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Italy

Of the many wine producing regions of Italy, we concentrate principally on two - Tuscany and Piedmont - where arguably the finest wines are made. Tuscany is the home of Sangiovese - which finds its greatest expression in the wines of Montalcino - while Piedmont is the home of Nebbiolo - the grape variety of Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, we have wines from Friuli in the far northeast, close to the border with Slovenia, from the Veneto (particularly famous for the sparkling wines made from Prosecco) and from Umbria, where quality can be very fine, while price remains remarkably reasonable.

Wine production in Italy has undergone an extraordinarily rapid period of change over the last 20 to 30 years. Gone is the obsession, born at least in part from the impoverishment of the post-War years, for producing the maximum possible volume from the vineyards, which resulted in the production of vast quantities of dilute, under-ripe and poorly made wines. The generation of the increasingly affluent decades of the 1970s and 1980s, which has now taken control of family vineyards, has very different ideas. The transparency of the global market, and the competition for the attention of wine drinkers has brought in its wake the realisation that wine, however cheap, will not sell if the quality is not there. Now we have a generation of Italian producers making wines of the highest quality at all levels of price.


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Ampeleia

Ampeleia is a beautiful & elegant Super Tuscan from Elisabetta Foradori’s new estate located in the hills of the Maremma region high above the Tuscan coast. Maremma's reputation is burgeoning, and whilst this particular Maremma gem continues to fly under the radar it offers nothing short of astonishing value for money.

Elisabetta is one of Italy’s leading winemakers with a fine reputation founded on the outstanding wines produced at her estate in Trentino and she has brought all of her dynamism and talent to bear on this exciting Tuscan venture, delivering truly authentic Super-Tuscan finesse without the high prices usually associated with Tuscans of this quality.

 
Ampeleia vineyards
2005 Ampeleia, Maremma Toscana x 6
 2010-2019
 6 Bottles
£137.50
£180.00
"The 2005 Ampeleia is a rich, sensual wine endowed with layers of spiced dark fruit, minerals and flowers. Smoke, tar, leather and licorice nuances develop in the glass, adding further complexity. The Ampeleia shows terrific balance and harmony, particularly within the context of the vintage. This is a wonderful effort from proprietor Elisabetta Foradori. 92" Robert Parker 
2011 Ampeleia, Maremma Toscana x 6
 2014-2024
 6 Bottles
£137.50
£180.00
 
2012 Ampeleia, Maremma Toscana x 6
 2015-2025
 6 Bottles
£123.00
£163.50
 
2013 Kepos, Ampeleia x 6
 2015-2020
 6 Bottles
£82.50
£114.00
 
2013 Ampeleia, Maremma Toscana x 6
 2016-2026
 6 Bottles
£123.00
£163.50
 
2014 Kepos, Ampeleia x 6
 2016-2021
 6 Bottles
£82.50
£114.00
 

Campi di Fonterenza

Twins Francesca and Margherita Padovani run this tiny estate of just 2½ hectares of vines.  The Campi di Fonterenza is a small traditional Tuscan farmhouse, tucked away in the hills between Sant’ Angelo in Colle and Castel Nuovo dell’Abate, south of Montalcino, and the vineyards lie within the Montalcino ‘appellation’.  The twins do everything by hand here, and are completely passionate about the wine (and the olive oil) they produce.  This is Tuscany as it ought to be: peaceful, unhurried and dedicated to the production of all things delicious - the sort of place that makes you want to move there at once.

 
Fonterenza label
2007 Brunello di Montalcino, Campi di Fonterenza Magnums x 3
 2012-2022
 3 Magnums
£283.00
£354.00
Deep ruby colour, powerful dark cherry and damson fruit on the nose. Very intense fruit attack lovely balance, terrific concentration, really layered and complex. Big fruit with super ripe tannins, very, very long. The wine was then tasted after decanting: The nose has opened out to reveal more complexity and intensity. There are now smoky notes and floral ones as well as the concentrated flavours of plums and cherries. Really intense on the attack with an impressive core of concentrated blackcurrant fruit. Long and balanced as well as fresh and vibrant. Very long and very impressive. 
2008 Brunello di Montalcino, Campi di Fonterenza x 6
 2015-2025
 6 Bottles
£250.50
£315.00
Very dark ruby colour. Intensely aromatic. Powerful and concentrated on the palate (at least in part because the crop was 30% down thanks to a very poor fruit set). The wine has the most lovely balance and freshness despite its tremendous weight of flavour. Very long. Outstanding. 
2009 Rosso di Montalcino, Campi di Fonterenza x 6
 2011-2019
 6 Bottles
£109.00
£145.50
Dark ruby red. Violet fruit aromas. Big, complex and seductive fruit on the palate with very fine structure and great length of flavour. 
2011 Brunello di Montalcino, Campi di Fonterenza x 6
 2018-2028
 6 Bottles
£287.00
£360.00
 
2015 Rosso di Montalcino, Campi di Fonterenza x 6
 2016-2025
 6 Bottles
£123.00
£163.50
 

Elisabetta Foradori

1996 Granato, Elisabetta Foradori x 6
 2005-2019
 6 Bottles
TBA
£234.00
 

Gaja

 
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2011 Barbaresco, Angelo Gaja x 6
 2017-2035
 6 Bottles
£495.00
£609.00
"The 2011 Barbaresco opens to a dark garnet color and shows immediate opulence and intensity where its aromas are concerned. There’s an undeniable level of finesse and focus here that goes against all the things you might assume about a warmer vintage like 2011. The mouthfeel is perfectly tempered and smooth with an incredible sense of liveliness and dimension. Fruit is sourced from Gaja’s many vineyard holdings. 93" Monica Larner in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #213 

Bruno Giacosa

The website for Bruno Giacosa can be found at http://www.brunogiacosa.it/

 
Giacosa
2008 Barbaresco Santo Stefano di Neive, Bruno Giacosa x 6
 2013-2028
 6 Bottles
£495.00
£608.40
Magnificent wine, showing elegance, poise and finesse. Tremendously complex and mineral on the finish. 

Elio Grasso

Elio Grasso began making and bottling his own wines in 1978, having taken over from his father Romano who sold his grapes in bulk.  Since 1996 Elio has worked with his son Gian Luca, and together they have established themselves as among the most outstanding producers of Piedmont.  Based in Monforte d\'Alba, all the wines produced come from the Grasso\'s own vineyards - about 18 hectares - and are matured in casks of Slovenian oak.  The Barolos from this estate are utterly brilliant, but perhaps the biggest surprise is the extraordinary quality of the 'little' wines - the Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo are among the finest examples we have ever tasted.

 
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2011 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Martina, Elio Grasso Magnum x 1
 2014-2018
 1 Magnum
£46.00
£60.00
 
2012 Nebbiolo Langhe, Elio Grasso x 6
 2013-2019
 6 Bottles
£94.50
£129.00
Fermented in 100% stainless steel, from vines 15-20 years old. Classic Nebbiolo, full of sweet, soft, fresh red and black berry fruit, notes of flowers, tar and herbs. As with all Elio Grasso wines, it’s the quality of the fruit which shines through. 
2013 Nebbiolo Langhe, Elio Grasso x 6
 2014-2020
 6 Bottles
£94.50
£129.00
 
2014 Nebbiolo Langhe, Elio Grasso x 6
 2015-2021
 6 Bottles
£94.50
£129.00
 
2014 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Martina, Elio Grasso x 6
 2016-2021
 6 Bottles
£124.50
£165.00
 
2016 Dolcetto d'Alba, dei Grassi, Elio Grasso x 6
 2017-2020
 6 Bottles
£56.00
£82.80
 

Castello di Magione

The Castello di Magione, west of Perugia, dates from around 1150, beginning as a shelter built by the Knights Hospitallers for travellers on the pilgrim routes between Compostella, Rome and Jerusalem.  Defensive fortifications were added later, when the building was enlarged, first in 1367 and then again in 1471, in response to the turbulent nature of central Italian geo-politics in the 14th and 15thcenturies.  The Magione estate today covers 1,325 hectares of agricultural land of which 30 hectares are planted with vines.  Several sections of the estate are covered by a cabreo – a map and inventory of its many constituent parts drawn up in the 19th century – the estate archives hold an extraordinary collection of these remarkably detailed documents.  Where appropriate, the Magione wines take their names from their historic cabreo.  The vineyards are planted on the slopes facing towards Lake Trasimeno; the microclimate here is especially good, with the influence of the lake tempering the heat of the Umbrian summer.  The estate has benefitted from the construction of a fabulous, genuinely state-of-the-art (an otherwise much over-used phrase) new winery which was opened on 5th September 2009, in time to receive the 2009 harvest.

 
Magione
2012 Morcinaia, Castello di Magione x 6
 2017-2022
 6 Bottles
£80.00
£111.00
 
2013 Moroneto, Castello di Magione x 6
 2015-2018
 6 Bottles
£52.50
£78.00
A blend of 65% Merlot, 20% Sangiovese and 15% Pinot Noir. 
2016 Rosso Sangiovese, Castello di Magione x 6
 2017-2019
 6 Bottles
£42.50
£66.00
 

Santa Maria

On the edge of the town of Montalcino itself is this tiny property, bought by Marino Colleoni in 1989.  He has just 1.5 hectares of vines, mostly in the northern zone of the appellation.  The vineyards are run along organic lines – no chemical herbicides or pesticides used – and the winemaking follows traditional lines.  Marino is however a man with an inquiring mind: he has conducted various experiments when ageing his wines prior to bottling – including most recently two barrels made out of chestnut and mulberry wood respectively.  The man’s exuberant enthusiasm spills over into the style of these wonderfully expressive wines.

 
Santa Maria cuverie
2008 Brunello di Montalcino, Marino Colleoni, Santa Maria x 6
 2014-2022
 6 Bottles
£200.50
£255.00
Fabulously aromatic. Fresh and complex on the palate; stunning fruit flavours backed with wonderful mineral freshness. Long and beautifully balanced. 
2009 Brunello di Montalcino, Marino Colleoni, Santa Maria x 6
 2014-2024
 6 Bottles
£247.50
£312.00
"From Podere Sante Marie on the steepest, most isolated flank of Montalcino, the 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is a brooding and mysterious wine packed tight with dark fruit, cassis, crushed stone, tar and tobacco. Marino Colleoni is a man of enormous charisma and energy and these traits translate directly to his carefully crafted Brunellos. His honest approach (in barrel tasting, he will take you through the good and the bad) makes for impeccable and sharply focused wines. 92" Monica Larner in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #211 
2011 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Marino Colleoni, Santa Maria x 6
 2017-2030
 6 Bottles
£374.50
£465.00
 
2011 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Marino Colleoni, Santa Maria Magnum x 1
 2017-2030
 1 Magnum
£133.00
£165.00
 
2012 Brunello di Montalcino, Marino Colleoni, Santa Maria x 6
 2017-2027
 6 Bottles
£258.00
£330.00
 
2012 Brunello di Montalcino, Marino Colleoni, Santa Maria Magnums x 3
 2017-2027
 3 Magnums
£269.50
£339.00
 
2013 Rosso di Montalcino, Marino Colleoni, Santa Maria x 6
 2015-2020
 6 Bottles
£117.50
£156.00
Very dark ruby colour. Hugely intense aromas. Sensational on the palate - fine-grained, ripe, pure and complex. Terrific length. A really stunning glass of wine. 

Fattoria La Massa

Giampaolo Motta is one of the most passionate winemakers with whom we are lucky enough to work.  2011 will be the first vintage he makes in his brilliant new winery, so we can expect him to go from strength to strength.  He has posted a letter on James Suckling's blog and quoting it in full allows him to speak for himself in explaining part of what lies behind his decision to withdraw from the Chianti Classico system:

"I made the choice to declassify my wines 8 years ago for two primary reasons: commercial and personal. However I have steadfastly concentrated on producing wines of high quality that reflect, as James [Suckling] points out, my dream. I cannot go into great detail, in this forum, to explain the commercial reasons but I will say that I made the correct choice for me and for my winery. As for the personal reasons: I want to make wines that reflect my personality and my dream to someday make what I call a "great" wine. With La Massa I.G.T., Sangiovese is the soul of the wine. I choose the best grapes from our vineyards and try to obtain the best expression that this variety has to offer by doing a delicate extraction and short vinification. Giorgio Primo is my heart, my dreams and my personality. It is the style of wines I enjoy the most. My first experiences in wine were in Bordeaux many years ago. Its wines have had a great influence on my palate; its wine makers, a great influence on my thinking about wine; its methods, on my wine making. I have reverence for its history and precision and the expression the wines show of its terroir. Don’t forget that Cabernet Sauvignon is present in Tuscany since 1600 under the name of “uva francesa”. For me, today, it is about having the liberty to express my dreams, my personality and very importantly the incredible terroir (not VARIETY) of this place - LA MASSA."  Giampaolo Motta

 
La Massa barrel cellar
2011 La Massa, Fattoria La Massa
 2014-2022
 12 Bottles
£173.50
£237.00
"The 2011 La Massa is 60% Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Alicante. The wine produces beautiful intensity and purity of fruit with dark notes of blackberry, leather and moist chewing tobacco. It glides over the palate with enormous richness and fleshy density. 92+" Monica Larner in The Wine Advocate #208 

Montepeloso

1998 Gabbro, Montepeloso x 6
 2002-2020
 6 Bottles
TBA
£234.00
"The debut vintage of the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon cuvee, the 1998 Gabbro, is a terrific example of what can be produced in this area adjacent to the Mediterranean. Keep in mind that the famous Sassicaia is close by, as are the hillside vineyards of the cult wine, Tua Rita. The saturated black/purple-colored 1998 Gabbro boasts sumptuous aromatics of cherry liqueur, cassis, toasty new oak, minerals, spice box, and tobacco. There is extravagant intensity, an opulent texture, and a large-scaled, rich, concentrated finish. 93" Robert Parker 

Tenuta Monteti

Eva Baratta and Javier Pedrazzini run this small estate, established by Eva's father in the early 2000s, in coastal Tuscany, just north of the border with Lazio. The vineyards were carefully researched before planting to establish the grape varieties most suited to them - and the choices which resulted are rather surprising - these are the only wines we list with such high proportions of Alicante (28% in the Caburnio) and Petit Verdot (50% in the Monteti). The cellars are in the charming medieval town of Capalbio.

More information on the estate can be found on their website: www.tenutamonteti.it

 
2010 Caburnio, Tenuta Monteti, Toscana x 6
 2013-2020
 6 Bottles
£69.00
£97.50
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Alicante Bouschet (20%), Merlot (15%), Cabernet Franc (5%), and Petit Verdot (5%). Very dark colour, and wonderfully intense dark fruit aromas. Fabulous on the palate - rich, ripe and really supple. Juicy ripe tannins and long, balanced finish. 
2011 Monteti, Tenuta Monteti, Toscana x 6
 2015-2027
 6 Bottles
£112.50
£150.00
 

Montevetrano

2010 Montevetrano, Silvia Imparato Magnum x 1
 2015-2030
 1 Magnum
£75.00
£94.80
"The 2010 Montevetrano is flat-out gorgeous. Vibrant, floral aromatics lead to layers of beautifully delineated fruit in this finely sculpted chiseled Montevetrano. A wine of extraordinary beauty, the 2010 impresses for its clarity and nuance. I don’t think I have ever tasted a young Montevetrano with this much pure silkiness and finesse. There is a level of precision and delineation in the 2010 that is truly marvelous. I can’t wait to see how it ages. The 2010 is also notable for a much higher percentage of Aglianico (30%) than has been common in the past, while the international varieties are less prominent in the blend. In 2010 Montevetrano is 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Aglianico and 20% Merlot, which means the Cabernet Sauvignon now plays a much smaller role in the blend. 96" Antonio Galloni in Robert Parker 

Siro Pacenti

A 20 hectare estate of which 13 hectares are south of Montalcino, and 7 to the north, where the winery is to be found, a mile or so off the road to Buonconvento and Siena. Giancarlo Pacenti’s new winery is a truly a state of the art construction, allowing him the space and facilities to meet his self-imposed exacting standards.  I was amused by his statement that the sorting table is always staffed by women – on the grounds that their work in picking out any grapes not in absolutely perfect condition is so much more precise and reliable.  Giancarlo is fortunate to have a high proportion of old vines – 40-45 years – amongst his holdings, planted by his maternal grandfather, Alessandro Pieri; it is to these that he attributes the exceptional complexity of his wines.  He may be right – but it takes a great wine maker to bring such potential to fruition in the winery.

 
Siro Pacenti
2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva P S, Siro Pacenti x 6
 2015-2025
 6 Bottles
£405.00
£501.30
"Pacenti’s flagship bottling, the 2007 Brunello di Montalcino PS is striking. Sweet roses, red berries, cinnamon and dried flowers all mesh together in the glass. Sweet, layered and totally impeccable, Pacenti’s 2007 PS is one of the standouts of the year. It boasts stunning overall balance and class to burn. Silky tannins support the stunning, utterly gracious finish. 95+" Antonio Galloni in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #207 
2008 Rosso di Montalcino, Siro Pacenti x 6
 2010-2018
 6 Bottles
£108.50
£145.50
Very dark ruby colour. Powerful concentration of dark fruits with wonderfully textured tannins. Very long-lasting on the finish. Superb. 
2008 Brunello di Montalcino, Siro Pacenti x 6
 2015-2025
 6 Bottles
£270.00
£339.00
Bursting with fresh red cherry and violet scents. Fabulous sweet attack of fruit on the palate. Concentrated, harmonious and very long lasting fruit flavours dominate in the mouth. Fine grained tannins. 
2009 Rosso di Montalcino, Siro Pacenti x 6
 2011-2019
 6 Bottles
£108.50
£145.50
"The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino shows off tons of finesse and elegance in its plump fruit and juicy personality. The flavors build beautifully through to the rich, textured finish. 89" Antonio Galloni in Robert Parker 
2011 Brunello di Montalcino Pelagrilli, Siro Pacenti x 6
 2016-2021
 6 Bottles
£145.00
£189.00
"A captivating, radiant wine, the 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Pelagrilli offers striking depth and nuance. Sweet dark cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and tobacco all flesh out in the glass. The Pelagrilli is without question one of the best wines of the year. Crushed flowers, tobacco, mint and sweet dried cherries grace the long, precise finish. The Pelagrilli is a blend of fruit from the north (80%) and south (20%) of Montalcino, aged in 45-50% new oak. I especially like the sense of energy here. 93" Antonio Galloni in Vinous 
2011 Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne, Siro Pacenti x 6
 2017-2025
 6 Bottles
£250.00
£315.00
"The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne is deep, powerful and explosive. The gravitas of the old vines and the blend of fruit that incorporates fruit from the southern end of the zone in equal parts with the north comes through loud and clear. Macerated cherries, smoke, spices, leather, licorice and French oak flesh out in a dense, stylish Brunello that captures the essence of the Pacenti house style. Drink this creamy, voluptuous Brunello over the next decade or so. 95" Antonio Galloni in Vinous 
2012 Brunello di Montalcino Pelagrilli, Siro Pacenti x 6
 2017-2022
 6 Bottles
£155.00
£201.00
 
2012 Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne, Siro Pacenti x 6
 2018-2026
 6 Bottles
£285.00
£357.00
 
2014 Rosso di Montalcino, Siro Pacenti x 6
 2016-2024
 6 Bottles
£95.00
£129.00
"The 2014 Rosso di Montalcino is one of the better Rossos of the vintage. Dark, pliant and expressive, the 2014 offers notable depth, with plenty of dark red cherry, plum, mocha and spice notes. This is a commendable effort from Giancarlo Pacenti, and one of the rare overachievers of the vintage. In 2014, Pacenti declassified a significant portion of his Brunello down to the Rosso, and that was after losing 50% of the total crop to bad weather. 89-91" Antonio Galloni in Vinous 

Riecine

The website for Riecine can be found at http://www.riecine.it/

 
2003 La Gioia, Riecine x 6
 2009-2020
 6 Bottles
£116.50
£154.50
The 'super Tuscan' from the fabulous Riecine estate near Gaiole in Chianti. Based on Sangiovese, with small percentages of Merlot and Cabernet added. Intensely concentrated and rich from this super-ripe vintage. 

Sandrone

Luciano Sandrone began as a cellar master, and in the late 1970s had the opportunity of buying some vineyard land in the Cannubi - the heart of Barolo.  His first vintage of his own wine was 1978.  Since then he has worked with his brother Luca to produce wines which have established his reputation as one of the foremost producers of the region.  A new winery was built in 1998, but the emphasis remains always on the vineyard work.  The Sandrone wines receive rave reviews from the wine press - and rightly so.

 
Sandrone
2012 Nebbiolo d'Alba, Valmaggiore, Sandrone x 6
 2015-2020
 6 Bottles
£120.00
£158.40
 
2012 Nebbiolo d'Alba, Valmaggiore, Sandrone Magnum x 1
 2015-2020
 1 Magnum
£54.00
£70.00
 
2013 Nebbiolo d'Alba, Valmaggiore, Sandrone Magnum x 1
 2016-2021
 1 Magnum
£54.00
£70.00
 
2014 Nebbiolo d'Alba, Valmaggiore, Sandrone x 6
 2017-2022
 6 Bottles
£120.00
£159.00
A wonderfully rich style of Nebbiolo, bursting with ripe dark fruit character. Fine-grained and complex, this is exceptionally good value. 
2015 Nebbiolo d'Alba, Valmaggiore, Sandrone x 6
 2018-2023
 6 Bottles
£132.50
£174.00
 

Castello di Argiano

Giuseppe-Maria and Sarah Sesti own this sublime 102 hectare estate, Castello di Argiano, in the hills south of Montalcino, overlooking the Orcia valley.  There are 9 hectares of vines, with the rest of the estate a mixture of olive groves, grazing and woodland.  The Castello is a 12th century hilltop fortification occupying a site first settled by Etruscans, then by Romans and then by Cistercian monks sent from the nearby abbey of San Antimo.  It is the Cistercians’ 9th century oratory which still stands at the heart of the hamlet, dominated by the tower built to keep watch over this important strategic site on the southern marches of the old republic of Siena.  Sesti began planting vines in the early 1990s, and over the last 15 years has established a strong reputation for the outstanding quality of his wines.  Everything here is run strictly according to the influence of lunar phases, reflecting Giugi’s other great area of expertise – astronomy.  Their daughter Elisa, was born at Argiano and educated in Italy and England.  In 1999 she returned to Argiano where she is now co-director, and involved in all aspects of running the estate.

http://www.sestiwine.com/

 
Lemon blossom at Argiano
2008 Brunello di Montalcino, Sesti, Castello di Argiano
 2016-2026
 12 Bottles
£425.00
£540.00
Deep ruby with a hint of garnet at the rim. Intense dark fruit aromas with stunning savoury overtones of game. Beautifully supple and ripe on the palate; gorgeous fruit character backed up with fine, ripe tannins. Great length. A brilliant Brunello. 
2009 Brunello di Montalcino, Sesti, Castello di Argiano
 2017-2027
 12 Bottles
£425.00
£540.00
 
2010 Brunello di Montalcino, Sesti, Castello di Argiano x 6
 2018-2028
 6 Bottles
£212.50
£270.00
 
2010 Phenomena, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Sesti, Castello di Argiano x 6
 2016-2022
 6 Bottles
£310.00
£387.00
 
2011 Brunello di Montalcino, Sesti, Castello di Argiano x 6
 2016-2026
 6 Bottles
£212.50
£270.00
"Sesti's 2011 Brunello di Montalcino is a rich, resonant wine with plenty of near-term appeal. Sweet tobacco, cherry, iron, dried flowers and mint all meld together in the glass. Soft, silky and ample, the 2011 is already quite delicious, although, like so many Brunellos of the vintage, it is probably best enjoyed on the younger side. 90" Antonio Galloni in Vinous 
2011 Phenomena, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Sesti, Castello di Argiano x 6
 2017-2023
 6 Bottles
£349.50
£435.00
 
2012 Monteleccio, Sesti, Castello di Argiano
 2014-2019
 12 Bottles
£112.50
£165.00
Lovely ruby garnet colour, and seductive briary fruit scents. Stunning complex fruit on the palate, with firm, ripe, balancing tannins. Outstanding. 
2012 Brunello di Montalcino, Sesti, Castello di Argiano x 6
 2017-2027
 6 Bottles
£274.50
£345.00
 
2013 Monteleccio, Sesti, Castello di Argiano
 2015-2020
 12 Bottles
£112.50
£165.00
 
2014 Monteleccio, Sesti, Castello di Argiano
 2016-2021
 12 Bottles
£112.50
£165.00
 
2014 Rosso di Montalcino, Sesti, Castello di Argiano
 2016-2022
 12 Bottles
£170.00
£234.00
 
2015 Monteleccio, Sesti, Castello di Argiano
 2017-2022
 12 Bottles
£126.50
£183.00
 
2015 Rosso di Montalcino, Sesti, Castello di Argiano
 2017-2023
 12 Bottles
£191.50
£261.00
 

Tua Rita

The website for Tua Rita can be found at http://www.tuarita.it/

 
Tua Rita
2011 Giusto di Notri, Tua Rita x 6
 2015-2028
 6 Bottles
£195.00
£249.30
"One of my favorite Tua Rita wines, the 2011 Giusto di Notri sees 60% Cabernet Sauvignon blended with 30% Merlot and a smaller component of Cabernet Franc. Inky dark and impenetrable, this is a hearty Tuscan red to pair with a succulent slab of charcoal-grilled steak and spicy barbecue marinade. The wine is exceedingly soft and opulent with gorgeous tones of black cherry, rum cake, crushed granite, cured meat, leather and exotic spice. This is a huge wine, in a resoundingly positive way that rewards a beautiful and intense drinking experience. 94" Monica Larner in The Wine Advocate #208 

Alessandro Veglio

2012 Nebbiolo Langhe, Alessandro Veglio x 6
 2015-2019
 6 Bottles
£70.00
£99.00
 
2012 Barolo, Alessandro Veglio x 6
 2017-2022
 6 Bottles
£135.00
£177.00
 
2012 Barolo Gattera, Alessandro Veglio Bottles x 6
 2017-2027
 6 Bottles
£202.50
£258.00
 
2013 Barbera d'Alba, Alessandro Veglio x 6
 2016-2020
 6 Bottles
£57.50
£84.00
Stunning dark fruit on the palate, with layers of ripeness and succulent tannins. Seriously good Barbera. 
2013 Nebbiolo Langhe, Alessandro Veglio x 6
 2016-2020
 6 Bottles
£70.00
£99.00
 
2014 Dolcetto d'Alba, Alessandro Veglio x 6
 2016-2018
 6 Bottles
£50.00
£75.00
Delicious ripe dark cherry fruit. Juicy and ripe on the palate, with fine structuring tannins. 
2015 Barbera d'Alba, Alessandro Veglio x 6
 2018-2022
 6 Bottles
£67.00
£96.00
 
2015 Nebbiolo Langhe, Alessandro Veglio x 6
 2018-2022
 6 Bottles
£80.00
£111.00
 

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Villa Giustiniani

The late 16th century Villa Giustiniani in Spresiano, close to the River Paive, is the headquarters of a 435 hectare estate the heart of which was owned for many years by the Giustiniani family before passing to the Order of Malta.  Mostly given over to arable farming on the fertile river plain, there are also 15 hectares of pear orchards, 40 hectares of walnut trees and 20 hectares of vineyards.  Of these, 10 are planted with Prosecco for the production of this delicious sparkling wine.

 
Villa Giustiniani
NV Prosecco Extra Dry, Villa Giustiniani x 6
 2016-2019
 6 Bottles
£61.00
£93.00
Made entirely from the Prosecco grape. Very pale lemon colour and fine mousse. Pretty floral aromas. Full of lovely freshness on the palate, with attractive white fruit flavours and a clean, fresh finish. Extraordinarily good value. 

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Rocca Bernarda

The Rocca Bernarda – more villa than fortress despite its appearance – stands in a classic Italian setting of ancient cypress trees and vines, with spectacular views over the surrounding country and the village of Premariacco, near Udine.  It was built by the Counts Valvason Maniago in 1567, by which time wine was already being made on the estate, and after a number of changes of ownership, passed to the current owners in 1977. As well as its ‘regular’ wines, the estate also produces a remarkable pudding wine from Picolit – a variety which effectively owes its continuing existence in the region to the passionate work of previous owners of the estate, Giuseppina Perusini and particularly her son Gaetano, who did so much to preserve its cultivation in the 1950s. The estate’s vineyards are especially well placed, on gentle slopes which allow good exposure both to the cooling winds which blow from the north and to the coastal summer breezes; these ensure a wide range of temperatures and the development of correspondingly complex aromas and flavours in the wines.  Grapes are hand picked and vinified in stainless steel vats.

 
Rocca Bernarda
2008 Picolit, Rocca Bernarda x 6 50cl bottles
 2012-2020
 6 50cl Bottles
£174.00
£219.00
The grapes are harvested in late October and then laid out on rush mats for a month, allowing the sugars to concentrate. Fermented and aged entirely in barrel. Lustrous straw gold colour. Stunning aromas of honey and caramelised apples. Complex, sweet and ripe on the palate, with a real lift of acidity providing the wine with excellent balance and length. A really wonderful pudding wine. 
2016 Friulano, Rocca Bernarda x 6
 2016-2019
 6 Bottles
£62.50
£90.00
 
2016 Ribolla Gialla, Rocca Bernarda x 6
 2017-2019
 6 Bottles
£62.50
£90.00
 

Pio Cesare

To make life confusing, the founding family of this fabulous Piedmontese producer has used the names Pio and Cesare in varying orders with each passing generation.  The winery was established in 1881 by Cesare Pio who was succeeded by his daughter Rosy Pio and her husband Giuseppe Boffa.  Their son Pio Boffa is now in charge of the operation, assisted by his nephew Cesare Benvenuto.  The family owns a little over 50 hectares of vines and in addition buys grapes from growers with many of whom agreements have been in place for several generations.  The winemaking is largely traditional, although a portion of a number of the cuvées is aged in small French barrels which sit alongside the traditional Italian ‘botte’.  The wines are outstanding.

 
Pio Cesare's Bricco vineyard
2010 Chardonnay Piodilei, Pio Cesare x 6
 2013-2018
 6 Bottles
£143.00
£186.00
Wonderfully rounded single vineyard Chardonnay, entirely barrel fermented in 100% new French oak barrels, which then remains on the lees for a further 8 months post-fermentation. The Piodilei then undergoes a further year of maturation in bottle prior to release. Lots of generous tangerine and peach fruit, along with elderflower, a delicate hint of crushed almonds and a honeysuckle-floral note on the nose; then apples, limes and pears all follow on the palate. Lovely palate richness and complexity, with a lift of zesty citrus acidity and lovely length. This gorgeous Chardonnay has plenty of Italian style. 

Inama

Stefano Inamais one ofItaly’s great ambassadors, tireless in his ambition not only to make wines of the highest quality in this great region, but also to bring them to a wider audience.  His 30 hectare estate was established by his father Giuseppe in the early 1960s, and is centred on the steep volcanic slopes of the Monte Foscarino, high above the medieval walled town ofSoave.  The local grape variety, Garganega, is naturally precocious, but the rocky slopes, combined with Stefano’s very tough pruning and canopy management of the vines ensures that yields here are among the lowest in Soave.  His very attractive labels, incidentally, were designed by an English architect friend.

 
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2012 Soave Classico Campo dei Tovi, Stefano Inama x 6
 2013-2018
 6 Bottles
£66.00
£94.50
Pale lemon gold colour. Very intense aromas. Delicious breadth of fruit on the palate with a lovely honeyed quality and really tremendous length. A truly stunning Soave. 

Castello di Magione

The Castello di Magione, west of Perugia, dates from around 1150, beginning as a shelter built by the Knights Hospitallers for travellers on the pilgrim routes between Compostella, Rome and Jerusalem.  Defensive fortifications were added later, when the building was enlarged, first in 1367 and then again in 1471, in response to the turbulent nature of central Italian geo-politics in the 14th and 15thcenturies.  The Magione estate today covers 1,325 hectares of agricultural land of which 30 hectares are planted with vines.  Several sections of the estate are covered by a cabreo – a map and inventory of its many constituent parts drawn up in the 19th century – the estate archives hold an extraordinary collection of these remarkably detailed documents.  Where appropriate, the Magione wines take their names from their historic cabreo.  The vineyards are planted on the slopes facing towards Lake Trasimeno; the microclimate here is especially good, with the influence of the lake tempering the heat of the Umbrian summer.  The estate has benefitted from the construction of a fabulous, genuinely state-of-the-art (an otherwise much over-used phrase) new winery which was opened on 5th September 2009, in time to receive the 2009 harvest.

 
Magione
2014 Monterone Grechetto, Castello di Magione x 6
 2015-2018
 6 Bottles
£56.00
£82.50
 
2015 Grechetto, Castello di Magione x 6
 2016-2018
 6 Bottles
£42.50
£66.00
 
2016 Grechetto, Castello di Magione x 6
 2017-2019
 6 Bottles
£42.50
£66.00
 
2016 Monterone Grechetto, Castello di Magione x 6
 2016-2019
 6 Bottles
£56.00
£82.50
 
2008 Vin Santo, Castello di Magione x 6 50cl bottles
 2015-2020
 6 50cl Bottles
£87.00
£114.00
A blend of Grechetto and Trebbiano (50/50) picked at the end of September and left to dry for 5 to 6 months on rush matting in the lofts of the Castello prior to pressing. Rich amber colour. Honeyed raisin scents. Full and incredibly complex on the palate. Tremendous balance and great length. Extraordinary. 

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