Selvapiana “Bucerchiale” Chianti Rufina 2013

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Selvapiana "Bucerchiale" Chianti Rufina
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2013
Country of Origin: Italy
Retail Price: $27.99

Tasting Notes: From the most northerly and cooled subzone of Chianti, composed of 100% sangiovese. This single-vineyard wine has hallmark clay, bright roasted cherry aromas and flavors on a powerful structure — screaming for Bolognese sauce or lasagna.

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Serena Sweet Red 2017

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Serena Sweet Red
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2017
Country of Origin: Italy
Retail Price: $12.99

Tasting Notes: Intense aromas of blackberries and ripe wild berries. Fresh, lively and frizzante with a soft, lingering finish. Highly versatile. A great aperitif and equally splendid with tomato sauces, classic Italian dishes and spicy foods.

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NeroOro Appassimento Nero d’Avola 2017

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NeroOro Appassimento Nero d’Avola
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2017
Country of Origin: Italy
Appellation: Terre Siciliane IGT
Retail Price: $12.99

Tasting Notes: An overriding fruit-forward wine that still offers finesse and floral notes. The focus of this wine is on dark cherries and the silky-smooth texture that carries on through the lengthy finish.

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Poggio Anima Belial 2017

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Poggio Anima
Fanciful Name: Belial
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2017
Country of Origin: Italy
Appellation: Toscana IGT
Retail Price: $14.99

Tasting Notes: 100% sangiovese from Tuscany Earthy and rustic. Bright and fresh with hints of cherry, and plum. This is a well-put-together offering that won’t break the bank.

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Armani 2015

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Armani
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: Italy
Appellation: Valpolicella Ripasso
Retail Price: $19.99

Tasting Notes: Luscious and powerful, this Ripasso is rich and packed with raspberry, and dark cherry notes. Not to be outdone, the striking tannins and smooth texture balance this extracted, full-bodied wine.

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Lisini 2013

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Lisini
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2013
Country of Origin: Italy
Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino
Retail Price: $60.00

Tasting Notes: Elegant and balanced profiles of dark cherry, wildflowers, spice and mineral. A "must" for any collector's cellar.

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Paolo Scavino 2013

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Paolo Scavino
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2013
Country of Origin: Italy
Appellation: Barolo
Retail Price: $49.00

Tasting Notes: A stunning balance of acid, tannin, earth, fruit and herbs. The licorice and rose jump out of the glass like you expect from a Barolo Cherry and plum start to showcase in the mid-palate, and then the chalky tannins take hold and start to evolve the flavors to herbs and nutmeg spice. This wine keeps delivering, transforming into blackberries and leather long after the first sip. 

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Isole e Olena 2015

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Isole e Olena
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: Italy
Appellation: Chianti Classico
Retail Price: $28.99

Tasting Notes: This Chianti is delicious It is ripe, refined with dark cherry, aromas of herbs, coffee and vanilla. Medium-bodied, rich tannins, bright acid, with ripe red fruit and a little lemon zest It is dry, satisfying, has fruit of good intensity and flavor Classico indeed! 

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Dal Forno Romano Amarone 2008

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Dal Forno Romano
Fanciful Name: Amarone
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2008 
Country of Origin: Italy
Retail Price: $320

Tasting Notes: Intense aromas that exude from the glass. Licorice and leather with balsamic and dried cherries are in the forefront. As you sip on this wine, the dried raspberries, rose petal, olive and mineral slate notes come forward. Clove and bitter chocolate come out on this long, long finish. The tannins are structured and need a little time in the glass to soften. A wonderful example of great quality Amarone. Enjoy with roasted or cured meats. 

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Ronchi Barbaresco Red 2012

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Ronchi Barbaresco
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2012
Country of Origin: Italy
Appellation: Piedmont
Retail Price: $30

Tasting Notes: Fresh berries and minerality up front with light tannins at the rear. For the price, it is hard to imagine a better example of barbaresco. Perfect with a cheese and charcuterie platter.

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