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97 Points-Vinous; 96 Points-James Suckling
“Luminous red. High-pitched aromas of sour red cherry, raspberry, rose, stainless steel, white pepper and minerals. Dense and silky in texture but displays great juiciness, clarity and floral lift; the lively but harmonious acidity really lifts and frames the bright red and mineral flavors. Totally saturates the palate and yet comes off as virtually weightless. This hauntingly beautiful wine showcases everything Brunello can be when made from an ultra-competent producer farming Sangiovese vines that grow in what is a real grand cru section of the much too large Brunello di Montalcino denomination.” -Ian D’Agata
97 Pts, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
96 Points (#41 Best Cellar Selections of 2019) Wine Enthusiast
Isole e Olena’s flagship wine in the exceptional 2016 vintage in Tuscany is in a class of its own. The wine is insane. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate shared my love for the wine, giving it a 97 point score and heaping massive amounts of praise including saying in their review, “Cepparello is like a crystal ball into the heart and soul of Sangiovese”. That starts to capture just how good this 2016 effort was from one of Tuscany’s best and most consistent producers.
92 Points, James Suckling
A modern take on the old-school style of Chianti Classico, Giovanni Poggiali crafts a special blend that includes a little of his own secret sauce, two indigenous Tuscan grapes, Canaiolo and Mammolo which gives the wine an incredibly refreshing lift and brings in unique floral and spice components.
Situated right next door to the vineyard of the original Super Tuscan Tignanello Vineyard (costs a cool $125 per bottle these days), Poggio al Sole is the hidden gem of Tuscany. If you want to hit a home run with your next pizza night, I mean, really go all the way, you have to serve the latest release of Poggio al Sole’s fabulous Super-Tuscan, Trittico. The new 2018 vintage is in and it’s what you’d expect from the ridiculous 2018 vintage in Tuscany. A truly bold, expressive blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet.
Sesta di Sopra is a tiny estate in Brunello di Montalcino making lush, heady wine for nearly three decades. The vineyard is planted in the higher elevations of the designated cru of Sesta, an area that Italian critic, Ian D’Agata has likened to a Grand Cru. The elevation mineral soil and big swings in day and night tempers produce powerful wines yet with an uncommon degree of elegance. The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino is seductive and flashy with pretty aromatics, great fruit and a long, minerally finish. It’s perfect with anything off the grill this summer.