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PSI-2313. 20 LIGURIA DI LEVANTE BIANCO PADULETTI, AZ. AGR. GIACOMELLI    91/100

60% vermentino, 30% trebbiano, 10% malvasia. A cuvee that well represents the varieties and region. Vermentino peach and honey to the fore, supported by appley trebbiano and a wisp of malvasia exotica. Vermentino fully out front on the palate. Acidity adequate for balance. Long finish. A pleasure to drink now. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2314. 20 COLLI DI LUNI VERMENTINO PIANACCE. AZ. AGR. GIACOMELLI    92+/100 *

Est. 1993 in southern Liguria; clay soil; 24 hour cold maceration; bottled at 7 months. Some sulphur gauze masking varietal aroma. A good scent of pear eventually gets through. And becomes more evocative on the palate. Deliciously sweet and expressive vermentino flavor. Fine acid and texture. Once this airs, it's going to make a dynamite vermentino! Indeed it did. Two hours later, the group found it aromatic, rich, and long. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2315. 21 ROUGE DE VALLEE, SOC. COOP. LA KIUVA    92/100

At Arnad, Aosta Valley; 50 member cooperative est. late 1970s; 70% picotendro (local nebbiolo clone), 30% gros vien, neyret, cornalin and fumin at 1300-1700'. Well, if this isn't a cool vintage, high altitude take on nebbiolo and friends. Sweet cherry, at the same time racy. Way deep aroma. The flavors show both intensity and relief. Rangy set of varietal inputs. Balanced and lasting. Well textured. Better than the nice 2020 in my estimation. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2316. 19 VALLE D'AOSTE BADEBEC, LA CANTINA DI CUNEAZ NADIR    94/100

Half a hectare of vines up to 100 years old near Gressan. 90% petit rouge, plus fumin, vien de nus; fruit from the earlier ripening parcel is allowed to dry for two weeks; the 'cantina' is a room in the Cuneaz family home. Wow! Is that the definition of petit rouge? Singular combo of cranberry and red currant. Plus cherry and lilac highlights. So precise and magnified. Full flavors confirm aromas. Cranberry like tartness, red currant astringency carry aromatic associations over to textural ones. Singular indeed, as well as sensational. Long, chewy finish. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

PSI-2317. 19 VALLE D'AOSTE PINOT NOIR, OTTIN    (91/100)

Vinous 91: 'The 2019 is simply a pleasure, impressive for its freshness, balance and zesty personality.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

PSI-2318. 21 VALLEE D'AOSTE GAMAY, GROSJEAN    91+/100

Vines densely planted; age 10-30 years. Unfined. That's quite a stocky gamay. Has a dried fruit Italianate leaning to it. Fruitier on the palate. Still, its marks are fullness and framework. Versatile dinner wine. Nothing like French gamay. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

PSI-2319. 19 VALLEE D'AOSTE TORRETTE SUPERIEUR, OTTIN    92/100

2018: 80% petit rouge, 10% cornalin, 10% fumin. Subtle red fruits and vinosity. Juicy cherry-berry fruit. No tannin. Good balance of richness and acidity. Everything flows along so well. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

PSI-2320. 19 VALLE D'AOSTE PETITE ARVINE, OTTIN    (92/100)

Vinous 92: 'This holds nothing back yet maintains balance throughout, tapering off with incredible length and a reverberation of crisp, salty and citrus tension.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

PSI-2321. 18 VALLEE D'AOSTE FUMIN, CAVE DES ONZE COMMUNES    92+/100

Dark and deep red-black color. Rich, large, and deep red fruit for this region. Class variety.Rich and tart blackberry scents. Dark, dry, tart and tannic. Large textured. Big in the mouth food wine. Long on flavor. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2322. 16 COLLINE NOVARESI NEBBIOLO PRATOGRANDE, MONSECCO    1++/100

From vineyards outside Gattinara and Ghemme; aged 2 yrs in oak vats. Dry, and surprisingly woody. Depth and intricacy come with aeration. Hint of roses. I'm intrigued. Again, dry. Close and tannic. Gotta cellar this one. Its whole future is ahead of it. 91++/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2323. 20 NOVARESE MAGGIORINA, LE PIANE    (93/100)

Vinous 93: 'The 2020 Maggiorina is a racy, wonderfully expressive wine that captures the personality of the estate. Dried flowers, alpine herbs, tobacco and cedar lend striking aromatic nuance. There's plenty of depth from the Croatina in the blend to back it all up. In a word: gorgeous.'

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2324. 16 PIEMONTE ROSSO MIMMO, LE PIANE    (93/100)

Vinous 93: 'The 2016 Mimmo is another super-expressive and wonderfully inviting wine in this range. Dark cherry, mint, pine, licorice and dried herbs infuse the 2016 with striking aromatic nuance to play off its ethereal, mid-weight personality. Bright, bold and punchy, the 2016 captures the essence of the appellation so well. Suggestions of tobacco, cedar, and crushed flowers add layers of complexity. The 2016 remains a bit nervy in feel, but it offers tons of persistence and class to burn. Drink now-2028.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

PSI-2325. 19 NOVARESE ERBALUCE BIANKO, LE PIANE    93/100

Erbaluce; old vines in Boca, highest of the Novara hills denominazioni. Wow, that's got a surprising fruit density for varietal and altitude. Must be the old vines talking. Seckel pear and peel. Full, intense presence on the palate too. Fruit density accompanied by raspy fruit acidity makes for balance, entertainment, and meal-worthiness. Super long finish. Awesome, really. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

PSI-2326. 12 BRAMATERRA, TENUTE SELLA    91+/100

Good example of a northern Piemonte nebbiolo. Race and concentration together. Young and 2012 tight still. Yes, a firm laced expression of its vintage and its origin. Full potential. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

PSI-2327. 19 COSTE DELLA SESIA CASENNE COTTIGNANO, COLOMBERA & GARELLA    92/100

Sweet fruited, lively, and wholly in keeping with the zone's accommodating approach to winemaking. These never hit you over the head. Mmm, the fruit is sweet and the acid is up to the challenge. Exciting mouthfeel whose light measure of tannin only adds to the balanced take. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2328. 17 COSTE DELLA SESIA ORBELLO, TENUTE SELLA    93/100

From northern Piemonte. Boy, that's rich and gushing fruit. Wonderful. Very fruity and floral. Cherry, violet, rose. Burst of fruit and flowers. Bright northern nebbiolo with fine tannin and sweet cherry-berry fruit. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2329. 20 ERBALUCE DI CALUSO, AZ. AGR. CIECK    92/100

Est. 1985; grape name a combo of 'dawn' and 'light', vines planted in early 70s and 80s; whole cluster pressed; aged 2 months on fine lees. Pretty full bodied and varietally expressive. Lots of 'stuff' here. Full, green fruited, spot on varietal character that extends through a lengthy finish. All it should be. Wants food. Very popular with the panel. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2330. 15 BAROLO UNDICICOMUNI, ARNALDO RIVERA    93+/100

Wine Spectator 92/100. My notes: As usual, the very forgiving style of the vintage. 2015 open armed as Barolos go. Broad and powerful. Full tannin. Tight core. Very attractive. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

PSI-2331. 15 BAROLO ALASIA, CANTINE ARALDICA    93+/100

Aged 3 years in large oak casks. This is sweeter, fuller, and more aromatic than the Barbaresco we tasted last week. Oh, but there's that tarry core. Overall, more-ish compared to the Barbaresco--including more expensive. And the extra year of cask aging amplifies the experience. Really 2015 fruit laden, which makes it seem 'modern',as well as Barolo built, which marks it 'traditional'. Impressive value, of which the appreciative group took note. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

PSI-2332. 14 BAROLO MONTEFORTE D'ALBA, PODERE RUGGERI CORSINI    93+/100

Oh, this is a deep seated, traditional one. Cherry, tar, rose. Black stuff. Stubbornness of the vintage. Yeah, lots of extract and tannin. No concessions to modernity. Plenty of material. Plenty of potential. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

PSI-2333. 17 BAROLO CAMILLA,. BRUNA GRIMALDI    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'This is vibrant and displays a beam of cherry and currant fruit flavors allied to savory elements of eucalyptus, iron, tobacco and white pepper. A solid grip of dusty tannins guards the finish. Best from 2025 through 2046. '

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

PSI-2334. 17 BAROLO BRICCO AMBROGIO, BRUNA GRIMALDI    (93/100)

2016: Parker 93: 'Roddi is one of the least-traveled areas in the appellation, and Bricco Ambrogio is one of its best growing sites, with clay and Sant'Agata marl soils. Bruna Grimaldi and her family reveal one of the finest interpretations of the site, offering a wine that is sturdy on its feet and compelling in terms of its aromatic offerings and complexity. The 2016 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio plays a strong hand in terms of mouthfeel, where this structured and firm wine grips tightly to the palate. The aromas are fleeting and fluid with a flurry of wild rose, forest berry, tar and black licorice aromas. I found this wine to have a larger disconnect between nose and palate compared to the more seamless Baroli from the estate. The wine is fermented with submerged cap and completes its malolactic fermentation in tank. Both methods play toward the delicate nature of this Barolo. Drink 2023-2038. $80.'

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

PSI-2335. 18 BAROLO, MAURO MOLINO    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'The 2018 Barolo is a lean and lively expression with wild cherry, licorice, rose water and crushed stone. Made from a blend of fruit from Annunziata and Berri in La Morra and Perno in Monforte d'Alba, this is a classic, lean-bodied Nebbiolo with an elegant close. Drink 2024-2035.'

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

PSI-2336. 14 BAROLO, MONTE DEGLI ANGELI    92+/100

4 generation family operation; aged 3 years in large cooperage. That's quite a sweet and large nose for the vintage. Of course, it is seven years old. It's traditionally styled, all the same. Credit the bottle age for its approachability. Suggestions of tar and roses. Medium bodied. Good, full acidity. Presence and length on the palate. Could be applied now in the right circumstance. Good cellar potential too. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

PSI-2337. 17 BAROLO, FRATELLI REVELLO    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91: 'Matches plum, menthol, hay and banana peel flavors to a rich texture and assertive tannins. Balanced yet compact and firm, with an abrupt finish for now. Best from 2024 through 2040. $45.'

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

PSI-2338. 18 BAROLO, PAOLO SCAVINO    (93/100)

Parker 93: 'The Paolo Scavino 2018 Barolo is a pretty wine with sweet primary intensity that appears as tart cherry and dried raspberry. With Enrico Scavino's signature on the front label, this is a classic package with silky tannins and a long, polished mouthfeel. Fruit comes from multiple vineyard sites across the appellation, and an ample Drink 2024-2038. $48.'

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

PSI-2339. 18 BAROLO, FRANCO SERRA    1++/100

2016: Deeper, darker, more somber than the 17 Barbaresco. 16 vs 17; Barolo vs Barbaresco. Year older but more backward. Good constitution. Yeah, tar and roses here. Solid build. Tannin to shed. Cellar it. 91++/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

PSI-2340. 11 BAROLO RISERVA GABUTTI, AZ. AGR. SORDO    (94/100)

2013: Wine Spectator 94: 'This balances bright flavors of macerated cherry, currant and plum with spice, earth and tar elements, backed by a firm structure. The finish is crisp and long. Best from 2020 through 2037. $65.'

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

PSI-2341. 17 BAROLO, TERRE DEL BAROLO

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

PSI-2342. 18 BAROLO ALBE, G. D. VAJRA    (93/100)

Parker 93+: 'This wine consistently delivers one of the greatest values to be found in Italian wine. The G.D. Vajra 2018 Barolo Albe has all its cards in play as an immediately enjoyable and extremely food-friendly Nebbiolo. This really is the top of the category in that sense. With straightforward winemaking (fermentation is in steel and aging in large Slavonian oak casks), the wine offers bold cherry, wild plum and plenty of fragrant blue flower and violet. This vintage has the added benefit of softly textured richness. Drink 2023-2047. $40.'

How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

PSI-2343. 18 BAROLO CASTIGLIONE, VIETTI    (94/100)

Parker 94: 'Vietti has the enormous advantage of 10 MGA sites at its disposition for blending purposes (and for making single-vineyard wines). This allows them to select the fruit they want to best express any one vintage. The 2018 Barolo Castiglione draws upon those 10 sites (including the recent additions of Mosconi, Ginestra, Bricco Ravera and Briccolina) to make what is ultimately its best-selling wine This classic rendition is tonic and clean with varietal tones of wild berry, rose and rusty nail. Drink 2024-2038. $75.'

How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

PSI-2344. 15 BARBARESCO ALASIA, CANTINE ARALDICA    91+/100

Aged two years in large Slavonian oak casks. The usual old time restraints of this are loosened by 2015 ripeness and abundance. Plenty of fruit up front and still the tarry mass in the background. Not a modern nebbiolo despite the ripe vintage. Classic cherry, tar, and rose suggestions. Like a port, there's that 'grip of the gob', the core of fruit, tar, and tannin. Especially ample for Barbaresco. Destined for the cellar. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2345. 19 BARBARESCO, CASTELLO DI NEIVE    (96/100)

Wine Enthusiast 96: - EDITORS' CHOICE/TOP 100: 'This fragrant red opens with aromas of blue flower, resin, star anise and underbrush. Full-bodied and elegantly structured, the savory palate offers ripe raspberry, cranberry and baking spice alongside firm, fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity. Drink 2027–2034. $45.'

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

PSI-2346. 18 BARBARESCO, FONTANABIANCA    91+/100

Vineyards at 1000 feet in Neive; aged 12-15 months in cooperage. The nose is warm and ruddy. Traditional but not stodgy. Rose highlight. Ruddy taste and fairly tannic. Really good acidity. I preferred the 2017, probably because it was earlier maturing. This needs some cellar time. 91+/100.

(End of Bin Sale-- 20% off this price)
How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

PSI-2347. 18 BARBARESCO, MOCCAGATTA    92+/100

The right weight and the relatively forward nature of the vintage. Oh, yes, 2018 fruit succulence here and B'co correct weight. Fits the patterns. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

PSI-2348. 17 BARBARESCO, CANTINA DEL PINO    (93/100)

Parker 93: 'The Cantina del Pino 2017 Barbaresco reveals a beautifully light garnet color in the glass. The wine shows extra intensity in terms of its aromas with wild rose, lilac and cherry. That combination of floral and fruity doesn't completely define the bouquet because you also get a good dose of crushed mineral, smoke and spice. Like most of the wines I tasted from this vintage, this release shows extra power and tightness in terms of its tannins. Give it a little extra bottle time. Drink 2023-2035.'

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

PSI-2349. 15 BARBARESCO SERRABOELLA, PAITIN    (94/100)

Wine Spectator 94: 'Hay, freshly cut grass and loam aromas segue to a core of cherry that pulls this together. The sweet fruit handles the burly tannins well, ending in a cascade of eucalyptus and tobacco notes. Best from 2023 through 2043. $48.'

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

PSI-2350. 15 BARBARESCO ALBESANI, CANTINA DEL PINO    (95/100)

Parker 95: 'Of the single-vineyard Barbarescos presented by Cantina del Pino, the 2015 Barbaresco Albesani shows the darkest color and richest appearance. The wine is svelte and tight with dark fruit nuances of wild blueberry, spice, tobacco and moist earth or black truffle. This is a beautiful, solid and tight wine that will open nicely with a few more years of cellar age. Drink 2021-2040. $60.'

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

PSI-2351. 15 BARBARESCO GALLINA, CANTINA DEL PINO    (95/100)

Parker 95+: 'Compared to the Ovello cru, the 2015 Barbaresco Gallina (with only 2,000 bottles made) offers a bit more power and intensity. This wine is solid and dense at its core, with clearly recognizable black fruit, spice and crushed stone. The warmth of the vintage has also left its mark with beautiful aromas that recall truffle or tilled earth. The wine hits the palate with firmness, bright acidity and freshness. In all, it shows terrific balance, intensity and length. $60.'

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

PSI-2352. 17 BARBARESCO TORRE, PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91: 'A beam of cherry introduces this lithe red, shaded by tar, eucalyptus, white pepper and earth notes. This is dense, with the tannins leaving a firm impression on the finish. Best from 2024 through 2037.'

How Many bottles/singles: $52.95 each

PSI-2353. 19 BARBARESCO, FRANCO SERRA    91+/100

2018: Four generation winery near Monferrato; owns 75 acres of vines; 3 week maceration, 4 week fermentation; 2 years in barrels, 20% new. Firm, upright, and statuesque Barbaresco. Oh, there's still that Barbaresco accessibility compared to a Barolo. That's why it's usually bottled a year earlier. Gains range and savor as it airs. Sweeter fruit on the palate than the nose. Well textured. Good acid. Fine tannin. This fits the pattern. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

PSI-2354. 16 BARBARESCO, MAURO VEGLIO    (93/100)

Wine Enthusiast 93 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'Red-berry, dog-rose and grilled herb aromas mingle together in the glass along with a whiff of eucalyptus. On the smooth full-bodied palate, notes of licorice and vanilla accent a core of ripe black cherry. Polished, enveloping tannins provide smooth support. Drink through 2028. $40.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

PSI-2355. 17 BARBARESCO LA CASA IN COLLINA, VITE COLTE    91+/100

Cooperative of 180 growers cultivating 750 acres; 1 year in large barrels followed by 1 year in bottle before release. Constrained; proper. Overwhelmed by the former wine. Neat and discreet 2017 medium intense style. That's got all the right stuff for an ageworthy (mid term) 17 nebbiolo of Barbaresco weight. Well balanced. Cellar it awhile. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

PSI-2356. 17 BARBARESCO LA CASA IN COLLINA, VITE COLTE magnum    91+/100

Cooperative of 180 growers cultivating 750 acres; 1 year in large barrels followed by 1 year in bottle before release. Constrained; proper. Overwhelmed by the former wine. Neat and discreet 2017 medium intense style. That's got all the right stuff for an ageworthy (mid term) 17 nebbiolo of Barbaresco weight. Well balanced. Cellar it awhile. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $94.95 each

PSI-2357. 20 NEBBIOLO D'ALBA OCHETTI, RENATO RATTI    91+/100

2017: Fresh cherry nebbiolo with light tar overtone. Medium body appropriate to the DOC, fine tannin, and varietal validity. Cellar it a bit longer. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

PSI-2358. 19 NEBBIOLO D'ALBA INDIGENOUS, GIORGIO RIVETTI    91+/100

13 year old vines at 1000' elevation in Roero; aged 10 months in seasoned French oak barrels. Sweet fruited and pretty open knit for its type. Forward vintage it seems. Firm backdrop all the same. Not a lot of the classic nebbiolo scents coming forth upon opening. Well, the palate is classically firm and tannic. The tannins are fine grained, not rustic. Good length. I'd be cellaring it a couple of years. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2359. 19 NEBBIOLO D'ALBA BRUMO, SAN SILVESTRO    91/100

2018: The fruit forward nature of the vintage is flattering to this cuvee, which can be standoffish in youth. Yes, sweet cherry nebbiolo to the fore. Has form and foundation too. Ready to serve. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2360. 21 LANGHE NEBBIOLO, AZ. AGR. ELIO ALTARE    93+/100

2019: at La Morra. Like the barbera, the beauty, the finesse, the intense, sweet fruit core. What he does. No Barolo, this is Altare's near definitive take on Langhe Nebbiolo. 2019 medium bodied. Wonderful suavity despite nebbiolo's inherent tannins. They're well managed here. Very long, detailed aftertaste. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

PSI-2361. 18 LANGHE NEBBIOLO ARCAPLA COSTA DI BUSSIA, TENUTA ARNULFO    92+/100

Est. 1874 at Monforte d'Alba; all nebbiolo; aged in French oak barriques. Ah, fruit here. Of the stalwart, serious nebbiolo sort. Wild cherry emphasis. This has form, material, varietal contents. Upright nebbiolo made for cellaring. Tannins need time to melt away. 92+/100. Tasted 6/8/22.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

PSI-2362. 19 LANGHE NEBBIOLO CAPISME E, DOMENICO CLERICO    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'The Domenico Clerico 2019 Langhe Nebbiolo Capismee is named after the local slang for 'do you understand me.' That's a fun twist because ultimately the wine is articulate and clear in its message, thanks to its variety-pure aromas of dark fruit, crushed rose, tar, smoke and licorice. Of course, this release offers all that typicity with a flair for the informal and the accessible. That's all we need to understand. Drink now-2025.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

PSI-2363. 19 LANGHE NEBBIOLO MARTINENGA, TENUTE CISA ASINARI DEI MARCHESI DI GRESY    91+/100

Est 1797; Martinenga is one of Piemonte's largest monopole crus; from vines 15-40 years old; no barrel aging. This greets me with some relief after a pair of 2018 clarets. The elevation, the variety, the vintage: all support uplift. Plus this guy makes stylish wines. Classic tar and roses aromas. Tannin masks a lot of that appeal on the palate. Di Gresy is also known for well framed wines. Tannin resolution and bouquet development each call for cellaring. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

PSI-2364. 21 LANGHE NEBBIOLO, MAURO MOLINO

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

PSI-2365. 19 LANGHE NEBBIOLO STARDA PAITIN, PASQUERO ELIA    92+/100

Sourced from estate vineyards in the Starda parcel on the Bricco di Neive cru. Medium color. This has nice cherry, tar, and rose nebbiolo features. Seems rich in glycerol too. Oh, and spiced cherry too. Clove in back. All seems to justify a site-specific bottling. It's different from any we've tasted of late. Good acid and fine grained tannin. The group appreciated both quality and value. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2366. 18 LANGHE NEBBIOLO BOTTI, AZ. AGR. PECCHENINO    92+/100

15 acre vineyard in southern Langhe at 480 meters; aged 18 mo. in 2500 liter French oak barrels. Well, this is certainly powerful in the Taster glass. Deep, ripe, smoky, smoldering black fruit and tar. Medium bodied Dogliani nebbiolo, with good nebbiolo framework. Dense, earthy basis with floral aromatics of rose and violet hovering over. Good acidity. Still a quite compact and tannic wine. Chewy aftertaste. I like its makings. 92+/100.

(End of Bin Sale-- 20% off this price)
How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

PSI-2367. 20 LANGHE NEBBIOLO, CANTINA DEL PINO    92+/100

2018: At Barbaresco; Vinous Media: 'Every single wine de Pino is fabulous.' Well, this 2018 is totally different from the set of 2019s tasted before it. It has a tonic overtone: bay, laurel. Very cool approach. Also a deep core of nebbiolo cherry, tar, and roses. Medium to full bodied. The stylish nature of del Pino wines combined with 2018 fruit fulfillment. Sure can't throw a blanket over this nebbiolo set, unless it's from a quality standpoint. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

PSI-2368. 18 LANGHE NEBBIOLO, PRODUTTORI DEL BARBARESCO    (90/100)

Wine Enthusiast 90: 'Rose and wild berry aromas lead the way, while the palate offers ripe Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, star anise and a hint of iron. It's full bodied but accessible, thanks to pliant tannins and fresh acidity.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

PSI-2369. 20 LANGHE NEBBIOLO, FRANCO SERRA    92+/100

2019: Tart, wild cherry nebbiolo nose. And flavor. Great texture, savor, fine tannin, balance. The picture of nebbiolo at an intro price. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2370. 20 LANGHE NEBBIOLO, G. D. VAJRA    92+/100

From estate vineyards around the winery 10-25 years old; aged in seasoned cooperage. Proper medium red orange appearance. Oh, my. Bursting with cherry pie aroma tweaked by anise and dried orange peel. What I'm looking for in Langhe nebbiolo. Add rose to the flavor profile. Melted tannins already. Adequate acid vigor. Medium flavor intensity. More to come. Nose showier than palate at opening. The palate caught up over the next couple of hours. Universal praise from the commentators. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2371. 19 LANGHE NEBBIOLO PERBACCO, VIETTI    92+/100 *

From several parcels in Barolo; formed from lots that don't make the cut for its Castiglione Barolo. A lovely, sweet, new wave nebbiolo, a consistent Vietti go to bottle. Cherry and pitch. Flavors confirm aromas. Suave and burnished texture. Good acid. No need to cellar, though a modicum of fine tannins will help it stay the course. Well liked by the group. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

PSI-2372. 20 LANGHE ROSSO, G. D. VAJRA    91+/100

2018: Nebbiolo, dolcetto, barbera, albarossa, freisa, pinot nero. I think it's loosening up some since tasted soon after arrival--and it's certainly more intense than the 2017. Has yet to portray that playful ease of the 2017, but it's working on it. Deep seated red and black fruits. Yeah, this remains close and astringent by comparison. Cellar-worthy even. Which I don't think is the winemaker's intention. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2373. 21 BARBERA D'ALBA, AZ. AGR. ELIO ALTARE    92+/100

2018: A visit to Burgundy in 1976 inspired Elio to move the family's wines toward elegance and finesse. Well, this just soars. It's brandied cherry, big time black peppercorn, tar, and nettle. Class act. Suave thanks to high alcohol and fine craftsmanship. 2019 medium bodied. Full flavored through the long finish. Elegant indeed. What he does. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

PSI-2374. 18 BARBERA D'ALBA VIGNA CAMPO DEL GATTO COSTA DI BUSSIA, TENUTA ARNULFO    92+/100

Est. 1874; one hectare vineyard on marl, planted in 1969; aged 30 months in foudres. That is one big boy of an Alba barbera. Honestly, it doesn't get any better than this short of a $50 Vietti special cuvee. Barrel tempering without barrel extracts. Really quite suave and complex thanks to time in cooperage. The original fruit material is clearly choice as well. Great acid and balance. Tannins tempered by cooperage time and by 2018 fruit coating. One of the best years of this. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2375. 17 BARBERA D'ALBA CONCHA TRE PILE, ALDO CONTERNO     (93/100)

Parker 93: 'The 2017 Barbera d'Alba Conca Tre Pile is piled high with dark fruit intensity, soft tannins and a pinch of fresh acidity that breaks apart the wine's rich fruit flavors. The hot vintage has taken well to the Barbera grape, accentuating its volume, richness and generosity. The bouquet offers black fruit, dried plum, spice, truffle-infused earth and toasted hazelnut. Drink now-2025. $35.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

PSI-2376. 18 BARBERA D'ALBA CONCHA TRE PILE, ALDO CONTERNO     (93/100)

2017: Parker 93: 'The 2017 Barbera d'Alba Conca Tre Pile is piled high with dark fruit intensity, soft tannins and a pinch of fresh acidity that breaks apart the wine's rich fruit flavors. The hot vintage has taken well to the Barbera grape, accentuating its volume, richness and generosity. The bouquet offers black fruit, dried plum, spice, truffle-infused earth and toasted hazelnut. Drink now-2025. $35.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

PSI-2377. 16 BARBERA D'ALBA RUVEI, MARCHESI DI BAROLO    91+/100 *

2015: Full, dry, stalwart. Serious barrel aging and exemplary varietal character. Fruit sweetness and acidity in balance. Cherry fruit and light barrel influence. Balanced. Long and flavorful. Wants food. Well liked by the group. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2378. 21 BARBERA D’ALBA, MAURO MOLINO     91+/100

Wine Spectator 91/100. My notes: Est. 1953 at La Morra; 20% from marl in La Morra, 80% from sand in Roero. Nose rich and right but less forthcoming than at a Sept trade show (longer aeration then-). Great, splashy fruit acidity and barbera dark disposition. Expands greatly on the palate, while retaining a good measure of fine tannin. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2379. 20 BARBERA D'ALBA, FRANCO SERRA    91+/100

Deep, black, sweet, peppery. Great intro to Alba Barbera. Flavors and feels confirm. Some tannin to shed yet. No problem. This is a perfectly poised bargain. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2380. 18 BARBERA D'ASTI MONTEBRUNA, BRAIDA DI GIACOMO BOLOGNA    (91/100)

Parker 91: 'With a beautifully saturated dark color and lots of generous cherry and blackberry, there's a lot packed into this bottle of Braida 2018 Barbera d'Asti Montebruna. The fruit is plump, succulent and packed tight. Montebruna is distinguished by its bright acidity and you get lots of that here too. This is always a terrific wine. Plus, this carries a great price for this category. Drink now-2026. $28.'

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2381. 19 BARBERA D'ASTI PIAN SCORRONE, TENUTA IL FALCHETTO    91+/100

2016: Est. 1940; single vineyard, one of nine owned by the Forno brothers. Sweet as a nut Asti sort of barbera. Black pepper sprinkled. Seems user friendly. And indeed it is. 2016 sleek styling. Great acid. Fine grained tannin calls more for food than cellaring. Upbeat and lasting finish. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2382. 16 BARBERA D'ASTI PIAN SCORRONE, TENUTA IL FALCHETTO    91+/100

Est. 1940; single vineyard, one of nine owned by the Forno brothers. Sweet as a nut Asti sort of barbera. Black pepper sprinkled. Seems user friendly. And indeed it is. 2016 sleek styling. Great acid. Fine grained tannin calls more for food than cellaring. Upbeat and lasting finish. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2383. 18 BARBERA D'ASTI SUPERIORE BRICCO PARADISO, TENUTA IL FALCHETTO

Est. 1940; single vineyard, one of nine owned by the Forno brothers.; aged a year in French barriques.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2384. 20 BARBERA D’ASTI LERADICI, MAURO MOLINO    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91: 'A distinctive red, offering raspberry, blueberry and earth flavors, matched to a supple texture. Shows intensity and balance, with a hint of wild herbs on the savory finish. Drink now through 2025.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

PSI-2385. 19 BARBERA D'ASTI SUPERIORE LE CROCI, TENUTE NEIRANO    92+/100

Site specific ('the crossroads'); 30+ year old vines on calcaire; yields 1 ton per acre; aged in barriques 2-4 years old. Fresh, prominent, powerful. Cherry and tar. The fruit of an Asti and framework of an Alba barbera. Everything good wrapped into one here. The palate is Asti sweeter and softer. Flavorful and well balanced. Hidden secrets still to be revealed. Super value. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2386. 19 BARBERA D'ASTI LA VILLA, TENUTA OLIM BAUDA    92/100

Oh, I love the engaging brightness and sweet zestiness of an Asti barbera. Albas are somber by comparison. Full flair and penetration. The palate carries the torch. Sweet and spicy, gentle yet vigorous enough for hearty fare. Yeah, ease and flow and flavor. Ideal take. Elegant aftertaste. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2387. 20 BARBERA D'ASTI TASMORCAN, ELIO PERRONE    91/100

Perrone's a former motocross racer; vineyard in Mongovone planted in 1999; 80% aged in seasoned cooperage. Upbeat, racy Asti barbera. Just what he's trying to achieve. Spot on. Flavorful. Cherry and black pepper. Raspberry chimes in. Smooth overall, with adequate barbera acidity for good balance. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2388. 20 BARBERA D'ASTI LAVIGNONE, PICO MACCARIO    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91 - SMART BUY: 'Graphite, blackberry and plum aromas and flavors highlight this juicy red, which is balanced and plushly textured, with just the slightest hint of oak. Drink now through 2025. $20.'

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2389. 19 BARBERA D'ASTI BRICCO GALLINETTA, CANTINA DEL PINO    92/100

Left the Produttori in 1997; first vineyard designate barbera I've seen from del Pino; bricco = brow of the hillside, the warmest part. Pretty dark and daunting for an Asti Barbera. Not without sweet relief though. The aromas sing of red and black fruits and berries. A sunny Asti barbera disposition on the palate. Both sweet and racy. Well balanced delivery. Bricco indeed. No need to postpone gratification. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2390. 20 BARBERA D'ASTI BATTAGLIONE, RENATO RATTI    (91/100)

Parker 91: 'Part of the soldier's series in which each bottle shows the antique uniforms of various fractions of the Italian military, the Renato Ratti 2020 Barbera d'Asti Battaglione is a ripe, soft and full-bodied expression that exhibits the natural sweetness of Barbera with dark berry and cherry confit. This hot-vintage wine carries its fruit weight well, adding aromatic intensity and freshness without any residual heaviness. Drink now-2025.'

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2391. 16 BARBERA D'ASTI, ANTICA CASA RICOSSA    91/100

Sweet fruit of the DOC. Nice tenderness. Good regional ID, quality, value. Ready for the table. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2392. 20 BARBERA D'ASTI TRE VIGNE, VIETTI    (91/100)

2019: Parker 91: 'With an ample 35,000 bottles made, the Vietti 2019 Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne is a bright and informal red wine made from some of the same vineyard sites that provide fruit for the La Cerna. This more accessible expression shows lots of dark cherry and blackberry that just sits there, pretty in the glass. There is a soft sweetness or creaminess to the fruit that ultimately caresses the palate. Drink now-2025.$25.'

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2393. 20 BARBERA D'ASTI SURI, AZ. AGR. VILLA GIADA    92/100 *

2016: This works. Cooler and racier than the 2015. Acid, weight, 16 swing. Deep and persistent. Lots of varietal clarity in a dashing style. Oh, juicy, sweet, rich, flavorful, long, great. Very popular with the group. Orders taken. Succeeds the 2015 on the March Wine Club sale--admirably. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2394. 20 BARBERA DEL MONFERRATO, ERCOLE liter    91/100

2019: Jolly color. Accurate, dry, and fruity, with a pleasing sheen to it. Oh, yes, the right weight and flow of a Monferrato barbera. Black cherry, black pepper, and pitch flavors. Zone and 2019 ease. Good acid and light tannin grip. Light glycerol coating at the end. I imagine this could be served at cellar temperature for enhanced refreshment. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2395. 18 BARBERA DEL MONFERRATO MARAIA, MARCHESI DI BAROLO    91+/100 *

Heavy Bottle Award. Oh, this is a dark and deep one, exceptionally so for a Monferrato barbera. Maraia's usually easier going. This one's serious. Well, it eases up a little on the palate. Remains dark hearted. And ambitious. Barbera black to the core. Very popular with the group. Orders taken. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2396. 19 BARBERA DEL PIEMONTE OTTONE I, CANTINE SAN SILVESTRO    91/100

Fresh, racy, edgy barbera here as usual. Yeah, the acid, the zip. Plus glycerol padding. 19 forward and acid-ready for food. Plenty of varietal character flavor wise too. One of the best vintages in the series. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2397. 21 DOLCETTO D'ALBA, ELIO ALTARE    93/100

2020: A visit to Burgundy in 1976 inspired Elio to move the family's wines toward elegance and finesse. Oh, that's brilliant. Dolcetto perfected. What a lovely, rich, round, bright, intense expression. Perfect pitch. Light dusting of tannin to keep it honest. Otherwise, full speed ahead to immediate gratification. Great acid for food. Ideal balance. Lengthy, flavor filled finish. Does it get any better than this? 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2398. 20 DOLCETTO D'ALBA, ELIO ALTARE    93/100

A visit to Burgundy in 1976 inspired Elio to move the family's wines toward elegance and finesse. Oh, that's brilliant. Dolcetto perfected. What a lovely, rich, round, bright, intense expression. Perfect pitch. Light dusting of tannin to keep it honest. Otherwise, full speed ahead to immediate gratification. Great acid for food. Ideal balance. Lengthy, flavor filled finish. Does it get any better than this? 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2399. 20 DOLCETTO D'ALBA, PAOLO SCAVINO    92+/100

2019: 50+ year old vines. Stunning red violet color. And blue fruit aroma. Scavino fruitiness, suavity, varietal definition. Burst of black fruit flavors. Black cherry, plus dashes of anise and orange zest. Well textured. Surprising measure of tannin, albeit fine grained. Gives it an unexpected chewiness that will play well at the table, so there's not obligation to age this. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2400. 20 DOLCETTO D'ALBA, FRANCO SERRA    91/100

Four generation winery near Monferrato; owns 75 acres of vines. Ruddy red color. An attractive warmth to the fruit. Runs deep and savory. Its own thing. Palate confirms fruit ripeness, suavity. Good acid to counter. No tannin, so could be served cool. There have been 'brighter' vintages of this. Nonetheless, the 2020 has its own set of appealing qualities. As it turns out, a group favorite. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2401. 20 DOLCETTO D'ALBA, G. D. VAJRA    (90/100)

Wine Spectator 90: 'Black cherry, rose and juniper aromas and flavors mark this pliable red. Picks up a touch of earth on the finish, yet this is overall pure and full of finesse.'

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2402. 20 DOLCETTO D'ALBA, VIETTI    92/100 *

That's intricate. Unusual depth, breadth, and contents for dolcetto. Without being woody. Glad I didn't chill it. Oh, it's got acid, freshness, and vigor too. A splendid, singular take on dolcetto. Lush and lasting. Well liked by the group. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

PSI-2403. 19 DOLCETTO DOGLIANI SAN LUIGI, PECCHENINO    92+/100

Calcareous soil at 1500'; vines planted 1984-1996. Quite a bit of oomph for a Dogliani dolcetto. Not a surprise for this source. Original fruit holding well, while the savors of maturity gather. Very bright and fresh, vivid dolcetto fruit flavor. Plus body and texture. Handsome degree of generosity and fulfillment on the palate. Long finish. Bravo. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2404. 19 GRIGNOLINO D'ASTI ISOLAVILLA, TENUTA OLIM BAUDA    91+/100

65 year old vines in sandy white marl. Appropriately light color. I've seen darker roses. Strawberry and cola aromas. Fresh, bright, spot on. Very tasty. Surprising amount of tannin in back probably precludes serving it chilled this summer. Great acidity. Many food options now, plus a few months for tannin resolution a good option. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2405. 20 GRIGNOLINO D'ASTI, AZ. AGR. LA MIRAJA    91/100

Proper light red orange. Fresh, sharp, penetrating, ideal. Then comes a fetching roundness. Yes, sharp acid assault followed by a smoother background. Cool it down for summer rosso pleasure. Antipasto wine. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2406. 17 GRIGNOLINO DEL MONTEFERRATO CASALESE NAUFRAGAR, AGR. SULIN    91/100

The color is appropriately medium red-orange. Has that cranberry-orange relish aroma of grignolino. Smell the tartness. Well, surprisingly sweet fruit on the palate. Flavorful, balanced, accurate. Impressive example. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2407. 19 PIEMONTE ROSSO, PAOLO SCAVINO    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'Black currant, violet and rosemary settle nicely into the succulent texture of this red. Firm and elegant, yet shows intensity and fine length. Nebbiolo, Merlot, Barbera and Dolcetto. Drink now through 2024.'

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2408. 20 PIEMONTE PINOT NOIR COLLEZIONE DEL BARONE, MONTE DEGLI ANGELI    91/100

That's a good NW Italy pinot! Works at area and varietal. Yes again. Great acidity. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2409. 21 BRACHETTO D’ACQUI, TENUTA IL FALCHETTO

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2410. PIEMONTE BRACHETTO BIRBET, MALVIRA    94/100

Special clone of brachetto. Pleasingly sweet and proper. Sweet. Very light fizz. Lots of varietal concentration. A winner. 94/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2411. 20 PIEMONTE BRACHETTO, BORGO MARAGLIANO    92/100

2018: Right, lithe, fresh. Replete with red fruit cremes. Lifted. Full of ease and gaiety. All the right assets. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2412. 18 ITALIA BIGARO, ELIO PERRONE    93/100

Half each brachetto, moscato. Good, subtle muscat display complemented by brachetto pink fruit. Rich, round, pomaded. Cold cream aromatics and feel. Rose, peach, cherry creme. Spot on. Uber appeal. Doesn't get any better than this. 93/100.

(End of Bin Sale-- 20% off this price)
How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2413. 21 ITALIA ROSSO AMABILE SERENA, AZ. AGR. CASCINA PIAN D'OR    92/100

2020: Highly scented. Bergamot, barbershop, briar. Signs of brachetto, freisa, malvasia, moscato. This is superior to previous cuvees. Full flavor, sweetness, sprightliness, persistence. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2414. ITALIA ROSSO DULCIS, SAN SILVESTRO    92/100

Brachetto and freisa. Back to a sweeter disposition on the nose. Yeah, fully back. Fruit sweetness, acid, richness. Low alcohol. Very, very successful. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2415. 18 MALVASIA DI CASTELNUOVO DON BOSCO LITTLE BOSCO, SIEMA    91/100

2016: Beautiful malvasia. The DOC, the fizz, the raspberry. Hint of almond, cherry pit. Pleasing flavor intensity in 16. Good balance. Attractive little fizz. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2416. 19 CASORZO MALVASIA NAUFRAGAR, AGRICOLA SULIN    95/100

2016: 6%. Frizzante. Glows and entices. Maraschino and black cherries. Bursts with flavor. Total allure. Well balanced sweet-acid ratio. Even some light tannin etch. Exotic. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2417. 21 LANGHE BIANCO DRAGON LUIGI BAUDANA, G. D. VAJRA    92/100

Sauvignon blanc, riesling. And nascetta from a single vineyard in the village of Anascella in Novello. These play together well. The parts neither clash nor stand apart from one another. There's a attractive cedar chest element thanks to either the sauvignon-riesling combo or to the singularity of nascetta. Unique texture and undertow one could attribute to one or the other or both factors. All to its own. I have buyers waiting for this. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2418. 20 ROERO ARNEIS LE TRE, MALABAILA    91+/100

Very bright and fresh. And its plump disposition pouts it at a good stage. All the assets are there. Fabulous acidity really sets up the palate for food. Plus great padding, texture, mouthfeel. Long finish. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2419. 20 ROERO ARNEIS, AZ. AGR. MALVIRA    92/100

2019: That's an elegant, completely formed, and crystal clear arneis aroma. Light stone fruit and flowers. Bright acidity and citricity on the palate. Not one of the more viscous ones, this is dry, clear, lithe, engaging, and refreshing. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2420. 19 ROERO ARNEIS RENESIO, AZ. AGR. MALVIRA    93/100

This is bright, fresh, alert, crisp. It offers up a generous noseful of varietal character. And both feel and flavor are full too. Racy acidity. Impressive. Arneis and a half. Best vintage of this I've tasted. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2421. 20 ROERO ARNEIS SERRA LUPINI, ANGELO NEGRO    92/100

Est. 1670; 20% cryomaceration; 4 months on lees, Mmm, stone fruit and lemon meringue. One expressive arneis. Medium bodied. Good acidity and overall balance. Tangy finale. Shows the way. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2422. 20 ROERO ARNEIS, VIETTI    (90/100)

Parker 90: 'Vietti's cheerful and bright 2020 Roero Arneis reveals a punchy note of fresh lemon, waxy nectarine, dried hay and oregano. This is a lean-bodied expression that avoids the extra fruit weight or honey-like creaminess that comes naturally to this grape. In this wine, the sharper, more mineral-driven notes have been highlighted instead. $30.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

PSI-2423. 21 LANGHE ARNEIS, ELVIO TINTERO    91/100

Arneis stone fruit and herb and florals range. And a nice, nippy 2021 statement. Unexpected yet pleasing soft core of fruit. The promised 2021 acidity persists. And the flavor range. Not as ample as the average Roero arneis. Fills the bill nonetheless--at a lower price.91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2424. 19 LANGHE FAVORITA ONORATA, ANGELO NEGRO    91/100 *

Est. 1670; vineyard in Roero; favorita = vermentino; cryomaceration; aged 3 months on lees. A nice, cooler climate, higher altitude take on vermentino versus the Sardinian and Tuscan versions. More related to a Cinqjue Terre version. I applaud its daintiness, its finesse. Undeniable varietal ID, including white flower highlights. Moderate acidity and medium body. Good now. Very popular with the group. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2425. 20 COLLI TORTONESI TIMORASSO TERRE DI LIBARNA, EZIO POGGIO CAESPES    93+/100 *

Sole proprietor of the 40 acre TdL zone at 2000'on the north face of the Apennines dividing Piemonte from Liguria; highest planted timorasso. Geez, timorasso really does improve with age. This is behind the earlier vintage timorassos we've tasted over the last few months. Might be retarded by high altitude. Wonderful feel and flavor spread. It's classic, well crafted timorasso that will go and grow. Praised by attendees. Ageworthy, for sure. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

PSI-2426. 20 COLLI TORTONESI TIMORASSO PICCOLO DERTHONA, AZ. AGR. REPETTO    92/100

Est. 2015; timorasso, like arneis, almost went extinct. Large and sprawling example that does a rightful timorasso proud. As well as stone fruit and flowers, an intriguing mace suggestion. Brown spice nuances carry over on the palate. Mineral salts on the lips suggest a high potassium content. We've had 'larger' timorassos during the last year, always at a significant tariff. This one's a bargain. Well liked, one timorasso fan calling it the best he's tasted. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2427. 19 GAVI, BENI DI BATASIOLO

(End of Bin Sale-- 20% off this price)
How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2428. 21 GAVI IL FORTE, PRODUTTORI DEL GAVI    91/100 *

95 member cooperative founded 1951. Somewhat reticent upon opening. Suggests cortese ID. Oh, but it bursts open after warming in the mouth. Pear, lemon, sage. Fine balance, acid, and texture. Long finish. Prefer to the 2019. 91/100. The nose opened fully for the group 2 hours later. One attendee noted: 'my wine of the night.'

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2429. 20 GAVI MASERA, AZ. AGR. STEFANO MASSONE    91+/100

A vineyard in the warmer reaches of southeastern Gavi planted in 1978. The usual warm, rich style of this particular Gavi. Terroir talks. Full in the mouth too. The sage is there, as well as more of a stone fruit aspect than in your typical Gavi. Large and long aftertaste. Another that swelled up further over the coming hours. The group was impressed. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2430. 21 GAVI DI GAVI, TENUTA OLIM BAUDA    92/100 *

Est 1961; all cortese; from the core community of the DOCG. That's a good, edgy, snappy 2021 take. More vigor than the satisfying 2020. Cortese classic right down to the sage suggestion. Even richer, racier and more expansive than the bottle I tasted very cold and upon opening yesterday. Super. Full palate savor, flavor, feel, definition. Boy, this just swells up in the mouth too. Both race and padding. Well liked by attendees, one noting 'what I want in a Gavi'. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2431. 20 GAVI DI GAVI GRIFO DEL QUARTARO, ENRICO SERAFINO    91/100 *

Est. 1878; 10-25 year old vines in marl, clay, chalk; estate bottled. Accurate, if a little subdued at this stage. Maybe it will open up for the group. Medium bodied. Gathering a slightly grainy patina nearing age two. Let's see what aeration does. Well, it jump started this. It was reported super fruity and ripe, and even better the next day. The relative softness of 2020. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2432. 21 GAVI, FRANCO SERRA    92/100

From 20 year old vines in calcareous soil at 1000 feet. Boy, that's a fresh, green scented one. Ho, hum, just another racy Euro 2021 white. Deep seated cortese fruit character. Great acid, plus cortese glycerol roundness. Very flavorful and lasting in both flavor and texture. A top vintage of this, and, a bargain. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2433. 20 GAVI DEL COMUNE DI GAVI, AZ. AGR. VILLA SPARINA    92/100

Owned by the Moccagatta fmaily since the late 70s; 30 year old vines; unique bottle shape inspired by one found in the villa's ancient cellars; James Suckling 91/100. Oh, that's a good, rich, explicit Gavi nose of pear, pollen, and sage. Nothing shy about this baby. Full flavored too. Great acid. And light glycerol padding. Power beyond its statement. Lasting, flavorful, well textured finish. The group enjoyed it. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2434. 20 MOSCATO D'ASTI LA CALIERA, BORGO MARAGLIANO    95/100

2018: Fresh, fragrant. Peach, apricot. Flowers. Creamy. Rose, cold cream. Padded with just the right sweetness. Beautiful. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2435. 21 MOSCATO D’ASTI, TENUTA IL FALCHETTO

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2436. 21 MOSCATO D'ASTI DULCIS, CANTINA SAN SILVESTRO

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2437. 21 MOSCATO D'ASTI, AZ. AGR. PAOLO SARACCO    (95/100)

Wine Enthusiast 95 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'This lovely, sweet sparkler opens with heady aromas of yellow stone fruit, spring blossoms and wild aromatic herbs. The savory palate delivers ripe apricot, creamy yellow peach, rosemary and sage. Crisp acidity not only keeps it focused and tangy, but seamlessly balances the sweetness so it's never cloying but always bright and racy. A refined, foaming mousse provides lots of finesse.'

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2438. 21 MOSCATO D'ASTI, ELVIO TINTERO

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2439. 21 MOSCATO D'ASTI, VAJRA    95/100

2019: Delicate and accurate. Really crisp. Young; just shipped. Sweet and perfumed. Rose and mum. Fabulous. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2440. 20 LUGANA MUSA, AZ. AGR. BUGLIONI    92/100

All trebbiano di lugana; vine age: 5 years. Fresh, handsome, and a spot on expression of the variety's pear like quality. Nice and sweet ripe, cuddly fruit plus a racy streak of acidity. Long aftertaste. Ideal. Worth the premium price. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2441. 20 LUGANA, AZ. AGR. CA' LOJERA    91/100

NY Times 20 Under $20 Summer Values. My notes: All turbiana; 30 year old vines on white clay. Fresh and full, crisp and vigorous. Like the 2019. Good source. 2020 lusciousness on the palate. Flavorful. Adequate acidity for balance. Sprightly finish. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2442. 20 LUGANA, CA' MAIOL    91+/100

2019: Trebbiano di lugana; limestone soil, clay subsoil. The fruit is intense. Seems a pretty bulky Lugana. The clay talks. On the palate, even more fruit clarity and volume. The fruit and terroir material is there. The more this breathes, the more impressive it becomes. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2443. 21 LUGANA, SOC. AGR. OTTELLA    92/100 *

Of turbiana, relative of verdicchio; chalky clay soil. A lot of citrus and passion fruit. Rounder, less incisive than sauvignon blanc, though it elicits some of the same images. Certainly nothing to do with Marche verdicchio. Highly desirable, as always. The aromatic exuberance on the palate is thankfully toned down. The acid and textural spiel take over. Quite the quaffer in 2021. Less minerally than the 21 Creete. Well priced. Popular with attendees. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2444. 21 LUGANA LE CREETE, SOC. AGR. OTTELLA    93/100

Almost water white. Pungent and penetrating. Really pumps it out. In tune with the series. Equally flavorful. Passion fruit and ripe citrus. Buoyant and lasting. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2445. 19 LUGANA LIMNE, TENUTA ROVEGLIA    (91/100)

Wine Enthusiast 91 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'Fragrant aromas of peach blossom, field flower and ripe white-stone fruit are front and center on the nose. The creamy, savory palate doles out ripe peach, yellow pear and lemon drop alongside bright acidity that gives it a tangy, mouthwatering close. $19.'

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2446. 20 CUSTOZA, AZ. AGR. MONTE DEL FRA    91+/100

40% garganega, 30% cortese, 15% each trebbiano toscana, trebbianello. Kind of a neutral nose. Hard to conjure up much fruit. I like the textural play of sharp acid against a lightly glycerined roundness. That spells good Custoza for me. Long, balanced aftertaste. I suspect more aromatics will form over the coming weeks. The mouthfeel certain carries it. 91+/100. Tasted 12/1/21.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2447. 20 VENEZIE PINOT GRIGIO, AZ. AGR. AI GALLI    92/100

Fresh and generous. Good price/quality ratio. This is a good source. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2448. 21 VENEZIE PINOT GRIGIO RIFF, LAGEDER    91/100

2020: Well, that is a fruity, brisk one, with grigio body and filling. Top vintage of this. Oh, yes, flavorful, padded, textured, good acid. Best year yet. Complete package. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $10.99 each

PSI-2449. 20 VENEZIE PINOT GRIGIO, TIZIANO    91/100

Honors Tiziano Vecellio, greatest painter of the 16th century Venetian school. Fresh, crisp, and grigio full. Just right. Soft, with down the middle acidity. Will please a wide audience. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2450. 19 DOLOMITI PINOT NOIR PRENDO, WILHEM WALCH    91+/100

Est 1869 at Tramin; aged in large Slavonian oak casks A rather lean and tart take, which is the usual from these parts. Certainly not severe. There's plenty of varietal character and even an attractive measure of fruit sweetness after aeration. Reads high altitude pinot. More power, texture, body, and flavor ripeness and intensity than the nose suggests. Filling and lasting. I'm impressed. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2451. 15 TEROLDEGO ROTALIANO, LECHTHALER    91+/100

13%. Full dark color, with rim reddening. A warm and savory 2015 ripe vintage nose, with high altitude lift as well. Even more freshness and buoyancy in the palate, while maintain those 2015 savors. Growth to go. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2452. 16 DOLOMITI TERRE DI SAN LEONARDO, SAN LEONARDO    92+/100

Est. 1724; centuries old tenuta; site of the signing of the WWI armistice between Italy and Austria; now planted entirely to Bordeaux varieties; 50% cab sauv, 40% merlot; 10% carmenere; aged 2 years in new and seasoned French oak barrels. Linear style like a 2016 claret. Assuaged by a long sojourn in cooperage. High altitude cool aspect, Certainly no green fruit like in some NE Italy 'clarets'. Oh, the palate has real sweetness and suavity, grace and balance. Invites current use. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2453. 17 ALTO ADIGE BISCHOFSLEITEN, CASTEL SALLEGG    91/100

Single vineyard schiava of Lago di Caldaro Scelto Classico Superiore; est. 1851; family owned. Fresh, neat, cool, bright. Ideal. 17 rich fruit too. Racy. Great texture and edge. No oak or fruit tannin so good cool. And good now. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2454. 20 ALTO ADIGE SCHIAVA, ELENA WALCH    92+/100

Crisp and high toned schiava--spot on. Ripeness and depth follow. Great acid and exceptional flavor intensity. For food. Writes the book on schiava. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2455. 19 ALTO ADIGE SCHIAVA, ABBAZIA DI NOVACELLA

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2456. 20 ALTO ADIGE EISACKTAL SAUVIGNON, CANTINA VALLE ISARCO    92/100

Est. 1961; the region's youngest winegrowing cooperative; northernmost if Italy's vineyards; no malo. That's racy, citrus and tropics sauvignon with high altitude vigor. Totally fresh approaching age two. Focused and flavorful confirmation of the aromas. A little 2020 plumpness to the texture, yet the acidity won't be denied. The group's favorite of the three sauvignons tasted. Orders taken. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2457. 20 ALTO ADIGE SAUVIGNON WINKL, CANTINA TERLANO    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'This is a delightful wine that I happily paired with skinless chicken marinated in cumin, olive oil and lemon juice. The 2020 Alto Adige Terlano Sauvignon Winkl is fresh and tonic with lots of varietal purity and zesty energy. I suggest serving this bottle a few degrees colder than usual. Subtle tones of crushed mineral and sour grapefruit appear on the close. Drink now- 2024. $36.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

PSI-2458. 20 DOLOMITI PINOT BIANCO TERRA ALPINA, ALOIS LAGEDER    91/100 *

2019: From neighboring growers' vineyards on limestone and porphyry; vines 5-50 years old; aged 4 months on lees. Very green fruit oriented bianco. Plenty of malic acid. Gathers depth and riper fruit dimensions as it warms and airs. Plenty of acid spiel. A peppery sort of vigor. Flavorful. Salivating. Wants food. Well liked by the group. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2459. 20 ALTO ADIGE PINOT BIANCO TRADITION, CANTINA TERLAN    92/100

Aged 6 months on lees. Fresh and full and right. Green apple, quince, green pear. Large presence in the mouth too. Very flavorful. Takes this variety to the max. Long finish. Food, please. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2460. 21 ALTO ADIGE PINOT BIANCO, ELENA WALCH    92/100

5th generation; Elena is a former architect; steep vineyards on limestone and porphyry, some at 900 meters. Quite a full color for vintage, age, variety. Kinda brassy like a grigio. Subtle, yet there's a deep down in sort of succulence. Surprising body and extract for vintage and variety. She's really drawn a lot out of the juice. Characteristic, subtle flavor profile. Very popular with the tasting panel. Orders taken. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2461. 21 ALTO ADIGE PINOT GRIGIO, CANTINA ANDRIANO    92/100 *

Wine Spectator 91/100 - SMART BUY ($22). My notes: Est. 1893; aged 6 months on lees. Plenty of gris body and both peels and pulp varietal aromatics. Another good vintage of this. Yes, real gris fullness here despite the cool vintage. They extracted the maximum varietal character available. And the racy acidity of a cool year is a plus against the light viscosity at the finish. Developed even more flavor profile after two hours' aeration. Enjoyed by the group. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2462. 20 ALTO ADIGE PINOT GRIGIO TRADITION, CANTINA TERLAN    (91/100)

Parker 91: 'The 2020 Alto Adige Pinot Grigio Tradition is luminous and bright with finely tuned aromatic intensity. The bouquet reveals citrus, white peach and crisp apple. This is a zesty and crisp white to pair with specialty finger foods or vegetable tempura. I just love this freshness and the tonic, energetic quality displayed in this well-priced production $35.'

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2463. 20 DOLOMITI PINOT GRIGIO SCHLOSSKELLEREI TURMHOF, TIEFENBRUNNER    91+/100 *

Est. 1848; fifth generation family estate, one of the oldest in South Tyrol. Quite reticent upon opening. Yellow apple aroma builds with airing/ Plusher on the palate, with plenty of flavor and length. I like the structure and body, which are not overbearing at the modest alcohol level. Good bottle in the making. Burgeoned with more aeration and become very popular with the group. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2464. 21 DOLOMITI PINOT GRIGIO TERRA ALPINA, ALOIS LAGEDER    91/100

2020: Fresh and lifted AA take on PG. Satisfying volume too. Plenty of varietal flavor, feel. Long aftertaste. Balanced. Old reliable. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2465. 19 DOLOMITI MOSCATO, MEZZACORONA    91/100

Lithe. Has varietal ID, subtly offered. More texture and varietal character than the nose suggested. Off dry. Good length, ending with that characteristic varietal bitter twist. 91/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2466. 21 ALTO ADIGE PINOT GRIGIO, PETER ZEMMER    91/100

Est. 1928 by the proprietor's great uncle of the same name; From estate vineyards in the Cortina area of the Dolomites. Nostril filling gris peel and pulp aromas and texture. Fully satisfies. Good body. Downplays its acidity a little, which is a surprise in 2021. Good peels extract give flavor and texture. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2467. 20 ALTO ADIGE VALLE ISARCO PINOT GRIGIO, ABBAZIA DI NOVACELLA    (92/100)

2019: Wine Enthusiast 92 - EDITORS' CHOICE; 'Aromas of green apple, pear and citrus follow over to the savory palate along with green melon, ginger and tangerine zest. It's bright and delicious, with tangy acidity before a fresh, clean close. $20.'

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2468. 21 ALTO ADIGE VALLE ISARCO KERNER, ABBAZIA DI NOVACELLA    92/100 *

All kerner; schist, gneiss, and quartzite soils at 650-800 meters; native yeasts. Kerner subtlety personified. Characteristic suggestion of coconut. Model kerner, bound to go and grow as it airs and warms. As it warms in the mouth, flavors trump aromas. Ingratiating kerner softness. Alto Adige varietal precision. Top vintage of this. Well liked by the majority of attendees. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2469. 19 ALTO ADIGE GEWURZTRAMINER, CANTINA TERLAN    (92/100)

Parker 92: 'The 2019 Alto Adige Gewurztraminer Tradition offers a pretty, off-gold color with fragrant tones of honeysuckle, star jasmine and tropical fruit. There are heavier, glossy aromas as well that remind me of new rubber boots, saffron and even a touch of cumin. This is a beautifully rich, mid-weight expression of the fragrant Gewurztraminer grape, with some distant stickiness and sweetness. Drink now-2024.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

PSI-2470. 20 VENETO GRAN PASSIONE, CASA VINICOLA BOTTER    91/100

60% merlot, 40% corvina. Appassimento. Full color. Sweet nose, almost syrupy. In tune. Good power to balance. The appassimento sweetness will be widely agreeable. Light tannin keeps it honest. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2471. 14 VENETO MERET, COLLI VICENTINI    91+/100

Heavy Bottle and Deep Punt awards. Estate-bottled. 70% merlot, 30% cab sauv. 10 months in cooperage. Rich and ripe and strong at 14.5%. Abundant Veneto merlot with barrel aged and spicy barrel extracts influences. Rich and right. 2014 dark. Watch it go and grow. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2472. 18 VERONA CORVINA, CANTINA DI NEGRAR    92/100

Well, that's it. The core of Valpolicella, the telling grape variety, in the lush 2018 vintage. Good, hearty, tarry, black fruited corvina. Yeah, all over the place richness, with good acid too. Sweet and flavorful as well as black to the core. Well crafted indeed. Shows the way. Defines the genre, in a gentle way. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2473. 17 VENETO CORVINA SCAIA, TENUTA SANT' ANTONIO    92/100

All corvina, the informing grape of Valpolicella. Sweet nose with dried fruit assets. 2017 forward fruit appeal plus corvina high class singularity. Wow. Yeah, there's corvina ID in concentrated form. A sweet-fruited and well balanced example. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2474. 19 VERONESE CORVINA, NICOLAS BISCARDO    91+/100

2018: From Valpolicella Classico. Crow dark. 18 fruit sweetness, corvina framework and fortitude. Yes, 18 sweetness and varietal build. Flavorful. A quality vintage of this. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2475. 17 COLLI BERICI CABERNET FRANC LA GIARETA, MARCATO    92/100

2015: Dark. Dark, deep, sweet pastille. Spicy, complex, inviting. Super intense. Just amazing 2015 ripeness. Very accurate and giving expression of the varietal. That red raspberry thing. Just gorgeous. So pure, focused, delineated. Classroom lesson. What more could you want? 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2476. 20 BARDOLINO CLASSICO, LENOTTI    91/100

2018: 50% corvina, 35% rondinella, 10% molinara. Dark fruit of the vintage. Sweet, black, and spot on. Very juicy cherry fruit. Good acidity. Fine texture. A champion. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $10.99 each

PSI-2477. 20 BARDOLINO, AZ. AGR. MONTE DEL FRA    92/100

Plenty fresh, buoyant even. And generously fruity. Oh, boy, big time fruit flavor abundance. Not too big for its boots though. Bardolino lift and acidity. Best I've tasted in a long while. Oh so generous for its category. Got to have it. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2478. 19 VALPOLICELLA, ALLEGRINI    (90/100)

2018: Wine Enthusiast 90 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'Inviting aromas of red-skinned berry, violet and dark spice emerge from the glass. The savory, bright palate offers ripe red cherry, nutmeg and star anise alongside polished tannins and fresh acidity. It's made to be enjoyed young so drink soon.'

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2479. 18 VALPOLICELLA SUPERIORE COL DE LA BASTIA, SOC. AGR. FATTORI    92/100

Deep, dark, sweet 2018 fruit. Superiore for sure. Good power, richness, acid, flavor spread. Not ripasso raisiny. A mega sized Valpolicella though. Full flavor and texture presence. Long, long finish, Wow. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2480. 18 VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO BONA COSTA, MASI    (93/100)

Tasting Panel 93: '70% corviha, 25% rondinella, and 5% molinara aged four months in Slavonian oak. Aromas of earth, green herbs, coffee, and chocolate begin a complex journey for a wine that certainly overdelivers, as jasmine and lilacs intersect with dark cherry and minerality cuts a path through bold notes of black olive and balsamic. An uprising of acidity makes the youthful profile even fresher.'

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2481. 18 VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO LUCCHINE, TEDESCHI    92/100

Lucchine = vineyard name; 25% Corvina, 25% Corvinone, 30% Rondinella, 10% Molinara, 10% Rossignola, Negrara, Dindarella. This Valpol doesn't back down. The black fruit aromas are strong and forthcoming as is the 2018 vintage's nature. While retaining the proper level of moderation. Plenty of richness, body, and flavor for a Valpol without dried fruit added. Yet these don't exceed my norms for classic, old time Valpolicella. With juicy acidity. Thoroughly satisfying, and versatile at the table. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2482. 15 VALPOLICELLA SUPERIORE MONTE TOMBOLE, AZ. AGR. VILLA ERBICE    91+/100

Sweet and strong and concentrated almost to a ripasso degree, just like previous vintages. Sweet and dried fruits and nuts. The sweet fruit of 2015 and the largesse of Erbice's take on Valpolicella. It's midway between classic Valpolicella and ripasso. The group was impressed. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2483. 15 VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE RIPASSO LA CENGIA, LORENZO BEGALI    92/100

Sweet, wholesome, lightly raisined. Classic. Nice and sweet and raisined. A beauty. A real ripasso. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

PSI-2484. 14 VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE RIPASSO, MARCHESI BISCARDO    92+/100

Dark and impressive color. Deep, really great fruit compote. Yes, cremes rather than raisins. Rich and modern. Suave. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

PSI-2485. 17 VALPOLICELLA SUPERIORE RIPASSO CA' DEL LAITO, TOMMASO BUSSOLA    91+/100

2016: Super ripe ripasso. There's a daring level of VA too. Brown spices on the palate. Power and sprawl. Definitely adventuresome. Pushes ripasso to the outer limits. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

PSI-2486. 17 VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE RIPASSO SAN MICHELE, CASTELLANI    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91: 'A creamy, medium? to full-bodied red that expands nicely on the palate, leading with baked black cherry and date notes that transition to hints of ferrous mineral, cured tobacco and espresso crema. A tang of citrusy acidity keeps this fresh through to the chewy finish. Drink now through 2025. $28.'

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

PSI-2487. 20 VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE RIPASSO, CORTE ARMANO    92+/100

70% corvina, 30% rondinella; in February following the harvest, pomace from the amarone fermentation is added; aged a year in large oak barrels thereafter. Ripe and dried fruits of real ripasso. Positive earthy undertones. Always reliable and well priced. Yeah, good power and presence. 2020 framework. Dried fruit presence. Proper power. No quickie ripasso. Shows the way. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2488. 18 VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO CLASSICO SUPERIORE, CANTINA DI NEGRAR    93+/100 *

Made the first amarone, in 1936; 70% corvina, 15% corvinone, 15% rondinella; aged 12-18 months in cooperage. This is real ripasso. Power, presence, and dried fruit impact. Dark as its name. Yes, balance of sweetness and force. The oak is an important player too. Big time, mouthfilling ripasso player with a lasting aftertaste. Writes the book on ripasso. For full fare, or the cellar. Popular with the group. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2489. 19 VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE RIPASSO CAMPOLIETI, LUIGI RIGHETTI    92+/100

2018: 70% corvina, 30% rondinella; in Feb. after the harvest, pomace from the amarone fermentation is added; aged a year in large oak barrels thereafter. Sweet smelling. Dried cherry and plum. Very satisfying aroma of modern--but not quickie--ripasso. This is always engaging. 18 fruit abundance, good power, warm spices extras, good acid, fine tannin. One of the best vintages of this. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2490. 19 VALPOLICELLA SUPERIORE MONTI GARBI RIPASSO TENUTA SANT' ANTONIO, FAMIGLIA CASTAGNEDI    93+/100

2016: 14%; corvina and corvinone 70%, rondinella 20%; croatina and oseleta 10%. Wow! Full fledged ripasso right off the bat. This isn't one of those quicky versions, and, as such, it's very reasonably priced. Valid, amarone-touched depth and concentration. Emphasized even stronger on the palate. Right down to a suggestion of leather. Shows the way. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2491. 16 VALPOLICELLA SUPERIORE CAPITEL SAN ROCCO RIPASSO, TEDESCHI    (90/100)

Parker 90+: 'The 2016 Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Capitel San Rocco shows great dark fruit intensity, spread over a rich mid-weight style. I found the breezes of rosemary essence and eucalyptus oil to be very distinctive and nice. It's the perfect choice for roasted lamb with garlic and rosemary potatoes, and it's a great value too, thanks to the 100,000 bottles made. This wine was first produced in 1976, and the Tedeschi family was among the first to use the Ripasso method in Valpolicella in its commercial winemaking. Drink now-2023.'

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

PSI-2492. 16 VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO SUPERIORE, TORRE D'ORTI    91+/100

Estate bottled; corvina, corvinone, rondinella; 40% from dried grapes; aged in barriques and larger cooperage. Sweet, dried fruit nose short of raisined. Promising start. Ripasso sweet on palate too. Hides its alcohol well. Leans toward modern ripasso styling. Medium body and length. Can't complain about the present price, that's for sure. 91+/100. List price: $28.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2493. 16 AMARONE, ANTICHE TERRE VENETE    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91: 'A rich red, with creamy tannins and juicy acidity, showing an expressive range of fig cake, sun-dried black cherry, coffee liqueur, dried thyme and smoke flavors. A balanced crowd-pleaser. Drink now through 2027. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. $45.'

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

PSI-2494. 16 AMARONE CLASSICO CA' DEL PIPA COLLE CRISTI, MICHELE CASTELLANI    92+/100

70% corvina, 20% rondinella, 10% molinara; aged 3 years plus in large barrels and French barriques. Sweet, and full of dried fruit aromas. While a fully raisined, traditional amarone, this has a certain stylishness I associate with this cuvee. The tannin is coated by dried fruit sweetness, so it doesn't make harsh drinking at present. Still, there's a lot of bottle bouquet waiting to be earned. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $57.95 each

PSI-2495. 13 AMARONE RISERVA, SOC. AGR. MUSELLA magnum    (93/100)

2011: Wine & Spirits 93: 'The Musella estate lies just five miles east of Verona in Valpolicella Classico's southernmost section. Red clay soils predominate here, and the estate's Demeter-certified vineyard plots are nestled on hilltops surrounded by thick forests. Yields were down in the warm and dry 2011 vintage but quality was good, allowing winemaker Enrico Raber to produce a voluptuous riserva. It tastes of blackberry and plum laced with licorice and sweet spice, picking up earthy, savory notes of dried leaves and apple skins that balance the ripe fruit. $69 750 ml.'

How Many bottles/singles: $74.95 each

PSI-2496. 10 AMARONE CLASSICO CAPITEL DE ROARI, LUIGI RIGHETTI 5-liter jeroboam

No notes available.

How Many bottles/singles: $229.5 each

PSI-2497. 16 AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SELEZIONE ANTONIO CASTAGNEDI, TENUTA SANT' ANTONIO    (93/100)

Vinous 93: 'The 2016 Amarone della Valpolicella Antonio Castagnedi balances dark ripe fruits, sweet spices and rich mocha with savory herbs and violet florals. It's a silky and energetic effort with cooling acids and minerals, coloring within the lines of refinement while still satiating the senses with masses of ripe black cherries. A bit of heat pokes out through on the finish, yet this is forgivable in my book, as the Antonio Castagnedi tapers off fresh to inner violet florals and a bitter twang of wild berries. Drink 2022-2032.'

How Many bottles/singles: $49.99 each

PSI-2498. 18 AMARONE MARNE 180, TEDESCHI    96+/100

Wine Enthusiast 95/100. My notes: Marne = marl; 180 = degrees of exposure of vineyard, SW to SE; 35% Corvina, 35% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, 10% Rossignola, Oseleta, Negrara; 4 months' drying; 30 months' aging in Slavonian oak barrels. Well, that's a sweet and husky amarone experience. Tedeschi keeps a lot to tradition yet manages to stress ripe fruit over raisin and equilibrium over raw power. A real sweetie, with power and tannin to keep it on track. What a beautifully proportioned amarone presentation! 96+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

PSI-2499. 18 AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA, CONSORZIO TUTELA

Grapes dried 100-120 days; aged two years in barrels.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

PSI-2500. 20 VENETO CHARDONNAY, ITALO CESCON    91/100

That's good, unwooded, cool climate chardonnay. Round in texture, with good acid cut. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2501. 21 VENETO PINOT GRIGIO, CANTINA COLLI EUGANEI    91/100

Fresh and green. Yes. Good body of a gris variety as well as green fruit flavor. Balanced. Lasting. Ready to enjoy. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2502. 20 VENETO BIANCO COLLE DEI TIGLI, LENOTTI    91+/100 *

Est. 1906; half each cortese, garganega; hillside (colle) vineyard capped with lime trees (tigli). The nose is of pear rather than lime. The fresh and alluring varietal set pours through to ensure this series carries on adroitly. Palate adds an abundance of citrus and stone fruit flavors. Popular with the group. Case orders taken. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $10.99 each

PSI-2503. 20 SOAVE CLASSICO, BALESTRI VALDA    92/100

Estate bottled. Oh, that's sweet fruited; bursting with garganega goodness. Stone fruit, citrus, spicy edge. Round with fruit volume, balanced by the proper degree of acidity. The definition of suave. Lasting fruit flavor. Got to have it. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2504. 20 SOAVE CLASSICO, AZ. AGR. INAMA    91/100

All garganega; basaltic soil. Good garganega aromatic accuracy and intensity. Has a mellowness to it. Yes, very 'suave' and mellow. Gracious acidity. Flavorful. Well textured and balanced 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2505. 20 SOAVE, AZ. AGR. TAMELLINI    91+/100 *

All garganega grown on south-facing slopes. Appealing if understated apple pie aromas. The core of garganega bounties just suggested by the nose are much more dominant on the palate. Really flows nicely, and has good acid vigor. Long finish. Suave indeed. And, a quaffer. Popular with the group. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2506. 17 ISONZO DEL FRIULI REFOSCO DEL PENDUNCOLO ROSSO, VILLA LOCATELLI    92/100

Good, lithe 2017 styling. The correct cherry and orange zest aromatic set. Yes, and pie cherry and citrusy tartness. Defines varietal, place, vintage. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2507. 20 FRIULI PINOT GRIGIO, PRINCIPE DEI CONTI    91/100

Grigio full and accurate. Good value. Confirmed. A grigio with satisfying varietal character and body. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $10.99 each

PSI-2508. 20 VENEZIA GIULIA SAUVIGNON BLANC, DI LENARDO    91/100 *

Est. 1878; estate bottled. NE Italy's brisk take on sauvignon. Marked contrast from New Zealand's sauvignons and priced competitively. Very zesty and at the same time filling flavor and texture. This is mouthwatering and mealtime inviting, while useful in a aperitif role also. Very popular with the group. Orders taken. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2509. 21 FRIULI GRAVE SAUVIGNON BLANC PRODIGO, BOTTER    92/100

Vineyards around Udine and Pordenone, close to the Adriatic. OMG! Even more pungent and penetrating than the 19 and 20. 2021 cut to the max. Gooseberry to the fore. Oft related but seldom dominating. Palate confirms. The cool vintage really brings out the gooseberry. One of the world's best sauvignon values. 92/100. Almost too much of a good thing, according to the commentators. I counter 'It hurts so good!'.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2510. 21 FRIULI GRAVE SAUVIGNON TRALCETTO, ITALO CESCON    92/100

Brisk, cool, crackling Friuli sauvignon. Grapefruit and thyme. Grapefruit flavor. Great acidity. Long aftertaste. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2511. EMILIA LAMBRUSCO MONTELOCCO, VENTURINI BALDINI    92/100

All salamino. Dark color. Sweet and spot on. Tangy fizz and acidity. Black and purple berries. Equally bountiful berry flavors. Exactly what I'm looking for in a semi-sweet lambrusco. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2512. 20 LAMBRUSCO REGGIANO QUERCIOLI SECCO, MEDICI ERMETE    92/100

2018: Full color. Light frizzante sparkle. High aromatic intensity pushed forth by its mousse. Buoyant and rich raspberry aroma. Racy. Full fruit and flower. Brisk tartness. Yow! The real deal. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2513. 20 LAMBRUSCO DELL' EMILIA SOLCO, PALTRINIERI    91/100

2017: All salamino. Neon red color. Aromatic personality too. Paltrinieri's Lambruscos are all very dry. Some sweet berry fruit fully to my liking. Dry, with rangy mealtime apps. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2514. 20 LAMBRUSCO DI SORBARA LECLISSE, PALTRINIERI    (95/100)

2019: Wine Enthusiast 95 - EDITORS' CHOICE: 'Absolutely delicious, this elegant, fragrant wine offers enticing aromas of violet, red berry, citrus and baking spice. The bone-dry, foaming palate delivers strawberry, raspberry and red cherry, accented with cinnamon and ginger notes. Crisp acidity gives it a pristine, quenching finish that leaves you wanting more. $25.'

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2515. 18 ROMAGNA SANGIOVESE RISERVA PRODIGO, CASA VINICOLA BOTTER    91/100

2017: Wow, this is real sangiovese in the Romagna fashion. Deep, sweet, spicy, clear, racy. Yes, 2017 forward. Great Romagna sangiovese acidity. All Romagna sangiovese, all the way. Great texture, balance. Eager to be served NOW! 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2516. 19 ROMAGNA SANGIOVESE LE MORE, AZ. AGR. CASTELLUCCIO    91/100

2018: Fresh, well padded with sweet 2018 fruit. Classic Romagna take on sangiovese. The medium body and easy flow of a Romagna sangiovese. Fine tannin. Good acid. And a good price. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2517. 19 ROMAGNA SANGIOVESE SUPERIORE BACAIA, AZ. AGR. SAN VALENTINO    92/100

2018: Snappy fruit, deep and spicy (clove in particular), rich and racy. Great fruit, texture, richness, peppercorn edge, concentration. Yow. Long finish, crisp and fruity. Worthy sequel to the attractive 2017. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2518. 18 ROMAGNA SANGIOVESE SUPERIORE BACAIA, AZ. AGR. SAN VALENTINO    92/100

Snappy fruit, deep and spicy (clove in particular), rich and racy. Great fruit, texture, richness, peppercorn edge, concentration. Yow. Long finish, crisp and fruity. Worthy sequel to the attractive 2017. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2519. 17 ROMAGNA SANGIOVESE RISERVA SUPERIORE IL CONTE DI COVIGNANO, AZ. AGR. SAN VALENTINO    92+/100 *

Marl soil; indigenous yeasts; aged 18 months in cement tanks, large cooperage, and once used barriques. Deep and serious stuff. Romagna sangiovese on steroids, plus the complexing age factor. Yes, a combination of aging in cooperage and bottle, intense original material, emerging bouquet, and 2017 revelations. Academically stimulating. Perhaps a couple years' cellaring before full sensual enjoyment. Following two hours' aeration, very popular with the group. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2520. 18 ROMAGNA SANGIOVESE SUPERIORE RISERVA PETRIGNONE, TRE MONTI    (90/100)

Vinous 90: 'The 2018 Sangiovese Superiore Riserva Petrignone is reserved and coy in the glass, requiring coaxing to reveal its bouquet of smoky wildberries, licorice and crushed violets. This is a remarkably pure and lifted expression and impresses with its purity, as salty minerals mix with sour citrus, and grippy tannins build toward the close. It's lightly structured and long, leaving black currants and inner florals to linger through its youthfully dry finish.'

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2521. 18 CAGNINA DI ROMAGNA ADESSO, PODERI DAL NESPOLI    91/100

2016: Made solely in Romagna since the 13th century; adesso = now. All refosco. Warm, ripe, robust, and sweet. Yes, all about sweetness, zestiness, spiciness. Like Christmas cake. As intended. Has a steady following. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2522. 19 RUBICONE PAGADEBIT, PODERI DAL NESPOLI    90/100

From bombino bianco, a variety that, thanks to its reliable productivity and disease resistance, is nicknamed 'pagadebit' (pays the bills). Fresh and attractive. Palate complies. Delicious acid. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2523. 17 TOSCANA LAGONE, AIA VECCHIA    92+/100

60% merlot, 30% cab sauv, 10% cab franc. Aged in seasoned barrels. Deep, dark color, especially for 2017. Generous black fruits. Rich, abundant. Full fruited. Sweet fruited. Fine Tuscan take on claret. Shows barrel aging too. Very rich and round. Ripe and sweet, large and generous. Good acid and fine tannins balance it out. Again, a sense of barrel time. Stellar value. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2524. 15 TOSCANA, FAMIGLIA CASTELLANI    90/100

Warm and full. 2015 in the best light. Yes, with good acid too. Vinous palate marks it rangy at the table. 90/100.

(End of Bin Sale-- 20% off this price)
How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2525. 18 TOSCANA DAINERO, CASTAGLION DEL BOSCO    (92/100)

Suckling 92: 'Loads of primary fruit showing now, set very much in the essence-zone with cherry compote, violet perfume and blackberry puree. The palate shows good depth and composition, though, a firm layering of tannins carrying darkly spiced fruit long and vivid, thanks to refreshing acidity.' List price: $27.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2526. 15 TOSCANA SYRAH IL FORTINO, TENUTA DEL BUONAMICO

Vines planted 1964; Italy's oldest syrah vineyard; aged 18 months in French barriques.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2527. 14 TOSCANA SYRAH CAPINERA VIVAIO DEL CALVALIERE, CASTELLO LA LECCIA    92+/100

At Castellina; named for a spring-fed fish pond (vivaio) at the site; aged 9 months in barrels. Lilting and lovely. That dark fruit of syrah and 2014. When Tuscan syrah is right, it's singularly attractive. Yes, very dark, even purple, berries. Man, what a generous value at the new, improved price! With tannin to burn. 92+/100. List price: $35.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2528. 18 TOSCANA SYRAH VIOLATO, FATTORIA IL MURO    92/100

2017: Deep, sweet, dark fruited, convincing Tuscan syrah. Sweet and spicy. Ideal representative of its genre, at a great price. Alluring, actually. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2529. 18 TOSCANA SEMIFONTE, PODERE CIONA    92/100

Younger, deeper, darker than the 2017. More-ish. Oh, yeah, luxurious dark fruit coats the palate. Loaded. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2530. 17 TOSCANA SEMIFONTE, PODERE CIONA    91/100

75% merlot, 25% alicante. Lush, sweet, soft nose for 2017. Alluring. Dense black fruit balanced by acidity. A come hither package. 91/100.

(End of Bin Sale-- 20% off this price)
How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2531. 14 TOSCANA PUGNITELLO, CORTE ALLA FLORA    92/100

Rare Tuscan red varietal, recently rescued from extinction. Dark core, red-orange rim. Good dark fruit perfume. Open a day, and better for it. Dark and solid and uniquely varietal. Lasting taste, tannin. Works. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2532. 19 TOSCANA BACCO, GUADO AL MELO    92+/100

60% syrah, 40% sangiovese. Youngest wine I've had from this producer. Still, it expresses the body, depth, and a certain attractive rusticity I' ve come to expect and enjoy in Guado's wines. Dark fruited and husky. Syrah white pepper to the fore. Successful marriage of varietals. Not tannic, so it doesn't require aging. If it's like previous vintages of Bacco though, it will earn a complex bottle bouquet after cellaring awhile. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2533. 20 TOSCANA VIVAIO DEL CAVALIERE, CASTELLO LA LECCIA

Mostly sangiovese, with malvasia nera, syrah, ciliegiolo; 9-15 year old vines, cryomaceration; unwooded.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2534. 15 TOSCANA CABURNIO, TENUTA MONTETI    (90/100)

Est. 1998 in southern Maremma; cab sauv, merlot, alicante, petit verdot, cab franc; half aged in French oak barriques & tonneaux, 1/4 new; Wine Enthusiast 90: ' this offers aromas recalling mature black-skinned fruit, tilled soil and a cedar. The ripe palate offers baked plum, tobacco and mocha alongside supple tannins. Drink through 2025.'

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2535. 17 TOSCANA GEREMIA, ROCCA DI MONTEGROSSI    (96/100)

2013: Wine & Spirits 96: 'According to proprietor Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi, 2013 was a challenging growing season with delayed ripening that pushed harvest of the estate's merlot (70 percent of this blend) into early October, several weeks later than usual. The longer hang time allowed the fruit to develop complex aromas that waft from the glass in notes of fresh thyme and crushed violets. Its flavors of blackberry and plum feel fresh and vibrant, sculpted by chiseled tannins and infused with a cool streak of graphite that lends it an intense minerality. Notes of licorice and black spice emerge on the long finish. $55.'

How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

PSI-2536. 18 TOSCANA CILIEGIOLO, AZ. AGR. MARCO SALUSTRI    92/100

Tuscan sun warmth. Unique and lifted aroma. Fresh and ventilating, while keeping a sweet fruit core. It all echoes on the palate, and the fruit sweetness and allure is even accented further here. A hallmark expression. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2537. 20 TOSCANA VERMENTINO, SAN FELICE    92/100

From the estate's Perolla vineyard in Maremma; cold macerated, cool fermented; aged a month on its lees Correct take on Tuscan vermentino. As usual, less vivacity than a good Sardinian version. Intensifies and clarifies with airing though. The group found it varietally aromatic, lifted. The ripeness and smoothness that come with all San Felice wines. Which is why they have such wide appeal. Developed impressive varietal character with airing, becoming a group favorite. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2538. 20 TOSCANA RUBIO, POGGIO SAN POLO    91/100

At Montalcino; vineyard at 1500'; planted 2000-2004; 85% sangiovese, 10% merlot, 5% cab franc; aged 10 months in neutral cooperage. Very mellow, modern take. Rarely find such sweet smelling Tuscan sangiovese. The time in cooperage adds spice and forward display. Quite powerful too. No problem with the acidity. There is a bit of fine grained tannin to keep it honest too. Long, even keeled aftertaste. Wide appeal, and wide apps at the table. Generally liked by the tasting panel. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2539. 19 CHIANTI, ANTICO ITALIANO magnum

Straw wrapped fiasco.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2540. 20 CHIANTI, VILLA SAN GIOVANNI magnum

Straw wrapped fiasco.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2541. 16 CHIANTI, TRAMBUSTI magnum

Straw wrapped fiasco.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2542. 18 CHIANTI, CONTEA DI LUCA    91/100

Hearty, abundant 2018 fruit. Cherry, dried cherry, and a nice tarry component for basis. Medium bodied. Good, brisk acidity. Flavorful. Well padded. Dry and mealworthy. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2543. 20 CHIANTI IL CAVALIERE, FRATELLI GRATI    91/100

12.5%. This is a good, fresh, genuine expression of Rufina. Lightly sweet smelling 2020 fruit. Just right. The black fruit and fresh acidity of Rufina are both there. Spot on. For drinking, not dissecting. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $10.99 each

PSI-2544. 16 CHIANTI RISERVA, FRATELLI GRATI    91/100

5 generation family winegrowers at Rufina. Fruit freshness retained through the barrel aging process, which adds depth and dimension. The dark sangiovese style of Rufina. Yes, bright black fruit flavor and acidity tempered by barrel aged suavity. Especially good acidity in linear 2016. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2545. 20 CHIANTI SPIGALLO, FATTORIA IL MURO    91/100

80% sangiovese, 20% merlot. Plenty of sweet, black merlot filling. With sangiovese dried cherry and citrus peel emphasis on the palate. Great acidity. I like this source. Mouthwatering rosso for food. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2546. 17 CHIANTI RISERVA, FATTORIA IL MURO    91+/100

2016: Dark, with a ruddy rim. Sangiovese transformed by time in cooperage. Not overtly woody. Just barrel tempered. Juicy cherry and orange rind sangiovese flavors. Good acid of course. Fine tannin. More about solidity than elegance. Still rather enclosed even into the second evening. I suggest cellaring this a spell. 91+/100. List price: $20.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2547. 20 CHIANTI COLLI FIORENTINI, LANCIOLA    91/100

2016: 13.5%. A nice, sweet smelling fruit aroma, especially for 2016. Colli Fiorentini lithe styling yields to something more buxom. Oh, and that 2016 race, reserve, tailored lines. After aeration, this adds depth. 16 refined and Colli Fiorentini racy. Palate is spot for vintage and zone. Race takes the cake on the palate. Just classic. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2548. 18 CHIANTI RUFINA RISERVA CASTELLO DI NIPOZZANO, MARCHESI DE FRESCOBALDI    91+/100

Sangiovese, colorino, merlot, cab sauv. That's different from the Frescobaldi Chianti Classico that preceded it. That's Rufina black fruited take on sangiovese. Fresh and upbeat. Yes, on the young side of riserva. More fruit than barrel. Youthful in development and tannin. Good cellar candidate. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2549. 18 CHIANTI RUFINA RISERVA, RENZO MASI    91+/100

95% sangiovese, 5% colorino; aged 18 months in French barriques, 12 months in bottle. Sweet, round fruit of 2018 tempered by Rufina discretion. Yes, sweet sangiovese up front. Good acid and a modicum of fine tannin. Will reward mid term cellaring. Impressive overall and apt to the series. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2550. 20 CHIANTI RUFINA, FATTORIA SELVAPIANA    93+/100

Est. 1827; vines planted 1978-2003; 95% sangiovese, 5% canaiolo and colorino; native yeasts. Oh, that is always so refined, distinctive, and definitive of its zone. There seem some attractive barrel embellishments too. Dark, dignified, confident. Silk textures thanks to the finest of tannins. Hint of noble reduction in youth. Here's an estate that doesn't screw around with multi cuvees (except for a cabernet bottling). The best of its native fruit goes into its 'regular' wine. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2551. 16 CHIANTI RUFINA, VILLA DI VETRICE    91+/100

11th century roots; sangiovese, canaiolo, colorino; aged 6 months in barrels. Oh, that's fresh and Rufina black, cool, racy. Deep seated fruit concentration too. And the vintage's satin texture and bouquet potential. Yes, another winner in the series, playing well above its price level. Definitely shows the 2016 style versus the riper, more forward 2015. Now or later. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2552. 12 CHIANTI RUFINA RISERVA, VILLA DI VETRICE    92+/100

Dark fruit of 12. Still a youthful wine. Polish and tailoring of the estate and Rufina. A classic. Stylish. Not much barrel age expression; more revealing of the region and vintage. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2553. 17 CHIANTI CLASSICO, CASA EMMA    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92 - SMART BUY: 'Shows terrific Sangiovese character, delivering black currant, black cherry, graphite, leather and leafy tobacco aromas and flavors. The tannins have a stranglehold on the finish now, but this displays purity. Needs time for the two halves to come together. Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Malvasia Nera. Best from 2022 through 2035.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2554. 16 CHIANTI CLASSICO, CASALOSTE    (91/100)

Vinous 91: 'Casaloste's 2016 Chianti Classico is dark, powerful and also deeply expressive. Black cherry, plum, licorice, lavender and spice showcase the darker side of Sangiovese that is so typical of the wines of Panzano. Ample, creamy and full of character, the 2016 hits all the right spots. In a word: terrific. Drink now-2026. $25.'

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2555. 11 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA, CASALOSTE    93+/100

2010: At Panzano in the heart of Classico; 95% sangiovese; aged 18 months in Alliers oak barrels. A degree of maturity realized. Still, this is 2010 fully packed, and still packed in. Yes, loaded, and it's not a surprise it's this backward still. The barrel contribution is clear, and positive. Big 2010 extract and still fine tannin to melt. 93+/100.

(End of Bin Sale-- 20% off this price)
How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

PSI-2556. 16 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA, CASTELLO DI GABBIANO    (90/100)

Wine Enthusiast 90: 'Made with 95% Sangiovese and 5% Merlot, this offers aromas of black-skinned berry, leather and cedar. The bright, balanced palate features black cherry, licorice and white pepper alongside silky tannins and fresh acidity. Enjoy through 2025.'

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2557. 19 CHIANTI CLASSICO, CASTELLO LA LECCIA    92+/100

All sangiovese; barrel aged a year. Medium dark ruddy red. Good dried cherry and orange zest sangiovese fruit. I sense glycerol too. 2019 forward. Alles in ordnung. The relative elegance of a Castellina Classico. Yes, the glycerol is there, coating fine grained tannin. Good acidity. Well balanced. A worthy representative. 92+/100. This yielded an oak dimension after aeration,

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

PSI-2558. 10 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA BRUCIAGNA, CASTELLO LA LECCIA

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

PSI-2559. 15 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA VIGNA CASI, CASTELLO DI MELETO    (93/100)

Wine Spectator 93: 'A ripe, vibrant version, boasting black cherry, blackberry, violet, graphite and toasted spice notes. Firm, leaving mouthcoating, dusty tannins, yet remains lively and fresh. Best from 2021 through 2035. $40.

How Many bottles/singles: $35.99 each

PSI-2560. 18 CHIANTI CLASSICO VILLA NOZZOLE, TENUTA NOZZOLE    92/100

From Greve in the north, whence come elegant Classicos; aged 10 months in French oak barrels. It does indeed exhibit the charm of a Greve classico. As well as the cherry fruited sangiovese generosity of 2018. Spot on. Yes, medium to full bodied, full flavored, well balanced by sangiovese's innate fruit acidity. Picture perfect for present service. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2561. 17 CHIANTI CLASSICO, CASTELLO DEI RAMPOLLA    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'Almond and chestnut notes accent the cherry flavors in this broad, tannic red. Features ample fruit, while a sweetness returns at the end, suggesting that this will achieve equilibrium with time. Leather, earth and iron elements add depth. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2022 through 2032. $37.'

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

PSI-2562. 17 CHIANTI CLASSICO, CARPINETO    91+/100

In Greve; 90% sangiovese, 10% canaiolo; minimum 6 months in oak casks. Quite open and mature going into age four, thanks to time in cooperage and 2017's forward nature. Sangiovese transformed by oak aging. Yes, the palate has mellowed nicely. Good acidity and still considerable fine grained tannin. Spicy nuances. Needs another year or two to peak out. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2563. 16 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA, CARPINETO    (92/100)

Vinous 92: 'The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva is wonderfully fleshy and expressive, and yet has plenty of structural underpinnings. Dark cherry, plum, spice, menthol, licorice and mocha open up with a bit of air. The balance of fruit depth allied to a mid-weight sense of structure is just compelling. Readers will find a potent, bruising Riserva with tons of character. Drink now-2036. $28.'

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

PSI-2564. 20 CHIANTI CLASSICO, PODERI CASTELLARE DI CASTELLINA    93/100

Sangioveto and canaiolo grown in limestone soil; aged in seasoned barrels. Glowing carmine color. The great elegance, the loveliest of sangiovese statements in all of Tuscany. It's always that way. Fresh versus dried fruit. Delicious fruit appeal. Oak a modest seasoning. Fine acidity. Merely a dusting of tannin. Good to go. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2565. 18 CHIANTI CLASSICO PROPRIETA GATTESCHI, PODERE CIONA    91/100

Propriete Gatteschi at Gaiole. 88% sangiovese, 10% merlot, 2% alicante. 10-18 months in French oak coopereage. Good, full, red-black color. Pretty amazing for sangiovese. The richness of 2018 and a very racy spice range to boot. Yes, sweet and suave, harmonious and appealing now. Good acid for balance. Good length. Well priced. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2566. 18 CHIANTI CLASSICO, SOC. AGR. DIAVOLE    92+/100

Sweet 2018 fruit, inky dark disposition of Diavole as always. The palate is loaded with dry extract, tannin, fruit material. In tune. A good vintage for this estate, and a good estate for this vintage. The vintage softens it; the house style keeps the vintage from being too tender. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2567. 20 CHIANTI CLASSICO BERARDENGA, FATTORIA DI FELSINA    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91: 'A charming, harmonious Chianti Classico, this exudes cherry, plum and thyme flavors, with elements of earth and mineral. Delivers dense tannins that exert influence on the finish, yet this remains balanced. Drink now through 2028.'

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

PSI-2568. 18 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA BERARDENGA, FATTORIA DI FELSINA    (93/100)

Parker 93: 'Sporting broad shoulders and a brawny texture, the 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardenga is one of those wines that you can drink throughout the entire meal from antipasto, to pasta to the meat dish. This Riserva offers dark fruit, ripe cherry, plum and soft concentration throughout. Its ample textual fiber is loosened up and refreshed by the pretty vein of crisp acidity that is so characteristic of Sangiovese. Drink now-2030.'

How Many bottles/singles: $35.99 each

PSI-2569. 13 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA RANCIA, FATTORIA DI FELSINA    (95/100)

Parker 95: 'Here is another highlight of the vintage. The 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is a dark, moody and sophisticated wine. It does not reveal itself immediately or in any obvious way. Instead, it doses out its intensity in careful measurements. The whole performance is seductive to say the least. That slow momentum leads to dark cherry with spice, grilled herb, wet earth and dried rose. Felsina's Riserva Rancia is a very elegant wine, both on the nose and in the mouth. Drink 2018-2035.'

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

PSI-2570. 16 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA, FATTORIA LORNANO    93+/100

Est. 1904; all sangiovese; aged 2 years in barriques and 6 months in bottles before release. More than a year advanced in bouquet development compared to the 2017 Vino Nobile that preceded it in the tasting order. Of course, this has had a riserva barrel regimen, which accelerates bouquet formation. A full fledged riserva fruit foundation plus the barrel time it deserves. Full bodied. Wide flavor spectrum. Plenty of texture and depth too. Long, chewy finish. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2571. 18 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA, CASTELLO DI MONSANTO    (91/100)

Wine & Spirits 91 - BEST BUY: 'Laura Bianchi calls 2018 a classic vintage, the cooler temperatures and frequent rainfall a welcome respite after the drought and heat of 2017. Bianchi's team works with 178 acres of vines in Barberino Tavarnelle and selects the best of the sangiovese, canaiolo and colorino for the Riserva (setting most of the fruit from Il Poggio aside for the Gran Selezione). The 2018 Riserva is fresh and easy-drinking, its vivid flavors of red cherry and raspberry propelled by lively acidity. $28.'

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

PSI-2572. 18 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA SER LAPO, MAZZEI    (92/100)

Vinous 92: 'The 2018 Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo is a powerful, wild wine. Crushed flowers, game, herbs and licorice notes give the 2018 its distinctly savory, earthy personality. Brooding in feel, the 2018 will benefit from a few years in bottle. Most of this fruit comes from Mazzei's Caggio property, the site that informs the new Ipsus wine. In my view, Ser Lapo is the hidden gem in the Mazzei range, and the wine I would most like to drink, if forced to chose just one Chianti Classico in the lineup. Drink 2023-2033.'

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

PSI-2573. 18 CHIANTI CLASSICO, ROCCA DI CASTAGNOLI    92+/100

At Gaiole; est 1730; 90% sangiovese, 5% each canaiolo, colorino; aged 1 year in large casks; unfiltered. Old reliable. 2018 fruit sweetness is under control. Gaiole moderation. Classic sangiovese aromatic set. Fine fruit, acid, and tannin harmony. Actually, drier and more tannic than the 2018 Tuscan norm, which bodes well for its future. Long finish. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2574. 16 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA POGGIO A' FRATI, ROCCA DI CASTAGNOLI    (94/100)

Vinous 94: 'The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio a'Frati is dense, rich and enveloping. Dark cherry, plum, mocha, licorice and spice build in a sumptuous, vibrant Riserva that hits all the right notes. The 2016 offers a captivating melange of fruit richness, energy and intensity. The high altitude Poggio a'Frati vineyard did exceptionally well in 2016. This is such a gorgeous wine. Drink 2023-2036.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

PSI-2575. 19 CHIANTI CLASSICO, ROCCA DI MONTEGROSSI    (91/100)

Wine & Spirits 91: 'Marco Ricasoli's Gaiole estate saw ample rainfall during the growing season and stable weather at harvest, giving a wine with round, ripe tannins and persistent dark cherry and blackberry flavors woven with notes of licorice. A layer of cool graphite balances the dark fruit tones and reinforces the wine's firm structure. $30.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2576. 15 CHIANTI CLASSICO GRAN SELEZIONE VIGNETO SAN MARCELLINO, ROCCA DI MONTEGROSSI    (94/100)

Wine Spectator 94: 'A broad, dense red, with ripe plum, black cherry and blackberry flavors, framed by vibrant acidity and burly tannins. Earth, sanguine and tobacco accents chime in. All the components are proportioned correctly, but this will take some time to integrate fully. Fine length and freshness. Best from 2022 through 2043. $68.'

How Many bottles/singles: $49.99 each

PSI-2577. 14 CHIANTI CLASSICO GRAN SELEZIONE VIGNETO SAN MARCELLINO, ROCCA DI MONTEGROSSI    (94/100)

Vinous 94: 'The 2014 Chianti Classico Vigneto San Marcellino is dark, sumptuous and super-expressive. Like all of the wines here, the 2014 San Marcellino needs at least a few years in bottle to truly show everything it has, but there is more than enough here to provide for engaging drinking for many years to come. Time in the glass brings out gorgeous scents of black cherry, plum, menthol, licorice and smoke. The 2014 is a striking, complete wine. Drink 2021 - 2039.'

How Many bottles/singles: $49.99 each

PSI-2578. 19 CHIANTI CLASSICO, SAN FELICE    (90/100)

Wine Spectator 90: 'Open and fluid, this red evokes blackberry and blueberry fruit, framed by earth and underbrush notes. There's a solid structure, with bright acidity in tandem with dusty tannins. Sangiovese, Colorino and Pugnitello. Best from 2023 through 2030.'

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2579. 18 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA IL GRIGIO, SAN FELICE    (91++/100)

2015: Parker 92+; Vinous 91: 'The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva Il Grigio da San Felice, 100% Sangiovese, is racy and polished. The French oak is pushed to the edge, and yet the wine has enough richness and depth to handle it. Readers should expect a plush, deep Riserva. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, cedar and new leather meld into the pliant, racy finish. Drink now-2035.'

How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

PSI-2580. 18 CHIANTI CLASSICO, VILLA CAFAGGIO    92+/100 *

All sangiovese; at Greve; aged a year in Slavonian oak cooperage. This didn't do much for me upon opening. I guess it aired well. Those in the group who shared their notes were positively enthusiastic. 'Pretty classic, rustic older school.' 'This is really fine; best of the series; worth the price of admission. Very typical Classico style. Drinkable now, or will hold ' It was reported that the group consensus was very positive. 92+/100. That pleases me, because earlier vintages we've tasted over the last six months have proven very satisfactory.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2581. 17 CHIANTI CLASSICO VILLA CALCINAIA, CONTE CAPPONI    92/100 *

Est 1524; at Greve; 90% sangiovese, 10% canaiolo; aged 20 months in cooperage, Wine Enthusiast 91/100. A fine example of barrel aged Classico. Not woody, just rounded out and fulfilled in aromatic development. Sweet cherry flavor mellowed and complexed by barrel time. 2017's relative ease at age three, enhanced by its cooperage sojourn. Delightfully fulfilled and tannin-less for current enjoyment. Well liked by the group. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2582. 18 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA, VILLA A SESTA    93+/100

In Castelnuovo Berardenga; aged 30 months in puncheons, 12 months in bottle. Medium dark red. Oh, that's a masterful combo of sangiovese dried cherry and orange zest and the subtle oakiness and certain suavity of long aging in cooperage. Hits my sweet spot. Carries over and builds further on the palate. Even in rich 2018, there are some obstinate fruit and oak tannins yet to shed. A really mouthfilling riserva of mealtime pleasure and cellar potential. 93+/100. Attendees were wildly enthusiastic. 'One of the better wines of the year', read a comment.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2583. 18 CHIANTI CLASSICO, VITICCIO

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2584. 20 CHIANTI CLASSICO, CASTELLO DI VOLPAIA    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'A bright, succulent style, this exudes cherry, strawberry, earth and tobacco aromas and flavors, with spicy character. Shows vibrant structure and balance, with a lingering finish. Sangiovese and Merlot. Best from 2023 through 2030.'

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

PSI-2585. 19 CHIANTI CLASSICO, CASTELLO DI VOLPAIA    (92/100)

2016: Wine Spectator 92: 'A hint of barnyard in the aroma gives way to bright cherry and strawberry fruit and vanilla and underbrush accents. Supple initially, firming up on the lingering finish. This should come around in a few years. Best from 2021 through 2029.'

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

PSI-2586. 19 CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA CASTELLO DI VOLPAIA    (94/100)

Wine Spectator 94: 'A bright yet firmly structured Chianti Classico, with iron, leather, almond and floral accents surrounding a core of cherry fruit. Sleek and intense, with a lingering finish echoing cherry, red berry and mineral notes. Best from 2024 through 2040.'

How Many bottles/singles: $49.99 each

PSI-2587. 13 CHIANTI COLLI SENESI RISERVA FATTORIA MONTEPESCINI    92/100

All sangiovese. 2 years in French oak barrels. Nice stage. Medium weight, Colli Senesi warmth, and barrel aged breadth. Good barrel contributions, with dried cherry and orange peel sangiovese character. Soft, balanced, and ready to use. 92/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2588. 20 CARMIGNANO BARCO REALE, FATTORIA AMBRA    92/100

2019: 75% sangiovese, 10% canaiolo, 10% cab sauv, 5% merlot. Sweet and elegant. Always the plushest and most forward of Ambra's cuvees. Yeah, gentle on the palate too, with good acid plus 2019 flow. Good year for this. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2589. 17 CARMIGNANO SANTA CRISTINA IN PILLI, FATTORIA AMBRA

2016: Estate vineyard on limestone Albrerese soil planted mainly to sangiovese but also vines of canaiolo nero, cabernets sauvignon and franc (Carmignano was the first Tuscan DOC to allow these varieties), pugnitello, and colorino. This 2016 earned Gambero Rosso's top award, Tre Bicchieri.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2590. 19 ROSSO DI MONTEPULCIANO, FATTORIA DEI    91+/100

Young, fresh, unfulfilled. Just traveled? Let's give it a chance; let it breathe. Well, the palate is fatter and sweeter. Certainly harmonious and joyous. Upholds the integrity of the series. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2591. 21 ROSSO DI MONTEPULCIANO, TENUTA GRACCIANO DELLA SETA    91/100

Est. mid 19th century; mainly prunolo gentile, with a little canaiolo and merlot; vines planted in 1970, 1993, 1997, and 2001; yields under 3 tons per acre. Oh, that's fresh and exuberant, and it's definitely the unique sangiovese clone befitting the zone. Special elegance to this. Yes, new and briskly tart in 2021. Makes my mouth water for food. Just the slightest and finest grained of tannins. Take it to the table anytime. 91/100;.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2592. 19 ROSSO DI MONTEPULCIANO, POLIZIANO    93+/100

2016: 80% prugnolo gentile, 20% merlot. Oh, the brightness, the clarity, the lift of DOCG and local sangiovese clone. This brilliantly portrays all. If you told me it was a Vino Nobile itself, I wouldn't argue. Yes, silk textured, refined, flavorful, 2016 restrained and elegant. This is a textbook example right down to the hint of violets on the aftertaste. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2593. 17 VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO, AZ. AGR. ANTICO COLLE    92+/100

3 generation family estate; all prugnolo gentile. Oh, that's young, dark fruited, and savory for age, vintage, and DOCG. A lot of Vino Nobile for the price. Yes, surprisingly young and even astringent for its age. Great acid race. Fine tannin in back. House style. Got to cellar it. 92+/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $24.99 each

PSI-2594. 17 VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO RISERVA, CARPINETO    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91: 'Expressive and rangy, this red offers mushroom, woodsy underbrush, cherry and plum aromas and flavors, with accents of cinnamon, mineral and tobacco that add depth. Balanced and long finish. Drink now through 2026. $34.'

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

PSI-2595. 17 VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO, FATTORIA DEI    93+/100

Just right nose. The dignity of understatement that is Vino Nobile, supported by a non-blowsy vintage. Sweet, forward fruit of 2017. Quite the substantial wine for vintage and DOCG. Yes, it flows well. Great acid. Great Vino Nobile silky stylishness. Fine tannin promised time to earn bottle bouquet. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

PSI-2596. 19 VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO, TENUTA GRACCIANO DELLA SETA    92+/100

90% prugnolo gentile; 5% each canaiolo, merlot; vines 21-50 years old; 18 months minimum in French oak cooperage. Glowing ruddy red. Color and nose alike are evidence of the long stay in cooperage. Proper Vino Nobile middle weight. Great acidity. The flavors are advanced by this aging process, yet the tannins remain stubborn, albeit fine grained. Should cellar admirably. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

PSI-2597. 19 ROSSO DI MONTALCINO, FATTORIA DEI BARBI    (90/100)

Wine Spectator 90: 'A vibrant, balanced red, this delivers cherry and raspberry fruit on a rich texture, backed by dense, dusty tannins. Needs grilled meat or a hearty ragù. Drink now through 2025. $30.'

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

PSI-2598. 18 ROSSO DI MONTALCINO, PIANCORNELLO    (92/100)

Vinous 92: 'Bright deep red. High-pitched, spicy aromas of crushed red berries and plum lifted by a whiff of rose petal. A juicy, sweet, rather full-bodied and easygoing fruit bomb, with good energy to its creamy red berry flavors. Nicely precise on the long finish. An easy to love wine. $28.'

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

PSI-2599. 18 ROSSO DI MONTALCINO, PIETROSO    93+/100

That's brunello. Has real fortitude and the proper rosso retreat from Brunello's long barrel age. Rich and penetrating 2018 fruit intensity. All conveyed on the palate. Power, size, scope, fullness, persistence. Worth every penny. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

PSI-2600. 19 ROSSO DI MONTALCINO, UCCELLIERA    (91/100)

Parker 91: 'Wild roses, cassis and lavender open the bouquet of the 2019 Rosso di Montalcino. Uccelliera offers a terrific Rosso in this vintage with slightly more concentration and volume compared to previous editions. This wine has a pretty floral component that underlines the delicate, elegant and streamlined personality of this classic Rosso. Drink now-2025.'

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

PSI-2601. 18 ROSSO DI MONTALCINO, VOLIERO    (91/100)

Vinous 91: 'Bright, lively red. Classic aromas of redcurrant, leather, licorice and violet, plus a whiff of peppery herbs. Offers excellent sweetness in the mouth, with lovely perfumed lift to the flavors of red berries, leather and dried flowers. Very pure, lifted wine. Drink now-2024.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

PSI-2602. 17 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, CAPARZO    (93/100)

Parker 93: 'This is the so-called 'green label' Brunello with proprietor Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini's signature on the front of the bottle. Her classic 2017 Brunello di Montalcino is sharp and tonic with wild raspberry, cassis, lilac, earth and garden herb. There is a sweet note of sour cherry on the mid-weight finish. This is an ample 160,000-bottle production made in a traditional approach with two years in casks made with both Slavonian and French oak. Drink 2024-2035.'

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

PSI-2603. 15 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, CASTIGLION DEL BOSCO    (95/100)

James Suckling 97; Wine Spectator 93; Wine & Spirits 93 - TOP 100: 'This wine aged for two years in French oak barriques, gaining notes of cacao and cardamom that enrich its ripe cherry and plum flavors. Hints of orange zest and crunchy herbs add dimension, the flavors held together by fine, dusty tannins.'

How Many bottles/singles: $69.95 each

PSI-2604. 12 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, MAESTRO DI ANTICHI CASTELLI    95/100

42 months in large French oak casks. Genuine The sweet house style. 2012 dark fruit without edges. Ripe fruited and well barrel aged. Rich and robust and structured, with ripe fruit tannins. Well poised. Boy, that's a user friendly Brunello. Dark, rich, lush, succulent, and easy drinking right now. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $35.99 each

PSI-2605. 17 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, CANTINA DI MONTALCINO    93+/100

James Suckling 93/100. My notes: Medium dark red with some browning from barrel and bottle age. Wonderfully sweet and forward 2017 style. Relatively lithe and flowing in the scheme of things. What a relief!/ Well, drier on the palate, naturally. Full measure of drying tannins in the back. Comes with the territory. Nose says go, palate says wait. All is in order. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

PSI-2606. 15 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO MOLINO DEL PIANO, BONACCHI    (93/100)

Vinous 93: 'The 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Molino del Piano bristles with earthy minerals, savory herbs, and animal tones, with sour cherry and hints of dried strawberries in the background. On the palate, soft textures give way to a zesty expression, as brisk acids energize a mix of spiced cherry, and inner florals, with earthy mineral tones forming toward the finale. The finish is long and spicy, resonating on floral-laced red fruits and a buzz of lingering acids. The 2015 Molino del Piano is a bit beastly, like an unruly teenager, but I must admit that I like it quite a bit. Drink now-2030.'

How Many bottles/singles: $42.99 each

PSI-2607. 15 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, PIANCORNELLO    (95/100)

Parker 95: 'Showing a robust and beautifully saturated appearance, the Piancornello 2015 Brunello di Montalcino offers that classic Brunello bouquet that introduces earthy elements of leather and potting soil with dark plummy fruit. Those sweet and savory sides are expertly folded into each other, and the rich, concentrated fruit of the vintage helps to smooth out those flavors, adding overall intensity along the way. This is a terrific expression that faithfully reflects the beauty of Brunello. It is a lovely wine. Drink 2021-2038.'

How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

PSI-2608. 13 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, PIANCORNELLO    (96/100)

Vinous 96: 'Deep red-ruby. Highly perfumed, mineral aromas of raspberry, red cherry, violet and iron. Wonderfully sappy but youthfully imploded in the mouth, this remarkably precise and well-delineated Brunello offers an extremely refined set of flinty red and black fruit herbal flavors. Finishes with a firm edge of tannins and very good floral and spicy lift. An outstanding, very pure and deep wine that really needs about a decade of patience. One of the Brunellos of the vintage. Drink 2026-2040. $71.'

How Many bottles/singles: $49.99 each

PSI-2609. 17 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, TENUTA DI SESTA    (91/100)

Parker 91: 'The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino shows some ripe, hot-vintage fruit with baked cherry and strawberry confit. There is a softness to the wine, which is enhanced by bigger fruit weight and fiber and more of those dark fruit characteristics. Sangiovese always counters with fresh acidity, and this element helps to balance out this wine on the mid-weight finish. This is an accessible, near-term Brunello. Drink 2023-2035. $55.'

How Many bottles/singles: $47.99 each

PSI-2610. 13 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, PODERE SCOPETONE    (92/100)

Parker 92; Vinous 92: 'Bright red. Very perfumed floral nose of red berries and minty herbs. High but harmonious acidity lifts and extends the strawberry, orange peel and mineral flavors on the long, vibrant back end. The wine ages roughly 24 months in 33-hL Slavonian oak casks. Scopetone's Brunellos are always some of the shrillest, most taut and pristine wines made in all of Montalcino, though at times they could use just a touch more flesh. That recognized, I love the floral perfume, very juicy strawberry flavors and mineral edge that give this wine a unique personality among Montalcino's greats. Drink 2022-2035.$69.

How Many bottles/singles: $64.95 each

PSI-2611. 15 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, LA TOGATA

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

PSI-2612. 17 BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, UCCELLIERA    (94/100)

Parker 94: 'The Uccelliera 2017 Brunello di Montalcino does a great job showcasing that extra power and brawn of the vintage and the richer textural structure of the southern side of the appellation. The bouquet is up front and beautifully measured with lots of red and purple fruit definition followed by spice, tar and earthiness. What sets this wine apart in this hot and dry vintage is the mouthfeel. It delivers fiber, flesh and soft tannins. Drink 2024-2040. $83.'

How Many bottles/singles: $79.95 each

PSI-2613. 16 MONTECUCCO COLLE MASSARI, SOC. AGR. CASTELLO RIGOLETO    92+/100

70% sangiovese, 15% ciliegiolo, 15% montepulciano. 6 months in cooperage. Youthfully black for varieties and age. Shows barrel extract and age influences. Pretty complicated nose. Invites investigation. Equally so for the palate. More maturity here, all positive. Yeah, this is one to contemplate. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2614. 17 BOLGHERI SUPERIORE SOR UGO, AIA VECCHIA    95+/100

Cab sauv, merlot, cab franc, petit verdot. Wow, this is a big boy! Claret in Tuscany. Enhanced fortitude. Full fruit set concentration and barrel augmentations. Abundant sweet fruit takes up the barrels' spice givings. Fine balance and fine tannins. What Bolgheri's all about, at a fraction of Sassicaia's price. 95+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

PSI-2615. 06 BOLGHERI, CAMPO AL MARE

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How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

PSI-2616. 19 BOLGHERI BELL' AJA, SAN FELICE    (92/100)

2016: Wine Spectator 92: 'Offers dark tones of blackberry and pomegranate, along with earth, tobacco and mineral accents. Powerful and concentrated, showing fluidity, balance and excellent length. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2021 through 2033. $30.'

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

PSI-2617. 18 BOLGHERI POGGIO AL MORO, SANTINI    92+/100

Wow, full blown fruit of 2018. Very flattering to this cuvee. There are senses of barrel sojourn and extracts too. Palate features more solidity and cellar potential. The price-quality ratio is favorable as usual. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

PSI-2618. 19 COSTA TOSCANA KEPOS, SOC. AGR. AMPELEIA    (90/100)

Wine Spectator 90: 'This expressive red offers dusty cherry, raspberry, Mediterranean scrub and rosehip tea flavors. Fresh and lively, with a pleasantly astringent finish. Alicante Nero, Mourvèdre and Carignano. $28.'

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2619. 15 COSTA TOSCANA AMPELEIA, AMPELEIA    (93/100)

Wine Spectator 93: 'An intense nose of ripe blackberry, black cherry and black currant fruit is supported by hints of wild juniper, rosemary, sage and iron. Silky in texture and well-structured, this is long and charming from beginning to end. Drink now through 2025. $42.'

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

PSI-2620. 17 MAREMMA RISERVA DEL CANAPONE 642, TENUTA LA BADIOLA    92/100

Six grape varieties: cab sauv, merlot, syrah, sangiovese, montepulciano, petit verdot. Grown on the 42nd Parallel. Warm, ripe, clear, and spicy. All the varietals seem to pitch in to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts. Plus a riserva aura of barrel aging. Yes, indeed, the palate is equally impressive for its range and amplitude. This fills and thrills. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2621. 11 MAREMMA TENUTA BELGUARDO SERRATA, MAZZEI    (93/100)

Wine Spectator 93: 'Dense and ripe, featuring black cherry, blackberry, plum, vanilla, cedar and toast notes, with refined tannins and bright acidity powering the long, mineral-tinged aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2018 through 2030. $55.'

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2622. 19 MAREMMA MONGRANA, QUERCIABELLA    91+/100

2017: Serious Maremma as usual, even in this revealing vintage. Well priced. Good fruit and sense of barrel aging. Runs deep. Deal. Medium bodied 17. Both glycerol and tannin. House style. Ageworthy. Food worthy. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2623. 19 MAREMMA SANGIOVESE, TENUTA SASSOREGALE    91+/100 *

2018: Aged a few months in barriques. Wham, bam sangiovese aroma. 18 rich and ripe, Maremma seaside racy. Plenty rich fruit on the palate too, plus that always vivid sangiovese acidity. Medium bodied, versatile. Slightly bitter finish plays well. Enjoyed by the group. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2624. 13 MORELLINO DI SCANSANO DOGA DELLE CLAVULE, CAPARZO    92/100

Estate bottled. Deep, sweet, ripe, southern Tuscan sangiovese. Ideal. Good power and singe. Soft, sweet, and surely fulfilled in 2013. Textbook. 92/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2625. 10 MORELLINO DI SCANSANO RISERVA, MORIS FARMS magnum    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'Intense aromas and flavors of black currant, violet, cedar and tobacco haunt this fresh, brooding red. A dose of oak adds tar and spice notes as this lingers on the finish. Powerful. Best from 2016 through 2024. $32 750ml.' From magnum, this will continue to drink well beyond 2024.

How Many bottles/singles: $54.95 each

PSI-2626. 18 MORELLINO DI SCANSANO SPIAGGIOLE, POGGIO MAESTRINO    93/100

Very elegant, cherry driven morellino. Sangiovese of southern Tuscany for sure. Really good, and user friendly. Just entirely fruit driven. Perfect morellino. Ease, flow, come hither. And it does have amplitude, fortitude, grip too. Lovely, lovely example. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2627. 18 MORELLINO DI SCANSANO, FATTORIA LE PUPILLE    92+/100

85% sangiovese, 10% alicante, 5% ciliegiolo; unwooded. The showy performance of sangiovese (aka morellino) from Tuscany's deep south. The alicante kicks in to enrich the nasal experience further. What I'm looking for in a Scansano wine. Yes, fully ripe and sweet cherry with lacings of tarry tannins. Useful now with hearty fare, I'd deem it a sleeper in the cellar as well. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2628. 17 MORELLINO DI SCANSANO LAPO, FATTORIA SAN FELO    91+/100

Est. 2001; Lampo was the founder's grandfather's nickname; 90% sangiovese from Tuscany's deep south; aged 15-18 months in tonneaux and 2-3 year old barriques;. Pretty Heavy Bottle Award. Forward now in a forward vintage and southern exposure. There's the warm savor of southern sangiovese plus some bottle bouquet forming at age 4 plus. Sweet fruit of the zone's sangiovese. Fine tannin promises good mid term cellar potential. Worth keeping another year or two. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2629. 12 VIN SANTO DEL CHIANTI, FATTORIA DI GRIGANO half bottle

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

PSI-2630. 11 VIN SANTO DEL CHIANTI CLASSICO, BADIA A COLTIBUONO half bottle    (94/100)

Parker 94: 'Showing an orange-copperish color, the 2011 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico (in a 375-milliliter bottle) brings us great intensity and a real sense of inner firmness and tightness. Emerging from a hot vintage, we get a bonus layer of exuberance and intensity, dishing out honey, candied apricot and brown sugar. This is a classic dessert wine from Tuscany and an extremely accessible expression, almost tailored for Vin Santo newbies. Pair it with the region's famous cantucci biscotti (with a dip or two inside the wine). This Vin Santo is made with equal parts Trebbiano and Malvasia, and the wine is aged in caratelli barrels for seven years. Drink now-2040.'

How Many bottles/singles: $44.99 each

PSI-2631. 12 VIN SANTO DEL CHIANTI CLASSICO BELCARO, SAN FELICE half bottle    97/100

2009: 14.5%; all trebbiano. Sweet, strong, woody, fruity. Palo cortado sherry like. Sweet and tawny, like a 10 year old white port. Large, powerful, sweet. At the same time rangy, complex, brightly acidic. Persistent fruit and texture. Everlasting. 97/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

PSI-2632. 06 VIN SANTO DEL CHIANTI RUFINA, FATTORIA IL LAGO half bottle    98/100

19.5%. Oh, dry, nutty, powerful nose. Jawbreaker extract of all 2006 Tuscan wines. Definitive vin santo and so well composed. Hickory nut bouquet of a fine, old dry oloroso. The palate is totally concentrated, lushly sweet, and forceful. This is huge! The finish is dry, nutty, and endless. 98/100. List price: $50 per half bottle.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

PSI-2633. 04 VIN SANTO DEL CHIANTI RUFINA, VILLA DI VETRICE half liter    95/100

16.5%. Strong in the Taster glass. Good, sweet, long barrel aged. Deal. Sweet and strong, balanced, complex taste and aftertaste. Full spectrum of colorful aromas and bouquets. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

PSI-2634. 07 SANT' ANTIMO VIN SANTO RISERVA, TENUTA IL POGGIONE half liter    (94/100)

Parker 94: 'Il Poggione's 2007 Sant'Antimo Vin Santo Riserva (packaged in a 500-milliliter bottle) shows a light gold appearance with some faint amber intensity. The bouquet reveals signs of evolution with butterscotch and caramel followed by honey and burnt sugar. However, the fruit is still there with layers of dried apricot and white raisin. This Vin Santo represents a blend of Trebbiano and Malvasia, and the grapes are left to dry for 90 days. It ages for 10 years in small caratelli barrels. This is a medium-weight dessert wine to pair with lady finger or cream pastries. Drink now-2035. $67.'

How Many bottles/singles: $59.95 each

PSI-2635. 21 VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO, TENUTA LE CALCINAIE    92/100 *

Est. 1987; sandy soil; aged on lees until spring. Very, very pretty, dainty nose. 2021 crispness. Depth and aroma delivery both outstanding. Scores for both elegance and varietal essence. Flavorful; about all the flavor one could coax from vernaccia. While retaining 2021 acidity and fine framing. All the attributes of the well liked 2020, plus the 2021 extra raciness. Very popular with the group. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2636. 21 VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO ISOLA BIANCA, SOC. AGR. TERUZZI    92/100 *

Owns the largest expanse of vernaccia vineyards, 150 acres. More pinched and reticent in cool 2021 that the previous three vintages. Sample still pretty cold. More aromatic profile as it warms in the mouth. Great acid, of course. Also nicely rounded fruit and emerging flavor display. After aeration, flavorful, well textured, well balanced. Yeah, I like this for its flexible prospects at the table. In turn with the series while showing vintage characteristics too. Universally appreciated by attendees. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2637. 19 VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO, TOSCOLO    91/100

Cold macerated and fermented; Franco Bernabei, super-star winemaker. Not as fruit/flower scented s the Calcinaie. A distinctive lime like undercurrent that puts vernaccia in a new focus. The palate is more evocative, echoing citrus and adding flowers and minerals. Its own take on vernaccia. Mentally stimulating. 91/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2638. 15 UMBRIA ROSSO, AZ. AGR. SCACCIADIAVOLI    91+/100

Est. 1884; 'banish the devils'; 70% sangiovese, 30% merlot; unwooded. 2015 ripe but not overdone. The sangiovese sweet cherry and orange zest dominance. Merlot adds some fat to the meat. Dash of astringency right off, a surprise this vintage. Sweet fruit coats its tannins to a large extent. This is mellowing out. Good winter 2022-2023 candidate. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2639. 19 TORGIANO RUBESCO, LUNGAROTTI    92/100

90% sangiovese, 10% colorino. I've had decades with these, and this is the fullest, sweetest, and most intense I've experienced. There are barrel extras too. Well, the palate exploits all and adds lovely textural range and harmony. Fine tannins only add to length and appeal. I'm very pleasantly surprised. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2640. 10 MONTEFALCO PASSITO, SCACCIADIAVOLI half bottle    93+/100

2015: 2 years in French oak barrels. 100% varietal. Smells dry, actually. Very concentrated. Sweet but also tannic. Will age famously. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $34.99 each

PSI-2641. 19 ORVIETO TERRE VINEATE, IL PALAZZONE    92/100

Thicker, creamier, and a bit more aromatic than the 2018 Vignarco cuvee. Definitely a step up in every aspect. More flavor, richness, body, generosity. Big time. 92/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2642. 15 CASTELLO ROMANI VIA CASTELLI 19, SOC. COOP. GATTO D'ORO    91/100

13.5%. 30% each sangiovese, montepulciano, merlot, 10% cesanese. 15 sweet meets regional cool and tart. Unique. Yeah, brisk acid. Not much 15 character after all. Dry and well balanced. For food. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2643. 20 LAZIO CESANESE, SOC. AGR. CASALE DEL GIGLIO    91+/100

Est. 1967, 30 miles south of Rome. A very nice expression of the variety. Thankfully, a handful have come forth lately. Has freshness and proper material structure and filling, without being BIG. Yes, the sweet/acid balance that makes it so mealworthy. Merely the level of tannins that give texture, not obstinance. I like this source and will support it. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2644. 21 LAZIO BELLONE, SOC. AGR. CASALE DEL GIGLIO    91/100

Bellone is a white grape variety of the area. And a damn nice one too. The nose has a sauvignon incisiveness, yet more subtle in aroma. I like it. Yeah, there's that citricity too. Quite its own thing. Long finish. Good price. Will stock. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2645. 20 LAZIO CESANESE LE PIANTATE, CANTINE VOLPETTI    91+/100

Est. 1958 in the Colli Albani region just south of Rome; specializes in the local variety cesanese, the plantings of which have been in decline for many years. A very good example of cesanese. Unique; read it, and you will know the variety. Cherry and mulling spices. Palate confirms cesanese ID. Good acid, fine tannin. Good at the table now, and likely to improve in the cellar midterm as well. The group agreed; orders taken. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2646. 17 COLLE TICCHIO CESANESE DEL PIGLIO, CORTE DEI PAPI    92/100

Full color. A good representative of this Latium variety. Plenty of fruit presence, force, goodness. Flavor-wise as well. A lesson in cesanese. Big mouthful of flavors and textures. Fine tannins just add to the play for mealtime service. Deal. Got ta have it. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2647. 17 ROSSO CONERO AION, AZ. AGR. ALESSANDRO MORODER    93/100

All montepulciano. Deep, deep, deep. Dark, velvety, haunting. More intense than the fine 2016 even. Yes, lush and velvety, intense and thorough. Fine tannin. Full texture and flavor. What a noble grape variety in the right hands! 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2648. 18 ROSSO PICENO SUPERIORE, DE ANGELIS    91+/100

Montepulciano stature and darkness. Superiore power. The real deal in a keeper sort of Piceno. 2018 rich, round, ripe fruit envelopes the tannin for the most part, though it has a chewy effect at the end. First Piceno Superiore I've tasted, yet it all makes sense. Keep a year longer. Very reasonable price for a cellarworthy wine. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2649. 17 ROSSO PICENO INDIGENOUS, GIORGIO RIVETTI    92/100

70% montepulciano, 30% sangiovese; 30 year old vines; no barrel aging. Dark, upbeat, and intensely montepulciano purple stuff, including violets. Rounded, softened with bottle age, yet retaining that Rosso Piceno consummate brightness. Melted tannins. A good example in a forward vintage. A group favorite. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2650. 19 ROSSO DI PICENO, AZ. AGR. VIGNAMATO    91/100

A rightful Piceno. Seems more montepulciano than sangiovese. Proper middle weight. Fresh and delightful aroma. One of the freshest I've had, and that's good, though I customarily encounter and enjoy Picenos at around age three. Bright acidity, including a dash of positive VA. Ready to serve, actually. Good price. This will fit in the VC portfolio. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2651. 20 LACRIMA DI MORRO D'ALBA, AZ. AGR. MARIO LUCCHETTI    91+/100

Three generation estate and keeper of the obscure Marche variety lacrima. Boy, that's a dark one. Dark fruited too. Black plum, licorice, and a dab of pitch. Unique and impressive. Dusky, solid. Good acidity. Considerable, yet fine grained, tannins. I'd be cellaring this awhile.A good example of a rare grape.91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2652. 21 VERDICCHIO DEI CASTELLI DI JESI CLASSICO SUPERIORE, AZ. AGR. ANDREA FELICI    92/100 *

40 year old vines; aged 3 months on lees. Spot on, as usual. Expresses its varietal character clearly and gracefully. With 2021 crispness and subtlety. Oh, there's that juicy 2021 acidity on the palate. Wants fresh fish so badly! In a modern world full of 'bigger is better' verdicchios, this one's sense of moderation draws me to it. 92/100. Loved by attendees. Orders taken.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2653. 19 VERDICCHIO DEI CASTELLI DI JESI CLASSICO SERRA 46, SOC. AGR. FILODIVINO    91/100

40 year old vines; aged 3 months on lees. Quite full; almost as full as a Matelica. Really attractive fruit profile. Yes, full. Herbal and mineral notes. Well grounded. 91/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2654. 20 VERDICCHIO DEI CASTELLI DI JESI VILLA TORRE, TENUTA DI TAVIGNANO    92/100

Nice and tender. Crushed nuts. Lemon zest. Large and well textured palate presence. Great acid. Really giving, satisfying mouthful. Lasting too. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2655. 20 VERDICCHIO DI MATELICA, TENUTA COLPAOLA    92/100 *

Vineyards at 650 meters' elevation. The aroma is fully forthcoming. That's a pretty pungent aroma for verdicchio. Rich and ripe. Lush mouthfeel and flavor. A real softie of a verdicchio. Bitter herbs, florals, and saline minerality. Pleasing degree of acidity. Well liked by the group. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2656. 20 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO KRIYA, VIGNA MADRE    91/100

2018: Cool, purple fruited monte with 2018 richness. Ideal level of positive reduction as usual here. Cool and true and nobly reduced. As always. Smooth. Very fine tannin. In tune. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $10.99 each

PSI-2657. 18 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO, DE ANGELIS    92/100

Dark color. Ripe and spicy. A good full one with variegated texture. Very, very generous. Yeah, this delivers fruit, spices, richness, vigor. Great balance as well as give. Generous indeed. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2658. 20 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO, BADIA ALLE CORTI    91+/100

2019: From the hilly section of the region. Rich, deep, dry, full of material. Sweetens in the mouth. Balanced. Light tannin in back. Long and flavorful. Certainly a well concentrated and satisfying accomplishment for the price. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2659. 19 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO, GIULANO ROSATI    91/100

2018: Only half a percent more alcohol than its two table mates, but I can smell the extra power. Less fruit aroma the first evening. Fruitier to the taste. This has personality and varietal ID on the palate. Fine acidity. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2660. 20 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO RONDINETO, FATTORIA SAVINI    91/100

2017: Rich nose and palate alike. With good acidity. All around good guy, ready to enjoy. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2661. 20 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO, AGRICOLA TIBERIO    93+/100

Massale selection vines averaging 56 years; at 1200 feet. Really dark red violet. Oh, the nobility and lift of this honorable variety when it's planted at Abuzzo's higher altitudes, vines are old, and yields are suppressed. Wonderfully concentrated aromas of red and black fruits..and the cherished violets. Full bodied and chewy. That doesn't suppress monte's innate elegance. Clearly worth its premium versus the 20 tons an acre, plains grown, jug MdAs. Fine tannin for age potential. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

PSI-2662. 19 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO, AGRICOLA TIBERIO    94+/100

Massale selection vines averaging 56 years; at 1200 feet. Very dark color. While this may not aspire to the grandeur of a $100 Pepe or Valentini, I find Tiberio's just yards ahead of the norm for MdA. The nose is as concentrated as the color. Broad and deep too. In a word, LOADED. Full of fruit and material. Montepulciano is a noble grape variety in the right hands, such as Tiberio's. Fine, chewy extract and tannin. Intense and lasting taste through a long finish. 94+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

PSI-2663. 19 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO LUCANTO, TENUTA TORRE RAONE    91/100

Full, rich, sweet, and 2019 forward. Totally inviting. Yes, thorough appeal. Good acid; good balance. Has it all together as always. Lasting finish wisped clean by its acidity. 91/100, at least.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2664. 17 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO MADIA, TORRE ZAMBRA    (92/100)

Suckling 92: 'This is a wonderful Montepulciano that shows pure lavender and violet character, in addition to citrus and fresh herbs. Very dialed-in fruit and polished tannins and a vibrant finish. Great value!'

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2665. 21 CAMPANIA AGLIANICO LA CAPRANERA, SAN SALVATORE    92/100 *

2020: From Capaccio-Paestum area vineyards in the middle of Cilento Nat'l Park. Full red violet color. Both clarity and oomph, a combo not often sniffed, especially in a wine at this price. Says it all about Campania aglianico, unencumbered by oak. Palate fully as convincing. Black fruit, cracked pepper, and a ventilating air. Great acid. Balanced. Long, flavor finish. No obstreperous tannin. Very popular with the group. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2666. 19 IRPINIA AGLIANICO, SOC. AGR. VINI LE ORIGINI    92+/100

Est. 1996. Full red violet color. Wow, that's a really ample aglianico for Campania. More like a Vulture version. Deep aromas of black fruit, tar, and peppery spices. Surprisingly sweet and accommodating on the palate. The nose suggests more tannin. Unique and beguiling take Mealworthy, ageworthy. Lasting aftertaste. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2667. 19 ROCCAMONFINA PIEDIROSSO, FATTORIA PAGANO    93+/100

100% varietal; 19 year old vines on the slopes of Vesuvius. Very richly variegated in aroma range and textural aspects. Certainly one of the most generous and explicit takes on piedirossos I've nosed. And the palate is equally broad and deep in flavor and mouthfeel. Again, that great acidity is so welcome. Fine tannin for food and future. Lasting finish. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

PSI-2668. 20 CAMPANIA FALANGHINA LA CAPRANERA, SAN SALVATORE    91+/100 *

From vineyards in the Capaccio-Paestrum area in the middle of Cilento National Park. That's a lovely varietal expression of stone fruit, even to the ripeness of apricot. Perfect poise too. Flavor switches more to pear and apple. Admirably dry and mealworthy. Clearly more aromatic personality to come. Good acid and overall balance. Waxed richer as it aired. Even some viscosity on the finish. Enjoyed by the group. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2669. 21 CAMPANIA FALANGHINA, AZ. AGR. FATTORIA PAGANO    91/100

2020: More to the floral side than the greco. Less body and minerality. Everything fits, makes sense. Subtle rose petal and dried flowers. Lighter bodied than the greco, of course. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2670. 20 BENEVENTANO FALANGHINA, SOC. AGR. VINI LE ORIGINI    91+/100

Est. 1996. Attractive white and yellow fruits here. And throw in a bouquet of white flowers. Pawpaw and honeysuckle flavors. Full textured, and quite full bodied white of the south. Good acid, mineral, balance, length. The group liked this one. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2671. 20 SANNIO TABURNO FALANGHINA, AZ. AGR. FRATTASI    92/100

Est 1576; the estate boasts vines up to 200 years old. Boy, that's heavy on the mineral side of falanghina. Serious dinner fare. Pear and stone fruit wisps emerge with aeration. Impressive. The acid is admirable. The stoniness and the fruitiness too. Juggles three rings adeptly. Long, well balanced finish. The group was very enthusiastic about this one. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2672. 18 GRECO DI TUFO, FEUDI DI SAN GREGORIO    (91/100)

Parker 91+: 'A sharp and linear expression with a distinct mineral note that cuts straight through and gives this wine its backbone. The fresh acidity also serves beautifully to that end. Drink this fresh white wine with insalata di mare or mussels steamed in white wine and garlic. Those savory seafood dishes would make a great contrast to the white flower and peachy aromas delivered by this pretty wine. Drink now-2024.'

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How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2673. 18 GRECO DI TUFO LOGGIA DELLA SERRA, TERREDORA DI PAOLO    91/100

From estate vineyards at 600 meters' elevation; scion of the Mastroberardino family. Coming into fulfillment. Depth and mealiness. Has good greco fatness. Well, that's more impressive still on the palate. Plenty of body and good acidity here for food. 91/100.

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How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2674. 20 CAMPANIA FIANO LA CAPRANERA, SAN SALVATORE    91+/100 *

From vineyards in the Capaccio-Paestrum area in the middle of Cilento National Park. This is indeed richer, more honeyed than the falanghina. Everything's proper here. Less aromatic, fuller bodied. More in need of additional bottle age. It made a stronger varietal statement after aeration, as the group noted. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2675. 17 SALENTO PRINE, TENUTA CUREZZA    91/100

Half each primitivo, negroamaro. Salento talking. Warm and savory, bouquet nicely advanced thanks to age and vintage inclination. Oh, plush fruit cremes and hint of brown spices. Come hither. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2676. 20 SALENTO NEGROAMARO, BORGO DEI TRULLI    91/100

2019: Purple fruit contrast of negroamaro. Drier and more settled in. Mmm, delicious plum and violets flavors. Spot on varietal character, with 2018 lusty demeanor. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2677. 19 PUGLIA NEGROAMARO TERRE DI SAVA, LUCCARELLI    91/100

2018: Bottle too cold so the nose is relatively mute to start. As the wine warms and airs, the nose begins to swell up with negroamaro's sweet black fruit. Further warming in the mouth coaxes forth round, ripe varietal character. Its 14% strength is fully enveloped by fruit richness. Full bodied, power under control, come hither even. A picture of consistency. 91/100

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2678. 16 SALENTO NEGRAMARO CALEIDO, ANTICA MASSERIA JORCHE    91+/100

Large, sweet, and black, with some of the sleek lines of the vintage. Pretty ambitious. Well, there seems to be a dusting of barrel baking spices imparting complexity. I'd keep it longer. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2679. 20 SALENTO NEGROAMARO IL PUMO,. SAN MARZANO    92/100

Properly dark, red violet color. And equally proper noseful of varietal black fruit., cool and deep. Even a hint of violets. Spells it out. Equally as explicit on the palate. Cool and racy and well balanced. These San Marzanos really show the way. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2680. 17 PUGLIA NERO DI TROIA INDIGENOUS, RIVETTI    91/100

15 year old vines in clay; difficult to grow variety, so disappearing; unoaked. Oh, unique, high toned, even floral. Certainly doesn't suggest feet in clay. Nice fluidity and ease of 2017. Gentle acidity. A bottle will disappear quickly at the table. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2681. 19 PUGLIA NERO DI TROIA GRIFO, CANTINA DI RUVO    91/100

Fresh, new, varietally ideal. I like this grape. It has an upbeat sense about it. And it's like none other. Sweet fruit and fine acidity balance. Plenty of flavor. Bargain. Must have. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2682. 20 SALENTO PRIMITIVO, BORGO DEI TRULLI    92/100

Raspberry and seed aroma relates it to zinfandel. Great clarity to its varietal character. Lots of peppery berry seed flavor. This is really exemplary of primitivo in a straight forward, unadorned style. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2683. 17 SALENTO PRIMITIVO APPASSIMENTO LUCALE, BORGO DEI TRULLI    92/100

Rightly sweet smelling and syrupy. Sweetness countered by more power here (14.5%) and a nice dusting of fine tannin. Well conceived and executed. And well priced! Vine age: 25-35 years. Half the bunches are stem twisted on the vine so they dry out. Harvest follows 12 days later. 1/4 aged 8 months in French and American barriques. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2684. 18 SALENTO PRIMITIVO, MOTTURA    90/100

Soft and pleasing on the approach. Understated varietal character of black fruit and black pepper. Medium bodied. Smooth textured. Good acidity. Easy drinkin'. Sally loved it. 90/100. List price: $15.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2685. 20 SALENTO PRIMITIVO IL PUMO, SAN MARZANO    92/100

Raspberry and seed aroma relates it to zinfandel. Great clarity to its varietal character. Lots of peppery berry seed flavor. This is really exemplary of primitivo in a straight forward, unadorned style. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2686. 19 SALICE SALENTINO PASSAMANTE, MASSERIA LI VELI    92/100

Est. 1895; all negroamaro; aged 6 months in barriques. The name has geographic meaning; it's not appassimento. Yet it's sweet, ripe, and rich all the same. Always is. Negroamaro to the max. Oh, that is seductive!/ Ripe fruit and a potpourri of spices on the palate. Good acidity. Balanced and lengthy. Lots of food friendly wines today! 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2687. 15 PRIMITIVO DI MANDURIA MONTE DEI COCCI, TENUTA GEROLAINO    91/100

Baked and dried fruit aromas and plenty of power. Spicy overtones. Raisined ripeness of a hot vintage and zone. This has a lot to offer for the price. Got to have it. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2688. 16 PRIMITIVO DI MANDURIA,. ANTICA MASSERIA JORCHE    93+/100

Est. late 1600s; 40 year old vines; aged 9 months in barriques and larger cooperage Dark red black for its age. That's Manduria primitivo. Warm and savory. Christmas pudding plum and raisin, and warm spices. Real power and presence. A whopper in the mouth. Strong, full bodied, full textured, fully ripe. Rich in ripe tannins. Long, clinging finish. Demands hearty fare. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2689. 16 PRIMITIVO DI MANDURIA RISERVA,. JORCHE    95+/100

Est. late 1600s; 40 year old vines; a selection of the best lots; aged a year in barriques. Heavy Bottle Award. Dark red violet color, moving to the red side after five plus hears. A whopper. Powerful, sprawling, nostril filling. All its riserva prowess revealed. What a sweet mouthful of Manduria primitive to coat its powerful core. Tannins coated too. Power comes forth on the finish to assure no cloying after effects. Monster truck primitivo without a speck of rust. 95+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2690. 17 PRIMITIVO DI MANDURIA SESSANTANNI, SAN MARZANO    95/100

Aromas of plum pudding, cherry pie, and pipe tobacco. Dustings of cocoa, mocha, and vanilla. Powerful, concentrated, barrel enhanced. Even more ample and awesome in the mouth. Sweet, large, balanced. A whopper. The mother of all primitivos. 95/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

PSI-2691. 12 COPERTINO RISERVA CUPERTINUM, CANTINA SOCIALE DI COPERTINO    91/100

Latest release; negroamaro; DOC in Salento, Puglia. Cork still bulges after removal and is barely stained. Couldn't have been in bottle for long. Medium red orange color. Seems more youthful at release than either the 2010 or 2011. There's a warmth and depth earned by age, whatever the vessel. Round, suave, even glycerined. Both bouquet and texture very mellow. One of a kind. Good acidity, balance. Glad there are still some of these around. And look at the price! A 10 year old wine for under $15. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2692. 19 AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE GRICOS, AZ. AGR. GRIFALCO    92+/100

Aged 6-12 months in second year American oak barrels and French tonneaux. Very fresh, very intense, swelling, penetrating. I sense a bargain here--nothing new to Gricos. Sweet black fruit. Aglianico size, flavor and texture dimensions. Mouthfilling. Soft tannins enhance the texture without postponing the pleasures. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2693. 17 AGLIANCIO DEL VULTURE GRIFALCO, AZ. AGR. GRIFALCO    92+/100

Vines 25-40 yrs old in volcanic soil; aged 6-12 months in once used French barriques. The flagship wine; not the Gricos. Good as that is, this one has more concentration and depth. Oh, and that cherry, tar, and roses spread that marks this the Barolo of the South. Barrel aging adds to the complexity. Young and tannic still, especially for 2017. One ambitious, cellarworthy aglianico. 92+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $25.99 each

PSI-2694. 15 AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE TITOLO, ELENA FUCCI    (94/100)

Vinous 94: 'The 2015 Aglianico del Vulture Titolo is gorgeous and geared toward the lover of all things earth and mineral. Here I'm finding a blend of ripe cherry, violets, crushed stone and ash, giving way to hints of dried orange peel and animal musk. The silky textures are contrasted by balsamic-tinged red berries, inner florals and marine-inspired minerality. The 2015 is energetic and spicy to the core, but so savory as well ? more like food than wine. This tapers off long, zesty and vibrant, with saturating black fruits and tannins that come in late but linger for over a minute. This wine is a beast. Drink now-2032.'

How Many bottles/singles: $39.99 each

PSI-2695. 19 AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE PIPOLI, VIGNETI DEL VULTURE    93+/100 *

Est. 2009; 50-60 year old vines at 1300-1800'; 40% aged in second year barriques. Wow, large. Pretty darn powerful for 13%. Barolo of the South stature. Runs deep and complicated as it airs. Full of black fruit. Well structured. Balanced. Palate coating and lasting. The fruit volume keeps the tannin under control. A unique face of Vulture aglianico. Aren't they all? popular with the group for drinking now or later. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2696. 19 TERRE SICILIANE FRAPPATO - NERELLO MASCALESE TERRE DI GIUMARRA, CARUSO & MINNI    92/100

Adds the nerello maraschino to frappato's bing cherry. Yes, sweet nerello in the mix. Work together well. Good acidity for food. Long finish. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2697. 21 TERRE SICILIANE SP68, OCCHIPINTI    91+/100

2020: Cool, crisp, maraschino aroma. In tune. Yes, plenty of fruit and the right measure of crisp acidity. Works. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $27.99 each

PSI-2698. 17 SICILIA NERO D'AVOLA ACANTEO, CIVIAS    91/100

This is really a well extracted nero. The taste is equally saturated. Complete. Deal. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

PSI-2699. 19 SICILIA NERO D'AVOLA ROCCAPERCIATA, FIRRIATO    91+/100

A winner. Sweet and prominent, great, great cherry like fruit. One of the most giving reds of the whole trade show. Pleasing palate if not quite as forthcoming yet. Pretty classy nero. I like the way its put together. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2700. 20 TERRE SICILIANE NERO D'AVOLA VILLA POZZI    91/100

Cherry and tar. Just right. Proper power (13%), fruit ripeness, overall dryness. Yes, fruit sweetness and power in harmony. Strikes a delicious equilibrium. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2701. 20 SICILIA GRILLO ROCCAPERCIATA, FIRRIATO    91/100

Has good, full varietal character. Nice presence. Fruit sweetness, roundness, pleasure. Good price. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2702. 19 SICILIA CATARRATTO DEL MASSO, FEUDO MONTONI    93/100

55 year old vines. A full and rightful expression of the varietal. Total clarity here. A paean to precision. A beautiful catarratto, intensely rendered and so pure. Kudos to the winemaker. Best I've tasted. Acid rings on the finish to complete an Oscar presentation. 93/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2703. 20 CERASUOLO DI VITTORIA, PLANETA    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'Lightly toasty on the nose, less so on the palate, with a pure beam of raspberry coulis fruit flavors layered with a minerally underpinning of smoke and graphite, plus rich notes of fig cake, wild sage, ground coffee and red licorice. A fresh, classy version, with lightly chalky tannins emerging to firm the finish. Nero d'Avola and Frappato. Drink now through 2027.'

How Many bottles/singles: $26.99 each

PSI-2704. 19 ETNA BARBAZZALE, COTTANERA    91/100

2017: Dark fruit, oomph, personality. More largesse than expected of 17. Good example. Replete with fruit and good acid. Balance, fine tannin. Very good overall. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2705. 15 ETNA CARUSU, TERRAZZE DELL' ETNA    92+/100

All nerello--80% mascalese, 20% cappuccino. Six months in barrels. Appropriate medium scarlet color. Mmm, that maraschino cherry smell of the main variety. Good warmth and power. Statuesque wine, in fact. Full candied cherry sweetness of 2015 and nerello. A modicum of tannin to balance that, as well as the power. The acid is bracing and mealworthy. Good length. Wine of place, grape, vintage. 92+/100. List price $25.

How Many bottles/singles: $16.99 each

PSI-2706. 19 ETNA ROSSO, AZ. AGR. TORNATORE    (92/100)

Wine Spectator 92: 'A silky red, with fine tannins seamlessly married to a lovely range of macerated cherry, baked fig, Earl Grey tea and tar notes. Long and bright on the palate, with a well-spiced finish. Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio. Drink now through 2029. $33.'

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

PSI-2707. 21 ETNA BIANCO, TENUTA DELLA TERRE NERE    92/100

Fresh, full, and well textured Etna bianco variety(ies). The amplitude satisfies. Even more flavor than aroma, without getting too wild and crazy. Extended finish. Perfect balance. About as good as it gets, short of the vineyard designates. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

PSI-2708. 21 ETNA BIANCO, AZ. AGR. TORNATORE    (91/100)

Wine Spectator 91: 'A perfumed white, with white blossoms and ripe fruit on the nose, this is salty and mouthwatering on the palate. Offers a touch of lemon zest enlivening flavors of Asian pear, blanched almond, chamomile and lemon oil. Drink now through 2027. $35.'

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

PSI-2709. 19 CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA PRIMO SCURO, MESA    92/100

2018: Medium dark. Sweet cremes. Sardinia take on grenache. Give and penetration. Yes, a mouthful of just-right ripe fruit with good acid and fine tannin to foil. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2710. 19 CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA RISERVA, SELLA & MOSCA    (90/100)

2018: Wine Spectator 90 - Top 100: 'A fresh and elegant red that draws you in with an enticing nose of dried flowers and spices, layering notes of pureed raspberry, dried cherry, wild sage and citrus on the palate, with a subtle streak of salinity and light, supple tannins. Drink now through 2026.'

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2711. 20 CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA MAIMONE, CANTINA DELLA VERNACCHIA    91/100

2018: Very dark fruited, flashy, and vigorous for cannonau. Sweet fruited too. I'm sure the 2018 vintage has something to do with this. Yet the winemaker approach must be taken into account also. Yes, this has dark fruit, peppercorn, and even a suggestion of garrigue. Blind, I'd take this for a grenache-dominant southern Rhone. Good price. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2712. 16 MONICA DI SARDEGNA DON EFISO, CANTINA DELLA VERNACCHIA    91/100

Fresh ad crisp and cool leaning, rightful monica. Quite a contrast from Sardegna cannonau. Much les s ripeness and power. Haven't had one for these in awhile, yet the character is clear as a bell. / Cool, racy, flowing, smooth, well textured. Defines the genre. 91/100. List price: $18.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2713. 21 SARDEGNA VERMENTINO SOPRASOLE, AZ. AGR. PALA    91+/100

Est. 1950; three-generation family estate. New name for Pala's vermentino, and higher price. The light varietal perfume is evident. Racy in cool 2021. Apricot notions. Round stone fruit flavor and texture. Seems more ample than the I Fiori series of past vintages, so the higher price is justified. Wholly satisfactory. Even better after two hours' aeration. 'Rich, balanced, and long' reports one group member. Widely appreciated. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each

PSI-2714. 21 SARDEGNA VERMENTINO ARAGOSTA, CANTINA SANTA MARIA LA PALMA    92/100

From the Alghero coast; 300 family cooperative. Fully charged varietal vigor. Bright, fresh, fragrant. Equally vigorous on the palate. Surpasses the good 2020 in flavor intensity and acid spiel. Bravo. 92/100. Attendees also found this intensely varietal and expressive. Orders taken.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2715. 21 SARDEGNA VERMENTINO BENAS, CANTINA DELLA VERNACCHIA    91+/100

Lemon creme scented. Right. Flavors equally accurate and more intense. Must stock and recommend because of the great price-quality ratio. Will probably become even more generous as the weeks pass. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2716. 17 PANTELLARIA PASSITO BEN RYE, DONNAFUGATA half bottle    (95/100)

Wine Enthusiast 95: 'Made from dried Zibibbo grapes, this archetypal dessert wine offers alluring aromas of acacia honey, apricot jam and orange zest. The balanced, savory palate delivers date, fig, orange jam and bergamot that persist into the long finish. $44.'

How Many bottles/singles: $37.99 each

PSI-2717. ITALIA SWEET RED FUNF, SCHMITT SOHNE

(End of Bin Sale-- 20% off this price)
How Many bottles/singles: $6.99 each

GREECE

PSI-2727. 19 AMYNDEON XINOMAVRO HEDGEHOG VINEYARD, ALPHA ESTATE    92/100

Aged a year on French oak barrels. Always the hallmark xino roundness, sweetness here. Barrel tinged to boot. Sweet and sassy both. Great flavor, great balance. Delectable drink right now. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $23.99 each

PSI-2728. 16 NAOUSSA XINOMAVRO RAMNISTA, KIR-YIANNI    (94/100)

Wine & Spirits 94: 'Yiannis Boutari treats his estate as an experimental vineyard, planting multiple clones of xinomavro in a vast array of configurations. This bottling comes off of plots on lighter soils, the fruit chosen for its aromatic complexity. The wine shows xinomavro in all its fragrant detail, notes of cedar, pepper, roses and smoked meat sweeping through its dark cherry fruit on brisk acidity. With fine, grippy tannins, the wine feels smooth but not over-polished-it still needs a roast leg of lamb to show its best, or another five to ten years in the cellar.'

How Many bottles/singles: $31.99 each

PSI-2729. 20 NAOUSSA XINAMAVRO YOUNG VINES, THYMIOPOULOS VINEYARDS    91+/100

Generations old winegrowers making their own wines since 2004; unwooded; unfiltered. Dark, deep, ripe, hearty, and full blown varietal character. No green fruit of young vines in this one. Terser on the palate. Dry and pretty tannic, though the tannins are fine grained. Sweet fruit pours through on the finish. The palate will benefit from a few more months' bottle age. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2730. 15 PELOPONNESE MEGAS OENOS, SKOURAS    (93/100)

Wine & Spirits 93: 'This is George Skouras's flagship cuvee, a blend of his best agiorgitiko, which he structures with 20 percent cabernet sauvignon. Open it now if you like fresh New World wines, as this has plenty of oak-driven richness and dense, sweet fruit. But if you leave it in the cellar for another decade, you'll get to enjoy more of the notes that are hiding underneath right now--the licorice, spice and earthy leather scents that give it brawn and savor, and the cool foresty notes that speak of the Peloponnese.'

How Many bottles/singles: $29.99 each

PSI-2731. 20 PELOPONNESE AGIORGITIKO FEAST, SEMELI    91+/100

St. George in English; indigenous to Greece, and today its most widely planted red variety. Medium red color. Dark, deep, and sweetly fruity st george. Seems denser, darker, deeper even than previous years. Savory. Like the 18 and 19, a come hither treat. While perhaps a tad more ageworthy than its predecessors. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2732. 17 NEMEA AGIORGITIKO, BOUTARI    91/100

2016: 12 months in barrels. Smooth, sweet, fruity example of St. George. Accurate and appealing. Bing cherry varietal character. Sweet fruit, plus light gaminess. Flows. Fills the bill. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $18.99 each

PSI-2733. 19 NEMEA AGIORGITIKO, DOMAINE SKOURAS    91+/100 *

Vineyards at 2400'; volcanic soil. That sweet red-black fruit of saint george. Seem to be some oak overtones too. Plenty of reserve. Delicious, forthcoming varietal flavors. Core of fine tannins for either food or cellaring. This is spot on. Popular with the group. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2734. 21 MAKEDONIA BUKETO WHITE, CAVE SPILIADIS    92/100

40% malagousia, 30% each assyrtiko, sauvignon blanc. That's a VERY successful cuvee, each varietal clearly in sympathy with the others. Whole greater than.. And it all spills over onto the palate. Delicious savors, flavor flairs of the citrus family and beyond. Bravo! 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2735. 21 FLORINA MALAGOUZIA TURTLES VINEYARD, ALPHA ESTATE    (90/100)

Parker 90: 'The 2021 Malagouzia Turtles Vineyard is unoaked, dry and comes in at 13.48% alcohol. In its youth, about three months in bottle when tasted, this is all about the youthful features—exuberant fruit, pungent aromatics, a fair bit of power for this grape and excellent depth. Drink now-2027.'

How Many bottles/singles: $19.99 each

PSI-2736. 20 ILIA RODITIS - MALAGOUZIA, KTIMA BRINTZIKI    90/100

70-30. Highly perfumed. Positively floral. Dry and minerally. Threshold sweetness that's made more perceptible by mild acidity. Overall pleasurable and priced right. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2737. 20 ATTIKA SAVATIANO NAKED TRUTH, MYLONAS    (95/100)

Wine & Spirits 95: 'Stamatis Mylonas has been plumbing the possibilities of savatiano since he took over the family winery in 2006. This is his skin-contact version, from a high-altitude vineyard in Keratea, in southeastern Attika, where the hills climb high enough to catch some of the breeze off the Aegean. Keeping the grapes cool, he destems them and lets the juice ferment with ambient yeasts, leaving it on the skins for 15 days. It stays another six months on the lees, with frequent stirring, before he bottles it, unfined and unfiltered. Light gold, the wine is wildly herbal, with scents of crushed chamomile, thyme, tarragon and za'atar. All that spice surrounds a juicy center of apple flavor, a bit of skin tannins adding texture and the structure to help this last for days after opening. And it does all of this with an open-armed ease, welcoming in its nakedness.'

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2738. 20 MANTINIA MOSCHOFILERO, BOUTARI    91/100

Pink skinned white variety grown at 2100'. Coy, musky aromatics spell this variety to a T. It's gathering a light orange peel aura of development that is flattering. Dry, with good acidity and minerality. The group found it spot on at this stage of development. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2739. 21 SANTORINI ASSYRTIKO, SANTO    93+/100 *

2020: Founded in 1947, this cooperative has some 1,200 grower-members, giving winemaker Nikos Varvarigos access to a wide variety of terroirs. For this cuvee, he prioritized fruit from Pirgos and Imerovigli, two of the highest points on the island, where the grapes ripen more slowly. Vinified in stainless steel and left 14 months on its lees Refined and reserved. Chablis like, which is not uncommon. Dry and chalky. Even more Chablis like terroir on the palate. In the Chablis playing field, this is a very reasonable price. Will likely age well too. Good acidity. With aeration, it revealed to the group an unexpected aromatic set. Well liked indeed. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $28.99 each

PSI-2740. ATTICA RETSINA, ACHAIA CLAUSS    90/100

Light pine highlights. More pine to the taste. Nice. Nothing pitchy about the flavor or feel. Just well defined pine aroma and flavor on a relatively neutral white wine base. Less rustic than it was decades back. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $11.99 each

PSI-2741. PATRAS RETSINA, PATRAIKI    89/100

Well, this has a lot fresher base wine than the Crete Retsina, and more resinous personality too. Not so much pine pitch as bayleaf, bay rum. Less like evergreen than herbs. Well, maybe some fitzer; certainly not pine. So it's different, not classic. Expressive though. 89/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $9.99 each

PSI-2742. PATRAS MAVRODAPHNE, KOURTAKI    92/100

Lovely, sweet raisin nose with red muscat spicy aspects. Good strength, warmth, baked qualities, and good acid too. Palate echoes all. Sweet raisin, prune, plum, red muscat flavors. Acid and strength balance sweetness. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2743. PATRAS MAVRODAPHNE, PATRAIKI    91/100

Mavrodaphne (black laurel) is a red grape native to Greece's Peloponnese region. Around 1850, Bavarian Gustav Clauss developed a procedure for making the sweet, fortified, solera-aged wine from this variety that remains in place today. Sweet, sunburned, sticky. Yes, rightfully raisined. Power foils the sweetness, and good acid chimes in too. The palate is well balanced and satisfying. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

SLOVENIA

PSI-2719. 19 GORISKA BRDA LIMITED RELEASE RED, KRASNO    92/100

Slovenia. 40% cab franc, 30% cab sauv, 30% merlot. This works. There's a pleasant softness to it that is a long reach from claret. The varieties are melded. Bright 'modern claret' like fruit richness and ripeness, while carrying plenty of bright acidity. Good value. Quel surprise! 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2720. 20 SLOVENIA SAUVIGNON BLANC, PULLUS    91+/100

2018: Bit of a shy stage, aromatically. Great acid. Very, very dry and food worthy. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2721. 21 SLOVENIA HALOZAN WHITE PTUJSKA KLET, PULLUS liter    91/100

Furmint, pinot blanc, welschriesling,, riesling, chardonnay. Pleasingly dry and fruit. In fact, VERY pleasing. Mellow, flavorful, fruity, balanced. All one could want. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $12.99 each

CROATIA

MACEDONIA

TURKEY

PSI-2745. 19 KAVAKLIDERE YAKUT EASTERN ANATOLIA OKUZGOZU?BOGAZKERE

New York Times 3 Stars: 'Bright and juicy yet well structured, with flavors of dried fruits. Made of the bogazkere and okuzgozu grapes.'

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

GEORGIA

PSI-2747. 20 KAKHETI SAPERAVI, DILA-O    91+/100

2017: Qvevri fermented by native yeasts. Dry and more mature. Fabulous saperavi nose. Well balanced presentation. Dry and burnished and balanced. Versatile dinner wine. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2748. 20 KAKHETI DRY AMBER RKATSITELI-MTSVANE, DILA-O    90/100

50-50; from Georgia, cradle of vitis vinifera; aged underground in qvevri (large clay jars); one month of skin content; unfiltered. An amber cast indeed. I suppose there's some peels extract here. A nose you can feel. The aromatics remain subtle. 'Amber' flavors like brown apple, though not to the extent of an oxidation flaw. A wine of antiquity that the newer generations seem to be liking. 90/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

LEBANON

PSI-2750. 20 CHATEAU HERITAGE BEKAA VALLEY RED    91/100

50% cab sauv, 30% cinsault, 20% syrah. Cabernet and syrah black fruit up front. They can't hide that Lebanese cinsault spiciness. Brisk and bright black fruits. Another worthy cuvee and a good price. Suave and lingering. Got to have these. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2751. 21 CHATEAU HERITAGE BEKAA VALLEY WHITE    91/100

40% sauvignon blanc, 35% obeidy, 10% each chardonnay, viognier, 5% muscat. An intriguing mix that works. Nothing in particular dominates, unless it's that wild card grape. Clearly aromatic varieties involved. Sauvignon citricity takes command on the palate, but it doesn't completely overshadow other contributions. Well priced. Definitely dry and mealworthy. Sommeliers could have a ball with this. 91/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $14.99 each

PSI-2752. 19 CHATEAU KEFRAYA LES BRETCHES BEKAA VALLEY RED

50% syrah, 30% cab sauv, 10% each cinsaut, tempranillo.

How Many bottles/singles: $17.99 each

PSI-2753. 19 CHATEAU KSARA RESERVE DE COUVENT, BEKAA VALLEY RED    92/100

2018: Est. 1857; 40% syrah, 30% each of the cabernets; vineyards at 3600'. Singular; always is. That singed Bekaa character. A combo of varieties that makes sense here. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The great acidity of a high elevation wine. Full flavor spread. Fine tannin to balance its ripe fruit sweetness. Its own thing. I like that. 92/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $15.99 each

PSI-2754. 19 CHATEAU MUSAR JEUNE BEKAA VALLEY RED    91+/100

50% cinsault, 35% syrah, 15% cab sauv; vines under 20 years old at 1000 meters' elevation; no barrel aging. Oh, this has depth of aroma as well as sweet red and black fruits. No young vines greenness or lack of fulfillment. Well, it's a bit young vines medium bodied. The fruit intensity is not fully up to the tannin level to achieve harmony at this stage. The Europhiles enjoyed its relatively high acidity. 91+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $22.99 each

PSI-2755. 19 MASSAYA LE COLOMBIER MOUNT LEBANON - BEQAA VALLEY RED    93+/100

35% each cinsault, grenache; 15% each syrah, tempranillo at 3000-3800 feet; Faqra (Mt Lebanon) & Tanail (Bequaa Valley); owners Ghosn family, Brunier (Vieux Telegraphe), Hebrard (Cheval Blanc). Rich, powerful, nostril-filling, and commanding as usual. Breadth, depth, complexity, generosity. Full spectrum of class red and black fruits. Repeat performance on the palate. Add the wide textural display and a flavor set even more intense than the aroma. Top vintage of this one. 93+/100.

How Many bottles/singles: $21.99 each



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