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  1. Cavalchina Bardolino Chiaretto 2018
    VM93
    $14.98
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    93 Points! Straw-pink with a copper tinge. The very clean nose offers fresh pomegranate, apple, pear and herb aromas. Then also clean and fresh in the mouth, with some hints of residual sweetness enrobing the melon and pink grapefruit flavors. A lovely Rosé from a recognized master in the making of Chiarettos. Made with a blend of 55% Corvina, 35% Rondinella and 10% Molinara; the presence of the latter grape is absolutely key in explaining this wine’s freshness and saline bent (plus the fact that many of this estate’s vines are extremely old, planted back in 1911). - Ian D'Agata, Vinous Media Learn More
  2. Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2015
    JS94
    $17.98
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    94 Points! A very spicy nose with dried blueberries, Christmas cake, blackberry pudding, tar, treacle tart, roasted herbs and balsamic. Full body, ripe and round tannins and a finish that shows real verve and life, thanks to a wave of refreshing acidity. Drink now or hold. - JamesSuckling.com Learn More
  3. Mazzi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Punta di Villa 2013
    $49.98
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    Love this stuff, always one of the more elegant, [spicy styles of Amarone, never over-the-top, silky, fine. Learn More
  4. Adami Prosecco Valdobbiadene Vigneto Giardino 2017
    $21.98
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    Winery notes: The Giardino Vineyard, purchased in 1920, is a south-facing natural amphitheatre-shaped vineyard. Probably the first example of a Prosecco from single vineyard in the whole DOC zone, it was presented at the 1st Mostra dei Vini Tipici d’Italia, held in Siena from 3 to 19 August 1933, as “Riva Giardino Asciutto”. The Giardino Vineyard best expresses the concept that at Adami we like to call “fruit salad”: the complex but approachable and never repetitive sensation on the nose of a crateful of fresh fruit. Learn More
  5. Pra Soave Classico Otto 2018
    JS90
    VM90
    $15.98
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    90 Points! Bright straw color. Nectarine, lemon peel and white flowers on the flint-accented nose. Harmonious but bright acidity provides clarity and cut to the mineral orchard and herbal flavors. Finishes long and saline, with lip-smacking freshness. In my opinion, this wine is one of the top ten best buys in white wine that Italy offers just about every year, and it’s no different in this vintage. Well done. The wine’s name is that of Graziano Pra’s beloved dog (a Border Collie). - Ian D'Agata, Vinous Media Learn More
  6. Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera 2013
    WE93
    $44.98
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    93 Points! This opens with aromas of black-skinned fruit, underbrush, tobacco and culinary spice. The full-bodied velvety palate doles out prune, soaked cherry, star anise and mocha wrapped up in polished tannins. - Wine Enthusiast Learn More
  7. Zenato Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa 2015
    JS94
    $21.98
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    94 Points! This is so refined and focused with layers of fruit and ultra-fine tannins. Plenty of chocolate and spice, too. Medium to full body, integrated tannins and a focused finish. Drink or hold. - JamesSuckling.com

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  8. Zenato Alanera 2014
    JS93
    Special Price $10.98 Regular Price $19.98
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    93 Points! This is a delicious new red from Zenato with plenty of dark berry, chocolate and spice. Walnut undertone. Full body, round and velvety texture. Blend of merlot and corvina. Drink now or hold. - JamesSuckling.com

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  9. Giuseppe Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2011
    WA91
    $79.98
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    91 Points! The 2011 Valpolicella Classico Superiore saw seven months of slow and careful aging in botte grande before being deemed ready for the market. The wine takes a little coaxing before it fully opens, and it requires a few extra vigorous swirls of the glass before it begins to reveal earthy tones of baked brick and potting soil. However, the core of the wine is definitely packed tight with blackberry and ripe plum. The hot vintage has shaped a wine with extra volume and textural richness (with 15% alcohol). - Monica Larner, robertparker.com Learn More
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  10. Giuseppe Quintarelli Primofiore 2015
    WA90
    $49.98
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    90 Points! This is the most accessible and fresh red wine in the greater Giuseppe Quintarelli portfolio. The 2015 Primofiore is a blend of equal parts indigenous grapes (Corvina and Corvinone) and French grapes (Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc). Those four varieties come together with harmony to create a fresh entry-level wine that is redolent of dark fruit, wild berry and plum. This vintage shows a very happy and sunny disposition, despite the ease and informality of the fruit. - Monica Larner, robertparker.com Learn More
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  11. Montonale Lugana Orestilla 2016
    DEC96
    $24.98
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    96 Points! Amalfi lemon zest, honeysuckle and lemon cream shine on the expressive nose. Creamy and velvety in texture, the palate shows toasty almond, straw and elderberry. A rich style, mineral driven with a very long finish. - Decanter Magazine Learn More
  12. Villa San Carlo Amarone della Valpolicella 2010
    $49.98
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    Great new source, current vintage from a grower who used to sell to Allegrini and Dal Forno, terrific stuff!
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  13. Loredan Gasparini Montello e Colli Asolani Venegazzu Superiore Capo di Stato 2013
    JS93
    $49.98
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    VERY old vine Cabernet and Merlot. 93 Points!  Beautifully fruity red with plum, currant and walnut character. Hints of hazelnuts, too. Medium to full body, round and juicy tannins and a savory finish. Love the intensity to this. Drink now. - JamesSuckling.com
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  14. Loredan Gasparini Asolo Prosecco Brut Superiore NV
    $13.98
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    Prosecco has been gaining popularity over the last decade or so, but the wide variety of styles and price points makes it a little difficult to get a feel for any particular wine by virtue of the label.  Sure they are principally made from the grape Glera and typically bulk fermented.  But beyond that it’s anybody’s guess how sweet or aggressively fizzy any individual selection might be just from looking at the bottle.  As have learned, there are a number of very appealing selections out there at a variety of price points.
     
    Of course any time you have a category, somebody will ask you what the best one is.  Admittedly in our case, since we taste so much, that answer could vary over time.  But certainly right now the answer is the Loredan Gasparini Asolo Prosecco Brut Superiore NV.  It is the most singularly impressive Prosecco we have had in quite some time.  The area of Trevigi  itself is no newcomer, having been known for wine production since the 1300s and even being praised by the historian Bonifacio in 1590.  But the real story starts in 1973 when current owner Giancarlo Palla took the reigns.  Clearly the exceptional quality of the site is reflected in this clean, bright, refined Prosecco.
     
    The bead is sleek , the bubbles are fine, and the attack is not too aggressive.  The wine itself is at the driest end of the spectrum for the genre and the clean, refined fruit, elegant mousse, and lingering, fresh finish play like a lighter on its feet, user friendly version of a fine Champagne.  That was a lot for us to find in a wine that sells for less than $14, we aren’t trying to oversell it.  The estate makes a number of other still wines, and we didn’t find any magical reviews.  But at some point the origins in the Asolo DOCG Superiore subzone seems to have made its mark on the finished wine and this is deceptively polished. Suffice it to say that this is a well made Prosecco that can play to a higher audience, and that alone is good reason to pay attention to this quiet little find.  
     
     
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