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Frappato DOC Vittoria

2015 Italy Sicily
90 Points

Fresh and aromatic, this red is light- to medium-bodied, exhibiting crushed raspberry and citrus fruit that's accented by lots of spice, floral and thyme notes. Ends with a bright, lingering finish. Drink now through 2020. 

Wine Spectator April 30, 2017
Planeta Frappato DOC Vittoria bottle Platinum

Eruzione 1614 Carricante

2015 Italy Sicily
90 Points

A vibrant white that bursts with kiwifruit, white peach, blood orange zest and grated ginger flavors, accented by floral, saline and spice details. Light-bodied and sleek, this is graceful through to the creamy finish. Drink now through 2022. 

Wine Spectator April 30, 2017
Planeta Eruzione 1614 Carricante bottle Platinum

Cometa

2015 Italy Sicily
91 Points

This creamy white is medium-bodied and finely knit, offering a fresh, floral overtone and flavors of melon, apricot, stone and spice. Lightly juicy, with an elegant, lingering finish. Fiano. Drink now through 2022. 

Wine Spectator April 30, 2017
Planeta Cometa bottle Platinum

Chardonnay

2014 Italy Sicily
91 Points

An elegant, medium-bodied white, featuring rich flavors of glazed apricot and salted butter, with hints of crushed hazelnut, lime blossom and lemon curd. This is reined in by sleek, focusing acidity and a subtle streak of smoky minerality. Drink now through 2024. 

Wine Spectator April 30, 2017
Planeta Chardonnay bottle Platinum

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2012 Italy Tuscany
93 Points

New leather, truffle, sun-baked soil, menthol and grilled herb aromas practically jump out of the glass. The big, chewy palate delivers mature wild cherry, black raspberry, licorice and tobacco notes, set against a backdrop of firm, fine-grained tannins. 

Wine Enthusiast April 2017
Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino DOCG bottle Platinum

V Reserva

2011 Spain Rioja
89 Points

Berry and plum aromas are so ripe that raisin enters the picture. This feels medium to full, with soft acidity. Flavors of chocolate and wood spice share space with ripe berry fruit, while a full, long finish deals mocha and raisin notes.

Wine Enthusiast April 2017

José de Sousa

2014 Portugal Alentejo
92 Points

Domingos Soares Franco began experimenting with fermentation in amphorae after his family’s company bought the Casa Agricola José de Sousa Rosado Fernandes in 1986. Locals were using their massive, century-old clay pots as planters at the time; he bought up as many intact vessels as he could and filled the winery, adding more when they exploded in the middle of fermentation, in the middle of the night. The technique and style of this wine has shifted over the years, and this is the first vintage in recent memory that has found such a remarkable balance. A blend of grand noir (50 percent) with trincadeira and aragones, most of it fermented cool in stainless steel. A small portion fermented in clay pots charges the wine with complexity, creating a rainbow of color in the flavors, from strawberry to cassis, orange and blackberry. It’s volatile when first opened, but air allows the wine to integrate, firmly shaped by the tannins. Decant it for a glimpse into the Alentejo’s past.

Wine & Spirits March 2017
J.M. da Fonseca Jose de Sousa bottle Platinum

Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

2010 Italy Tuscany
97 Points

Released seven years after the harvest, the 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio al Vento is a stunning wine. It soars to the highest altitudes in terms of elegance and power. These opposite forces—muscle versus grace—are what distinguish this classic vintage. Col d'Orcia has effortlessly captured and immortalized both sides of the continuum. The bouquet produces a long succession of aromas including dried cherry fruit, licorice, cola, lavender flower, cured meat and black truffle. The velvety finish is supple and long in persistence. This is a gorgeous creation.

Wine Advocate February 28, 2017
Col d'Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva  bottle Platinum

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2012 Italy Tuscany
90 Points

The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino offers an authentic interpretation of this celebrated appellation in southern Tuscany. The bouquet is rich and sophisticated with candied cherry, dried currant and spice. I tasted this wine very soon after its commercial release and it took a little while open. It showed a point of reduction well. Give the glass a few vigorous swirls and the wine begins to peel back. Varietal aromas of moist earth, button mushroom, grilled herb and blue flower ultimately add to the wine's timid complexity. Give this wine two or three years to flesh out.

Wine Advocate February 28, 2017
Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino DOCG bottle Platinum

Brunello Vigna Spuntali DOCG

2011 Italy Tuscany
93 Points

Good full ruby-red. Ripe yet elegant aromas of raspberry coulis, bitter chocolate, and smoky flint, complemented by a violet topnote. Silky and suave on entry, then remarkably steely and focused in the middle, if less expressive today than the other 2011 Brunellos from Val di Suga. Powerful yet delicate at once, with noble, polished tannins and repeating violet perfume on the long finish. Spuntali is the best 2011 Brunello from Val di Suga, though it offers less of the candied ripe red fruit aromas and flavors than is usual for this site; the vineyard is located in Montalcino’s south-west sector at about 315 meters above sea level on soils rich in sandy deposits.

Vinous March 2017
Val di Suga Brunello Vigna Spuntali DOCG bottle Platinum

Poggio Al Granchio Brunello DOCG

2011 Italy Tuscany
92 Points

Deep red-ruby.  Subtle perfume of raspberry, underbrush and musky herbs.  Silky on entry, then deep and chewy in the middle, with a enticing savory quality and terrific verve to the tactile spicy red berry and flinty flavors. This compellingly juicy, soil-inflected wine features noble tannins and saturates the entire palate on the long finish. This vineyard is located in Montalcino’s south-eastern sector at about 400 meters above sea level on mainly marly soil.

Vinous March 2017
Val di Suga Poggio Al Granchio Brunello DOCG bottle Platinum

Brunello Vigna Del Lago DOCG

2011 Italy Tuscany
91 Points

Bright, deep red-ruby. Floral and herbal nuances complement red cherry, dark plum, underbrush and spices. Seamless and intense, with sweet dark fruit flavors complicated by hints of dried fruits (hazelnuts, almonds), orange peel and wet earth.  In a distinctly virile, almost austere style, this wine saturates the palate on the long, easygoing finish.  I'd give it five or six years in the cellar. The Vigna del Lago vineyard is located in Montalcino’s north-eastern sector at about 270 meters above sea level on mainly clay soil and usually gives Val di Suga’s daintiest, most rigid and floral wine.

Vinous March 2017
Val di Suga Brunello Vigna Del Lago DOCG bottle Platinum

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2012 Italy Tuscany
90 Points

Medium deep ruby-tinged red. Fresh aromas of ripe strawberry, raspberry, and tobacco. Juicy, sweet red berry and red plum flavors show a sappy quality and very good sweetness, with harmonious acidity contributing to the impression of vinosity.  Finishes with polite tannins and medium-long. Probably neither long nor complex enough to warrant an outstanding score, but this is so delicious and irresistible right now I’ll be generous.

Vinous March 2017
Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG bottle Platinum

Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

2010 Italy Tuscany
93 Points

Medium deep red.  Flinty nuances complicate strawberry, floral and blood orange aromas. Deep, dense and almost brooding on the palate, but with outstanding precision to the spicy red fruit and earth flavors. Finishes with substantial fine-grained tannins and outstanding length. Still quite closed, even imploded, I'd lay this beauty down for six or seven years.

Vinous March 2017
Col d'Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva  bottle Platinum

Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2012 Italy Tuscany
91 Points

Good bright red.  Very pure nose offers raspberry, pomegranate, and licorice.  Fresh and vinous, with scented yet silky flavors of redcurrant, raspberry, flowers and spices perked up by firm acidity and a solid mineral spine. The finish is penetrating and long and long. This is a lovely example of the typical 2012 high acid, perfumed Brunellos, but those weaned on high pH, fleshier wines may find it to be a little leaner.

Vinous March 2017
Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino DOCG bottle Platinum

Pinot Gris

2016 New Zealand Marlborough
88 Points

This plump, dry style Pinot Gris features plenty of fruit, which ranges from apple to pear and through to pineapple. The finish comes with a cool, refreshing note and ample length. 

Wine Enthusiast March 1, 2017
Pinot Gris Bottle

V Reserva

2011 Spain Rioja
88 Points

Light yet firm, this red offers savory notes of licorice, coffee and tobacco that frame the dried cherry and herbal flavors. Orange peel acidity and spicy accents impart a traditional character. Drink now through 2020. 

Wine Spectator March 31, 2017

Crianza

2013 Spain Rioja
89 Points

Juicy fruit flavors of black cherry and plum mingle with minerally and smoky notes in this firm red. Not showy, but has good density, with balanced tannins and acidity. Drink now through 2023. 

Best Values Award
Wine Spectator March 31, 2017
Faustino, Bodegas Crianza bottle

Barbera Garnacha

2014 Chile Maule Valle
93 Points

Conte Francesco Marone Cinzano, owner of Col d’Orcia in Montalcino, fell in love with the rustic hills of Caliboro, in the heart of Maule. He bought land there in 1995 and planted cabernet, merlot and cabernet franc for his main cuvée, Erasmo. Given the warm conditions of the area, he also decided to grow some garnacha, barbera, carignan and alicante, which he now uses for this refreshing and lively red, filled with red cherry and strawberry flavors. The texture feels tight but without any hint of astringency. Pour it with smoked pork chops.

Wine & Spirits February 2017
Erasmo Barbera Garnacha bottle Platinum

Numina

2014 Argentina Mendoza
89 Points

A medium- to full-bodied red, with focused and muscular red berry and cherry flavors that offer plenty of savory notes. Mushroom and forest floor accents on the firm finish. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2019.

Wine Spectator March 31, 2017
Salentein, Bodegas Numina bottle

Eruzione 1614 Carricante

2015 Italy Sicily
90 Points

A vibrant white that bursts with kiwifruit, white peach, blood orange zest and grated ginger flavors, accented by floral, saline and spice details. Light-bodied and sleek, this is graceful through to the creamy finish. Drink now through 2022. 

Wine Spectator 2017
Planeta Eruzione 1614 Carricante bottle Platinum

Cometa

2015 Italy Sicily
91 Points

This creamy white is medium-bodied and finely knit, offering a fresh, floral overtone and flavors of melon, apricot, stone and spice. Lightly juicy, with an elegant, lingering finish. Fiano. Drink now through 2022. 

Wine Spectator 2017
Planeta Cometa bottle Platinum

120 Sauvignon Blanc

2015 Chile Casablanca
86 Points

Grassy, slightly green aromas are fresh and suggest cactus pad. This is easy on the palate, with flavors of citrus fruits and green herbs, such as tarragon and rosemary. A crisp finish is just solid enough to maintain integrity. 

Wine Enthusiast March 2017
Santa Rita Sauvignon Blanc Best Buy

Casa Real

2012 Chile Maipo Valley
93 Points

This top-shelf Cabernet never fails, and in this warm year the wine is dark in color, with lush yet precise aromas of graphite, fresh blackberry, baking spices and forest floor. A deep palate is just racy enough, while spicy flavors of cassis include integrated herbal notes. Closing flavors of coffee and chocolate, along with soft tannins, make this approachable now and best through 2022. 

Wine Enthusiast March 2017
Santa Rita Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon bottle Platinum

Roccato

2013 Italy Chianti
90 Points

A blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon in equal parts, this opens with aromas of black-skinned fruit, cedar and a whiff of espresso. The polished palate doles out juicy black plum, white pepper and licorice alongside ripe tannins. 

Wine Enthusiast March 2017
Rocca delle Macìe Roccato bottle Platinum