Any 1-5 bottles, 10% off Any 6+ bottles, 12% off
Case of 12 bottles same wine, 14% off Quantities limited; subject to prior sale Pre-orders encouraged; in-store stocks limited
To add ONE or SEVERAL items
to your order at once, type the desired number of each in the How Many box for each item,
then click the Add All Marked Items button at the bottom of the page.
When I started in the wine business 52 years ago, 95% of Piemonte wine in the Michigan market was Asti Spumante. Now, ‘Nasti Asti’ is pretty much a goner. I continue to traffic heavily in its sweet, fizzy successors, Moscato (white) and Brachetto (red). Dry wine wise, there’s a proliferation of the ageworthy reds Barolo and Barbaresco, the near term drinkers Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto and a raft of much improved whites. All recent vintages offer something of interest, and, thanks to better vini- and vinoculture, year to year differences are more a matter of style than of quality.
The leading wine critics went ga-ga over the 2010s because they’re ageworthy, and that always elicits higher points. At my age, I was more interested in the 2011s. I’ve never sampled young Barolos so attractive from the get go. Now come along the 2012, and, oh my, they’re winning my affections too. They’re well tailored, well proportioned; they have good manners. They’ll keep and improve longer than the 2011s, but they needn’t be cellared for the next generation like the 2010s.
s1206-103. 12 BAROLO, ELIO ALTARE
Parker 92/100. My notes: Well, this is an entirely different creature from the rest of the 2012 Barolos: full power and intensity. Unbelievably concentrated. a giant in its field. An essence. Well, very, very ripe too. Sur maturite. This guy must pick really late./ Palate is dry and tannic. Much more backward than nose. Goes with the territory here. An exception to the others. A wine for longer keeping. 94+/100.
How Many: 59.95 each
s1206-104. 12 BAROLO SERRALUNGA D’ALBA, LUIGI BAUDANA
Sweet style of the estate and Serralunga. Wine of place and producer./ Good fruit and fruit sweetness to manage the tannins. I like this estate. Harmonious, balanced, long. Sweet-tannin carry through on finish. 93+/100.
How Many: 42.99 each
s1206-105. 12 BAROLO SERRALUNGA, LUIGI PIRA
Wine Spectator 93/100. My notes: Commune and house style once again. Sweeter and riper than its competitors. A notch up over the Langhe nebbiolo. In oomph and concentration. More stature./ Oh, that is so sweet, round, and concentrated, with good structure, background, acid too. An abundant 12 Pira classic. 93+/100.
How Many: 39.99 each
s1206-106. 12 BAROLO, FRATELLI REVELLO
Wine Spectator 93: ‘This is harmonious, featuring cherry, licorice, sandalwood and leather aromas and flavors. Offers an inherent sweetness and a fresh feel, with a refined structure and a terrific finish. Approachable now, but better in a few years. Best from 2018 through 2030.’
How Many: 38.99 each
s1206-107. 12 BAROLO BRICCO AMBROGLIO, PAOLO SCAVINO
Parker 92: ‘The 2012 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio is particularly elegant and polished. The wine offers a subdued aromatic presentation that builds in incremental intensity as it warms in the glass. Bright cherry and blackberry are followed by floral notes of rose hip and dried lavender. Mineral components of crushed granite and smoke linger delicately at the back. Another important element of this wine is its balanced acidity that will serve well in terms of the wine's overall longevity. Drink 2018-2030. $59.’
How Many: 47.99 each
s1206-108. 12 BAROLO, ALDO E RICCARDO SEGHESIO
Good and powerful, traditional. Fairly tarry./ Deep, deep cherry and tar. Juicy, whole cherry. Acid good. Balance. Another 12 classic. I love this. 93+/100.
How Many: 35.99 each
s1206-109. 12 BAROLO LA VILLA, ALDO E RICCARDO SEGHESIO
Vinous 93: ‘Seghesio's 2012 Barolo La Villa is laced with pretty savory and floral notes. Bright red cherry, raspberry, white pepper, chalk and blood orange give the 2012 a lifted, sculpted feel that is quite appealing. Stylistically, the 2012 is precise and understated with tons of nuance. What a pretty wine this is. $51.’
How Many: 44.99 each
s1206-110. 12 BAROLO ALBE, VAJRA
Fresh and sweet, honest and straight forward. Sweet fruit padding precludes toughness. I’m warming up to this Barolo vintage./ Oh, is the palate ever sweet and juicy. Loving this vintage. Can be drunk early, but is likely to go into a shell for a spell too and thereafter opening up full bouqueted. Fine tannin, good acid. What’s not to like?! 93+/100.
How Many: 39.99 each
s1206-111. 12 BAROLO CASTIGLIONE, VIETTI
Wine & Spirits 93: ‘This shows impressive concentration for a young-vine blend, its fruit harvested in four communes (Castiglione Falletto, Monforte d’Alba, Barolo and Novello). The wine balances vibrant flavors of red cherry and mixed berries with hints of dried herbs and black spice. The tannins feel chalky and bright, firm enough to hold the plush fruit in line without suppressing it. Savory notes seep into the flavors with time in the glass, adding a rooty darkness to the red fruit. An excellent value, this will get even better with a few more years in bottle, though it’s irresistible now with a rare steak. $52.’
How Many: 49.99 each
s1206-112. 12 NEBBIOLO D’ALBA CA’ VEJA, PAITIN
Vinous 91: ‘The 2012 Nebbiolo d'Alba Ca' Veja has turned out beautifully. Supple, open-knit and absolutely delicious, the 2012 offers up a compelling mix of sweet red berries and stone fruit laced with attractive floral overtones. This is a classic example of Nebbiolo from Alba, with that extra kick of mid-palate pliancy that is such a Paitin signature.
How Many: 23.99 each
2014 LANGHE NEBBIOLO
Yeah, there’s a 2012 Nebbiolo above I couldn’t resist including. 2014 Nebbiolo is the main focus here. Cool vintage. Crisp wines with great acidity and, in the right hands, plenty of ripe-fruit satisfaction. Enjoy these at the table this winter.
s1206-114. 14 LANGHE NEBBIOLO, CANTINA DEL PINO
Vinous 90/100. My notes: Again, del Pino scores. A little sweeter than the barbera. Equally bright, and cool vintage elegant. Lots of joy./ All of the above, plus some rounding glycerol. Juicy finish. What you do with 2014. 92+/100.
How Many: 24.99 each
s1206-115. 14 LANGHE NEBBIOLO, LUIGI PIRA
There’s that Pira style again. You get a sweeter note here than in the del Pino./ Deliciously sweet cherry nebbiolo fruit. Another great effort in 14. 92+/100.
How Many: 21.99 each
s1206-116. 14 LANGHE NEBBIOLO, G. D. VAJRA
Oh, just bursting with cherry! Blackberry, blueberry too. Fruit bomb without being sweet and pandering. The closeness and elegance of the vintage./ Carries it all forth on the palate. Without sweetness. Great acid and some fine tannin to keep the sweetness down. Full fledged, quality nebbiolo. 92+/100.
How Many: 24.99 each
2015 BARBERA D’ALBA
No-brainer vintage for winegrowers so long as they didn’t allow the fruit to get overripe and the acid levels low. Plenty of sunshine, just enough rain. I couldn’t resist buying a slew of Barberas and Dolcettos just coming to market. My weekly tasting panel sampled them all in one go (except the late-arriving Altares). They reveled in the variety of winegrowers’ styles as well as the overall high quality of the wines.
Like the Revello dolcetto, the violets, the romance./ Satin textured and elegant house pattern. Suave textured. A very refined barbera. 91/100.
How Many: 16.99 each
s1206-121. 15 ITALIA ROSSO DI ROCCA, ALBINO ROCCA
80% nebbiolo (planted 1970), 10% barbera (1970), 10% cab franc (2000). Sings. A combo of richness and elegance with forward pleasures and abundant spiced fruit. Special./ Suave and gentle, with good acid. Some nebbiolo tannin and firmness on the back taste. It’s attractions will wax over the coming weeks. (11/16/116). 91+/100.
Follows the style of Rocca’s dolcetto, in a barbera vernacular. Stern, young, and reductive under screwcap. Air and age to invite it to blossom forth./ Superior glycerol makes for a lush, rich palate feel. Wow, quite the textural appeal! Great potential here. (11/16/16). 91+/100.
In the estate style, like the Seghesio dolcetto. Full, real, old time./ Medium bodied. Traditional Piemonte style. Good age potential. (11/16/16). 90+/100.
How Many: 14.99 each
2015 DOLCETTO D’ALBA
Now these are Dolcettos the way I like them. Reasonably priced. 2015 ripe fruit qualities. Fashioned for near- to mid-term enjoyment. There are so many Dolcettos out there too big for their boots, in my opinion: gussied up with oak and designed for cellaring. I say, leave all that to the great Nebbiolo DOCGs.
Violets, cherry, tar. Elegant and unique. Fresh and racy. A fifth face of dolcetto this evening./ Racy and cool and floral. Black and beautiful. The finest of tannins. A great food wine. Shows the way. 92+/100.
Deep and rich again. Yet another interpretation of dolcetto. Still a bit reductive, as it is under screwcap. Significant cherry richness./ Yes, rich and savory. More tannin than the Corino, less than the Seghesio. Astringent finish points to some aging required. (11/16/16). 91+/100.
Fresh, young, bright. Good varietal ID. Deep cherry aroma. Good frame, dryness, material./ Medium bodied. Dryness assuaged by the presence of glycerol. A proper young dolcetto with traditional styling. Will appreciate a few weeks/months in the cellar. (11/16/16). 90+/100.
How Many: 14.99 each
2015 PIEMONTE BIANCO
Over 52 years as a wine merchant, I can’t think of any category of wines that has improved in quality, variety, and appeal than the white wines of Italy. Let this Piemonte trio show you the way.
s1206-133. 15 LANGHE BIANCO DRAGON LUIGI BAUDANA, AZ. AGR. G. D. VAJRA
Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, riesling. And nascetta from a single vineyard in the village of Anascella in Novello. Baudana is now part of Vajra. The aromatic profile remains understated but has progressed since a trade tasting in May./ Racy and rangy. Really great, zingy acidity. Impressive flavor range of this complex of varieties. This will get better and better as the weeks pass. 92+/100.