Aged and vintage wines for connoisseurs, wine lovers and collectors.
Frescobaldi - Chianti Rufina Nipozzano Riserva 2006
Shows sweet blueberry notes, with mineral and lilac. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and vanilla and bright fruit flavors. Clean and racy. Best after 2010.
Price: 49 €
WS
91

Wine Spectator

Each wine region is the sole jurisdiction of one editor who has developed an expertise in that region's offerings. Other editors can offer opinions, but the final say comes from the region's primary editor.

All tastings are conducted "blind". Tasters are told the type of wine (varietal or region) and vintage. Flawed wines or wines that score very highly are re-tasted. European wines are sometimes tasted in the districts that yield them, where fresher, perfectly stored examples will be readily available. Wine ratings are based on how good a wine will be when it reaches its peak, regardless of how soon that will be. If barrel samples are being rated rather than finished wines, that is revealed.

Wine Spectator's 100-Point Scale:

  • 95-100 – Classic; a great wine
  • 90-94 – Outstanding; superior character and style
  • 80-89 – Good to very good; wine with special qualities
  • 70-79 – Average; drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable but not recommended
  • 50-59 – Poor; undrinkable, not recommended

Felsina - Fontalloro 2006
#13 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009 A rich, brilliant ruby red. Good spice on the nose, with generous notes of tobacco and wet earth (and of dry earth as well). The palate is supported by a hefty charge of medium-smooth tannins to ensure the required lengthy ageing. Superb weight and structure, with a classic finish.
Price: 100 €
WS
95

Wine Spectator

Each wine region is the sole jurisdiction of one editor who has developed an expertise in that region's offerings. Other editors can offer opinions, but the final say comes from the region's primary editor.

All tastings are conducted "blind". Tasters are told the type of wine (varietal or region) and vintage. Flawed wines or wines that score very highly are re-tasted. European wines are sometimes tasted in the districts that yield them, where fresher, perfectly stored examples will be readily available. Wine ratings are based on how good a wine will be when it reaches its peak, regardless of how soon that will be. If barrel samples are being rated rather than finished wines, that is revealed.

Wine Spectator's 100-Point Scale:

  • 95-100 – Classic; a great wine
  • 90-94 – Outstanding; superior character and style
  • 80-89 – Good to very good; wine with special qualities
  • 70-79 – Average; drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable but not recommended
  • 50-59 – Poor; undrinkable, not recommended
RP
94

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker is a renowned wine critic and publisher of The Wine Advocate. Over the past few years, Parker has brought on other reviewers to join the publication. Note that an RP next to a wine means that it was rated by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, not necessarily Robert Parker himself.

Tastings are conducted in peer group, single-blind conditions, which means the same types of wines are tasted against each other and the wineries' names are not revealed, so niether price nor the reputation of the winery influences the rating in any way. If tasted several times, the scores represent a cumulative average. Overall, the score assigned to a specific wine reflects the quality of the wine at its best. Parker encourages readers to rely on the score with the written notes rather than the score alone.

The Wine Advocate's 100-Point Scale:

  • 96-100 – Extraordinary; a classic wine of its variety
  • 90-95 – Outstanding; exceptional complexity and character
  • 80-89 – Barely above average to very good; wine with various degrees of flavor
  • 70-79 – Average; little distinction beyond being soundly made
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable, but containing noticeable deficiencies
  • 50-59 – Poor; unacceptable, not recommended

Cavallotto - Barolo Bricco Boschis 2005
The 2005 Barolo Bricco Boschis is gorgeous and linear in its expressive aromatics and focused core of fruit. Medium in body, the wine reveals outstanding balance and depth, with gorgeous inner perfume and a long, refined close. Sweet notes of menthol, raspberries and spices linger on the finish. The 2005 doesn't have the sheer exuberance of the 2004 and the firm tannins might make this wine hard to fully appreciate in its infancy, but with some time in bottle, this, too, will very likely develop into a gem. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025.
Price: 107 €
RP
93

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker is a renowned wine critic and publisher of The Wine Advocate. Over the past few years, Parker has brought on other reviewers to join the publication. Note that an RP next to a wine means that it was rated by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, not necessarily Robert Parker himself.

Tastings are conducted in peer group, single-blind conditions, which means the same types of wines are tasted against each other and the wineries' names are not revealed, so niether price nor the reputation of the winery influences the rating in any way. If tasted several times, the scores represent a cumulative average. Overall, the score assigned to a specific wine reflects the quality of the wine at its best. Parker encourages readers to rely on the score with the written notes rather than the score alone.

The Wine Advocate's 100-Point Scale:

  • 96-100 – Extraordinary; a classic wine of its variety
  • 90-95 – Outstanding; exceptional complexity and character
  • 80-89 – Barely above average to very good; wine with various degrees of flavor
  • 70-79 – Average; little distinction beyond being soundly made
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable, but containing noticeable deficiencies
  • 50-59 – Poor; unacceptable, not recommended

CastelGiocondo - Brunello di Montalcino 2004
#15 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2009 This wine shows a complex nose of blackberry, tanned leather, sandalwood and cedar. Fascinating. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, long finish. Concentrated yet balanced. Beautiful and complete. Best after 2011.
Price: 107 €
WS
95

Wine Spectator

Each wine region is the sole jurisdiction of one editor who has developed an expertise in that region's offerings. Other editors can offer opinions, but the final say comes from the region's primary editor.

All tastings are conducted "blind". Tasters are told the type of wine (varietal or region) and vintage. Flawed wines or wines that score very highly are re-tasted. European wines are sometimes tasted in the districts that yield them, where fresher, perfectly stored examples will be readily available. Wine ratings are based on how good a wine will be when it reaches its peak, regardless of how soon that will be. If barrel samples are being rated rather than finished wines, that is revealed.

Wine Spectator's 100-Point Scale:

  • 95-100 – Classic; a great wine
  • 90-94 – Outstanding; superior character and style
  • 80-89 – Good to very good; wine with special qualities
  • 70-79 – Average; drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
  • 60-69 – Below average; drinkable but not recommended
  • 50-59 – Poor; undrinkable, not recommended

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