A Tuscan Collection (Now with Inventory!)

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After we opened in 2001 one of the first “cellars” that we were offered was in a house on Long Island. I was hooked when I learned that they had some 1985 DRC, so I rushed out there to discover that the “cellar” (which was actually temperature-controlled) was effectively a crawl space that required removing every bottle one-by-one to get at the contents, all from a prone position. The space, and the bottles were… not clean, and the labels were in tough shape, but the wines looked fine. I remember tasting a couple of very good old Bordeaux for due diligence, but the unforgettable surprise was Badia di Coltibuono 1964 and 1968 Chianti. I had zero expectation that they would be alive, but instead they were vibrant and fresh, and full of character. Subsequent tastings of old Sangiovese have born this out – surprise at their ability to age (which often reminds me of old Bordeaux and Rioja in terms of achieving elegance and finesse), and a lot of drinking pleasure.

 

These come from a very distinguished Italian collector. They have been perfectly stored, but, as in that cellar on Long Island, some of the labels have suffered. Fortunately, that’s not what you drink, and we guarantee the condition of each bottle, as always. Jamie Wolff

 

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Biondi Santi 1973 VdT del Greppo

The D.O.C for Rosso di Montalcino was established in 1984, but so far as I can determine this bottle is the same wine - all Sangiovese, aged in wood (very large wood, for Biondi-Santi) for at least one year. In effect, a "baby Brunello". Jamie Wolff

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