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Fans of great wines and Italian know-how, take advantage of this arrival to restock your cellars with the most beautiful jewels of the country. Don't delay, these renowned wines are available exclusively online and are the envy of many collectors; to your carts!

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  1. JS 94
    Cellaring potential: Drink now

    "A beautiful, medium-bodied white from viognier and chardonnay that shows creaminess and freshness. Chalky with dried fruit, such as lemons and apples. Stoney finish. Really delicious and characterful. The viognier comes through nicely. Some used barrels used. From organically grown grapes."
    www.jamessuckling.com
  2. WA 93
    Cellaring potential: 2021-2028

    "This organic and biodynamic expression from the cool far north of Italy ultimately offers more chiseled and detailed lines than you might otherwise expect. The wine shows honeycomb, poached pear and a nice backing of yellow flower and crème caramel. Its full-bodied approach makes it a good pairing to foods with Asian or Moroccan spices."
    www.robertparker.com
  3. WA 95, WS 92, V 92
    Cellaring potential: 2022-2035

    "This stunning edition shows orchard fruit, honey and flinty notes. The Chardonnay ferments in neutral barrique from September to February, and fine-grained wood is prioritized to render a reductive winemaking technique to further preserve aromatic intensity. This mid-weight and age-worthy white is redolent of Golden Delicious apple, acacia flower and tropical fruit."
    www.robertparker.com
  4. WS 90, V 92
    Cellaring potential: 2021-2029

    "Giorgio Pelissero's 2017 Barbaresco Nubiola is bold, rich and inviting. Hints of cedar, tobacco, dried flowers and spice give the Nubiola lovely aromatic complexity to match its mid-weight personality. The Nubiola can be a bit austere in the early going, but the 2017 will drink nicely right out of the gate. There is good depth and plenty of substance here."
    www.vinous.com
  5. WA 93, V 94
    Cellaring potential: 2025-2037

    "Rich and expansive, with superb balance, the 2017 captures the natural power of this site while also capturing quite a lot of finesse, which is not easy here. Sweet red berry fruit, mocha, spice and dried flowers all flesh out as this sumptuous Barbaresco shows all it has to offer. Impressive."
    www.vinous.com
  6. WA 94, V 93
    Cellaring potential: 2024-2038

    "The wine reveals wild berry, cassis and lots of blue flower or lilac. A pretty mineral note recalls crushed limestone and is present through the long and polished mouthfeel. This wine overperforms, considering the challenges of this vintage that saw extreme weather, from spring frost to scorching summer temperatures. These vineyard sites performed better than most."
    www.robertparker.com
  7. WA 97, V 94+
    Cellaring potential: 2024-2050

    "This is a worthy addition to the Ceretto portfolio; it's a wine that offers enormous silkiness and textural finesse. Those beautiful Nebbiolo aromas are all there—the wild cherry, licorice and rust—but I am particularly impressed by the soft elegance of the mouthfeel, which gives equal space to fruity sweetness, acidity and structure."
    www.robertparker.com
  8. WA 96+, WS 95, V 94+
    Cellaring potential: 2024-2040

    "...the Renato Ratti 2016 Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata is the most structured and layered expression, with fruit from one of the flagship vineyards of La Morra. The power of the wine unfolds with dark fruit, cassis and crushed rock. I gave my sample ample aeration, and that made all the difference. I tasted menthol and balsam herb in a fluid and ever-changing exchange. The Conca shows more mineral definition, and the Rocche dell'Annunziata is all about power, depth and length."
    www.robertparker.com
  9. WA 95, WS 95, V 96
    Cellaring potential: 2027-2042

    "The 2017 Barolo Ravera is a powerhouse. My impression is that the 2017 is going to develop into something truly special. It has all the energy that makes this site so distinctive, but with an extra kick of fruit density and a whole range of exotic aromatics that make for a truly drop dead gorgeous wine. Bright red/purplish fruit, rose petal, chalk and white pepper build into a finish laced with searing intensity. This is such and impressive wine."
    www.vinous.com
  10. WA 95, WS 95, V 94
    Cellaring potential: 2024-2045

    "The bouquet reveals tart cherry and cassis, but the Brunate also shows a more delicate side, with crushed flowers, dried violet and polished stone. The power of this cru creeps up on the palate, where you feel the tightness of its fiber and tannins. Following that delicate aromatic preface, this Barolo ultimately delivers a strong, cellar-worthy performance."
    www.robertparker.com
  11. WA 94, WS 94, V 95
    Cellaring potential: 2025-2042

    "More than anything else, the Lazzarito impresses with its magnificent depth and stature. Super-ripe red fruit, white pepper, mint, tobacco, cured meat, spice and rose petal open gradually with time in the glass. I would not be in a rush to open bottles anytime soon. The Lazzarito has been one of the most improved wines at Vietti for a number of years. The 2017 is so captivating."
    www.vinous.com
  12. WA 93, V 92
    Cellaring potential: 2023-2038

    "This is one of the most versatile wines to emerge from Italy in recent years. A bread and butter winner for Vietti, the 2017 Barolo Castiglione is sharply contoured and bright, with an excellent quality of fruit that can be described as crisp, tonic and rich. That extra concentration comes in part from the hot vintage; however, the greater Castiglione growing area delivers consistent quality and persistence above all else."
    www.robertparker.com
  13. WA 93, WS 91, V 93
    Cellaring potential: 2023-2038

    "A new wine in this range, the 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Montebuoni is effusive, deep and powerful. Black cherry, plum, spice, leather and dried herbs all open in the glass. Bright saline notes extend the finish nicely. The 2018 offers a compelling balance of fruit richness and energy."
    www.vinous.com
  14. WA 94, WS 95
    Cellaring potential: Best from 2023 through 2045

    "Pure flavors of cherry and blackberry highlight this bright, polished red, which combines charm and muscle. There's a solid spine of tannins, yet this is harmonious overall, with a terrific finish that evokes fruit, iron and tobacco notes."
    www.winespectator.com
  15. WA 96, WS 93, V 93
    Cellaring potential: 2024-2044

    "This is one of my all-time favorite Brunellos, and although personal tastes are fluid and may change from time to time, there is something timeless and solid about this wine. It's like a touchstone. The Casanova di Neri 2017 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova is graced with a similar interlude of elegant rose or crushed flower that we saw in the annata wine. It appears more prominently here, and with more shape and focused intensity."
    www.robertparker.com
  16. WA 95+, WS 98, V 97
    Cellaring potential: Best from 2025 through 2050

    "Cherry, strawberry, earth and mineral flavors provide immediate appeal up front, while the dense structure indicates this red will evolve steadily over a few decades. Underbrush and tobacco elements seep in around the edges, but the beam of fruit persists. "
    www.winespectator.com
  17. WA 95, WS 93
    Cellaring potential: 2021-2035

    "Warm vintage conditions in 2015 that favor more concentrated fruit make this even more apparent. However, the palate is relatively mild mannered and tight. Black fruit, plum and blackberry roll off the tongue. Those fruity tones are followed by dark spice, balsam herb and a touch of savory barbecue spice."
    www.robertparker.com  

  18. WA 95+, WS 95, V 95
    Cellaring potential: Best from 2025 through 2045.

    "This Brunello is rich and fruity, with latent power and a solid structure. Plum, black cherry, iron, tobacco and black tea flavors are matched to lively acidity and dense tannins, while the aftertaste echoes fruit and mineral accents."
    www.winespectator.com

  19. WA 98, WS 95, V 95+
    Cellaring potential: 2025-2050

    "The Canalicchio di Sopra 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beauty. It offers a brilliant interpretation of a warm and sunny vintage from cool, mineral-rich soils in an area with steep shifts between day and nighttime temperatures. This is one of those special wines in which the vintage characteristics fit the territory with the precision of a jigsaw puzzle. The bouquet is fluid and complex with tart cherry fruit, cola, licorice, aniseed and blue flower."
    www.robertparker.com

  20. WA 96, WS 98, V 95+
    Cellaring potential: Best from 2023 through 2047.

    "This stunning red exudes bright cherry, blackberry, plum, iron and tobacco aromas and flavors, all knit together almost seamlessly, with vibrant acidity and refined tannins. Shows a combination of power and grace, with a long fruit and savory aftertaste."
    www.winespectator.com

  21. WA 93, WS 94, V 95
    Cellaring potential: 2024-2034 
      
    "Deep, dark red fruits and exotic spices give way to hints of menthol, flowery undergrowth and tobacco as the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Ugolforte unfolds in the glass. It’s silky-smooth and cool-toned with ripe woodland berries, hints of clove and blood orange. Fine tannins coat the palate, but energy remains high due to vibrant acidity, as this tapers off with a salty, almost silty minerality under rosy inner florals."
    www.vinous.com
  22. WA 94, V 93
    Cellaring potential: 2022-2033
       
    "Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia shows a greater degree of focus and detail compared to the previous vintage that I tasted at the same time. This wine reveals the sharp contours and etched character of the Cabernet Franc, especially with black licorice and black pepper. The results are linear and pure. Elegant fruit notes of blackberry and dark currant add to the thick layering of the wine."
    www.robertparker.com
  23. V 91
    Cellaring potential: 2023-2024

    "The 2019 Le Volte dell’Ornellaia is terrific. Bold, juicy and wonderfully expressive, the 2019 will drink well right out of the gate. Juicy black cherry, lavender, spice, menthol and chocolate are all kicked up a few notches. In 2019 Le Volte is especially dark and sumptuous, both of which add to its considerable immediacy and overall appeal. This is an especially fine vintage for the Ornellaia's entry-level bottling."
    www.vinous.com

  24. V 91
    Cellaring potential: 2023-2024

    "The 2019 Le Volte dell’Ornellaia is terrific. Bold, juicy and wonderfully expressive, the 2019 will drink well right out of the gate. Juicy black cherry, lavender, spice, menthol and chocolate are all kicked up a few notches. In 2019 Le Volte is especially dark and sumptuous, both of which add to its considerable immediacy and overall appeal. This is an especially fine vintage for the Ornellaia's entry-level bottling."
    www.vinous.com

  25. WA 96, WS 93, V 96+
    Cellaring potential: 2023-2038 
      
    “The 2018 Saffredi is a regal, elegant, supremely polished wine. It may very well be the most refined Saffredi I have ever tasted. Silky in its first impression, with striking aromatic presence and exceptional balance, the 2018 is a total knock-out. Sweet red cherry, plum, mocha, licorice and cinnamon accents develop over time, but it is the wine’s overall balance and poise that are so impressive today. The 2018 is an absolutely gorgeous Saffredi.”
    www.vinous.com
  26. WA 96, WS 93
    Cellaring potential: 2022-2045

    "The bouquet is thickly layered and rich with potent notes of ripe blackberry and blackish plum followed by baker's chocolate, spice and dark mahogany or cigar box. Excellent work has been achieved to tame the tannins, and the wine offers a long, polished feel and an impactful, full-bodied presence."
    www.robertparker.com

  27. WS 91, V 92
    Cellaring potential: 2023-2029

    "The 2017 Ghiaie della Furba opens to a bouquet of minty herbs, camphor and smoke before deepening further to display dusty red currant and spice box. This is velvety and fleshy in feel, with stimulating acidity that enlivens its spicy black fruit and building mineral tones. It tapers off with persistence, power and grippy tannin, the perfect mix for a long evolution."
    www.vinous.com

  28. WA 94+, WS 93, V 94
    Cellaring potential: 2020-2031

    "The 2016 Bòggina C, 100% Sangiovese vinified in cement and aged in oak, is a total knock-out. Readers will find a wine endowed with fabulous richness and depth. Black cherry, plum, lavender, spice and espresso all flesh out in a generous, deeply expressive wine that is ample and nuanced at the same time."
    www.vinous.com

  29. WA 92
    Cellaring potential: 2018-2028

    "The Vigna Vico, with pre-phylloxera, head-pruned vines (propped up with volcanic boulders), is one of Italy's Jurassic vineyards. Many of the vines are 140 years old. You taste the old-vine fruit contraction here in the wine's elegant flavor profile."
    www.robertparker.com

  30. JS 92

    "Notes of plums, mulberries and cedar on the nose. Figs, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with chewy tannins. Round and juicy with vibrant character, thanks to vivid acidity. Fresh and fruity with a nice structure and a flavorful finish. Sort of smoky and stemmy at the end. Old-style. Drink or hold."
    www.jamessuckling.com