• 2014 Monti Coroni Valpolicella Ripasso

    Since the 2004 vintage we have been spoiled by the beautiful wines of Monti Coroni. This beautifully made Ripasso is in many ways a ‘baby Amarone’, showcasing many similar flavors while also showcasing Amarone-like depth and complexity.

    Deep crimson in color, the nose is intensively fragrant with spicy black cherry, potpourri, and a touch of hazelnuts dipped in dark chocolate. The palate is bold and luscious with intense flavors of licorice and blackberry accented by damp earth, nutmeg and pepper. The Ripasso method brings greater complexity and structure to the wine’s finish, insuring the next 10-12 years should be a prime drinking window.

  • 2011 Monti Coroni Amarone

    Like so many of the world’s greatest innovations, Amarone’s creation was a fortunate accident rather than a precise experiment. For hundreds of years, Recioto was (and still is) produced in the Veneto region, a wine similar to Amarone but with residual sugar, making for a sweeter style. At the turn of the 20th century, producers began to fully ferment their Recioto to create a more powerful, complex wine that has ultimately become the treasured Amarone style of winemaking for the region. In recognition of its importance in the wine world, Amarone was granted DOC status in 1968, and starting with the 2010 vintage is now officially a DOCG region and wine!

    The traditional grapes farmed are the Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, and Molinara. The grapes are harvested fully ripe but just a touch on the early side to retain acidity and substantially increase aging potential. Once harvested, the best traditional producers place their grapes on straw mats for over 100 days where the grapes lose over 50% of their water weight and drastically concentrate their sugars. The grapes are inspected and flipped daily (by hand) to avoid rot and mildew issues. After two years of barrel maturation, the wine is refined a minimum of 6 months in the bottle prior to release.

    The Benedetti family has a proud Veneto wine heritage dating back to 1862. Their property lies just east of San Ambrogio where Valpolicella Classico’s famed steep-sloped vineyards lie at an average of 600 feet above sea level. The family’s original holdings are 22 pristine acres with an average vine age of 40 years old. They have always focused on making limited, small-production wines and have historically sold their fruit to such famed producers as Masi, Allegrini, and Zenato. They only employ traditional methods of production, from a complete hand harvest and sorting to the manual flipping of bunches on a daily basis for over 100 days. After fermentation, the wine spends 24 months in small French oak barrels. A true labor of love, it takes a whopping 23 pounds of fruit to make just one fantastic bottle of their Amarone!

  • 2014 Pandolfi Alberici Orvieto Umbria, Italy

    Umbria is the ‘green heart’ of Italy, a landlocked region east of Tuscany that remains one of Europe’s best kept culinary and wine secrets. With a mantra for quality over quantity, its finest wines – both red and white – are deeply complex and beautifully structured to pair with the great cuisine of the region. It is with this in mind that we offer our Pandolfi Alberici Orvieto Classico, a classic Trebbiano / Grechetto blend born from the unique volcanic tufa soils that grace the best vineyards here.

    The wine’s color is a shimmering pale gold in the glass. The nose is perfumed with a unique mix of citronella and white peach that hints at nuances of fresh herbs and chalk dust. Rich flavors of pear and lemon curd are tempered by leaner hints of orange peel and grapefruit that keep the palate in a more crisp inviting style. The refreshing nature of the palate is retained through the finish with a cool streak of minerality and a vibrant acidity that carries flavors of lemon peel and green apple.

  • 2013 Pandolfi Alberici Sauvignon Blanc Umbria, Italy

    Umbria is the ‘green heart’ of Italy, a landlocked region east of Tuscany that remains one of Europe’s best kept culinary and wine secrets. With a mantra for quality over quantity, its top wines are deeply complex and beautifully structured to pair with the region’s cuisine. It is with this in mind that we offer our Pandolfi Alberici Sauvignon Blanc, a rare expression of the grape equal in quality to the finest White Bordeaux and Sancerre of France.

    The wine’s color is a vibrant pale gold with a light greenish fleck. The nose demands your attention with a complex mix of peach oil and grapefruit accented by hints of gravel, green olive and herbs. The palate delivers a rich, slightly viscous mouthfeel with an array of tropical and citric flavors while retaining a classic Sauvignon Blanc finish that snaps with acidity and is completely refreshing to drink.

  • 2010 I Campanili Toscana Rosso Tuscany, Italy

    Legendary, a new benchmark, once in a lifetime. These are the words used to describe the freshly released 2010s from Montalcino, the central Tuscan region made famous for its cultivation of Sangiovese Grosso, or more commonly known as Brunello. It is all too common in the wine world for accolades of this nature to be thrown towards a promising vintage, however there is no question that 2010 is special, most importantly for the wine we share with you today, our 2010 I Campanili Toscana Rosso. After three generations of successful grape growing in the sunny southern commune of Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Anna Maria and Alamiro Caselli produced their first wines in 1997 and have never looked back. The wines from their estate’s 7 ½ acres always showcase the decadence and structure reserved for great Brunello, and this is especially the case with their offerings from 2010. Their I Campanili is particularly special in that it is crafted in the mold of the great Bolgheri Coast Super Tuscans, with 20% Merlot and 10% Syrah being part of the final blend.

    Deep glossy crimson in color, the 70% Sangiovese defines the wine with its dark core of blackberry and licorice flavors, high acid, and bold tannin. The 20% Merlot contributes a rich savory mouthfeel and softens the gripping, chewy structure – its presence is also noticeable in the wine’s atypical deep color. The final 10% Syrah accents the wine with classic nuances of white pepper, grilled herbs, and worn leather notes most apparent on the nose and through the finish. Stunning to drink in its present form after two to three hours in the decanter, the wine should evolve nicely for many years to come.

  • 2010 Pandolfi Alberici Storie di Tufo Umbria, Italy

    Umbria is the quiet, secluded ‘green heart’ of Italy. Its central location makes it the only region within the country to have no coastline or border with another nation. Nestled in the western rolling hills of Orvieto near the border with Tuscany, we are excited to welcome back Pandolfi Alberici to our portfolio – and for the first time ever – with their flagship ‘Storie di Tufo’ IGT Rosso.

    Deep purple in color, the international blend of native 65% Sangiovese together with 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot is reminiscent of the great Bolgheri Coast ‘Super Tuscans’. The nose reveals great complexity with hours of aeration – raspberry, damp earth, and cigar meld with a modern, restrained hint of toasted cedar and oak. The palate is dense and structured with opulent flavors of wild blueberry and fruitcake, leading to a finish driven by a gripping tannin and flavors of melted licorice and spice that are sustained for minutes. A savory, complex wine best served with a grilled beef or venison dish featuring Umbrian black truffles. The Pandolfi Alberici drinks well today but should cellar and evolve nicely for the next several years.