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Poderi Oddero Barolo Villero 2006
Poderi Oddero Barolo Villero 2006
(search item no. 107826)
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Garnet-red color, offering intriguing and dense impressions of violets, red fruits, cocoa and liquorice on the nose. Complex tannic texture, but emerging with a delicate soft finish.
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About Poderi Oddero:

This winery was founded in 1878, in the area of Santa Maria, a hamlet of La Morra. It is one of the oldest producers of Barolo, a family that has kept the distinctive traditional style of winemaking for over a century. Over the generations, the Oddero family has gradually expanded its vineyards to today's impressive 60 hectares, many of which lie in the illustrious Barolo vineyards of Brunate, Rocche di Castiglione, Villero and Mondoca di Bussia. Since 2001, with the help of young and talented winemaker Luca Vaglio, Oddero winery has become one of the leading producers in Barolo.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Friuli-Venezia Giulia    Italy   
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Sant'Elena Quantum  L’Autoctono Pignolo 2006
Sant'Elena Quantum L’Autoctono Pignolo 2006
(search item no. 108791)
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $51.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Quantum is a powerfully rich and elegant wine. Dark cherries, tobacco, and cherries leap out of the glass as the aromas slowly evolve over time in the glass. Velvety and warm in the mouth, the noble tannin finish is a staple characteristic of the indigenous variety.

The wine is an ideal partner for gamy red meats such as venison and wild boar.

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About Sant'Elena:

Situated in Gradisca d’Isonzo, the estate of Sant'Elena was established by the Klodic, a dignified and powerful family of the region, in the late nineteenth century. At the intersection of North-Eastern Italy and the Slovenian border, in years past Gradisca d'Isonzo was a site of political turmoil, having changed hands from the Hapsburg dynasty, to the Venetians, the Austria-Hungarian empire, the Slavs, and finally becoming a part of Italy post-World War II. To this day, one hears numerous languages spoken in the area, including Italian, Slovenian, Friulian, and German, as reflects the region’s storied history. Exactly why the Klodic family chose the name "Sant’Elena" remains a mystery, as no surviving documentation exists. It might have been in honor of Flavia Julia Helena Augusta, mother of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great, credited with having discovered the fragments of the True Cross and the tomb of Jesus at the rock of Golgotha. It also might have been after the mythological figure of Helen of Troy, known for her stunning beauty, and whose abduction brought about the Trojan War. Acquired by Dominic Nocerino in the late nineteen-nineties, Sant'Elena now finds herself on the path to modernity, with the singular goal of producing wines of the highest caliber. With over a century of growing history, Sant'Elena became fully dedicated to wine production as early as the nineteen-sixties, yet significant improvements of the past decade have taken the product’s quality level to new heights. Entirely new vineyards were planted in 2000, and a state-of-the-art cantina now exists, constructed in 2004. Sant'Elena's ceaseless pursuit of quality is monitored from vineyard to cantina under the guidance of Friulian Winemaker Maurizio Drascek and Enologist Stefano Porcinai.


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Pietranera Brunello di Montalcino 2007
Pietranera Brunello di Montalcino 2007
(search item no. 115930)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $42.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pietranera Brunello di Montalcino is an intense ruby-red, with a tendency toward garnet-red with aging. The nose is round, intense and well-balanced, with a long finish. On the palate, the wine is complex, elegant, full-bodied, velvety.
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About Pietranera:

Agricola Centolani is a world-famous wine estate located in the heart of Montalcino, one of the most evocative villages in legendary Tuscany. Brunello di Montalcino, one of the world’s top wines, grows here in the Siena area, amid Valle d'Arbia's stark landscape and Valle d'Orcia's wild, sunny stretches. The Peluso Centolani family owns the homonymous company and possesses two major wine estates in Montalcino: Tenuta Friggiali, with cellars and offices, and Tenuta Pietranera, whose vineyards, olive groves, arable land and woods cover approximately 200 hectares.



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Vietti Roero Arneis 2011
Vietti Roero Arneis 2011
(search item no. 115982)

PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale sunshine yellow color with fresh floral, citrus and melon aromas with hints of almonds. An unoaked, dry, medium bodied white wine with crisp acidity, the Arneis is well-balanced, elegant wine with good complexity and a lingering finish.

As an aperitif with light hors d'ouevres, crudités, seafood, salads, light soups, simply prepared veal, pork, chicken and creamy cheeses.

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About Vietti:

The history of the Vietti winery traces its roots back to the 19th Century. Only at the beginning of the 20th century, however, did the Vietti name become a winery offering its own wines in bottle. Patriarch Mario Vietti, starting from 1919 made the first Vietti wines, selling most of the production in Italy. His most significant achievement was to transform the family farm, engaged in many fields, into a grape-growing and wine-producing business.

Then, in 1952, Alfredo Currado (Luciana Vietti’s husband) continued to produce high quality wines from their own vineyards and purchased grapes. The Vietti winery grew to one of the top-level producers in Piemonte and was one of the first wineries to export its products to the USA market.

Alfredo was one of the first to select and vinify grapes from single vineyards (such as Brunate, Rocche and Villero). This was a radical concept at the time, but today virtually every vintner making Barolo and Barbaresco wines offers "single vineyard" or "cru-designated" wines.

Alfredo is also called the "father of Arneis" as in 1967 he invested a lot of time to rediscover and understand this nearly-lost variety. Today Arneis is the most famous white wine from Roero area, north of Barolo. Setting such a fine example with Arneis, even fellow vintners as far away those on the west coast of the United States now are cultivating and producing Arneis!

With 35 hectares of vineyards, Vietti expects to not only increase production, but having greater control over the vineyards, looks to continually improve from a qualitative perspective. It is poised to excel well into the 21st Century.



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Vietti Barolo di Castiglione Falletto 2007
Vietti Barolo di Castiglione Falletto 2007
(search item no. 110495)
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $58.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

100% Nebbiolo

Great paired with a hearty stew, wild game, roasted red meats and cheeses.

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About Vietti:

The history of the Vietti winery traces its roots back to the 19th Century. Only at the beginning of the 20th century, however, did the Vietti name become a winery offering its own wines in bottle. Patriarch Mario Vietti, starting from 1919 made the first Vietti wines, selling most of the production in Italy. His most significant achievement was to transform the family farm, engaged in many fields, into a grape-growing and wine-producing business.

Then, in 1952, Alfredo Currado (Luciana Vietti’s husband) continued to produce high quality wines from their own vineyards and purchased grapes. The Vietti winery grew to one of the top-level producers in Piemonte and was one of the first wineries to export its products to the USA market.

Alfredo was one of the first to select and vinify grapes from single vineyards (such as Brunate, Rocche and Villero). This was a radical concept at the time, but today virtually every vintner making Barolo and Barbaresco wines offers "single vineyard" or "cru-designated" wines.

Alfredo is also called the "father of Arneis" as in 1967 he invested a lot of time to rediscover and understand this nearly-lost variety. Today Arneis is the most famous white wine from Roero area, north of Barolo. Setting such a fine example with Arneis, even fellow vintners as far away those on the west coast of the United States now are cultivating and producing Arneis!

With 35 hectares of vineyards, Vietti expects to not only increase production, but having greater control over the vineyards, looks to continually improve from a qualitative perspective. It is poised to excel well into the 21st Century.



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Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2010
Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese 2010
(search item no. 115338)
boutique wine
screw cap wine
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Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Riesling tastes racy, elegant, and delicately fruity. It has lots of finesse.
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About Maximin Grunhauser:

First documented in 966 A.D. the von Schubert estate is not only one of the oldest but also one of the best. They are sole owners (Monopole) of the 3 vineyards (Abtsberg, Bruderberg and Herrenberg) that the estates wines are coming from. Since 1982, Dr. Carl von Schubert manages the estate according to the motto: "As much handling as necessary, but as little as possible", putting him and his wines worldwide in the top class.


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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 9/16/2014: $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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Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2006
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2006
(search item no. 108225)
The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $44.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: Strong ruby red tending towards garnet.

Aroma: Elegant, fruity, intense and resistant with hints of forest floor.

Taste: Well-structured, elegant and harmonious, extremely persistent.

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About Canalicchio di Sopra:

In 1962 Primo Pacenti, a lover of the land with a knowledge of its products, founded Azienda Agricola Canalicchio di Sopra. Situated in the northern side of the Municipality of Montalcino and in the middle of the tourist itinerary of Val d’Orcia, the farm extends for about 60 ha, 15 of which are cultivated with vines and 2 with olive groves.

Three generations live here side by side with the common aim of producing quality wines: the generation of the grandfather, Primo Pacenti, who founded the farm and managed it until the 1990's, as well as participating actively in the social life of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino; that of the father, Pier Luigi Ripaccioli, who with the grandfather has undertaken to increase the quality by proposing careful and meticulous work; that of the grandchildren, Simonetta, Marco and Francesco who joined the management in 2001, bringing with them new ideas and new technologies always in respect of ancient methods and customs.

The vines grow in two of the zones with the highest vine growing and wine making vocations in Montalcino: Canalicchio di Sopra and Le Gode di Montosoli. The different exposure and the geological differences of the soils produce different Sangiovese grapes where balance and power compensate one another in the wine cellar through the patient work which always seeks the best blend of tradition and innovation.



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Pelissero Dolcetto d'Alba Munfrina 2009
Pelissero Dolcetto d'Alba Munfrina 2009
(search item no. 108245)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $18.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Dolcetto Munfrina is one of the finest Dolcetti produced in Italy today. The wine is supple and solid with huge extracted fruit that melts over the palate like milk chocolate from a chocolate chip cookie just out of the oven. The raspberry, dark cherry, tobacco, and lavender flavors are soft and mature with a velvety quality that can only be described as elegance in a bottle. Luscious and thick, bold and powerful, complex and balanced, full of bright young fruit and still brimming with a multi- faceted character seldom achieved with this grape varietal. This wine is truly a wonder of winemaking. It is the perfect partner for a variety of dishes ranging from heavier fowl, light and dark meats, stew, rabbit, venison, wild boar, red-sauced pasta, pizza and even with rich cheese and bread.
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About Pelissero:

Azienda Agricola Pelissero is a family-run vine-growing estate located in the district of Treiso, in the heart of the Barbaresco zone. Many gradual changes have been performed by the successive generations of the Pelissero family, who transformed their business from grape growing and selling begun by Giovanni Pelissero, into winemaking of all their estate-grown grapes.

The first bottles of our own wine date back to 1960 and were produced by Luigi Pelissero, whose work was followed by his son, Oenologist Giorgio who after finishing his studies, decided to work full time at the winery. The Pelissero family takes care of all the winery work; from pruning the vines to marketing the wine.

The estate consists of twenty hectares of vineyards which yield a total of 80,000 to 100,000 (depending on the year) bottles of wine, namely Dolcetto d'Alba from two vineyards (Munfrina and Augenta), Barbera d'Alba Piani, Barbaresco, Barbaresco Vanotu, Grignolino, Favorita,Freisa and Nebbiolo.

It takes passion, commitment to the land and hard work in the vineyards and cellar, to always endeavour to make high quality wines, the only way we know to get real satisfaction. Research in the vineyards and, successively, in the cellar never stops here, and we hope that this will bring about further improvements on our wines.



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Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2004
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2004
(search item no. 107861)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
James Suckling rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $109.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2001 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 James Suckling rating: 91 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Valdicava philosophy is to produce a Brunello that represents the best traditions in structure and aromatics with elegance, harmony and fruit.
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About Valdicava:

Montalcino is home to the opulent of the Sangiovese grape. At our precise latitude of 43 degrees, the warmth of the nearby Tirrean Sea, the protective barrier of the "Monte Amiata," the coolness of the wooded areas, the breeze and the moderate rainfall all coincide to facilitate the growth of these grapes to fragrant, full maturity. Valdicava is located in the Montosoli area which is famous in Montelcino for creating wines with great balance of body and aromas. We pay the utmost attention towards maintaining the individual characteristics of our wine in order to exalt the spirit of the place, the 'genius loci' of our estate.