Reserve Wine List

Our reserve wine program is always evolving and growing as new vintages come available. We make frequent changes to our reserve wine program; however, our inventory of some vintages and selections may change or be unavailable.


Blends all vintages from 1998 to 2009; 45% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 5% of ancient varieties Arbanne, Petit Meslier and Fromenteau. 90
R.P. 92pts
CHAMPAGNE, BRUT, Domaine Bruno Paillaird, France NV
Hand-harvested with only juice from the first press; each wine is vinified separately in stainless steel and oak barrels. Each cru shares a certain finesse and wonderful tension between fruit and acidity. 110
Larmandier-Bernier, France 2008
The nose shows signs of tropical fruit, stone and sea breeze. On the palate, there are hints of pineapple, lime, stone and yeast. 150
R.P. 93 pts


CHARDONNAY, LE BON CLIMAT, Clendenen Family Vineyards, Santa Maria Valley, California 2009
Rich, medium to full-bodied, layered with vanilla, tangerine, baked apple, hazelnut and spice with intriguing aromas of pear, melon, nectarine and smoky minerals. 110
R.P. 85 pts
CHARDONNAY, CHABLIS GRAND CRU BOUGROS, Bernard Defaix, Burgundy, France 2012
This Grand Cru is a full-bodied white. Has a nose of floral and minerality, with notes of white fruit and wet stone. 130
R.P. 88 pts
Gnarled old chardonnay vines produce this deep, powerfully styled premier cru that offers some of the depth and power of a grand cru. One of the richest wines in our lineup with creamy textures and real complexity. 160
SAUVIGNON BLANC, Cloudy Bay, Marlborough, New Zealand 2013
Intense notes of gooseberries, passion fruit, grapefruit zest with a hint of fresh herbs. Crisp, dry and medium bodied with a good concentration of grapefruit and herb flavors, giving a long tropical fruit laced finish. 60
W.S. 90 pts
SAUVIGNON BLANC, Merry Edwards, Russian River Valley 2012
The aroma is floral, layered with ripe melon, peach and subtle mineral highlights. The palate is rich and seamlessly well balanced, with a hint of grapefruit, citrus, pear and a lingering finish. 75
W.S. 91 pts
SAUVIGNON BLANC, Arkenstone, Napa Valley, California 2011
Powerful aromas of flowers, passion fruit and white peach with an intense, full- bodied palate with passion fruit, white peach, grapefruit and a hint of lime and apple. 140
W.S. 90 pts
GAVI, Pio Cesare, Piemonte 2013
A clean, sweet and spicy nose with fruity minerality, bright acidity, a good mineral backbone and a discernable mid-palate. 40
GEWURZTRAMINER, Elena Walch Kastelaz, Alto Adige 2013
Captivating and very complex with aromas of roses as well as dried fruits, with spicy notes of cinnamon and cloves and a touch of honey. The wine is just as convincing and complex in the mouth: round and full, compact and creamy with harmonious freshness and structure as well as an aromatic finish. 60
W.S. 89 pts
VERMENTINO/VIOGNIER, Gaja Ca’Marcanda Vistamare, Toscana 2012
A generous bouquet of peach, apricot and sage revealing a fresh, rounded and lingering taste. On the palate, the freshness and herbaceous notes of Vermentino combine with remarkable complexity and roundness of Viognier. 110
RIESLING, Dr. Pauly Bergweiler Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese
Mosel, Germany 2012

A mixture of brown spices, golden apple and citrus aromas, which are ripe and sweet, yet vibrant and focused, with a racy structure carrying pâte de fruit, golden delicious apple and apricot flavors. This Riesling has intensity and length. 75
W.S. 92 pts
GRENACHE GRIS, BRAMA, Chateau Maris, Languedoc, France 2012
Fresh, focused tropical fruits, honeysuckle, lemon rind, and buttered almonds on the nose. Medium-bodied, racy and pure on the palate, with a lovely, elegant texture that’s lifted by the wine’s acidity. 90
R.P. 90 pts


CABERNET SAUVIGNON, Pine Ridge, Napa Valley, California 2011
Aromas of fresh black cherry, warm blackberry and red plum, intertwined with hints of brambly spice, fresh ground cloves and vanilla bean; rich, red raspberry, cherry and currant flavors that meld lusciously into hints of caramel, cocoa, espresso and mint leaf with supple tannins and a lingering finish. 80
CABERNET SAUVIGNON, Caymus 40th Anniversary, Napa Valley, California, 2012
The nose offers intense blueberry and blackberry notes, hints of menthol and dark chocolate. Lavishly oaked, with creamy mocha, vanilla, cedar and anise notes at the edge of a rich core of dark berry, plum and black licorice flavors. 120
W.S. 91 pts
Napa Valley, California 2011
Aromas of crushed red and black summer berries, rose petal and herbs, with a palate of lush black and red fruits, sage, tobacco leaf, smoke and black spice all wrapped within a structure of ripe Stags Leap District tannins. The finish is long and pleasurable. 150
W.S. 88 pts
CABERNET SAUVIGNON, Darioush, Napa Valley, California, 2011
Unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with dark, concentrated blackberry elements and savory, wild sage and herb notes; rich bittersweet cocoa and earthbound flavor, as well as classic Mt. Veeder aromatics of licorice and blueberry. 200
W.S. 91 pts
MERLOT, Duckhorn, Napa Valley, California 2011
Vibrant layers of Rainier cherry and spiced plum, as well as notes of licorice, tobacco leaf, cardamom and thyme; hints of cedar, leather and savory spice from aging in French oak barrels, with a streak of uplifting acidity adding dimension to a smooth, velvety texture. 100
W.S. 89 pts
MERLOT, Plumpjack, Napa Valley, California 2012
Dense fruit and light acidity, aromas of black cherry, baked plums and blackberry welcome the senses and are followed with warm notes of dark fudge, chocolate and vanilla bean. On the palate, raspberry cordial, cherry pie filling and cedar box mingle with hints of cinnamon. 130 
W.S. 87 pts
PINOT NOIR, BERGSTROM, Cumberland Reserve, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2012
Aromas of fresh red berries, lavender and Asian spices, with subtle smoke and sassafras accents; the palate offers a zesty redcurrant and bitter cherry flavor. Dusty tannins add grip to a silky, spicy finish with berry and floral notes. 80  
PINOT NOIR, LA NEBLINA, Radio-Coteau, Sonoma Valley, California 2012
Elegant nose of candied fruit, pomegranate, red apple, dried flower and wet rock mineral elements. The palate is acid-dominate with very fine, persistent tannins. There is a plush fruit quality with earth and spice and a long, textured finish. 125
R.P. 85-88 pts
PINOT NOIR, FREEDOM HILL, Lange, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2012
Notes of bramble and earth interplay with black cherry, raspberry, pomegranate and barrel spice. Candied cherry, dark chocolate, cola and hints of hazelnuts linger on the palate. This wine is imminently approachable and fruit-forward upon release. 135 
R.P. 87 pts
NEBBIOLO, BRICCO BUON NATALE, Clendenen Vineyards, Santa Maria Valley, California 2005
Deep red in color, this wine has exceptional aromas of tar, roses, earth and red fruit. This Nebbiolo shows exotic characteristics of spice, length and soft tannins with a wonderful balance of richness and complexity of age. 70
SANGIOVESE/CABERNET SAUVIGNON/SYRAH, SAGGI, Ambrogio & Giovanni Folonari, Columbia Valley, Washington 2012
A unique blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah gives off a generous aromas and flavors of strawberry, red currant and anise with refined tannins and an incredible balance. Vibrant, dark berry fruit and hints of chocolate compliment a pleasant floral element on the mid-palate with a lingering finish. 90
ZINFANDEL, Limerick Lane, Russian River Valley, California 2011
Loaded with zesty, spicy aromas and flavors. Offers accents of ripe cherry and blueberry, anise and mineral. Shows good structure and focus, with no shortage of ripe tannins and plenty of finesse, a certain lightness and gobs of fruit, a touch of pepper and spice. 90
R.P. 87 pts
MERITAGE, CLARET, Ramey, Napa Valley, California 2012
A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and dollops of Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Syrah; expressive aromas of dark berry preserves, candied flowers, pipe tobacco and white pepper. Sweet blackcurrant and cherry compote flavors lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity. 110 
R.P. 87 pts


BORDEAUX, La Fleur de Haut-Bages Liberal Pauillac,  Bordeaux, France 2010
Crimson and full-bodied with notes of plum, blackberry, graphite and violets, with grainy tannins and flavors of black fruit, plum, and earth. 70
R.P. 92 pts
BORDEAUX, ST. EMILLION GRAND CRU, Clos Canon, Bordeaux, France 2009
Flavors are sweet, filled with juicy plums and cedar. There is a wonderful core sweetness and generosity that makes this 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc wine very appealing. 100
R.P. 90 pts
RED BURGUNDY, GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN, Domaine Faiveley, Burgundy, France 2012
Beautiful lifted notes, with red cherry and bramble fruits. The palate is seamless, seductive almost, with the same red fruits showing and a lovely pepper spice finish. 110  
Deep red in color. A nose of smoky bacon and forest floor. Medium-bodied with notes of black cherries, mineral and cedar notes on the palate. A good use of oak with a crisp acidity and slightly rough tannins. 150
R.P. 88-90 pts
CABERNET SAUVIGNON/SYRAH, Domaine De Trevallon Alpilles, Provance, France 2011
This heroic blend of Cabernet and Syrah is gripping. The nose has sweet, pure blackcurrant fruit with a nice herby character in the background. The palate is nicely concentrated with pure fruit and a mineral edge. 120


MALBEC, Bodegas Terrazas de los Andes Single Vineyard, Mendoza, Argentina 2008
Oozes aromas of blackberries, plums, cherries, violets, and mint. Secondary notes of black chocolate, vanilla and smoke clearly present, brought out by aging in oak. 90
W.S. 90 pts
MALBEC, CATENA ALTA, Mendoza, Argentina 2011
Deep violet in color with indigo highlights, this Malbec has aromas of rip red and black berry fruits with notes of violets and lavender and hints of leather, spice, mocha and vanilla. This wine is full-bodied, concentrated and rich on the palate with soft, sweet tannins and a silky structure. Multiple layers of rich cassis, ripe cranberries, and blackberries are interwoven with subtle notes of licorice and black pepper. An earthy minerality, finely grained tannins and a lively acidity mark the lengthy finish. 100
Aroma of black fruits, blackberries, black cherries, black plums, subtle notes of vanilla and dark chocolate. On the palate, black cherries, black berries, cassis, mocha and vanilla are followed by licorice, baking spices and a hint of minerality. 200 
W.S. 94 pts


TEMPRANILLO, Bodegas Monasteio Hacienda Monasterio, Ribera Del Duero, Spain 2009
Wonderful aromas of tealeaf, leather, spice, fig and cherry; richly layered on the palate with black cherry, berry, leather and earth tones, with bright floral high tones. 100 
W.S. 90 pts


SANGIOVESE, BAROSSA, Yalumba Wine Room, Australia 2001
The nose offers cinnamon, graphite and earth aroma. On the palate, appealing sweet and juicy red fruits with balanced acidity. 150


VIN SANTO, Avignonesi, Toscana 1992 (375ml) 
A deep mahogany with aromas of almond, slightly burnt toffee and dried fruits. Full-bodied with a long, sweet caramel aftertaste, this is almost a dessert itself. 125 cases made. 150
W.S. 97 pts
VIN SANTO, Poliziano, Montepulciano 1997 (375ml)
Dense blackish-garnet color with potent aromas of plum, wild cherry, and chocolate. Rich, full and velvety flavors of ripe fruit sweetened by harmonious oak. Medium to full-bodied with well integrated tannins and a medium finish. 45
MUFFATO DELLA SALA, Antinori, Umbria 2006 (500ml)
Golden yellow color with very vibrant aromas and flavors, hints of candied fruit, honey and citrus fruit. Excellent balance of acidity and sugar. 45
R.P. 90 pts
These wine ratings are based on a 100 point quality scale from a number of respected professional raters. While ratings may influence your decision, the ultimate judge is your palate.

W.S. – Wine Spectator
R.P. – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 



CHIANTI CLASSICO, BERARDO RESERVA, Castello di Bossi, Toscana 2009
Aromas of dark cherries, plums, sweet spice, violets, vanilla and hints of dark chocolate and menthol emerge on the nose. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied but smooth with a creamy finish. 65
W.S. 90 pts
Aromas of blackberry, with hints of vanilla and flowers, along with black licorice and crushed berries. Full-bodied, with caressing, ultrafine tannins; very balanced with a long finish. 90
W.S. 96 pts
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, Marchesato Degli Aleramici, Toscana 1996
Classically-styled, medium-bodied wine with layered aromas and velvety tannins. 75
Complex aromatics of espresso, sweet cassis, and blackberry; toasty, smoky, opulently-styled and rich with loads of sweet tannin, concentration, and extract. 90
W.S. 93 pts
Alluring nose of cinnamon, cedar, mint and iris. Sweet in taste with notes of ripe plum, cherry and vanilla bean. Silky tannins and intriguing whiffs of cocoa and cassis leave a lingering finish. This is the first vintage from a single vineyard on the Castello Banfi estate. 100   
W.S. 95 pts
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, Col D’Orcia, Toscana 2007 
A rich, round version, evoking cherry and berry flavors tinged by earth accents. Vergine on chewy, the dusty tannins grace the finish, where tobacco and rhubarb notes mingle. 90   
W.S. 91 pts
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, San Polo, Toscana 2004
This wine is ruby-red with garnet highlights. The bouquet is full and harmonic, with notes of plums, spices, dried flowers and earthy undertones such as tobacco, anise and coffee. This Brunello is dry, warm and well-structured, with an elegant and persistent finish. 100
W.S. 93 pts
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, Altesino, Toscana 2010
Distinctive with an intense balsamic flavor backed by plum, cherry and spice notes. Sweet and ample for the vintage, covering the firm, underlying tannins. Everything is integrated and long. 100
W.S. 93 pts
Sweet plum and berry aromas follow through to a full body of ripe fruit, silky tannins and a juicy finish with expansiveness on the palate and a sublime, long finish. 150
W.S. 93 pts
On the palate, plum, dark cherries, minerals, smoke, forest floor and chocolate with orange peel; firm and balanced acidity. 150
W.S. 93 pts
A dominant nose of tobacco and leather with hints of fading cherry and plum, which leaves the same on the palate along with some cedar and spice. Velvety and luscious with a wonderful underscore of terrior. 150   
W.S. 94 pts
BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, PALAZZO COMUNALE, Cantina di Montalcino, Toscana 2006
Garnet red with orange hues, this wine has perfumes of red cherries and red berry fruit. It is silky with soft tannins and a refined, polished texture, with some balsamic notes on the long finish. 160
Beautiful aromas of crushed raspberry, dark cherry, rose petals, vanilla and exotic spices. On the palate, dark chocolate, black cherries and cassis; full-bodied with ultra-silky tannins and a long finish. 200
W.S. 98 pts
SUPER TUSCAN, SER GIOVETO, Rocca Delle Macie, Toscana 1999
Hints of small red berries, jam and spices released by oak; well structured and balanced with a long finish. 60
W.S. 92 pts
SUPER TUSCAN, MAGARI, Gaja Ca Marcanda, Toscana 2002
With its lush Merlot fruit and spicy Cabernet character, Magari expresses the essence of Bolgheri, rich and well-rounded with an elegant and silky finish. Hints of roasted meats, spice, and a hint of charcoal interlaced with medium dark fruit and cassis. 80
W.S. 88 pts
SUPER TUSCAN, I SODI DI SAN NICCOLO, Castellare di Castellina, Toscana 2006
Full-bodied, with firm yet fine-grained tannins. A rich and elegant wine that offers supple notes of wild berries, blackberry, currants and cedar, which are elegantly complemented by hints of vanilla and leather. 90
W.S. 94 pts
SUPER TUSCAN, CAPOGATTO, Podere Poggio Scalette, Toscana 2007
Notes of cassis and raspberry aromas on the nose. On the palate, it is acidic and tannic with ripe, dark fruit coming through. 90 
R.P. 92 pts
SUPER TUSCAN, SONDRAIA, Poggio al Tesoro, Toscana 2009
Layered aromas of ripe cherry, blackberry, mocha, graphite and a hint of sweet spice. On the palate, it is full-bodied and supple, with refined, soft tannins and a silky texture. 90
W.S. 90 pts
SUPER TUSCAN, CORBAIA, Castello di Bossi, Toscana 2009 
Richly layered with elegant tones of red rose, cherry, freshly milled black pepper, prune and dried blackberry. This is a multifaceted wine with a firm tannic backbone surrounded by fleshy fruit, bitter chocolate and exotic spice. 125
W.S. 88 pts
SUPER TUSCAN, GIUSTO DI NOTRI, Tua Rita, Toscana 2008 
Its hefty, taut body holds bushes of ripe blackberries and hawthorn berries, warm spices like licorice and cedar, and a beautiful balance between velvety tannins and mouthwatering acidity. Full-bodied, earthy and concentrated with rich, sweet tannins that signify aging potential, this ever- popular selection delivers a lingering finish. 150
R.P. 94 pts
SUPER TUSCAN, ORNELLAIA, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, Bolgheri Superiore, Toscana 2002
Suggestions of herbs, tobacco, earthiness and dark red fruit with excellent length and notable structure. Sweet, red flower potpourri on the nose with hint of black ea leaves and leather. 200
W.S. 90 pts
SUPER TUSCAN, ORNELLAIA, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, Bolgheri Superiore Toscana 1998
A cool and sleek Tuscan red, with tarragon and fresh sage aromas, blackberry and cherry undertones. Full-bodied, with a silky palate of fine tannins and a long, fruity finish. Very sophisticated and reserved. 225
W.S. 96 pts
SUPER TUSCAN, SASSICAIA, Tenuta San Guido, Toscana 2006
Intense blackberry and cassis aromas, offset by notes of smoke and spice, are confirmed on a palate of lush concentration and underscored by firm, ripe tannins carrying into a long, elegant finish. 225
W.S. 94 pts
SUPER TUSCAN, SOLAIA, Antinori, Toscana 2006
Aromas of ripe cherry and blackberry, vanilla, chocolate and spice. Generous, smooth and balanced on the palate with sweet, mouth-filling tannins and weight enhanced by complexity and finesse. 300
W.S. 97 pts
SUPER TUSCAN, REDIGAFFI, Tua Rita, Toscana 2008
Red and black fruits twirl with a nose of cedar and spice-box. This wine is set apart by its enormous richness and deeply concentrated layers of sweet cherry fruit, chocolate, tobacco and cinnamon spice. 300
W.S. 94 pts
Bright aromas of blackberry and strawberry follow through to a full body, with soft tannins and a long, caressing finish. 100
W.S. 91 pts
BARBARESCO, SANTO STEFANO, Bruno Giacosa, Piemonte 1998
Aromatics of rose petals, mint, and port. On the palate, completely integrated tannins, cherries, rosewater, and hints of sherry, with a smooth texture and a long finish. 225
 W.S. 92 pts
BARBARESCO, “COSTA RUSSI”, Gaja, Piemonte 2000
Enveloping aromas of plum, rose petals and cherries; plump and ripe, but dry with well-balanced flavors of plum, graphite and chocolate oak with very sweet, fine tannins. 350
W.S. 100 pts
BAROLO, LECINQUEVIGNE, Damilano, Piemonte 2010 
Aromas of wild berry and bitter almond. There is a pleasant earthy quality that gives dryness to the finish. 90
W.S. 100 pts
BAROLO, CEREQUIO, Michele Chiarlo, Piemonte 1996
Reveals a pronounced intensity of aromas and flavor: violets, tar, earth, mushrooms, dark plums, dark cherry and chocolate. On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium alcohol, medium tannins, full body with a long finish. 100
W.S. 90 pts
BAROLO, BRUNATE, Vietti, Piemonte 2000
Full, still fruity and fresh, very intense, complex with chocolate, fully ripe Piedmont cherries, plums, licorice, violets, roasted hazelnut, forest floor, and some spice. Full elegant, complex body, equivalent to the nose, pleasant acid, and very well balanced. 100
W.S. 90 pts
BAROLO, Marchesi Di Barolo, Piemonte 2006
An intense nose with clean scents of spices, vanilla, roasted hazelnuts, licorice, cacao and wild rose with a full, elegant flavor. Its hints of spices and of wood blend perfectly. 110
W.S. 90 pts
BAROLO, VIGNA CERRETTA, Ca’ Rome di Romano Marengo, Piemonte 1996 
Ripe and decadent, with cherry, tobacco and chocolate character. Medium-bodied, with light tannins and a fresh and vibrant aftertaste. 244 cases made. 100
W.S. 87 pts
BAROLO, NEI CANNUBI, Poderi Luigi Einaudi, Piemonte 1996
A dark crimson color with slight bricking at the edges. On the nose, floral, some leather and tobacco. On the palate, eucalyptus, leather, tobacco and tar. Plenty of fruit such as cherries and raspberries with some resolved soft tannins. 460 cases made. 120
W.S. 91 pts
BAROLO, LAZZARITO, Vietti, Piemonte 2004
Deep garnet red in color with a nose of minerals, brown spices, Cuban tobacco and menthol. Richly rounded with a robust and velvety texture; intensely aromatic with hints of figs and plums. Elegant with soft and sweet tannins, followed by a long finish. 120
W.S. 91 pts
BAROLO, SORI GINESTRA, Conterno Fantino, Piemonte 2001
Pure crushed berries and plums, with just a hint of wood and fresh mushroom. Full-bodied and compacted, with loads of rich fruit and big, velvety tannins. 125
W.S. 90 pts
BAROLO, VILLERO RISERVA, Vietti, Piemonte 1997
Tastes of prunes, raspberry, mahogany, cedar bark, dry earth, and violet and rose petals. Each flavor is very distinct, separate and equal, with beautiful silky tannins. 150
W.S. 90 pts
BAROLO, FALLETTO, Bruno Giacosa, Piemonte 2000
Velvety and harmonious on the nose and palate with black raspberries, dried earth, chocolate covered cherries and Asian spices. Medium bodied with medium supple tannins. 150
W.S. 100 pts
BAROLO, ROCCHE, Vietti, Piemonte 2005
Complex and full-bodied with intense aromas of dried roses, licorice, spice and truffles. Elegant with strong, yet balanced tannins. 150
W.S. 96 pts
Classic nose of rose, violets, plums, bramble fruit, spice, oak and vanilla. On the palate, it has perfumed fruit, silky tannins and oak. 200
W.S. 93 pts
BAROLO, LA SERRA, Roberto Voerzio, Piemonte 2000
Seductive on the nose, with Indian spices, blackberries, and cedar with floral notes; full-bodied, balanced with gorgeous ripe tannins and loads of ripe fruit. 225
W.S. 98 pts
Silky and smooth, delicately scented with roses and violets, showing great aromatic complexity. Medium-bodied with firm tannins, vibrant fruit and bright acidity. 225
W.S. 92 pts
BAROLO, BRUNATE, Roberto Voerzio, Piemonte 2001
Dark fruit, leather, licorice, mint and eucalyptus flow through to the finish with very fine, elegant and noble tannins. 235
W.S. 96 pts
Rich with oak, spice and chocolate accents; cherry, plum and tobacco flavors. Tightly wound, displaying full tannins on the finish. 250
W.S. 93 pts
BAROLO, GRANBUSSIA, Aldo Conterno, Piemonte 2000
Aromatics of roses, earth and herbs are buoyed by a palate of sour cherries, tar, minerals, smoke and that elusive Piemonte magic that is intrinsic to Barolos. 300
W.S. 96 pts
AGLIANICO, SERPICO, Feudi Di San Gregorio, Campania 2003
Stunning aromatics of vanilla, smoke, tobacco and oak all wrapped around a core of pure blackberry and cassis. The palate is full-bodied with amazing concentration, richness and balance with a massive finish. 100
W.S. 90 pts
Smoky, earthy aromas with seductive hints of tobacco and graphite and notes of ripe black cherries, cassis, tobacco and leather come through on the palate of this big structured, full-bodied wine. Aglianico and Piedirosso. 190
W.S. 92 pts
AMARONE, Le Salette, Veneto 2011
This fresh Amarone offers an inviting fragrance of perfumed berry and exotic spice. Notes of graphite, black pepper and clove give depth to the ripe plum and blackberry flavors. It’s balanced with firm, chewy tannins. 110
Dried raisin, earth and flowers on the nose with an elegant and silky texture and well-integrated tannins. Good fresh finish with nice mineral, plum raisin fruit, wood smoke and graphite. 125
W.S. 91 pts
AMARONE, MAZZANO, Masi, Veneto 1999
Great complexity with aromas of tar, soy, licorice, spice-box, dark chocolate, raisins and dried cherries. Long and dry with a notable oaky tannin structure. 150
W.S. 95 pts
Medium-full bodied with aromas of green olive tapenade and black licorice; smoky, dark fruit flavors with a long finish. 100% Sangiovese. 80
W.S. 90 pts
A blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Sangiovese gives an aroma of vanilla and new leather with flavors of currants and cedar combined with big tannins makes this a powerful wine. 80
R.P. 95 pts
MERLOT, CASTELGIACONDO “LAMAIONE”, Marchesi De Frescobaldi, Toscana 2003
Medley of fragrances, from wild red berries to delicate spicy nuances of clove and cinnamon, and concludes with an appealing hint of tobacco leaf. The palate exhibits complexity, with tasty acidity and a generous weave of tannins. 80
W.S. 91 pts
MERLOT, GIROLAMO, Castello di Bossi, Toscana 2007
Sumptuous aromas of raspberry, blackberry and spices. On the palate, soft and silky texture backed by a substantial backbone and culminates in a long, fruit-laden finish. 110
W.S. 87 pts
CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MONILE, Fattoria Viticcio, Toscana 1997
Currants, berries, lightly toasted oak and light coffee. Full bodied with lots of ripe fruit, soft, silk tannins and a rich finish. Ripe and beautiful with a lovely texture. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot. 100
Almost black in color; excellent fruit with strong cassis flavors. The impressive power on the palate carries through to a long finish; persistent soft tannins. 150
R.P. 94 pts
PRIMITIVO DI MANDURIA, ES, Gianfranco Fino, Puglia 2012
Ruby-red in color with purple reflections, this wine has aromas of red fruit, pepper, sweet spices and cardamom. 175
W.S. 92 pts