Red Wines    Dolcetto    Piedmont    Italy   
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Elvio Cogno Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
Elvio Cogno Dolcetto d'Alba 2010
(search item no. 113900)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Bright ruby red in color with deep violet highlights. The perfume is immediate and intense, uncompromisingly vinous and persistent. It is redolent of grape must which, on aging, develops sensations of red forest fruits. The bouquet is dry and full-bodied, elegant and round, with notes of fruit and a wonderfully almondy finish.

Serve with starters, pasta, soups, salamis and cream cheeses.

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About Elvio Cogno:

The Elvio Cogno winery sits on the top of Bricco Ravera, a hill near Novello in the Langhe area of Piedmont, one of the eleven communes in which Barolo is produced. The cellar is housed in an 18th-century manor farm surrounded by 11 hectares of land, all occupied by vineyards.

After a long and fruitful partnership with Marcarini at La Morra, in 1990 Cogno bought a splendid historical farm in the family village and restored it to its former glory. Today the winery nestles in a breathtaking landscape between the hills and the sky. At sunset on clear days, a wonderful turquoise horizon frames the farm like a painting. Hence the name of this exceptional wine land: 'Petorchino', or blue feet.

The Cogno family has been making wine in the Langhe area for four generations: the values of history and tradition handed down by father Elvio are enhanced by the freshness and innovation introduced by his daughter Nadia and her husband Valter Fissore.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2009
Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2009
(search item no. 121580)
collectible wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 97 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is the wine conceived and desired by Vittorio Fiore after long years of study, thought, and working experience and it is the result of an exceptional pairing and synergy: Sangiovese and the Ruffoli vineyards in Greve in Chianti. The results of this synergy - the grapes harvested in the Carbonaione vineyard – are worked with passion and dedication by Vittorio Fiore and his son Jurij in order to obtain a wine of great power and elegance, one capable of expressing in all of its richness the terroir in which it is born.
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About Poggio Scalette:

The vineyards of Podere Poggio Scalette take their name from the landscape, which is characterized by drystone walls that support the terraces on which the vineyards and olive groves are planted. From a distance the impression is of a series of stairs climbing the slopes of Greve. After the death of the previous owner, Podere Poggio Scalette remained abandoned for years until Vittorio Fiore (one of Italy's most famed winemakers) and his wife Adriana discovered the property in 1991.


Red Wines    Zinfandel    Sonoma County    California   
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Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2009
Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2009
(search item no. 114896)
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $33.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Powerful scents of boysenberry, cherry liqueur, licorice and dark chocolate. Chewy dark berry compote and bitter cherry flavors are underscored by strong mineral, smoke and licorice qualities. Sweet and gently tannic on the finish but not at all hard.
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About Ravenswood:

Fueled initially by the inspiration and winemaking skills of Joel Peterson, aided and abetted by his business partner W. Reed Foster, Ravenswood winery has been dedicated to top quality, hand-crafted wine since the first crush in 1976. Every Ravenswood wine carries a unique vintage and vineyard identity in addition to the intense powerful – gothic – character with which the winery has come to be associated.

A key to Ravenswood’s success is our long-standing relationships with over 60 independent grape growers. Vineyards are chosen for their location, age, yield and special flavor characteristics. At Ravenswood, we are devoted to working with growers who share our philosophy about high quality.

Ravenswood Vineyard Designate wines are made employing what winemaker Joel Peterson refers to as “stubborn and impractical” Old World enological practices. Wines are fermented in small wooden tanks using wild, natural yeasts and punched down by hand three to five times per day. The wines are characterized by intense, spicy aromas supported by rich, berry flavors and long, clean finishes.