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Banfi Centine 2016

$12.99

"From the Winery: The best tradition of the Sangiovese grape in Tuscany that, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, allows a youthful and intensely fruity blend. The ideal companion of simple dishes but also suitable for more complex matches."

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Banfi Rosso Di Montalcino

$24.99

"From the Winery: A super-classic of Montalcino and Banfi. A wine able to match the elegance and solidity of its elder counterpart with a freshness and directness that make it one of the most versatile wines within Banfi’s offer. Very enjoyable when released, it is also suitable for a long aging."

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Carpineto Chianti Riserva 2010

Special Price $21.99

Regular Price: $28.00

"From the Winery: A complex and elegant bouquet highlighted by persistent raspberry and vanilla aromas. It is warm and full with a velvety mouthfeel and a long, generous finish. This Riserva will reward extensive cellaring and pairs perfectly with roasts and game."

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Carpineto Dogajolo 2010

$12.99

From the Winery: This is a very innovative product, a young 'Super-Tuscan', whose characteristics are never found together in the same wine. Dogajolo combines the power and deep colors of a young wine, the elegance and balance given by wood aging, as well as a fruity and fragrant bouquet.

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Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2013

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Regular Price: $30.00

From the Winery: Brilliant ruby red color with a tendency to garnet. Aromas of ethereal, extraordinarily elegant with hints of violet and wood. Dry, harmonic, fruity and velvety, with an elegant texture and long finish. Pairs well with aged cheeses and game, especially wild boar.

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Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera 2008

Special Price $489.99

Regular Price: $600.00

"From the Winery: Dense yet surprisingly ethereal, this wine wafts with pure Sangiovese Grosso fruit, fresh-cut herbs, wildflowers, cypress trees and earth. On the palate, the wine fills the mouth with fruit, coats it with fine-grained tannins, and builds to a spice and mineral inflected finish. Soldera had, since his first harvest in 1975, always vinified the same way--aging his wine traditionally in large Slavonian oak for five years and then an additional six to 12 months in bottle before release--but in 2008, Soldera shifted his protocol, aging partly in botti and finishing the wine’s aging in stainless steel before bottling. Although no longer called a Brunello, this ’08 Rosso IGT is a Soldera Brunello in everything but its name; it’s a powerful yet scintillating wine, and it belongs in the cellars of serious Brunello enthusiasts.


Gianfranco Soldera is regarded by many as the most accomplished craftsman of Brunello—a fanatical, uncompromising perfectionist who operates something of a viticultural wonderland, presenting nature in an idealized context. Terroir is the word at Soldera’s Case Basse estate. He set out to find a great piece of land—scouring Piemonte, the Veneto, and Toscana—and settled at an abandoned, decrepit Montalcino farmhouse in 1972, planting his minute plots, Case Basse (approximately 2 hectares) and Intistieti (approximately 4.5), over a two-year period (1972 and ’73, respectively). He chose to plant Sangiovese exclusively, believing it to be the only grape that possessed a genuine synergy with the land.

What he’s done with that Sangiovese has become Montalcino’s most captivating modern legend, a tale that is set in a magical kingdom of sorts.The Case Basse estate effectually constitutes an idyllic habitat, one which has been designed to operate in a state of continuous balance, honored through a complex yet wholly organic operation. It is here that the animal kingdom reflects its most perfect self, as every contributor is there for a reason. The wife of Soldera, Graziella, nurtures her own domain in this resplendent world—a rose garden featuring over 1,500 species.

As is to be expected, Soldera exercises a precise and meticulous regimen in the vineyard, privileging a painstaking by hand approach to several procedures. Brunellos issuing from this realm constitute their own category, being unrivaled by any other expression that bears the Montalcino designation.

Ironically, Soldera’s labeling methodology doesn’t reflect the meticulous precision defining his viticultural operations; in fact, it’s the only element of his world that’s rather undisciplined. Soldera drew upon Intistieti exclusively in his early years of Brunello production, as its soils were poorer than those of Case Basse, rendering it the more suited of the two to delivering wines of structure. As the estate’s eponymous cru was growing into its future role as a source of profound Brunellos, Soldera put it to use in a Vino da Tavola Rosso bottling that is effectually the equivalent of a present-day Rosso di Montalcino. However, it wasn’t the only one that was being used in the Vino da Tavola role: When a wine failed to merit Soldera’s exacting qualitative specifications for the Brunello di Montalcino designation, it was classified as Vino da Tavola Intistieti. The first of these was made in 1985 and while its early successors did indeed represent their source, Soldera changed things up—to great confusion—in the 1987 vintage, as the wine released under the Intistieti label was sourced from Case Basse. The rationale behind the somewhat misleading label? Nothing more profound than the fact that Soldera liked the Intistieti name, a personal preference that he chose to exercise again in both 1988 and 1991. But this somewhat irrational modus operandi doesn’t end there. In the 1990 vintage, Case Basse made its debut Brunello showing, while Intistieti served as the source of Soldera’s Riserva. In some years, though, the normale Brunello is wholly a Case Basse production, while in others, like 1996, it is a blend of the best from both crus. Also, in 1995, Soldera produced the first riserva from Casse Basse; in 2001, both crus delivered riservas.

A Soldera wine can be difficult to translate in words, being prone to dramatic changes in intervals of mere seconds. Perhaps Soldera captured it best when he asked Sergio Esposito, Can' you taste the Case Basse in my wines? But that taste, as indicated above, is elicited and carefully transmitted through an organic methodology and precise viticultural and vinification techniques."

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Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2010

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Regular Price: $75.00

"From the Winery: Intense ruby red in color with garnet reflections. Aromas of violets and vanilla, with hints of licorice. Velvety palate, with tart-cherry flavors and traces of spice. Well structured with supple tannins, superb concentration, and good acidity. Persistent finish."

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Castiglion del Bosco Dainero Toscana 2010

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Regular Price: $25.00

"From the Winery: The color is ruby red with violet hues, while on the nose it is rich in spicy and fruity notes; in the mouth it is rich and round. Its unique versatility makes it suitable for everyday drinking."

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Castinglion Del Bosco Brunello 2010

Special Price $44.99

Regular Price: $57.00

"From the Winery: Complexity, superb structure, and an inviting, mouthfilling palate are the hallmarks of this Sangiovese. A garnet-flecked ruby red, it releases generous, emphatic fragrances classic to Sangiovese, developing a nearly endless progression notable for its beautiful balance. Excellent with stews, roasted meats and cheese."

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Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG “Caspagnolo” 2017

Special Price $10.99

Regular Price: $15.00

From the Winery: This Chianti of Villa Poggio Salvi, is created with a blend of Sangiovese and a small amount of Merlot, deriving from the estate vineyards in the area of Monteriggioni and represents a classic Tuscan wine, with a warm flavour, well balanced with harmonious roundness in tannins, ruby red in color, fruity fragrances, with hints of current and violet. Ready for immediate enjoyment it is an excellent partner for a wide range of dishes.

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