Italian Wines - $60 and Up

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Tignanello Marchesi Antinori - $135

On the nose the notes of ripe red fruit, with cassis and blackberries, are in perfect balance with the hints of chocolate and licorice. The palate is rich, ample and vibrant and is endowed with lively and silky tannins which give a great complexity and an important length to the finish and aftertaste.

98 Points - James Suckling:

Fantastic aromas of dark berries, sandalwood and Spanish cedar that are ever so deep. Full body, an incredible spin of polished tannins and bright acidity. Incredible depth. Like looking over the edge of a skyscraper. Powerful and structured. A great Tignanello. A little more sangiovese than usual. Best since the legendary 1997?

97 Points - Wine Spectator:

Dense and intensely flavored, with violet, black currant, blackberry, graphite, wild herb and spice aromas and flavors, this is concentrated and solidly built, yet also harmonious, vibrant and pure. Approachable now, but should be better in a few years. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2021 through 2035.

96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

The 2015 Tignanello is a wine that opens, like a fully blossomed rose, right in front of you. This vintage is immediately accessible, generous and opulent. The wine will surely flesh out and gain focus with more bottle age, but one of the best qualities of this vintage is just how beautiful the wine tastes straight out of the gate. The fruit is beautifully ripe with fresh blackberry and cherry nuances, spice, leather, sweet tobacco and smoke. Up until this vintage, the various blending components that make up Tignanello were vinifed in separate lots. Starting with 2015, the wine is blended sooner in order to achieve better overall integration. The entire Tignanello estate counts 130 hectares of vines, but the single-vineyard "Tignanello" that makes this wine is 57 hectares.

Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc - $97

Classy and classic expression of Nebbiolo which requires time to develop all its complexity is Bric dël Fiasc. The texture characterizes this Barolo: earthy imprint, density of fruit, vibrant and refined tannins. The acidity supports the important structure of this Barolo and lifts the nose which is complex, mineral, balsamic. Little red fruits and licorice are typical notes in Bric del Fiasc.

97 Points - Wine Spetator:

Rich and brooding, this red features black cherry, raspberry, tar, leather and licorice flavors. Dense and complex, with a detailed matrix holding the flavors together. This will need time to integrate the dusty tannins, but shows excellent potential from the balance and length. Best from 2018 through 2036.

96 Points - Robet Parker's Wine Advocate:

The Barolo Bric del Fiasc was the first single vineyard expression made by Scavino in 1978. The wine was back then, and is now, fermented with a submerged cap. This is a bright and intense wine with a profound inner beauty and balance. The wine rolls off the tongue in silky waves. The finish is extra-long, fresh and bursting with energy. This is a wine to set aside for ten years or more. The tannins already show a good degree of softness, but this wine is at the humble start of its evolution.

95 Points - James Suckling:

Fabulous aromas of black fruits and shitake mushrooms with hints of bark. Full body, with wonderful firm tannins that are polished and refined. Needs at least three or four years of bottle age.

Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino - $79

An intense ruby red in color, the wine expresses itself through clearly defined aromas of raspberry and pomegranate, which are further enriched by elegant floral notes. In the mouth, the CastelGiocondo Brunello 2012 is harmonious and well-defined wine with elegant tannins and a sapid and mineral persistence.

94 Points - Wilfred Wong on Wine.com

93 Points - James Suckling:

Aromas of ripe strawberries and spicy tea follow through to a full body, chewy and polished tannins and a succulent finish. Balanced and pretty.

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast:

Fresh, alluring aromas of wild berry, pressed violet, dark baking spice and a whiff of new leather all come together in the glass. The firm full-bodied palate offers ripe black cherry, mature plum, cinnamon, licorice and a hint of tobacco. Chewy tannins and bright acidity provide support and balance. Drink 2019–2027.

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

The Frescobaldi family is becoming an ever more important force in the Montalcino territory thanks to recent land and winery investments. The Castelgiocondo 2012 Brunello di Montalcino is a soft and supple expression of Sangiovese. This oak-driven wine offers a generous bouquet that is based in part on dark cherry and primary fruit, and in part on spicy tones of toast and smoke. That said, this estate has very much redefined its use of oak and the results show much more balance and purity compared to wines made one decade ago. The brightness of the acidity also comes as a surprise given the warm vintage. That freshness is essential to the wine's aging potential.

90 Points - Wine Spectator:

The cherry, earth and tobacco flavors are wrapped in spicy oak, which adds a layer of tannins to this firm, tightly wound red. Though on the austere, dry side, this comes together with air, leaving a stylish finish. Best from 2020 through 2030.

Arcanum Valadorna Toscana - $76

The 2010 Valadorna shows a dark core of ruby color with a very thin ruby meniscus. On the nose, concentrated and condensed smells of black cherry liquor, ripe black and red plum, and dried cranberry mark this wine as a ripe expression of Toscana IGT, while non-fruits of dried herbs, camphor, rose petal, and toasted baking spices add an aromatic lift. Each of these flavors is confirmed on the palate, with additional nuances of melted cocoa, toasted bread, and subtle quinine. Though driven with opulent fruit, the wine's texture is balanced by firm Tuscan acidity, and bitter tannins, which are in control of the overall picture. The finish is balanced and mouth watering, with wet clay minerality.  Blend: 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

93 Points - Wine Spectator:

This is settling into its stride now, with the tannins and acidity integrating with the supple texture, setting the stage for bright cherry, raspberry, sage and tar flavors. Still compact on the finish, with a lingering savory aftertaste. Drink now through 2023.

92 Points - James Suckling:

A red with dark berry and tar aromas and flavors. Full body, chewy tannins and a long finish. Needs time to soften. A blend of mostly merlot with cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot.

Ruffino Greppone Mazzi Brunello Di Montalcino - $71

Ruby red with garnet hues. Intense aromas of ripe plums, cassis, and maraschino cherry with notes of incense, cocoa, sweet tobacco, and spicy black pepper. The palate is full-bodied with an elegant and complex structure. The tannins are persistent and pronounced yet rich and smooth. Very well balanced with red fruit, chocolate, and sweet tobacco on the long finish.

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast:

Underbrush, tobacco, new leather, crushed herb and a whiff of mature plum lead the way. The juicy full-bodied palate is still young and taut, evoking ripe black cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice, clove and a hint of coffee. A backbone of youthfully austere fine-grained tannins and bright acidity gives it an age-worthy structure and balance.

93 Points - James Suckling:

A refined and chewy red with berry and cherry character and pretty walnut, chocolate and hazelnut undertones. Medium to full body. Delicious finish.

91 Points - Wine Spectator:

An earthy, savory style, with cherry buried in the mix of tobacco, iron and tea flavors, supported by a firm base of tannins and ending on a saline note. Best from 2021 through 2035.

Bertani Amarone della Valpantena - $65

This wine comes from the hills of the Valpantena, the only “cru” subzone in the Valpolicella area. Bertani’s traditional devotion to producing Amarone is also found in this wine, a modern and balanced Amarone, but still authentic and rich in body. New fermentation technology and drying methods give balance and elegance to the wine’s exuberant fruity notes, blackberry flavour, hints of mint, sweet cherry and spicy notes that are typical of this valley.

Italian Wines - $25-$60

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Fontanafredda Serralunga d'Alba Barolo 2014 - $56

The color of the wine is ruby-red with garnet reflections. The perfume is clean and intense, with hints of vanilla, spices, dried rose and undergrowth. The taste is dry, soft, full, velvety, harmonious, long, and persistent.

92 Points - James Suckling:

A Barolo that shows black truffles, wet earth, dried rose petals, cedar and orange rind. Full body, a tightly knit tannin structure, vivid acidity and a grainy finish. Stylish. Drink in 2020.

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast:

Iris, rose, forest floor and menthol aromas come to the forefront on this fragrant red. On the taut linear palate, bright acidity and refined tannins balance juicy sour cherry, red raspberry and star anise. Drink through 2024.

Frescobaldi Montesodi - $41

Ruby red, with garnet reflections. It is intense, fresh, mineral, with citrus scents, cherry blossoms, violet. On the palate persistent, mineral, with a toasted and silky tannin. Note of sour cherries in the spirit, hints of candied citron and blood orange. Hints of coffee powder, fruity notes of white stone drupaceous.

93 Points - James Suckling:

Dried red plums, red licorice, cedar and dried spices make for a very elegant nose. Full body, tightly wound tannins and a spicy, edgy finish. Good clarity and focus. Drink now or hold.

91 Points - Wine Spectator:

A direct, juicy style, revealing cherry, red licorice, earth and thyme flavors. Lean and dense, with a firm finish. Shows fine balance overall. Sangiovese. Drink now through 2027.

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast:

Aromas of coffee, oak, toast and baked plum lead the nose. On the palate, tight, taut tannins underscore dried cherry, espresso and grilled sage. Drink over the next several years.

Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico - $31

This Pèppoli is ruby red in color. Intensely fruity notes of cherries and red currants dominate on the nose along with integrated hints of violets and a light touch of toasted oak. The palate, fresh and savory with supple tannins, shows a finish and aftertaste which recall the sensations first felt on the nose.

92 Points - James Suckling:

Some dried fruit with strawberry and lemon rind on the nose and palate. Medium to full body. Tangy tannins. Pèppoli is always excellent.

Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato - $28

The 2015 Il Bruciato reveals enticing aromas of red berry fruit, sweet spice and roasted coffee. This elegant wine is well-balanced on the palate with good length and a fruity finish. It will be a vintage well capable of improving over time.

93 Points - James Suckling:

Aromas of black currants, black berry and wet earth follow through to a full body, dark and juicy fruit and a long and flavorful finish. Layered and rich with a lovely ripe tannin mouthfeel. An opulent, outstanding 2015 vintage.

92 Points Wine Spectator:

This is dark but not brooding, with a burst of ripe black currant and black cherry fruit shaded by licorice, spice and mint. Features grip and a lingering finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Drink now through 2020.

Boffa 2014 Pajè (Barbaresco) - $26

This wine's menthol, violet, white pepper and leather aromas meld together, along with a balsamic note. On the palate, tightly wound tannins and firm acidity balance cranberry, sour cherry, crushed herb and star anise flavors. While still young and austere, it shows good mid-term aging potential. Drink 2022–2029.

92 Points Wine Enthusiast

Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva - $25

Nipozzano is a brilliant, clear scarlet red. The nose is complex and intense with prevalent red fruit scents of bitter cherry, plum, and raspberry followed by spiced and toasted notes of pepper, nutmeg, and coffee. In the mouth, the wine is warm, soft and significantly fresh. Nipozzano is elegant and enveloping, with fine tannins that are well balanced in the wine’s structure and a long and persistent fruity finish.

91 Points - James Suckling:

Very tight and refined with a linear structure and precision. Medium body, fine tannins and plenty of berry, tea leaf and lemon rind flavors. Pretty and focused. Delicious as always.

91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

Chianti Rufina Riserva Nipozzano is a soft and supple red wine that proudly displays its winemaking pedigree. There are no rough edges here. Instead, this wine offers a seamless link of red cherry, spice and toasted nut aromas. The mouthfeel is on the lean side, but the wine is immediately approachable and easy to pair with any kind of grilled meat dish.