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Accordini Recioto Valpolicella "Le Viole" Late Harvest 2011 (500ml)

Accordini Recioto Valpolicella "Le Viole" Late Harvest 2011 is made from 65% Corvina , 20% Rondinella , 15% Corvinoni
Intense and fruity aromas with concentrated brew of chocolate and cherries. The palate is flavorful with a harmonious finish.
Ideal as a dessert wine or to enjoy by itself with friends.

 

Review:

Sweetly fragrant, the Recioto displays linzer torte and black cherry with notes of loam and bitter chocolate. It’s viscous and very densely flavored, finishing on a rich, sweet note.-International Wine Review 90 Points

 International Wine Review: 90
Accordini Amarone Riserva "Le Viole" 2005

Accordini Amarone Riserva "Le Viole" 2005 is made from 70% Corvina and Corvinoni, 20% Rondinella, 10% Rossignola.

The wine is aged 60 months in oak barrels, then aged 24 months in tank, and another 6 months in the bottle before release.

This Riserva is a deep red with violet overlays in the glass, which is where the name Le Viole stems from. A more elegant expression then their standard Amarone. Complex nose of licorice, tobacco, blueberries and vanilla from the oak aging. Concentrated and balanced on the palate with well rounded and elegant tannins which give this Amarone great depth. 


Review:

Opaque black.  Dark and brooding, the Riserva Le Viole is a winter wine to be consumed with braised meats and hearty stews. It’s lush and big flavored, bold and rich with dense black/red fruit, black olives, and huge extract on the finish that goes on forever. Decant before serving.  Aged 60 months in oak barrels and 24 months in tank.-International Wine Review 92 Points

 International Wine Review: 92
Accordini Amarone Classico Le Bessole 2011

Intense garnet color. Black cherry and raspberry aromas. The mouth is full and persistent with a good structure.

Lasting but soft, creamy, full of scent of dried fruits.

Ideal with boiled, roasted and grilled meat.

The grapes are generally harvested in the first two weeks of October. They are laid on racks in single layers to allow a better air circulation. The grapes start to dry out on the fruit and on average, after 120 days, they loose 45% of their weight. The grapes are vinified in the end of February with a long maceration on the skins until the wine reaches an alcohol content of at least 15%. The wine is then refined in kegs before being transferred into barrels. The wine is usually bottled 3 years later.

Review:

"Aromas of ripe raspberry jam, plum, menthol and baking spice lead the nose on this bold red. The dense palate delivers raisin, dried black cherry and licorice alongside assertive, close-grained tannins that grip the finish.- Kerin O'Keefe"
- Wine Enthusiast (Best of Year 2016), 90 pts

 

Burgo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2009

Burgo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2008 is made from 85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha & 5% Carignan.

Burgo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2008 presents with red ruby color; black pepper and vanilla flavors and some mature black fruit taste too. Well-balanced, well-structured and elegant in mouth displaying some splendid taste of fruit and bouquet too.


Review:

"Deep ruby. Ripe cherry, floral pastille and pipe tobacco scents, along with notes of cracked pepper and vanilla. Sweet and penetrating, offering plump blackberry and cherry compote flavors that pick up smokiness with aeration. Closes smooth, spicy and long, with soft tannins coming on late and folding into the wine's sweet dark fruit."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September/October 2014), 90 pts

"These wines are from the same producer as the Palacio del Burgo offerings reviewed later in this report, and, for my taste, seem almost identical to those wines. The outstanding 2009 Reserva is made from a blend identical to the Palacio del Burgo 2009 Reserva, 85% Tempranillo, 10% Grenache and 5% Carignan. It boasts lots of complexity and virtually the same character as the 2009 Reserva from Palacio del Burgo – vanilla, new saddle leather and sweet black cherry characteristics presented in a medium-bodied, elegant, complex and concentrated style. Drink it over the next 2-3 years. - Robert Parker"- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (November 2014), 90 pts

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 90 Wine Advocate: 90
DeLille Doyenne Signature Syrah 2009

DeLille Doyenne Signature Syrah 2009 is made from 97.5% Syrah and 2.5% Viognier

DeLille Doyenne Signature Syrah 2009:  Vineyard Breakdown:
66% Grand Ciel Vineyard Syrah
31.5% Boushey Vineyard Syrah
2.5% Ciel du Cheval Viognier

Exhibiting the most amazing purple-black tar color announces the density of this wine. The nose follows with orange blossom and orange chocolate aromas from the addition of 2½% Viognier during fermentation. These floral components are wrapped around a round core of black raspberries, marion berries, fennel and plums. This wine is plush, delicious and sensuous showing notes of kirsch liquor, white pepper, marrow and earth tones.

 

Originating in Grand Ciel and Boushey vineyards and co-fermented with a dollop of Viognier from Ciel du Cheval, the 2009 Doyenne Signature Syrah delivers complex scents of black tea, violet, cherry, raspberry, lavender, and grilled red meats, a cast which reappears in a delightfully rich, polished palate performance that utterly belies the wine’s 15% alcohol. (Asked if he watered the must even to achieve that, Upchurch replied, “If I was going to water, believe me I wouldn’t stop at 15%!”) The carnality as well as a subtle salinity serves for strong saliva inducement in a handsomely long and interactive finish. I suspect that this will be worth following for the better part of a decade. -91 Point Robert Parker, Dec 2012

 Wine Advocate: 91
Finca Sobreno Ildefonso Toro 2009

Finca Sobreno Ildefonso Toro  is made from 100% Tinta de Toro
Very Old Vines (Minimum 80 years of age)
Aged in 100% new French Oak Barrels for 18 months + 12 months in the bottle

The Harvest: This year we had low rain falls getting very healthy bunches. Besides, cool nights and not very hot days at the end of the cycle were excellent for a complete ripening of the grapes, full of nuances.
Vinification: The fruit is manually selected and picked in small cases. After destemming the grapes are stored in 2.000 liter open fermenter tanks and cold maceration at 8ºC during 8 days. Three times a day the cap of the skins is submerged manually (pigeage) and after the alcoholic fermentation is finished at a controlled temperature, the wine is macerated until the wine maker determines the appropriate extraction polyphenols. The malolactic fermentation is carried out in new French oak barrels
Ageing: It takes place in the same barrels for 18 months racking every 6 months.

(made from vines that are over 80 years old; aged in all new French oak for 18 months):  Inky purple.  An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes candied dark berries, woodsmoke, incense and violet pastille.  Stains the palate with concentrated, almost shockingly vivacious black and blue fruit flavors.  Smooth, sweet and expansive on the clinging, energetic finish.-Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 93 Points

TASTING NOTES
Color: Deep cherry color
Nose: Very expressive, elegant and complex with ripe fruit, mineral notes, sweet spices, chocolate aromas and intense toasts.
Taste: Powerful, tasty, round and very smooth. We find again black berries, mineral notes, chocolates with roasted aromas. Very long after taste.
Food Pairing: Ideal for red meats, lamb, roasted meat and strong cheeses

 


Review:

"The 2009 Finca Sobreno Ildefonso is pure Tinto de Toro, a blend from two parcels of 80-year-old vines. It sees 18 months in new French oak. It has a gorgeous, marmalade-scented bouquet with hints of blueberry and black olive tapenade that are very well-defined. The palate is full-bodied with ripe, supple tannins and layers of spicy red fruit interwoven with marmalade, clove, white pepper and bay. It is very well-balanced, powerful but not over-powering, and should age well over the next decade. Drink 2014-2025."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue#206, April 2013), 92 pts

"(made from vines that are over 80 years old; aged in all new French oak for 18 months): Inky purple. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes candied dark berries, woodsmoke, incense and violet pastille. Stains the palate with concentrated, almost shockingly vivacious black and blue fruit flavors. Smooth, sweet and expansive on the clinging, energetic finish. - JR"

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September 2013), 93 pts


- International Wine Guide (June 2013), GOLD MEDAL

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 93 Wine Advocate: 92
Finca Sobreno Toro Reserva Seleccion Especial 2009

Finca Sobreno Toro Reserva Seleccion Especial 2009 is made from 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) from selected old-vines plots and aged during 14 months in American oak.
 


Finca Sobreno Toro Reserva Seleccion Especial 2009 presents with deep dark cherry red color with dark purple tones. Powerful yet elegant nose, refined and stylish with ripe berry fruit, spicy complexity with scents of clove, sandalwood, vanilla, chocolate. Muscular, elegant yet silky smooth taste shows fruit preserves/jam blackberry and chocolate truffle. Concentrated and rich but not sweet with superb length. A good match for venison or wild boar with a fruit-based sauce.

"The 2009 Finca Sobreno Reserva – Seleccion Especiale is a blend of the estate’s best vineyard (over 50 years in age) and sees half the fruit aged in 14 months in new American oak, the remainder in used oak. It has a lifted floral bouquet of dark berries, briary and dried violets that is well-defined and seductive. The palate is medium-bodied with a succulent entry of dark cherries, balsamic, a hint of orange peel and cloves. There is good structure and focus present here, with a clean fresh, focused finish. It is very fine and very elegant for a Toro red. Drink now-2019+"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue#206, April 2013), 93 pts

(sourced from old vines and aged in American oak for 14 months):  Opaque purple.  Deeply pitched aromas of blackberry, violet, smoky oak and mocha.  Then sweet, broad and lush on the palate, with explosive dark berry flavors complicated by vanilla, mocha and a floral nuance.  Finishes with big, broad, supple tannins and superb length.  This exotic, large-scaled wine shows surprising energy and focus for its heft.--Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 92 Points

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 92 Wine Advocate: 93
Gaudrelle Vouvray Reserve Armand Monmousseau 2009 (half-bottle)

Gaudrelle Vouvray Reserve Armand Monmousseau 2009 (half-bottle) is made from 100% late harvest Chenin blanc

Fine Chenin Blanc typicity, with aromas of ripe apples and honeyed notes. Rich, smooth, rounded palate with great structure and weight. Has the acidity to support ageing for 10 years.

 

Mas Sinen Negre Priorat 2009

Mas Sinen Negre Priorat 2009 is made from 35% Garnacha, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carinena, 10% Syrah
Aged in 90% French, 10% American oak barrels for 12 months.
Maceration for 21 days. ML in stainless steel tanks.
Clarification with white egg and soft filtration.

The wine shows great spice and leather components, some minerality and a lot of  ripe red fruits aromas as well. 

This wine is certified organic.

Pago de Carraovejas El Anejon 2009

Pago de Carraovejas El Anejon 2009 is made from 93% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1%Merlot.
Color: Red Purple with same color nuances.
Aroma: Complex nose, suggestive of red berries, tinges of dairy products, toasty and spices.
Mouth: Powerful and elegant wine. Well structured and balanced.

"Glass-staining ruby. Explosive, smoke- and spice-accented dark berry compote and floral scents are complicated by notes of spicecake and vanilla. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors and a refreshing touch of blood orange. Rich but energetic, with superb finishing clarity, slow-building tannins and lingering sweetness. - JR"
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September 2013), 93 pts

"The 2009 Pago de Carrovejas El Anajon de la Cuesta de las Liebres (to give it its full name), is Tinto Fino blended with 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Merlot and raised for 12 months in French oak, has a much better, more refined bouquet with blackberry and raspberry fruit, a suggestion of wild heather and cedar. The palate is full-bodied with good backbone and structure, while the crisp acidity keeps the graphite-tinged finish agile and focused. This is very impressive. Drink now-2017."
- Wine Advocate (Neal Martin, Issue#205, February 2013), 93 pts

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 93 Wine Advocate: 93
Quercia al Poggio Chianti Classico 2009

Quercia al Poggio Chianti Classico 2009 is made from 80% Sangiovese, 20% Ciliegiolo, Canaiolo and Colorino

Quercia al Poggio Chianti Classico is produced in limited quantities from grapes grown to certified organic farming protocols. The estate releases a single Chianti Classico from a selection of the cellar’s finest sangiovese and other traditional native grapes. A small proportion of wine from sangiovese only is bottled as Chianti Classico Riserva, which receives longer maturation in oak and ageing in glass.


DESIGNATION: Chianti Classico DOCG.

AREA OF PRODUCTION: Monsanto – Barberino val d’Elsa.

FIRST VINTAGE: 1997

TRAINING SYSTEMS: Cordon-trained and spur-pruned, Guyot.

SITE: Vineyards are located on the hill, half overlooking the north valley towards Barberino Val d’Elsa and half looking south towards Castellina.

SOIL TYPE: Limestone and clay with sections of schist and calcareous-clay galestro.

YELDS: 35q/ha

HARVEST METHOD: Manual.

WINEMAKING: Traditional in temperature-controlled steel and cement containers.

 


"Showing notes of sandalwood, espresso and red berries on the nose, this wine has a lovely silky attack and an attractive ferrous quality complementing red plum and earth notes. It has excellent length and is ready to drink now. A blend of 80% Sangiovese, 20% Ciliegiolo, Canaiolo and Colorino aged 24 months in 500L oak tonneau. Produced in the Monsanto - Barberino Val d’Elsa zone with limestone and clay soil at about 400m altitude. The 15 ha vineyard is organically farmed."
- i-winereview (April/May 2016), 90 pts

Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2009

Aromas recall scorched earth, underbrush, stewed prune and coconut. Oak spices, vanilla and coffee dominate the warm palate. It lacks fruit richness and can’t stand up to the assertive tannins or the heat of evident alcohol.

 


Review:

"The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is the nicest wine presented by Tenuta Vitanza this year. This expression definitely shows its oaky side but that new oak style (French tonneaux primarily) is characteristic of this estate located in the Torrenieri subzone that makes some of the darkest and most extracted expressions of Brunello regardless. Dark fruit, prune, plum, cherry, spice, cedar, cardamon and grilled herb all compete for your attention. The ensemble is bold, opulent and rich in a way that most other Brunello wines are not. There is a note of sourness on the tannins. Every once in a while you need a supersized Brunello to pair with that T-bone steak you crave. — Monica Larner"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 217, February 2015), 90 pts

AP Vin Ridgetop Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

Ripe and juicy with full bodied bramble, plum, wild berry and Asian five-spice notes. Framed by toasty oak, chewy tannin and raw savage round out this Sonoma Coast beauty.

Vineyard: Ridgetop Vineyard

Clone: 667, 777 & 115
Appellation: Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
Harvested: September 28th, 2013
Style: Unfined and Unfiltered
Bottled: August 2014

Chateau Hourbanon Medoc 2009

Appellation: Medoc

Composition: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

Aging: Aged 1 year on French oak

Tasting Notes: Straight attack in the mouth with supple, silky and harmonious tannins.

Very mature, Almost jammy fruits aromas with a touch of spicy notes.

Avg Age of Vines: 38 years

Chateau Suau L'Artolie Rouge 2009

Chateau Suau L'Artolie Rouge is made from 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc. Hand harvested and destemmed grapes, fermented in custom made 500-liter French oak barrels and then aged in traditionnal 225-liter French oak barrels for 15 months. Production is 4,500 bottles.
"Artolie" is the name of an outstanding parcel planted with Merlot at high density (7000f/ha), selected rootstocks, on a gravely slope overlooking a stream which name is "LeArtolie".


Review: Fermented in large barrels to preserve the fruit, this is a dense wine, full of the ripe red-berry and black-plum flavor that’s layered with mint and new wood notes. Juicy, rich and concentrated, this is worth aging for at least five years. - 91 Points Wine Enthusiast

 Wine Enthusiast: 91
Johann Michel Cornas 2014

Johann Michel Cornas is 100% Syrah

Well structured and round, it displays red fruit, leather, black cherry, liquorice and black berry aromas.

Manual harvest, selection of the grapes from the "Chaillot" parcel, full clusters, fermentation in tanks for 3 weeks, daily remontage and pigeage. Malolactic fermentation in oak barrels and aging on the lees for 12-18 months in barrels (new old barrels) The average age of the vines is 12 years. Yield: 25 hl/ha

 


Review:

This has a vibrant core of raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit, backed by mouthwatering iron and white pepper notes, pulling together on the bay- and lavender-lined finish. Built on racy purity, with some sneaky power in reserve. Best from 2017 through 2027. 500 cases made.  Wine Spectator 93 Points

 

 Wine Spectator: 93
Levendi Stagecoach Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

From the Stagecoach Vineyard high on the eastern volcanic ridge above Napa, comes this rich and decadent, limited production Cabernet Sauvignon. The vivid red soils and rocky slopes come together to produce a wine with an aroma of sweet blackberry and cassis fruit that carries over into a superbly balanced and polished palate.  Only 1,000 cases produced.

 

 


Review:

Tar and violets position in an initial formation that is simultaneously insistent and lush. A juicy flow of broad, inky strokes of tar, black strap molasses and basil paint a portrait of a strudy, long-lasting keeper."

- The Tasting Panel, 95 pts  (Anthony Dias) 

Mas Sinen Priorat Petit Mas Sinen 2009

Mas Sinen Priorat Petit Mas Sinen is made from 45% Garnacha, 30% Cariñena (also called Samsó), 10% Cabernet Sauvignon,  10% Syrah, 5% Merlot.
Aged in oak barrels for 6 months.
Maceration for 21 days. ML in stainless steel tanks.
Clarification with white egg and soft filtration.
The wine shows great spice and leather components, some minerality and a lot of  ripe red fruits aromas as well.
This wine is certified organic.

 

Varinelles Saumur Champigny 2009

Varinelles Saumur Champigny uses a traditional vinification process: 18 days of low temperature maceration, pumping over every two days, aging in tanks, no fining, slight filtration, bottling in July. This wine is highly representative of the appellation. It is hardly aggressive or excessive, and displays balance and finesse throughout.

Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino Firma 2009

Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino Firma is made from 100% Sangiovese.
"Firma" means "signature" in Italian.
Aged for 36 months in 30% French and 70% Slavonia barrels. Aged in the bottle for 6 months.
This wine is the King of all Italian reds.  It is full-flavored, woodsy, and intense with a long finish.  Brunello will correspondingly age for 15-20 years.

 



 
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Siegel San Elias Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Fresh and delicate cassis tones, a great structure. Draw the cork half an hour before serving and serve at room temperature.

Smooth and fruity on the palate, the wine goes well with pasta, salads.