Italian Red Trio
La Ca Nova Barbaresco "Montefico vigna Bric Mentina" 2013 - $38
Traditional winemaking at its best. Great grapes, long ferment, gentle use of oak. "Rich, ample and explosive. A host of dark stone fruit, tobacco, licorice, smoke and leather make a strong firswt impression before the clean, bracing tannins, a Montefico signature, kick in to give the wine its shape and backbone. There is so much to like in this powerful, classically built Barbaresco." - Galloni, Vinous
Terralsole Brunello di Montalcino "Riserva" 2010 - $75
Best lots chosen by Terralsole for Riserva, looking for concentration and structure. Riservas are released at least 5 years after harvest, but Terralsole waits longer. This will evolve and improve through 2030 (at least!). Tart wild cherries, blackberries, amaro, dusty tannins, mouth-watering acid, pleasingly bittersweet. Spicy 45 second finish.
Salvatore Molettieri Taurasi "Vigna Cinque Querce" 2006 - $49
This is a reserva from the "Vigna Cinque Terce" in Campania, southern Italy, not far from Mount Vesuvius. Clay/calcareous soils, 2.2 tons per acre in yield. Feremented in stainless steel then aged 4 years in a combination of barriques and large oak casks. At ten years of age, this is still a young pup, showing dark berry/cherry liqueur, anise, allspice, sweet earth and peppercorn smells and flavors. Medium acidity, soft tannins. Shows more fruit than oak. 45 second finish of liqueur, barrel and earthy spice.