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Paolo Bea

Paolo Bea Santa Chiara Umbria Bianco IGT 2014 750ml

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About Paolo Bea

Founded more than 400 years ago, Paolo Bea dedicates itself to indigenous Umbrian grapes —Grechetto, Malvasia, Gargenega and Trebbiano for its whites, and... Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and Sagrantino for its reds. The family-owned-and-operated Bea estate has long been a standard bearer of the Italian Slow Food Movement, and its motto is "Nature should be observed, listened to and integrated, not dominated. Wine is not made by man but generated by nature!" Because of this dedication to natural viniculture and viticulture, Bea’s team nurtures its grapes with organic, non-interventionist agriculture, and it continues that reliance on nature in the cellar, crafting its wines without temperature control and without any additives, yeasts, fining or filtration. The septuagenarian Paolo Bea is still the guiding force behind the estate, and he shares his traditional approach with his two sons: Giuseppe farms the vineyards, and Giampiero, current president of the Italian natural wine society Viniveri, heads up the winemaking. The Bea estate purposefully keeps its production low — so low that demand for its exceptional reds and outrageous whites always exceed supply. Each wine in Bea’s repertoire feels like a chapter in an ongoing story that, once experienced, you never want to stop reading!
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Sassetti Livio Pertimali

Sassetti Livio Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino 2017 750ml

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About Sassetti Livio Pertimali

While the Sassetti family have been farmers for many generations, they’ve been working as vine-growers and winemakers for four generations.... A founding member of the Brunello Consortium in 1967, Livio Sassetti inherited his family’s passion for wine, and he wanted the chance to estate-bottle his own Brunello, so in the early 1970's he purchased his own plot of land in Montosoli and founded the Pertimali estate, named for a cottage on the property. The 39-acre Pertimalli Sassetti estate now rests in the hands of Livio’s sons, Lorenzo and Luciano, who join him in the production of elegant, complex, and aromatic wines that marry the distinctive Montalcino terroir with the structure of Burgundy. In addition to Pertimali Sassetti, the Sassetti family of estates includes La Querciolina in Umbria and Colle Argento in Valdobbiadene.
$65.00In Stock
Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta

Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2010 750ml

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About Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta

Shortly after assuming control of his father’s Piemonte winery in 1961, Angelo Gaja set the wine world on fire with his revolutionary... Barbaresco and Barolo bottlings. In the early 1990s, this trailblazing winemaking titan was looking to expand his empire, and he set his sights on Toscano because it, like Angelo’s beloved Langhe, plays home to defining expressions deriving from indigenous grapes. In 1994, Angelo found an abandoned property in the southwest Brunello zone. It was perfect — sporting poor, low nutrient rocky soils and abutting Gianfranco Soldera’s famed Case Basse. At first Angelo joined forces with owner Roberto Bellini to remake Pieve Santa Restituta (“pieve” refers to the chapel on the property), but Angelo bought his partner out a year later, and the 1995 saw the estate’s inaugural vintage. In 2006, Angelo added 16 acres to his existing 24, and now, Pieve Santa Restituta crafts three beautiful Brunello wines: the cru Sugarille; Rennina, which represents the vineyards in Santo Pietro, Castagno, and Pian dei Cerri; and a normale Brunello that blends across all of the estate’s sites. Pieve Santa Restituta relies on a mix of modern and traditional methods, including aging wine in a combination of barriques and botti in order to craft the estate’s velvety, elegant, and intense house style. While it took Angelo a few vintages to elicit Brunello wines that met his lofty standards, with time Pieve Santa Restituta has proven itself to be among the best in the region. With Angelo’s retirement, daughter Gaia has taken control of the winemaking duties, ever raising the game at Pieve Santa Restituta.
$105.00Pre-Arrival
Miani

Miani Filip Friulano Colli Orientali del Friuli 2011 750ml

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About Miani

Miani’s Enzo Pontoni stands head and shoulders above most of his winemaking peers — both literally and figuratively. The nearly seven-foot tall Pontoni towers... in the vineyard, but he knows his vines on a first-name basis, and as a result, he crafts some of the most hard-to-get wines in Italy’s Colli Orientali del Friuli. Enzo thinks each individual vine possesses its own microclimate, and he tends to his individual plants with individualized care, something that includes possibly the most assertive green harvests in all of Italy. Where other winemakers would leave several bunches of grapes on a vine, Enzo leaves one, maybe two. Where other winemakers would garner a few thousand bottles of wine from a plot, Enzo will get a few hundred. Famously reclusive and shy, Enzo owns only nine acres of vineyards but rents another 22, and he produces fewer than 800 cases a year, and that’s 800 total cases, spread across his various bottlings. Enzo works with a number of different varieties, from Chardonnay to Ribolla Gialla to Tocai Friulano to Sauvignon Blanc, but he also makes some evocative reds, including his Calvari — all of which inspire collectors to snap them up upon release. No matter the Miani wine, they’re extraordinarily rare, explosive, cult-inspiring, and delicious.
$149.00In Stock
Dal Forno Romano

Dal Forno Romano Vigneto Monte Lodoletta Valpolicella Superiore 2004 750ml

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Vigneto Monte Lodoletta Valpolicella Superiore 2004 This massive, inky-dark 2004 Valpolicella Superiore explodes from the glass with a shower of cassis, ripe plums, wild berries and secondary notes... of balsamic herbs, cigar wrapper, dark chocolate, spice, and espresso. Tannins feel firm and chewy, suggesting that even with almost two decades of age, this wine is only now creeping into its drinking window, and it has decades ahead of it. This intense wine is nonetheless detailed and finessed — it just needs more time in the cellar or abundant aeration for true enjoyment.
$149.00In Stock