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  • Jan 27, 2013 at 4:46pm

    Previously available for $69.00



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    Added Jan 27, 2013 at 4:46pm
    Domaine Michele Lafarge is known to respect the land, traditions, and defer from adding to much of anything to the process of making the wine. And it shows. An interesting mix of plum, gravel, and perfume aromas comes at you from the glass, more and more as time passes. Interesting, complex, and long finish. A silky mouthfeel. A great surprise, indeed. http://bit.ly/14ofe38

  • Sep 8, 2012 at 1:26pm
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    Average Price: $44.99



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    Added Sep 8, 2012 at 1:26pm
    Aromas of rose petals, tobacco and blue and blackberries. Surprisingly long for a “base” Barolo, balanced, and a pleasure to drink (even this young) http://bit.ly/OZhcQ1

  • May 26, 2012 at 8:09am
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    Average Price: $15.49



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    Added May 26, 2012 at 8:09am
    The 08 San Luigi has tons floras aromas (and, yes, we are big fans of violet, rose petal, and similar aromas, we’ll admit to that), dark fruits, blackcurrant, and a little bit of spice. A little bit of earth, a hint of mint. Structured, but still easy to drink. Very long, amazingly long for a dolcetto. And, it will only get better with time. But more than enough pleasure in this bottle today. http://bit.ly/K6D3Ey

  • May 20, 2012 at 3:39pm
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    Average Price: $17.99



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    Added May 20, 2012 at 3:39pm
    Widely available, at a price point that brings about a smile, Vietti’s Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne is made from grapes selected from approximately 10 year old vines in Agliano d’Asti. The wine spends 14 months in oak barrels or oak casks, followed by 2 months in steel tanks. The 09 is all blue and black fruits on the nose, a touch of vanilla (to us who are not big on vanilla and toasty oaky flavors, Vietti seems to balance it out to our liking somewhat), mineral, and spice. Good acidity, with a peppery end to it. Medium length. Not bad at all for a sub-20 dollar wine. And one of the few wines at this price point that gets better the following day, where the earthy aromas takes over, as well as it feels more balanced. http://bit.ly/K4O3Ri

  • May 11, 2012 at 7:43am

    Previously available for $18.05



    tonifad's Review:
    Added May 11, 2012 at 7:43am
    The 07 is wonderful on the nose, with violets, berries, and plum. A tad vanilla from the oak (our experience from having had earlier vintages, is that with some more time, all the oak influence will be subdued), which is not to our liking, but is not intrusive either. Elegant, smooth, and complex on the palate, and a spicy ending In our opinion, up there with perhaps the more famous top Barberas (Braida’s top selection, Conterno, Larigi, Pomorosso, etc). http://bit.ly/JoPCY4

  • Jan 30, 2012 at 3:59am
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    Average Price: $54.80



    tonifad's Review:
    Added Jan 30, 2012 at 3:59am
    Allen Meadows says of the 08: “…nicely energetic and punchy flavors that possess good precision and enough finishing complexity and persistence…Solid for its level. We totally agree, although (even with decanting for half an hour) the wine should really stay a couple of more years in the bottle before opening. Very floral, fruity, and, for this price level, very long. If now the wine was only easier to find. If you can get your hands on one, we strongly recommend picking it up. Decant it for a couple of hours, or cellar it for a couple of years, and you should not be disappointed. Really a premier cru in disguise http://bit.ly/y03H0n

  • Dec 6, 2011 at 5:11am

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    Added Dec 6, 2011 at 5:11am
    From south- to southwest facing vineyard, in calcareous soil. Spends 12 months in Slovenian grandi botti. Plum and blackcurrant aromas, violets, minerally. Rich, but elegant. Complex. Very long finish. It’s probably a shame to drink it this young, as it should be an even more stunning wine some 10 years from now, but it is more than approachable today. http://bit.ly/rAjm8K

  • Nov 29, 2011 at 4:03am
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    Average Price: $146.69



    tonifad's Review:
    Added Nov 29, 2011 at 4:03am
    Delicate aromas, with dark fruits, tobacco and minerals prevalent. A hint of rose petals. Red burgundy-like light, tannic (still), and very long. A dry, fresh, and elegant wine, representing good value for the money. Hard to find sub-par wines at the Grasso family’s estate! http://bit.ly/rLqbAH

  • Nov 29, 2011 at 4:01am

    Previously available for $21.99



    tonifad's Review:
    Added Nov 29, 2011 at 4:01am
    Delicate aromas, with dark fruits, tobacco and minerals prevalent. A hint of rose petals. Red burgundy-like light, tannic (still), and very long. A dry, fresh, and elegant wine, representing good value for the money. Hard to find sub-par wines at the Grasso family’s estate! http://bit.ly/rLqbAH

  • Nov 14, 2011 at 6:04pm
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    Average Price: $158.01



    tonifad's Review:
    Added Nov 14, 2011 at 6:04pm
    The 08 Bianco delle Cinque Terre reminds one of a Riesling, it is mineral, with no residual sugar, tasty, it could be described as austere. It is certainly unique! http://bit.ly/u3r55O And, drinking (and enjoying) this wine can help save the environment. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and buy it!

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