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Castello D'Albola Chianti Classico 2008
Castello D'Albola Chianti Classico 2008
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Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red tending to garnet color. The aromas are fine, with delicate hints of violets. The taste is balanced, dry and well-structured with a velvety mouthfeel.

It goes well with traditional dishes rich in flavor, and with grilled meats and cheeses.

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About Castello D'Albola:

The Castello d'Albola estate is situated above the town of Radda, nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, in the heart of the Chianti Classico region in the province of Siena, Tuscany. Established in the 11th century, Castello d'Albola was initially owned by the Monterinaldi family. Over the centuries it was transferred to the Samminiati, Pazzi and Ginori-Conti families, and finally to the Zonin family.


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Terrabianca Campaccio 2007
Terrabianca Campaccio 2007
(search item no. 110229)
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Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#36 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

Bright, deep ruby red color. A bouquet of dark berry fruit, a hint of cocoa and toasted almond, and tanned leather aroma. Perfectly balanced body, with concentration and freshness. Overall balance, solidly built with very well-developed tannins.

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About Terrabianca:

The first document to mention Terrabianca is dated 1085: two centuries before Dante. Located just over 35 miles from Florence towards Siena, in the heart of Chianti Classico, its gently rolling country is much the same as it was in the Middle Ages. The Guldeners have 'only' been here since 1987; although in this relatively short period of time, they have propelled the estate to the highest quality levels, entirely restoring the seventeenth-century homestead, constructing a brand new winery, and restructuring the Terrabianca range.

In 1997, the couple purchased a second property, some 44 miles southwest of the original Terrabianca nucleus: Il Tesoro di Terrabianca ("Treasure of Terrabianca"). Its 262 acres bring the Guldeners' total acreage to 334, and are a mere 6 miles from the sea, in Maremma - the new frontier of Tuscan viniculture. This recent acquisition focuses on the olive oils (from over 4,000 Frantoio, Moraiolo and Leccino olive trees, many of which some 300 years old!) and Sangiovese grapes that go into a youthful and appealing 100% varietal, La Fonte. Packaging and label for this wine (see photo) have been kept distinct from the rest of the line, although the product itself is also styled by Vittorio Fiore, Terrabianca wine-maker from day one.



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Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico 2009
Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico 2009
(search item no. 116281)
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Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is typical of the purity of the Sangiovese, a deep red with traces of violet. An interesting nose of plum, cherry, currant, rose, violet, cinnamon and cocoa. On the palate, this wine is elegant and persistent, with a tannic structure and high acidity. It is well-balanced with aromas of flowers and spices evolving on a long and round finish.
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About Carpineta Fontalpino:

The Cresti family have been proprietors of Carpineta Fontalpino Vineyard since the 1960's and traces of the wine making traditions date as far back as the past century. The name Carpineta Fontalpino has never changed. It has its roots in two historical places of the area of Montaperti. We find Carpineta, a site where typical trees characteristic of this area, with silver back leaves, called "Carpini" grow and Fontalpino, the water source with the back drop of the pine trees of Montaperti - two noteworthy places of this important medieval historical site. The vineyard is located in the middle of Tuscany, very close to the splendid town of Siena and the historical village of Castelnuovo Berardenga. The surrounding territory is rich in history, legends and love that are experienced by all those who are fortunate to visit it. Its unforgettable atmosphere creates strong emotions. Locals strive to maintain the unaltered countryside and its traditions intact, proud to be part of such a generous area, which never ceases to surprise.

Gioia is the vineyard's oenologist and she is responsible for all the production phases, from the wine making to the aging. She literally “picks up” the best grapes so that the whole wine production is imprinted on her own personal style. Filippo is mainly involved in the organizational activities of the land working of the Winery. He is also the commercial and marketing development mind of Carpineta Fontalpino Estates. The property extends to about 80 hectares and presents various cultivars. The vine planted area extends to about 23 hectares in many varieties of specialized vines, sub-divided into grape types of Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and other experimental vines (Petit Verdot, Alicante, and many others). The production areas denominations are the one of the Chianti Classico and the one of the Colli Senesi.



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Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2008
Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2008
(search item no. 113541)
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James Suckling rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Nipozzano Riserva 2008 greets the eye with a deep purplish red color. The nose is remarkably rich and multi-faceted, showing cleanly-delineated aromas of sour cherry, raspberry, and dried plum, lifted in turn by spicier impressions of black pepper, vanilla, cocoa powder, and espresso beans. A warm alcohol complements its smooth overall texture in the mouth, and a clean, vibrant acidity and silky, well-integrated tannins contribute to an impressive elegance. An almost-endless finish, with abundant aromatic fruit, completes a harmonious, well-balanced wine.
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About Frescobaldi:

The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of Italy's oldest wineries, with a history dating to the 1300s. The family has included medieval knights, bankers, lawyers and patrons of the arts. The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of the most significant wine producers in Italy, with nine estates—and roughly 2,500 acres—in Tuscany. The family has been growing wine since the late 19th century, when they became the first in Tuscany to import and plant French vine cuttings. Because they have been producing wines for more than 700 years, to experience Frescobaldi is to glimpse the history of Florence, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Wine Spectator has ranked many of their offerings in the 90s and their wines are consistently listed in the magazine's Top 100 Wines of the Year, encouraging wine enthusiasts from around the globe to become familiar with some of Italy's finest wines.



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Felsina Fontalloro 2008
Felsina Fontalloro 2008
(search item no. 112607)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A rich, brilliant ruby red. Good spice on the nose, with generous notes of tobacco and wet earth (and of dry earth as well). The palate is supported by a hefty charge of medium-smooth tannins to ensure the required lengthy ageing. Superb weight and structure, with a classic finish. Significant cellar potential.
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About Fattoria di Felsina:

In the 17 published editions of Gambero Rosso, Italy’s acclaimed wine rating guide, this Tuscan estate has won the coveted Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) award 17 times. They are a favorite of IWM, Robert Parker, and any Tuscan wine enthusiast. And they did it by revealing the true essence of the Sangiovese grape and the Chianti Classico terroir. What this tells us is that this is a winery of consistency, producing Chianti Classicos with the ability to age up to two decades for the right vintage. Much like the great Brunello estates, it is the marriage of an ideal microclimate and the uncompromising commitment of a dedicated staff that educes the full character of Tuscany's noble grape, even in off vintages. Even more importantly, this is a producer who creates compelling wines and releases them at contained prices, making Felsina accessible to all wine enthusiasts and one of Italy's greatest values!


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Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2008
Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2008
(search item no. 115873)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
James Suckling rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Decanter rating: 95 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 vintage of this wine was ranked #31 on the Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2011

This Chianti Classico Riserva is ruby red tending towards garnet. The bouquet is rich, intense and complex with notes of black cherry and spice. On the palate, it is full-bodied with rich red berry fruit flavors complimenting a backbone of tannin.

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About Castello di Monsanto:

In 1961 Fabrizio Bianchi, a successful textile manufacturer from Milan, purchased Castello di Monsanto and, in so doing, realized a long-held dream. Captivated by the beauty of Tuscany and convinced of the property's winemaking potential, Bianchi undertook the complete restoration of the vineyards and winery, while his wife, Giuliana, oversaw the restoration of the villa. Bianchi has relentlessly pursued the highest standards of quality, with particular emphasis on grape selection, natural vinification and a judicious use of technology.


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Ruffino Modus 2009
Ruffino Modus 2009
(search item no. 120303)
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James Suckling rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ruby red with violet hues. The impact of the aromas is intense and fascinating. The bouquet is complex, initially characterized by intense notes of mature fruit, such as cherries, plums and small black berries, which then fade into hints of spices, mint, sweet tobacco and refined balsamic notes on the finish. On the palate it is full-bodied and harmonious and characterized by the finesse of its silky tannins. The taste is elevated by a remarkable pleasantness and freshness and a texture in which each varietal adds its own distinctive trait. The finish is incredibly persistent, with an aftertaste of black berry fruit and cocoa.

Blend: 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot

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About Ruffino:

In 1877, Illario and Leopoldo Ruffino laid the foundations of their dream to make the most known and loved Italian wines in the world from the heart of Tuscany. At their winery in Pontassieve, just outside of Florence, they began producing wines according to a strict quality standard and a rigorous technical research. Soon, Ruffino became an international symbol of the Chianti region, and won numerous awards, including the prestigious gold medal at the Bordeaux Wine Fair in 1895, affirming the quality of its wine.

In 1913, the Folonari family purchased Ruffino and brought new talent, energy and enthusiasm into the company. They started on a nearly century-long pursuit to develop a collection of estates in Tuscany, all of which matched the standard of quality and uniqueness which was the trademark of Ruffino wine.

Over the last sixty years, Ruffino has established seven prominent estates in Tuscany, all situated within the major DOCG production regions including Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti and Chianti Classico. Today, Ruffino continues to meld century-long Tuscan traditions with new state-of-the-art cellar technology and modern winemaking for an ideal symbiosis with the energy of the contemporary Italian lifestyle.