SIP: Aged Tour of Italy's Iconic Classics (4 Bottles - $53 OFF)

This SIP edition offers a wonderful learning opportunity, giving you the chance to taste and explore four perfectly-aged iconic classics of Italy!

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Fossacolle Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013
Original Price: $64.97

Fossacolle Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013
(Tuscany, Italy) - [WA 94] [VM 92] [JS 92]

About the Winery: 
Owner Sergio Marchetti belongs to an old patriarchal family of the 18th century. The family's descendants have lived and farmed on this land for generations. In the 1980s, the owner of the lands gifted Fossacolle to the family when he sold the properties. Fossacolle is four hectares of vineyards in the medieval town of Tavernelle in southern Montalcino. This area benefits from the wind of nearby Maremma which creates a perfect climate to grow and to mature grapes. Sergio and his family manage the vineyards and his son-in-law, Adriano Bambagioni, with the help of his son Stefano, carry out all the enological and commercial aspects of Fossacolle.

Tasting Notes:
Of intense ruby color, our Brunello shows on the palate alluring aromas of very ripe red berries and delicate spices, while the full body is gratifying and persistent, with outstanding minerality. Remarkable tannins, soft and creamy in texture, confer concentration and aging potential to this wine, a real “Cru” of great distinctiveness.

Technical Information

Grape: 100% Sangiovese grosso
Fermentation and maceration: 18 days
Ageing: Aged in French and Slavonian oak casks of 25 hl for 24 months and in second usage French barriques of 225 l; in concrete vats for the last 12 months
pH: 3,55
Alcohol content: 14,5%
Total acidity: 5,5 gr/l
Total bottles produced: 12,700

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Fossacolle has produced an excellent set of new releases. At the top of the list is the 2013 Brunello di Montalcino, which exhibits a spectacular level of inner balance and positive energy. There is a level of aromatic happiness or brightness here that denotes carefully ripened Sangiovese grapes. In other words, you can taste that the fruit has not been stressed by adverse weather conditions. The 2013 vintage is indeed harmonious across the board, and this wine demonstrates that fact." - Monica Larner (Feb 2018)

92 Points - Vinous Media:
"Good deep ruby-red. Spicy aromas of blackberry, licorice and coffee. Ripe, lush and deep, showing lovely lift to the violet, licorice and dark berry flavors, this finishes firmly structured and long on the aftertaste. Seems a little clenched to me in the midpalate and needs years in the cellar to expand fully." - Ian d'Agata (Apr 2018)

92 Points - James Suckling:
"Aromas of cherry, coffee and orange peel follow through to a medium to full body, round and velvety tannins and a juicy finish. A delicious wine already but needs a year or two to come together." (Nov 2017)

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Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva "Pora" DOCG 2014
Original Price: $99.97

Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva "Pora" DOCG 2014
(Piedmont, Italy) - [WA 94] [VM 94] [WS 93]

About the Winery:

Produttori del Barbaresco is a legendary cooperative founded in the late nineteenth century and is the benchmark for the region's gorgeous wines. 

Here's what Wine Advocate's Monica Larner had to say about this winery:
"This important estate has been making the cru selections since 1978 and the house philosophy is to make them all, or not make them at all. General Manager Aldo Vacca says the co-operative counts 54 members, of which four joined the group within the past three years. Produttori del Barbaresco counts a total of 100 hectares (for an average annual bottle production of 500,000). Each individual farm is very small in size.

The cooperative's access to many small vineyards allows Produttori del Barbaresco to take advantage of the best grapes at the best prices.

About the Wine:
Grape variety: 100% Nebbiolo
Vineyard size: 10.7 hectars (26.4 acres)
Vineyard exposure: south, south-west
Soil: calcareous limestone with sandy veins
Vinification: fermentation at 30°c (85°f), 28 days of skin contact time, malolactic completed
Ageing: 36 months in large oak barrels and 12 months in bottles
Bottling date: april 2017
Total production: 16,666 bottles
Vintage: medium body vintage with intense spicy fruit, tight, powerful tannins and long finish
Vineyard character: medium body, rich and broad fruit with earthy notes and early maturing tannins
Longevity: 20 years from the vintage
Vineyard owners: Dellaferrera, Manzone
Food matches: fresh egg-pasta dishes, risotto, white and red meat, game, venison, cheeses

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2014 Barbaresco Riserva Pora is a dark, sensual beauty. Deeply spiced and balsamic, with tremendous textural richness, the Pora is utterly beguiling. I can't remember a Pora with this much depth, textural resonance and brooding intensity. The 2014 needs at least a few years to be at its best, but it is superb even in the early going. I won't be surprised if the 2014 turns out to be better than this note suggests." - Antonio Galloni (Oct 2018)

94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"I had tasted this vintage last year as a barrel sample. Now a fully complete wine, the 2014 Barbaresco Riserva Pora did not disappoint, and even jumped up a few points. The Riserva Pora opens to dark fruit intensity with a slightly more accessible quality. Those lovely floral tones of lavender and violet are ever present. After having spent three years in oak and another year in the bottle, this wine offers a looser mouthfeel in terms of tannic structure, making it a bit more open and immediate in personality. You could uncork this bottle in 2020 if you just can't wait, but ideally, it is meant for the longer haul.

Produttori enthusiasts will be happy to know that the estate's celebrated Riservas were made in 2014, a vintage that performed very nicely in the rolling hills of Barbaresco. We can also look forward to the Riservas in 2015 and 2016. I find it helpful to remember the tasting order of the Riservas as suggested by General Manager Aldo Vacca. It starts with the more delicate expressions and concludes with the most structured wines." - Monica Larner (Jun 2019)

93 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Round and supple, exuding cherry, berry, licorice, eucalyptus and tar flavors. Harmonious and well-built, with a long aftertaste of menthol. Best from 2021 through 2038." - BS (June 12, 2019)

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Ca' Rome' di Romano Marengo Barolo 'Rapet' DOCG 2010
Original Price: $79.97

Ca' Rome' di Romano Marengo Barolo 'Rapet' DOCG 2010
(Piedmont, Italy) - [WA 93] [VM 92]

Notes from the Winemaker:

Single-vineyard from the Serralunga cru, renowned for its structure. Ideally incarnates the breeding and magnitude of its category: full-bodied, complex, utterly classic. In top vintages, can be cellared as long as 15-25 years.

Vineyard location and soil: Vineyard located in Serralunga d’Alba, with southwestern exposure. The soils go back to the Helvetian period. Compact calcareous clay alternates with sandy layers.

Altitude: 350-371 meters (1,150-1,217 feet)above sea level

Tasting notes: Intense garnet red with ruby reflections. Fruity aromas with floral and spicy notes. Intense flavor with opulent and enveloping tannins and a long finish. Because of its structure and body, it pairs well with meat, game and cheese. Serve at a temperature of 17 °C (62.6 °F).

Vinification: Maceration lasts about 20 days at a maximum temperature of 30 °C (86 °F). Malolactic fermentation ends before winter is over.

Aged: 24 months partly in 25-hl Slavonian oak barrels and partly in French barrique. Further aged in bottle for at least 12 months.

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Antonio Galloni Vinous:
"Ca’ Rome’s 2010 Barolo Rapèt is floral, delicate and quite accessible for the year. Sweet red berries, tobacco, anise and savory herbs develop in the glass over time in a medium-bodied, fragrant Barolo with tons of near-term appeal. Today, the 2010 impresses for its punchy, bright fruit and terrific overall balance. Drink between 2016-2030." -Antonio Galloni (January 2014)

93 Points -
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The full bodied 2010 Barolo Rapet shows an impressive degree of layering and aromatic dimension with sweet cherry and exotic spice followed by dried herb, rosemary and rosebud. There's a significant mineral contribution as well with rusty notes of wet soil and terracotta. The tannins show a spot of firm astringency that is common in the wines of Serralunga d'Alba. Drink: 2017-2028." -Monica Larner (July 2014)

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Il Borro Polissena Toscana IGT Rosso 2013
Original Price: $69.99

Il Borro Polissena Toscana IGT Rosso 2013
(Tuscany, Italy) - [WS 92] [JS 92]

About the winery:

Winery owner Salvatore Ferragamo, heir of the storied Ferragamo fashion empire, replanted the family's Il Borro vineyard in 1999 and has been releasing Tuscan wines ever since. The winery has been certified organic since 2015.

Notes from the Winemaker:
Polissena is an act of love, an homage to Tuscany, and to one of its typical grape varieties: Sangiovese. The grape has a strong backbone but is refined and balanced. It is captivating but modest and never invasive.

The vineyard from which this wine is produced, Politi, has a density of 4.500 plants per hectare. It is the highest vineyard in the “Il Borro” Estate at approximately 350 metres above sea level. The soil is Schistose which drains very well. At the end of August the plants are pruned leaving around 1 kg of grapes on each vine. The yield per hectare is 4,500 kg, equivalent to around 3,000 litres of wine. The grapes are harvested, de-stemmed and sorted by hand and then pressed and gravity-fed into vinification tanks.

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A bright beam of cherry runs through this elegant red. Leather, licorice and tobacco notes add interest as this builds to a lingering aftertaste. Balanced, with sweet, ripe fruit, as well as a savory element. Drink now through 2027. 1,500 cases made." – BS (Oct 2017)

92 Points - James Suckling:
"Alluring berry and dried meat character with hints of cedar. Full body, spicy and earth. Decadent finish. Velvety texture. Drink or hold." (Apr 2017)