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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      
    GIACOSA, BRUNO
One of the best 'classical' wine makers in Piedmont!
Bruno is totally focused on quality, his wines being considered some of the best of their genre.
   
 
22
75cl
Roero Arneis
B. Giacosa
 
Rudy -
Made from vines grown on sandy soils in the Roero area, Giacosa’s Arneis is elegant and pure and a perfect accompaniment to a wide variety of foods, including antipasti and pasta dishes. The 2013 is very refreshing with an expressive bouquet of acacia flowers, orange blossom, green apples and white peaches. The palate is bursting with zesty citrus flavours with nuances of crisp apples, sweet apricots and soft stone fruit characters.
2013 £19.00 2014-20
         
    PIEROPAN
RP/Monica Larner -
The Pieropan family makes a full portfolio of wines spanning from Soave to Amarone. They recently built a second winery for the production of their red wines. But as wonderful as all these products are, the true standouts are the three Soave Classico wines. No one comes close to giving a more graceful and delicate voice to the workhorse Garganega grape.
   
 
19
75cl
Soave Classico
Calvarino
Pieropan

RP/Monica Larner -
The 2012 Soave Classico Calvarino impresses for its depth and the supreme quality of fruit. The classic blend used here sees 70% Garganega and 30% Trebbiano di Soave from the estate's prized vineyard sites. Smooth and silky in texture, Calvarino flows freely imparting aromatic highlights of peach, honey, orange peel, pressed jasmine and crushed mineral along the way. It ages in glass-tiled cement vats that help to lock in aromas.
2012 £17.00 RP93
2014-22
32
75cl
Soave Classico
La Rocca
Pieropan

RP/Monica Larner -
The beautiful 2012 Soave Classico La Rocca is 100% Garganega from the estate's best vineyard located just beyond the towering Castello di Soave. La Rocca is aged in oak (both tonneaux and botte grande) for added textural thickness and lingering tones of ash, spice and candied fruit.
The results are exceptional and this Soave Classico is one of the standout wines of northern Italy.
It promises five years or more of excellent aging potential.
2012 £26.00 RP91
2015-22
           
    QUERCIABELLA
A top wine winemaker; his white wine Batar is of special interest and something different!
   
 
10
75cl
Batar
Querciabella
 
Antonio Galloni -
The 2013 Batàr 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
           
    TENUTA dell'ORNELAIA
One of Italy's top Super Tuscan winemakers - so always a 'sure buy'
   
 
37
75cl
Poggio Alle Gazze
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia
 
James Suckling -
This new white from Ornellaia is like drinking Domaine de Chevalier and Chave Hermitage blanc at the same time. The clarity of fruit and beauty is superb with sliced melon, papaya, mineral, stone and apple. Hints of new wood too.
Full body, some phenolic tension and a long and subtle finish.
This is a white that will age beautifully. A blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and mostly Viognier with a hint of Sauvignon Gris. Fermented in mostly old French oak barrels and aged for 12 months, with four or five months in bottle. Made from two hectares, three small vineyards.
2013 £36.00 JS98
2016-28
         
    RED Wine      
     ANTINORI, PIERO
One of Italy's Top estates and gifted winemakers.
Their SOLAIA is their top cuvee; which really is a great wine for that special occasion.

In 2013 the estate has opened a sprawling, multimillion-dollar underground wine cellar, with a museum, restaurant and tasting area.
It represents Italy’s most ambitious effort yet to make quality wine more appealing to the budding wine enthusiast.

   
 
6
75cl
SOLAIA
Antinori, Piero

Antonio Galloni -
The 2009 Antinori Solaia is similar to the 2007 in its volume and richness, but it is less extroverted. This is another gorgeous Solaia that will drink well pretty much during its entire life. The warm year yielded a racy Solaia with no hard edges and fabulous overall balance.

2009

£168.00

AG96+
2019-39
 
           
    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!

   
 
21
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
36
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
21
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”.
   
 
28
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
17
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
36
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 £54.00 AG96
2017-27
32
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
25
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
29
75cl
Barolo Garblet Sue
Brovia

Antonio Galloni -
The 2001 Barolo Garblèt Sue' is an infant. How much longer will the Garblet need? Perhaps as long as another decade. Layers of dark red fruit build effortlessly to the huge finish as this deep, compelling Barolo conquers the palate and intellect. Huge, massive tannins provide the backdrop for the fireworks in this utterly beguiling Barolo. The finish reveals an exotic, wild side of Nebbiolo that is compelling.
2001 £53.00 AG95+
2016-31
18
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 £94.00 AG96
2018-30
           
    CASANOVA DI NERI
A TOP estate making top-quality
full-flavoured Brunello's.
   
 
12
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

 

4
75cl
Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova
Casanova di Neri

Antonio Galloni
- The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova reveals layers of dark perfumed fruit intermingled with French oak, spices, minerals, violets and licorice. The Tenuta Nuova is impressive mostly for its textural richness and sheer depth, both qualities it has in spades. The finish is long, sweet and pure. Here, too, the wine will need at least a few years in bottle before its full range of aromas and flavors emerges. Neri gave the Tenuta Nuova 30 months in medium-sized French oak tonneaux.
2004 £69.00 AG93
2013-24

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    CASTELLO DI NEIVE
A "good-value" estate making excellent full-flavoured Barbaresco's
   
 
46
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 £32.00 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 £37.00 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.
   
 
58
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 £34.00 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.
   
 
41
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 £29.00

RH18/20
2017-35

 

35
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 £35.00 JS92
2017-26
30
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
           
    FONTODI
A very good Tuscany estate making full-bodied, well structured wines of great pedigree.
Their Sangiovese vineyard locations are among the very best in Tuscany.
   
 
58
75cl
Chianti Classico
Fontodi

Antonio Galloni -
The 2013 Chianti Classico is gorgeous.
My impression is that proprietor Giovanni Manetti has pulled back on the intensity in his wines, although he insists nothing has changed. Still, the 2013 impresses for its total polish and finesse. Of course, some of that may be attributable to the late-ripening vintage. In my view, slightly shorter macerations and more use of large format oak plays a role here. At the same time, there is plenty of Fontodi's signature textural richness, but also striking aromatic presence and tons of persistence. A closing burst of acidity adds vivacity to the dark red and blue stone fruit flavours. The 2013 is fresh, less heavy and also less oaky than some recent editions. This is an absolutely impeccable wine from Fontodi.
2013 £22.00 AG92
2016-30
           
    MARCHESI DE'
FRESCOBALDI

A very good
value Brunello address; the Castelgiocondo Estate always produces polished and refined wines - and 2010 is a great Brunello Vintage!
   
 
56
75cl
Brunello di Montalcino
Castelgiocondo
Frescobaldi

Antonio Galloni -
 Dark red cherry, smoke, plum, wild flowers and cedar are some of the notes that flesh out in the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino from Castelgiocondo.
Ripe, soft and textured on the palate, the 2010 impresses for its silkiness and early approachability.
Sweet floral and spiced notes reappear on the finish, adding considerable lift and perfume. This is a lovely showing from Castelgiocondo and the Frescobaldi family.
2010 £42.00 AG93
2015-25
           
    GALARDI
RP -
Terra di Lavoro, first produced in 1994, has quickly established itself as one of Italy’s cult wines. I tasted all of these vintages with proprietors Arturo and Dora Celentano during their first visit to the US. The Celentanos have a huge passion for food and wine, and that exuberance comes through loud and clear in these fabulous wines.
   
 
72
75cl
Terra Di Lavoro
Galardi
 
AG -
An exotic melange of tar, smoke, graphite, blackberry jam and savoury herbs explode from the glass.
The 2010 is intense and full-bodied, yet also incredibly elegant.

A big, breathtaking wine,
the 2010 continues to build all the way through to a deeply resonant, expressive finish. I would choose to leave this utterly beguiling Campanian red alone for the better part of a decade, but readers are going to have a very hard time exercising that patience. This is a fabulous effort from proprietors Arturo and Dora Celentano, and their long-time winemaker Riccardo Cotarella.
2010 £62.00 AG97+
2020-40
13
75cl
Terra Di Lavoro
Galardi
 
Antonio Galloni -
Galardi’s 2008 Terra di Lavoro is a legend in the making. It is a fabulously ripe, rich and seductive wine endowed with beautifully articulated dark plums, ash, leather, licorice, all of which meld together in an explosive, utterly thrilling display of class and elegance. Clean, mineral notes frame the eternal finish.
2008 £59.00 AG97+
2018-38
           
    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.
   
 
69
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 £52.00 AG96
2016-26
29
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 £49.00 AG95
2017-32
10
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 £45.00 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.
   
 
18
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 £64.00 AG96
2020-38
20
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 £57.00 AG95
2019-34
           


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