A fluid and supple red, yet offers grainy tannins to support cherry, raspberry and spice flavors. On the slimmer side, yet balanced. Best from 2013 through 2019. 15,000 cases imported.
The 2009 Villa Antinori is a pretty, mid-weight wine laced with dark red berries, flowers and sweet spices. Nothing in particular stands out, just the wine's lovely depth, balance and overall sense of harmony. This is a fabulous wine for the money. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.
Made from 80% old vine Corvina and Corvina clones (Rizza, Nera and Corvinone), and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, and Syrah, this dark ruby wine opens with a fine, floral bouquet of plums, fresh cherries, and a hint of cocoa. On the palate, the notes of pure cherry, plum, smoky chestnut, and black spice are gracefully layered over polished, crisp tannins. Aging in traditional cherry wood ovals further heightens the distinctive cherry-infused notes of Verona's indigenous Corvina grape.
The 2009 Chianti Classico, 100% Sangiovese, is a gorgeous, deep wine endowed with serious richness. Dark plums, black cherries, licorice, new leather and menthol are some of the many notes that take shape in the glass. A firm, structured finish rounds things out in style. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.
Winner of Gambero Rosso's prestigious Tre Bicchieri Award (an almost unheard of distinction in this price category), this delicious red offers strikingly authoritative and complex flavors in its price range. Aglianico is one of the three noble red grapes of Italy, but unlike the other two, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo, it is relatively obscure. (A major reason, in my opinion, is that Aglianico's foremost practitioner, Mastroberardino, does not feature the grape name on the label of its groundbreaking Taurasi.) Made from 100% Aglianico grapes grown in the Molise region, this wine serves up a flourish of ripe flavors and aromas of dark plum, rhubarb, and Asian spice, with subtle undertones of toasted almonds, new leather, and damp earth leading to a softly tannic finish.
Brilliant ruby red in color, this wine displays a vibrant nose of cherry, and red berry fruit, interwoven with hints of aromatic herbs, truffles, cardamom, rose petals and new earth. In the mouth, the expression of fruit is an energy-laden progression of red berries, chestnut, and earthy/spicy elements, backed up by rounded tannins, with a perfect pinch of invigorating acidity on the finish. A wine of exceptional elegance and finesse, this wine is a wonderful expression of the world-class terroir of Fattoria dei Barbi. Although completely ready to drink now, it has the potential to improve with short-term cellaring of 12 to 18 months.
The 2009 Chianti Rufina Riserva Nipozzano is very pretty. Veins of minerality support an expressive core of dark red berries in this silky, long Chianti. The 2009 impresses for its persistence and fine overall balance. Ideally, the 2009 is enjoyed while the fruit retains its vibrancy. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.
Vibrant notes of cherry, plum, and blackberry mark a brisk entry, after which the wine rolls out copious amounts of juicy, chewy, supple fruit, seasoned with a deft touch of vanilla and spice from partial aging in new oak barrels. The palate impression is succulent and graceful, with plenty of verve and lift. Ready to drink now, but has the potential for short-term aging of 18 months to 2 years.