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Falesco Montiano 2007
Falesco Montiano 2007
(search item no. 115141)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine has a wonderful, deep, ruby red color, a wide aromatic range of scents in which delicious vanilla notes, small red fruit, layers of jam and sweet spices combine. The taste appears to have a full aristocratic roundness and softness, with quite elegant, agreeable and lingering flavors.
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About Falesco:

In 2006, our customers purchased more bottles of wine from Falesco than from any other winery in the world! And it's no wonder, as this winery makes some of the top value wines in Italy, if not the world. Falesco's most popular wine is Vitiano, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese grown in Umbria. This is a perennial must-buy: It's lush and fruity, and always seems to garnish outstanding scores from the wine critics.

Falesco was founded in 1979 by Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella, brothers that also happen to be two of Italy's most acclaimed winemakers. Their philosophy is to strike a balance between the uniqueness of native Italian varieties and the versatility of more "international" grapes. As evidenced by the enormous popularity of their wine and the countless worldwide accolades they have received, they have clearly succeeded in achieving their goal. Salute!



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Falesco Est! Est! Est! 2010
Falesco Est! Est! Est! 2010
(search item no. 110671)

PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $7.97

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A classic Italian white, made from a blend of 50% Trebbiano, 30% Malvasia and 20% Roscetto grown in various estate vineyards in Montefiascone, in the region of Lazio.

Vinified in stainless steel tanks, this young wine is straw colored with a bouquet of ripe fruit. On the palate, it exhibits soft flavors of pear and melon. Excellent as aperitif, this wine can also be paired with fish or white meat dishes.

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About Falesco:

In 2006, our customers purchased more bottles of wine from Falesco than from any other winery in the world! And it's no wonder, as this winery makes some of the top value wines in Italy, if not the world. Falesco's most popular wine is Vitiano, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese grown in Umbria. This is a perennial must-buy: It's lush and fruity, and always seems to garnish outstanding scores from the wine critics.

Falesco was founded in 1979 by Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella, brothers that also happen to be two of Italy's most acclaimed winemakers. Their philosophy is to strike a balance between the uniqueness of native Italian varieties and the versatility of more "international" grapes. As evidenced by the enormous popularity of their wine and the countless worldwide accolades they have received, they have clearly succeeded in achieving their goal. Salute!



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Falesco Vitiano Rosso 2010
Falesco Vitiano Rosso 2010
(search item no. 116961)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With Vitiano we have tried to achieve a young red wine with explosive, luscious aromatic fragrance. This wine has a wonderful, deep, intense ruby red color with important, solid, and wide organoleptic qualities, but above all it exalts the food it is combined with. It is very rich in polyphenols which harmonize with its fresh, tasty acidity. It is versatile red, quite innovative in style which can be appreciated immediately. It adapts easily to various dishes and can be drunk litghtheartedly drawing great pleasure from the sharp fragrance of its perfumes and its straightforward character.

34% Sangiovese, 33% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon

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About Falesco:

In 2006, our customers purchased more bottles of wine from Falesco than from any other winery in the world! And it's no wonder, as this winery makes some of the top value wines in Italy, if not the world. Falesco's most popular wine is Vitiano, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese grown in Umbria. This is a perennial must-buy: It's lush and fruity, and always seems to garnish outstanding scores from the wine critics.

Falesco was founded in 1979 by Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella, brothers that also happen to be two of Italy's most acclaimed winemakers. Their philosophy is to strike a balance between the uniqueness of native Italian varieties and the versatility of more "international" grapes. As evidenced by the enormous popularity of their wine and the countless worldwide accolades they have received, they have clearly succeeded in achieving their goal. Salute!



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Falesco Assisi Rosso 2009
Falesco Assisi Rosso 2009
(search item no. 111486)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $15.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby-red in color, this Umbrian palate-pleaser is brimming with youthful notes of ripe berry, plum and cherry. On the palate, it is crisp and light with refreshing acidity and mild tannins. This wine makes an ideal match with spicy chorizo, tomato-sauced dishes, as well as game and steak tartare.

Falesco Assisi Rosso is crafted from 70% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The picturesque setting and exposure of the hillside Umbrian vineyards, with perfectly draining volcanic soil, provide ideal ripening conditions. This rich blend produces a wine that is at once full of structure yet completely accessible.

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About Falesco:

In 2006, our customers purchased more bottles of wine from Falesco than from any other winery in the world! And it's no wonder, as this winery makes some of the top value wines in Italy, if not the world. Falesco's most popular wine is Vitiano, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese grown in Umbria. This is a perennial must-buy: It's lush and fruity, and always seems to garnish outstanding scores from the wine critics.

Falesco was founded in 1979 by Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella, brothers that also happen to be two of Italy's most acclaimed winemakers. Their philosophy is to strike a balance between the uniqueness of native Italian varieties and the versatility of more "international" grapes. As evidenced by the enormous popularity of their wine and the countless worldwide accolades they have received, they have clearly succeeded in achieving their goal. Salute!



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Allegrini La Grola 2007
Allegrini La Grola 2007
(search item no. 106834)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $24.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Opaque ruby-red in color with arresting aromas of wild berries, juniper, tobacco and coffee. On the palate, the wine is rich, elegant and full-bodied. Pairs perfectly with roast steak, lamb or veal.
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About Allegrini:

The estate is based in Fumane di Valpolicella, just north of Verona in northeastern Italy. Valpolicella, or "valley of many cellars" is an area crossed from north to south by a series of hills, which in succession form three parallel valleys. These valleys are crossed by steep-sided, narrow river beds which remain dry except during spring thaws or autumn rains.

The Allegrini family has been handing down grape growing and wine producing traditions over many generations, playing a major role in the Valpolicella Classico area for many centuries. Giovanni Allegrini was the founder of the new generation. He was extremely proud to be part of the Valpolicella, and dedicated his many resources and energies to this land. He was among the first in questioning local viticultural techniques, revolutionizing accepted practices, and speaking clearly about quality. He was able to combine the science of enology with strict grape selection, and between 1960 and 1970, made some of the Valpolicella's best wines.

Allegrini's winemaking philosophy is largely based on the concept of "cru" production: a single vineyard dedicated to the production of local varieties destined to become a single wine. These crus have been a success worldwide: The Palazzo della Torre, La Grola and La Poja have set the highest benchmarks for Valpolicella's wines.



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Allegrini Amarone 2007
Allegrini Amarone 2007
(search item no. 110547)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine News rating: 97 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Amarone, the exclusive symbol of Valpolicella Classica, is a highly structured, complex, elegant and velvety wine. It has an intense ruby red colour and a warm, spicy bouquet reminiscent of raisined fruit.
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About Allegrini:

The estate is based in Fumane di Valpolicella, just north of Verona in northeastern Italy. Valpolicella, or "valley of many cellars" is an area crossed from north to south by a series of hills, which in succession form three parallel valleys. These valleys are crossed by steep-sided, narrow river beds which remain dry except during spring thaws or autumn rains.

The Allegrini family has been handing down grape growing and wine producing traditions over many generations, playing a major role in the Valpolicella Classico area for many centuries. Giovanni Allegrini was the founder of the new generation. He was extremely proud to be part of the Valpolicella, and dedicated his many resources and energies to this land. He was among the first in questioning local viticultural techniques, revolutionizing accepted practices, and speaking clearly about quality. He was able to combine the science of enology with strict grape selection, and between 1960 and 1970, made some of the Valpolicella's best wines.

Allegrini's winemaking philosophy is largely based on the concept of "cru" production: a single vineyard dedicated to the production of local varieties destined to become a single wine. These crus have been a success worldwide: The Palazzo della Torre, La Grola and La Poja have set the highest benchmarks for Valpolicella's wines.



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Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2008
Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2008
(search item no. 113418)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#60 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

Palazzo della Torre has a particular structure and aromatic qualities, combined with an elegant and harmonious personality. A complex wine with pleasant raisined nuances and a lengthy, lingering finish. This wine has an aging potential of 8-10 years.

It pairs well with a wide range of Italian cuisine, such as pasta and risottos made with full-flavoured, spicy sauces and white and red meats, roasted or grilled. Also perfect with cold cuts and mediummatured cheeses.

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About Allegrini:

The estate is based in Fumane di Valpolicella, just north of Verona in northeastern Italy. Valpolicella, or "valley of many cellars" is an area crossed from north to south by a series of hills, which in succession form three parallel valleys. These valleys are crossed by steep-sided, narrow river beds which remain dry except during spring thaws or autumn rains.

The Allegrini family has been handing down grape growing and wine producing traditions over many generations, playing a major role in the Valpolicella Classico area for many centuries. Giovanni Allegrini was the founder of the new generation. He was extremely proud to be part of the Valpolicella, and dedicated his many resources and energies to this land. He was among the first in questioning local viticultural techniques, revolutionizing accepted practices, and speaking clearly about quality. He was able to combine the science of enology with strict grape selection, and between 1960 and 1970, made some of the Valpolicella's best wines.

Allegrini's winemaking philosophy is largely based on the concept of "cru" production: a single vineyard dedicated to the production of local varieties destined to become a single wine. These crus have been a success worldwide: The Palazzo della Torre, La Grola and La Poja have set the highest benchmarks for Valpolicella's wines.



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Di Majo Norante Norante Contado Molise Aglianico 2007
Di Majo Norante Norante Contado Molise Aglianico 2007
(search item no. 116826)
Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine has a ruby red color with a slight hint of orange. It is ample and intense, with hints of ripe fruit. Mellow and velvety, it is very harmonic, full-bodied and with just the right tannic content and hints of almonds.

Ideal with savory foods, starters, game and cheese.

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About Di Majo Norante:

The Di Majo Norante winery is located to the north of the Gargano in Molise on the estate of the Marquis Norante of Santa Cristina. This estate has been dedicated to the cultivation of vines since the 1800's.

In the 1960's a modern cantina was constructed and vines were replanted. Optimal exposure, constant breezes during the summer, excellent soil composition and a slope toward the Sciabolone and Madonna Grande valleys, blend together to create a particularly favorable environment for the production of wine.

Alessio Di Majo has hired renowned enologist, Riccardo Cotarella, as a consultant in order to ensure consistent, high quality production for all their wines. The Di Majo family is dedicated to producing quality wine at an outstanding value and practicing environmentally sound agriculture.



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Di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso 2008
Di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso 2008
(search item no. 108060)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This cru is made mainly from a selection of the best Montepulciano and Aglianico grapes grown in the Ramitello vineyard of Campomarino.

Full, mellow and velvety wine; with a perfect blend of flavours such as plum, undergrowth and hints of leather and liquorice, deep ruby red in color with violet reflections

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About Di Majo Norante:

The Di Majo Norante winery is located to the north of the Gargano in Molise on the estate of the Marquis Norante of Santa Cristina. This estate has been dedicated to the cultivation of vines since the 1800's.

In the 1960's a modern cantina was constructed and vines were replanted. Optimal exposure, constant breezes during the summer, excellent soil composition and a slope toward the Sciabolone and Madonna Grande valleys, blend together to create a particularly favorable environment for the production of wine.

Alessio Di Majo has hired renowned enologist, Riccardo Cotarella, as a consultant in order to ensure consistent, high quality production for all their wines. The Di Majo family is dedicated to producing quality wine at an outstanding value and practicing environmentally sound agriculture.



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Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2010
Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2010
(search item no. 115047)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Sangiovese exhibits a fresh bouquet of violets, woodland berries, spices and leather. Deliciously smooth, plush and juicy on the palate with loads of ripe fruit.

Di Majo Sangiovese is recommended with pasta, pizza, sausages, parmigiana and grilled meats. It's also ideal with hors d'oeuvres and cheeses.

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About Di Majo Norante:

The Di Majo Norante winery is located to the north of the Gargano in Molise on the estate of the Marquis Norante of Santa Cristina. This estate has been dedicated to the cultivation of vines since the 1800's.

In the 1960's a modern cantina was constructed and vines were replanted. Optimal exposure, constant breezes during the summer, excellent soil composition and a slope toward the Sciabolone and Madonna Grande valleys, blend together to create a particularly favorable environment for the production of wine.

Alessio Di Majo has hired renowned enologist, Riccardo Cotarella, as a consultant in order to ensure consistent, high quality production for all their wines. The Di Majo family is dedicated to producing quality wine at an outstanding value and practicing environmentally sound agriculture.