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Colombaio di Santa Chiara 2018 Toscana IGT Rosato

This Rosato from Sangiovese is a happy find for us at the start of Rosato (Rose!) season. Like the Vernaccia, I thought this was even better on the next day, when the aromas of earthy clay and bright cranberry and cherry fruit are more dramatic. The palate is very bright, but beautifully balanced by the wine’s lush texture. This certainly has the acidity to go well with a lot of different foods, and I’m already dreaming about it with something from the grill, once this extended cold rain we’re having ends… Jamie Wolff

  • rosé
  • 31 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $99.99

Le Masse di Lamole 2016 Chianti Classico

The tint hamlet of Lamole (population 35) is one of the highest points in the Chianti Classico appellation. On soils of sandstone and clay, interspersed  with small stones and pebbles, Anna Maria and Guiliano of Le Masse di Lamole craft their electric wine from  Sangiovese vines up to 100 years old, some of them still bush trained. Our friend Tess from Portovino Imports described the 2016 as a Bambi wine, "sprightly, chirpy, (endearingly) gangly" in its youth when tasted a few months ago, now entering a "grunge phase, black eyeliner and nail polish: a depraved, provocative Bambi." I loved this description, and indeed the 2016 shows some beautiful brooding character, with notes of black cherry, dark forest berries, plum skin, raspberry leaves, brambles, blood orange peel, with a hint of ceder and an herbal character, almost anise. There is a also the wonderful floral character associated with Lamole, with dried rose petals, violets, and iris (though this connotation might be conditioned by the iris flowers decorating the label). With medium tannins that feel increasingly rustic as the wine opens and framed by great, juicy acidity, this is a beautiful experience of Sangiovese from a quite unique area of Chianti Classico. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $32.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic

Lecci e Brocchi 2018 Toscano IGT Il Meticcio Rosato

The delicious "Il Meticcio" is a blend of Canaiolo, Malvasia and Ciliegiolo - a blend dedicated to their mixed breed dog "Tiberio." The wine shows a deep pink color in the glass, with hints of salmon. The 2018 is a hearty and structured rose, with notes of dry tart cherry, ripe strawberry, red currants, and an interesting herbal character. Quite firm on the palate, with a bit of structured tannins yet quite bright acidity, and an undercurrent of earth and  mineral notes. The finish is long and lingering. Quite delicious now, but I wouldn't hesitate holding this for a year or two to see where it goes. Oskar Kostecki

  • rosé
  • 16 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Monte Bernardi 2018 Chianti Classico Retromarcia

Retromarcia means “to back up” or “to reverse” and is Michael Schmelzer’s reference to an old approach to Chianti that is hard to find today, focused on allowing the character of Sangiovese to show above everything else.  The wine is made from 100% Sangiovese composed of young vines planted on a mix of galestro and sandstone soils.  The grapes are fermented with native yeast on the skins for 2 weeks in stainless steel and then raised in a mixture of old barrels and unlined concrete tanks for 18 months before being bottled unfiltered.  As a classic Chianti should be, the acidity is mouthwatering, warming up the palate for a range of food; try it with everything from classic red sauce pastas, sauteed greens, and saltier cheeses all the way to richer food like roasted lamb or game birds.

  • red
  • 51 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $29.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $274.99

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $69.99

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  • 9 in stock
  • $69.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99