, ripe aromas of red berries, plum, truffle and game. Rich and broad but currently less shapely and delineated than the Villero, not to mention less showy. Shows a larger structure reflecting its Castiglione origin, but this is also harder to taste today. The big tannins are less fine than those of the Villero. Elena Brovia points out that this wine is made in exactly the same way as the Villero and Garblet Sue, so the differences are entirely a function of terroir." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine, November 2013

2008 ~ 96 Points. "Brovia's 2008 Barolo Garblet Sue bursts from the glass with a heady array of black fruit, smoke, incense and licorice. The Garblet Sue, from the Bricco Fiasco vineyard in Castiglione, is usually a much more linear, tense Barolo, but in 2008 the wine has gorgeous inner perfume allied to a level of pure juiciness that rounds out some of the rough edges that are at times present in this bottling. A huge finish laced with iron, asphalt and crushed rocks rounds things out in style. This is a super-classic Barolo from Brovia." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, October 2012

2007 ~ 95 Points. "The 2007 Barolo Garblet Sue is another stunning wine. This vineyard seldom yields wines without firm tannins and slightly angular contours, so the even warmth of the year is especially beneficial here. Smoke, tar, iron, roses and dark red fruit are woven together in a muscular, virile style that is striking. The finish shows fabulous intensity, drive and focus, virtually covering the tannins. It is simply dazzling. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2011

2006 ~ 95 Points. "The 2006 Barolo Garblet Sue is massively tannic and powerful. As always, it is a taut, sinewy Barolo, but in 2006 the Garblet Sue is even more backward than is typically the case. Bright red fruit, smoke, tar, incense and iron are just some of the nuances that come together in this focused, potent Barolo. With air the frame fills out to some extent, but patience is the key. Brovia's Garblet Sue is made from the Bricco Fiasco vineyard, just up the hill from the winery. Anticipated maturity: 2021-2036." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/10

2005 ~ 93 Points. "The 2005 Barolo Garblet Sue reveals a firmer and more focused personality than the Rocche. Dark red fruits, tar, licorice and smoke emerge from this sturdy, mid-weight Barolo. The Garblet Sue needs a few years for its tannins to soften, but it, too, is a very successful effort. The wine continues to gain volume and depth with air, showing awesome density and balance. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Oct/09


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
The colour is intense amber-red.

Aroma:
The smell is balanced and pleasant, with plums, underbrush and minerals.

Taste:
The taste is wonderfully sweet on entry, then powerful with strong tannins in the middle palate and with a very long finish.

Pairing:
This wine can combine with every dish (except sweets) going particularly well with meat dishes and dry mature cheese.



Other Info:

The ageing takes place in French oak (mid size barrels of 30 Hl.), where the wine is allowed to mature for 2 years. After the ageing, the wine is put in the bottles without any filtration. The refining is carried out in a place at constant temperature and right humidity, protected from sunlight and artificial light.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Rocche Barolo  BROVIA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmonte 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$98.99   Speculative View Legend  
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+215913  8032642860621   Download Profile
Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ 90 Points. "The lovely 2013 Barbera d'Alba shows pretty fruit intensity with bold layers of ripe cherry and chewy blackberry. It opens to thick, dark concentration with blackish and purplish hues that run through the wine's thick texture. The aromatic component is similarly opulent with spice and tobacco at the back. Bright acidity gives the wine a lively and crisp finish." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #219, June 2015

2011 ~ 94 Points. "The 2011 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione is sweet, floral and wonderfully expressive, all Brovia signatures. Silky tannins provide the backdrop as this sensual, polished Barolo shows off its class. Perfumed notes are woven throughout, but it is the wine's exceptional textural finesse that stands out most. Hints of hard candy, mint, cinnamon and succulent red cherries add the final shades of dimension. In 2011, the Rocche stands out for its total sense of class." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, March 2015

2010 ~ 94-96 Points. "Good medium red. Smoky red fruits and flinty minerals on the nose. Large-scaled, plush and seamless, already conveying strong palate presence, not to mention impressive volume for this cru. A bit wild for Rocche but already displays enticing soil-driven red fruit and floral flavours. A real iron fist in a velvet glove. Finishes with terrific subtle, slowly building length and huge but fine tannins that dust the teeth. The Rocche, made from dryer soil rich in sand, always conveys the character of the vintage clearly, notes Alex Sanchez." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, November 2013

2009 ~ 92 Points. "This is a classic Barolo, with cherry, leather, spice and balsamic aromas. The palate shows wild cherry, white pepper, Alpine herbs and balsamic notes. It's elegant but still young, with structured but fine tannins. To let this fully develop, drink after 2018." - Wine Enthusiast, Sept 2013

2008 ~ 96 Points. "An open, floral nose announces the 2008 Barolo Rocche. This is a surprisingly steely, intense Rocche with little of the early appeal this wine usually offers. Instead, readers will find a structured, inward Barolo that should develop handsomely for at least two decades. A hint of feminine, Rocche sensuality emerges on the finish, but readers are best served cellaring this beauty for at least a handful of years. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2012

2007 ~ 96 Points. "The 2007 Barolo Rocche emerges from the glass with freshly cut roses, sweet berries and spices. The Rocche is always the most open of Brovia's single vineyard Baroli. In 2007 the wine has an extra dimension of textural richness that makes it incredibly appealing even at this young stage. Floral notes reappear on the silky, pure finish. This is a fabulous showing, but the wine will be even better in a few years. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, October 2011

2006 ~ 96 Points. "Usually rather open and expressive, in 2006 the Barolo Rocche has the makings of a long-distance runner. From time to time its perfumed red fruit makes an appearance yet this remains a powerful, inward Rocche in need of significant cellaring. There is plenty of muscle in the glass, in fact the wine continues to gain weight with air. Sweet roses and tar have the last word on the magnificent, perfumed finish. The Rocche has become marvelously expressive since I tasted it last year. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/10


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
The colour is garnet red with light orange coloured reflections.

Aroma:
The nose is balanced and intense with violets, strawberries, prunes, cherries, mint, woody essence, liquorice and some balsamic notes.

Taste:
The taste begins slowly, but it grows incrementally until coating the palate.

Pairing:
This wine can combine with every dish (except sweets) going particularly well with meat dishes and dry mature cheese.



Other Info:

The aging takes place in French oak (mid size barrels of 30 Hl.), where the wine is allowed to mature for 2 years. After the aging, the wine is put in the bottles without any filtration. The refining is carried out in a place at constant temperature and right humidity, protected from sunlight and artificial light.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Barbera D'Alba Sori Del Drago  BROVIA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Barbera  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$33.99   Speculative View Legend Castiglione Falletto 
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+692798  8032642860713  Download Profile
Vintage    
2013     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ "Expressive floral notes meld into sweet plum and raspberry in Brovia's 2013 Barbera d'Alba Sorì del Drago. Silky and open-knit, the mid-weight Sorì del Drago will drink well for another handful of years. Despite its deceptively medium-bodied feel, the Sorì del Drago packs quite a punch." - Vinous. Dec 2015

2012 ~ 90 Points. "Brovia's 2012 Barbera d'Alba Sorì del Drago is bright, focused and lively in the glass, with plenty of trademark Barbera acidity. Bright red stone fruits, flowers, mint and sweet spices all jump from the glass. The steel-aged Sorì del Drago is all about freshness, yet there is plenty of underlying depth and stuffing to ensure a handful of years of very fine drinking, especially at the dinner table. With a little bit of air, the 2012 opens up beautifully." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Nov/14

2009 ~ 91 Points. "Good full, deep ruby-red. Bitter cherry, crushed black fruits, leather and flowers on the perfumed nose; conveys an impression of noble rusticity. Juicy, very fresh and pure, with outstanding density to its dark berry and licorice flavors. Wonderfully sappy, energetic barbera with a rich, long, almost saline finish featuring firm tannins for the variety. This very strong barbera invites you to eat and drink." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, October 2011

2008 ~ 90 Points. "The 2008 Barbera d'Alba Sori del Drago is a mid-weight, elegant wine laced with silky, perfumed dark red fruit. This, too, offers terrific intensity and fabulous overall balance from start to finish. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2016." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Dec/10


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pleasantly intense ruby red.

Aroma:
The scent shows is vinous, fresh and fruity.

Taste:
Full bodied with soft tannins and a long finish.

Pairing:
This wine is particularly suitable with all dishes, particularly hot Piemontese hors d'ouvres, strong tasting pasta, rice dishes and with white meat dishes.



Other Info:

In stainless steel vats for 15 - 18 months. After the ageing, the wine is put in the bottles without any filtration. The refining is carried out in a place at constant temperature and right humidity, protected from sunlight and artificial light.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Barolo  BROVIA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$63.99   Speculative View Legend  
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+438507  8032642860614  Download Profile
Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ 90-92 Points. "The 2011 Barolo is sumptuous and expressive, with all of the immediacy that is so typical of the year. Dark red cherry, plums, hard candy, spice and tobacco are all woven into a layered finish graced with soft contours and fabulous overall balance for a straight Barolo. As Brovia fans know, the straight Barolo is 70% young-vine fruit from Brea (above 20 years of age), plus the wine that is left over when the single-vineyard Barolos go into cask." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, March 2015

2011 ~ 90 Points. "Brovia's 2011 Barolo shows some vintage warmth with ripe fruit and dried cherries. This is a great effort despite the somewhat simplistic aromatic offerings. The wine's bouquet shows easy fruit and cherry aromas offset by classic tones of licorice and light spice. This vintage reveals a dark, resiny personality with tar and asphalt characteristics that are present in many of the wines produced in 2011." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #219, June 2015

2010 ~ 92 Points. "The 2010 Barolo exhibits a controlled and steady aromatic delivery that builds in intensity and purity the longer the wine stays in the glass. In terms of Barolo, this is a grand and bold expression. Some 70% of the fruit is sourced from Serralunga d'Alba and the vines are 25 years old on average. The bouquet delivers rose, balsam herb, dried fruit and plum. The fruit is well delineated and the tannins are firm but polished." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #219, June 2015

2007 ~ 89-92 Points. "The 2007 Barolo is impressively rich and concentrated for an entry-level bottling. Wonderfully open and seductive, the 2007 Barolo should drink beautifully from the get-go. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025. " - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, February 2011


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
The colour is intense red.

Aroma:
A clean scent of dry and sweet fruit and floral aromas.

Taste:
The wine is full bodied with a solid acidity that gives it more longevity suitable to stand the test of time.

Pairing:
This wine is suitable for tasty and elaborate meat dishes and for dry mature cheeses.



Other Info:

The ageing takes place in Slavonia and French oak (mid size and big barrels), where the wine is allowed to mature for 2 years. After the ageing, the wine is put in the bottles without any filtration. The refining is carried out in a place at constant temperature and right humidity, protected from sunlight and artificial light.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Barbera d'Alba  BRUNO ROCCA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Barbera  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$39.19   Speculative View Legend Alba 
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+297135  8033857390910   Download Profile
Vintage    
2013     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ 90 Points. "Very pure and focused, featuring black cherry, cassis, tobacco and spice aromas and flavors. Still a bit firm on the finish, but stays long and spicy." - Wine Spectator, Feb 29, 2016

2012 ~ 91 Points. "The 2012 Barbera d'Alba emerges from parcels in Fausoni and Currà, two top sites in Neive. Dark red and black fruit, graphite, smoke, tar and rose petals meld together in a decidedly rich, ample wine built on fruit and structure. This large-scaled, textured Barbera is drop-dead gorgeous." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, November 2014

2010 ~ 90 Points. "Closed nose hints at dark cherry, loam, ink and almonds. Then rich and dense, with ripe, smooth, dark red cherry fruit kept tightly under wraps by oak. Medium-bodied, sleek and concentrated, with admirable freshness and balance. Stylish and long." - Decanter Magazine, May 2013


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep, bright garnet red.

Aroma:
Ripe red fruit (plums, blackberries, cherries, mulberries), followed by walnut hulls, spicy pink pepper, and toasted almonds on the finish.

Taste:
Mouth-filling, warm, savoury and harmonic, with a round, gentle and elegant expression.

Pairing:
Traditional meat dishes, mature cheeses.



Other Info:

The plots of land owned by the Rabaja di Bruno Rocca company are spread out across a planted surface of 15 hectares. The vineyard is mostly centred around Barbaresco, in the Rabaja area. The other vines are located in Treiso, Neive (in the Curra area), and in the municipality of Vaglio Serra (Asti), where Barbera d'Asti is produced. The work is carried out by Bruno and his son Francesco, who is in charge of the enological and agronomic stages.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Dolcetto d'Alba Trifole  BRUNO ROCCA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Dolcetto  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$26.99   Speculative View Legend  
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Vintage    
2014     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2014 ~ "Blackberry and black currant flavors highlight this firm red. Balanced and juicy, with a black pepper finish. " - Wine Spectator, Mar 31, 2016

2010 ~ "Bright deep red. Black raspberry and cherry fruit aromas are lifted by flowers. Juicy but on the lean side, with fresh, fruity blackberry and licorice flavors accented by a slight green element. Good intensity and fine tannins make this very easy to drink." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, November 2011

2008 ~ 89 Points. "Good bright, dark red. Lovely perfume to the aromas of red cherry and violet. Juicy, pure and firmly built, even youthfully tight. I find this lively, floral wine a bit pinot-like. Finishes juicy and pure, with firm tannins. From 40-year-old vines." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 09

2008 ~ "Blueberry and mineral aromas, with violet hints. Medium-bodied, with fresh acidity and a fruity finish. Dense and delicious." - Wine Spectator, Dec. 15/09


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Clear dark ruby.

Aroma:
Aromas of red cherries, blueberries, violets, herbs, with a hint of minerality.

Taste:
Flavours of red cherries, some herbal notes, firm tannins with good acidity and a fruity finish.

Pairing:
Pairs well with pastas, pizza, vegetable dishes, hard cheeses.



Other Info:

2014 ~ Available in AB Fall/16.
The plots of land owned by the Rabaja di Bruno Rocca company are spread out across a planted surface of 15 hectares. The vineyard is mostly centred around Barbaresco, in the Rabaja area. The other vines are located in Treiso, Neive (in the Curra area), and in the municipality of Vaglio Serra (Asti), where Barbera d'Asti is produced. The work is carried out by Bruno and his son Francesco, who is in charge of the enological and agronomic stages.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Barbaresco Rabajà  BRUNO ROCCA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$112.99   Speculative View Legend  
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Vintage    
2012     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2014 94 Points. “Translucent yet powerful, with striking aromatic presence, the 2014 Barbaresco Rabajà is simply exquisite. This is one of the more chiseled, precise young wines I have ever tasted at Bruno Rocca. Silky tannins add to an impression of impeccable balance and total class. This is another huge, promising wine.” – Vinous, Oct 2016

2013 92+ Points. “The 2013 Barbaresco Rabajà comes across as a bit light and also closed in on itself. There is plenty of energy and intensity, but the Rabajà is much more austere and tightly wound than it was a year ago. That is not entirely surprising given the personality of the vintage, but readers should expect to cellar the 2013 for at least a few years.”– Vinous, Oct 2016

2012 ~ 94 Points. "The 2012 Barbaresco Rabajà is incredibly tight today. Then again, it was just bottled. Firm, incisive tannins support a core of vibrant fruit in a powerful, pulsating wine built on the pure energy that is the signature of these poor white soils. Hints of leather, savory herbs, mint and smoke add nuance on the finish. Today, the 2012 is shaping up to be more of a delicate vintage for the Rabajà. Although it is early for both years, I have a slight preference for the 2012 over the 2011." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Oct/14

2011 ~ 92+ Points. "The 2011 Barbaresco Rabajà is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Intensely perfumed, sweet and pliant, the 2011 is a real head-turner. Pine, rose petal and bright red fruit all jump from the glass in an extroverted, powerful Barbaresco that expresses the essence of this great site. Today, the French oak is a bit intrusive, otherwise, this is a fine effort." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Oct/14

2010 ~ 94+ Points. "Bruno Rocca's 2010 Barbaresco Rabajà is quite closed in on itself, which is hardly surprising given the personality of this state. Intense veins of chalk support an exciting, beguiling melange of white truffle, white pepper, leather, plum and espresso. Rabaà is one of the rare sites in Piedmont that can give wines extraordinary aromatic complexity, and the 2010 is a perfect example of that. The 2010 impresses for its nuance and personality, but it needs at least a few years in bottle to fully blossom. With time in the glass, the wine opens up beautifully, but the best is still to come." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Oct/13

2010 ~ 5 Grappoli Bibenda AIS (Association Italian Sommelier) 2014

2010 ~ Super Tre Stelle (Highest Award) ~ Vini di Veronelli Wine Guide 2014

2010 ~ Top 50 Wines at the Best Italian Wine Awards 2014

2010 ~ "Wine of Excellence" ~ L'Espresso Wine Guide 2014

2010 ~ 3 Bicchieri ~ Gamero Rosso 2014

2009 ~ 92+ Points. "The 2009 Barbaresco Rabaja is quite beautiful. An excellent choice for drinking over the near and medium-term, the 2009 is soft, open and beautifully expressive. Sweet tobacco, menthol, licorice, spices and leather all wrap around the palate in a generous, young Barbaresco. As was the case last year, vineyard signatures are a bit in the background. This is nevertheless a gorgeous wine to drink over the next decade. The style is textured, round and supple. Overall, though, this is a bit flat for Rabaja." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Oct/13

2006 ~ 93 Points. "Good medium red. Complex, highly perfumed nose combines cherry liqueur, dried rose, camphor and wild herbs. This very ripe, broad wine has a texture of liquid silk, but also plenty of tannic structure to support the flavors of raspberry, red cherry and rose petal. Finishes with a suave dusting of tannins and lovely finesse. Really resounds on the juicy, sweet aftertaste. A very classy wine with energy that comes from limestone." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov-Dec/09

2006 ~ 92 Points. "A decidedly approachable, medium-bodied version of this wine. Sweet roses, raspberries and spices emerge from the Rabaja but the sheer muscle and layered quality that informs the finest vintages seems missing. Still, this is a very pretty, harmonious, if delicate, Rabaja relative to the finest vintages." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Oct/09

2006 ~ 91 Points. "Aromatic, with ripe strawberry and flowers on the nose. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and a fruit and milk chocolate aftertaste. Fruity and attractive." - Wine Spectator, Sept/09

2006 ~ "I was delighted with the wines I tasted this year from Bruno Rocca, who remains one of the most forward-thinking growers in Barbaresco. In addition to these fine 2006s, Rocca has a fascinating set of 2007s waiting in the wings. Rocca-s winery sits atop the heart of the Rabaja vineyard, a parcel that is easily one of Italy-s greatest grand cru vineyards. Rocca aims to make wines that can be enjoyed with a minimum of cellaring and I would say he did just that with his 2006s." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Oct/09


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Clear medium ruby core moving to a garnet rim.

Aroma:
Aromas of cherries, raspberries, dried flowers, herbs and sweet spices.

Taste:
Complex flavours of red cherries, red currants, raspberries, sweet spices, roses; herbal notes. Full-bodied with soft tannins and a long lingering finish.

Pairing:
Pairs well with roasted meats, stews, heavy pastas, strong cheeses.



Other Info:

2012 ~ Available in AB Fall/16.
The plots of land owned by the Rabajà di Bruno Rocca company are spread out across a planted surface of 15 hectares. The vineyard is mostly centred around Barbaresco, in the Rabajà area. The other vines are located in Treiso, Neive (in the Currà area), and in the municipality of Vaglio Serra (Asti), where Barbera d'Asti is produced. The work is carried out by Bruno and his son Francesco, who is in charge of the enological and agronomic stages.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Barbaresco  BRUNO ROCCA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$72.99   Speculative View Legend  
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+383844  8033857390842  Download Profile
Vintage    
2012     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2014 ~ 92 Points. “The 2014 Barbaresco is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Finessed and gracious to the core, the 2014 offers up a compelling interplay of ripe stone fruits, hard candy and rose petal. Time in the glass brings out the aromatics even more as the wine continues to blossom effortlessly. This is a beautiful entry-level Barbaresco with which to explore the 2014 vintage.” -Vinous, Oct 2016

2013 ~ 91 Points. “Rocca’s Barbaresco is a lovely entry-level offering. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, anise, orange peel and mint grace the palate in a mid-weight, gracious Barbaresco that will drink well with just a few years in bottle. Bright red stone fruit, mint, white pepper and tobacco give the wine its presence and overall energy. Today, the 2013 is not quite as expressive as it was a year ago, but it is still very pretty and complete, especially at this level. The straight Barbaresco is a blend of fruit from Currà, Fausoni and Marcorino.” -Vinous, Oct 2016

2012 ~ 92 Points. "This is tightly wound, with a matrix of tannins supporting the cherry, strawberry, spice and tobacco flavors. Fine and balanced. Tar and earth accents chime in on the long finish." - Wine Spectator, Apr 30, 2016

2012 ~ 91 Points. "The just-bottled 2012 Barbaresco is terrific. Juicy, pliant and expressive, the Barbaresco impresses for its soft, supple personality and fresh, vibrant fruit. This is the first vintage in which the Barbaresco was partly aged in cask, which results in a wine with softer contours and fabulous overall balance. Silky tannins support a super- expressive finish laced with sweet tobacco, wild flowers, mint and cedar. The 2012 was made from parcels in Curra and Fausoni, and aged in a combination of casks and smaller French oak barrels." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Oct/14

2011 ~ 93 Points. "Though ripe, this red stays grounded, featuring mineral and earth notes coursing through the core of cherry, floral and spice flavours. Succulent and harmonious, with a light dusting of tannins lingering along with fruit and spice details. Best from 2017 through 2026." - Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Jan/Feb 2015

2011 ~ 92 Points. "Sweet tobacco, cedar, dried cherries, mint, licorice and herbs meld together in the 2011 Barbaresco. This mid- weight, gracious Barbaresco is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years, once the tannins soften a bit further. The 2011 finishes with gorgeous fleshiness and resonance supported by fine tannins within the context of young Nebbiolo. The straight Barbaresco is mostly Curra, with about 30% of fruit sourced from the lower portions of Fausoni that face Neive." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Oct/14

2010 ~ 92 Points. "The 2010 Barbaresco is super-classic. In some vintages, the Barbaresco is delicious at the outset, but this a rare vintage that could use another year or two in bottle. Sweet red cherries, anise, mint and sweet spices wrap around the finish in an attractive, medium-bodied Barbaresco supported by vibrant acidity and persistent saline notes." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Oct/13

2007 ~ 90 Points. "Medium red with an amber rim. Dried flowers and spices on the nose, complicated by notes of menthol and underbrush. Richer and more pliant than the 2006, with a strong cinnamon character following through in the mouth. This has the stuffing to support its fine-grained tannins. In a warmer style than the 2006 but with plenty of medicinal reserve. Spreads out nicely on the back end." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov-Dec/09

2007 ~ "I was delighted with the wines I tasted this year from Bruno Rocca, who remains one of the most forward-thinking growers in Barbaresco. In addition to these fine 2006s, Rocca has a fascinating set of 2007s waiting in the wings. Rocca-s winery sits atop the heart of the Rabaja vineyard, a parcel that is easily one of Italy-s greatest grand cru vineyards. Rocca aims to make wines that can be enjoyed with a minimum of cellaring and I would say he did just that with his 2006s." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #185, Oct/09

2006 ~ 89 Points. "The 2006 Barbaresco is like drinking a village Burgundy from a world-class producer. Nothing in particular stands out - just the wine-s impeccable balance and class. Sweet, open aromatics meld into an expressive core of fruit, with soft, well-integrated tannins and lovely overall balance. This is a great choice for drinking over the mid-term. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2016." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #185, Oct/09


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Clear medium ruby moving to a garnet flecked rim.

Aroma:
Aromas of red fruits, dried flowers, spices, with some herbal qualities.

Taste:
Flavours of rich red fruits with hints of flowers, herbs, and cinnamon; firm tannins, full-bodied with a good strong finish.

Pairing:
Pairs well with roast meats, strong cheeses, soups and stews, heavy pastas.



Other Info:

2012 ~ Available in AB Fall/16.
The plots of land owned by the Rabaja di Bruno Rocca company are spread out across a planted surface of 15 hectares. The vineyard is mostly centred around Barbaresco, in the Rabaja area. The other vines are located in Treiso, Neive (in the Curra area), and in the municipality of Vaglio Serra (Asti), where Barbera d'Asti is produced. The work is carried out by Bruno and his son Francesco, who is in charge of the enological and agronomic stages.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Maria Adelaide Barbaresco  BRUNO ROCCA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmont 
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2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ 95+ Points. “The 2013 Barbaresco Maria Adelaide is the most forward, fruit-driven and overt wine in the range. Deep, dense and beautifully layered in the glass, with striking freshness, the 2013 captures the richer side of the Rocca house style. In that sense, it is the wine that remains most closely linked to the style that Bruno Rocca favored before he started handing winemaking duties off to his son, Francesco. Maria Adelaide is made from a selection of the estate’s best fruit across all of the family’s vineyard sites.”– Vinous, Oct 2016

2011 ~ 93 Points. "Blood orange, exotic spices, mint and bright red stone fruits are some of the many notes that emerge from Rocca's 2011 Barbaresco Maria Adelaide. Sensual, ripe and voluptuous, the 2011 Maria Adelaide captures the essence of the Bruno Rocca house style. The 2011 spent 18 months in French oak barrels, 70% new, which is very much felt. Fans of the Maria Adelaide should take note that there is no 2012, but there will be a 2013." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Oct/14

2011 ~ 90 Points. "Sweet plum and cherry fruit flavors are adorned by spice and leather notes in this expressive red, which is supple, with beefy tannins building up by the finish. Needs time to absorb the oak." - Wine Spectator Web Only, 2016

2009 ~ 93+ Points. "Rocca's 2009 Barbaresco Maria Adelaide is a terrific wine, especially for a vintage that was so challenging. Sweet tobacco, mint, cherries and spices are some of the notes that emerge from a resonant Barbaresco endowed with serious depth and power. The 70% new oak barrels are very well integrated, even at this early stage." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Oct/14

2009 ~ 92 Points. “This red smacks of cherry, raspberry, flowers and tobacco, riding
on a wave of acidity and tannins that are supportive and well integrated. Firm on the finish, with a long, minerally aftertaste. Best from 2016 through 2024.” – Wine Spectator Insider, Oct/14

2009 ~ 92+ Points. "A bit of a departure from past vintages, the late-release 2009 Barbaresco Maria Adelaide for the first time is closer in style to the other wines in the lineup. Over the years, Rocca moved back from a high percentage of French oak barrels in his wines, with the exception of the Maria Adelaide, which was aged in 100% new barrels until this year. Tobacco, incense and dried savory herbs all add complexity to a rich, enveloping core of fruit. The 2009 boasts lovely fleshiness, power and personality. I can't wait to see how this ages. The Maria Adelaide is a selection of the estate's best fruit." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Oct/12


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep garnet red.

Aroma:
Wide wide black fruit (blackberries, plums), scents of slightly withered flowers.

Taste:
Mouth filling, warm and elegant, very long and persistent with overtones confirming aromas perceived on the nose with a hint of cocoa.

Pairing:
Pairs well with braised Duck, meat ragu, roasted game and grilled beef tenderloin with herbs.



Other Info:

Barbaresco is one of the great wines of the Piedmont region in north-western Italy. Historically it was called Nebbiolo di Barbaresco (Nebbiolo being the grape it's made from) and was used by the Austrian General Melas to celebrate his victory over the French in 1799. Only in the middle of the 19th century was the wine we know today vinified into a dry style. This wine, dedicated to Bruno's mother, Maria Adelaide, is produced from a selection of the best vineyards.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Fralu Langhe Nebbiolo  BRUNO ROCCA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmont 
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2013     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ "This is tight and crisp, showing floral, berry and incense aromas and flavors, with a sharp edge of tannins, but this finds balance in the end." - Wine Spectator, Web Only - 2016

2012 ~ "Crushed flowers, spices, pine, anise, dried cherries and tobacco meld together in Rocca's 2012 Langhe Nebbiolo Fralù. Fragrant and aromatic, the 2012 is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years. Nebbiolo tannins appear on the finish, but there is good early accessibility here, much of it coming from short fermentations and eight months in neutral oak." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, November 2014

2013 ~ Available in AB Fall/16.


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Bright ruby red.

Aroma:
Very wide and intense scent of fruit (raspberry, sour cherry).

Taste:
Harmonic, pleasant and well balanced with an aftertaste of typical tannins, witnessing ripe fruit.

Pairing:
Pair with rich foods such as butter laden dishes, truffles, game & wild meats.



Other Info:

Nebbiolo is a black-skinned red wine grape variety most famous for creating the 'tar and roses' scent of Barolo wines from Piedmont, north-western Italy. The grape's very name is evocative of its home among the misty foothills of the western Alps; the nebbia (Italian for 'fog') after which it is named frequently arrives on early October mornings, when the Nebbiolo harvest is in full swing.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Barbaresco Coparossa  BRUNO ROCCA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmont 
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2012     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2013 ~ 93 Points. “The 2013 Barbaresco Coparossa brings together the aromatic top notes of Fausoni and depth of Pajoré. Deep and beautifully layered in the glass, but also quite understated, the 2013 speaks to restrained and grace above all else. All the elements seem to come together effortlessly. Sadly, this is the last vintage of the Coparossa, as the Rocca family lost their lease on the parcel in Pajoré.” – Vinous, Oct 2016

2012 ~ 94 Points. "The 2012 Barbaresco Coparossa has a bit more tannic backbone and bite than the Rabajà today. At the same time, the color, mid-weight structure and overall flavor profile hints at a wine that will evolve at a relatively rapid pace. Scents of orange peel, red stone fruits, herbs and white pepper add shades of dimension. I especially like the way the 2012 puts on weight and gains in precision with air." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Dec/15



2012 ~ 93+ Points. "Pretty oak nuances and soft fruit aromas open the bouquet of the 2012 Barbaresco Coparossa. This is an elaborate and sophisticated expression that does a great job of showcasing the quality of fruit farmed in this warm vintage. Bold structure and thick texture are followed by red cherry, rosemary bramble, spice and anise flavor. The wine is well integrated and balanced, albeit in a context that is shapely and opulent." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Jun/15

2012 ~ 93+ Points. "Pretty oak nuances and soft fruit aromas open the bouquet of the 2012 Barbaresco Coparossa. This is an elaborate and sophisticated expression that does a great job of showcasing the quality of fruit farmed in this warm vintage. Bold structure and thick texture are followed by red cherry, rosemary bramble, spice and anise flavor. The wine is well integrated and balanced, albeit in a context that is shapely and opulent." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Jun/15

2012 ~ 93 Points. "Rocca's 2012 Barbaresco Coparossa is an especially lifted, mid-weight Barbaresco built on nuance and precision. Rose petal, mint, anise and sweet red berries waft from the glass in a striking, nuanced Barbaresco loaded with class, personality and perfume. The style is pliant and expressive throughout, with a lovely balance of classic and modern qualities. The Coparossa is a blend of sites, 30% aged in cask." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Oct/14

2012 ~ 91 Points. "An elegant, lacy version, with cherry, strawberry and floral notes that match beautifully with the firm structure. Just needs a year or two. The minerally finish has grip." - Wine Spectator, Apr 30, 2016


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby red with garnet highlights.

Aroma:
Ample notes of black cherries and white pepper with hints of bitter chocolate and fresh mint on the finish.

Taste:
Luscious, full bodied and well balanced. Notes of cherries, licorice, toast and roasted coffee bean on the palate.

Pairing:
Pairs well with braised beef, butter poached venison and roast duck.



Other Info:

2012 ~ Available in AB Fall/16.
The plots of land owned by the Rabajà di Bruno Rocca company are spread out across a planted surface of 15 hectares. The work is carried out by Bruno and his son Francesco, who is in charge of the enological and agronomic stages. The Barbaresco Coparossa comes from Pajorè Cru in Treiso and Fausoni Cru in Neive. It is vinified in stainless steel for 18-20 days and aged for 12-16 months in French oak barrique.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Acclivi Barolo  BURLOTTO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmont 
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2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 93 Points. "The 2012 Barolo Acclivi is another aromatically lifted, precise Barolo endowed with tons of pedigree. Stylistically, the Acclivi is the Burlotto Barolo that most resembles Monvigliero because it is made from a blend of declassified fruit from that site along with important contributions from Rocche dell'Olmo and Neirane. Deceptively medium in body, the Acclivi possesses striking mid-palate depth and substance, while maintaining its classic sense of poise. A host of bright red cherry, raspberry and floral notes punctuate the refreshing finish." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Mar/16
2011 ~ 93 Points. "What a joy it is to taste Burlotto's 2011 Barolo Acclivi. The Acclivi occupies a very attractive middle ground in the Burlotto range. It is made from a handful of parcels, but is more structured and overtly tannic than the straight Barolo, but obviously does not convey the signature of a specific piece of dirt, as the Cannubi and Monvigliero do. A wine of contrasts, Acclivi is dark yet translucent, tannic and weightless. In other words, it is a wine that captures the full spectrum of complexity Nebbiolo is capable of. The warmth of the vintage has given the Accilvi a little more ripeness and volume than is typically the case, but all the elements are deftly balanced." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, March 2015

2010 ~ 89 Points. "Burlotto's 2010 Barolo Acclivi is pointed and direct. Dried cherries, underbrush, herbs, spices and game are some of the notes that take shape in the glass. The 2010 shows gorgeous energy and textural allure, but it is also a bit sauvage at times." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, January 2014

2009 ~ 94 Points. "This stunning Barolo hails from the village of Verduno. Its gorgeous floral fragrance features balsamic herbs and orange peel. The palate is rich but elegant, with sweet black cherry fruit layered with spice and a hint of vanilla. It’s silky smooth already, but will gain more complexity over the next few years." - Wine Enthusiast, September 2013

2009 ~ 92 Points. "Lightly green on the nose in a very fresh way, with hints of lightly toasty leather, dried orange rind and fresh camphor laced wild rainier cherry fruit. The fruit is quite full here but it is super fresh with the sweetness of the vintage and yet it retains a fabulous clarity. Elegant and refined, this is a gorgeous 09 with exceptional inner mouth perfumes, fine ripe yet firm tannins, and a long finish rich with a hint of orange rind accenting long delicate strawberry fruit, with just a bit of heat on the finish." - Snooth.com, June 26, 2013

2009 ~ 92 Points. "Another gorgeous wine, the 2009 Barolo Acclivi is one of the more delicate wines here, its considerable depth notwithstanding. Freshly cut flowers, mint licorice and spices are backed up by serious weight, which is quite unusual for the Acclivi. As readers can tell from this note, the Acclivi is a wine of beautiful contrasts. Firm, dusty tannins frame an insistent, beautifully articulated finish. In 2009, the Acclivi impresses for so many things, most importantly a sense of balance that is elusive in this vintage." ~ Vinous, May 2013


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Bright ruby colour.

Aroma:
Expressive nose with hints of mocha, sweet spice, tar, plum and leather.

Taste:
Red cherries, herbs, sweet spices and mineral notes.

Pairing:
Casserole, pea & parsley risotto and squash pie.



Other Info:

Comm. G.B. Burlotto is a historic producer with over 150 years of history of producing in the commune of Verduno. The winery is founded by Giovan Battista Burlotto and is one of the first to sell wine labelled in bottle and not demijohns or barrels like every other producer in Piedmont at the time. Today, Burlotto is a top boutique producer in Verduno. It uses highly traditional winemaking techniques with extended maceration and up to 60 days with the extraction enhanced only by initial foot treading.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Barolo  BURLOTTO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
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Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 91 Points. "The 2012 Barolo is a gorgeous entry-level offering from Burlotto and a fabulous introduction to the house style. Lifted, precise and translucent, the 2012 is a pure joy to taste today. This mid-weight, refined Barolo is pure class. Sweet red berry, mint and spice nuances are laced into the super-expressive, inviting finish. Most of this fruit is sourced from Breri." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Mar/16

2011 ~ 92 Points. "Burlotto's 2011 Barolo is a gorgeous entry-level offering and a real overachiever in its category. Small red berries, sweet tobacco, mint, spices and orange rind are all laced together in a pretty, delicate Barolo that will offer considerable pleasure upon release. A weightless, super-refined finish rounds things out. There is so much to like here. Readers who want to dip their toes into the wines of Burlotto should start here. There is so much to like. The vineyard sources are Breri, which sits next to Monvigliero, Rocche dell'Olmo and Neirane." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Mar/15

2010 ~ 92 Points. "The 2010 Barolo is gorgeous. Silky and polished to the core, the 2010 graces the palate with sweet red cherries, raspberries, flowers, menthol and spices. The flavors are bright, punchy and beautifully articulated throughout. Even today, the tannins are remarkably finessed, making the 2010 virtually impossible to resist young. Readers who can wait will be rewarded with an exquisite Barolo to savor over many years. This is a great introduction to the vintage at Burlotto." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Jan/14

2009 ~ 89 Points. "Tight and lightly herbal on the spicy, rather focused nose that gives up a little white soil and green herb note over fine tight red fruit aromas. This is immediately transparent and crisp, in the mouth with lovely tannins, integrated acidity supporting fresh red fruits in a rather vibrant and clear style for the vintage. It is is still on the fruity side but with firm acids and a touch of heat on the finish. A very nice expression of the vintage." - Snooth.com, Jun 26, 2013


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep brick red.

Aroma:
Traditional tar and roses on the nose.

Taste:
Sweet red fruit and floral flavours on the palate.

Pairing:
Potato and leek gratin and Provençal vegetable tart.



Other Info:

Vinous, Antonio Galloni on Burlotto - January 2014: Long macerations and aging in cask are the norm at Burlotto, one of Barolo's most historic estates. The flagship Barolo Monvigliero is made with 100% whole clusters, a highly unusual practice in Piedmont, but one that gives the wine much of its signature. Readers who have not discovered Burlotto yet owe it to themselves to do so. These are some of the most compelling, traditionally made wines in Piedmont.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Monvigliero Barolo  BURLOTTO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Nebbiolo  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
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Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 95+ Points. "The 2012 Barolo Monvigliero is a wine of extraordinary finesse. Sculpted, precise and beautifully delineated throughout, the Monvigliero possesses striking precision from the very first taste. Vinification with whole clusters gives the Monvigliero its characteristic aromatic lift, but it is the overall finesse of the tannins and the wine's overall balance that stand out most. All the elements are perfectly balanced in a sublime Barolo endowed with tons of personality. The 2012 is pure pleasure to drink today, but it should develop beautifully for the next several decades. Next to some of the other recent versions, the 2012 is gracious and light on its feet." - Antonio Galloni's VInous, Mar/16

2011 ~ 94 Points. "In keeping with the style of the year, the 2011 Barolo Vigneto Monvigliero is a bit fleshier and more overt than it usually is. The aromatic signatures are very much present though, accentuated by the inclusion of 100% whole clusters. At the same time, the 2011 offers gorgeous depth and resonance, not to mention superb overall balance. Savory herbs, olives and herbs inform the pungent finish. Burlotto's Monvigliero remains one of the most distinctive and compelling wines being made in Barolo today. This is impressive juice." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Mar/15

2010 ~ 94+ Points. "The 2010 Barolo Vigneto Monvigliero is as reticent as it is beautiful. With time in the glass, some of the aromas and flavours start to release, but the 2010 is mostly a wine of texture at this stage. Whereas the 2009 was open and resonant, the 2010 is a wine that demands the taster's full attention. Bright red berries, mint, spices and crushed rocks are some of the many notes that flow through to the chiseled finish. Hints of iron, savoury herbs, tar and game add to this super-distinctive Barolo." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Jan/14

2010 ~ 90 Points. "Presenting a light garnet appearance, the 2010 Barolo Vigneto Monvigliero boasts a playful touch of sweetness on the bouquet that comes as a pleasant surprise after the austerity and tightness of its sister wine, the Barolo Acclivi. Ripe cherry and blackberry coat the palate and the wine reveals lush layers of soft spice, tobacco and leather. At this young stage, it is characterized by mild intensity and moderate persistency. Long cellar aging should help it flesh out further. Drink: 2016-2028." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Jul/14


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep black almandine.

Aroma:
Sweet floral, spiced and herbal notes.

Taste:
Red berries, mint, savoury herbs and game.

Pairing:
Barley risotto with mushrooms and roasted medley of winter root vegetables.



Other Info:

Comm. G.B. Burlotto is a historic producer with over 150 years of history of producing in the commune of Verduno. The winery is founded by Giovan Battista Burlotto and is one of the first to sell wine labelled in bottle and not demijohns or barrels like every other producer in Piedmont at the time. Today, Burlotto is a top boutique producer in Verduno. It uses highly traditional winemaking techniques with extended maceration and up to 60 days with the extraction enhanced only by initial foot treading.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Aves Barbera d'Alba  BURLOTTO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Barbera  Piedmont 
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Vintage    
2012     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ 89 Points. "Aged in a 50hl barrrel Woodsy aromas greet the nose where there is a nice base spice tone, a touch of oyster shells, very pretty slow to emerge violet notes and very clear berry fruit. This is rich, broad and broad in the mouth with a nice tang to the acids. the palate shows great cut to the lovely black fruit, clear though broad shouldered in the mouth with some wood tannins on the finish, this is elegant and powerful and probably will be better in a year or two." - Snooth.com, Sept 17, 2013




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep garnet red.

Aroma:
Dark red fruits on the nose, complimented by savoury notes.

Taste:
A cool refreshing Barbera with a very complex mid palate with great intensity; dark fruit, licorice, mineral, and savoury elements, excellent length.

Pairing:
Smoked pork shoulder, port roast and stir-fry beef.



Other Info:

Comm. G.B. Burlotto is a historic producer with over 150 years of history of producing in the commune of Verduno. The winery is founded by Giovan Battista Burlotto and is one of the first to sell wine labelled in bottle and not demijohns or barrels like every other producer in Piedmont at the time. Today, Burlotto is a top boutique producer in Verduno. It uses highly traditional winemaking techniques with extended maceration and up to 60 days with the extraction enhanced only by initial foot treading. The Aves Barbera d'Alba is 100% estate Barbera. This is Burlotto's best effort for Barbera, coming from their best site. The fermentation is done with wild yeast and the wine ages in 500L barrels.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Dolcetto d'Alba  BURLOTTO  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Dolcetto  Piedmont 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
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Vintage    
2015     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2014 ~ 91 Points. "Burlotto's 2014 Dolcetto d'Alba is a super-classic, mid-weight Dolcetto endowed with real pedigree. Lavender, mint, violets and blueberries are finely knit in a gracious, crystalline wine that frankly redefines what Dolcetto can be. Proprietor Fabio Alessandria used 70% whole clusters, which I have never seen in Dolcetto. The whole clusters seem to open the door to a whole new set of aromas, flavors and textures, but they aren't really that apparent. This may be the single most compelling Dolcetto of 2014, a year that was very hard for Dolcetto." - Vinous, Dec 2015




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep red in colour.

Aroma:
Powerful bouquet with bitter almond blossoms mingled with red berry fruit and some sweetish accents.

Taste:
On the palate it's rich, with clean lively berry fruit supported by slightly greenish acidity and slightly bitter tannins.

Pairing:
Pairs well with simple grilled meats or light stews, and hearty pasta dishes.



Other Info:

Comm. G.B. Burlotto is a historic producer with over 150 years of history of producing in the commune of Verduno. The winery was founded by Giovan Battista Burlotto and is one of the first to sell wine labelled in bottle and not demijohns or barrels like every other producer in Piedmont at the time.

The G.B. Burlotto Winery has remained a family-run business where all phases, from growing grapes, to production and sales (the diversified production is 60,000 bottles), are now taken care of by the owner, Marina Burlotto, the Commendator's great-niece, her husband, Giuseppe Alessandria who is responsible for the vineyards and their son, Fabio, who, having acquired a degree in oenology and viticulture, introduced several modern techniques: solutions which enhance the best of old traditions and family history.



Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva  CANALICCHIO DI SOPRA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sangiovese  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$281.99   Speculative View Legend Montalcino 
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Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ 99 Points. "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is one of my favorite wines of the year. It gets as close to Brunello perfection as vinously possible. Fruit is sourced exclusively from the estate's oldest vines in the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard, the oldest Canalicchio cru. The vines were planted in 1987-1988. They are in their prime production years right now. This is first time the Riserva is made exclusively from that site. The depth of this wine is extraordinary. The wine starts with a playful offering of red fruit and cherry. Like many of the wines from this vintage, the bouquet takes a while to arrive at full intensity. That margin should shorten as the wine continues its cellar aging and evolution. Yet, the slow start to the bouquet is ultimately what drives your interest in this wine. The mouthfeel is exceptional with tannins that are both silky and firm at the same time." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Mar/16

2007 ~ 94 Points. "This riserva Brunello delivers a dark and masculine approach with brawny aromas of cured meat, spice, black fruit and prune. Both the density and persistency are impressive and the wine ends with inky concentration and finely textured tannins." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2013

2007 ~ 93 Points. "Ripe, lush and polished, this red is fresh and lively, showcasing plum, cherry, leather, spice and chocolate flavors on a sleek frame. Lacks cohesion on the finish for now, but should come together well with age. Best from 2016 through 2032." - Wine Spectator, May 2013

2006 ~ 93 Points. "The ripe cherry, plum, earth and spice aromas and flavors are
beautifully displayed on the dense, tannic structure in this red, which is bright and energetic, with an aftertaste of fresh fruit and wild herbs. Best from 2014 through 2035." - Wine Spectator Insider, May 30, 2012

2005 ~ 93+ Points. "The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. It's potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak. This is another solid set of wines from Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli, an estate that continues to ratchet up quality in a meaningful way." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May/11

2005 ~ 93 Points. "Here's another superstar Brunello Riserva from the excellent 2004 vintage. The aromas are rich and penetrating and recall cherry liqueur, cola, mesquite, cedar, wet earth and pressed violets. The wine's texture is streamlined and compact with polished tannins." - Wine Enthusiast, Aug/10

2004 ~ 93+ Points. "The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is built on a core of elegance and refinement rather than the sheer power that typically characterizes the estate's wines. This is a sensual, layered Brunello that only gradually reveals its seductive charm. Sweet, silky tannins support a core of ripe dark fruit all the way through to the sublime, delicate finish." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Apr/10

2004 ~ 92 Points. "There's licorice on the nose, with some salt and ripe cherry, in this Brunello, which has very intense aromas that lead to a chewy, concentrated, full-bodied palate. A little rustic and overdone. But impressive nonetheless." - Wine Spectator, Jun/10


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby core with flecks of garnet on the rim.

Aroma:
Aromas of red plum, with hints of floral, liquorice, salt, and tar.

Taste:
Flavours of rich ripe dark fruit with toasty oak and hints of tobacco. Relatively rustic tannins.

Pairing:
Pairs well with red meats and game, matured cheeses.



Other Info:

2010 ~ Available in BC Fall/16.
Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli seems to be making better and better wines with each passing vintage. The estate's Rosso and Brunellos are sourced from vineyards in the Canalicchio and Montosoli districts, both on the northern side of Montalcino, and are aged predominantly in cask. Specifically, the Riserva has been aged approximately 36 months in Slavonia oak barrels with an average capacity of 30 hl, 7/8 months in small 7.5 hl capacity barrels, and finally in bottles for at least 1 year.


Bottles per Case: 1
Bottle Size: 1500ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Brunello Di Montalcino  CANALICCHIO DI SOPRA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sangiovese  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$67.99   Speculative View Legend Montalcino 
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+138735  8034073430435  Download Profile
Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ 93 Points. "The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #223, March 2016

2011 ~ 92 Points. “Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy.” – Wine Enthusiast, May/2016

2010 ~ 95 Points. "Aromas of dark berry, mint, savoury herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavours. Give this time to open and develop complexity." - Wine Enthusiast, May 2015

2010 ~ 94 Points. "A ripe and rich intense wine with blackberry, plum and mineral character that goes to mushroom and peppermint. Full body, fine tannins and a juicy finish. So long and beautiful. Absolutely delicious now. But will be even better in three or four years." - James Suckling, December 2014

2007 ~ 93 Points. "Opulent tones of toasted espresso bean and soft chocolate fudge play a supporting role to bold berry and dried raspberry. Background floral tones of dried lavender and red rose. There's a touch of earthiness, too, with button mushroom and forest floor. Tannins are nicely polished and firm. Streamlined, elegant." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2012

2007 ~ 92 Points. "Sporting beef bouillon and balsamic notes, this red's mix of cherry, iron, leather and tea flavours is backed by a sinewy frame. The tannins leave a drying impression, but this has character, so be patient." - Wine Spectator, Aug/12

2006 ~ 94 Points. "The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino comes across as tightly wound and inward at this stage. With time in the glass the wine's inner perfume gradually comes to life, even if this remains a reticent Brunello within the context of the vintage. Still, it is impossible not to admire the inner sweetness of the fruit and the impeccable polish of the tannins. All this needs is time, maybe a little more than usual in this vintage. This is another solid set of wines from Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli, an estate that continues to ratchet up quality in a meaningful way." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, May/11

2006 ~ 92 Points. "Ripe and juicy, sporting cherry, raspberry, rose and spice aromas and flavors, all playing out on the elegant frame. This is a delicate style, favoring finesse over power. Still, there are tannins underneath that need time to integrate. Mineral finish." - Wine Spectator Insider, May 25, 2011

2005 ~ 91 Points. "Wild cherries, tobacco, new leather, spices and earthiness gradually emerge as this brooding, intense Brunello reveals its pedigree. Menthol, tar and licorice add further dimensions of complexity on the long, lingering finish." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Apr/10


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby red with flecks of garnet on the rim.

Aroma:
Aromas of blueberry, red fruits, leather and earth.

Taste:
Flavours of wild cherries, tobacco, leather, spice, and earth. A long lingering finish with hints of menthol, tar and liquorice completes this complex wine.

Pairing:
Pairs well with red meats and game, mature cheeses.



Other Info:

Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli seems to be making better and better wines with each passing vintage. The estate's Rossos and Brunellos are sourced from vineyards in the Canalicchio and Montosoli districts, both on the northern side of Montalcino, and are aged predominantly in cask. The Brunello di Montalcino has been aged approximately 36 months in Slavonia oak barrels with an average capacity of 30 hl, then in bottles for 1 more year.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva  CANALICCHIO DI SOPRA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sangiovese  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$123.99   Speculative View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+138776  8034073430466  Download Profile
Vintage    
2010     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2010 ~ 99 Points. "The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is one of my favorite wines of the year. It gets as close to Brunello perfection as vinously possible. Fruit is sourced exclusively from the estate's oldest vines in the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard, the oldest Canalicchio cru. The vines were planted in 1987-1988. They are in their prime production years right now. This is first time the Riserva is made exclusively from that site. The depth of this wine is extraordinary. The wine starts with a playful offering of red fruit and cherry. Like many of the wines from this vintage, the bouquet takes a while to arrive at full intensity. That margin should shorten as the wine continues its cellar aging and evolution. Yet, the slow start to the bouquet is ultimately what drives your interest in this wine. The mouthfeel is exceptional with tannins that are both silky and firm at the same time." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Mar/16

2007 ~ 94 Points. "This riserva Brunello delivers a dark and masculine approach with brawny aromas of cured meat, spice, black fruit and prune. Both the density and persistency are impressive and the wine ends with inky concentration and finely textured tannins." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2013

2007 ~ 93 Points. "Ripe, lush and polished, this red is fresh and lively, showcasing plum, cherry, leather, spice and chocolate flavors on a sleek frame. Lacks cohesion on the finish for now, but should come together well with age. Best from 2016 through 2032." - Wine Spectator, May 2013

2006 ~ 93 Points. "The ripe cherry, plum, earth and spice aromas and flavors are
beautifully displayed on the dense, tannic structure in this red, which is bright and energetic, with an aftertaste of fresh fruit and wild herbs. Best from 2014 through 2035." - Wine Spectator Insider, May 30, 2012

2005 ~ 93+ Points. "The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is terrific. Freshly cut roses, sweet red fruits, tobacco and licorice emerge gracefully from this refined, utterly impeccable Brunello. Sweet, elegant tannins frame the fruit beautifully through to the finish. The 2005 Riserva remains a typical, mineral-laced, taut wine from the northern district. It's potential for continued positive development in bottle seems excellent. The estate gave the Riserva 40 months in oak. This is another solid set of wines from Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli, an estate that continues to ratchet up quality in a meaningful way." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May/11

2005 ~ 93 Points. "Here's another superstar Brunello Riserva from the excellent 2004 vintage. The aromas are rich and penetrating and recall cherry liqueur, cola, mesquite, cedar, wet earth and pressed violets. The wine's texture is streamlined and compact with polished tannins." - Wine Enthusiast, Aug/10

2004 ~ 93+ Points. "The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is built on a core of elegance and refinement rather than the sheer power that typically characterizes the estate's wines. This is a sensual, layered Brunello that only gradually reveals its seductive charm. Sweet, silky tannins support a core of ripe dark fruit all the way through to the sublime, delicate finish." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Apr/10

2004 ~ 92 Points. "There's licorice on the nose, with some salt and ripe cherry, in this Brunello, which has very intense aromas that lead to a chewy, concentrated, full-bodied palate. A little rustic and overdone. But impressive nonetheless." - Wine Spectator, Jun/10


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby core with flecks of garnet on the rim.

Aroma:
Aromas of red plum, with hints of floral, liquorice, salt, and tar.

Taste:
Flavours of rich ripe dark fruit with toasty oak and hints of tobacco. Relatively rustic tannins.

Pairing:
Pairs well with red meats and game, matured cheeses.



Other Info:

Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli seems to be making better and better wines with each passing vintage. The estate's Rosso and Brunellos are sourced from vineyards in the Canalicchio and Montosoli districts, both on the northern side of Montalcino, and are aged predominantly in cask. Specifically, the Riserva has been aged approximately 36 months in Slavonia oak barrels with an average capacity of 30 hl, 7/8 months in small 7.5 hl capacity barrels, and finally in bottles for at least 1 year.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Rosso Di Montalcino  CANALICCHIO DI SOPRA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sangiovese  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$31.99   Speculative View Legend Montalcino 
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+138800  8034073430428  Download Profile
Vintage    
2014     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2014 ~ 91 Points. "Canalicchio di Sopra's 2014 Rosso di Montalcino is one of the very finest Rossos readers will find in this challenging vintage. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries, mint and rose petals meld together in a perfumed, silky Rosso endowed with real class and pedigree. In 2014, the estate did not produce a Riserva and plans to bottle very little Brunello. Much of the second selection of fruit went into this superb Rosso, one of the few wines of the year that truly overdelivers." - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Feb 2016

2013 ~ "The 2013 Rosso di Montalcino shows soft tones of red cherry, wet earth, raspberry and blanched almond. There’s a great sense of tightness and energy here that you don’t get with many of the other Rosso wines of this warm vintage. The wine is aged one year, in both French and Slavonian oak respectively. " - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, #217, Feb 2015

2012 ~ 92 Points. "Palish red. High-toned red fruit aromas are lifted by white pepper, flowers and botanical herbs. Comes across as almost light compared to many other Rossos from the 2012 vintage, but with lovely energy and cut to the flinty flavours of red and dark berries, spices and wild herbs. Sharply delineated, very pure Rosso with impressive length and outstanding cut and lift." - Vinous, December 2014

2012 ~ "This warm Rosso starts with aromas of toasts, woodland berries and cake spices. The juicy palate offers dense black cherry accented with notes of vanilla, mocha and clove alongside assertive tannins." - Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2014

2011 ~ 90 Points. "Laced with cherry and berry flavors, this succulent red gets lift form the bright acidity and firm tannins. Balanced in a slim package, with a lingering aftertaste of fruit and earth. Best from 2014 through 2020." - Wine Spectator, September 2013

2009 ~ 89 Points. "The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine bursting with dark red fruit. It shows plenty of harmony and fine overall balance. Sweet spices and flowers linger on the warm, radiant finish. This is another solid set of wines from Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli, an estate that continues to ratchet up quality in a meaningful way." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, May/11

2008 ~ "Attractive aromas of sweet blackberry and cherry follow through to a medium body, with a solid core of fruit and a medium finish. Shows good concentration for a Rosso." - Wine Spectator, Aug. 31/10

2008 ~ "You could easily pair this food-friendly Rosso di Montalcino with roasted chicken with rosemary potatoes and garlic. The nose here is bright and penetrating with earthy notes, mineral tones and loads of bright berry fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and there's a touch of cherry sweetness as well. Considered on of the 3 best Rosso di Montalcino 2008 Produced" - Wine Enthusiast, Aug/10

2008 ~ "The 2008 Rosso di Montalcino is one of the better versions in this tricky vintage. A gorgeous bouquet bristling with Sangiovese aromas leads to red cherries, tobacco and earthiness. There is a plumpness and juiciness I find very attractive here. Some of the wilder, gamier notes typical of Sangiovese come through from time to time, but that notwithstanding, this is a lovely effort." - Robert Parker's The Advocate # 188 Apr/10


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Clear medium ruby.

Aroma:
Aromas of sweet blackberry, cherry, leather, black pepper.

Taste:
Flavours of cherries, blackberries, leather, black pepper, tobacco, earth. Medium bodied with a subtle finish.

Pairing:
Pairs well with pasta dishes, grilled meats, casseroles and stews, hard cheeses.



Other Info:

Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli seems to be making better and better wines with each passing vintage. The estate's Rosso and Brunellos are sourced from vineyards in the Canalicchio and Montosoli districts, both on the northern side of Montalcino, and are aged predominantly in cask.
Specifically, the Rosso has been aged approximately 8 months in Slavonia oak barrels with an average capacity of 40 hl; in this period scrupulous controls are carried out until it is aged in bottle.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Brunello di Montalcino  CANALICCHIO DI SOPRA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sangiovese  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$36.99   Speculative View Legend Montalcino 
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+690123  8034073430459  Download Profile
Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ 92 Points. “Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy.” – Wine Enthusiast, May/2016

2011 ~ 93 Points. "The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #223, March 2016

2010 ~ 98 Points. "This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #217, Feb 2015

2010 ~ 95 Points. "Aromas of dark berry, mint, savoury herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavours. Give this time to open and develop complexity." - Wine Enthusiast, May 2015

2010 ~ 94 Points. "A ripe and rich intense wine with blackberry, plum and mineral character that goes to mushroom and peppermint. Full body, fine tannins and a juicy finish. So long and beautiful. Absolutely delicious now. But will be even better in three or four years." - James Suckling, December 2014

2007 ~ 93 Points. "Opulent tones of toasted espresso bean and soft chocolate fudge play a supporting role to bold berry and dried raspberry. Background floral tones of dried lavender and red rose. There's a touch of earthiness, too, with button mushroom and forest floor. Tannins are nicely polished and firm. Streamlined, elegant." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2012

2007 ~ 92 Points. "Sporting beef bouillon and balsamic notes, this red's mix of cherry, iron, leather and tea flavours is backed by a sinewy frame. The tannins leave a drying impression, but this has character, so be patient." - Wine Spectator, Aug/12

2006 ~ 94 Points. "The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino comes across as tightly wound and inward at this stage. With time in the glass the wine's inner perfume gradually comes to life, even if this remains a reticent Brunello within the context of the vintage. Still, it is impossible not to admire the inner sweetness of the fruit and the impeccable polish of the tannins. All this needs is time, maybe a little more than usual in this vintage. This is another solid set of wines from Canalicchio di Sopra's Ripaccioli, an estate that continues to ratchet up quality in a meaningful way." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, May/11

2005 ~ 91 Points. "Wild cherries, tobacco, new leather, spices and earthiness gradually emerge as this brooding, intense Brunello reveals its pedigree. Menthol, tar and licorice add further dimensions of complexity on the long, lingering finish." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Apr/10

2005 ~ 89 Points. "Blueberry and vanilla bean on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and plenty of fruit, but slightly hollow midpalate. Wait and see how this develops in the bottle." - Wine Spectator, Jun/10


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby red with flecks of garnet on the rim.

Aroma:
Aromas of blueberry, red fruits, leather and earth.

Taste:
Flavours of wild cherries, tobacco, leather, spice, and earth. A long lingering finish with hints of menthol, tar and liquorice completes this complex wine.

Pairing:
Pairs well with red meats, game, and mature cheeses.



Other Info:

Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli seems to be making better and better wines with each passing vintage. The estate's Rosso and Brunellos are sourced from vineyards in the Canalicchio and Montosoli districts, both on the northern side of Montalcino, and are aged predominantly in cask. Specifically, the Brunello di Montalcino has been aged approximately 36 months in Slavonia oak barrels with an average capacity of 30 hl, then in bottles for 1 more year.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 375ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Brunello di Montalcino  CANALICCHIO DI SOPRA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Sangiovese  Tuscany 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$391.29   Speculative View Legend Montalcino 
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+442400  8034073430497  Download Profile
Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2011 ~ 92 Points. “Wild berry, leafy underbrush, truffle, scorched earth and dark spice aromas unfold on this classic red. The full-bodied palate offers fleshy black cherry, clove, ground pepper and anise alongside firm, ripe tannins. Let the tannins unwind for a few more years then enjoy.” – Wine Enthusiast, May/2016

2011 ~ 93 Points. "The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautifully round and opulent wine that bursts open with vitality and a rush of immediate fruit. It shows lasting intensity with dried cherry, plum, blackberry, spice, leather and tobacco. Generally speaking, the aromas are soft and enduring. This wine offers enormous pleasure upfront and can be consumed within the next ten years. The wine is less adapted for long aging given the approachable tannins and ripe fruit flavors. In its current form, it is a delicious Brunello." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #223, March 2016

2010 ~ 98 Points. "This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #217, Feb 2015

2010 ~ 95 Points. "Aromas of dark berry, mint, savoury herb, blue flower and a balsamic note lead the nose. On the concentrated palate, notes of white pepper, cinnamon, clove, licorice and tobacco add depth to the black cherry core. Youthfully austere but fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity support the juicy flavours. Give this time to open and develop complexity." - Wine Enthusiast, May 2015

2010 ~ 94 Points. "A ripe and rich intense wine with blackberry, plum and mineral character that goes to mushroom and peppermint. Full body, fine tannins and a juicy finish. So long and beautiful. Absolutely delicious now. But will be even better in three or four years." - James Suckling, December 2014

2007 ~ 93 Points. "Opulent tones of toasted espresso bean and soft chocolate fudge play a supporting role to bold berry and dried raspberry. Background floral tones of dried lavender and red rose. There's a touch of earthiness, too, with button mushroom and forest floor. Tannins are nicely polished and firm. Streamlined, elegant." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2012

2007 ~ 92 Points. "Sporting beef bouillon and balsamic notes, this red's mix of cherry, iron, leather and tea flavours is backed by a sinewy frame. The tannins leave a drying impression, but this has character, so be patient." - Wine Spectator, Aug/12

2006 ~ 94 Points. "The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino comes across as tightly wound and inward at this stage. With time in the glass the wine's inner perfume gradually comes to life, even if this remains a reticent Brunello within the context of the vintage. Still, it is impossible not to admire the inner sweetness of the fruit and the impeccable polish of the tannins. All this needs is time, maybe a little more than usual in this vintage. This is another solid set of wines from Canalicchio di Sopra's Ripaccioli, an estate that continues to ratchet up quality in a meaningful way." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, May/11

2005 ~ 91 Points. "Wild cherries, tobacco, new leather, spices and earthiness gradually emerge as this brooding, intense Brunello reveals its pedigree. Menthol, tar and licorice add further dimensions of complexity on the long, lingering finish." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Apr/10

2005 ~ 89 Points. "Blueberry and vanilla bean on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and plenty of fruit, but slightly hollow midpalate. Wait and see how this develops in the bottle." - Wine Spectator, Jun/10


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Deep ruby red with flecks of garnet on the rim.

Aroma:
Aromas of blueberry, red fruits, leather and earth.

Taste:
Flavours of wild cherries, tobacco, leather, spice, and earth. A long lingering finish with hints of menthol, tar and liquorice completes this complex wine.

Pairing:
Pairs well with red meats and game, mature cheeses.



Other Info:

Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli seems to be making better and better wines with each passing vintage. The estate's Rosso and Brunellos are sourced from vineyards in the Canalicchio and Montosoli districts, both on the northern side of Montalcino, and are aged predominantly in cask.
Specifically, the Brunello di Montalcino has been aged approximately 36 months in Slavonia oak barrels with an average capacity of 30 hl, then in bottles for 1 more year.


Bottles per Case: 1
Bottle Size: 3000ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Umbria Rosso  CANTINA TUDERNUM  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Blend-Sangiovese, Merlot, Montepulciano, Ciliegiolo  Umbria 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$12.19   Speculative View Legend Todi 
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+605584  8018219001185  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes




Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Ruby red.

Aroma:
Aromas of young, red fruits.

Taste:
Soft, tannic with pleasant acidity.

Pairing:
It is ideal with appetizers, cold-cuts, and moderately mature cheeses.



Other Info:

This Rosso is made from the Sangiovese grapes so typical of the hills in the region surrounding Todi. Once the grapes are brought into the winery they are pressed and separated through a crusher-stemmer and successfully loaded in fermentation tanks. The must is then left in contact with the peels for 8 to 12 days. After the gross dregs are removed from the wine, it is placed in steel tanks to age for around four months. Following another three month refinement in bottles, the wine is ready to be enjoyed.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Todi Merlot  CANTINA TUDERNUM  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Merlot  Umbria 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$15.69   Speculative View Legend Todi 
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+190926  8018219001161  Download Profile
Vintage    
     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 89 Points. "The 2012 Todi Merlot is a dark and very spicy expression that could be mistaken for a Sicilian or a similarly hot climate wine. In truth, the beautiful Todi area of Umbria is cool with steep diurnal shifts and frosty winters. But 2012 saw a very hot summer and you feel the effects here. Dark fruit and black cherry appear on the nose with forthcoming determination backed by soft tannins and rich density. The wine is immediate and softly textured." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Mar/16

2010 ~ Commended ~ Decanter World Wine Awards 2012


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Brilliant ruby red.

Aroma:
Fruity, very intense with a soft vanilla scent.

Taste:
Good balance with a young personality and pleasantly soft tannins.

Pairing:
This wine should be served at room temperature and accompanied by spiced cheeses, red meats and game.



Other Info:

Merlot is certainly not Umbria's most typical grape, however, the regions soft-rolling hills, the continental climate, the right amount of rain in Spring, and the dry, sunny climate in the Summer guarantee the perfect conditions for the development of this international mainstay. First bottled in the 80s as an "experiment",(it had been previously used by Cantina Tudernum as a mixer to enhance other reds) Francore is now one of the winery's flagship products and it has obtained awards and mentions internationally.


Bottles per Case: 12
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Vigna'ngena Bianco  CAPICHERA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
White  Vermentino  Sardinia 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$45.29   Speculative View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+828012  8032568670038  Download Profile
Vintage    
2014     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2014 ~ 93 Points. "Vivid straw-yellow. Captivating, youthfully reticent nose hints at peach, fresh citrus fruits, hazelnut and flint complicated by white flowers and botanical herbs. Extremely deep, pure and precise, showing a powerful crushed-stone character to its saline, balsamic, juicy citrus flavors; this reminded me of a grand cru Chablis. The long mineral-driven finish showcases repeating balsamic nuances. Boasts outstanding palate presence already, this wine will likely age another five or six years effortlessly. One of the ten best Italian white wines I tasted in 2015." - Vinous, Jan/16

2013 ~ "The 2013 Vermentino di Gallura Vign'Angena is a beautifully fresh and focused wine with standard aromas of tangerine skin, white almond and fresh blossom. Vermentino sometimes has a greenish side that you can only just taste here thanks to green papaya and lemongrass. Drink this Sardinian white over the next two years." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #216, Dec 2014

2011 ~ 92 Points. "The 2011 Vermentino Vigna’ngena, from vineyards in Gallura, blossoms with gorgeous hints of peach, floral-infused honey, chamomile and mint. A rich, viscous wine, the Vigna’ngena captures the Capichera style at its very finest. The 2011 stands out for its compelling personality and fabulous overall balance. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #205, Feb 2013


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Pale straw-yellow in colour with very clear light greenish hues.

Aroma:
Intense floral aromas of orange blossom, iris, broom and hawthorne, as well as fruity, mineral hints of yellow apples.

Taste:
Fresh and lively with full, fragrant fruit and a lovely lingering, fruity finish.

Pairing:
This wine will pair well with all seafood. Try it with fresh shellfish or a seafood pasta.



Other Info:

Established in the mid 1970s in Gallura on the North East coast of Sardinia by the Ragnedda Family, Capichera is arguably the world' s finest producer of Vermentino and continues to produce some of the most compelling wines in Italy. Few estates in Italy are so closely identified with one specific region as Capichera yet so internationally appreciated. Each vintage is unique and vinification is adjusted according to each vintages needs in order to get the most truthful expression of the region.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Assaje Rosso  CAPICHERA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
Red  Isola Dei Nuraghi Carignano  Sardinia 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$59.19   Speculative View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+861757  8032568670045  Download Profile
Vintage    
2011     
Notes

Awards & Accolades:

2012 ~ 91 Points. "Moderately saturated ruby. Licorice and ink nuances complicate blueberry and flinty plum aromas. Rich, dense and suave, with luscious black cherry, blackberry jam and underbrush flavors offering a pliant texture and enticing inner-mouth perfume. Finishes with polished tannins and noteworthy floral lift. This wine is very expressive and easy to drink already but will last for another eight to ten years in a good cellar." - Vinous, Jan/16

2011 ~ 90 Points. "The 2011 Assajé is a pure expression of Carignano, half of which is aged in oak for 8 months. The wine shows a light touch with fragrant tones of pressed rose petal, red berry and cherry with pretty tones of spice and leather that add dimension at the back. Polished tannins and firm structure will carry this wine forward over the next few years. However, the hot vintage means that this edition of Assajé will have a shorter drinking window." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #216, Dec 2014

2009 ~ 92 Points. "The estate’s 2009 Assaje is another rich, intense Carignano. An exotic melange of dark blueberries, blackberries, flowers, licorice, menthol and tar emerges over time. Although not at all varietal, especially within the context of Sardinian wines, the Assaje is gorgeous and totally distinctive. Sweet spice and licorice notes resonate on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019." - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #205, Feb 2013


Tasting Notes:

Colour:
Intense ruby red in colour with purple highlights.

Aroma:
On the nose this wine releases a delightful blend of heady aromas with hints of blackberry fruit, bottled cherries, myrtle, spices, eucalyptus, and cocoa powder.

Taste:
A rounded warm and tangy red wine with rich, mouth-filling ripe fruit and finely woven tannins with a long lingering finish.

Pairing:
This wine is a great accompaniment to your typical Mediterranean diet: goat, lamb, pasta dishes with tomato sauces, grilled veggies and sharp cheeses.



Other Info:

Established in the mid 1970s in Gallura on the North East coast of Sardinia by the Ragnedda Family, Capichera is arguably the world' s finest producer of Vermentino and continues to produce some of the most compelling wines in Italy. Few estates in Italy are so closely identified with one specific region as Capichera yet so internationally appreciated. Each vintage is unique and vinification is adjusted according to each vintages needs in order to get the most truthful expression of the region.


Bottles per Case: 6
Bottle Size: 750ml.


Product Name Supplier Country
Lintori Bianco  CAPICHERA  Italy 
Type Varietal Region
White  Vermentino  Sardinia 
Est. Retail Price Listing Appellation/Sub-Region
$31.99   Specialty View Legend  
SKU UPC Product Profile Sheet
+847103  8032568670113