- Baracchi O'Lillo Toscana 2011 Product #26117 (In Stock)
A blend of three Bordeaux grapes – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc – plus a helping of smoky, meaty, Syrah. The grapes are grown in a fine vineyard in Eastern Tuscany, where they are planted to tight spacing and hand harvested at perfect ripeness. The grapes soak for 22 days in old wood casks and then ferment and age in temperature controlled stainless steel.
The wine’s dark, saturated, color leads you to expect a powerful, even heavy, red. But everything here is actually wonderfully fresh and vibrant. The aromas feature redcurrant, crushed fresh herb, dark chocolate, and a dash of spice. The palate is luxuriously textured – full but round and velvety – and the pure flavors of currant, cherry, juicy plum get complexity from notes of tobacco, herb, and bitter chocolate. A bright squirt of fresh acidity lifts the flavors up and keeps things refreshing on the pretty, almost floral, finish. The marriage of ripe fruit, juicy acids, and silky tannins make this a great sipping wine, but even better with foods like grilled or roasted meats, sautéed mushrooms, or even pasta and red sauce. To drink now and for 5 or so years.
- Castello Dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2006 Product #24154 (In Stock)
Rampolla is one of the best estates in Tuscany you’ve never heard of – and d’Alceo is their top wine. The 2006 released at $275 per bottle; clearly, we’re doing a little better than that.
"Castello dei Rampolla is one of the benchmark properties in Tuscany, and for good reason. At their finest, these are some of the most elegant, luscious wines readers will come across. The 2006 D’Alceo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, is a much tighter-wound wine than the Sammarco but it also seems to be holding back a lot more sheer density in reserve. Full-bodied, rich and monstrously tannic at this stage, it doesn’t taste too different than it did when I first sampled it from tank in November 2006! The wine possesses dazzling inner perfume, refined tannins that need time to emerge and exceptional overall balance. It is a fabulous effort from Rampolla. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031."Wine Advocate 96 points