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Italian Discoveries

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A fantastic selection of Italian wines have just arrived. There are almost too many to list here. Some of the names you will recognize and others we have just discovered. Great ratings, great savings, and a couple of recent staff favorites. Saluti!

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  1. Serafini & Vidotto Il Rosso dell’Abazia

    2015 / 750 ml. | Item#54527

    JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, November 7, 2019
    The dried lavender, elderberries and violets work very well with the overt eucalyptus and vanilla character. Warming and generous on the full-bodied palate, but structured and serious. Always a really delicious and savory wine. Drink from 2023.
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    Wine Grapes

    Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon | All Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon

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    You save: $20.00 (33%)

  2. Le Sughere di Frassinello

    2017 / 750 ml. | Item#54562

    SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2019
    Tar, pine resin and eucalyptus aromas are countered by massive blackberry and black currant fruit in this complex, assertive red, with a generous dose of toasty oak. Beefy tannins match the fruit but sit apart for now. Try now for a ride on the wild side, or age short-term. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2020 through 2026. 11,000 cases made.
    JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, November 7, 2019
    A bold, spicy wine that shows dried oregano, burnt blackberries, tar and incense. Despite the initial heady impression, the palate is finely woven and precise, framing grainy tannins. Nevertheless, the finish is quite robust and decadent. Drink from 2021.
    VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Mar 2020
    The 2017 Le Sughere di Frassinello is a racy, pliant wine that captures all of the natural radiance of the year. Super-ripe red fruit, hard candy, menthol, licorice, plum, espresso and dried flowers all flesh out nicely in the glass. Best of all, the 2017 will drink well right out of the gate.
    Wine Grapes

    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangioveto

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  3. Le Volte dell’Ornellaia

    2019 / 750 ml. | Item#54980

    VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2021
    The 2019 Le Volte dell’Ornellaia is terrific. Bold, juicy and wonderfully expressive, the 2019 will drink well right out of the gate. Juicy black cherry, lavender, spice, menthol and chocolate are all kicked up a few notches. In 2019 Le Volte is especially dark and sumptuous, both of which add to its considerable immediacy and overall appeal. This is an especially fine vintage for the Ornellaia’s entry-level bottling.
    RP8888 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 6th May 2021
    The entry-level 2019 Le Volte dell’Ornellaia is mostly Merlot that is blended with Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. As the text on the back label suggests, the wine aims for a so-called Mediterranean flavor profile that presents the cherry softness of the Merlot against the spice of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the bramble or blue flowers of the Sangiovese. This wine also shows a specifically Italian side, thanks to that food-friendly freshness. I’m thinking pasta with a hearty meat ragù. This vintage is thinner and shorter than I would like to see, but the results are versatile and accessible nonetheless.
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    Primary Grape: Merlot | All Grapes: Merlot

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  4. Caprili Brunello di Montalcino

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#53620

    RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2020
    The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino makes a great first impression thanks to the purity and intensity of the fruit. Those two things — purity and intensity — can sometimes be uncomfortable bedfellows, but this expression from Caprili unites them in happy marriage. The bouquet opens to bright red fruit, cola, chopped mint and blue flower. There is a lot of beautiful energy on hand. The wine is smooth and silky, giving it both near and long-term appeal. This is a 45,000-bottle release.
    VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2020
    An initial burst of medicinal red fruits and exotic spice evolves into a more refined expression of dusty roses, cedar and wild strawberries, as the 2016 Caprili Brunello di Montalcino unfolds in the glass. The textures are silky in feel, contrasted by an intense wave of tart berries and salty minerals, all carried across a core of zesty acids. This shows the radiance of the 2016 vintage, along with rounded tannins which add poise without ever robbing the expression of its vibrancy, culminating in a totally classic and fully satisfying finale.
    Wine Grapes

    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: 100% Sangiovese Grosso

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    You save: $15.00 (25%)

  5. La Spinetta Il Rosé di Casanova

    2020 / 750 ml. | Item#54202

    VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Jun 2021
    From year to year, the Il Rosé di Casanova continues to impress, and the 2020 is no different. Here I’m finding a contrasting blend of spiced citrus and tart apples offset by wild herbs and crushed stone. It’s silky in feel yet lifted and spry, casting ripe orchard fruits and inner herbal tones across a wave of vibrant acidity. A lingering note of salinity and hints of lemon peel keep tension high throughout the mouthwatering finale. This is an equal-parts blend of Sangiovese and Prugnolo Gentile.
    Wine Grapes

    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese

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  6. Caiarossa Pergolaia

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#54265

    SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 15, 2020
    Flavors of black cherry and blackberry stand up to the dense tannins in this fresh, deep and intense red, but this is equally about the vibrant acidity driving the fruit, wild herb nuances and spice-infused aftertaste. Sangiovese with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2022 through 2040. 4,700 cases made, 1,200 cases imported.
    RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Aug 2019
    Mostly Sangiovese with the other 30% composed of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Pergolaia is all about matching grapes to soils, a tribute to Tuscany from a French-owned estate better known for its international approach. This vintage has slightly less Sangiovese than usual in order to create a more accessible wine, with more freshness and juiciness. It’s almost crunchy in texture, a full-bodied red that covers the whole mouth. The aging is spread out evenly between botte and tonneaux, as they reserved the big wood for the more delicate Sangiovese grape. The fruit here shows perfect ripeness with lots of primary intensity and freshness. It’s a versatile red to match with all kinds of pastas and meats. It’s ready to open now or to age for just a few more years.
    Wine Grapes

    Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese

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    Organic: Made with organic grapes

    AWARDS & ACCOLADES

    2020 Wine Spectator Top 100 Selection | #20

    Wine Spectator Top 100 selection - 2020 | #20

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  8. Fornacelle Zizzolo Bolgheri Rosso

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#54840

    RP8888 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 17th Dec 2020
    A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Bolgheri Rosso Zizzolo is a bright and slightly downplayed or underripe wine. The focus here is on the freshness of the fruit rather than richness or extraction, and the cooler vintage has done its part to shape these results. Sour cherry and tart berry cede to spice, tar, tobacco and potting soil. Have it with a vegetarian pizza. Some 25,000 bottles were made.
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    Primary Grape: Merlot | All Grapes: Merlot

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    You save: $5.00 (20%)

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