White Wines    Pinot Gris/Grigio    Trentino-Alto Adige    Italy   
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Date Printed: 11/28/2014
Maso Canali Pinot Grigio 2009
Maso Canali Pinot Grigio 2009
(search item no. 105873)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $19.95

Winemaker's Notes:

Fresh fruit flavor, unique body, complexity, and tropical fruit flavor. Finally, the wine was cold stabilized, filtered and bottled to retain the crisp, fruity character.
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About Maso Canali:

In Italy, heritage is a source of pride -- and at Maso Canali, our heritage is extraordinary. The 500-year-old Maso Canali Estate, set against the backdrop of the towering Dolomite Mountains and the elegant Lake Garda, has been home to vineyards since the Middle Ages.

As far back as 1893, growers cultivated exceptional Pinot Grigio grapes on the land. They followed many of the time-honored viticultural practices still used on the Canali vineyards today, walking through the rows of vines season after season to carefully inspect each vine and tend to them by hand.

Today, members of the Canali family still reside on the Estate, growing grapes of the highest quality for the acclaimed Maso Canali Pinot Grigio. The wine is a testament to our history: you can taste the Canali heritage in every sip.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
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Da Vinci Riserva Chianti 2006
Da Vinci Riserva Chianti 2006
(search item no. 103886)

PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $19.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red in color with rich chromatic nuances. The bouquet is distinctly fruity with dark cherry overtones that are balanced with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. The flavor reflects the spicy undertones and fruit of the bouquet supported by balanced tannins.
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About Cantine Leonardo da Vinci:

Established in 1961, Cantine Leonardo da Vinci sources only the finest grapes from premium Chianti and Chianti Classico vineyards. The result is premium, concentrated fruit which is then skillfully crafted into distinctive, fruit-forward, new world style Chianti.


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Valdipiatta Rosso di Montepulciano 2008
Valdipiatta Rosso di Montepulciano 2008
(search item no. 106192)
International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $13.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 80% Sangiovese, referred to locally as Prugnolo Gentile, along with 15% Canaiolo Nero and 5% Mammolo from different vineyards planted between 1993 and 2004. The grapes are handharvested at their ideal ripeness to ensure an easy drinking, ripe style of Rosso.

This fresh, youthful Rosso offers ripe aromas of blackberries and raspberries with subtle notes of flowers and spices. It is silky on the palate, with balanced tannins and lively acidity. This Rosso pairs well with a wide range of dishes, from buttery rich pastas with truffles to grilled tenderloin with herb sauce.

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About Valdipiatta:

Valdipiatta was founded in 1973, but it was not until Giulio Caporali purchased the property in 1990 that it began to earn a reputation for producing some of the finest Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Through vision, determination and lots of hard work, Giulio transformed a small Tuscan farmhouse and its vineyard into a modern and successful winery. Not surprisingly, his program of renovation and revitalization began in the vineyards. After a studied, careful analysis of soil conditions, clonal selections, vine densities, and pruning systems, the vineyards were re-planted with the aim of producing Prugnolo Gentile (the local name for Sangiovese) grapes of exceptional caliber. These same standards guided Giulio in the following years as he purchased additional vineyards in prime growing areas of Montepulciano. Next, Giulio set about overhauling the cellar with the installation of the most up-to-date equipment and the introduction of small oak barrels from the finest French coopers. Finally, he built an impressive underground cellar by digging deep into tufaceous rock in one of the property’s hillsides. Today, the Valdipiatta estate comprises 100 acres of land, at an average of 1,200 feet above sea level, in the very heart of the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano appellation. Since 1998, the estate has collaborated with renowned enologist Yves Glories from the University of Bordeaux.