Tua Rita 2012 “Perlato del Bosco” Sangiovese

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Super Tuscans were born on the Italian coast, and warm Maremma is the cradle of a  great many modern wines. The region is known for massive Cabernet Sauvignon, with the depth and breadth of Napa’s Rutherford Cabs they so closely resemble. Perlato del Bosco hails from the region, specifically the  town of Suvereto, overlooking Corsica across the Tyrrhenian sea. This is different. This is fully Sangiovese, the grape of Florence and Siena. Here, though, it doesn’t...

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Cascina Chicco 2011 Barolo Rocche di Castelletto

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A note about this wine: there is much more of it on the Main Line than in Philly. For reasons unknown, this is often the case. It’s a shame since there are at least 20,000 people in Philly who read our newsletter and there is rarely enough of the great wines to go around. There are several towns that produce Barolo the wine. One of those towns is Barolo, the other four are La Morra, Castiglione. Falletto, Serralunga d’Alba, and Monforte d’Alba. Monforte is...

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Falesco 2012 Merlot, Umbria

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Riccardo Cotarella has been knocking out stellar Italian (and a few French) Merlot for decades. Very modern in style, this wine pushes the oak to center stage. Sweet vanilla, mocha, and clove permeated the soft plummy fruit flavors. Some licorice and cigar box in the velvety finish.  This is one of the top under $10 bottles I’ve seen in years.

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Coppo 2010 “Camp du Rouss” Barbera d’Asti

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From the Piedmonte region of Italy. The guy who owns this vineyard is a ginger, which is where the name “Camp du Rouss” comes from. In Piedmontese, “camp” means vineyard and “du rouss” means red hair. This bottle is destined for the carnivores dinner table. It has the structure and acidity to handle most meat-based dishes. And then there is the smoke. This is pure meat and bacon and charcoal and dark delicious fruit. I’ll be drinking this with BBQ,  short...

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Maculan 2011 “Palazzotto” Cabernet Sauvignon

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If Napa Cab is your cup of tea, this isn’t your cup of tea. This is Cabernet Sauvignon for Pinot Noir lovers.  The 2011 is especially delightful, thanks to a warmer than average vintage in Veneto, Italy. Varietally correct, this Cabernet opens with currant and cedar notes, with a whiff of grass roots and crushed violets. Notes of licorice and  spent fireplace surround a core of dark fruit and forest floor. The palate is round and intricate and savory.

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Redi 2009 Orbaio Toscano

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A beautiful balance of classic Tuscan Sangiovese and muscular Cabernet. Cocoa-dusted spice and lush dark fruit on the palate meld into tart cherry and mineral. Elements of anise and toast emerge in the finish that wends a long way back to fruit, spice, and cocoa. From Vecchia Cantina Di Montepulciano, a major Cooperative located in the town famous for Vino Nobile. The facility was founded in 1937, di Montepulciano. This line was wine was named after Francesco Redi, the...

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Feudi di San Gregorio 2011 Primitivo di Manduria

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  Vibrant and exceptionally juicy, this Primitivo offers up simple pleasures with an elaborate flourish. The black pepper and pressed wild flowers open into tobacco smoke and ozone. Flavors drift from blackberry and currant to liquorice.  A fun and delicious everyday wine. Feudi di San Gregorio is one of the best producers in Southern Italy, well known for their bottles of Aglianico in Basilicata. This bottling is from their new project in Puglia....

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Bersano 2010 Barolo Nirvasco

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  Sauvage notes of roses and resin lightened by strawberry and mint. The deeply steeped tannins cut into a concentration of  tobacco and fennel. Managing that wonderful dance of Nebbiolo: intense and powerful, yet elegant and complex.  Plenty of tar and iron in the finish as a savory note unfurls.  The flavors are firm and well-integrated, but this wine would benefit from upwards of a decade in the cellar. This winery is based in Asti, and is well known for it’s...

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Castelli del Grevepesa 2010 Clemente VII Chianti Classico Riserva

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An impressive Reserva that offers an increasing level of depth and verve. A classical note of leather ties together aromas of rusty iron and sandalwood. A hefty dose of gritty tannins keeps the fresh dark fruit in check, and an element of burnt sage opens into the finish. A well balanced but muscular bottling of Chianti. From the Castelli del Grevepesa Cooperative in Lamole, an important town in the Classico region. Curiously, this wine is named after Clemente VII, the...

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