In the dream 2016 vintage in Montalcino, experts would tell you to do the sensible. Of course you should grab a couple bottles of cellar worthy Brunello, but the ‘Baby Brunello’ Rosso di Montalcinos can easy easily provide some of the best values of the vintage in the small Tuscan commune. I find that’s the case with the Lo Scorno Rosso from San Filippo and superstar winemaker Paolo Caciorgna. This one is super energetic with intense aromas of fresh red fruits and baking spice. On the palate, it is full-bodied and terrifically balanced.
98 Pts, James Suckling – 96 Pts, Wine Spectator
This is one of those bottles of wine that you wish you could just check in on every so often and see what’s going on with it. It’s a tremendous wine and easily one of the standouts of Montalcino in the super hot 2012 vintage. Even with a few years of age to it already, this one is still incredibly youthful but still shows wonderful precision that keeps this big boy completely dialed in. I love the weight and structure that this Sangiovese is showing right now. An absolute beauty to have in the cellar. This one is a must for serious Italian wine collectors.
The 2019 Brunori ‘Le Gemme’ Verdichio is a total knock-out. About a billion times better than every-day Pinot Grigio, the Brunori is an electric, vibrant white wine which combines delicious fruit and vibrancy with boasts a killer nose of white peach, honeycomb and almonds. The fruit is wonderfully concentrated with a salty, stony finish that goes forever.
93 Pts, Wine Enthusiast – 93 Pts, Jeb Dunnuck – 92 Pts Wine Advocate
Critics were unanimous in their admiration of this wine, with three separate reviewers lofting generous 92+ scores for this treat of a Pinot Noir. Parker’s Wine Advocate singled out it’s “lovely freshness and spice” as did Wine Enthusiast in their 93-point review. But Jeb Dunnuck summed up this wine, as well as so many classic from Jensen over the years when he finished with, “it’s beautifully textured, balanced, and just a joy to drink. It’s well worth its going rate and should be snatched up by readers”.
93 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate — 92 Points, Vinous
This is an absolute beauty from star winemaker Matias Ciciani. Fruit forward with aromas of black and red fruits (plums, black cherries, blackberries and blueberries) violet, herbs, thyme, rosemary. This is a high altitude cool climate Malbec with a refreshing mid-palate, vibrant acidity and juicy tannins that provide strength and a long finish. A touch of spice and earth on the finish. Perfect match for grilled meats, hard cheeses, cold cuts and Fall.
Obviously, I can’t tell you all the details of the vineyard source but I can let you in on a few of the details. Crafted using a fruit from 1000-1500 ft in elevation, Chad’s 2019 is cool climate Pinot at its best– especially given the price tag. While similar wines (very similar wines) will fetch a $45 price tag, you can snag it today for more than half off that price on bottle one.
The old vines are rooted in a mix of sand, clay and limestone, the perfect mix for bringing out finesse, juicy fruit and mineral length in Merlot, Cab Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2015 is a marvel, featuring a deep garnet-purple color and cedar-laced nose of roses, blackberries and Bing cherry. Medium-full bodied, the fragrant fruit gains volume in the mouth, finishing long and mineral. For this price, it’s simply amazing. I dare anybody to disagree!
95 Points, Wine Spectator – 94 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Massolino is a treasure. They’re one of the few wineries that can say they have over 25 wines! on Wine Spectator’s annual ‘Top 100 Wines of the Year’ list, and they’re not alone in their praise. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate in their recent tasting of Massolino’s 2016s wrote, “I am struck by the harmony and perfection of the overall portfolio.” Today’s wine is massive and still in its youth. It’s a gorgeous age-worthy Barolo that is still young but shows wonderful black cherry fruit backed up by a creme de cassis and a hint of tobacco on the finish.