Wines by Country: Italy

Chianti - Tuscany

  • Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di San Niccolo 2013 $139.99 $119.95
    “The 2013 I Sodi di S. Niccolò is 85% Sangioveto (a more antique name for Sangiovese) and 15% Malvasia Nera from a single vineyard. This wine opens to a darkly saturated appearance and shows ruby, garnet and purple highlights. The bouquet is powerful but seamless at the same time with smooth transitions between dark cherry, spice, tobacco and moist clay. In the mouth, this wine shows dense extraction, but it never feels too weighed down by that mass. Instead, the freshness of the fruit and the natural acidity give the wine a bright and buoyant personality. Aged in barrique for 30 months, this is a delightful Tuscan red. - Monica Larner” -- 96/100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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  • Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico 2016 $49.99 $39.95
    There is Chianti and there is Chianti… but this is super Chianti Classico! Old fashioned with wonderful saline flavours, medium to full-bodied with aromas of prosciutto, cypress and dry meats. When we said there is Chianti and there is Chianti, we mean this is the true classical style being dry, high acidity, beautifully perfumed, lovely balance and almost seductive, once you try it you always go back to it!
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  • Straccali Chianti Classico 2016 $29.99 $26.95
    This is Chianti Classico, this is definitely Chianti Classico… When we were trying this it took a while to open up but when it did it was on point. This is always the case with Chianti Classico, it’s almost like a spring flower waiting for the summer. This is exactly what you expect from Chianti Classico, roasted meats, pancetta on the grill and freshly sliced prosciutto, lovely perfume with hints of pine nuts and lavender with a pinch of sea salt, medium to full bodied, expressive and concentrated. It only needs a beautiful Tuscan dish to go with it. Drink now or over the next 5 years, enjoy because you’ll love it!
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  • Straccali Chianti 2018 $19.99 $18.95
    Chianti and Tuscany are basically synonymous, made from Sangiovese and a little Canniolo, it expresses the nature and terroir of Chianti, perfumed, slightly floral, saline, dry and clean yet almost addictive. Medium bodied with lovely texture, concentration and enough power, soft, persistent and an ideal partner for any Tuscany dish, pastas, lasagne etc. Drink now or over the next couple of years.
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  • Straccali Toscana Rosso 2018 $18.99 $17.95
    Rosso di Toscana or simply put, red from Tuscany, as the name indicates can vary a lot but this is one of the best value for money reds from Straccali. It’s quite unbelievable the sheer quality, flawless winemaking and accuracy that they put into this wine even though it is quite a straightforward and simple wine. 2018 is a good vintage in Tuscany, this is ripe with hints of grilled pancetta, prosciutto and a touch of salt. Simply put, Tuscany in a glass! Drink now at about 17-18 degrees, not too warm and over the next few years.
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Lombardy

  • Straccali Pinot Grigio 2019 $18.99 $17.95
    This is really what you would expect from a Northern Italian Pinot Grigio, crisp, light and beautifully perfumed with lovely texture and acidity. It’s exactly what you want from classical Italian Pinot Grigio, ripe pear and Turkish delight with freshness, vitality and exuberance yet soft, rounded and beautifully smooth. At this price it’s simply stunning!
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Piedmont

  • Borgogno Barolo 2012 $109.99 $94.95
    A magnificent, perfumed, full bodied and concentrated Barolo from a very good vintage. This producer epitomizes what Barolo really is, full bodied and powerful with great depth, structure and longevity. Even though approachable now, it will cellar for a further 10 years, exactly what you would expect from a top notch Barolo. Irresistible now but it will only get better!
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Puglia

  • Menhir Salento Organic Pietra Primitivo 2018 $33.99 $29.99
    Outstanding ruby red with violet hues, the bouquet is reminiscent of wild strawberry and blackberry with hints of blue berries. On the palate it is fresh with excellent acidity, soft rounded tannins with an under-core of fresh acidity. Full bodied with rich tannins that are ideal to have with casseroles, roasted meats etc. Your perfect winter wine! Drink now or over the next 4-5 years.
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  • Podere Castorani Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2014 $54.99 $49.95 Out of Stock
    This is one of the greatest value for money wines that we have had over the last 2 years. There is Montepulciano and then there is MONTEPULCIANO… this Castorani Riserva oozes spice and liquorice with aromas of dark forest fruits with an infusion of dark chocolate and cocoa. The wine is fermented in cement and transferred to oak for 12 months. Approachable now but will also cellar for 10 years plus.
  • Varvaglione Malvasia del Salento 2016 $27.99 $24.95
    Aromatic and fruity wine, it has an intense and golden colour, with light straw-yellow hints. On the palate, it is lively and balanced. This is a fresh and harmonious wine, with a delicate flavour. Ideal at this time of the year and is perfect with cheese, fish and seafood as this is dry and crisp with a mineral overtone.
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  • Masseria Borgo dei Trulli Primitivo 2015 $33.99 $28.95
    Salento and Puglia is synonymous with Primitivo. This offers an array of dry herbs, spice, cocoa and ground coffee, full bodied with immense richness and great concentration, powerful yet balanced. The most beautiful thing about this Primitivo is that it captures the traditional with the modern, it’s juicy with a hint of mineral overtones yet beautifully balanced. Magnifico!
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Sardinia

  • Agricola Punica Barrua 2012 $64.99 $59.99
    The so-called Sassicaia of Sardinia, made in collaboration with local Sardinian growers, is becoming a reference point for wines from this island and even Italy. Made from a blend of 85% Carignan, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. On the nose it exhibit spice, black fruits, game and hints of leather. The palate is superb, balanced, poised and full bodied with great depth, length and concentration. This is a wine that has the potential within years to rival Sassicaia itself but at a fraction of the price.
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Marche

  • Velenosi Solesta 2016 $38.99 $29.99
    Velenosi was born out of the passion of Ercole and Anglea Velenosi, situated in Marche and made from a blend of 70% Montepulciano and 30% Sangiovese. The maceration time is about 35-40 days to achieve excellent results and colour which is ruby red with garnet reflections. After fermentation the wine is placed in partly used and partly new barriques and the result is an intense concentrated wine with an array of blackcurrant and a touch of led pencil coupled with beautiful balance and great acidity. 2016 is a wonderful vintage approachable now but will also cellar for the next 4-5 years.
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  • Garofoli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2016 $23.99 $21.95
    Verdicchio had a great comeback over the last 15-20 years, situated in Marche, central east of Italy and has also been known for producing a crisp, flinty and mineral wine that is excellent with shellfish, fish and white meats. The modern versions are mostly tank fermented with no oak or over elaborate winemaking but yet displaying excellent concentration, depth and freshness. Try with fish, shellfish or pastas.
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Tuscany

  • Castellani Chianti 2017 $19.99 $13.99
    Established in 1903 by the Castellani family who have been an integral part of Tuscany for over a century have always dedicated their passion and their lifetime to produce beautifully balanced and poised yet inexpensive Chiantis. 2017 vintage is a relatively cool vintage in Tuscany and emphasizes beautiful perfume of pine nuts, prosciutto and roasted meats. This is excellent with pasta, lasagne or any cured meats.
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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 $349.99
    “Plenty of ripe fruit with a wealth of plum and dark berry character. Rich and powerful. Full to medium bod, firm and silky tannins and a flavourful finish. I love the edgy tannins at the end that give it form. Beautiful now” 94pts – James Suckling

    “With only 3,500 bottles made, the 2012 Riserva reveals luscious opulence and fruity richness. Like its peers from this hot vintage, this Riserva offers a softer and sweeter quality of fruit with extra textural richness at the back. This makes the wine more accessible without too much of a wait. It is aged in oak for two years and offers plenty of baking spice, white chocolate and cola on the velvety finish.” 94 pts – Wine Advocate
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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2013 $79.99 $69.95
    “Fantastic aromas of orange peel and dark berry with plenty of plum and cherry. Sweet tobacco and mushrooms. Full body, juicy and fruity with firm tannins and a fresh finish. Complex and gorgeous. Fine and very long.” 96 pts – James Suckling

    “Shows laser focus and a precise delivery of aromas that makes and immediate and satisfying first impression. This is a delicately assembled wine that shows the deft hand of the winemaking team behind the scenes. Bright fruit and cherry is connected, in a careful embroidery, to spice, leather, tar and cured tobacco. There are subtle tones of ash and crushed mineral as well.” 93 pts – Wine Advocate
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  • Tenuta dell'Ornellaia "Ornellaia" 2015 $349.99 $294.95
    “The 2015 Ornellaia is a dream wine with magnificent balance. All the elements are in the right place. In most vintages, Ornellaia needs time to fully come together, but the 2015 is just impeccable, even in the early going. The warm vintage notwithstanding, winemaker Axel Heinz crafted and Ornellaia is more about finesse and power. The potent, bruising tannins Ornellaia can show as a young wine are nowhere to be found. Bright raspberry jam, mint, white flowers and pomegranate are some of the many notes that punctuate the finish in a memorable Ornellaia that will go down among the great vintages produced at this reference-point estate.”
    Score: 98, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2018

    “A big, brooding red, packed with blackberry, plum and earth flavors, all wrapped in spicy oak. Monolithic now, finishing with saline mineral elements, a leafy, tobacco edge and dense, mouthcoating tannins. Terrific potential. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2023 through 2038.”
    Score: 97, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator Insider, May 2018
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  • Collazzi Bastioni Chianti Classico 2015 $44.99 $39.95
    Collazzi have been producing Chianti and Chianti Classico for generations, their style is classic Chianti Classico which is dry, clean, medium to full bodied with an array of dry herbs and beautifully perfumed. This is one of the best Chianti Classico that we have seen in a long time. Something that is very approachable now but will also cellar for the next 4-5 years.
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  • Grati Chianti Riserva 2012 $29.99 $27.95
    A stunning Chianti Riserva that delivers an array of dry flowers and herbs with wonderful structure and concentration. This is something that is ideal with pastas, prosciutto or any cured meats. The 2012 Riserva is approachable now but it will also cellar for the next 3-4 years.
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  • Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2014 $94.99 $79.95
    “The 2014 Guidalberto is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, although the percentage of Merlot was reduced slightly in this vintage from 40% to 30%. Cabernet Sauvignon fared well during this difficult growing season, thanks to the advanced age of the vines and the hillside positioning of the vineyards. The Merlot was more problematic. This wine is the result of extreme fruit selection, nonetheless. Guidalberto is a medium-bodied red wine with a soft approach and bright berry flavors.” - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate Score: 89/100
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Veneto

  • Masi Mazzano Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 $259.99 $214.95
    Mazzano is an austere and majestic wine, the prototype for Amarone. The grapes come from the eponymous vineyard, famous for the quality of its produce since the XII century, and are laid out in traditional drying lofts during the cold winter months. Another single vineyard that is quite different to the Campolongo, slightly more austere, concentrated and less giving on its youth. However after about 10-15 years it develops into a complex, powerful and rich wine with beautiful smooth velvety texture that is capable of again up to 20 years.
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  • Masi Campolongo di Torbe Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 $259.99 $214.95
    Campolongo di Torbe is Masi’s elegant cru version of Amarone, with smooth almond aromas, great intensity and balance. The grapes come from the eponymous vineyard, which has been noted for its quality since the XII century. Grapes are left to dry naturally in traditional drying lofts during the cold winter months. Amarone and more so single vineyards are one of the most unique and rare wines in the world known for their aging capacity, they are very full bodied wines with intense flavours, power and concentration. Even at 9 years old it is still relatively young. The palate is full with aromas of toasted almonds, sweet coca, a touch of caramel and baked brioche. Approachable now or cellar for 15-20 years.
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  • Col Vetoraz Prosecco Brut 2017 $34.99 $27.95
    Scents of ripe stone fruits lead to a dry, smooth and intense palate with subtle notes of white blossoms, citrus zest, and a touch of toasted bread and elegant, fine bubbles fills the mouth with creamy texture. Energetic and clean, Col Vetoraz Prosecco complements a wide variety of foods, making it an ideal to pour with appetizers, salads, even brunch! Located in Cartizze, one of the prime areas of the Valdobbiadene region of the Veneto, Col Vetoraz grows its grapes organically at about 1,300 feet above sea level on very steep hills in vineyard sites where the Prosecco, or Glera, grape has grown since 1838. The grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and wine enjoys a second fermentation in tank in the “Charmat” method.
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  • Sopra Sasso Rosso Veneto 2014 $24.99 $21.95
    It’s difficult to find an outstanding red wine from Veneto of this quality. Made from the classical grapes of the region which are Corvina Veronese, Corvinone and Rondinella and obtained by partly drying the grapes this red wine has a dark red colour with garnet tinges, a velvety, full-bodied and sapid palate. Serve at 16-18°C. Try with roasts, game and seasoned cheese. Will also cellar for 4-5 years plus.
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  • Montecampo Pinot Grigio 2017 $19.99 $18.95
    North Eastern Italy has historically produced outstanding Pinot Grigio in fact among the very best in the world and always incredibly well priced. This is superb, it’s exactly what you would expect from a top notch Pinot Grigio, full bodied, crisp, fresh, flinty, aged on its lees for a few months so with great substance and concentration, just stunning!
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  • Carpene Malvolti Prosecco Brut N.V. $34.99 $32.95
    Also produced from the prosecco grape in the Charmat method, this wine is delightfully smooth, fresh and well balanced with plenty of light refreshing bubbles and drier than the dry. A multiple award winning wine of great distinction.
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  • Mezza Corona Pinot Grigio Riserva 2016 $26.99 $24.95
    Our new arrival of our most popular Pinot Grigio, we have literally sold 100s of cases and once you try it is quite easy to understand why. The north east of Italy where this particular Pinot Grigio is from produces some outstanding cool climate white wines. It is crisp, light and delicate, slightly oily with hints of Turkish delight, pine nuts and some lovely acidity. If you are tired of semi-sweet heavy Pinot Gris, this is for you, refreshing, flinty and mineral, excellent with food or without and drinking well now or over the next couple of years.
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  • Carpene Malvolti Rosé Brut $39.99 $34.95
    From the region of Veneto, northern Italy, Carpene Malvolti has been producing sparkling wine since 1860, one of the longest histories in the production of sparkling wine. This is made from Pinot Nero and Raboso. The blend of these two varieties along with a slow fermentation in pressurised tanks has produced an intensely perfumed and floral wine. Wonderful refined bubbles with a delicate bouquet yet full rounded flavour, bright pink in colour with crimson highlights, very refreshing, vibrant and fresh.
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