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Where available, tasting scores and notes are by Robert Parker (RP) and taken from his website www.erobertparker.com,  Antonio Galloni (AG) is taken from www.vinousmedia.com, and Wine Spectator (WS) is taken from www.winespectator.com
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    WHITE Wine      
    QUERCIABELLA
A top wine winemaker; his white wine Batar is of special interest and something different!
   
 
2
75cl
BATAR
Querciabella
 
Antonio Galloni -
The 2013 Batr is quite beautiful. Lemon oil, white flowers, almonds and a hint of orange peel are laced together in an effortless, gracious white endowed with real personality. This is the first vintage that includes a clone of Pinot Blanc sourced from Henri Gouges in Nuits St. Georges and that also seems to reflect a more polished, refined style. A revisited approach to pruning that allows yields to be naturally a bit higher than in the past and less new oak during aging seem to be paying off.
2013 £45.00 AG92
2015-25

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    ANTINORI, MARCHESI
Marchesi Antinori makes very elegant and nuanced wines - his white wine is especially interesting! 
   
 
30
75cl
CERVARRO della SALA
Marchesi Antinori

Not reviewed yet, but for those of you looking for something special - this is well worth a try!
2016 44.00 2018-28
         
    RED Wine      
    ANTINORI, MARCHESI
Marchesi Antinori makes very elegant and nuanced wines - especially the Tignanello which is one of the most distinctive and recognisable of Italian wines. 
   
 
24
75cl
GUADO al TASSO
Marchesi Antinori

Antonio Galloni -
Even at this very early stage, the 2015 Bolgheri Superiore Guado al Tasso is magnificent. Fresh and perfumed in the glass, with striking purity of fruit and exceptional balance, the 2015 is arrestingly beautiful from the very first taste. Bright red cherry and raspberry jam are pushed forward. I am struck by the wine's translucent color and overall level of finesse. Wow!
2015 84.00 AG96
2020-35
30
75cl
TIGNANELLO
Marchesi Antinori

Antonio Galloni -
The highlight in this range, the exquisite 2014 Tignanello is all about persistence and understated class. The aromatics alone are captivating. Sculpted, finely delineated flavours add to the wine's vivid personality. Because of the challenges posed by the growing season, the blend leans more heavily toward Cabernet Sauvignon than is typically the case. Above all else, though, the 2014 is all about harmony, and there is plenty of that here. Unfortunately, production is down 30%.
2014 75.00 AG96
2020-39
    BREZZA, GIACOME
Brezza remains one of the most under the radar growers in Barolo. His Barolos remain medium bodies, with a classic sense of austerity.

These wines are especially recommended for those of you who love traditionally made Barolo!

   
 
8
75cl
BAROLO CANNUBI
G. Brezza

Antonio Galloni -
The 2010 Barolo Cannubi wraps around the palate with gorgeous depth and the pure silkiness that makes this vineyard in the town of Barolo so special. Crushed flowers, mint, sweet tobacco and dried cherries meld together in a supple, soft Barolo that should enjoy a long and broad drinking window. With time in the glass, the wine's structure becomes more apparent, showing what makes the best Cannubi Barolos so appealing; the combination of structure and elegance.
2010 42.00 AG94
2015-30
58
75cl
BAROLO CASTELLERO
G. Brezza

Antonio Galloni -
Brezza's 2010 Barolo Castellero offers up a super-classic profile of dried rose petal, anise, mint, coffee, sweet herbs and dried cherries. A gracious, mid-weight Barolo, the 2010 stands out for its soft, approachable personality and impeccable sense of balance. Sweet floral and spice notes linger on the soft, feminine finish. This is the most ethereal and fleeting of the 2010s. The Castellero is also a bit less polished and complete than the other Barolos in the range.
2010 38.00 AG92
2015-30
28
75cl
BAROLO SARMASSA
G. Brezza

Antonio Galloni -
Dark cherries, pine, menthol, liquorice, smoke and underbrush all take shape in the 2010 Barolo Sarmassa. The darkest and most imposing of the Brezza Barolos, the Sarmassa is backed up by firm tannins that ensure the wine will drink well for a number of years. This is the most tightly wound of the Brezza 2010s, so it will require a bit of patience. This is a deep and deeply satisfying Barolo from Enzo Brezza. In 2010, Brezza did not produce his top Barolo, Bricco Sarmassa. All the best fruit went into the straight Sarmassa.
2010 55.00 AG95
2020-35
18
75cl
BAROLO SARMASSA
G. Brezza

Antonio Galloni -
Expressive violets, flowers, mint, tobacco and dried cherries emerge from 2009 Barolo Sarmassa. Darker and more powerful than the Cannubi, the Sarmassa fills its broad-shouldered frame beautifully. Sweet herbs, anise and rosemary are some of the nuances that develop on the intriguing, beguiling finish. The 2009 should be cellared for at least a few years to allow the tannins to soften. Sarmassa has more clay than Cannubi, which lends depth and richness to the wine.
2009 44.00 AG92
2014-26
           
    BROVIA
Brovia remains very much an 'well kept secret' for Barolo fans, despite the obvious quality of its wines and great reviews from respected critics, such as Antonio Galloni, who notes:
I can’t say enough good things about the Brovia family and what they have accomplished over the years, but especially over the last decade or so, which has seen them jump into the upper echelon of Barolo producers”.
   
 
7
75cl
BAROLO CA' MIA
Brovia

Antonio Galloni -
The 2007 Barolo Ca’ Mia explodes from the glass with ripe dark fruit, smoke, incense, menthol, spices and tar. There is an exotic quality to the Ca’ Mia that is totally intriguing. Here, too, the richness of the year provides a lovely foil to the firm, underlying structural components that are very much present. The pointed finish gives the wine tons of drive and sheer energy. This is a striking Serralunga Barolo.
2007 54.00 AG95+
2017-32
4
75cl
BAROLO ROCCHE di CASTIGLIONE
Brovia

Antonio Galloni -
Brovia's 2010 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione is a classic in the making. An open, expressive Rocche bouquet, firm yet silky tannins and chiseled fruit are the signatures. Veins of brilliant acidity and insistent tannin give the 2010 much of its energy and overall tension. This mid-weight, super-polished Barolo will provide readers with exceptional drinking for many years to come.
2010 94.00 AG96+
2020-40
4
75cl
BAROLO ROCCHE di CASTIGLIONE
Brovia

Antonio Galloni -
The 2007 Barolo Rocche emerges from the glass with freshly cut roses, sweet berries and spices. The Rocche is always the most open of Brovia’s single vineyard Baroli. In 2007 the wine has an extra dimension of textural richness that makes it incredibly appealing even at this young stage. Floral notes reappear on the silky, pure finish. This is a fabulous showing, but the wine will be even better in a few years.
2007 59.00 AG96
2017-27
8
75cl
BAROLO GARBLET SUE
Brovia

Antonio Galloni -
The 2007 Barolo Garblet Sue’ is another stunning wine. This vineyard seldom yields wines without firm tannins and slightly angular contours, so the even warmth of the year is especially beneficial here. Smoke, tar, iron, roses and dark red fruit are woven together in a muscular, virile style that is striking. The finish shows fabulous intensity, drive and focus, virtually covering the tannins. It is simply dazzling.
2007 51.00 AG95
2017-32
2
75cl
BAROLO GARBLET SUE
Brovia

Antonio Galloni -
The 2006 Barolo Garblet Sue’ is massively tannic and powerful. As always, it is a taut, sinewy Barolo, but in 2006 the Garblet Sue’ is even more backward than is typically the case. Bright red fruit, smoke, tar, incense and iron are just some of the nuances that come together in this focused, potent Barolo.
2006 52.00 AG95
2021-36
12
75cl
BAROLO VILLERO
Brovia

Antonio Galloni -
Brovia's 2010 Barolo Villero wraps around the palate with dark red cherries, plums, spices, menthol, new leather and liquorice. Rich, sumptuous and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2010 is firing on all cylinders. Today the Villero is remarkably open, which is unusual for this wine. This early tasting provides a clue of what will develop over the next few years, and that is all hugely positive. Cloves, mocha and black fruit all add gravitas on the finish. Today the Villero seems to bring together the finesse of the Rocche and weight of the Ca' Mia. What a thrill it is to catch the Villero at this expressive stage in its development. A huge, creamy, totally voluptuous finish is full of appeal and pure sexiness.
2010 87.00 AG96
2018-30
           
    CASANOVA DI NERI
A TOP estate making top-quality
full-flavoured Brunello's.
   
 
7
75cl
BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO
Casanova di Neri

Antonio Galloni
- .The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino bursts from the glass with freshly cut flowers, violets, leather, liquorice and black cherries. Firm underlying tannins lend vibrancy to the voluptuous fruit. The Casanova di Neri straight bottling - sometimes referred to as the "white label" - is made from some of the estate's cooler sites. In 2007 the wine has more depth, fruit and overall harmony than is typically the case. Bright acidity frames the long, polished finish. In short, this is a fabulous wine from Giacomo Neri. Along with the 2006, the 2007 is one the best and most complete vintages I can remember tasting in some time. Most importantly of all, though, it is flat-out delicious.
2007 45.00 AG93
2015-27

 

           
    CASTELLO DI NEIVE
A "good-value" estate making excellent full-flavoured Barbaresco's
   
 
40
75cl
BARBARESCO
"Albesani Santa Stefano" 
Castello Di Neive

Antonio Galloni
- Freshly cut flowers, rose petals, red berries, liquorice, mint and spices flesh out in the 2010 Barbaresco Albesani Santo Stefano. With time in the glass, the 2010 blossoms beautifully. Intensely perfumed and layered, the 2010 boasts gorgeous inner sweetness and fabulous balance. Today the 2010 is firing on all cylinders. The pedigree of this great site comes through in spades.
2010 39.00 AG94
2016-30
19
75cl
BARBARESCO
"Albesani Santa Stefano" 
Castello Di Neive

Antonio Galloni
- The 2007 Barbaresco Albesani Santo Stefano shows the weight and richness that is typical of this south-facing site in Neive. A rich fabric of dark fruit, fresh roses, new leather and menthol completely cover the palate. The Santo Stefano is impeccable in its generous, enveloping fruit. The intensity and sheer depth of the fruit manages to virtually bury the tannins, but they are there. As delicious as this is today, it will be even better in a few years- time.
2007 42.00 AG95
2015-27
           
    COL D'ORCIA
Antonio Galloni -
When all is said and done, Col d'Orcia might have produced not just one of the wines of the 2008 vintage, but possibly two. Proprietor Francesco Marone Cinzano and his team, led by long-time estate manager Edoardo Virano, have done a magnificent job with these wines.
   
 
54
75cl
BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO
Col d'Orcia

Antonio Galloni
- Sweet rich, lush and layered, yet also remarkably light on its feet, the 2008 Brunello di Montalcino dazzles from start to finish. Sweet roses, red berries, flowers, mint and orange peel all take an appearance in this utterly impeccable polished Brunello I imagine the 2008 will still be a special wine at age 30. The aromas are naturally still quite primary, so some cellaring is advisable. The brutal August hailstorm took with it a full 40% of the production, but left behind a strikingly beautiful Brunello endowed with seemingly endless layers of fruit and fabulous overall balance.
2008 37.00 AG94
2016-38
           
    GIACOMO FENOCCHIO
With vineyards in the heart of Barolo production zone, the Fenocchio estate has produced wines for over five generations, following family traditions handed down from father to son.
Before the Second World War the wine was sold principally in local markets, but new energy arrived with Giacomo Fenocchio as he acquired new vineyard holdings in 1964.
   
 
33
75cl
BAROLO
Giacomo Fenocchio
 

Richard Hemming, jancisrobinson.com - Juicy black bramble fruit with a charred beef edge. There's oak scent here too, lending a delicious cinnamon and clove spice. Serious structure with boisterous acidity cutting through the tannin. Smoky on the finish, and beautifully complex.

2011 27.00

RH18/20
2017-35

 

34
75cl
BAROLO BUSSIA
Giacomo Fenocchio

James Suckling -
 Walnut, berry and milk chocolate character on the nose and palate. Full and chewy with round and soft tannins and a savoury finish.
2011 33.00 JS92
2017-26
21
75cl
BAROLO VILLERO
Giacomo Fenocchio

James Suckling -
 A refined and incredibly balanced wine with cedar, berry and milk chocolate character. Full-bodied yet so silky and beautiful. Hard not to drink now.
2011 38.00 JS95
2016-27
           
    IMPARATO, SILVIA
RP/Antonio Galloni - Proprietor Silvia Imparato is one of the early pioneers in the world of Campanian oenology.
She has enlisted the help of consulting oenologist Riccardo Cotarella, and together they have created Montevetrano, the wine that launched Campania in a big way around the world.
   
 
58
75cl
MONTEVETRANO
Imparato, Silvia
 
Antonio Galloni -
The 2010 Montevetrano is flat-out gorgeous. Vibrant, floral aromatics lead to layers of beautifully delineated fruit in this finely sculpted chiselled Montevetrano. A wine of extraordinary beauty, the 2010 impresses for its clarity and nuance. I don’t think I have ever tasted a young Montevetrano with this much pure silkiness and finesse. There is a level of precision and delineation in the 2010 that is truly marvellous. I can’t wait to see how it ages. The 2010 is also notable for a much higher percentage of Aglianico (30%) than has been common in the past, while the international varieties are less prominent in the blend. In 2010 Montevetrano is 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Aglianico and 20% Merlot, which means the Cabernet Sauvignon now plays a much smaller role in the blend.
2010 47.00 AG96
2016-26
24
75cl
MONTEVETRANO
Imparato, Silvia
 
Antonio Galloni -
The 2007 Montevetrano is the product of an unusual vintage characterized by hot temperatures that were virtually uninterrupted throughout the year. Bright red fruit, flowers and spices are some of the nuances that emerge from this silky, beautifully balanced Montevetrano. The combination of explosive ripe fruit, richness and finesse are utterly breathtaking. The warmth of the vintage comes through in the wine's generosity, yet there are no suggestions whatsoever of over- ripeness. This is a magnificent Montevetrano
2007 44.00 AG95
2017-32
5
75cl
MONTEVETRANO
Imparato, Silvia
 
Antonio Galloni -
Dark berries, plums, espresso and spices come to life in the 2000 Montevetrano. Stylistically the 2000 emphasizes a soft, seamless expression of fruit over well-articulated aromatics. Though not the most complex Montevetrano, the 2000 impresses for its remarkable harmony, integration and sheer opulence, all of which make it a terrific vintage for drinking now and over the next decade.
2000 39.00 AG93
2013-20

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    ISOLE e OLENA
RP/Antonio Galloni - Isole e Olena seems to fly under the radar, but insiders know better. Proprietor Paolo De Marchi crafts some of the most engaging wines in all of Tuscany, and Italy for that matter.
   
 
16
75cl
CEPPARELLO
Isole e Olena
 
Antonio Galloni -
The 2013 Cepparello is superb. Polished, silky nuanced and exceptionally beautiful, the 2013 exudes freshness and energy from start to finish. Succulent red cherry, plum, lavender and rose petal are some of the signatures. Aging in French oak shapes the wine nicely without marking it excessively.
The purity of the flavours is striking. This is an especially cool, savoury Cepparello built on finesse and persistence rather than power.
 
I can't wait to see how it ages.
2013 54.00 AG96
2020-38
1
75cl
CEPPARELLO
Isole e Olena
 
Antonio Galloni -
The 2009 Cepparello is gorgeous. It brings together the radiance and ripeness of a warmer year with the medium-bodied structure of a cooler vintage. Today the 2009 is a bit reticent and appears headed for a period of dormancy. From time to time hints of its ultimate potential come through in attractive layers of dark red fruit. The rich, textured finish bodes well for the future.
2009 50.00 AG95
2019-34

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