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Italian Wines 90 Plus

“Over the past few months many 2010 Tuscan wines have been released and they have been some of the finest examples we have ever seen from their producers. The 2010 vintage is among one of the best I have seen in my 15 years of buying Italian wines. Here are some value driven highlights of this extraordinary vintage that are sure to over deliver.

2010 Badiola Mazzei $14.99

Wine Spectator 92 Points

“Black cherry and currant flavors are accented by violet notes in this structured, muscular red. This shows density and grip, as the spice- and mineral-accented finish lingers. best from 2014 through 2020

2010 Villa Pillo Syrah $15.99

Wine Spectator 92 Points

A brooding, inky red, sporting plum, blueberry and roasted meat aromas and flavors. This is concentrated, coating the dense tannins easily and achieving a sense of equilibrium. Fine length. Best from 2014 through 2024. 500 cases made. –BS

2010 Argiano Non Confunditur $17.99

James Suckling 93 Points

James Suckling writes: “This is really beautiful and balanced with refined tannins and a focused, beautiful ripe cherry and raspberry fruit. Long and super silky. Better in 2014 but so delicious now. Best NG ever from Argiano.”

2010 Brancaia Tre Rosso Toscana $17.99

“A pleasing wine with juicy berry and plum character with hints of peaches and chocolate. Medium to light body, with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Savory. A blend as always of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now.” 90 Points James Suckling

2010 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Le Volte $21.99

Wine Advocate 90 Points

The 2010 Le Volte dell’Ornellaia is big, juicy and expressive in this vintage. There is firmness of tannin that is unusual for this wine but that works beautifully here in preserving freshness and structure. Dark red cherries, flowers, mint and licorice are some of the many notes that emerge from this beautifully balanced Le Volte. In 2010 the blend is 50% Merlot, 30% Sangiovese and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. As always, Le Volte is made from a blend of estate-grown grapes and purchased wine. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.

2010 Lucente $23.99

James Suckling 93 Points

Fascinating aromas of ripe berries and hints of coconut and vanilla bean follow through to a full body, with super silky tannins and a long and intense finish. Lots going on here. Excellent value...so excellent now.

2010 Duemani CiFRA $25.99

Release $33; Wine House $25.99

Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 93 Points

The 2010 CiFRA bursts from the glass with juicy red cherries, flowers, mint, spices and licorice. There is a purity and naked expression of the fruit that is great. Sweet floral notes are woven throughout, giving the CiFRA a raciness that is incredibly appealing. The CiFRA was vinified and aged in cement. This is a great showing from Duemani. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018. Antonio Galloni

Sassicaia’s 2nd Label

2010 Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto $36.99

Release Price $55; Wine House $36.99

2 or More $31.99

James Suckling 92 Points

Intense aromas of dried cherries and plums with hints of rose stem. Full body, with fine tannins and a crisp and delicious finish. Very yummy. Drink now or hold. JS

2010 Sette Ponti Oreno $64.99

Release Price $109.99, Wine House Price $64.99. James Suckling 96 Points, Wine Spectator 94 Points

The soils that produce the fruit for Oreno are a blend of clay, sand and the stony galestro limestone that is special to Tuscany. Clusters are reduced to one or two per stalk in May to assure maximum quality when they are hand harvested in autumn. In the winery, grapes are hand sorted and destemmed. Fermentation occurs in a combination of temperature-controlled and lined, open-top tanks, followed by malolactic fermentation. Oreno is aged in French Allier barriques and in bottle before release. “A full, rich red, with pure cherry, floral, licorice and spice aromas and flavors. Balanced and graceful, with a lingering aftertaste of sweet fruit and spice. Should get even better with a few years of aging. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot...” (Wine Spectator) “Love the aromas to this red with currants, blackberries and hints of dark truffles. Full-bodied, with beautifully crafted tannins that are creamy and seamless. Fabulous refinement and length. Leave it in your cellar for at least four or five years. But impressive to taste or drink now. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. One of best Orenos ever made since its inception in 1999.” (James Suckling)

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