Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno 2015


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Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno 2015
Italy

Tasting Notes: Vibrant red cherry and blueberry gently paired with hints of savory herbs. The varietal pairing provides both acidity and polish.

Rocca Felice Langhe Rosso Arbat 2015


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Rocca Felice Langhe Rosso Arbat 2015
Italy

Tasting Notes: A graceful pairing of barbera and nebbiolo. Fresh red cherry, crushed flowers and licorice combine with the soft tannin and bright acidity. An elegant beauty.

Villa Cavarena Valpolicella Ripasso 2015


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Villa Cavarena Valpoicella Ripasso 2015
Italy

Tasting Notes: Subtle and Intense. Luscious cherry and strawberry are complimented by smoke and hints of leather. Finishing with a soft tannin.

Antica Corte Valpoicella Ripasso 2015


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Antica Corte Valpoicella Ripasso 2015
Italy

Tasting Notes: This wine expresses power and concentration of the Ripasso method. The wine showcases flavors of black cherry, blueberry and oak tones. It’s framed with a fresh acidity providing a long length and excellent food compatibility.

Gran Appasso 2015


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Gran Appasso 2015
Italy

Tasting Notes: A remarkable blend of negroamaro and primitivo grapes from Puglia. Deep rich color with dense cherry notes. A slight raisiny character with soft vanilla oak tones. Overall medium balanced fruit and oak body with a lasting dried fruit finish. Great when paired with lasagna and tenderloin roast.

Elvio Tintero Barbaresco 2014


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Elvio Tintero Barbaresco 2014
Italy

Tasting Notes: Elvio Tintero makes affordable wines in Piedmont and the Barbaresco is the star. This fruit-forward, easier-drinking expression of nebbiolo offers people a nice entry into the market, while also attracting the nebbiolo purist. This is the perfect balance between big and bold, and pleasing to drink now, with roses screaming from the glass into your nose and red fruits and earth finishing on the palate. Most barbaresco that come in at this price don't deliver the goods. This is not that case.

Manni Nossing Gruner Veltliner 2015


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Manni Nossing Gruner Veltliner 2015
Italy

Tasting Notes: Gruner veltliner from . . . Alto Adige? Yes, that's right! Welcome to the coolest and most surprising white wine you will try all year. This is the white wine of all white wines this year. Wonderfully balanced, perfectly acidic, dancing on all cylinders and making us forget this is a grape Austria made famous. Partake in this gem from Manni Nossing and join the Italian gruner veltliner bandwagon.

Lovo Colli Euganei Fior d’Arancio Moscato DOCG


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Lovo Colli Euganei Moscato DOCG
Italy

Tasting Notes: Fior d’Arancio means “orange blossom.” Indeed, there are aromas and flavors of such along with mandarin, nectarine and ripe melon in this unique style, made from the moscato giallo clone, which is rare. The wine is frizzante, sweet, crisp and refreshing. It’s absolutely delectable! Even those who don’t usually prefer sweet wines would probably enjoy this. It’s a delightful aperitif, or will complement many desserts, fresh fruit and mild cheeses.

Sets Brunelli 2012


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Sets Brunelli 2012
Italy

Tasting Notes: If classic brunello is what you want, classic is what you get! Sesti produces their wines the rustic style, embodying the style that brunello gained its fame for. The fruit flavors are there, but they take a back seat to the aroma that bursts from the glass and welcomes you in for a brunello experience you won't soon forget.

Terre More Cabernet 2014


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Terre More Cabernet 2014
Italy

Tasting Notes: From the home of Super Tuscans, this cabernet exemplifies balance and harmony in a red wine. Good black and red fruit, with a long lingering finish. Enjoy it with a wide range of dishes.