Italy Piedmont

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Barale 2015 Barolo Castellero

Nebbiolo grapes from the Castellero vineyard in the Barolo commune, planted in 1979 and 1991. The grapes are hand harvested in the first weeks of October. The grapes are destemmed and crushed, with wine macerating on the skins for 30 days. Fermentation in 15-30 hl French oak lasts for 3 years, before being bottled without filtration. Bottle aging lasts a year before release.

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Barale 2019 Barbera d'Alba Castle

Shades of red and black in the glass. A joyous nose - tons of roses and fresh red berries. The faintest aroma of flower stems. The palate is soft, then quickly rich, with cocoa and cherry. The finish turns to dark tea leaves and graphite. Despite the mineral character, this isn't a gritty Barbera. There's woven structure. Medium acidity, hitting the mark. A delight to drink. David Hatzopoulos

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Boggione, Claudio 2013 Barolo Brunate

Last week marked the 3rd time I’ve tasted three vintages of Boggione Brunate together, and it’s reinforced how consistent in quality the wines are, expressive of vintage, but very un-fussed with in the cellar. The 2013 is showing very savory, earthy and chalky, with some cherry fruit and very fine ripe tannin. It’s an expansive mouthful, in a way that suggests it’s going to drink well fairly soon. A very fine wine indeed! Jamie Wolff

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Camparo 2015 Barolo Boiolo

The Boiolo is the only Barolo produced by our friend Mauro Drocco at Azienda Agricola Camparo, and it shows beautiful complexity. From 20-50 year old hand harvested  Nebbiolo vines in La Morra, from slopes of south-eastern and southern exposure. The vineyard is planted on clay-calcareous, calcareous-siliceous and marl soils. Grapes are picked in October, before being pressed and  fermented  in stainless steel tanks. The wine ages  in large French oak casks for 24 months before it  is transferred to bottle, where it rests another year prior to release. On the nose, there are fresh black and red fruits, a touch of spicy licorice, and a savory aroma that conjures a bundle of dried green herbs. The palate has a bit of flesh, edges of tannic strength, and a clean line of acidity. Ripe black cherry hang above flavors of earth and dark stones. A very pleasurable wine, drinking well today. David Hatzopoulos

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Cantina del Glicine 2016 Barbaresco Vignesparse

Glicine is a small winery, run on traditional lines – aging in large Slavonian oak, long fermentations. The farming is organic (but not certified); the Vignesparse (“scattered vines”) is a blend of fruit in the classic manner, from Gallina, Serraboella, and Serracapelli – offering, by historical characterization: finesse (Gallina), structure (Serraboella), and fruit (Serracapelli) – thus obtaining a balance of elements and complexity that a single-vineyard might not deliver.

Sadly, 2016 is probably the last vintage to be released by Glicine: Roberto Bruno the winemaker and owner died in 2017. After Roberto’s passing the 2016 was tended by the super-talented Mario Andreon, of Castello di Verduno. But the 2016 is a suitable monument to Roberto’s skill and dedication. I loved the 2015, which maintained balance in a very warm, short growing season; the 2016 shows the finesse and harmonious character of an ideally long and cool ripening vintage. It will take some years to unwind from what is initially a pretty intense and wintery wine with some muscle; with air it emerges as very graceful. Initially savory ,with stony aromas, black tea, and cocoa powder, followed by lovely blood orange and red fruit. Medium-bodied with no sensation of heat, and quite pronounced but satisfyingly ripe tannins, the wine is very long. It remains a seriously great deal!

Our usual 10% discount applies to any purchase of 12 bottles of wine; for 24 hours only, take 15% off a 12 bottle case of Glicine Barbaresco (if you order online we will apply the extra discount when we process your order). Jamie Wolff

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Cantina del Lupo 2018 Barbera d'Asti

You wouldn't think a Barbera to be so expressive and layered, but this bottle by Cantina del Lupo surely is. The nose has a classic Piedmontese mix of earth and fruit. Aromas of blackberry and cherry waft from the glass, along with hints of loose, healthy, pitch-black soil. On the tongue, there is red cherry, plum, and a woodsy flavor of birch and spice. Subtle but well placed tannin balance the the warm fruit on an edge of medium acidity. For those of you that loved the 2015 vintage of this bottle, we're sure you'll enjoy the 2018 just as much. David Hatzopoulos

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Cantina del Lupo 2018 Piemonte Grignolino "Grignole"

“Grignole” is Astigiano (dialect of the region of Asti, home to Grignolino) for ‘a lot of seeds’ – Grignolino has a lot of seeds; hence the label – a festa of happy seeds, or if you prefer, pips. Grignolino is very light in color, and has both high acidity and tannin - A typically Piemontese grape. As Ian d’Agata says “Grignolino was, until recently, a tragically unfashionable wine because of its pale red-pink color, lack of obvious sweet, ripe, soft fruit flavors, and very high acidities and tannins.” A well-made Grignolino has low alcohol – 12.3% in this case! Grignole is made in stainless steel (no need for more tannin from wood), and macerates for just a few days; if you find that your Grignolino is dark in color, try a different version.Grignole is pale, almost like a rosato; it’s very aromatic with strawberry, sour cherry, pepper and delicate herbs. These follow through on the palate, which is layered and lively – and amazingly long and complex for such a humble and humbly priced wine. If you know Poulsard, the Grignole distinctly brings it to mind; it has quite a similar profile, and like Poulsard works well with cheese and other fairly rich food. Grignolino  is also very versatile at the table; we drank it with fairly spicy vegetarian tacos and pretty much finished the bottle without any struggle (or regrets).  Jamie Wolff

Very engaging on the nose, like uncovering a bowl of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries while a breeze of light flowers and green grass stirs on a summer afternoon. Really, if the aromatics of this wine don't put a smile on your face, I don't know what will. The color is a translucent rhubarb hue. On the palate, there is vibrant acidity and only a minuscule tannic touch. The fruit on the tongue has more of an edge than it does on the nose, with tangy red cherry and crisp red apple. Edgy but deliciously fresh. David Hatzopoulos

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Chiesa, Carlo 2018 Langhe Nebbiolo

Azienda Agricola Carlo Chiesa is one of the few producers of the Roero that we trust to deliver wines with a sense of place. That said, this bottle is produced with grapes from the Langhe hills to the south. It's weighty crimson cherry in color. On the nose, wild herbs and fresh red berries pair up for an attractive bouquet. Upon opening, the palate proved tense in structure, but came around to a balanced mouthfeel of good tannin and high acid. Black cherry fruit and crushed dark stones on the tongue. A pleasant bottle to open now, a great example of what 2018 Langhe is bringing to the market Nebbiolo-wise. David Hatzopoulos 

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Cordero di Montezemolo (Veronelli Collection) 1971 Barolo Monfalletto

A consistently excellent wine — we've been lucky to get to taste this several times in the last few years. It needs a lot of time to breathe, and then it provides a classic example of fully mature Nebbiolo. Jamie Wolff

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Margherita Otto (Alan Manley) 2016 Barolo

Once again: we didn't get to taste the 2016 after it was bottled, but last year it showed beautifully from bottle. Alan Manley (owner, farmer, winemaker, chief bottle washer) provided the following very  interesting text:

2016: A classic, cool year of excellent potential. However, not a “Vintage of the Century,” no matter what the wine magazines say. The winter and spring were normal, with good precipitation to replenish the water tables after the dry and hot 2015 growing season. A burst of heat around the flowering and a week of warmth over the July-August cusp were the only sustained heat events of the year; this was a very excellent growing season marred only by a few oidium outbreaks. The critical ripening period were warm days and cool nights with excellent, stable weather that made for an easy harvest conducted under optimal conditions. As always, the field-sorting of fruit during the picking was critical to a good outcome in the cellar.The critical difficulty in 2016 was overproduction – after several vintages of below-normal yields, the vines exploded in 2016. Careful management of the vegetation was absolutely necessary to a good result in 2016. Crop thinning was performed after the flowering, when many single new shoots had set 3-4 flower bunches; ideally, there should be one per shoot. A second pass through the vineyards after the invaiatura (veraison) was necessary to bring the yields under the legally mandated limits. Any imperfectly colored bunches were removed at this point.Pernanno and Sotto-Rionda were harvested on October 12; Ginestra on October 16. This wine was also made in the rented cellar, the same as in 2015. As the ripening dates were so close together, they were fermented together (the Ginestra fruit was simply added on top of the already-fermenting Pernanno and Sotto-Rionda fruit in a single concrete tank). Total maceration time was about 38 days and the wine went through malolactic fermentation in steel as there was no wooden botte to be rented that year. The wine spent about 10 months in the steel tank with several rankings before being transferred to the Margherita Otto cantina as soon as the new facility was ready in late August 2017. The wine was put into a single 25hl Mittelberger botte, a single well-used tonneau of 500L and a single old barrique of 225 liters.The wine was bottled on April 29, 2020 (after 32 months in wood) and released in June 2020. Production: 20 double-magnums, 535 magnums and 3200 bottles. Alan Manley

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Montanello (Veronelli Collection) 1967 Barolo

Montanello is the farm and vineyard that makes the northern border of  Cavallotto's Bricco Boschis; the vines have a primarily south-west exposure. By logic it should be one of the great vineyards of Barolo; perhaps there's never been a great winemaker there, but the old wines are good, and certainly interesting to taste. Jamie Wolff

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Produttori del Barbaresco 1975 Barbaresco

Brambly black cherry with undertones of black raisin and sweet dirt. Quite developed with secondary/tertiary notes of hoisin, dried mushroom, and dried meat. After 40 years, it still has plenty of structure and only started to reveal itself after being double-decanted eight hours earlier (1/17/17)! Jonas Mendoza

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Produttori del Barbaresco 1979 Barbaresco

I couldn't help but make the comparison initially to older Chianti, with flavors of dried red cherry and dried herbs. As the evening progressed, the wine became richer and weightier with darker fruit notes of black raspberry and brandied cherry with intensity similar to the blockbuster normale bottlings of 1971 and 1978. (1/17/17). Jonas Mendoza

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Sandri, Elio (Cascina Disa) 2015 Barolo Perno

There are many reasons why I could never be a wine critic, foremost my general lack of discipline. At the time, tasting in Sandri's cellar, I knew perfectly well that when the time came to offer the wine that I'd want to use any notes I made. And yet, this is what I wrote: "Fantastic, complete, super-promising, buy at least a case of this." Well, perhaps that says it all? Sorry not to attempt to wax poetic, or at least descriptive! Jamie Wolff

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Sandri, Elio (Cascina Disa) 2018 Barbera d'Alba

This needed some air, after which it was delicious, open and light-to-medium bodied, with fine balance. Very good indeed. Jamie Wolff

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Sandri, Elio (Cascina Disa) 2018 Langhe Nebbiolo (arrives 3/1/21)

Elio Sandri is still not the household name he deserves to be considering the extremely high quality of his wines. This bottling is entirely from grapes within Barolo that did not get selected for the eponymous bottling, so he uses them for this more entry-level bottling, ferments in steel, then ages in a combination of neutral wood and tanks for a short time. The nose is savory with notes of dried earth, sun-dried tomato, rhubarb, oregano, and the palate has more freshness, salinity, and present, but approachable tannins that make this a great current drinking Nebbiolo, especially with heartier fare. Michelle DeWyngaert

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Italy Tuscany

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Il Colle 2014 Brunello di Montalcino

Exceptionally clean Sangiovese from Brunello. Vines are tended under organic measures, wine is fermented with native yeasts, and there is no barrique used in the cellar, only large barrels of Slovenian oak. On the nose, the wine shows deep aromas of violets, red cherry, strawberries, and just a touch of fresh earth. The palate conveys a more rustic expression than the nose, with tar, mint, white pepper, and red plum. High acid, with tannins that are felt more on the gums than on the tongue. Elegant and interesting in the same glass. Highly recommend this bottle. David Hatzopoulos

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Lecci e Brocchi 2019 Toscano IGT Il Meticcio Rosato

Was $19.99) According to the producer, this wine is dedicated to animals known as "meticcio," or "mixed breed" in English. The estate has a beloved horse named Tiberio that is a meticcio. However, most animals with this heritage are less fortunate, and often abandoned, so this rosato is made in their honor. The wine is also a meticcio, coming from Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera, Alicante, Foglia Tonda, Colorino, and Canaiolo Nera. In the glass, the wine is a pale shade of rose gold. The nose has a soft scent of candied cherry, freshly blossomed white and pink flowers, and crushed white stone. A subtle but very elegant nose. The palate is more assertive, with tart red cherry and lemon zest. The mouthfeel is broad, with a touch of richness that lasts just a hint longer than the length of a sip. Very refreshing. David Hatzopoulos

  • rosé
  • 9 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Monte Bernardi 2018 Chianti Classico Retromarcia

Retromarcia means “to back up” or “to reverse” and is Michael Schmelzer’s reference to an old approach to Chianti that is hard to find today, focused on allowing the character of Sangiovese to show above everything else.  The wine is made from 100% Sangiovese composed of young vines planted on a mix of galestro and sandstone soils.  The grapes are fermented with native yeast on the skins for 2 weeks in stainless steel and then raised in a mixture of old barrels and unlined concrete tanks for 18 months before being bottled unfiltered. In the glass, the wine has a deep red center, with pale red edges. The nose is enticing, with wild red berries, stems and leaves, fragrant warm spices, and a hint of freshly cracked coconut. On the palate, the wine is plummy, with red and black stone fruit. There is a nuance of cocoa and a long minty finish. As a classic Chianti should be, the acidity is mouthwatering, warming up the palate for a range of food.

  • red
  • 50 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $26.99

Sanguineto 1 & 2 2018 Rosso di Montepulciano

The 2018 Sanguineto I e II Rosso has a great nose, full of dark fruit like black cherry and blueberry, along with essences of shaved cocoa, baking spice, and dark flowers. The palate boasts deep red cherry, earthy minerals, and black pepper. There is something so fulfilling about the mouthfeel here - it is so well textured, with slightly rich fruit, a touch of tannin, and medium acidity. The color in the glass is  fresh red on the edges, with a dark red core.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $26.99

Misc. Italy

Adalia 2012 Recioto della Valpolicella Roasan 500ml

The 2012 Adalia Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG comes from vines planted at 350 meters above sea level to calcareous soils. The wine is composed of 40% Corvina, 40% Corvina Grossa, and 20% Rondinella. The vineyards are trellised, following the regionally specific system of pergola trentina. Grapes are selected and picked by hand in the first part of October, before naturally drying in a room known as a fruttaio, specifically designed to create the best environment for the grapes to lose moisture. In February, after 4 months in the fruttaio, the grapes are destemmed and gently pressed. Natural fermentation begins in oak casks and lasts for a month before malo spontaneously occurs. The wine is aged for 12 months in oak barrels before release.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $33.99

Adalia 2016 Valpolicella Amarone Classico Ruvaln

The 2016 Ruvaln Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG from Adalia comes from vines 400 meters above sea level, planted to calcareous soils. The vines are planted in in the double pergola trentina trellising system, which gives the leaves the best exposure to the sun's rays, while keeping the grapes cool under a shady canopy. The Ruvaln is made up of 40% Corvina, 40% Corvina Grossa, and 20% Rondinella. The grapes are selected by hand in the first part of October and let to naturally dry for 3 months. At the beginning of February, the grapes are destemmed and gently pressed. Spontaneous fermentation begins in stainless steel, followed by malo. In the cellar, the wine ages in barrel for 24 months before release.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

Adalia 2018 Valpolicella Classico Laute

A while ago, my fiance filled me in on an interesting fact. Many of the grapes that go into the  red wines of the Valpolicella DOC are named after the birds that eat them. Corvina is based on "corvo," which means "crow." Rondinella is based on "rondine," which means "swallow." The Adalia 2018 Laute is 35% Corvina, 35% Corvina Grossa, 20% Rondinella, 10% Molinara. The grapes are trellised in the regionally traditional pergola trentina system, allowing the leaves of the vines to catch optimum sunlight, while the grapes are shaded underneath their canopy. Fruit is picked by hand at the end of September, destemeed, and gently pressed. Fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel. The wine sees one week on the skins before malo. Aged in stainless before bottling. On the nose, the Laute shows red cherry, stripped tree bark, clove and pepper. The palate has juicy cherry and plum, coffee, and with cool green herbs. The mouthfeel is fresh, lush with it's fruit, and soft with it's tannin. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $16.99

Adalia 2018 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore "Balt"

The Adalia 2018 Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore Balt comes from a blend of the regions traditional red grapes. Composed of 35% Corvina, 35% Corvina Grossa, 20% Rondinella and 10% Molinara from vineyards planted to calcareous soils at 300 meters above sea level. Like all of the Adalia wines, the vines are set up in the double pergola trentina system, allowing the leaves to obtain as much sunlight as possible, while shielding the fruit below the canopy. The grapes are picked by hand in the second half of October, before being destemmed and gently pressed. Fermentation begins with native yeasts in stainless steel. Maceration on the skins lasts for approximately one week. At the end of February, the wine is then "passed over" the skins of the dried Amarone grapes for 7-10 days. Aging is done in oak barrels for 18 months, where secondary fermentation finishes before bottling. On the nose, the wine has plummy dark fruit, with cherries and herbs. There is a hint of raisin. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied, with cherry and earth on the palate. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $21.99

Agnanum 2019 Campania Piedirosso Sabbia Vulcanica

The 2018 Sabbia Rosso taught me how to love Campania. This '19 is just as delicious. So expressive - the nose is a dense bouquet of dark flowers, plums, and salt. There are bold, warm scents of espresso and baked cherries. Definitely more sultry than the rustic 2018, with a little less earth and a bit more perfume, but with an attractiveness so honestly displayed that it is just as humble of a wine. The palate shows the classic plummy flavor Piedirosso almost always carries. I can taste graphite and herbs that remind me of Cabernet Franc, and a brininess that reminds me of Rhone Syrah. Structure is perfect, with dry tannin on the gums and tongue, refreshed by a bolt of minerally acidity. Pair with anything that is full of anchovies, thick tomato sauce, and black olives. Or drink it while waiting to Zoom with your brothers on a Saturday night. That's what I'm doing. Anyway, Agnanum, I love you. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $17.99

Astroni 2018 Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso

Astroni is actually located in Campi Flegrei, north of the city of Naples, but they have branched out to other regions in Campania. This is 50% Piediroos/50% Aglianico blend from the soils around Vesuvius. It is farmed organically and naturally fermented. Astroni's 2018 'Cratere Rosso' Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio has scents of muddle blackberry, cherry, crushed dark stones, and hints of cigar smoke. On the palate, the wine has lean red fruits, showing tart Piedirosso plum, and savory herbs. A very pleasant flavor of fresh red apple pushes through for a long but relaxed finish. Great structure, with just a dash of tannic body and a medium-level of acidity. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $15.99

Ausonia 2016 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane Anfora

Beginning with Auosnia's pied de cuve, new grapes are added and kept to ferment for 15 days on the skins before wine is pressed off. This is the same procedure for Ausonia's more fundamental Apollo bottling. However, in this case, aging is done in amphora. One vessel is 8 hectolitres and one is a smaller 2 hectolitres. This lasts 12 months before the wine is bottled unfiltered and aged 6 more months in bottle. The color is black in the center with purple edges. Compared with Ausonia's standard Apollo, this wine shows much less fruit. It is more reserved. The wine's nose is soft, with notes of iron, tobacco, soy sauce, raw almonds and walnuts, and dried, savory red cherry. The palate has black cherry and a mix of warm herbs. In structure, the wine displays a soft texture of well-integrated tannins and medium acidity. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Ausonia 2017 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane Apollo

From guyot trained Montepulciano vines planted to clay and limestone soils. Picked by hand in the first half of October. Primary fermentation begins with skin contact for 15 days in stainless steel tanks before malo. Wine is bottled unfiltered. Against my white notebook paper, the wine has a core of very dark purple, with a lighter shade around the rim. The nose is a blast, packed full of an array of fruits and earth. Fragrant aromas of summer peach, strawberry, and cherry create a lush base for more subtle accents of sun-dried tomato and loamy, cool earth. On the palate, there is plummy dark fruit and red cherry, with a touch of dark mineral zest. The wine is tannic, a touch more so than I anticipated, with good grip balanced by medium acidity. If you're looking for a new house red, this bottle from Ausonia could very well be your answer. Lots of flavor, structured but drinkable, and under $20. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $17.99

Cantina Margo 2019 Umbria Rosso

Carlo Tabarrini started the small winery Cantina Margo, in 2008 with half a hectare of vines. He now farms 3 hectares, still a very modest surface, all in Umbria, all planted to indigenous varieties. The Rosso is 100% Sangiovese, fermented in stainless steel and fiberglass and aged mostly in old wood, with no addition of sulfur, or filtration. Bright and vibrant, with fresh red fruit and refreshing acidity. Not too light though! Overall on the lighter side of medium bodied, with nice earthiness in the mid-palate and a clean finish. -EL

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $259.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Il Fortunato 2017 Rosato Vino Spumante Extra Dry (Organic, low SO2)

Il Fortunato aced it with their Rosato Spumante; another lively sparkler produced from organic vineyards with only a minimal addition of sulfur. The nose is playful with a mix of bright berry fruits and fresh red cherries cut by tart apple skins. On the palate, a delicate mousse lifts the wine showing some weight, great acidity, and just touch of sugar. Absolutely lovely! Pair with charcuterie, simple pasta, or simply drink on its own. Andy Paynter

  • rosé sparkling
  • 23 in stock
  • no discount
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

La Visciola 2015 Cesanese del Piglio DOCG Priore Superiore

The nose on La Visciola's 2015 Priore Superiore brings a warm wood shop to mind. Fresh resin, smoke, pine and candle wax. Additionally, there are airier aromas of dark flowers, clove, mint, and even a hint of something savory, like paprika. The palate is generous, with low acidity and a plush softness structured by imposing tannin. Displayed are flavors of deep red cherry fruit, pine, birch, and turned earth. The color of the wine is rustic, balancing between it's dark red core and clear mahogany edges. One of the most soothing Cesanese wines I've tasted, combining power with a certain mature, tempered character. Drinking great right now. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $36.99

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $24.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $36.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $26.99

La Visciola 2017 Cesanese del Piglio DOCG Vignali

The 2017 Vignali from La Visciola has a deep red core, with earthy red edges. Freshly picked cherries and strawberries, red plum, dark flowers, loamy earth, and a hint of smoke and aromatic herbs combine on the wine's pronounced nose. The palate has a distinct flavor of roasted coffee, along with a depth of cherry and plum. A beautiful wine that doesn't lack strength, high in acidity with medium tannin. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $36.99

  • red fortified medium-sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

Marra, Francesco 2017 Rosso Salento Negroamaro

2017 was a much riper vintage than 2016, and this wine shows it. Francesco added a tiny bit of sulfur just at bottling. The nose opens with notes of plum, a hint of prune, dark forest fruit, stewed raspberry and blackberry, dried cherry, grape jam (a high quality one), baking spice, nutmeg, and a hint of forest undergrowth. The palate is juicy, still with a lot of energy and acidity to retain balance. Though lacking some of the subtlety and fascination of the 2016 vintage at the moment, it may be best to hold for a year or two, as I feel this will be a wonderful wine with some time to settle. That being said, there is no harm in opening it now, and indeed at a recent tasting some folks preferred the more forward aspects of the 2017. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $24.99

Masseria del Pino 2017 Etna Rosso I Nove Fratelli

2017 was not an easy vintage for producers on Etna. Extreme heat and no rain posed a huge threat to production. With yields down, many consumers were worried about the quality of the vintage. Masseria del Pino's I Nove Fratelli 2017 is one of the most expressive bottles of Etna Rosso that I've ever tasted. Complete with a mix of fresh and candied red fruits, green herbs and fresh volcanic soil, this is a dynamic bottle in aroma and taste. It doesn't lack structure either, though it is leaner and fresher than the 2016 vintage. It goes to show you how wonderful farming and great winemaking can turn a scary vintage into a real success. Bravo to Federica and Cesare for delivering such a fantastic bottle of wine, despite the hardship. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $99.99

Monterosso 2017 Etna Rosso Sisma

The Sisma by Monterosso is structured, with bright acidity. The 2017 vintage was hot compared to the 2016. Earthy aromas of smoke, iron, and crushed black stones mix with dark cherry and cassis on the nose. On the palate, the flavors are framed by ripe, firm tannins, with bursts of earthy red plum and blackberry/raspberry fruit. This is an assertive Nerello Mascalese, especially in contrast with the gentler character of the 2016. A few years in the cellar should allow the flavors and structure to integrate. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $39.99

Monterosso 2017 Etna Rosso Volcano

In addition to farming their two hectares, the Monterosso team sources organically-farmed Nerello Mascalese for their Volcano bottling. The 2017 vintage was hot and had very little rain, resulting in an extremely small harvest. Grapes were picked two weeks earlier to ensure freshness. The wine is bold and robust. The fruit on the nose is dark (blackberry, cherry), with a hint of amaro-like aromas and smoky earth. The palate has a character of bitter and herbaceous red/black fruit and savory cured meats. David Hatzopoulos 

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $55.99

  • Organic

Pianogrillo 2018 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Curva Minore

The rules for making Cerasuolo di Vittoria call for a blend of Nero d’Avola (50-70%) and Frappato (30-50%); in practice this means a fair range of style depending on the proportion of the richer Nero d’Avola to the more airy Frappato. The house blend at each producer isn’t necessarily fixed – at Pianogrillo allowance is made for what the growing season provides, but the target there is 50% Nero d’Avola to 50% Frappato. My benchmark Cerasuolo di Vittoria comes from COS; the Pianogrillo is one of very few I’ve tasted of similar quality. It’s aged in large, 25HL barrels of Slavonian oak (and some 500L barrels of Etna chestnut), which may account for the slightly more muscular results (v. COS’ amphora aging). Even so, the Pianogrillo Cerasuolo is light-to-medium body with a lot of depth and rustic charm, with fresh black cherry and pomegranate fruit, good lift and energy, and nice black olive and stony herbal notes on the finish. 13° alcohol; a very easy-to-drink, but serious kind of wine. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 37 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $32.99

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $28.99

Savino - I Fenicotteri 2015 Sicilia Nero d'Avola Nero Sichili

Vittorio Savino, owner of Fenicotteri, joined Foti’s small association of producers called i Vigneri (some of whose wines from Mt. Etna we always have on our shelves). I Vigneri offers unparalleled expertise in every aspect of viticulture and production (including the services of Ciccio, the group’s mule). Foti’s work at Gulfi, and his knowledge derived from the vines in Pachino must have been very valuable when trying to restore a vineyard that’s virtually on the shore of the lagoon. The farming is impeccable (only copper and sulfur and sheep manure are used on the bush-trained vines) but it’s the location that brings an incredibly compelling mineral and saline lift to the wine. Called Fenicotteri (flamingo, in Italian) after the migratory flamingoes who visit the lagoon next to the vineyard. JW Firmly medium-bodied, the 2015 shows beautiful notes of black cherry, blackberries, black currant, raspberry jam, a hint of leather, cut hay, cocoa, coffee grinds, with hints of black pepper and a black olive brininess. Well integrated and soft, but quite present tannins and medium acidity. Wonderful complexity which just keeps unfolding the longer the wine is open. There is a certain plushness, without anything extravagant. This wine is very compelling all the way through the bottle. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $29.99

Terraquilia 2018 Lambrusco dell'Emilia Falconero Zero

This is the second vintage of Terraquila Falconero Zero that I've been able to taste. Less earthy funk than the 2017, but full of the same dried fruits and herbal tonic essence. The wine is made from organically grown Lambrusco Grasparossa and Malbo Gentile. It is fermented on the skins for 6-7 days and rests on the lees for 15 months before being discorged. On the nose, there are dark flowers, raisins, dried cherries and blueberries. On the palate, the wine has flavors of crushed dark stones, plum peel, a touch of licorice, quinine and clove, all rounded out with savory black cherry. What I like most about the Falconero Zero is that it has a blanket of dense, firm bubbles initially, but when the carbonation softens, a wonderful mouthfeel follows. Its as dry as dry can be, fitting perfectly with the wine's slight bitterness. Paired with homemade caponata and a marathon of Michael Douglas movies... a Sunday that'll be hard to beat. David Hatzopoulos

  • red sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

Terraquilia 2017 Lambrusco dell'Emilia Col Fondo Falcorubens

In Emilia-Romagna, Terraquila creates red méthode ancestrale sparklings from organic Lambrusco Grasparossa. The wine goes through a cold maceration with the skins. It is aged for 15 months on the lees and is released without disgorgement. The color of the Falcorubens is a dense red. Aromatically, the wine offers roasted coffee and dark forest fruit, with a touch of barnyard and earth. Similarly, the palate is full of burly flavors like smoke, plum, raw herbs, and espresso. The structure is soft with a touch of tannin. A lovely wine to sip, a great bubbly for the cooler weather. David Hatzopoulos

  • red sparkling
  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $17.99

  • Low Sulfur

Vino di Anna 2017 Vino Rosso Qvevri

From high altitude Nerello Mascalese, vines ranging from 60 to 100 years of age. Typically there is a small amount of Nerello Cappuccio and Grenache included in the cuvee. The grapes are destemmed and put in Georgian qvevris (sizes between 1500 and 800 litres) that are buried on the estate.

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $36.99