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Imported Red Wines

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      2020 Borgofiero Chianti
      Tuscany, ITALY
      $27. 99 Bottle
      $335.88 Dozen
      Minimum 12 bottles
      Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2021-2024)
      ABV: 13.5%
      Closure: Stelvin

      Opaque dark red black colour with a dark red hue. Nosing reveals attractive ripe dark cherry scents which meld into dusty vanillin cedar and spicy tobacco notes. Mid weighted with a ripe feel the palate is generously endowed with dark cherry fruits which overlay subtle dark chocolate, spicy vanillin cedar and dusty earth. Fine grained tannins with a juicy medium length aftertaste that has some infusions of dried herbs flowing through it.
      Drink over the next 2-3 years.
      Alc. 13.5%

      • 97
        2016 Borgogno Barolo Cannubi
        Piedmont, ITALY
        $230. 00 Bottle
        $2760.00 Dozen
        ABV: 14.5%
        Closure: Cork

        Borgogno are known for their classic and unforced style, producing complex wines that age extremely well. The Borgogno team harvest from 31 hectares of vineyards, 60% planted to Nebbiolo, with the balance Dolcetto, Barbera and Freisa, along with a tiny amount of Riesling and Timorasso. Vineyard management has been organic and eco-friendly for many years, while they will be certified from the 2019 harvest.

        Other Reviews....
        Extremely perfumed with cedar, light mushroom, toffee and plum, following through to a medium to full body with firm, dusty tannins and a long, compact and linear finish. Builds at the end. Real Cannubi magic. Drink after 2026.
        97 points
        James Suckling

        Supple, soft, beautiful, pretty, delicious and very unadorned feeling. Very fine. Fresh. A pinosity or grenache-like feel here. Imagine! Red fruited, alpine herbs, fennel, white pepper, soft spice notes. Moreish, delicious and with great energy here. Wonderful expression that has immediate appeal and long term cellaring written all over it.
        96+ points
        Mike Bennie - The Wine Front

        Very light, raspberry and strawberry, herb, camphor, and almond, almost a light-grenache or alpine Neb quality to this. It’s understated, a wine of delicacy and finesse, sporting ultra-fine dusty tannin, sweetness of fruit with a stony and savoury edge. Bright, succulent and so charming, with a liquorice root aftertaste. It takes a certain level of confidence to make a wine that’s so quiet and nuanced. Old school in the best possible way. Drink 2023 - 2042+.
        96 points
        Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

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          2016 Borgogno Barolo Fossati
          Piedmont, ITALY
          $180. 00 Bottle
          $2160.00 Dozen
          ABV: 14.5%
          Closure: Cork

          Borgogno are known for their classic and unforced style, producing complex wines that age extremely well. The Borgogno team harvest from 31 hectares of vineyards, 60% planted to Nebbiolo, with the balance Dolcetto, Barbera and Freisa, along with a tiny amount of Riesling and Timorasso. Vineyard management has been organic and eco-friendly for many years, while they will be certified from the 2019 harvest.

          Other Reviews....
          Cedar and orange peel to the ripe-plum character on the nose. Full-bodied with layers of fine tannins that are nicely interwoven with fruit and chocolate. Flavorful at the end. Just starting to open now. Drink or hold.
          94 points
          James Suckling

          Rustic charm here, grippy tannins, black tea, and rose hip tea, yes, and old flowers, clove, some dried meat. Good pucker and chew, dried fruit and nut, blood orange amaro, savouriness, meatiness, cranberry and dried cherry. Wonderful old school expression. Seriously good.
          96+ points
          Mike Bennie - The Wine Front

          Cherry essence, bit of liquorice root, spice, new leather and game meats. Round feel in the mouth, but still very fine, with a ‘mineral’ feel to acidity and brick dust tannin, some orange peel and dried herb/amaro perfume, plus raw almond grip and flavour as it goes. Juicy and sooty. Lovely wine. Loads of character. Drink 2023 - 2036.
          94 points
          Gary Walsh - The Wine Front


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            2016 Borgogno Barolo Liste
            Piedmont, ITALY
            $180. 00 Bottle
            $2160.00 Dozen
            ABV: 14.5%
            Closure: Cork

            Borgogno are known for their classic and unforced style, producing complex wines that age extremely well. The Borgogno team harvest from 31 hectares of vineyards, 60% planted to Nebbiolo, with the balance Dolcetto, Barbera and Freisa, along with a tiny amount of Riesling and Timorasso. Vineyard management has been organic and eco-friendly for many years, while they will be certified from the 2019 harvest.

            Other Reviews....
            Dried fruit with orange peel and spice on the nose. Full-to medium-bodied with rather firm, austere tannins and a chewy finish. Slightly dry at the end. Needs time to soften. Try after 2024.
            93 points
            James Suckling

            Fleshy textured with earthiness, sour cherry, dried meats, amaro too. Orange juice, blood orange, dried herbs and fennel notes, mint and dark cherry. Such a great expression here. Tannins slightly gummy but wrap beautifully around the palate. Charming wine of rustic nature but great beauty.
            96+ points
            Mike Bennie - The Wine Front

            Red fruit, earthy and biscuity, spicy strawberry, minty perfume. Fine boned, some orange juice character alongside a clip of orange peel bitterness, brick dusty tannin, slight warmth and tang, some development to colour here too, though that’s not so much of an issue with Barolo. Spicy and a little meaty on the finish. Classic feel. Approachable now too, I feel. Drink 2023 - 2033+.
            94 points
            Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

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              2016 Borgogno Barolo
              Piedmont, ITALY
              $110. 00 Bottle
              $1320.00 Dozen
              ABV: 14%
              Closure: Cork

              Borgogno are known for their classic and unforced style, producing complex wines that age extremely well. The Borgogno team harvest from 31 hectares of vineyards, 60% planted to Nebbiolo, with the balance Dolcetto, Barbera and Freisa, along with a tiny amount of Riesling and Timorasso. Vineyard management has been organic and eco-friendly for many years, while they will be certified from the 2019 harvest.

              Other Reviews....
              Aromas of ripe strawberries with bark, cedar and hazelnuts. Some meaty undertones, too. Full-bodied with a tight palate, but opulent fruit oozes through at the end. Shows lots of promise for the straight-up Barolo. Try after 2023.
              94 points
              James Suckling

              I know I say it a lot, but the style of Barolo Borgogno make, is exactly my thing. All Barolo here, from five crus – Cannubi, Cannubi San Lorenzo, Fossati, Liste, San Pietro delle Viole – just like Nonno used to make.
              Red fruits, star anise, roses, aromatic herbs. It’s medium-bodied, kind of pretty, but appropriately firm. Lovely tussle between quiet succulence of fruit and tannin, ideal freshness, and a long finish with just a little blood orange coming through. So classic. Love this. Drink 2023 - 2039+
              95 points
              Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

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                2019 Brancaia Chianti Classico
                Tuscany, ITALY
                $49. 99 Bottle
                $599.88 Dozen
                Minimum 12 bottles
                Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
                ABV: 13.5%
                Closure: Diam Cork
                Deep dark red colour with black tinged edges and a bright red hue. Aromas of red currant and red cherry mix with hints of rose petal, dusty earth, light tobacco and dried herb notes. Medium bodied and bursting with a youthful freshness the palate is littered with delicious red cherry and red currant fruits which meld into tobacco, earthy dried herb and spice characters. Engaging acidity with well integrated, fine grained tannins. Elegant and savoury with a long red fruited aftertaste.
                Drink over the next 4-5 years.
                Alc. 13.5%
                  2018 Bricco Ernesto Vino Rosso Magnum (1500ml)
                  Piedmont, ITALY
                  $280. 00 Bottle
                  $3360.00 Dozen
                  ABV: 15%
                  Closure: Cork

                  Bricco Ernesto company was born in the small village of Priocca in Roero, Piedmont, and is run by one of the most talented and driven vignerons in the region; Renato Vezza. Along with his partner, they juggle multiple-part time jobs in their quest to maximize the potential of this land which has been farmed sustainably since the 1990's. The cellar is as stripped down as they come, with just a few cement tanks and a small collection of barrels. That's pretty much it.

                  The Vino Rosso is 100% Nebbiolo from a collection of tiny parcels in the hills above Priocca, and spends three weeks on the skins followed by a year in barrel and a year in bottle. This is really a game changer for the Roero region, a wine more akin to fine Barbaresco than those you would normally find from here. Average production is a miniscule 1100-1500 bottles a year, and with only tiny quantities making it to Australia, this is very limited.

                    2018 Bricco Ernesto Vino Rosso
                    Piedmont, ITALY
                    $120. 00 Bottle
                    $1440.00 Dozen
                    ABV: 15%
                    Closure: Cork

                    Bricco Ernesto company was born in the small village of Priocca in Roero, Piedmont, and is run by one of the most talented and driven vignerons in the region; Renato Vezza. Along with his partner, they juggle multiple-part time jobs in their quest to maximize the potential of this land which has been farmed sustainably since the 1990's. The cellar is as stripped down as they come, with just a few cement tanks and a small collection of barrels. That's pretty much it.

                    The Vino Rosso is 100% Nebbiolo from a collection of tiny parcels in the hills above Priocca, and spends three weeks on the skins followed by a year in barrel and a year in bottle. This is really a game changer for the Roero region, a wine more akin to fine Barbaresco than those you would normally find from here. Average production is a miniscule 1100-1500 bottles a year, and with only tiny quantities making it to Australia, this is very limited.

                      2019 Bruno Duchene La Luna Vin de Pays de la Cote Vermeille Rouge
                      Cotes de Roussillon, FRANCE
                      $59. 99 Bottle
                      $719.88 Dozen
                      ABV: 13.5%
                      Closure: Cork

                      Bruno Duchêne is originally from the Loire Valley where his family had a thriving business selling farm machinery. He then became a distributor of wild mushrooms in the Loire and Burgundy and discovered wine, particularly meticulous made, non-interventionist wines. He then worked for nine months with Frederic Cossard of Domaine Chassorney in Saint Romain where biodynamic farming is practised, and it was here that he learnt how to make wine. Today, he lives on the Côte Vermeille in the town of Banyuls sur Mer, where he produces stunning wine from his very steep hillside vines. This is the rocky stretch of land where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean; this is Catalonia. The dramatic and wild countryside, stunning colours and luminosity were captured artistically and made famous by Fauvist painters such as Matisse.

                      Bruno owns just 4 hectares spread over 4 areas, all on decomposed schistose soils at an altitude of around 300m - each parcel differing slightly in exposition. The vineyards in Collioure are extremely low yielding and, as they are planted on terraced hillsides, very difficult to work mechanically, which like in Germany's Mosel region, has contributed to a growing abandonment of these legendary sites. This is a great shame as the real character of any regions wines is defined by it's original terroir.

                      His vines are farmed organically, and because of the region's relatively warm, dry climate, Bruno only has to use a few sulfur treatments each year and because odium is not an issue here, copper is never used. In the winery; after a manual harvest and a rigorous selection there is 10-15 day cool maceration with a natural yeast, whole bunch ferment in 26hl Grenier wooden vats. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered and only a small amount of sulfur is added at the bottling in most years.

                      La Luna Rouge is produced almost entirely from Grenache but also includes a little Carignan.

                        2018 Bruno Duchene La Luna Vin de Pays de la Cote Vermeille Rouge
                        Cotes du Roussillon, FRANCE
                        $61. 99 Bottle
                        $743.88 Dozen
                        ABV: 13.5%
                        Closure: Cork

                        90% of the three Grenaches and 10% Carignan on schist. This rare beauty is always a silky, sensual delight - made from Grenache it displays complex aromas of strawberry, black-cherry, citrus, violet, plum skin and earth. Intense fruit on the fresh, medium-bodied palate, with blackberry freshness - on the finish there is a silky texture with lively acidity with suggestions at rose water and fabulous length.

                        Bruno owns just 4 hectares spread over 4 areas, all on decomposed schistose soils at an altitude of around 300m - each parcel differing slightly in exposition. The vineyards in Collioure are extremely low yielding and, as they are planted on terraced hillsides, very difficult to work mechanically, which like in Germany's Mosel region, has contributed to a growing abandonment of these legendary sites. This is a great shame as the real character of any regions wines is defined by it's original terroir.

                        Bruno produces three red wines: La Luna, Pascole and Anodine (Anodine only in magnum). They are all produced almost entirely from Grenache but also includes a little Carignan. Instead of highlighting different terroirs with separate bottlings, Bruno bottles based on his various farming practices. For La Luna, he lets grass grow free. Pascole is partially ploughed by hand. Finally, Anodine represents the areas that are impossible to work mechanically, and where the soil work has to be done entirely by hand. He also produces an exquisite white, Vallpompo, from Grenache Blanc.

                        Notes sourced from the importer

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                          2015 Bruno Giacosa AA Falletto Barbaresco Rabaja
                          Piedmont, ITALY
                          $499. 00 Bottle
                          $5988.00 Dozen
                          ABV: 14.5%
                          Closure: Cork

                          Other Reviews....
                          The purity of fruit to this is incredible with cherries, plums and white truffle. Hints of ash and stone. Roses, too. Full body, superb texture of super fine tannins and incredible length. The harmony is so mesmerizing. Elegance and length. Bright energy. Try in 2022 when it comes together. Tiny production.
                          99 Points
                          jamessuckling.com

                          This beautiful wine was released in January and is on the market now. The 2015 Barbaresco Rabajà benefits from one more year in the bottle (compared to its peers) to show expressive and exuberant intensity. The bouquet delivers a special floral note that resembles lady's perfume of fragrant rose potpourri, but these ethereal tones only last for the first minute or two. After that, you get a solid core of dark fruit with blackberry and dried cherry. The wine is nicely contoured by firm tannins and lasting acidity. The Rabajà vineyard site measures only half a hectare, and 3,600 bottles are made each year as a result. Drink 2022 - 2045.
                          95+ points
                          Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (June 2019)

                          A savory style, this red offers balsamic aromas of eucalyptus, wild rosemary and fennel, leading to a core of cherry, licorice, tar and tobacco flavors. The tannins are still a bit gruff, but a sense of elegance persists. Best from 2022 through 2042.
                          93 points
                          Bruce Sanderson - Wine Spectator

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                            2015 Bruno Giacosa AA Falletto Barolo Falletto
                            Piedmont, ITALY
                            $499. 00 Bottle
                            $5988.00 Dozen
                            ABV: 14.5%
                            Closure: Cork

                            Other Reviews....
                            Superb aromas of ripe fruit, such as plums and berries with peaches and tar. Very intense. Full body, great depth and density. Incredible richness and power with superb length and persistence. One of the most dense and vertical Falletos I have tasted. Try in 2025.
                            98 Points
                            Jamessuckling.com

                            Dense and firmly structured, this red features a distinctive saltiness underlying the floral, cherry, mineral and tobacco flavors. A bit standoffish now, but all the components are in the right proportions. Best from 2023 through 2048.
                            94 points
                            Bruce Sanderson - Wine Spectator

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                              2015 Bruno Giacosa AA Falletto Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche
                              Piedmont, ITALY
                              $550. 00 Bottle
                              $6600.00 Dozen
                              ABV: 14.5%
                              Closure: Cork

                              Other Reviews....
                              I am lost for words with this wine. Perfumed and so elegant with the most exquisite aromas of roses, plums and earth. Yet always subtle and complex. Full body and ultra fine, firm tannins. Fantastic finish that lasts for minutes. Try in 2026.
                              100 Points
                              Jamessuckling.com

                              Bottled in July of last year, the 2015 Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche is a daring and absolutely profound expression of Nebbiolo with the depth, thickness and volume you can expect from a warm vintage such as this. This wine is a veritable bomb of aromatic intensity with thick layers of dark fruit, spice and crushed stone that all vie for your attention in equal measure. The mouthfeel is characterized by thick fiber and lasting succulence, all capped with fresh acidity and a firm tannic backbone. This Barolo is classic Giacosa. Drink 2022 - 2045.
                              94 points
                              Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (June 2019)

                              It takes a few seconds to access the core of fruit in this taut, sinewy red, but there is a beam of pure cherry, accented by rose, wild juniper, thyme and licorice flavors. This turns elegant and supple in the end, with terrific complexity, harmony and minerally length. Best from 2023 through 2046.
                              96 points
                              Bruce Sanderson - Wine Spectator

                              Le Rocche is a selection from the highest parcels in Falletto in Serralunga, which helps to explain its great finesse. The raspberry and redcurrant nose shows great purity of fruit, poise and stylishness. The palate is equally elegant, with a lean attack, polished tannins and a silky, intense texture. There's ample tannic grip but it's not aggressive and there are none of the rough edges often apparent in Serralunga. Balanced and very long. Drinking Window 2020 - 2040.
                              94 points
                              Stephen Brook - Decanter

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                                2020 Bruno Rocca Trifole Dolcetto d’Alba
                                Piedmont, ITALY
                                $32. 99 Bottle
                                $395.88 Dozen
                                Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2021-2025)
                                ABV: 13.5%
                                Closure: Cork

                                Fruit was sourced from Bruno Rocca’s estate vineyards that have an average age of 40 years old, located in the village of Barbaresco where the Trifole’ vineyard borders Rabajà. Maturation taking place in stainless steel.
                                Deep bright dark red black colour with a vibrant purple red hue. Freshly crushed raspberry and cherry aromas have a perfumed like violet overlay with notions of incense and inky earth also evident. Delicious ripe cherry and raspberry fruits carry a fresh youthful feel with infusions of incense, earth and fresh herbs ensuing. Lively acidity with slightly inky tannins, the long juicy red fruited aftertaste full of energy.
                                Drink over the next 3-4 years.
                                Alc. 13.5%

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                                  2013 Bruno Rocca Rabaja Barbaresco
                                  Piedmont, ITALY
                                  $199. 00 Bottle
                                  $2388.00 Dozen
                                  ABV: 14.5%
                                  Other reviews... Here is an impressive achievement from Bruno Rocca. The 2013 Barbaresco Rabajà is fragrant and intense, but it never goes overboard. This wine expertly walks a fine line between understated elegance and varietal exuberance. The fruit is compact and sharp with aromas of cassis, white truffle and pressed violets. The wine leaves a clean and silky impression in the mouth. Drink through 2018 - 2030. 94 points - Monica Larner, robertparker.com
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                                  • Nick's Import
                                  2018 Caliterra Tributo Carmenere
                                  Colchagua, CHILE
                                  $17. 99 Bottle
                                  $215.88 Dozen
                                  Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2021-2025)
                                  ABV: 13.5%
                                  Closure: Diam Cork

                                  Impenetrable black dark red core with a deep dark red hue. Elevated scents of blackberry, cassis and spicy tobacco stream out of the glass with earthy black olive and dried herb notes also evident. Medium bodied with a smooth entry and mid palate feel, rich blackcurrant fruits meld into cedary tobacco characters, earth and spicy dried herbs. Well integrated finely meshed tannins with some bell pepper characters making an appearance on the savoury aftertaste.
                                  Drink over the next 3-4 years.
                                  Alc. 13.5%

                                  Other Reviews….
                                  Nicely crafted, young and complex style here with light oak spice, laid across bright red fruit and some leafy nuances. The palate has succulent raspberry flavors with easygoing, juicy allure. Drink now.
                                  91 points
                                  JamesSuckling.com

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                                    2016 Caliterra Tributo Carmenere - Last Stocks
                                    Colchagua Valley, CHILE
                                    $16. 99 Bottle
                                    $203.88 Dozen
                                    Cellar: 4 - 5 Years (2024-2025)
                                    ABV: 13.5%
                                    Closure: Cork
                                    Totally opaque midnight black heart with a dark red black tinged hue. Aromas of tobacco leaf overlay dark currant, dried herbs, black olive and hints of capsicum. Medium bodied and elegant and refined feel, flavours of blackcurrant and black olive mix with cedary tobacco characters, dried herbs and spice. Slightly dryish finish with fine grained tannins and a medium length aftertaste.
                                    Cellar 4-5 years.
                                    Alc. 13.5%

                                    Other Reviews….
                                    In spite of the ripeness, the rich black fruit and the baking spices character, this is fresh and transparent. Fine tannins build gently on the clean finish. Drink or hold.
                                    92 points
                                    JamesSuckling.com
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                                      2015 Campos de Risca Organic Monastrell Syrah
                                      Jumilla, SPAIN
                                      $23. 99 Bottle
                                      $287.88 Dozen
                                      Minimum 12 bottles
                                      Cellar: Drink now - 2 Years (2019-2021)
                                      ABV: 14.5%
                                      Closure: Stelvin
                                      A blend of 90% Monastrell and 10% Syrah. Deep slightly cloudy dark red colour with a tawny brick red hue. Ripe Morello and dried cherry aromas intermingle with earthy leather, a hint of prune and spice. Soft palate entry with Morello cherry, dried fruits and liquorice flavours overlaying earthy prune and spicy leather elements. Firms up on the finish with dry grippy tannins and a short conclusion.
                                      Drink over the next 1-2 years.
                                      Alc. 14.5%
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                                        2015 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
                                        Tuscany, ITALY
                                        $350. 00 Bottle
                                        $4200.00 Dozen
                                        ABV: 15%
                                        Closure: Cork

                                        Canalicchio di Sopra was founded by Primo Pacenti in 1962, and is now run by his grandchildren Francesco, Simonetta and Marco. Their 19 hectares of vineyards are planted in Canalicchio and Montosoli on northern side of Montalcino, and each of these locations lend an elegance and grace to these exquisite Sangiovese wines. All wines are aged in medium sized Slavonian oak botti.

                                        Other Reviews....
                                        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. Drink 2025 - 2050.
                                        98 points
                                        Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (Dec 2020)

                                        The 2015 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is a dark and exotic expression of Sangiovese. It pulls you closer to the glass with an alluring display, showing medicinal cherry, plum, a sweet dusting of cinnamon, clove and finally crushed violets. The textures are like pure silk being slowly draped across your palate, offset by tart red and black fruits, as a complex web of acids, minerals and tannins saturate, clamping down toward the close. Structured and tart, as it should be at this youthful phase, the 2015 is still just an infant, with the potential for over a decade’s worth of positive evolution. This year’s Riserva hails from fruit exclusively from the Vigna Vecchia Mercatale vineyard within the Canalicchio cru, and it spends only two extra months in 2,500-liter Slavonian oak casks prior to bottling. Tasted over the course of two days it got better each time I revisited it. Drink 2024 - 2036.
                                        95+ points
                                        Eric Guido - Vinous

                                        An opulent red with black-cherry and plum aromas and flavors with undertones of orange peel and porcini mushrooms. It’s full-bodied and layered with depth and intensity throughout. Solid and layered. Very structured. Give this at least three to four years of bottle age. Try after 2024.
                                        98 points
                                        James Suckling

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                                          2016 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia
                                          Tuscany, ITALY
                                          $350. 00 Bottle
                                          $4200.00 Dozen
                                          ABV: 14.5%
                                          Closure: Cork

                                          Canalicchio di Sopra was founded by Primo Pacenti in 1962, and is now run by his grandchildren Francesco, Simonetta and Marco. Their 19 hectares of vineyards are planted in Canalicchio and Montosoli on northern side of Montalcino, and each of these locations lend an elegance and grace to these exquisite Sangiovese wines. All wines are aged in medium sized Slavonian oak botti.

                                          Other Reviews....
                                          This is a newish single-vineyard wine (it's the second vintage) created by Francesco Ripaccioli and the team at Canalicchio di Sopra at the conclusion of an ambitious estate-wide mapping project. The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia draws its fruit from a two-hectare site planted in 1990 with clay soils and rich in mineral components. A precious 4,133 bottles were made. What I like most is the tightness of the fruit, which you chip away at slowly as the wine softens and yields in the glass. Each layer brings you forest fruit, sour cherry, almond, lilac and candied orange peel. On a second swirl, you might get black olive, bay leaf and scorched earth. There are subtle mineral notes, but what La Casaccia ultimately offers is that uniquely compact and extremely polished quality of fruit. Drink 2024 - 2045.
                                          96 points
                                          Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (Dec 2020)

                                          Lifting up with gorgeous floral perfumes and hints of white smoke, the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino La Casaccia from Canalicchio di Sopra keeps you at the edge of your glass. It opens up with a dark and dramatic display of balsamic-tinged black cherry, sage and Indian spice, contrasted by savory notes of tobacco, rich earth tones and flowery undergrowth. There’s an amazing density of fruit here, offset by salty minerals, zesty acids and a hint of sour citrus. The textures are velvety-smooth, yet the expression remains feminine and lifted. In fact, you can hardly notice its underlying tannic heft until it’s too late, as the 2016 La Casaccia seems to youthfully fold in on itself, halting the expression but promising over a decade of further development. Drink 2026 - 2040.
                                          98 points
                                          Eric Guido - Vinous

                                          A red with cherry, walnut, bark and hints of dried flowers. It’s full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and a tight finish. Really reserved now. Needs three or four years to open. Best after 2024.
                                          96 points
                                          James Suckling

                                          Initially closed, this eventually reveals aromas of grilled porcini, rose, camphor and citrus zest. Linear and elegantly structured, the palate is still youthfully austere, recalling morello cherry, blood orange, licorice and a hint of salt while firm, close-grained tannins provide the backbone. It closes on a coffee-bean note. Drink 2026–2041.
                                          95 points
                                          Kerin O'Keefe - Wine Enthusiast

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                                            2016 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino
                                            Tuscany, ITALY
                                            $160. 00 Bottle
                                            $1920.00 Dozen
                                            ABV: 14%
                                            Closure: Cork

                                            Canalicchio di Sopra was founded by Primo Pacenti in 1962, and is now run by his grandchildren Francesco, Simonetta and Marco. Their 19 hectares of vineyards are planted in Canalicchio and Montosoli on northern side of Montalcino, and each of these locations lend an elegance and grace to these exquisite Sangiovese wines. All wines are aged in medium sized Slavonian oak botti.

                                            Other Reviews....
                                            The Canalicchio di Sopra 2016 Brunello di Montalcino shows balance and symmetry with that difficult twofold delivery of power and elegance. This terrific new release shows dark fruit and tart cherry, but then unwinds slowly to reveal light spice, toasted nut, blue flower and crushed limestone. The wine affords a genuine sense of place with roots in the northern half of the appellation where the light is whiter and the nights are cooler. That brilliant luminosity appears in the pure quality of fruit and the sharp focus of the mouthfeel, driven by balanced tannins and acidity. The sensation it gives is compact and long, without too much extra volume or padding. This wine is like a contoured, chiseled and carefully polished marble statue that you would see in a Renaissance church. Drink 2024 - 2044.
                                            95 points
                                            Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (Dec 2020)

                                            The 2016 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino is flat-out stunning, remarkably vibrant and an almost-ethereal expression. There’s an exotic citrusy tinge to its ripe black cherries, taking on hints of sage, cedar and allspice, all grounded by moist earth tones. It’s focused and remarkably pure with a noticeable inner sweetness to the red and hints of blackberry fruit, all cast across a silky, feminine frame. The structure builds like a crescendo, as minerals fade to youthful tannins. Juicy acids maintain perfect balance from start to finish, making for a surprisingly fresh expression yet with amazing length. There’s simply so much going on here, and there are promises of more good things to come. Drink 2024 - 2038.
                                            95 points
                                            Eric Guido - Vinous

                                            A dusty, tannic red with plum, red berry and cedar, chocolate and walnut undertones. It’s full-bodied, yet reserved and tight with ultra fine tannins and a vivid finish. A pretty, polished red. Drink after 2022.
                                            94 points
                                            James Suckling

                                            Intense aromas of underbrush, wild berry, new leather and pipe tobacco lead the way on this fragrant Brunello. Full bodied and elegantly structured, the savory palate features ripe morello cherry, licorice and truffle before a black-tea finish. Firm, refined tannins and fresh acidity keep balanced and give it an ageworthy structure. Drink 2024–2036.
                                            97 points
                                            Kerin O'Keefe - Wine Enthusiast

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                                              2018 Cantina Santadi Carignano del Sulcis Grotta Rosso
                                              Sardinia, ITALY
                                              $29. 99 Bottle
                                              $359.88 Dozen
                                              Minimum 12 bottles
                                              Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2021-2024)
                                              ABV: 14%
                                              Closure: Stelvin
                                              Dark red core with black tinged edges and a dark red hue. Nosing offers up a mix of morello cherry, rhubarb and dried cherry scents followed by dusty earth, vanillin spice and dried herbs. Ripe morello and dried cherry flavours cast a fleshy feel across the mid weighted palate with dried herb, earth and spicy tobacco elements lying on the other side. Slightly chewy tannins with a dried herb infused finish.
                                              Drink over the next 2-3 years.
                                              Alc. 14%
                                              • 91
                                                2020 Cantina Tollo Rocca Ventosa Sangiovese
                                                Terre di Chieti, ITALY
                                                $11. 99 Bottle
                                                $143.88 Dozen
                                                Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2021-2024)
                                                ABV: 13%
                                                Closure: Stelvin

                                                Deep dark red core with black tinged edges and a vibrant dark red hue. Aromas of dark cherries and ripe red currants intermix with earth and spicy dried herb notes. Medium bodied, juicy dark cherry fruits sit over spicy vanilla and earthy dried herb characters. Polished feel with slightly dryish tannins and a medium length conclusion.
                                                Drink over the next 2-3 years.
                                                Alc. 13%

                                                • 91
                                                  2020 Cantina Tollo Rocca Ventosa Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
                                                  Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, ITALY
                                                  $11. 99 Bottle
                                                  $143.88 Dozen
                                                  Cellar: Drink now - 2 Years (2021-2023)
                                                  ABV: 13%
                                                  Closure: Stelvin

                                                  Deep dark red black colour with a bright dark red hue. Aromas of dark cherries mix with inky earth, incense and spicy herb notes. The juicy mid weighted palate features ripe dark cherry fruit over a back drop of inky earth like characters, infusions of herbs and spice. Nicely fleshed with slightly grainy tannins, good freshness and a savoury conclusion.
                                                  Drink over the next 2 years.
                                                  Alc. 13%

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                                                    2019 Cantina Vini Tipici Dell'Aretino de'Vasari Chianti
                                                    Tuscany, ITALY
                                                    $21. 99 Bottle
                                                    $263.88 Dozen
                                                    Minimum 12 bottles
                                                    Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2021-2024)
                                                    ABV: 13%
                                                    Closure: Synthetic Cork
                                                    Certified organic. Deep dark red black tinged colour with a dark red hue. Spicy red currant and rhubarb scents intermix with hints of vanilla, dusty earth and dried herbs. Medium bodied, cherry and rhubarb flavours meld into a mix of dried herbs, earth and spice. Fine grained tannins with a slightly rustic finish.
                                                    Drink over the next 2-3 years.
                                                    Alc. 13%
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                                                      2015 Cantina Vini Tipici dell'Aretino de Vasari Chianti Riserva
                                                      Tuscany, ITALY
                                                      $26. 99 Bottle
                                                      $323.88 Dozen
                                                      Minimum 12 bottles
                                                      Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2021-2024)
                                                      ABV: 13.5%
                                                      Closure: Synthetic Cork
                                                      Totally opaque black dark red colour with a dark red hue. Spicy red to black currant aromas intermingle with earth, tobacco and dried herb notes. Medium bodied the palate combines a rustic old world charm with generous red to black currant and red cherry fruits. Adding interest are elements of earth, dried herbs and spicy tobacco. Dryish finish with slightly chalky tannins and bright acidity. Concludes with a robust aftertaste that sees traces of leather creeping in.
                                                      Drink over the next 2-3 years.
                                                      Alc. 13.5%
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                                                      • Nick's Import
                                                      2018 Cardinale Pre-Arrival Offer
                                                      Napa Valley, California, UNITED STATES
                                                      $560. 00 Bottle
                                                      $6720.00 Dozen
                                                      Closure: Cork

                                                      Other Reviews....
                                                      Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, the 2018 Cardinale was aged in French oak barrels for 22 months, 81% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it prances out of the glass with gregarious notions of warm cassis, black cherries and wild blueberries, followed by emerging earth scents with a tobacco and garrigue undercurrent. Medium to full-bodied, gracefully styled and refreshing, the vibrant black and blue-fruited palate offers a wonderfully fine-grained texture and bags of energy, finishing long with a skip in its step. 5,107 cases were made. Drink 2022 - 2050.
                                                      98 points
                                                      Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (Jan 2021)

                                                      The 2018 Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and sumptuous right out of the gate. Soaring aromatics and silky tannins add finesse to the dark mountain fruit. It's hard to remember a vintage with this much sheer appeal in the early going. As always, Cardinale is a blend of choice hillside blocks. In 2018, the core is built around Stags Leap, Atlas Peak and St. Helena. Winemaker Chris Carpenter has backed off some of the overtness of the past years, and that is a huge benefit in allowing the wine to be more natural, more relaxed. The 2018 spent 21 months in 80-90% new oak, and clearly has the stuffing to handle the oak. It is one of the most refined Cardinales I can remember tasting. Drink 2026 - 2043.
                                                      97+ points
                                                      Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                                                      Aromas of blackberries, plums and spice with some pine needles and fresh mushrooms. Full-bodied with very fine, round tannins and a juicy sophistication and flavorful profile. Dark and thought-provoking. So approachable. 90% cabernet sauvignon and 10% merlot. Drink or hold.
                                                      97 points
                                                      James Suckling

                                                      The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is based on a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot that spent 22 months in 81% new French oak. It’s a wonderfully complete, borderline perfect wine that shows the class of this estate as well as the vintage, revealing a seamless, full-bodied style that carries lots of blackcurrant, graphite, lead pencil, and tobacco aromatics, a deep, layered mid-palate, ultra-fine tannins, and flawless balance. As with most of Chris’s 2018s, it’s a wine that builds slowly with time in the glass, offering a layered, singular character. It’s a gorgeous 2018 that can be drunk today with ample pleasure, but it will ideally be given 4-6 years of bottle age, at which point it should evolve gracefully for 30-40 years. Drink 2025 - 2066.
                                                      98+ points
                                                      Jeb Dunnuck

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                                                        2019 Caroline Morey Santenay La Comme Rouge Premier Cru
                                                        Burgundy, FRANCE
                                                        $115. 00 Bottle
                                                        $1380.00 Dozen
                                                        ABV: 13.5%
                                                        Closure: Cork

                                                        Caroline Morey comes from a long line of vignerons based in the Cotes de Beaune and is also married to Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey. In 2014 Caroline took her share of some family vineyards from her father Jean-Marc and created her own domaine based in Chassagne-Montrachet, working out of brand new cellars built for Caroline and her husband.

                                                        For her first vintage in 2014 she had small holdings in Chassagne-Montrachet for both red and white together with small holdings in Santenay and Hautes Cotes de Beaune totaling just 2.4 hectares. With more vineyards added both from family and acquisitions in the last few years, the total is now 7 hectares in total for Caroline with roughly half for red and half for whites.

                                                        Other Reviews....
                                                        Made with 40% whole bunches. Slightly lighter crimson than the Cornières, while the nose delivers more of the lively raspberry and crushed strawberry notes of the whole bunch component. Backed by fresh acidity, this holds together very well.
                                                        88-91 points
                                                        Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy

                                                          2019 Caroline Morey Chassagne Montrachet Les Champs Gains Rouge Premier Cru
                                                          Burgundy, FRANCE
                                                          $185. 00 Bottle
                                                          $2220.00 Dozen
                                                          ABV: 13.5%
                                                          Closure: Cork

                                                          Caroline Morey comes from a long line of vignerons based in the Cotes de Beaune and is also married to Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey. In 2014 Caroline took her share of some family vineyards from her father Jean-Marc and created her own domaine based in Chassagne-Montrachet, working out of brand new cellars built for Caroline and her husband.

                                                          For her first vintage in 2014 she had small holdings in Chassagne-Montrachet for both red and white together with small holdings in Santenay and Hautes Cotes de Beaune totaling just 2.4 hectares. With more vineyards added both from family and acquisitions in the last few years, the total is now 7 hectares in total for Caroline with roughly half for red and half for whites.

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                                                            2018 Cascina Galarin Barbera d'Asti Superiore Tinella
                                                            Piedmont, ITALY
                                                            $56. 99 Bottle
                                                            $683.88 Dozen
                                                            Minimum 12 bottles
                                                            Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
                                                            ABV: 15%
                                                            Closure: Cork
                                                            A blend of 95% Barbera and 5% Freisa matured for 20 months in small moderately toasted French oak barrels. Deep dark red black colour with a dark red hue. Nosing offers up blackberry and liquorice aromatics which intermingle with dark plum, dusty vanillin cedar, earth and spice. Medium to full bodied, rich blackberry, liquorice and dark chocolate flavours are backed by bright acidity and a slightly chalky tannin structure. Earth and spicy vanillin cedar elements ensue. Finishes dry with good tension and a tightly wound yet generously fruited aftertaste.
                                                            Cellar 4-5 years.
                                                            Alc. 15%
                                                            • 93
                                                              2019 Cascina Galarin Le Querce Barbera d'Asti
                                                              Piedmont, ITALY
                                                              $34. 99 Bottle
                                                              $419.88 Dozen
                                                              Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2021-2024)
                                                              ABV: 14%
                                                              Closure: Cork
                                                              A blend of 95% Barbera and 5% Freisa aged for 12 months steel tanks then given a further 3 months in bottle before being released. Dark red black colour with a bright purple red hue. Freshly crushed ripe blackberry, dark cherry and liquorice aromas are followed by subtle earth, light tobacco and spice notes. Generous mid weighted blackberry and dark cherry flavours along with a touch of liquorice are underpinned by bright acidity with traces of earth and vanillin spice chiming in on the back half. Finishes dry with slightly dusty tannins and a fresh savoury aftertaste.
                                                              Drink over the next 2-3 years.
                                                              Alc. 14%
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                                                                2016 Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo IGT Rosso Toscana
                                                                Tuscany, ITALY
                                                                $250. 00 Bottle
                                                                $3000.00 Dozen
                                                                ABV: 14.5%
                                                                Closure: Cork

                                                                Castello dei Rampolla is located in Panzano’s famous Conca d’Oro or ‘golden basin” district, an amphitheater of striking, pristine hillside vineyards in Tuscany. The di Napoli family has owned Rampolla since 1739, and Alceo di Napoli inherited the estate in 1965. At the time, Rampolla was essentially a summer residence. Wheat, olive trees and other mixed crops were cultivated, but there were no vineyards. With the assistance of Piero Antinori amongst others, Alceo began making and bottling wines under the Rampollo label in 1975. Rampolla are now a reference point for the highest level of quality that does not fit into Chianti Classico or Brunello for Tuscany.

                                                                Alceo di Napoli dreamt of planting high-density vineyards with Bordeaux varieties, something that was unheard of in Chianti Classico at the time. In 1988, di Napoli started clearing the land, which at the time was planted with olive trees and housed the property’s stables. Importantly, this land had never been farmed for grapes before, so it was virgin land. The first terraces were planted with Cabernet Sauvignon in 1990. Petit Verdot followed in 1991 and 1992. Sadly, Alceo di Napoli passed away in 1991, but his children Luca and Maurizia stepped-in to run the family estate. In 1994, Rampolla converted to biodynamic farming, the d’Alceo plots have essentially been farmed biodynamically since the beginning, as they had no real previous history to speak of, nor conventional farming regime from which to adjust. Today, d’Alceo is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. The first vintages spent about 18 months in French oak barrels. Since 2007, d’Alceo spends 10-12 months in barrel, with only 10-15% new barrels, a decision Rampolla took to preserve more freshness and reduce the flavor impact of oak.

                                                                Other Reviews....
                                                                The Castello dei Rampolla 2016 d'Alceo is an extra dark and brooding expression of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot in a supporting role. The wine sits firmly on the palate, imparting weight, staying power and extra heat. In fact, some sort of bistecca alla Fiorentina or otherwise succulent grilled meat pairing is what comes immediately to mind. The immense power of the wine rumbles and trembles in the glass, figuratively speaking, revealing dried blackberry, prune and black cherry confit. This 2016 vintage shows impressive clarity and focus both on the nose and in the mouth. Drink 2022 - 2040.
                                                                96 points
                                                                Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (Sep 2020)

                                                                The 2016 D'Alceo combines unctuous intensity with pure, raw power. It won't be ready to drink until age ten, at least, but there is plenty to look forward to. With a few hours of air, the fruit and breadth both start to emerge. Inky blueberry, lavender, cloves, leather and licorice are some of the many nuances that build over time. Drink
                                                                97 points
                                                                Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                                                                Lots of richness here, but there’s always balance and focus with blackberry and chocolate character and hazelnut undertones. Bark, too. It’s full-bodied, but tight and focused at the end. Always a great wine. From organically grown grapes. Drink after 2024.
                                                                97 points
                                                                James Suckling

                                                                This elegant red features cherry and black currant flavors interwoven with its silky texture. Tobacco and spice accents add complexity as this unfurls to a lingering aftertaste of fruit, mineral and savory elements. Firmly built and still young. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2035.
                                                                97 points
                                                                Bruce Sanderson - Wine Spectator

                                                                A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, this compelling wine opens with enticing aromas of ripe dark-skinned fruit, new leather, pipe tobacco and menthol. Chewy and delicious, the palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, star anise and baking spice framed in firm, refined tannins. It's full bodied, with a weightless elegance and a crushed mint finish. Drink 2022–2028.
                                                                96 points
                                                                Kerin O'Keefe - Wine Enthusiast

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                                                                  2015 Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo IGT Rosso Toscana
                                                                  Tuscany, ITALY
                                                                  $250. 00 Bottle
                                                                  $3000.00 Dozen
                                                                  ABV: 14.5%
                                                                  Closure: Cork

                                                                  Castello dei Rampolla is located in Panzano’s famous Conca d’Oro or ‘golden basin” district, an amphitheater of striking, pristine hillside vineyards in Tuscany. The di Napoli family has owned Rampolla since 1739, and Alceo di Napoli inherited the estate in 1965. At the time, Rampolla was essentially a summer residence. Wheat, olive trees and other mixed crops were cultivated, but there were no vineyards. With the assistance of Piero Antinori amongst others, Alceo began making and bottling wines under the Rampollo label in 1975. Rampolla are now a reference point for the highest level of quality that does not fit into Chianti Classico or Brunello for Tuscany.

                                                                  Alceo di Napoli dreamt of planting high-density vineyards with Bordeaux varieties, something that was unheard of in Chianti Classico at the time. In 1988, di Napoli started clearing the land, which at the time was planted with olive trees and housed the property’s stables. Importantly, this land had never been farmed for grapes before, so it was virgin land. The first terraces were planted with Cabernet Sauvignon in 1990. Petit Verdot followed in 1991 and 1992. Sadly, Alceo di Napoli passed away in 1991, but his children Luca and Maurizia stepped-in to run the family estate. In 1994, Rampolla converted to biodynamic farming, the d’Alceo plots have essentially been farmed biodynamically since the beginning, as they had no real previous history to speak of, nor conventional farming regime from which to adjust. Today, d’Alceo is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. The first vintages spent about 18 months in French oak barrels. Since 2007, d’Alceo spends 10-12 months in barrel, with only 10-15% new barrels, a decision Rampolla took to preserve more freshness and reduce the flavor impact of oak.

                                                                  Other Reviews....
                                                                  Dark, powerful and explosive, D'Alceo is one of the epic wines of 2015. Crème de cassis, plum, graphite, sage, lavender, and menthol rush out of the glass in a deep, beautifully resonant wine loaded with class. A wine with striking inner sweetness, depth and structure, the 2015 will thrill readers lucky enough to own it for a number of years to come. The 2015 was fermented in cement and then spent 14 months in oak. It is rich, sumptuous and simply irresistible.
                                                                  97 points
                                                                  Antonio Galloni - Vinous (Aug 2019)

                                                                  This is a big and self-assured red with lots of charcoal, vanilla, dried blackberries, barbecued meat and resin. Full-bodied and very chewy indeed with a ton of dark fruit and raw power. A delicate line of acidity pulls the brakes on.
                                                                  95 points
                                                                  JamesSuckling.com (July 2019)

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                                                                    2010 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco IGT Rosso Toscana
                                                                    Tuscany, ITALY
                                                                    $425. 00 Bottle
                                                                    $5100.00 Dozen
                                                                    ABV: 14.5%
                                                                    Closure: Cork

                                                                    Castello dei Rampolla is located in Panzano’s famous Conca d’Oro or ‘golden basin” district, an amphitheater of striking, pristine hillside vineyards in Tuscany. The di Napoli family has owned Rampolla since 1739, and Alceo di Napoli inherited the estate in 1965. At the time, Rampolla was essentially a summer residence. Wheat, olive trees and other mixed crops were cultivated, but there were no vineyards. With the assistance of Piero Antinori amongst others, Alceo began making and bottling wines under the Rampollo label in 1975. Rampolla are now a reference point for the highest level of quality that does not fit into Chianti Classico or Brunello for Tuscany.

                                                                    In 1980, Rampolla produced their first vintage of Sammarco, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. It was the early days of Italy’s infatuation with international grapes that would in turn bring a handful of wines a level of recognition and accompanying prestige that was unthinkable back then. Antinori’s first vintage of Tignanello was 1971. Solaia followed in 1978. Tenuta dell’Ornellaia did not exist yet and Sassicaia was still under the radar. It was the very beginning of an entire movement. The first Sammarcos were 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Sangiovese. Merlot was added in 2003, gradually replacing Sangiovese and giving the wine softer, more modern contours as well as greater early approachability. The Cabernet has always been aged in French oak barrels, with an increasing move towards larger 500-liter formats, while the Sangiovese sees only cask.

                                                                    Other Reviews....
                                                                    The 2010 Sammarco tastes like biting into a combination of graphite, crushed rocks, smoke, violets, kirsch, lavender and sweet spices. The flavors are intense and concentrated, yet also incredibly nuanced. Firm tannins give the wine an extra kick of energy on the sculpted finish. I don't expect the 2010 will be ready to drink anytime soon, but it is a real pleasure to revisit today, as it is just as stunning as it has always been. In a word: magnificent! Drink 2020-2040
                                                                    100 points
                                                                    Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                                                                    The 2010 Sammarco Vino da Tavola is based on Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller parts Sangiovese and Merlot. The 2010 vintage is still very closed and will require ten years or more to blossom. What you get at this young stage in the wine’s life are tightly wound tones of bramble, wild berry, light spice, bacon fat and loads of vibrant medicinal herb. The mouthfeel shows a great degree of finesse and silkiness that will surely evolve in time to embrace an even finer texture. Give it time.
                                                                    96 points
                                                                    Monica Larner - Wine Advocate #215 (Oct 2014)

                                                                    Wow. The nose to this wine is truly wonderful with currant, berry, orange peel and minerals. Full body, firm, chewy tannins and an intense, beautiful finish. It goes on for minutes. So complex. A blend of cabernet sauvignon and sangiovese. Better in 2017.
                                                                    97 points
                                                                    James Suckling

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                                                                      2015 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco IGT Rosso Toscana
                                                                      Tuscany, ITALY
                                                                      $120. 00 Bottle
                                                                      $1440.00 Dozen
                                                                      ABV: 14.5%
                                                                      Closure: Cork

                                                                      Castello dei Rampolla is located in Panzano’s famous Conca d’Oro or ‘golden basin” district, an amphitheater of striking, pristine hillside vineyards in Tuscany. The di Napoli family has owned Rampolla since 1739, and Alceo di Napoli inherited the estate in 1965. At the time, Rampolla was essentially a summer residence. Wheat, olive trees and other mixed crops were cultivated, but there were no vineyards. With the assistance of Piero Antinori amongst others, Alceo began making and bottling wines under the Rampollo label in 1975. Rampolla are now a reference point for the highest level of quality that does not fit into Chianti Classico or Brunello for Tuscany.

                                                                      In 1980, Rampolla produced their first vintage of Sammarco, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. It was the early days of Italy’s infatuation with international grapes that would in turn bring a handful of wines a level of recognition and accompanying prestige that was unthinkable back then. Antinori’s first vintage of Tignanello was 1971. Solaia followed in 1978. Tenuta dell’Ornellaia did not exist yet and Sassicaia was still under the radar. It was the very beginning of an entire movement. The first Sammarcos were 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Sangiovese. Merlot was added in 2003, gradually replacing Sangiovese and giving the wine softer, more modern contours as well as greater early approachability. The Cabernet has always been aged in French oak barrels, with an increasing move towards larger 500-liter formats, while the Sangiovese sees only cask.

                                                                      Other Reviews....
                                                                      The 2015 Sammarco (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese) shines the brightest spotlight onto the Cabernet Sauvignon element, and you can immediately make out the distinctive sharpness and structure of that variety. The bouquet offers notes of black fruit, toasted spice and grilled herb, along with wild flower, terracotta and tilled earth. There is some spice on the close, and the tannins do leave their mark with youthful astringency. Give the wine some time in the cellar, and one day it will be fantastic with a tagliatelle and porcini.
                                                                      95 points
                                                                      Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (Sept 2019)

                                                                      The 2015 Sammarco is a wine of exquisite and total finesse. Understated and nuanced, as few wines are in 2015, Sammarco is sublime. Wild flowers, cedar, spice, leather and mint give the 2015 striking aromatic dimension. On the palate, the 2015 is subtle and classy. In 2015, the Merlot crop was a bit higher than normal as newer plantings entered production, and that is reflected in the blend here as well. Because of that, the 2015 is an unusually open, forthcoming Sammarco. In fact, I can't remember tasting a young Sammarco with this much early appeal. I can't wait to see how it ages. The 2015 is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 5% Sangiovese, with the Cabernet and Merlot aged in concrete and tonneaux, and the Sangiovese exclusively in cask.
                                                                      94 points
                                                                      Antonio Galloni - Vinous (Aug 2019)

                                                                      I love the meatiness to this wine, but also the purity of fruit; think charcuterie, prosciutto, bay leaf, capsicum, blueberries, blackcurrants and crushed stones. You just can’t get over the way this manages to deliver a powerful, muscular package with stunning finesse and poise. The tapestry of intricate texture and detail is wrought in a flashy but sincere and heartwarming style. The balance takes your breath away. Best ever from here. Impossible to resist now, but better from 2025.
                                                                      98 points
                                                                      JamesSuckling.com (July 2019)

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                                                                        2004 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco IGT Rosso Toscana
                                                                        Tuscany, ITALY
                                                                        $399. 00 Bottle
                                                                        $4788.00 Dozen
                                                                        ABV: 13.5%
                                                                        Closure: Cork

                                                                        Castello dei Rampolla is located in Panzano’s famous Conca d’Oro or ‘golden basin” district, an amphitheater of striking, pristine hillside vineyards in Tuscany. The di Napoli family has owned Rampolla since 1739, and Alceo di Napoli inherited the estate in 1965. At the time, Rampolla was essentially a summer residence. Wheat, olive trees and other mixed crops were cultivated, but there were no vineyards. With the assistance of Piero Antinori amongst others, Alceo began making and bottling wines under the Rampollo label in 1975. Rampolla are now a reference point for the highest level of quality that does not fit into Chianti Classico or Brunello for Tuscany.

                                                                        In 1980, Rampolla produced their first vintage of Sammarco, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. It was the early days of Italy’s infatuation with international grapes that would in turn bring a handful of wines a level of recognition and accompanying prestige that was unthinkable back then. Antinori’s first vintage of Tignanello was 1971. Solaia followed in 1978. Tenuta dell’Ornellaia did not exist yet and Sassicaia was still under the radar. It was the very beginning of an entire movement. The first Sammarcos were 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Sangiovese. Merlot was added in 2003, gradually replacing Sangiovese and giving the wine softer, more modern contours as well as greater early approachability. The Cabernet has always been aged in French oak barrels, with an increasing move towards larger 500-liter formats, while the Sangiovese sees only cask.

                                                                        Other Reviews....
                                                                        The 2004 Sammarco shows why this is such a magnificent vintage for Tuscany. Silky, layered and impeccably refined, the 2004 possesses notable breadth and richness, yet remains light on its feet. The flavors are bright, with a level of crystalline purity that is impossible to miss. Best of all, the 2004 continues to age gracefully. I imagine the 2004 will offer a wide drinking window of pure pleasure. The 2004 isn't one of the biggest or most imposing Sammarcos, but it is among the most finessed. Drink 2015-2029
                                                                        97 points
                                                                        Antonio Galloni - Vinous

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                                                                          2019 Catena High Mountain Vines Malbec
                                                                          Mendoza, ARGENTINA
                                                                          $27. 99 Bottle
                                                                          $335.88 Dozen
                                                                          Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
                                                                          ABV: 13.5%
                                                                          Closure: Diam Cork

                                                                          Nicolas Catena has been instrumental in Argentina’s progress over the last three decades, bringing the country's wine industry into line with world class standards. What you can now get for your money in the present day climate are seriously good expressions of the nation's signature varietal, Malbec, that rival many Australian reds for punch and price. Made by fourth generation vintner Laura Catena and chief winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, this wine is sourced from three high altitude vineyards. Each vineyard is specifically farmed in preparation for its role in the final blend. Eighty year old vines in the Lunlunta (Maipù) vineyard lend soft, sweet texture whilst he intense sunshine in the Gualtallary (Tupungato) vineyard provides explosive floral aromatics and a concentrated structure. The last component is from El Cipillo in Eugenio Bustos, which has loamy sands and thick calcareous layers sit over rounded rock.  Maturation takes place in a mix of new, second and third use French oak barrels for 12 months.

                                                                          A gorgeous Malbec loaded with rich blue to dark fruits that are supple and fleshy.

                                                                          Superb colour, black as night heart with a deep bright dark red black tinged hue. A pretty aromatic profile of dark cherries, violets, red liquorice and blueberries are followed by fresh herb and spicy cedar notes. Medium bodied the palate is loaded with rich juicy blackcurrant, ripe blueberry and liquorice fruits which are seamlessly intertwined with vanillin cedar, dried herbs and faint spicy tobacco. Supple and fleshy mid palate it finishes with a nicely balanced freshness and polished yet well-constructed tannins. Long delicious blue to dark fruited aftertaste.
                                                                          Drink over the next 5-6 years.
                                                                          Alc. 13.5%

                                                                          Other Reviews…..
                                                                          This is a solid, focused malbec with tight, creamy tannins and plum and chocolate aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied. The tannins spread so nicely across the palate that they scarcely leave any trace. Drink and enjoy.
                                                                          92 points
                                                                          JamesSuckling.com

                                                                          The excellent and floral 2019 Catena Malbec shows the typicity of the grape, violets and red berries, and the freshness of the year. It has the textbook aromas and a soft and velvety mouthfeel, with very fine grainy tannins. Drink 2021-2024.
                                                                          92 points
                                                                          Luis Gutierrez – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

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                                                                            2018 Catena Malbec
                                                                            Mendoza, ARGENTINA
                                                                            $27. 99 Bottle
                                                                            $335.88 Dozen
                                                                            Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
                                                                            ABV: 13.5%
                                                                            Closure: Cork

                                                                            Nicolas Catena has been instrumental in Argentina’s progress over the last three decades, bringing the country's wine industry into line with world class standards. What you can now get for your money in the present day climate are seriously good expressions of the nation's signature varietal, Malbec, that rival many Australian reds for punch and price. Made by fourth generation vintner Laura Catena and chief winemaker, Alejandro Vigil, this wine is sourced from four high altitude vineyards in Maipú, Lujan de Cuyo, Tupungato and San Carlos. Each vineyard is specifically farmed in preparation for its role in the final blend. Eighty year old vines in the Lunlunta (Maipù) Vineyard lend soft, sweet texture and the lauded Catena cuttings in the Agrelo (Luján de Cuyo) vineyard add notes of spice. The cold nights in the Altamira (San Carlos) vineyard lend bright, crisp acidity and the intense sunshine in the Gualtallary (Tupungato) vineyard give explosive floral aromatics and concentrated structure. Maturation takes place in a mix of new (35%), second and third use French oak barrels for 14 months.

                                                                            A delightful, richly flavoured Malbec that is also structured and refined.

                                                                            Dense inky black core with a deep dark red black shaded hue. Wafting out of the glass with ample intensity are aromatics of blackcurrant, dark cherry, liquorice and light blueberry followed by some dried herbs, black olive and hints of graphite. Rich and velvety upon entry, the savoury mid weighted palate features ripe blackcurrant, dark cherry and blueberry fruits over more subtle liquorice, dried herb and spicy vanillin cedar nuances. Fine grained yet well structured tannins fan out onto a long fleshy yet refined aftertaste.
                                                                            Drink over the next 5-6 years.
                                                                            Alc. 13.5%

                                                                            Other Reviews….
                                                                            Lots of blackberry and blueberry character with a black-tea undertone. Turns to flowers. Medium to full body, fresh acidity and a long and gorgeous finish. Vivid and bright. Transparent. Drink now.
                                                                            94 points
                                                                            JamesSuckling.com

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                                                                            2018 Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena Zapata Pre-Arrival Offer
                                                                            Mendoza, ARGENTINA
                                                                            $140. 00 Bottle
                                                                            $1680.00 Dozen
                                                                            Closure: Cork

                                                                            The Catena Zapata family's mission is to make profound and unforgettable wines that reflect the special character of each vine within the family's historic vineyards. Constantly pushing the viticultural envelope, Nicolás and Laura Catena have identified Mendoza's best microclimates, selected the highest quality Malbec vines and pioneered viticulture in undiscovered regions. The inaugural 1997 vintage of Nicolas Catena Zapata, a Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec blend set a new standard of quality for wines from South America. 20 years later, it stands at the pinnacle of great wines of the Andes.

                                                                            Other Reviews....
                                                                            The 2018 Nicolás Catena Zapata was produced with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon from Gualtallary (Adrianna vineyard, with the Cabernet Sauvignon interplanted with some Cabernet Franc) and 35% Malbec from Altamira (Nicasia vineyard). They no longer use grapes from Agrelo, and this is also a lot higher in Malbec than in other recent vintages. So, it has a very different profile, a change that started in 2017, with more contained ripeness and more freshness, and the wine is intense, keeping some of the Cabernet character (tobacco, blackberries) and the floral notes from Malbec. It comes through as balanced and harmonious, with very fine tannins and a long finish and perfect ripeness. This aims to revive the style of Bordeaux before phylloxera, from massal selection of ungrafted vines... 62,400 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2019. Drink 2021 - 2028.
                                                                            96 points
                                                                            Luis Gutiérrez - Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)

                                                                            A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec (35%) made from 210 micro-productions whose end result is approved by Nicolás Catena. A kind of summation of a long history, the grapes come from specific parcels of vineyards that Catena planted in the Uco Valley and Luján. The results are breathtaking. Purple in the glass with garnet flecks, this wine delivers layers of aroma, beginning with black currant and moving on to intense, precise notes of lavender and mint along with hints of black tea, sage and cigar box. In the mouth, austerity vies for supremacy with sheer power, a balance overseen by polished, grippy tannins placed into relief by a well-judged freshness that keeps the whole package light on its feet. This is a wine of tension foregrounded by the blend: the Malbec smooths out the Cabernet Sauvignon, which in turn brings energy to a red with an extremely long finish. Drink 2020 - 2032.
                                                                            96 points
                                                                            Joaquín Hidalgo - Vinous

                                                                            Aromas of blackberries, grilled meat, blackcurrants and wet earth. Full-bodied, tight and compact with dense dark berries and currants. Linear and long with a tight, focused palate. A blend of cabernet sauvignon and malbec. Drink after 2022.
                                                                            96 points
                                                                            James Suckling

                                                                            Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                                                                            1. There is no minimum order unless stated.
                                                                            2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.
                                                                            3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.
                                                                            4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in April 2022.
                                                                            5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.
                                                                            6. Errors and omissions excepted.
                                                                            7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.
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                                                                            2018 Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae Pre-Arrival Offer
                                                                            Mendoza, ARGENTINA
                                                                            $370. 00 Bottle
                                                                            $4440.00 Dozen
                                                                            Closure: Cork

                                                                            Other Reviews....
                                                                            The 2018 Adrianna Vineyard Mundus Bacillus Terrae started with a marked creamy and lactic note, reflecting a very young and tender wine that started with a lot of malic acid. It has lower alcohol and higher acidity than the other two Adrianna bottlings; it's vibrant and lively, nicely textured and surprisingly fresh. The creamy and lactic note disappeared after some time in the glass, giving way to fresher notes, almost citrus. They have also done a selection of individual plants, discarding some plants in lower parts, and the wine has gained in precision and freshness. They used a high percentage of full clusters and fermented it in concrete with indigenous yeasts and matured it in used oak barrels for 18 months. In 2018, the three Adrianna bottlings have more defined character; the differences are more marked than in a year like 2017. This has to be among the finest vintages for the Mundus Bacillus Terrae. 4,800 bottles were filled in November 2019. Drink 2021 - 2028.
                                                                            98 points
                                                                            Luis Gutiérrez - Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)

                                                                            Mundus Bacillus Terrae is a parcel of Malbec whose name pays homage to the rhizobacteria that live in symbiosis with the vines at 1,450 meters in the Adrianna vineyard. Three-quarters of the wine is fermented in concrete and the rest in foudres, followed by 18 months in French oak. The nose features violets and lavender with subdued notes of red fruit, but the wine only properly comes out in the mouth. It is pure texture with nervous tension and ripe but gentle, very Malbec-ish tannins that don’t impede the flow. The magic of this wine lies in its uniqueness, both in terms of style and as an approach to the variety. It is the questions it raises that make it truly compelling. Drink 2020 - 2032.
                                                                            97 points
                                                                            Joaquín Hidalgo - Vinous

                                                                            This is a really deep, decadent red, showing incredibly rich black soil, black olives and violets. Full body and rich tannins that exude power and intensity. Lots of white pepper and black fruit in the aftertaste. Extremely persistent. This is a bottle for the cellar. Try after 2024.
                                                                            98 points
                                                                            James Suckling

                                                                            Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                                                                            1. There is no minimum order unless stated.
                                                                            2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.
                                                                            3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.
                                                                            4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in April 2022.
                                                                            5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.
                                                                            6. Errors and omissions excepted.
                                                                            7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.
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                                                                              2020 Caves d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose
                                                                              Provence, FRANCE
                                                                              $39. 99 Bottle
                                                                              $479.88 Dozen
                                                                              Cellar: Drink now (2021)
                                                                              ABV: 13%
                                                                              Closure: Cork

                                                                              Made from a blend of Grenache, Rolle, Cinsault, Syrah and Tibouren, Whispering Angel is one of Provence’s leading producers of Rose. Translucent pale salmon pink in colour. Delightful white peach, strawberry, raspberry and musk scents stream out of the glass with notions of pomegranate also shining through. Light and supple across the palate delicious peach and spicy strawberry fruits intermix with infusions of musk over a stony back drop. Finishes dry with crisp acidity and a long elegant aftertaste.
                                                                              Drink now.
                                                                              Alc. 13%

                                                                              Other Reviews….
                                                                              Very pale apricot-pink color. Delicate aromas of sliced apple, pink grapefruit, peach, cream and stones follow through to a medium body and crisp acidity. Deliciously creamy and smooth. Drink and enjoy.
                                                                              92 points
                                                                              JamesSuckling.com

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                                                                                2018 Charles Van Canneyt Gevrey Chambertin Les Cazetiers Premier Cru
                                                                                Burgundy, FRANCE
                                                                                $380. 00 Bottle
                                                                                $4560.00 Dozen
                                                                                ABV: 13.5%
                                                                                Closure: Cork

                                                                                Charles Van Canneyt is the current winemaker at the iconic Domaine Hudelot-Noellat in Chambolle-Musigny, but he also produces wine under his own label. Using his extensive contacts with the finest growers in Burgundy, Charles sources grapes from some of the top plots in the area. Charles is aiming for a similar purity and terroir focus as those wines of Hudelot-Noellat, and as such has minimal use of new oak each year.

                                                                                Other Reviews....
                                                                                The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers 1er Cru has an intense, powerful bouquet of red and black fruit and undergrowth; touches of menthol develop with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, good structure and matière, and saline on the midpalate, leading to a grippy, quite assertive finish. Good aging potential.
                                                                                92-94 points
                                                                                Neal Martin - Vinous

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                                                                                  2018 Charles Van Canneyt Gevrey Chambertin Les Cherbaudes Premier Cru
                                                                                  Burgundy, FRANCE
                                                                                  $330. 00 Bottle
                                                                                  $3960.00 Dozen
                                                                                  ABV: 13%
                                                                                  Closure: Cork

                                                                                  Charles Van Canneyt is the current winemaker at the iconic Domaine Hudelot-Noellat in Chambolle-Musigny, but he also produces wine under his own label. Using his extensive contacts with the finest growers in Burgundy, Charles sources grapes from some of the top plots in the area. Charles is aiming for a similar purity and terroir focus as those wines of Hudelot-Noellat, and as such has minimal use of new oak each year.

                                                                                  Other Reviews....
                                                                                  The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cherbaudes 1er Cru has an attractive bouquet of red cherries, wild strawberry and orange zest aromas, the mineralité surfacing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet candied opening, fleshy and ripe, but it needs a little more structure toward the finish. Great nose, but the palate needs to foment a little more class.
                                                                                  88-90 points
                                                                                  Neal Martin - Vinous

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                                                                                    2018 Charles Van Canneyt Gevrey Chambertin Les Fontenys Premier Cru
                                                                                    Burgundy, FRANCE
                                                                                    $330. 00 Bottle
                                                                                    $3960.00 Dozen
                                                                                    ABV: 14%
                                                                                    Closure: Cork

                                                                                    Charles Van Canneyt is the current winemaker at the iconic Domaine Hudelot-Noellat in Chambolle-Musigny, but he also produces wine under his own label. Using his extensive contacts with the finest growers in Burgundy, Charles sources grapes from some of the top plots in the area. Charles is aiming for a similar purity and terroir focus as those wines of Hudelot-Noellat, and as such has minimal use of new oak each year.

                                                                                    Other Reviews....
                                                                                    The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Fontenys 1er Cru has a superb bouquet: beautifully defined and very pure, featuring a gorgeous rose petal note. The medium-bodied palate delivers supple tannins, fine acidity and a sorbet-fresh, persistent finish. Alongside the Cazetiers, this would be my pick from Charles Van Canneyt. Recommended.
                                                                                    92-94 points
                                                                                    Neal Martin - Vinous

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                                                                                      2013 Charosa Vineyards Selections Cabernet Sauvignon
                                                                                      Nashik, INDIA
                                                                                      $23. 99 Bottle
                                                                                      $287.88 Dozen
                                                                                      Minimum 12 bottles
                                                                                      Cellar: Drink now (2018)
                                                                                      ABV: 13%
                                                                                      Closure: Stelvin
                                                                                      Totally opaque dark red black colour with a dark brick red hue. Herbaceous green top notes overlay blackcurrant, black olive, cedary tobacco characters and spice. Showing more richness and much less of the green characters exhibited on the nose, the medium weight palate has flavours of blackcurrant, earthy tobacco characters, spicy cedar, a touch of leather, black olive and spicy tea leaf. Dryish finish with sturdy fine grained tannins and an aftertaste of blackcurrant, earthy tobacco, leather, black olive, spicy cedar and dried herbs.
                                                                                      Drink now.
                                                                                      Alc. 13%
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                                                                                        2019 Charteris Pinot Noir
                                                                                        Central Otago, NEW ZEALAND
                                                                                        $39. 99 Bottle
                                                                                        $479.88 Dozen
                                                                                        Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2021-2029)
                                                                                        ABV: 13.9%
                                                                                        Closure: Stelvin
                                                                                        Includes 32% whole bunch fruit with maturation taking place in French oak of which 20% was new. Semi translucent bright dark red colour with subtle tinges of black to the outskirts and a light luminous red hue. A perfumed like bouquet of violets, red to dark cherries, plum and strawberries greets the nostrils trailed by anise, forest floor, subtle spicy cedar and fresh herbs. Delicious ripe dark cherry, plum and strawberry fruits are both supple and succulent across the palate. Subtle anise, forest floor, infusions of fresh herbs and spicy cedar tail off into the background. An excellent power wave carried by fine polished tannins and well integrated fresh acidity. Long elegant aftertaste.
                                                                                        Drink over the next 6-8 years.
                                                                                        Alc. 13.9%
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                                                                                        2020 Chateau Angelus Pre-Arrival Offer
                                                                                        Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                                                                        $750. 00 Bottle
                                                                                        $9000.00 Dozen
                                                                                        Closure: Cork

                                                                                        As with a lot of properties in Saint-Emilion, Chateau Angelus has had its share of struggles in the mid-late 1900s, but after taking over from his father in 1988 Hubert de Bouard quickly turned around the property, to the point where it was upgraded to Premier Cru Classe A in 2012. The 27 hectare vineyard used for Chateau Angelus is planted to 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Maturation takes place in 100% new French oak for 18-24 months.

                                                                                        Other Reviews....
                                                                                        The 2020 Angélus has an opaque purple-black color, pulling you in with a captivating perfume of kirsch, Black Forest cake, ripe plums, violets and molten licorice, followed by wafts of underbrush, raspberry leaves and graphite, plus a hint of clove oil. The medium to full-bodied palate already offers beautiful balance and expression at this nascent stage, featuring bright, crunchy red and black fruits with remarkable energy and tension. Its amazingly plush, silken texture carries all these shimmering flavors to a very long and fragrant finish. This jaw-dropping expression of 2020 is simply stunning.
                                                                                        The blend this year is 40% Cabernet Franc and 60% Merlot, due to be aged 18-22 months in French oak barriques, 100% new, and two new foudres. The wine has pH of 3.65 pH and an alcohol of 14.5%.
                                                                                        98-100 points
                                                                                        Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (May 2021)

                                                                                        The 2020 Angélus is shaping up to be tremendous. Bright and punchy, with terrific energy, the 2020 is more linear and focused than any recent vintages I can remember tasting. Crushed red berry fruit, iron, smoke, mint, chalk and dried herbs all build in the glass. In 2020, Angélus is less flashy than it can be. That is a very good thing, for those who can wait. Harvest took place between September 18 to 30. One of the major evolutions here in recent years has been the use of foudres to age the Cabernet Franc. Half of the Franc is now raised in large format oak, and that seems to bringing added freshness to the Grand Vin.
                                                                                        96-98 points
                                                                                        Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                                                                                        This is wonderfully refined and balanced with such pretty depth. Full-bodied and so polished and pure. Subtle at first, then it takes off and keeps coming. Sophisticated. 60% merlot and 40% cabernet franc.
                                                                                        98-99 points
                                                                                        James Suckling

                                                                                        I loved the 2020 Château Angélus, which has the fresh, pure, incredible style favored by the estate today yet still has beautiful concentration and depth. Lots of ripe black cherries, mulberries, and cassis as well as violets, white flowers, tobacco, and dark chocolate define the bouquet, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a seamless, incredibly elegant mouthfeel, flawless tannins, and a great finish. While I don't think it's going to match the magical 2018, it's not far off and is unquestionably a gorgeous wine.
                                                                                        95-97+ points
                                                                                        Jeb Dunnuck

                                                                                        Dark in color, the wine explodes with blackberry liqueur, plums, smoke, licorice, Asian spice, cherry blossoms, violets and truffles. The wine is full-bodied, rich, dense and intense, with layers of opulent, cashmere textured fruits. As good as that is, it's the mid-palate and finish, with its non-stop waves of silky, sensuous fruits that build, expands and intensifies, leaving you with a beautiful purity of fruit-infused with spicy chocolate. The endnotes linger for close to 60 seconds. Give this a decade or so of age and it should be a mind-blowing tasting experience. The wine blends 60% Merlot with 40% Cabernet Franc,14.5% ABV, 3.65 pH. The wine is aging in 100% new, French oak, however, 40% of the Cabernet Franc is aged in foudres, allowing the oak to almost finish integrating into the wine on release. Harvesting took place, September 12-September 30.
                                                                                        98-100 points
                                                                                        Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

                                                                                        Supple damson fruits, I love the aromatics on this and the striking fruits. Silky in texture, balanced and elegant, there are big tannins that slowly but surely creep up on you through the palate. This is a sleek, poised, and confidently-constructed Angélus, with depth to the olive, chocolate, cassis body and a crushed mint leaf kiss on the finish. As often with this vintage it is not an exuberant hug, it is more about discreet power and gorgeous stealing-up of flavours and textures giving depth and subtle power. 3.62pH, aged in large sized oak cass and oak barrels. A yield of 37hl/ha.
                                                                                        97 points
                                                                                        Jane Anson - Decanter

                                                                                        60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample.
                                                                                        Deep purple-black colour. As in 2019 the power inherent but an extra edge of refinement. Ripe but aromatically engaging with floral, dark-fruit and chocolate notes. Beautiful texture with depth of fruit and the tannins velvety and fresh providing solid structure and drive on the finish. Classic Angélus with a little more precision and polish.
                                                                                        18/20 points
                                                                                        James Lawther MW - jancisrobinson.com

                                                                                        Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                                                                                        1. There is no minimum order unless stated.
                                                                                        2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.
                                                                                        3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.
                                                                                        4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2023.
                                                                                        5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.
                                                                                        6. Errors and omissions excepted.
                                                                                        7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.
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                                                                                        2016 Chateau Angelus
                                                                                        Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                                                                        $899. 00 Bottle
                                                                                        $10788.00 Dozen
                                                                                        Closure: Cork

                                                                                        As with a lot of properties in Saint-Emilion, Chateau Angelus has had its share of struggles in the mid-late 1900s, but after taking over from his father in 1988 Hubert de Bouard quickly turned around the property, to the point where it was upgraded to Premier Cru Classe A in 2012. The 27 hectare vineyard used for Chateau Angelus is planted to 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Maturation takes place in 100% new French oak for 18-24 months.

                                                                                        Other Reviews....
                                                                                        The 2016 Angélus is composed of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, aged 18 to 22 months in new barrels and foudres. Deep garnet-purple colored, it drifts effortlessly out of the glass with sensuous notes of lavender, candied violets, garrigue, Ceylon tea and iron ore with a core of warm black cherries, mulberries, ripe plums and aniseed plus wafts of cedar chest and cloves. Medium to full-bodied, the perfumed fruit whispers of great intensity and depth, with the vivacious fruit well knit into the plush, seductive frame of velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. Still very tightly wound with amazing tension at this stage, it truly needs a good 6-8 more years in bottle to deliver the fully expressed layers that this soft-spoken, profound beauty promises.
                                                                                        98+ points
                                                                                        Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate

                                                                                        The 2016 Angélus has a very well defined bouquet featuring blackberry, melted tar, pencil box and floral notes, though they are less pronounced than they were from barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins. This is well balanced with plenty of freshness and fine grip, and quite dense in the mouth compared to its peers. Notes of blackberry laced with sea salt and a touch of licorice govern the finish to this substantial Angélus, which will benefit from several years in bottle. Patience will be undoubtedly rewarded.
                                                                                        96 points
                                                                                        Neal Martin - Vinous

                                                                                        The 2016 Angélus is a total stunner. Despite its late bottling in September 2018, the 2016 is simply magnificent. Soaring aromatics and layers of bright, vibrant fruit are two of the main signatures in the 2016. The tannins, so often hard in young Angélus, are almost impossibly refined. Pomegranate, blood orange, raspberry jam, wild flowers and mocha are some of the many notes that race through the 2016. All the elements fall into place in a memorable, exquisite Saint-Émilion that is clearly one of the wines of the year. Don't miss it!
                                                                                        98 points
                                                                                        Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                                                                                        Subtle and profound aromas of blackberries, wet earth and sweet tobacco. Hints of spice, too. Full-bodied and so deep. It’s incredibly vertical and long. Just like looking down a well. Firm and powerful tannins, yet polished and balanced. Goes on for minutes. One of the greatest ever. Try after 2025.
                                                                                        99 points
                                                                                        James Suckling

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