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We're pleased to offer a swathe of recently arrived Brunello from the run of excellent recent vintages. There's a wealth of really satisfying food wines here at very reasonable prices... but that's exactly what we expect from good Sangiovese!
This offer also gives us an opportunity and throw the spotlight on our collection of more mature vintages from private collections, also all in stock now as we move into prime shipping season before the holidays.
Our prices are sharp, as always.

 
"This is a standout group of new releases from Montalcino. What impresses most about 2015 is the consistently high quality delivered across the board. As a whole, the wines are homogenous and uniform in terms of their intensity, depth and generosity. House styles may differ from producer to producer, but these wines are united by the energy, exuberance and radiance that come naturally to a beautifully warm and sunny vintage like 2015. That distinctive vintage signature is applied evenly across the board, leaving no wine untouched by its magic." -  Monica Larner, Wine Advocate

"The [2016 Brunellos] are dark yet radiant, expressive, nearly explosive at times, yet pure, poised and structured These are wines that capture your imagination; and no matter how youthfully tense they are today, you simply can’t help but revisit a glass over and over again; because in many cases, the aromatics alone are intoxicating.  I frankly cannot remember the last time I tasted young wines from Montalcino that possessed such symmetry from start to finish." - Eric Guido, Vinous


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Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2017 - 
$85 per bottle 
95 Points Vinous: "The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino is wildly perfumed, dusty and exotic, with balsam herbs, savory spices, red currants and plums coming across as so pretty yet rich and potent. A silky display of sour wild berries contrasted by candied citrus wows the senses as the 2017 plays a zesty sweet-and-sour act upon the palate. It’s long, youthfully chewy, yet still remarkably fresh, with rosy florals and tart, tart cherries giving way to chiseled tannins through the finale. This is a beautiful rendition of the 2017 vintage, one that takes the dry warmth of the year and expresses it with tremendous energy and verve. What"s more, I revisited this bottle over the course of 36 hours and it only got better with time. (Drink between 2024-2030)"
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015 - $149 per bottle 
98 Points Wine Advocate: "The Canalicchio di Sopra 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beauty. It offers a brilliant interpretation of a warm and sunny vintage from cool, mineral-rich soils in an area with steep shifts between day and nighttime temperatures. This is one of those special wines in which the vintage characteristics fit the territory with the precision of a jigsaw puzzle. The bouquet is fluid and complex with tart cherry fruit, cola, licorice, aniseed and blue flower. That aniseed comes around a second time. The arrangement and order of those aromas changes with each successive swirl of the glass. This Riserva is fermented in stainless steel and aged in Slavonian oak casks for 36 months. Bottle production is shy of 7,000."
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2014 - $75 per bottle 
93 Points Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Brunello di Montalcino definitely shows the more accessible and easy-drinking side of this celebrated Sangiovese-based appellation in southern Tuscany. The wine offers all the prerequisite Brunello characteristics of wild berry and tobacco with pressed violets and fresh potting soil. However, those characteristics are presented at a notch or two of decreased intensity. This is quality common to the great majority of Brunellos I tasted from the 2014 vintage. I recommend this wine to lovers of Brunello looking for a wine to drink within the next ten years. Some 15,037 bottles were made."
Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2013 - $155 per bottle 
97 Points Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a tremendous wine that delivers a deep sense of inner gravity and balance. That, in a nutshell, is the secret of the top-end wines made at the exciting Canalicchio di Sopra estate. The wines made here always exhibit carefully measured balance in the classic vintages (like 2013) and in the difficult years as well. That extreme balance is exactly why you taste the vintage variation with such distinction. This expression from 2013 is remarkably smooth and silky with a steady succession of traditional Sangiovese aromas that span from wild berry, forest floor, wet earth, pressed flower and hints of tangy licorice or aniseed. This is a mid-weight Brunello that glides over the palate with precise, delicate and long lasting waves of intensity. Some 3,185 bottles, 174 magnums and 30 double magnums were made."

Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2016 - $49 per bottle 
96+ Points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Brunello spent 36 months in classic Slavonian oak. The lifted aromatics upon opening quickly blow off and give way to more subtle floral tones, of fresh raspberry, dried herbs, and dusty earth. The palate is crisp and linear, with fine but angular tannins, refreshing citrus-like acidity, and a long finish. The 2016 is layered and complex within its transparency. There is a lot to love with this wine for those who enjoy traditional Sangiovese with brightness and lift. Check in now and over the next 20 years."

Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2016 - $25 per 375ml, $95 per magnum 
96 Points Wine Spectator: " Ripe, sweet cherry and raspberry fruit are accented by floral, mineral and wild herbs in this alluring red. A backbone of dense, dusty tannins provides support, and the ripe fruit returns on the savory finish. Excellent length. Best from 2023 through 2043." 

Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 'La Casa' 2015 - $49 per bottle
95 Points Wine Advocate: " Caparzo's 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa opens to a very fine and precise bouquet that is carefully assembled with crisp berry notes, smoke, tar, licorice and toasted almond. The wine remains very tight and crisp overall, but it does cede to more volume and puts on more weight as it opens in the glass. There is a pretty note of crushed stone or granite on the close. The La Casa vineyard site is characterized by clay soils broken up with shards of Galestro schist that adds to the cool and fresh profile of the wine. This lovely single-vineyard Brunello is almost ready to drink (wait a few more years), but it should also withstand the next 10 years of cellar aging should you decide to put your bottle aside. Some 15,000 bottles were produced. The wine was bottled in August 2019 and released in January 2020." 

Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2015 - $55 per bottle
99 Points James Suckling: " The purity of fruit in this wine really strikes you with black cherries, combined with sage, lavender and rosemary. Extremely aromatic. Full-bodied, yet so tight and polished with incredible tannin structure that gives the wine an endless mouth feel of caressing tannins, acidity and fruit. There’s a fabulous saltiness and oyster-shell undertone to the fruit. Unique. Drinkable already, but this year there’s the structure to last decades." 

Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2015 - $55 per bottle 
97 Points James Suckling: "Lots of dried bark, cinnamon stick, forest floor and earth add to an impression of dried cherries and sandalwood. But there are also hints of caramelized oranges and preserved lemons. The attack on the palate takes immediate effect; the powerful tannins pucker the edges of the mouth with imposing depth, but equally fascinating detail. This is a robust, take-no-hostages style of Brunello with a modern twist of finesse and tension. Drink from 2025."

Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2016 - $50 per bottle 
95 Points James Suckling: "Black-cherry and blackberry aromas with minerals and fresh flowers, following through to a full body with firm, silky tannins that are polished and intense. Lovely finesse and length. Drink after 2023."
Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2015 - $55 per bottle
97 Points James Suckling:  "This is a pure and beautiful Brunello with super fine and abundant tannins that are comprehensive and expansive. Builds on the palate. Full body. Round and firm with beautiful fruit and length. Lively and vivid. From organically grown grapes. Needs a year or two to soften, but already gorgeous."

Gianni Brunelli Brunello 'Le Chiuse di Sotto' Riserva 2015 - $110 per bottle
97 Points Wine Advocate:  "The Gianni Brunelli Le Chiuse di Sotto 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is another beauty from this bijoux estate. This wine offers texture and depth, but it does not have the same level of luminosity or brightness that we got in the 2016 Brunello. It shows some charred aromas with spice and ripe fruit, with wide and large ambition. I got a touch of Graham cracker and brown sugar, followed by spice and ripe fruit. This is a long and generous wine, with soft fruit and texture on the long finish."

Lazzeretti Brunello di Montalcino 2015 - $49 per bottle
96 PointsJAmes Suckling:  "This is a very, very intense Brunello with explosive spices, cedar, leather, tar and a plethora of dried plums and berries. The full-bodied palate is incredibly dense and bold, swathed in vast, comprehensive tannins and layer upon layer of plums and cherries. There’s marvelous length and decadence to the finish, where the dried-spice character goes on and on. Stunning richness.."

Padeletti Brunello di Montalcino 2016 $59 per bottle
97 points Decanter: “Sitting just below the town of Montalcino, Padelletti's six hectares are northeast-facing on clay soil rich in sandstone and limestone. The estate offers elegant yet profound wines epitomised by the 2016 vintage. It opens gradually with scents of violet, lilac, truffle and liquorice. Midweight and fluid, with finessed but firm tannins and brisk acidity, this finishes long with savoury tea notes. A magnificent reminder that Brunello doesn’t need to be a powerhouse to be ageworthy. Drinking Window 2024 - 2038.”

Pertimali (Livio Sassetti) Brunello di Montalcino 2015 $59 per bottle
92 points Vinous: “Pertimali's 2015 Brunello di Montalcino is currently understated and youthfully poised, as peppery herbs are joined by young strawberry, with crushed stone minerality and earth tones. On the palate, silky textures usher in a ripe set of red fruits, carried well by juicy acids, and giving way to sweet spice and pretty inner floral notes. The finish is long yet maintains the wine’s fresh and vibrant persona, as hints of fine tannin mingle with wild berries and a pinch of residual acids, making the mouth water. The 2015 may not be a Brunello for the ages, but it sure is very easy to like today. It’s a beautiful wine.”
Pertimali (Livio Sassetti) Brunello di Montalcino 2014 $55 per bottle
94 points Vinous: "Sasseti's 2014 Brunello di Montalcino shows an earthy, almost-animal display of ripe strawberries offset by savory herbs, leather and coffee grinds. On the palate, smooth textures lead into ripe strawberry and cherry fruits, as saline-minerals and tannins slowly saturate beneath an air of pretty florals. It finishes long, sizzling on the senses with a mix of mineral-laden acids and spice, balanced by youthful tannins with lingering red berry and floral tones. I must admit, in a vintage that seemed to be difficult for the entire region, Pertimali really nailed it. This may not be a wine for the ages, but with a few years in the cellar, it should be drinking beautifully."
Pertimali (Livio Sassetti) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 $99 per bottle
96 points Wine Spectator, 95 James Suckling
94 points Wine Advocate: "Showing a dark color and appearance, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a beautiful wine. The 2012 vintages deliver some great surprises, like the ones you get here. The wine is dark and powerful with full throttle aromas of black cherry and blackberry. Spice, leather and balsam herb appear at the back. It sports firm tannins and a robust structure that will carry it forward over its aging years."

Pian Delle Vigne (Antinori) Brunello di Montalcino 2016 $65 per bottle
93 points Wine Advocate: “The Marchesi Antinori 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Pian delle Vigne takes us back to a classic profile for the estate in which you perceive an open and approachable bouquet. This is textbook Pian delle Vigne. The wine's foundations are rooted in ripeness with dried cherry and blackberry, and there are earthy notes with some powdery licorice and iron ore. Pian delle Vigne performs nicely in the celebrated 2016 vintage; however, this wine remains far more accessible than its peers, and I suggest a near to medium-term drinking window as a result. It was racked out of barrel and went into glass sooner in order to preserve the aromatic integrity of the vintage. Prioritizing glass over barrel aging is a trend we are seeing across the appellation. Some 190,000 bottles were made."

Podere Giodo Brunello di Montalcino 2015 - $120 per bottle
100 Points James Suckling:  "This is a splendid Brunello, showing extraordinary purity of sangiovese character. Cherry and floral aromas and flavors. Full-bodied with incredibly integrated tannins that seem like they are not there. But they are and are comprehensive on the palate. Great depth and agility. Just floats on the palate. Magic carpet. Drinkable, to enjoy the magic, but needs three or four years to come around. "

Poggio Landi Brunello di Montalcino 2016 - $69 per bottle
97 Points Wine Spectator:  "Broad and mouthfilling, exuding floral, black cherry, blackberry, graphite and stony mineral flavors. Powerful, yet reined in by the vivid acidity, with tannins that are refined and well-integrated. Shows terrific balance and length. Best from 2025 through 2048. 6,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported."

And while we are in Tuscany, we cannot leave without recommending a really good midweek Chianti to fill out your case-

Poggio Scalette Chianti Classico 2019 - $19 per bottle
92 Points Wine Spectator:  "The 2019 Chianti Classico is classy, elegant and polished. Floral and spice notes lift a core of blue/purplish fruit. The 2019 offers a beguiling mix of Greve dark fruit, mid-weight structure and depth. The Classico is vinified like the flagship Carbonaione, but aged in cement. The 2019 is terrific."
 

MATURE WINES FROM PRIVATE CELLARS

1997 Castello della Paneretta Terrine IGT $49 2 90 Vinous
1997 Poderi del Paradiso Saxa Calida Toscana IGT $25 2 92 Richard Jennings
1997 San Leonardo IGT $65 1 93 Vinous
1999 Lamborghini Campoleone $85 1 96 Wine Advocate
2001 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova $175 1 97 Wine Spectator
2003 Isole e Olena Cepparello $55 1 94 Wine Advocate
2004 Montevetrano IGT $85 1 95 Wine Advocate
2004 Querciabella Camartina IGT $99 2 95 Wine Advocate
2004 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino $125 3 95 James Suckling
2005 Petrolo Galatrona IGT $110 3 98 James Suckling
2007 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso $110 3 95 Wine Advocate
2007 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino $130 3 98 James Suckling
2010 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino $140 6 99 James Suckling
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