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Monte Antico Rosso 2006
Monte Antico Rosso 2006
(search item no. 100357)
green wine
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#61 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

The blend, albeit varying slightly depending on vintage conditions, is 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The best selections are blended and aged 1 year in oak (80% in Slavonian barrels, 20% in barrique) + at least 6 months in the bottle, achieving a graceful balance of voluptuous berry tones and flexible yet sturdy backbone. Dark ruby in color, its bouquet of leather, earth, herbs, black cherries, licorice and plums is confirmed on the medium to full-bodied palate – round, spicy, elegant, attractively fruity and extremely versatile with any fare from pasta or risotto, to meat, fowl and cheese. Moreover, the Empsons' judicious pricing policy makes it "consistently one of Italy's better values". Food-friendly, pocket-friendly, all-around simpatico.

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About Castello di Monte Antico:

Neil Empson and renowned oenologist Franco Bernabei conjunctly orchestrate this all-Sangiovese varietal from Tuscany's very finest vineyard sites. Having access to the region's top crus and ideal microclimates means they can pick and choose according to harvest conditions, achieving consistent excellence with each vintage.

The superlative characteristics of chosen locations and strict quality parameters make for the wine's depth, structure, character and longevity.

Terrain includes compact, very fine-textured limestone, at an altitude of 400-450 meters above sea level; rocky, clayey/calcareous areas, also at altitudes around 400 meters; and clayey/siliceous/calcareous soil, at an altitude of 250-300 meters: a cross-section of Tuscany's best.



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Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2004
Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2004
(search item no. 97986)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $53.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#15 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009

The color is deep and intense ruby red. The bouquet is rich, opening with scents of mint and ripe fruit which lead into spicier notes of coffee at the finish. The entry on the palate reveals perfectly integrated tannins complemented by a good but not excessive alcohol level and a well balanced acidity. The finish is long and persistent.

With a bit of daring, this could be savored as a vino da meditazione, a sipping wine all on its own. Or certainly in accompaniment to end-of-dinner sweets, such as panforte. And, of course, with beef stews, braised meats with potatoes, cheeses that are aged but not too pungent, and large game, such as boar.

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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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Jean-Claude Boisset Echezeaux Grand Cru 2002
Jean-Claude Boisset Echezeaux Grand Cru 2002
(search item no. 103467)
The Wine News rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $109.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Echézeaux touches the famous vineyards of Vosne-Romanée to the south and the Vougeot appellation to the north. Echézeaux covers 93 acres of prime terroir for Pinot Noir and great Burgundies. It is one of only thirty-three Grand Crus in Burgundy, producing some of the most treasured wines in the world.

This particular wine is a famous appellation from the Côte de Nuits, well known for its great red wines with long keeping potential. This is a Grand Cru appellation located in the territory of Flagey-Echezeaux, close to Vosne-Romanée. Echezeaux covers 93 acres.

Fine dark color with ruby reflections. Aromas of spices and cherries. A silky structure with a mellow touch of oak.

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About Jean-Claude Boisset:

Since 2002, Jean-Claude Boisset has been transformed by Mr. Boisset's son, Jean-Charles, from a traditional négociant into a viniculturaliste, a cross between a viticulturalist and a vinifier. The result is the Jean-Claude Boisset Collection of Wines - Burgundy through and through.

From one of the best young winemakers emerging in France, Grégory Patriat, each of the appellations is the result of rigorous selection and has been produced in limited quantities. This is the way of things in Burgundy... handcrafted in meticulous detail, according to a philosophy of "letting the vine do the work". A taste reveals our aim of striving for authentic wines in which human intervention has been kept to a bare, discreet minimum; the wines are concentrated, well-rounded, and–-of course--expressive of their terroirs.