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information 1988

Sassicaia

"The 1988 Sassicaia retains its spellbinding bouquet; pure black plum, tobacco, melted tar and liquorices, demonstrating thrilling definition and life-affirming vigour. The palate is medium-bodied with a beguiling sense of symmetry: perfect balance between austerity and Tuscan voluptuousness, yet the complement each other rather than cancelling each other out. Crushed stones, a touch of black pepper, burnt toast, very fresh on the Graves-like finish, this is Sassicaia in excelsis. Tasted February 2010." - Neal Martin

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5 cases in stock

6 x 75cl 5 IB
OC
£2,500.00
  • €2,865.00
  • $3,212.50
  • $HK25,042.50

(approx)

96 NM Order
information 1997

Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

"This older release is paired with the 2011 Riserva in a special packaging effort now proposed by the new management team at Tenuta Greppo. The Biondi-Santi 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva was never previously reviewed; therefore, I am very excited to add an official record of this stunning wine to our database. This vintage delivers structure and age-worthy intensity that should carry it forward successfully for more years ahead. However, if you decide to pop the cork now, rest assured that this excellent Brunello has now entered its prime drinking window. The bouquet is polished and fine, with wild fruit aromas that segue to balsam herb and licorice. The finish is long and extremely polished. This is a real beauty." - Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate

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2 cases in stock

6 x 75cl 2 IB
OC
£2,400.00
  • €2,750.40
  • $3,084.00
  • $HK24,040.80

(approx)

96+ WA Order
information 1999

Scrio Le Macchiole (in OWC)

"The 1999 Scrio (100% Syrah aged 18 months in French demi-muids) exhibits classic Syrah characteristics of camphor/creosote intertwined with blackberry liqueur, licorice, and vanilla. With phenomenally high extract as well as tannin, massive body, and a long, pure, concentrated finish, this unfiltered beauty's dry extract numbers are nearly off the charts. Patience is required for this formidable 1999. It should be at its best between 2007-2018. It represents Italy's most compelling example of Syrah!" - Robert Parker

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7 cases in stock

1 x 75cl 7 IB
OWC
£115.00
  • €131.79
  • $147.78
  • $HK1,151.96

(approx)

93 RP Order
information 2001

Masseto

"The 2001's reputation as one of the great all-time Massetos was easy to see. The wine boasted superb power, depth and concentration, not to mention superb overall balance." - Antonio Galloni

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1 case in stock

6 x 75cl 1 IB
OWC
£5,150.00
  • €5,901.90
  • $6,617.75
  • $HK51,587.55

(approx)

98 AG Order
information 2005

Valdicava, Brunello di Montalcino

"The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is a dark, brooding wine that flows with the essence of smoke, tar, earthiness, wild cherries and iron. This is one of most rich, concentrated Brunellos of the vintage. Dark and enveloping on the palate, this powerful, virile Brunellos closes with substantial heft. It should age beautifully on the depth of its fruit, but readers will experience a far more complete drinking experience if the wine is given a few years to shed some of its baby fat." - Antonio Galloni

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3 cases in stock

6 x 75cl 3 IB
OC
£230.00
  • €263.58
  • $295.55
  • $HK2,303.91

(approx)

92 AG Order
information 2008

Roagna, Barbaresco Paje

"(from limestone soil): Medium red, a bit less dark and saturated than the Barbaresco Montefico. Knockout musky nose offers slightly decadent aromas of cherry liqueur, currant, plum and tobacco. Fat and plush on entry, then a bit closed on the back half, and far less sweet than the Montefico. Really clamps down on the back end: this is almost painful today. The serious tannins avoid coming off as dry but will require several years to harmonize with the wine's fruit. Very long on the aftertaste." - Stephen Tanzer

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2 cases in stock

6 x 75cl 2 IB
OC
£490.00
  • €561.54
  • $629.65
  • $HK4,908.33

(approx)

93+ ST Order
information 2009

Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco Pora Riserva

"Firm tannins provide the backbone for the 2009 Barbaresco Riserva Pora. Bigger and richer on the palate than it often is, the 2009 Pora is also quite beautiful in this vintage. Sweet floral and mint notes wrap around the palate in this impeccable, beautifully balanced, mid-weight Barbaresco from the Produttori. The 2009 impresses for its pliancy and generosity. Today, the tannins are a bit four-squared, but there is enough depth in the fruit to make me think the wine will come together a little more fully with more time in bottle." - Antonio Galloni

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3 cases in stock

6 x 75cl 3 IB
OC
£265.00
  • €303.69
  • $340.53
  • $HK2,654.51

(approx)

92 AG Order
information 2009

Giuseppe Quintarelli, Amarone Valpolicella Classico

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6 cases in stock

6 x 75cl 6 IB
OC
£1,050.00
  • €1,203.30
  • $1,349.25
  • $HK10,517.85

(approx)

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information 2009

Dal Forno, Amarone della Valpolicella

"The 2009 Amarone della Valpolicella is one of the most sexy, open-knit young Dal Forno Amarones I can remember tasting. An enticing mélange of mocha, black cherry, bittersweet chocolate and leather captivates the senses. Incredibly open today, the 2009 can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring or aged for twenty years, perhaps beyond. Although the 2009 doesn't quite reach the heights of the truly epic vintages here, it comes very close and will provide considerable pleasure sooner than many of those wines. I don't think I have ever tasted a young Dal Forno Amarone with this much allure." - Antonio Galloni

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2 cases in stock

6 x 75cl 2 IB
OC
£1,075.00
  • €1,231.95
  • $1,381.38
  • $HK10,768.28

(approx)

95 AG Order
information 2010

Dal Forno, Amarone della Valpolicella

"This is a deeply communicative and articulate wine that boasts immense power and persistence. The 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Lodoletta is a creation of enormous beauty and unflinching intensity. The wine speaks at loud volumes with black cherry, spice, tarry smoke, barbecue marinade and grilled rosemary. Those balsam notes add length and continuity to the bouquet. In the mouth, the wine is complete and penetrating. It wraps thickly over the palate to soothe and entice your taste buds. Yet there is enough crispness to keep it from feeling cloying or too heavy. There is a point of tannic astringency on the finish that will accompany this wine over the next decade of its aging evolution. For that reason, it's best to wait before popping the cork on this memorable vinous experience." - Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate

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4 cases in stock

6 x 75cl 4 IB
OC
£1,075.00
  • €1,231.95
  • $1,381.38
  • $HK10,768.28

(approx)

98 WA Order
information 2011

Giuseppe Quintarelli, Valpolicella Classico Superiore

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8 cases in stock

6 x 75cl 8 IB
OC
£295.00
  • €338.07
  • $379.08
  • $HK2,955.02

(approx)

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information 2011

Tignanello

"The 2012 Tignanello is a very handsome wine with dark fruit nuances that extend far beyond the normal spectrum for Sangiovese (and the smaller percentages of French grapes that complete this wine). This vintage, that started off with a very hot summer and ended with a cool harvest season, show a little more spice and Mediterranean herb on the finish. Grapes were harvested at the end of September and delivered slightly less alcohol than previous vintages. There is a point of freshness but the tannins are mature and yielding. In fact, the tannic management is spot-on and is complimented by the velvety and rich nature of the mouthfeel. Pretty mineral accents add a lasting touch of complexity. The 2012 Tignanello has the qualities for a successful evolution. " - The Wine Advocate

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1 case in stock

6 x 75cl 1 IB
OWC
£480.00
  • €550.08
  • $616.80
  • $HK4,808.16

(approx)

93 WA Order
information 2011

Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

"Dark red. Musky nuances give way to brighter red fruit, licorice and herbal aromas. Rich and dense, with flavors of red cherry and minerals lifted by hints of orange peel and bergamot, not to mention noteworthy but harmonious acidity. Finishes long with youthfully chewy tannins and lingering hints of violet. This strikes me as a slightly readier to drink version of Brunello Riserva from Biondi-Santi, but as always, it improves greatly with aeration so decant at least six hours ahead for maximum enjoyment." - Ian D'Agata, Vinous Media

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10 cases in stock

6 x 75cl 10 IB
OC
£1,550.00
  • €1,776.30
  • $1,991.75
  • $HK15,526.35

(approx)

94+ VM Order
information 2012

Il Poggione, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Paganelli

"Here's a beautifully rich and succulent Brunello that drinks very nicely straight out of the gate. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli delivers a warm, inviting and velvety presentation. This bold wine is redolent of black cherry and dried blackberry with sweet almond, toasted spice and balsam herb on the long finish. What stands out most, however, is the wine's rich texture that floods the mouth from front to back. That richness is fueled by the warmth of the vintage but also by the magnificent oak integration. This Riserva is aged in botti grandi for four long years. Bottle production is 45,000 strong." - Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate

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44 cases in stock

6 x 75cl 44 IB
OC
£295.00
  • €338.07
  • $379.08
  • $HK2,955.02

(approx)

95 WA Order
information 2012

Valdicava, Brunello di Montalcino

"Valdicava represents its own school within the greater Brunello philosophy. This estate (under proprietor Vincenzo Abbruzzese) crafts contemporary and modern wines with noticeable density and ever-present aromatic intensity. The 2012 Brunello di Montalcino reveals a dark and inky appearance with bright ruby highlights that break through the background darkness with brilliance. The nose is generous and robust with dark cherry fruit, plum, Indian spice, mocha and espresso bean. These elements are stitched together with seamless transitions. Despite that grand approach, Sangiovese's prickly and often nervous personality shines through nonetheless. The variety adds delicate berry nuances and bright acidity that give this wine profound depth. This is a very well-made wine that promises a long aging future." - Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate

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16 cases in stock

6 x 75cl 16 IB
OC
£325.00
  • €372.45
  • $417.63
  • $HK3,255.53

(approx)

94 WA Order
information 2013

Il Poggione, Brunello di Montalcino

"The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino lives up to the impeccable reputation garnered by this estate over the years. This is a profound and beautifully rendered Sangiovese that delivers bold and luscious fruit quality with black cherry and spicy plum at the start. The bouquet follows through with mild oak notes of smoke, tar and toasted nut. There is another aromatic component that includes crushed stone and dried herb or mint. This Brunello shows elegant evolution in the glass and promises a very long aging future ahead. Some 200,000 bottles were made, so it should be easy to locate this excellent wine." - Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate

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56 cases in stock

6 x 75cl 50+ IB
OC
£140.00
  • €160.44
  • $179.90
  • $HK1,402.38

(approx)

96 WA Order
information 2014

Luciano Sandrone, Barolo Le Vigne

"The 2014 Barolo Le Vigne once again shows the wisdom of blending fruit from different sites. If there is a vintage where blending has the potential to be the difference-maker, 2014 is it. So it is hardly surprising to find the 2014 Le Vigne in such great shape. The red cherry jam, mint, cedar and floral notes are all finely sketched. Medium in body and classy, the 2014 is beautifully textured and inviting from start to finish. All the elements are simply in the right place. Vineyard sources are Merli, Vignane, Villero and Baudana." - Antonio Galloni

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5 cases in stock

1 x 150cl 5 IB
OC
£120.00
  • €137.52
  • $154.20
  • $HK1,202.04

(approx)

96 AG Order
information 2014

Luciano Sandrone, Barolo Aleste

"The 2014 Barolo Aleste is a wine of exquisite finesse and grace. Soft, understated and classy, it is a terrific example of the vintage at its best. Bright red cherry and red plum fruit give the wine its vibrant feel. In 2014, the Aleste is decidedly medium-bodied and restrained, especially compared to recent past vintages. Readers should keep in mind that Aleste is the new name for the Cannubi Boschis Barolo." - Antonio Galloni

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2 cases in stock

1 x 150cl 2 IB
OC
£140.00
  • €160.44
  • $179.90
  • $HK1,402.38

(approx)

93 AG Order
information 2014

Ornellaia

"To be released in May 2017, the 2014 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia reverts to a style and personality that we have not seen in a long while. The wine shows a tight, silky and determined approach that reminds us of the Ornellaias made under the estate's previous ownership with the Marchese Lodovico Antinori in the mid-1990s. More than anything else, this has to do with the very unique characteristics of the 2014 growing season. The wine opens to a beautifully saturated and dark appearance. Thanks to the advanced age of the vines and their extensive root systems, fruit quality was well preserved despite the cool summer and late harvest. The wine shows sweet fruit nuances with blackberry and dark currant. Spice, leather and tobacco fill in the rear. The finish reveals just enough of that acidic prickle to assure an easy ten or fifteen year drinking window." - Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate

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3 cases in stock

12 x 37.5cl 3 IB
OC
£600.00
  • €687.60
  • $771.00
  • $HK6,010.20

(approx)

94 WA Order
information 2014

Bruno Giacosa, Barbaresco Riserva Asili (Red Label)

"Incredible aromas of violets, roses and blue fruits. So perfumed. Never smelled a wine like this before. Full body, perfectly integrated tannins and bright, vivid acidity. Extremely long and endless. A seamless and great one. An evocative wine that makes you think. Needs three to five years of bottle age on release. Unique red. Available in 2019." - James Suckling

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3 cases in stock

6 x 75cl 3 IB
OC
£1,590.00
  • €1,822.14
  • $2,043.15
  • $HK15,927.03

(approx)

99 JS Order
information 2015

Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore

"The 2015 Bolgheri Superiore Grattamacco is big, bold and absolutely stunning. This blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% Sangiovese is dark and luscious, with overlapping melodies of tobacco, spice, dark fruit and grilled herb. There is so much depth and power. This vintage is a gem for your cellar, and the wine should award a long aging trajectory for those who have the patience to wait. Some 50,000 bottles were made." - Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate

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6 x 75cl 1 IB
OC
£235.00
  • €269.31
  • $301.98
  • $HK2,354.00

(approx)

97 WA Order
information 2015

Querciabella Batar

"Querciabella's 2015 Batàr (Chardonnay/Pinot Bianco) is very delicate and restrained, especially within the context of the year. Lemon confit, white flowers, orange peel and mint all develop nicely in the glass, but it is the wine's persistence that stands out most. The 2015 is one of the most polished, gracious Batàrs I can remember tasting." - Antonio Galloni

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23 cases in stock

6 x 75cl 23 IB
OC
£270.00
  • €309.42
  • $346.95
  • $HK2,704.59

(approx)

93 AG Order
information 2015

Bruno Giacosa, Barolo Falletto Vigna le Rocche

"I am lost for words with this wine. Perfumed and so elegant with the most exquisite aromas of roses, plums and earth. Yet always subtle and complex. Full body and ultra fine, firm tannins. Fantastic finish that lasts for minutes. Try in 2026." - James Suckling

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4 cases in transit – arriving shortly

6 x 75cl 4 IB
OC
£825.00
  • €945.45
  • $1,060.13
  • $HK8,264.03

(approx)

100 JS Order
information 2015

Bruno Giacosa, Barolo Falletto Vigna le Rocche

"I am lost for words with this wine. Perfumed and so elegant with the most exquisite aromas of roses, plums and earth. Yet always subtle and complex. Full body and ultra fine, firm tannins. Fantastic finish that lasts for minutes. Try in 2026." - James Suckling

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2 cases in transit – arriving shortly

3 x 150cl 2 IB
OC
£875.00
  • €1,002.75
  • $1,124.38
  • $HK8,764.88

(approx)

100 JS Order
information 2016

Luciano Sandrone, Nebbiolo Valmaggiore

"About ten producers make wine in the Valmaggiore cru in Roero (many of whom are reviewed here), and these wines get better each year I return to taste them. The 2016 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore is particularly beautiful, thanks to ideal growing conditions during that year. The Sandrone family counts 3.5 hectares in this location. As an alternative to Barolo, this wine presents a soft and graceful side of Nebbiolo with delicate fruit nuances and distinct mineral etchings. Indeed, the wine is almost salty in taste. The sandy soils of Valmaggiore contribute to shaping the wine's lively ruby appearance and those tangy wild berry aromas. This wine is only aged in neutral oak." - Monice Larner, The Wine Advocate

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9 cases in stock

6 x 75cl 9 IB
OC
£120.00
  • €137.52
  • $154.20
  • $HK1,202.04

(approx)

94 WA Order