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97 Pts, Jeb Dunnuck – 96 Pts, James Suckling
The 2016 Vigna del Lago may last forever, seriously. I was pretty stunned upon tasting. This is cellar worthy wine, obvious to anyone on the very first sip. The tannin is so structural, that this wine may very well still be drinking well 30+ years for now. Not something you can say very often. But it also has enough primary fruit that it can still be enjoyed from 2024 onward.
95 Points, Wine Spectator – 93 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
In a great 2020 vintage in Chianti, the Antinori Marchese Riserva is absolutely electric. It was a hot year, so it’s expressive right out the gates with red berry, creme de cassis and cherry vanilla aromas. There’s just so much elegance and grace to the wine, you can taste the pedigree here. There is not a single hard edge to this wine. At the price and with the score from Wine Spectator, this very well might be a Top 25 wine of the year this year… at the very least!
91 Points, James Suckling
This is one of those under $20 Italian wines that absolutely sings that I like to include in sampler packs and seasonal wine clubs because it significantly overdelivers in terms of value. It’s a seamless Umbrian blend that marries together three of the region’s best red grapes, Sangiovese, Sagrantino and Merlot. It’s a fragrant, bright yet full-bodied expression with notes of violets, wild flowers and strawberry jam. On the mouth it’s dry and silky smooth with a little baking spice and a finish that goes on and on.
92 Points, Vinous
Their 2021 Da-Di is 100% Sangiovese aged in clay pots (Amphora) that brilliantly showcases the winemaking prowess of Matteo Giustiniani in a way beyond anything we’ve previously seen. It’s pure class. The wine is fleshy and rich and so wildly aromatic, with crushed red and black preserves that dominate with some more floral notes and a hint of cinnamon. On the attack, it’s a burst of fruit that still manages to be restrained while bursting with youthful energy.
This wine was originally known as the Biondi-Santi “White Label Brunello”, but changed its name in 1983, when the Rosso di Montalcino DOC was established. It reflects the signature style of our high-altitude vineyards with a vibrant freshness and a distinct fruitiness which makes it thoroughly enjoyable at a young age.
96 Points, Kerin O’Keefe
2018 was a return to normal for Montalcino and a vintage that’s considered “classic”. Unsurpringly, it is Caprili who is once again the little guy making some of the biggest noise with a thunderous 96-point review from Wine Enthusiast’s long-time Italian expert, Kerin O’Keefe. She highlighted the wines’ “quintessential aromas of classically crafted Brunello” which she described as “dancing across the palate” then she concluded by calling the wine “elegant, delicious and already approachable.”
91 Points, Wine Spectator – 91 Points, James Suckling
I wasn’t surprised to see their ‘Storia di Famiglia’ on the front page of Wine Spectator’s site with a ‘Pick of the Day’ designate. If you read Wine Spectator or Parker’s Wine Advocate, the Cecchi’s are constantly popping up. But I was surprised when I was able to cut a deal to bring this delicious double 91-point Chianti Classico to Red Bank, New Jersey at the best price in the entire country.
93 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 93 Points, James Suckling
Drawn from some the finest parcels on the storied hill of Montosoli, home to some of the most famous and sought after wines. The 2017 Cerbaia is a sleek, full-bodied beauty that Parker’s Wine Advocate called, “silky and polished” while also mentioning its “power” and “freshness” in their 93-point review. Suckling echoed the sentiment with his own 93-point score, calling it, “full-bodied and solid with attractive tannins that give the wine form and tension.”
91 Points, James Suckling
For a little taste of what this great estate is capable of – I can’t think of a better introduction than their baby Super Tuscan for under $20/btl. It’s an extremely easy-drinking wine sure to have several disappear in a hurry if you have a few friends over. And given the price, that’s just fine. It’s a juicy little blend of Sangiovese, Cab Sauv and Merlot that is both seamlessly balanced and very lively in the glass. It’s pretty much a no-brainer.
100 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Paolo di Marchi’s leaving present to Tuscany is this delightful 2019 Isole e Olena Cepparello. Cepparello is a blend of Sangiovese from different vineyards, selected by Di Marchi on the basis of “the best exposure, elevation, soil, genetics and age. I feel this adds complexity.” The first vintage was in 1980 when 100% Sangiovese was not permitted under the Chianti Classico rules. Those rules have since changed but the wine remains an IGT Toscana. It has a supremely enticing nose with cream and exotic spice, reminding me of Arabian spice markets. With the 2019 there is an added precision to the aromas, less heavy oak, and no greenness on the palate. It is concentrated with a rich velvety texture but without any heaviness and with a gentle unforced quality. The tannins are fine and very well integrated, in fact finer and better integrated than even the excellent 2016 vintage. It is of course very young now but it’s almost too delicious not to drink! Supremely graceful, it just gets better and better.” – Lisa Perotti-Brown
94 Points, Wine Spectator – 92 Points, James Suckling – 92 Points, Vinous – 91 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Just like in 2007, they sensed something special with the 2016 vintage and decided to release it late, waiting for all the wine’s components to come together. Some would call it a bold move, but those folks haven’t tasted this one. I have. It’s so good, I wouldn’t question a single thing they did. Not only that, but it gives us a chance to lock into one of the last great 2016s and do so at a price you wouldn’t believe considering all the big scores and pedigree attached.
93 Points, James Suckling – 92 Points, Decanter – 92 Points, Wine Spectator
In the well-respected 2017 vintage, there is no doubt that Ruffino produced something otherworldly with their Greppone Mazzi. The wine was treated to a trio of big scores, highlighted by the 93-point score from James Suckling who called it “lovely, full-bodied and juicy.” Wine Spectator and Decanter concurred.