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D’Angelo’s Awesome Aglianico!!

2011 D'ANGELO Aglianico del Vulture
$16.95 bottle/ $163.00 case

11010297_10204461531361242_1723625569852045343_n (1)I don’t know if I’d call this wine “savage”, although the intense, deeply colored and flavored wines grown on the slopes of Mt. Vulture in the Campania region of southern Italy do have their wild side. But this gutsy, dense red also has a certain refinement amidst all that mineral, smoke, and earth edged black fruit. Maybe using the sophisticated-sounding French term “sauvage” will give it the meaning I’m looking for. Whatever it is, you can taste those rocky, steeply terraced vineyard soils every time you raise your glass. I am a big Aglianico fan, finding them intriguingly mysterious. The ’11 D’Angelo is a steal for a wine this good at this price. Terrifically satisfying right now, it will only age  and improve for the next 5-10 years. Should any form of grilled meats be on your dining horizon, this ’11 D’Angelo is the perfect choice!
More love: from The Wine Spectator: “This fresh, well-spiced, finely knit red offers supple tannins and a palate of dried black currant, marjoram and thyme, anise, smoke and leather. Chewy finish. Drink now through 2026. 90 points.”

Mont Gras “Antu” Syrah: as good as it gets!

2012 MONT GRAS "Antu" Syrah
$19.95 bottle/ $192.00 case

When we carried the previous locally available release of this Chilean beauty, the 2009 “Antu” Syrah, I wrote that it was one of, if not the, best South American Syrahs I’ve had. At any price. Any cheaper and they tend to be flabby fruit bombs; any more and all you taste is vanilla from the…

Superiore in Every Way!

2010 TRINCHERO Barbera d’Asti Superiore “Terre del Noce”
$23.95 bottle/ $230.00 case

You may have gathered over time that I am a huge Barbera nut. Probably my favorite wine to drink on a regular basis, which makes me somewhat, well, “particular” would be a good way to put it. That’s why I am so thrilled with this ’10 Trinchero which absolutely knocked me out. A “Superiore” level…

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I don’t know if I’d call this wine “savage”, although the intense, deeply colored and flavored wines grown on the slopes of Mt. Vulture in the Campania region of southern Italy do have their w[more]

Mont Gras “Antu” Syrah: as good as it gets!

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Superiore in Every Way!

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Casa Contini’s Sublime Salento!

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Baby Barbaresco!

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Piedmontese Pleasure!

2010 OLIM BAUDA Barbera d’Asti Superiore “Nizza” $34.95 bottle/ $188.00- 1/2 case/ $335.00 case As you can imagine in 20+ years in this wine biz I’ve tasted well over a thousan[more]