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Timperosse

2018 Italy Sicily
91 Points

From Menfi on Sicily's southwestern coast, this 100% Petit Verdot is an elegant example of the variety that also shows the great potential of Sicilian winemaking. Stemmy herbs - sage and rosemary - work with bright, ripe plum and blueberry. It's well balanced and charming, with dried blue flowers and wild strawberry on the finish.

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The Tasting Panel February 2020
Timperosse

Alambre Moscatel de Setúbal

NV/MV Portugal Setubal Peninsula
93 Points

This wine’s delicacy carries remarkable concentration and vibrant flavors. It layers apricot and nectarine over the zesty scent of clementine rind. Age shows up as darker shades of bergamot, caramel and salted nuts, contrasting the cool, brisk fragrance of the fruit and lasting with a little sweetness on the lips. It’s clean and fresh, a beautiful wine with more stamina than most 40-year-olds.

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Wine & Spirits February 2020
Alambre Moscatel de Setúbal

Alambre Moscatel de Setúbal

NV/MV Portugal Setubal Peninsula
90 Points

For Jonathan Eichholz, sommelier and director of the No Ceilings pop-up in NYC, this was his favorite of this flight of moscatels, appealing in its balance of aged character and fresher notes of apricot jam and jasmine tea. It’s fully mature, showing some edges of alcohol along with a lovely orange blossom scent. It’s rich, smoky and sweet, to sip with a cheese course.

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Wine & Spirits February 2020
Alambre Moscatel de Setúbal

Alambre Moscatel de Setúbal

NV/MV Portugal Setubal Peninsula
93 Points

JM da Fonseca’s cellars on the Setúbal Peninsula store a trove of ancient, remarkably youthful fortified wines made from the local moscatel. Like an age-designated Tawny Port, this is blended from older lots and some younger, fresher wines to a style that approximates a 20-year-old. And 20 years seems like the optimal age for Alambre, still bright and sunny, with luscious peach and yellow-plum flavors. Its gentle length and persistent sandy sweetness would match a savory course of pork rillettes or foie gras as readily as it would Queijo Serra da Estrella served at the end of the meal.

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Wine & Spirits February 2020
Alambre Moscatel de Setúbal

Sergio Zingarelli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

2015 Italy Tuscany
92 Points

This is the top-shelf wine from Sergio Zingarelli. His namesake 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Sergio Zingarelli (100% Sangiovese) shows rich concentration and a seamless delivery of aromas that spans from black cherry and plum to spice and moist pipe tobacco. The fruit here is soft and luscious, but the mouthfeel is medium in length. It would turn a platter of modest carne asada soft tacos into an important dinner. Some 10,500 bottles were made.

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Wine & Spirits September 2019
Sergio Zingarelli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione