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Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Malbec Reserva 2010
Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Malbec Reserva 2010
(search item no. 112176)
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Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $13.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine defined and intense, deep red color and good intensity. Its small red fruit notes, plums and figs combine with aromas of vanilla and snuff delivered during aging in French oak. In the mouth it is with great personality, distinguished body, harmonious and sensual.
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About Bodegas Nieto Senetiner:

The history of Bodegas Nieto Senetiner dates back to 1888, when Italian immigrants founded the winery and planted the first vineyards in Vistalba, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza. The company was managed by different families during the first decades of the past century. These families gave the winery an architectural style of the Italian countryside that still remains today.

Nieto Senetiner is one of the oldest wineries in Mendoza’s esteemed Lujan de Cuyo, with estate vineyards in the districts of Vistalba & Agrelo, located at 3,000 – 3,500’ elevation. These areas are some of the oldest and most traditional winemaking regions of Mendoza and were the birthplace of the Malbec quality revolution. Nieto Senetiner's wines, including its signature Nieto Malbec, are expressed via the tradition and vision of its three unique estate vineyard sites, each with distinct characteristics. The soft, supple texture of Vistalba, which is over 100 years old and one of the great heritage vineyards in Argentina, the power and elegance of Agrelo, featuring a unique cool climate Bonarda plantation and the unique concentration and structure of extreme high altitude Alto Agrelo.

In addition to showcasing the particular characteristics of each terroir, Nieto also engages in a creative blending process to to showcase the complexity to which Malbec can aspire.



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Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 2009
Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 2009
(search item no. 111150)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red, intense, limpid, brilliant. Bouquet is fine, persistent, elegant and pleasantly fruity and fragrant. Structured flavor with a harmonic and velvety texture, resulting with a pleasant vinous finish.

Pair with grilled meat, stews with poultry and game, medium aged cheese.

100% Sangiovese

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About Altesino:

Though the worldwide reputation of Brunello has encouraged a certain conservatism among Montalcino estates, Altesino has always been an innovative leader. The estate pioneered the technique of aging its IGT wines in small French oak barrels, limiting the time spent in oak to enhance each wine's personality. The resulting wines were a groundbreaking improvement over those produced by traditional methods. No longer overwhelmed by wood, they were able to display the unique characteristics of the fruit, with softened tannins and perfect balance.

Not content to rest on its laurels, Altesino became the first Montalcino estate to introduce the concept of "cru" wines, made with a special selection of grapes from a single vineyard. Elegance, finesse, and a fruitier, richer style are the trademarks of Altesino's wines, and have earned the estate a position among the very top producers of Brunello. This achievement is even more impressive considering Brunello is perhaps the most recognized Italian appellation.

When the winery was purchased at the end of 2002 by the Angelini family, owners of nearby Tenuta Caparzo, winemaker Claudio Basla remained with the estate, emphasizing his commitment to maintaining Altesino's hard-earned reputation as a Montalcino institution and a global leader in innovative winemaking.



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Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
(search item no. 115438)
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James Suckling rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $89.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brunello can only be described as 'Riserva' if it has aged for five years in the cellar. Only produced during the best years, with a limited number of bottles, Brunello Riserva is destined for truly passionate lovers of wine. This garnet red wine has a clear aroma of humus and a broad, complex and ethereal aroma. It maintains such an austere and fascinating character on the palate, emphasising its structure of great depth and power.
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About Altesino:

Though the worldwide reputation of Brunello has encouraged a certain conservatism among Montalcino estates, Altesino has always been an innovative leader. The estate pioneered the technique of aging its IGT wines in small French oak barrels, limiting the time spent in oak to enhance each wine's personality. The resulting wines were a groundbreaking improvement over those produced by traditional methods. No longer overwhelmed by wood, they were able to display the unique characteristics of the fruit, with softened tannins and perfect balance.

Not content to rest on its laurels, Altesino became the first Montalcino estate to introduce the concept of "cru" wines, made with a special selection of grapes from a single vineyard. Elegance, finesse, and a fruitier, richer style are the trademarks of Altesino's wines, and have earned the estate a position among the very top producers of Brunello. This achievement is even more impressive considering Brunello is perhaps the most recognized Italian appellation.

When the winery was purchased at the end of 2002 by the Angelini family, owners of nearby Tenuta Caparzo, winemaker Claudio Basla remained with the estate, emphasizing his commitment to maintaining Altesino's hard-earned reputation as a Montalcino institution and a global leader in innovative winemaking.



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Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 2007
Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 2007
(search item no. 115435)
boutique wine
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James Suckling rating: 98 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $109.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brunello Montosoli has a deep ruby red color which turns into a garnet red with age. Its bouquet has outstanding character with hints of black cherry, blackberries, raspberries, violet, liquorice, vanilla and a slight accent of pink peppercorn. On the palate it reveals a dry, warm, velvety flavor, rich in substance and noble pedigree, ending with a warm note that lingers persuasively.
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About Altesino:

Though the worldwide reputation of Brunello has encouraged a certain conservatism among Montalcino estates, Altesino has always been an innovative leader. The estate pioneered the technique of aging its IGT wines in small French oak barrels, limiting the time spent in oak to enhance each wine's personality. The resulting wines were a groundbreaking improvement over those produced by traditional methods. No longer overwhelmed by wood, they were able to display the unique characteristics of the fruit, with softened tannins and perfect balance.

Not content to rest on its laurels, Altesino became the first Montalcino estate to introduce the concept of "cru" wines, made with a special selection of grapes from a single vineyard. Elegance, finesse, and a fruitier, richer style are the trademarks of Altesino's wines, and have earned the estate a position among the very top producers of Brunello. This achievement is even more impressive considering Brunello is perhaps the most recognized Italian appellation.

When the winery was purchased at the end of 2002 by the Angelini family, owners of nearby Tenuta Caparzo, winemaker Claudio Basla remained with the estate, emphasizing his commitment to maintaining Altesino's hard-earned reputation as a Montalcino institution and a global leader in innovative winemaking.



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Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2007
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2007
(search item no. 115432)
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Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $63.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Altesino Brunello is a brilliant ruby red colour, tending towards garnet red with age. Its bouquet is intense, pure, pleasant and refined, reminiscent of sweet violet, tobacco, chocolate and pleasant hints of wild berries and vanilla. Its flavour fully confirms the above in a well-balanced, full-bodied wine with good tannins and a solid structure.
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About Altesino:

Though the worldwide reputation of Brunello has encouraged a certain conservatism among Montalcino estates, Altesino has always been an innovative leader. The estate pioneered the technique of aging its IGT wines in small French oak barrels, limiting the time spent in oak to enhance each wine's personality. The resulting wines were a groundbreaking improvement over those produced by traditional methods. No longer overwhelmed by wood, they were able to display the unique characteristics of the fruit, with softened tannins and perfect balance.

Not content to rest on its laurels, Altesino became the first Montalcino estate to introduce the concept of "cru" wines, made with a special selection of grapes from a single vineyard. Elegance, finesse, and a fruitier, richer style are the trademarks of Altesino's wines, and have earned the estate a position among the very top producers of Brunello. This achievement is even more impressive considering Brunello is perhaps the most recognized Italian appellation.

When the winery was purchased at the end of 2002 by the Angelini family, owners of nearby Tenuta Caparzo, winemaker Claudio Basla remained with the estate, emphasizing his commitment to maintaining Altesino's hard-earned reputation as a Montalcino institution and a global leader in innovative winemaking.



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Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2006
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2006
(search item no. 110451)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $64.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This renowned and popular Brunello is made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso grapes hand harvested from the Altesino, Montosoli and Velona vineyards. Aged in large Slovenian barrels for three and a half years, Altesino Brunello is also refined in bottle for four months.

This wine is a brilliant ruby red, tending toward brownish red when aged. Its bouquet is intense, pure and refined, reminiscent of sweet violet, tobacco and chocolate with pleasant hints of wild berries and vanilla. Flavour fully confirms these expectations. The alcohol is well-balanced and the wine is full-bodied with good tannins and a very solid structure.

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Though the worldwide reputation of Brunello has encouraged a certain conservatism among Montalcino estates, Altesino has always been an innovative leader. The estate pioneered the technique of aging its IGT wines in small French oak barrels, limiting the time spent in oak to enhance each wine's personality. The resulting wines were a groundbreaking improvement over those produced by traditional methods. No longer overwhelmed by wood, they were able to display the unique characteristics of the fruit, with softened tannins and perfect balance.

Not content to rest on its laurels, Altesino became the first Montalcino estate to introduce the concept of "cru" wines, made with a special selection of grapes from a single vineyard. Elegance, finesse, and a fruitier, richer style are the trademarks of Altesino's wines, and have earned the estate a position among the very top producers of Brunello. This achievement is even more impressive considering Brunello is perhaps the most recognized Italian appellation.

When the winery was purchased at the end of 2002 by the Angelini family, owners of nearby Tenuta Caparzo, winemaker Claudio Basla remained with the estate, emphasizing his commitment to maintaining Altesino's hard-earned reputation as a Montalcino institution and a global leader in innovative winemaking.



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Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi 2006
Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi 2006
(search item no. 114677)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $47.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1994 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby red in color. Full, complex, intense and redolent of violet and berries. Elegant and persistent with flavors of black pepper, strawberry jam and plum.

Pairs well with roasted meats, spiced dishes and truffle.

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About Mastroberardino:

Mastroberardino is Campania's most renowned winery, established in the 1750s by winemaker Pietro di Mastro Berardino. Pietro was awarded the professional title of 'Mastro' as testament to his skills in quality winemaking, a tradition that has continued uninterrupted for ten generations and one that still continues today. Located in the town of Altripalda, in the ancient region of Irpinia, this family-based firm has long championed the indigenous varieties of this region: Aglianico, Falanghina, Fiano, Piedirosso, Greco and Coda di Volpe. Today, Mastroberardino is universally acknowledged to have been the most important guardian of the ancient winemaking heritage of Campania.


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Mastroberardino Sannio Falanghina 2010
Mastroberardino Sannio Falanghina 2010
(search item no. 114386)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Straw yellow with greenish reflections. The bouquet is fresh and fruity with strong and persistant notes of citrus, pineapple and white flowers. Fresh on the palate, with a perfectly balanced acidity. Good structure. A versatile wine with a complex and unique character.

At its best as an aperitif or with seafood dishes.

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Mastroberardino is Campania's most renowned winery, established in the 1750s by winemaker Pietro di Mastro Berardino. Pietro was awarded the professional title of 'Mastro' as testament to his skills in quality winemaking, a tradition that has continued uninterrupted for ten generations and one that still continues today. Located in the town of Altripalda, in the ancient region of Irpinia, this family-based firm has long championed the indigenous varieties of this region: Aglianico, Falanghina, Fiano, Piedirosso, Greco and Coda di Volpe. Today, Mastroberardino is universally acknowledged to have been the most important guardian of the ancient winemaking heritage of Campania.


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Mastroberardino Campania Aglianico 2009
Mastroberardino Campania Aglianico 2009
(search item no. 116787)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $33.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby-red with intense aromas of blackberries and wild black cherries, known locally as "le amarene" in Italian. This delightful Aglianico manages to achieve both firm structure and velvety softness on the palate, with flavors of dark berries and minerality that unfold well into the finish.

Pairs beautifully with roasted meats or tomato-based soups and sauces.

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Mastroberardino is Campania's most renowned winery, established in the 1750s by winemaker Pietro di Mastro Berardino. Pietro was awarded the professional title of 'Mastro' as testament to his skills in quality winemaking, a tradition that has continued uninterrupted for ten generations and one that still continues today. Located in the town of Altripalda, in the ancient region of Irpinia, this family-based firm has long championed the indigenous varieties of this region: Aglianico, Falanghina, Fiano, Piedirosso, Greco and Coda di Volpe. Today, Mastroberardino is universally acknowledged to have been the most important guardian of the ancient winemaking heritage of Campania.


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Mastroberardino Greco di Tufo 2010
Mastroberardino Greco di Tufo 2010
(search item no. 115267)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Straw-yellow in color, this Greco di Tufo offers intense aromas of apricots and peaches. On the palate, the wine shows great structure and zesty acidity, leaving an overall impression of complexity and elegance.

Pairs perfectly with seafood, grilled fish, cold dishes or simply as an aperitif.

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Mastroberardino is Campania's most renowned winery, established in the 1750s by winemaker Pietro di Mastro Berardino. Pietro was awarded the professional title of 'Mastro' as testament to his skills in quality winemaking, a tradition that has continued uninterrupted for ten generations and one that still continues today. Located in the town of Altripalda, in the ancient region of Irpinia, this family-based firm has long championed the indigenous varieties of this region: Aglianico, Falanghina, Fiano, Piedirosso, Greco and Coda di Volpe. Today, Mastroberardino is universally acknowledged to have been the most important guardian of the ancient winemaking heritage of Campania.