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2007 Centolani - Brunello di Montalcino Pietranera
The name PIETRANERA (black stone) derives from the volcanic soil present in this area. The estate is located in the southern area of Montalcino, famous for giving birth to a Sangiovese with deep colors, great complexity and structure. The 8 hectares are under the supervision of the expert touch of Riccardo Cottarella, one of the best oenologists of Italy. The Peluso Centolani family owns two major wine estates in Montalcino: Tenuta Friggiali, with cellars and offices, and Tenuta Pietranera, whose vineyards, olive groves, arable land and woods cover approximately 200 hectares.

(Tasted Nov 29, 2012)

2007 Antoniolo - Gattinara

(Tasted Jul 14, 2012)

2007 Massimo Rivetti Barbaresco Froi DOCG
By Superior Wines Barbaresco DOCG 2007 Froi Production area: Neive Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo Vineyard area: 1.9 hectares Exposure: Southwest Altitude: 380 s.l.m Type of soil: clay and limestone mixed Average age of vines: 20-35 years Yield per hectare: 68 quintals. Harvest: 5 October Fermentation tank: steel with controlled temperature Fermentation temperature: 28-30 degrees Fermentation: 12-15 days with frequent mixing Baths of aging: Slavonian oak barrels of 25 hl. Ageing period: 20 months in wood and 6 in bottle Sugars: 1.30 Ph: 3.45 Acidity: 6 Retrieved: 33 Serving temperature: 18 degrees Tasting glass: large tulip Storage: bottles horizontal Aging: 10/15 years depending on the year Colour: intense ruby red with orange highlights aging assume Bouquet: Intense and ample with notes of violets and licorice Palate: full and dry with soft start develops a pleasantly tannic structure Match: it combines perfectly with red meats, stews and game No Bottles 11700

(Tasted Jul 1, 2011)

2008 San Guido - Le Difese
Two years ago Jim Knight, our French buyer, and I had the pleasure of visiting Tenuta San Guido and tasting through their portfolio. Yes, tasting multiple vintages of Sassicaia is everything you would imagine but the wine that blew us away was their little gem named Le Difese. Only in production for a few vintages it was the must have wine of the trip and we taste over 400 wines that week. It has taken us almost two years to get the Le Difese into California but we finally have succeeded. With that said, we do not have much available and it is a fantastic well priced gift for those that know wine. We hope you are as stunned by this remarkable Super Tuscan as we were." -- Lance Montalto Italian Wine Buyer "Nearly opaque red-black, with a violet hue. Stellar Bordeaux-like aromas of graphite, tobacco, cassis, black cherries, and a hint of violets emanate from this Super Tuscan blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The palate is exceptionally well integrated, with a juicy, silken mouthfeel, and fine acidity. Remarkable elegance, with mellow red and black fruit flavors coming through on the long, oak-and-violet inflected finish. Exceedingly well balanced, this should pick up weight with time. A "baby Sassicaia," without question, and a wine to purchase by the case...Drink now-2015." - (SWJ)

(Tasted Dec 4, 2010)

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