La Spinetta Barbaresco Starderi 1999
Exceptional balance of sweet tannins and acidity...
Wine SpectatorExtremely refined red. Sleek and very well-crafted. Lovely aromas of plums and cedar, with hints of tobacco. Full-bodied, with sweet and refined fruit and very polished tannins. Goes on and on. Best after 2006.
La Spinetta Barbaresco Vigneto Gallina 1999
Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2000
Marziano Abbona Barolo Pressenda 2000Fantastic aromas of crushed flowers, licorice, raspberries and strawberries. Full-bodies, with a solid core of ripe fruit and supersilky tannins. Long.
Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2008Red/black color with no light edges. On the nose, layers of red and black fruits emerge with patience, especially plums and black cherries. The wine is deep and concentrated, with intense and focused oak, chocolate and cranberry, and notes of violets, coffee and licorice. In the mouth it is complex and layered, with still-closed tannins that are very ripe and full. The mid palate is purely defined and delineated, and the finish precise and long. This is a Le Vigne to age.
Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2008Deep red-black color with an intense, soaring perfume of strawberry, red cherries, rose petals and violets. In the mouth, this is very concentrated and intense but possesses good balance and structure, all framed by layers of red and black fruits. Great mid-palate presence, with less of the licorice but more of the floral aspects that Nebbiolo reveals. The ripe tannins will require a bit of patience but it is hard to resist this wine now. Good balance and a precise balance of oak give this wine a long sweet finish.
Elio Grasso Barolo Ginestra Vigna Casa Maté 2009Harvest period and method: second 10 days of October, manual harvest. The vinification procedure for Barolo Gavarini Vigna Maté involves fermentation for 12-16 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with daily pumping over. After completing malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, the wine matures for two years in 25-hectolitre barrels of Slavonian oak. Bottling normally takes place in August. The wine then stays in the binning cellar for 8-10 months before release.
Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera 2009We believe that to be acknowledged first as grape farmers, and then as wine producers, is the best way to honour, and continue the labours of, those who have faced before us the challenges that working with nature and her products, like wine, entails. This, and a desire to be true to ourselves, prompts us propose, without presumption, the convictions and conduct shared by all Langhe farming families, characteristics worth preserving and which we believe make the difference.
Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2009Dark red color with hints of purple. Fat ripe black cherries on the nose, plush and forward with hints of vanilla, spices and clove. In the mouth, the fruit is forward and ripe, almost but not quite jammy, kept in harmony by the subtle acidity. It has good attack on the palate, and the mouthfeel is creamy, chocolately and soft with menthol notes. This wine shows the warm Cannubi Boschis terroir to great advantage. The tannins are very sweet and long, but will still require some patience to soften. Though it is more forward and ready than its sibling the Le Vigne Barolo, it still needs time. Finish is long and sweet with oak & spice notes over the black cherries and black fruits.
Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera 2011The vinification procedure for Barolo Gavarini Chiniera involves alcoholic fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with daily pumping over. After completing malolactic fermentation, the wine matures in 25-hectolitre barrels of Slavonian oak. Bottling normally takes place in August. The Barolo Gavarini Chiniera then stays in the binning cellar for 8-10 months before release.
Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2010Showing bright black cherries, pomegranate, violets and licorice, this is a very harmonious and deceptively powerful wine. This bottling shows power and balance to high degree, and its toned, sleek muscularity emerges in the pure fruit, balance and focused acidity on the palate. Its smooth and integrated mouthfeel make the wine light on its feet for such a complex, tannic and concentrated bottling. Dark cherries, violets and "sottobosco" combine to give this wine the fruit foundation that will sustain the huge tannins through a long life. The finish is bright and smooth, with ripe and full tannins, and ends long and smooth with notes of espresso, spices and cherries.
Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2011Unlike its sibling the Barolo Cannubi Boschis, the 2011 Barolo Le Vigne is defined by its internal tightness, muscularity and structure, with an overlay of delicate Nebbiolo perfume. The nose shows black fruits and licorice, black pepper and earthy mineral notes, with cola nut and subtle oak notes. On the palate, this wine is both more tannic and more elegant than its brother - the terroirs from which this wine is made give powerful, ripe tannins to the final wine, and the fruit never seems jammy or overly concentrated. Fruit balance and acidity are excellent and bode well for long-term aging. Finish is long and tight with considerable tannins and minerality. Needs patience.
Luciano Sandrone Barbera d'Alba 2013The inky-purple Barbera 2013 exhibits black and red fruits on the nose, with notes of sage, dark chocolate and "garrigue" (underbrush). The palate is full-bodied, with raspberry and plum fruit, a significant mineral aspect and a balanced oak note that gives this wine its muscle and power. The chewy mid-palate gives this wine excellent flexibility at the table, and the typical acidity of Barbera shines through to give the wine a vibrant, bright and long finish
Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2011The forward, lush nose of the 2011 Cannubi Boschis shows ripe red and black cherries, raspberries and licorice aromas, with vanillin oak notes and seamless integration. The warm growing season gave us a Barolo Cannubi Boschis of uncommon grace, ripeness and readiness on the palate - this wine has powerful, ripe fruit at center stage in the mouth, with mineral, oak and spice notes in supporting roles. The complexity of this wine comes from its harmony and balance - it is a compelling, toned Barolo, delicious now but with potential to age. The finish is long and sweet with fruit and oak notes.
Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2013Three of Scavino's best terroirs: mainly Rocche di Castiglione vineyard (in Castiglione Falletto) blended with smaller percentages of Cannubi (in Barolo) and the Fiasco vineyard (in Castiglione Falletto). Multifaceted Barolo expression with beautiful balance. The Barolo Carobric personality is about focus, precision of elements, intensity and length. The aromatics are lifted with a beautiful tension and clarity. As per all our Barolo, we pursue the purest expression of terroir. Therefore vinification and aging are all the same to underline specific expression of the vineyards.
Luciano Sandrone Barolo Aleste 2013This single-vineyard wine is typically dense and concentrated, but shows incredible harmony and balance. The medium-weight structure shows delightful and seductive notes of berries and cherries, with floral and mineral aspects. In great vintages, properly cellared examples will drink well for 20+ years. The finish is sweet and broad, with moderate, ripe tannins and long length.
Luciano Sandrone Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore 2015Valmaggiore is the product of Luciano's incredible passion for the Nebbiolo grape variety and the desire to show just how its expression can vary depending on the soil in which it is cultivated. Just 15 miles away from Barolo, in the Roero region, Nebbiolo produces a lighter structure and ripe, smooth tannins that are not unlike those of Pinot Noir. The wine drinks well from about age 6 to 12 but will easily last longer in the best vintages. This is not a "baby Barolo" or a second wine at all - it is a distinct interpretation of a completely different geographic winemaking zone. The wine shows delicious floral elements and red fruits, wrapped around a medium-weight structure with a long, delicious finish and modulated, ripe tannins.
Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2012Le Vigne Barolo interprets the ancient handed-down wisdom and tradition of Langhe and Barolo of assembling the Nebbiolo grapes from various vineyards. We interpret this historic practice by working only with indigenous yeasts and by keeping the grapes of each vineyard separated during the fermentation and wood ageing, rather than combining them during fermentation.
Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2012The 2012 Barolo Cannubi Boschis shows great aromatic complexity, with raspberry, strawberry and underbrush notes in an open, generous nose. The palate shows more backwardness; complex, layered flavors of red fruits, eucalyptus, leather and mushroom with dry, delicate tannins that will need a few years to evolve. The finish has long red fruit character with dry tannins and hints of wood. The wine is already drinkable and generous but will benefit from a few years of patience. Drink 2020-2035.
Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 2014
Roberto Voerzio Barolo La Serra 2008
Luciano Sandrone Barbera d'Alba 2015Color: Ruby red, with purple highlights, dense and compact. Nose: Rich and complex: the first notes recall mature red fruits, plum and blueberry. Then spicy aromas offering cocoa and vanilla appear, followed by ethereal scents and finally hints of toasted wood. Taste: The dry and intense flavor is persistent and finishes with fruit and jam notes. The acidity renders the wine even more drinkable.
M. Marengo Barolo Brunate 2010Colour: Beautiful ruby red tending to garnet. Nose: Intense, complex, delicate, very elegant and very powerful at the same time. Small red berries, balsamic notes of sage and mint that become gradually more evi- dent when the wine opens up in the glass. Floral and flint notes follow. Flavour: In the mouth the tannins are silky and well integrated together with a lovely balance. Food Pairing: Stewed beef, Piedmontese medium sea- soned cheese.
Stefano Farina Barolo 2011The manor owned by Stefano Farina in La Morra d'Alba lies on hills well exposed to the warm afternoon sunshine, the most suitable for grape ripening. This wine is aged for several years in oak casks of Slavonic origin and has a garnet red or ruby colour, with a violet aroma combined with notes of licorice and light spicy. Velvety, soft taste. The Barolo Stefano Farina has a noble tradition and is considered the "king of wines" amongst Italian wines. Food Pairing: Braised meats, cheese with blue-green marbling, red meats and game.
Tardieu-Laurent Hermitage 1999
Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 2008Clos des Papes is one of the few estates to use all permitted varieties for both red and white Chateauneuf. They are well‐known for producing one of the most authentic and long‐lived examples of the appellation having started estate bottling in 1896.
Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Chambolle Musigny Les Feusselottes 2008These are hauntingly individual, ethereal Burgundies that emphasize purity over power, elegance over muscle - and, with an annual production of only 2,000 cases, there is simply never enough wine to satisfy a world hungry for wines as soulful and unique as these.
Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 2009Chateauneuf-du-Pape Clos des Papes is one of the great established names of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and in recent years has produced a succession of remarkable wines made by Paul-Vincent Avril. For the red Chateauneuf, Clos des Papes uses up to 20% of Mourvedre in the blend.
Domaine Chandon de Briailles Pernand Vergelesses Ile de Vergelesses 2009Develops aromas of red fruits with a tendency of liquorice and spices.Its structure is right and tannic, It has a nice power and a long aftertaste.
Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Vignolo 2008This harmonious, full-bodied wine has an intense ruby red hue that, with age, changes to a deep garnet. Intense and fruity on the nose, it shows aromas of tobacco and liquorice with undertones of red fruit jam, dry roses, and violets. On the palate it is dry, warm, and supple with sweet and rounded tannins. Overall a well-balanced wine with a long finish.
Roberto Voerzio Barolo Brunate 2009Concentrated and intensely ruby red in color, this superlative Barolo offers complex aromas of super-ripe red currants, raspberries, and cedar beautifully integrated with mineral notes, mushrooms, mocha liqueur, smoke, eucalyptus, and pepper on the nose. Food Pairing: Pair with black truffle risotto, salt crusted prime rib, or roast lamb with currant jelly.
Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 2011Viticulture: Traditional, conventional. Rows are spaced at 2.5 meters and plants at 90-100 cms. Average age of vines is about 25 years, ranging from 60-70 years old in the San Lorenzo to newly replanted plots in Cannubi. We do not use chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Composted cow manure is used for fertilization and mechanical mowing is used to keep cover plants under control. Sulfur and copper are used during the season to combat oidium and peronospora. Vines are unirrigated (by DOCG laws).
Antonelli Montefalco Sagrantino 2010Tasting notes: intense ruby red in colour. To the nose rich and powerful, ethereal and very complex. Typically characterised by notes of fruit and aromatic herbs, featuring citrus, cherry, wild berry, mint and oregano. On the palate this wine is very structured, with firm and persistent tannins. A wine that is best expressed with a long bottle ageing. Accompanies: grilled and roast meats, stewed red meats, game and mature hard cheeses. Best period for drinking: Sagrantino generally reaches full maturity after 10-15 years from the harvest and is able to bottle age for more than 30 years. Serving temperature: 18°C (64.4°F).
Francois Raquillet Mercurey Les Veleys 2015A single acre of old vines produce a 5-10 year vin de garde: powerful, solid wine with robust black fruit, spicy length, and moody minerality, enabling it to work well with hearty fare.
Francois Raquillet Mercurey Les Naugues 2015This most corpulent and manly of Raquillet's reds is rich with sweet black fruit, but it gains a marrowy dramatic sweep after spending 5 years in the cellar.
Regis Bouvier Marsannay Rouge Les Longeroies Vieilles Vignes 2014Régis Bouvier in Marsannay achieves a rare hat trick in Burgundy, the mastering of all three colors-red, white and rosé, through reasonable yields and high quality terroirs. His reds are his crowning achievement, managing to be wild and exciting while refined and elegant at the same time.
Domaine Chandon de Briailles Corton Clos du Roi 2010The low yields of this parcel give great intensity to the wine built on fine tannins. Its minerality engenders complexity, finesse and noble aromas. A wine for collectors, it merits keeping a long time. It will reward the patient connoisseur.