• Farnese Fantini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017

    Brilliant, deep ruby color. The nose is moderately intense offering scents of black cherry, blackberry, and plum with supporting notes of cranberry, mineral, and dried flowers. The palate confirms the nose delivering a red and black fruits-driven core with flavors of black plums. The finish is is long and lingering with chewy tannins. Medium to full-bodied and nicely balanced with a supple texture. Made with 100% Montepulciano and now it is smartly offered with a screw-top closuer. $10 – 4 Stars – 90 points

  • Boccantino Susumaniello IGP Salento 2016

    Brilliant, deep ruby/purple color. The aromatics are very intense offering scents of red cherry and raspberry with supporting notes of pomegranate, mineral, and lavender. The palate confirms the nose delivering a red and black fruits-driven core with flavors of ripe red and black fruits. The finish is long and lingering with supple tannins. Medium to full-bodied and nicely balanced with a voluptuous texture. A beautiful and charming red. $14 – 4 Stars – 92 points

  • Loacker Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2009

    Brilliant, deep scarlet color. The aromatics are very intense offering scents of blackberry, mineral, and leather with supporting notes of cured meat and cocoa. The palate confirms the nose delivering a red and black fruits-driven core with flavors of black fruits, five spice, and red cherry. The finish is long and lingering with aggressive tannins. Medium to full-bodied and nicely balanced with a meaty texture. This Brunello is drinking well now through 2022. $60 – 4 Stars – 90 points

  • Barbanera Nero di Troia IGP Puglia 2017

    Brilliant, dark ruby/purple color. The aromatics are very intense offering scents of black currant, cassis, violet, and mineral with supporting notes of cigar box and lavender. The palate confirms the nose delivering a black fruit-driven core with flavors of black fruits and five spice. The finish is long and lingering with chewy tannins. Medium to full-bodied and perfectly balanced with a meaty texture. This lovely southern wine is hedonistically rich with fruit and spice. $15 – 4 Stars – 92 points

  • Uvario La Loggia Rosso IGP Toscano 2016

    Brilliant, dark ruby color. The aromatics are very intense offering scents of boysenberry and raspberry with supporting notes of dried herbs, hibiscus flower, and forest floor. The palate confirms the nose delivering a red and black fruits-driven core with flavors of mineral and black plum. The finish is long and lingering with silky tannins. Medium to full-bodied and nicely balanced with a meaty texture. $17.99 – 4 Stars – 90 points

  • San Osvaldo Frizzante Raboso IGP Veneto NV

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    Brilliant, deep ruby color with a medium bead of bubbles. The nose is moderately intense offering scents of red cherry and hibiscus flower with supporting notes of wild strawberries and blood orange. The palate echoes the nose delivering a red fruit-driven core with flavors of crushed red fruits and mineral. The finish lingers with soft/supple tannins. Medium-bodied and perfectly balanced with a slight bit of fizz and just enough sweetness (balanced by tart fruit) to add body and texture. $15 – 4.5 Stars – 94 points

  • La Gerla Rosso di Montalcino 2015

    Brilliant, medium garnet/ruby color. The nose is moderately intense offering scents of boysenberry, red cherry, and baking spices with supporting notes of forest floor and violet. The palate confirms the nose delivering a red fruit-driven core with flavors of raspberry and earth. The finish is long and lingering with soft tannins. Medium-bodied and nicely balanced with a supple texture. The La Gerla Rosso is made from 15 year-old vines on the estate and then aged one year before release (eight months in Slovenian oak). $23 – 4 Stars – 90 points

  • Cincinnato Raverosse Cori 2016

    Brilliant, deep ruby color. The nose is moderately intense offering scents of blackberry, raspberry, and slate with supporting notes of dried herbs and five spice. The palate confirms the nose delivering a red and black fruits-driven core with flavors of black cherry and subtle sweet oak accents. The finish is long and lingering with supple tannins. Medium to full-bodied and perfectly balanced with a vibrant and juicy texture. Made with a blend of 50% Nero Buono, 30% Montepulciano, 20% Cesanese. Lovely to drink on it's own but it really shines with rich stews, roasted mushrooms, or roasted pork. $15 – 4 Stars – 91 points

  • Gran Passione Spumante Prosecco DOC NV

    Brilliant, light gold/green color with a medium bead of bubbles. The nose is moderately intense offering scents of peach and spring flowers with supporting notes of green apple. The palate confirms the nose delivering a green fruit-driven core with flavors of pear and citrus zest. The finish is long and lingering. Medium-bodied and nicely balanced with a vibrant texture. A fresh and friendly happy hour sipper. $13 – 3.5 Stars – 88 points

  • Antinori Villa Anitnori Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2011

    Brilliant, deep scarlet color. The aromatics are very intense offering scents of black cherry, raspberry, and baking spices with supporting notes of dried herbs, leather, and red currant. The palate confirms the nose delivering a red and black fruits-driven core with flavors of black fruits and plum. The finish is long and lingering with silky tannins and bright spice accents. Full-bodied and perfectly balanced with a rich yet vibrant texture. A charming Chianti with a great future as it will cellar well until 2025 and beyond. If drinking today you will want to employ a decanter. $35 – 4 Stars – 92 points

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