- Moschioni Pignolo Colli Orientali del Friuli 2009WA92$64.98Availability:In Stock92 Points! The 2009 Friuli Colli Orientali Pignolo opens to a fragrant and floral bouquet with pressed rose petal, wild berry and cassis. On the nose, the wine appears much younger than it actually is. The quality of the fruit is vibrant and youthful. In the mouth, this Pignolo offers grit and determination with fine tannins and a medium build. It closes with smooth layers of richness and dark fruity intensity. Inspired by the distinct power and concentration that distinguish air-dried wines (made with the appassimento process), Michele Moschioni produces wines that are unlike any other in Friuli Venezia Giulia...Moschioni's wines offer extreme concentration and density. - Monica Larner, robertparker.comLearn More
- Gravner Ribolla Gialla Venezia Giulia 2009WA94+VM93$79.98Availability:In Stock93 Points! Deep orangy-yellow color. Pure, highly complex aromas of lemon, winter melon, apricot jelly, crushed stone, minerals and iris. Then juicy, tight and sharply delineated, with very fresh, dry, mineral-driven flavors of lemon, orchard fruit and mint. With aeration, this revealed its underlying richness even more and without losing any of its grip or precision. Fermented in amphoras with indigenous yeasts and no temperature control, it spent five months in buried amphoras, then six years in large oak barrels. An outstanding orange wine: Gravner should consider opening a school to teach many of his colleagues all over the world how to correctly make such wines.
- Gravner Bianco Breg Venezia Giulia 2009WA93$79.98Availability:In Stock93 Points! Sampled at the Gravner tasting room from specially made stemless balloon glasses, the 2009 Bianco Breg pours to a fully orange color with brilliant highlights of gold and brightly polished copper. The bouquet here is round and supple, with a softness and subsequent richness that comes from the lacy, velvety nature of the macerated grape skins. You get honey, canned peach, maple syrup and almost sweet honeysuckle-like sensations. There is tannic structure here, but nearly a decade of bottle aging has ironed out any noticeable edges. Josko Gravner suggests drinking this wine at about 57 degrees to 64 degrees Fahrenheit. His daughter pegs the perfect temp at 53 degrees to 60 degrees. Get your thermometers out. - Monica Larner, robertparker.com Learn More
- Trabucchi Valpolicella Superiore Terra di San Colombaro 2009$23.98Availability:In Stock
- Ronchi Di Cialla Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso di Cialla 2009$39.98Availability:In StockSpends a whopping four years in the cellars, including 14-18 months’ maturation in French oak (50% new) and 30-36 months’ ageing in bottles, prior to release. Notes of licorice, stones, black cherry, and fresh earth all wrapped up in super-suave tannins, give this wine a gravitas not usually associated with this grape. Drinking perfectly now, the wine will also continue to improve with another decade of careful cellaring. Have your Refosco and drink it too!Learn More
- Vodopivec Vitovska Origine 2009VM94Special Price $49.98 Regular Price $85.00Availability:In Stock94 Points! The 2009 Vitovska Origine is a bomb. Rich, powerful and structured, it captures the essence of what makes Vitovksa in the Carso district so incredibly appealing. Dried pears, flowers, spices and mint all flesh out as this deep, resonant white shows off its irrepressible personality. The finish is long, rich and resonant. A broad, expansive white, the Origine should drink well early, but it also has enough depth to age nicely for at least a handful of years. Overall, the style is a bit exuberant next to the more subtle Solo MM9. Both wines are striking, each in their own way. The Origine was fermented and aged in large Slavonian oak casks.Learn More
- Cantine Lonardo Taurasi Coste 2009VM93Special Price $59.98 Regular Price $80.00Availability:In Stock93 Points! The 2009 Taurasi Coste will reward readers with glorious drinking over the next 15-20 years, perhaps longer. Rich, ample and racy on the palate, the 2009 shows the more voluptuous side of Taurasi, with layers of dark fruit that continue to open up in the glass. Earthy, leathery notes add nuance on the powerful finish. The 2009 is very much old school in style, but with a touch of early approachability that is a positive for such a big wine., Vinous Media, May 2015