Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2007
Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2007
(search item no. 115432)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $47.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 James Suckling rating: 93 points
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.
My Notes:

Additional wines from Altesino:

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.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Antica Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Antica Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 115505)
has fluid
has fluid 360

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Antica Napa Valley 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon offers delicious purity of fruit with enticing violet and fresh berry scents of blueberry, blackberry and red currant. The wine is full-bodied, yet graceful and supple, ending with a long, pure, and persistent finish.

Antica is an Antinori Family estate in Napa Valley. The family's winemaking heritage dates back 26 generations and more than 600 years in Italy. 'Antica' represents Antinori California, and fulfills the family's longstanding desire to produce wines with personality and style in Napa Valley. The estate is located in a high elevation valley in the eastern mountains of Napa Valley. It is the Antinori Family's belief that the high elevations, hilly terrain, and rocky soils of the estate are ideal for winegrowing.

About the Vineyard:
Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested from nine individual vineyard blocks, divided between five distinct clones. The estate's Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards are planted up to an elevation of 1,800 feet allowing excellent air movement in the well-drained, volcanic soils.

About the 2009 Vintage:
Temperatures throughout the winter months were mild with below normal rainfall, marking a third consecutive year of drought conditions for Napa Valley. A dry spring with slightly higher temperatures than normal provided excellent weather conditions for fl owering and uniform fruit set. Dry conditions prevailed throughout the summer and early fall. Warm daytime temperatures along with cool night time temperatures into the autumn months assured healthy and completely ripe Cabernet Sauvignon grapes rich in winemaking potential.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Antica:

About Antica:

ANTICA is a symbol for Antinori California and expresses in Italian our family's passion for winemaking passed along 26 generations.

Napa Valley has a special place in my heart beginning with my first visit in 1966, having the free spirit coming from a new frontier, a wonderful history, and the potential to produce world-class wines.

Our wine estate is located on a high plain in the eastern mountains of the celebrated Napa Valley. Its hilly terrain, rocky soils, high elevations and beautiful landscape create above all an estate ideal for winegrowing.
Marchese Piero Antinori - Proprietor



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2007
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2007
(search item no. 115548)
collectible wine
has fluid
has fluid 360
older vintages

James Suckling rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $61.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The bouquet is intense, complex, fruit-forward and spicy with hints of ripe red berry fruits enriched by various spicy notes. Warm, soft and harmonic on the palate. Great balance among pronounced tannins, acidity and savoriness. This elegant wine has good potential for further cellar aging.
My Notes:

Additional wines from Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona:

About Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona:

In 1985, Giuseppe Bianchini began his quest for quality. Moments after the passing of Countess Piccolomini, Giuseppe learned that he, the sole employee who passionately cared about her vines, inherited the vast Piccolomini wine estate. Evidence of his appreciation and commitment to the Piccolomini legend can be found in the glass – each wine is a tribute to the gracious Countess. Highly regarded palates consistently rank the Ciacci Piccolomini wines in the top 10th percentile – with good reason. Giuseppe believes his strict adherence to sustainable growing practices has significantly contributed to the vibrancy of fruit and the depth of complexity in his wines over the years. Without doubt, these wines speak of flawless quality and exhibit Tuscan typicity crafted in a modern style.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Tuscany    Italy   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2010
Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2010
(search item no. 118453)
collectible wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

James Suckling rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Spicy aromas of black fruit and touches of chocolate dominate the nose and palate. The wine is full-bodied, with supple tannins.

A delicious companion to full-flavored meats, game and roasts.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Tenuta Setti Ponti:

About Tenuta Setti Ponti:

The estate of Sette Ponti lies in the heart of the Chianti zone, fifteen miles northwest of the city of Arezzo just past the village of San Giustino Valdarno. The Via del Monte, known locally as the Via dei Sette Ponti, leads into a beautiful hidden valley and to the estate. The name Sette Ponti, or "seven bridges," refers to the seven bridges crossing the Arno River on the road from Arezzo to Florence. Erected in the mid 13th century, it took nearly forty years to build, and is perceptible in the right far background of Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa.

Tenuta Sette Ponti, is, like many Tuscan estates, multi-faceted. The 750-acre property supports livestock and mixed agriculture, and although viticulture is not new to the estate, winemaking is; the yield of the property's vineyards was until 1997 sold to various respected Tuscan wine producers, among them Piero Antinori. Dr. Moretti's enjoyment of wine led him to ask Antinori if the estate vineyards could produce great wines, and Antinori thought they could. The estate has since been transformed through the consultation of respected oenologist Carlo Ferrini and his assistant, Gioia Cresti; Gilbert Bouvet, one of France's most skilled viticulturalists; and agronomist Benedetto d'Anna.



Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 2006
Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 2006
(search item no. 111321)
collectible wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

James Suckling rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1997 vintage of this wine was ranked #7 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2002

Intense ruby red in color with garnet hues. The nose offers complex aromas of red fruit and spice along with hints of tobacco and chocolate. On the palate the wine is full, broad and well-balanced with a very long finish.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Antinori:

About Antinori:

The Antinori family of Florence, one of the world's oldest and most distinguished wine producers, has lived in Tuscany since the 14th century and celebrated its 625th anniversary as wine makers in 2010. The current company president, Marchese Piero Antinori, believes in the tradition that the primary role of wine is to accompany food and enhance the dining experience. In Florence, the Antinori family has led a "Renaissance" in Italian wine making by combining long traditions, a love of authenticity and a dynamic innovative spirit.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 113266)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

ARTEMIS, named after the Greek goddess of the hunt, is a wine that truly reflects its name. It's the culmination of winemaker Nicki Pruss' search for superior-quality Napa Valley grapes which, when combined with estate-grown fruit, meld into a Cabernet Sauvignon that mirrors the depth, structure and elegance of our limited-production estate wines. Whereas our Estate Cabernet Sauvignons showcase the distinctive characteristics of each vineyard, ARTEMIS demonstrates how astute grape selection and skillful blending can create a wine that represents the sum of Napa Valley's best Cabernet Sauvignon parts.

Deep garnet in color, the 2008 ARTEMIS Cabernet Sauvignon offers black cherry and cassis tones and a velvety texture to the tannins. The wine delivers great depth and fruit concentration without heaviness on the palate. The incredible combination of vineyards in this blend shows the Stag's Leap Wine Cellars signature style of balance, elegance and restraint. The bright fruit, firm structure and balanced acidity allow this wine to pair well with food. Enjoy it with braised short ribs or filet mignon with a Cabernet green peppercorn demi-glace.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars:

About Stag's Leap Wine Cellars:

Considered one of the "first growths" of Napa Valley, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars produces renowned Cabernet Sauvignon from its historic Stags Leap District estate vineyards. Founded in 1970, the winery brought international recognition to California winemaking and the Napa Valley when the 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon won the now famout 1976 Paris Tasting, also known as the "Judgement of Paris." Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' three estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons - CASK 23, S.L.V. and Fay - are among the most highly regarded and collected Cabernet Sauvignons worldwide. The wines are fashioned to express richness balanced by elegant restraint, an approach often described as "an iron fist in a velvet glove."


Red Wines    Sangiovese    Tuscany    Italy   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Antinori Tignanello 2007
Antinori Tignanello 2007
(search item no. 107447)
collectible wine
has video
older vintages

Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2004 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2004 vintage of this wine was ranked #4 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2007

The original Super Tuscan, Tignanello is produced exclusively from a 116-acre vineyard site at Antinori's Tignanello Estate.

Blend: 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc.

The 2007 Tignanello is intense ruby red in color with primary aromas of concentrated, ripe fruit and spice, which give way to milder notes of vanilla and toast. Generous, richly textured and intense on the palate, this wine possesses a complex structure and long persistent flavors with hints of chocolate, huckleberries and black plums on the finish. The well-managed tannin blends perfectly with the oak, for a complex and elegant wine.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Antinori:

About Antinori:

The Antinori family of Florence, one of the world's oldest and most distinguished wine producers, has lived in Tuscany since the 14th century and celebrated its 625th anniversary as wine makers in 2010. The current company president, Marchese Piero Antinori, believes in the tradition that the primary role of wine is to accompany food and enhance the dining experience. In Florence, the Antinori family has led a "Renaissance" in Italian wine making by combining long traditions, a love of authenticity and a dynamic innovative spirit.