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WA 91, WS 90, V 93
" Poggio alle Gazze, Ornellaia's Sauvignon Blanc-based white, is especially fine in 2018. Lemon confit, sage, mint and bright floral notes are so finely cut. I would prefer to drink it on the early side in order to capture all of that vibrancy and energy. 2020-2024."
WA 93, WS 92, V 93
" Azelia's 2016 Barolo is a blend of fruit from two parcels in Castiglione Falletto and five in Serralunga, with the character of Serralunga especially felt in the wine's tannic grip and persistence. Iron, sage, mint, smoke and wild cherry give the Barolo striking aromatic nuance and complexity, all in the mid-weight style that is such a signature at this address. The purity of the fruit is just striking. Stated simply, this is a tremendous wine in its peer group. 2020-2028."
" Garnet red with ruby hues. Intense and clean scents of roses, vanilla, roasted hazelnuts, licorice, tobacco and cinnamon. Fruity scents of strawberries and mulberries. Full and elegant flavour with a good body recurring olfactory sensations. The perfectly blended hints of fruits and wood are extremely appealing. With its big structure this wine is a perfect match for main courses of red meats, braised dishes and game in general. Also ideal pairing with cheeses."
- Excerpt from the producer's website
WA 90, V 91
" The 2017 Passi di Orma is a lovely second wine from Orma. Sweet red cherry, mint, blood orange and pomegranate are all pushed forward. Silky and pliant, with lovely fruit purity, this radiant, juicy Maremma red is absolutely delicious. It should drink well for at least another handful of years. 2020-2025."
WA 95, WS 93, V 91+
" Fattoria dei Barbi strikes a terrific balance between elegance and sheer muscle in the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. This Riserva is distinguished by dark fruit and savory tones of toasted clove, cedar, campfire ash, leather, tobacco and smoked bacon. Those smoky flavors are expertly woven into the thick fiber of this well-structured wine. 2020-2035. "
" Lots of ripe fruit that verges on being jammy with dried-berry, cherry and chocolate character. It’s full-bodied with chewy tannins and an intense finish. Needs some time to soften."
" There’s a purity and savory refinement to the 2017 Rosso di Montalcino Tenuta Greppo that transcends the expectations of this warm and dry vintage. A perfumed display of wild strawberries, fresh roses, violets and a dusting of minerals lift up from the glass. Its textures are silky, carried across a feminine frame, with bright cherries and inner herbal tones that find vibrancy through a core of brilliant acidity. Nuanced tannins and dried berries linger, leaving a lightly structured yet very pretty impression. This is a great introduction to the Biondi-Santi portfolio and deserves the moniker of “Baby Brunello”. 2022-2028."
WA 93, WS 92
“The Frescobaldi 2016 Mormoreto is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and lots of Tuscan sunshine. The wine is round and rich, imparting thick layers of dark fruit, plum and black cherry. On the finish, it follows up with spice, tar, licorice and sweet tobacco. You get a lot of dark fruit and vinous bang in this bottle. 2020-2030”
" The 2018 Promis is a very pretty wine. Lifted, floral aromatics, silky tannins and mid-weight structure give it tons of immediacy and overall appeal. Hints of succulent red cherry, cinnamon, mint and leather linger effortlessly. 2020-2028."
" A dark and standoffish red today, this nonetheless features depth and intensity to the blackberry, black cherry, iron, cigar box and wild herb flavors. Offering a touch of oak spice, this is supported by a dense matrix of tannins, finding equilibrium in the end. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2033."
“The 2018 Le Volte dell’Ornellaia is fresh, fruity and an absolute delight to taste. Crushed red berry fruit, spice and floral notes abound, giving the 2018 an effusive character that is impossible to miss. Silky and gracious, the 2018 will drink well upon release. The purity of the flavors here is really quite lovely. 2020-2028 »
" The 2018 Testamatta shows elegant Sangiovese purity and transparency, starting with delicate wild berry and blueberry tones and finishing long with pretty accents of crushed limestone and a touch of campfire ash. In the glass, the wine is radiant and vivid with a luminous ruby or garnet color. Oak use is reduced to a bare minimum, with barrels that are up to their 16th year of use. "The older they are, the better," Bibi explains. As the wine opens in the glass, it presents pretty lilac and violet. 2022-2042."
" This is the inaugural vintage of Tenuta Argentiera's newest monovarietal wine, a Cabernet Franc from a stunning vineyard that is shaped like a fan ("ventaglio" in Italian) positioned around a solitary oak tree that stands tall against a stunning view of blue seas and umbrella trees. The 2015 Ventaglio embraces that wide panorama with a span of aromas and black fruit flavors. Blackberry and plum cede to smoke, campfire ash, crushed mineral and wet river stone. Those delicate earthy tones add pretty framing to the opulent darkness found inside. 2020-2035. "
“Martinella Etna Rosso is the perfect expression of the territory. The nose is complex, slightly spicy and accompanied by red fruits. In the mouth it is fresh, mineral and with soft and silky tannins. A wine that perfectly expresses the north-eastern boundary of the zone: from the northern zone comes the complexity and from the woods of the eastern area freshness and elegance. It is a wine that allows itself be drunk with joy and that enchants for its complexity and simplicity.”
- Excerpt from the producer's website
WA 95, WS 94, V 95
" The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino from Canalicchio di Sopra - Ripaccioli is superb. The nose is dark and mineral-inflected with a blast of crushed raspberry, cherry and darker blackberry fruits wafting up from the glass, as sweet florals, underscored by moist soil and hints of cedar amass. On the palate, silky, almost creamy textures, offset by a stunning mix of salty-minerals and acids with savory herbs, and inner earth tones tempted the senses for another sip. The finish is remarkably long, resonating on minerals and dark fruits, almost balsamic and spicy, as its tannic structure comes forward and reminds me that this Brunello is still just a baby. What a gorgeous expression of Sangiovese.2024-2038."
" Really perfumed and aromatic with lemon rind and dried pear, as well as licorice. It’s full-bodied with phenolic tension to the palate and a cooked-pear finish. Delicious and thought-provoking."
WS 93, V 93
‘’Silky and seamless, with subtle underlying tension driving the finely meshed flavors of black raspberry coulis, olive tapenade, wild sage and bresaola. Bright and mouthwatering throughout, showing accents of citrus and spice on the lightly chewy finish. Teroldego. Best from 2022 through 2032.’’
WA 94, WS 94
"If you were to consider the entire portfolio of wines made in the Barolo appellation, this wine always stands in its own little corner. Albe is a brand on its own, and it represents one of the most versatile, accessible and well-priced Baroli to emerge from the appellation. The G.D. Vajra 2016 Barolo Albe sets off on the right foot, offering forthcoming intensity with forest fruit, wild cherry, crushed stone and blue flowers. Winemaking is straightforward in stainless steel, and the wine finishes in Slavonian oak casks. 2022-2035."
‘’This is holding on nicely now for a 2012 with dried earth, tar, incense and dried fruit. Quite resolved and full-bodied but not in the least drying; indeed, the finish is surprisingly tight and generous in the end.’’
‘’The 2018 Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia is everything a second wine should be. Open-knit and silky, with impeccable balance and tons of sheer appeal, the 2018 is exquisite today. I would prefer to drink it on the early side in order to capture all of its freshness. In some vintages, Le Serre Nuove can be a bit imposing; in 2018 is all charm and seduction. 2022-2033’’
WA 95, V 94
" The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino makes a great first impression thanks to the purity and intensity of the fruit. Those two things - purity and intensity - can sometimes be uncomfortable bedfellows, but this expression from Caprili unites them in happy marriage. The bouquet opens to bright red fruit, cola, chopped mint and blue flower. There is a lot of beautiful energy on hand. The wine is smooth and silky, giving it both near and long-term appeal. 2024-2040."
WA 98+, WS 94, V 96
" The Casanova di Neri 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova must be treated with patience, and that patience is returned with many great rewards. Blackberry, plum and summer cherry are slowly folded into lasting flavors of spice, leather and beautiful balsam or medical herb. These are always a distinctive signature of this estate. The aromas flow with seamless transitions, and that fluid and ever-changing nature of the bouquet is what helps to build intensity and staying power. 2022-2045."
" The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio alle Mura (with 10,000 bottles produced) pours from the bottle with lavish richness and a saturated, dark color that is quintessential Brunello. This special selection of fruit from a single vineyard is fermented in both stainless steel and oak, but secondary fermentation happens in barrique. Most of the wine (90%) is aged in barrique for 30 months. In a cool vintage like 2013 that plays its best cards in terms of structure and acidity, this winemaking approach is not heavy handed. In fact, this beautiful wine is driven by a unique sense of momentum and forward thrust that should carry it through its long aging evolution. 2022-2040."
WA 93, V 92
" Here is a beautifully polished and elegant wine from the team at San Felice in Castelnuovo Berardegna. The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Grigio is a supple and silky expression that delivers ripe fruit tones that are framed by mineral tones with mild spice and fragrant red rose. The wine is structured and firm with delicately drying tannins on the close. Drink this accessible Gran Selezione within the next 10 years. 2018-2028."
" The 2016 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Colledilà (100% Sangiovese) delivers a tight and focused bouquet that is distinguished by dark fruit aromas, cherry and tart cassis with spice, wild rose and sweet earth at the back. The wine is fresh and firm on the palate, however, it is also immediate in character, meaning that you don't need to wait too much longer to pop the cork. Like the other wines from Barone Ricasoli, the intensity and the brawn of the mouthfeel has been intentionally toned down to give this wine a more elegant and light approach, a nice accompaniment to some delicate charcuterie. 2019-2038. "
WA 93, WS 92, V 93
" The 2013 Campaccio Collezione is powerful and explosive, not to mention absolutely delicious. Dark cherry, plum, chocolate, grilled herbs, leather, spice and menthol build in a heady, beautifully resonant wine. The Collezione is 40% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. International varieties play a more significant role in the Collezione than they do in the straight Campaccio, and it comes through in the wine's dark fruit profile and structural feel. 2020-2038. "
WA 91, WS 92
“Black currant, blackberry and mint aromas and flavors mark this firm, linear red. Fruity yet savory, ending with a dense, wide swath of dusty tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Best from 2021 through 2030.”
WA 95+, V 97
" The 2017 Cepparello is another in a series of stunningly beautiful Cepparellos from Paolo de Marchi. Bright and beautifully focused in the glass, with tremendous depth, the 2017 is positively stellar from the very first taste. Succulent dark cherry, plum, licorice, spice, menthol and coffee all open up with a bit of air. Here, too, Paolo De Marchi has done a tremendous job in preserving freshness in the wine. Readers who can muster the patience will be rewarded with a spectacular wine. 2025-2042. "