• Barolo Nostalgia:  Vietti's Ultra-Classic 2014 Crus

    Barolo Nostalgia: Vietti's Ultra-Classic 2014 Crus

    "This is an absolutely phenomenal set of wines from Vietti. The 2014's are every bit as magnificent as they have always been from barrel...readers will want to snap up these Barolos before they disappear."
    - Antonio Galloni of Vinous (February 2018)

    Vietti is as elite as Barolo gets, but somehow Luca Currado continues to find a way to raise the bar each vintage. 2014 marks one of the most unusual growing seasons in many years, but without a doubt Vietti's atop the list again with their signature suave texture converging with the mind-bending transparency of the year. 2014 is as classic as they come, reminding Luca of the Barolos produced from his father's generation and calling to mind classic standouts like 1964 and 1971.

    Today's offering features the limited release of these stellar 2014's, as well as back-vintage gems including rarities like 1989 Rabajá, 1997 Riserva Villero, and 2001 Rocche.


    *Due to hail damage there was no Brunate bottled in 2014

    6x 2014 Vietti Barolo Lazzarito
    $183 per bottle.

    3x 2014 Vietti Barolo Rocche
    $183 per bottle.

    6x 2014 Vietti Barolo Ravera
    $183 per bottle.

    1x 2014 Vietti Barolo Ravera 1.5L
    $499 per bottle.

    Also available:

    1x 1989 Vietti Barbaresco Rabaja
    $199 per bottle.

    1x 1997 Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero
    $455 per bottle.

    1x 1998 Vietti Barolo Rocche
    $182 per bottle.

    1x 2000 Vietti Barolo Ravera
    $189 per bottle. (September arrival)

    8x 2001 Vietti Barolo Rocche
    $229 per bottle. (September arrival)

    1x 2008 Vietti Barolo Brunate 3.0L
    $769 per bottle.

    2x 2008 Vietti Barolo Rocche
    $196 per bottle.

    1x 2010 Vietti Barolo Brunate
    $226 per bottle.

    2x 2011 Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 
    $157 per bottle.

    6x 2013 Vietti Barolo Lazzarito
    $183 per bottle.

    12x 2013 Vietti Barolo Brunate
    $179 per bottle.

    36x 2013 Vietti Barolo Castiglione
    $53 per bottle.
    Posted by Max Kogod
  • Old Vine Bussia Sweet Spot: A & G Fantino 2013 Barolo

    Old Vine Bussia Sweet Spot: A & G Fantino 2013 Barolo "Vigne Vecchie"

    Secret cantinas hidden under the treacherously steep roads atop Monforte d'Alba don't really exist these days. Though still gaining more recognition across the globe, Barolo is a historic landscape whose heroes are clearly marked in the record books. Giacomo Conterno, Giuseppe Rinaldi, and Bartolo Mascarello are among the core of every traditional-leaning cellar. From 1978-1997 Alessandro Fantino served as enologist and vineyard manager for Bartolo Mascarello, affording him the opportunity to learn from a master of Nebbiolo. When Bartolo's daughter, Maria Theresa took a more active role in the estate in 1998 Alessandro joined with his brother full time at the family domaine across the valley in Monforte d'Alba.

    Today, I'm very happy to offer the new 2013 A & G Fantino Barolo Bussia - Cascina Dardi 
    "Vigne Vecchie", complete with special mixed 3-pack pricing.

    Alessandro and Gian Natale Fantino's cellar is perhaps the smallest in all of Monforte. The estate had gone through philosophical shifts over the years as they were finding their true voice. After the 2007 vintage they began to turn away from French barrique for aging, with 2008 marking a shift where the more traditional use of large Slavonian oak endowed the wines with striking clarity, energy, and poise.

    The top wine from the Fantinos comes from the famed Bussia vineyard of Monforte. Though generally regarded as one of the most powerful and tannic villages for Barolo due to its high sandstone content, Monforte's northern side and its Bussia Cru has an elegance that has always captivated. In the hands of the Fantinos the style is one where power meets finesse flawlessly. 

    Their parcels within the great Bussia come from the center of the cru, a sweet spot named Cascina Dardi. From here they craft a Barolo and Barolo Riserva from vines planted as far back as 1946. It's truly thrilling and rare today to be able to offer a wine from each the 2013, 2010, and 2008 vintages - stylistically, these are exactly the years I crave the most. 

    2008 captured Nebbiolo at its most graceful, perfumed, and ethereal. The wines drank well upon release, but clearly had a regal structure that would allow them to unfold for decades to come. Aromatically this is as sexy as Nebbiolo can get.

    2010 is simply a perfect vintage. A hot and dry July drove up ripeness and was met with cool nights throughout the summer. These conditions ensured a vintage with plenty of power and force was held in perfect check with bright acidity and verve.

    2013 is truly a perfect mix of both above. There's the transparency that 2008 articulates so well, and the added depth and structure that 2010 is so heralded for.


    2013 A & G Fantino Barolo Bussia - Cascina Dardi 
    "Vigne Vecchie"
    $55 per bottle.

    2010 A & G Fantino Barolo Bussia - Cascina Dardi
    $59 per bottle.

    2008 A & G Fantino Barolo Bussia - Cascina Dardi Riserva
    $59 per bottle.
    Posted by Max Kogod
  • 2013 Monforte Bullseye: Colla Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose

    2013 Monforte Bullseye: Colla Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose

    "Colla's 2013 Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose is a knock-out. Intensely sweet and perfumed, the 2013 reminds me of some of the most profound Barolos and Barbarescos I have tasted...This is a regal wine in every way. Don't miss it."           
    - Antonio Galloni of Vinous (10/17)


    At February's La Festa del Barolo the 2013 vintage was under the microscope and the new release from Poderi Colla's legendary Bussia cru may have stole the show. Tasting this Barolo born of the sweet spot within Bussia was a wow moment for me, ushering in this relatively young name that, in truth, is one of the most historically significant in Barolo. Today, I'm very happy to offer one of the clear standouts of the superb 2013 vintage, complete with magnums and special 4-pack pricing.

    Monforte d'Alba is home to some of the most structured and authoritative Barolos in the region. But, its famed Bussia cru (the center Dardi parcel, in particular) is revered for an atypical finesse. The style at Colla in 2013 relay this like I've never quite seen before. There's a combo of power and sappiness that comes across in a featherweight body. The perfume meets notes of licorice, mint, orange peel, and dried cherry with a seamless mineral finish that truly won't let you put down the glass. 

    Traditional Barolo, no matter how in vogue, can often require hearty food when young. But, there's a lift and translucency to Colla's Bussia that make this so appealing today, despite the banner year's obvious structure denoting a long life ahead. Think Bartolo Mascarello via Monforte d'Alba.

    The Colla's history in Piedmont is long and very winding. In 1961, Beppe Colla was the first to label Monforte's Bussia cru on bottles. Through decades the Colla family owned the famous Prunotto estate, and in 1994 they sold and started their eponymous winery. The first initiative was to buy the storied Dardi parcel within Bussia, a section of vines planted in 1970. 

    Colla's traditional methods for vinification and large cask aging are evident in first sip. What's ultimately the jaw-dropping discovery about this top reviewed 2013 is just how delicately approachable it is right now.

    2013 Poderi Colla Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose
    $75 per bottle.

    Special E-mail 4-pack Pricing: $279 ($69.75 per bottle) 

    2013 Poderi Colla Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose 1.5L
    $159 per bottle.

    Posted by Max Kogod
  • Catching Fire: G.D. Vajra 2013 Barolo

    Catching Fire: G.D. Vajra 2013 Barolo

    "By now I have run out of superlatives for Vajra. Suffice it to say these are some of the finest, artisan wines being made in Piedmont today. At at time when prices for so many wines are skyrocketing out of control, Vajra's prices are a breath of fresh air...My only regret is not buying these wines more heavily in the past. 
    - Antonio Galloni of Vinous (February, 2017)


    G.D. Vajra has been on fire. The 2013 vintage in Piedmont for Barolo only magnfiies this fact. In the case of Vajra's contemporaries like Bartolo Mascarello and Giuseppe Rinaldi, their wines are nearly impossible to source, and when you do the pricing exceeds $300 per bottle. Vajra's top two Baroli offered today are still modestly priced under $100, and both are among the greatest insider wines of Barolo. In a vintage that has opened the floodgates of interest, today's offer of Bricco delle Viole and Ravera is not to be missed while these last.

    Aldo and Milena Vaira bottled their first vintage in 1978 from vineyards planted by Aldo's father in 1948. Vajra's vineyards are set at the highest elevation in the commune of Barolo. From the start Aldo was heavily influenced by the traditional approach of his neighbors down the hill, Bartolo Mascarello and Beppe Rinaldi

    The Vajra wines stand at a perfect intersection between two styles. Aldo has noted descriptions of the estate as "The most modern of the traditionalists and the most traditional of the modernists". Though traditional fermentation and aging is the common approach, the accessibility and seamless texture of the wines calls to mind modern sensibilities.

    Bricco delle Viole was planted in 1949 and named for the abudance of violets (viole) that appear here each spring and the ridge (bricco) where the vineyard is located. The soil is composted of Tortonian mix of limestone and clay. The vineyard does not hold much heat in these very porous and rocky soils, and harvest often takes place two weeks after more protected vineyards in Barolo.

    Ravera is one of Barolo's elite vineyards, known for producing wines built upon structure, energy, and wild perfume. The soil is also a mix of limestone and clay, but with substantial portions of sand and iron. Ravera offers an unrivaled opportunity to develop slowly in the cellar, and 2013 is a perfect example to watch unfold and transform.


    If you would like to learn more about G.D. Vajra I highly recommend listening to the always indispensable work of Levi Dalton of I'll Drink To That, and his interview of Aldo and Giuseppe Vaira. 

    2013 G.D. Vajra Barolo Ravera
    $85 per bottle.

    2013 G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco Delle Viole
    $90 per bottle.

    2010 G.D. Vajra Barolo "Albe" 

    $39 per bottle.
    "Vajra crafts the Albe to be accessible young...The Albe is one of the very finest Barolos in its price range." - Antonio Galloni of Vinous

    1x 2010 G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 1.5L  
    $114 per bottle

    1x 2010 G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 3.0L 
    $239 per bottle.

    2015 G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 
    $20 per bottle.

    2013 G.D. Vajra Coste & Fossati Dolcetto d'Alba 
    $30 per bottle.

    Posted by Max Kogod
  • 2010 Conterno Monfortino & Deep Piedmont Gems

    2010 Conterno Monfortino & Deep Piedmont Gems

    Waking up this morning to fog thick enough to cut with a knife conjured Piedmont immeditately. The fog, or nebbia, of the region is where the Nebbiolo grape of Barolo and Barbaresco derives its name. This week also serendipitously marks the long-anticipated arrival of the greatest wine of Italy, in my humble opinion, Giacomo Conterno's Barolo Riserva Monfortino from the stellar 2010 vintage. Along with Monfortino, today's list features a collection of my favorite gems from the region. Personally, there's no region that brings more excitement with decades in bottle quite like Piedmont.

    Some highlights include the ultra-scarce Roagna Barbaresco Crichet Pajé, sourced from the chalkiest limestone portion at the top of this famed cru. A recent vertical going back to the 70's was one of the most memorable wine experiences I've ever had, with the 1996 featured below standing out for it's ethereal pitch, and 1997 for it's deep texture and forward fruit.

    Also featured are rare magnums of Conterno's Vigna Francia Barbera d'Alba from the ideal, warm 2015 vintage. And, of course, there's a wide range of Barolo going back to the 60's and 70's, including a 1971 Giussepe Mascarello Barolo that recently showed lights-out for one of our customers in November. And finally, a chance to compare the great 1969's from legendary traditionalists (and neighbors), Bartolo Mascarello and Giuseppe Rinaldi.

    1979 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva
    $729 per bottle

    1988 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia
    $449 per bottle

    1993 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia

    $299 per bottle

    1998 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia

    $299 per bottle

    1999 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia
    $299 per bottle

    2005 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia
    $159 per bottle

    2005 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 1.5L
    $419 per bottle

    2006 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 1.5L
    $493 per bottle

    2010 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino
    $1,599 per bottle.

    2013 Giacomo Conterno Vigna Francia Barbera d'Alba 
    $77 per bottle.

    2015 Giacomo Conterno Vigna Francia Barbera d'Alba 1.5L
    $149 per bottle.

    1979 Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Villero (Pre arrival)
    $449 per bottle.

    1971 Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Pugnane (Pre arrival) 
    $675 per bottle.

    1971 Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Bussia Sopra (Pre arrival) 
    $675 per bottle.

    1961 Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo (Pre arrival) 
    $719 per bottle.

    1964 Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo (Pre arrival) 
    $675 per bottle.

    1968 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo (Pre arrival)   
    $645 per bottle.

    1969 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo (Pre arrival)   
    $585 per bottle.


    1997 Giuseppe Rianldi Barolo Brunate - Le Coste
    $339 per bottle

    1998 Giuseppe Rianldi Barolo Brunate - Le Coste
    $349 per bottle

    1999 Giuseppe Rianldi Barolo Brunate - Le Coste
    $419 per bottle

    2003 Giuseppe Rianldi Barolo Brunate - Le Coste
    $229 per bottle

    2004 Giuseppe Rianldi Barolo Cannubi (San Lorenzo) - Ravera 
    $276 per bottle

    2004 Giuseppe Rianldi Barolo Cannubi (San Lorenzo) - Ravera 1.5L
    $599 per bottle

    2005 Giuseppe Rianldi Barolo Brunate - Le Coste
    $214 per bottle

    2005 Giuseppe Rianldi Barolo Cannubi (San Lorenzo) - Ravera 
    $214 per bottle

    2005 Giuseppe Rianldi Barolo Cannubi (San Lorenzo) - Ravera 1.5L
    $449 per bottle

    2006 Giuseppe Rianldi Barolo Brunate - Le Coste
    $377 per bottle

    2007 Giuseppe Rianldi Barolo Brunate - Le Coste
    $205 per bottle

    2007 Giuseppe Rianldi Barolo Cannubi (San Lorenzo) - Ravera 
    $205 per bottle

    2010 Giuseppe Rianldi Barolo Brunate 1.5L
    $946 per bottle

    2010 Giuseppe Rianldi Barolo Tre Tine
    $339 per bottle

    2012 Giuseppe Rianldi Barolo Brunate 1.5L
    $549 per bottle

    2012 Giuseppe Rianldi Barolo Tre Tine 1.5L
    $524 per bottle

    2013 Giuseppe Rianldi Barolo Brunate 
    $349 per bottle

    2013 Giuseppe Rianldi Barolo Tre Tine
    $322 per bottle

    2013 Giuseppe Rianldi Barolo Tre Tine 1.5L
    $669 per bottle

    1961 Cappellano Barolo
    $494 per bottle.

    2003 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris
    $159 per bottle.

    2009 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris
    $99 per bottle.

    2010 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris
    $224 per bottle.

    2012 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris
    $99 per bottle.

    2004 Cappellano Barolo Pié Franco
    $468 per bottle

    2007 Cappellano Barolo Piè Franco
    $468 per bottle


    2011 Cappellano Barolo Piè Franco
    $337 per bottle


    1996 Roagna Barbaresco Crichet Pajé
    $629 per bottle


    1997 Roagna Barbaresco Crichet Pajé
    $569 per bottle


    2004 Roagna Barbaresco Asili
    $136 per bottle

    2004 Roagna Barbaresco Pajé

    $84 per bottle.

    2004 Roagna Barbaresco Crichet Pajé

    $819 per bottle

    2006 Roagna Barbaresco Crichet Pajé
    $827 per bottle

    1971 Aldo Conterno Barolo Riserva Speciale Granbussia 
    $744 per bottle

    1989 Vietti Barbaresco Rabaja
    $199 per bottle

    1995 Vietti Barolo Lazzarito
    $124 per bottle

    1996 Vietti Barolo Rocche
    $299 per bottle

    1997 Vietti Barbaresco Masseria
    $134 per bottle

    1997 Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero
    $455 per bottle

    1998 Vietti Barolo Rocche
    $182 per bottle

    2008 Vietti Barolo Brunate 3L
    $769

    2008 Vietti Barolo Rocche
    $196 per bottle

    2010 Vietti Barolo Brunate
    $226 per bottle

    2011 Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 
    $157 per bottle

    2013 Vietti Barolo Brunate
    $179 per bottle

    2013 Vietti Barolo Castiglione
    $53 per bottle

    2013 Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 
    $183 per bottle


    1964 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo
    $746 per bottle

    1967 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

    $699 per bottle

    1969 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo (Pre arrival)  
    $585 per bottle.

    1988 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

    $699 per bottle

    1989 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

    $799 per bottle

    1995 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

    $227 per bottle

    1999 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 1.5L

    $674 per bottle

    2004 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

    $338 per bottle

    2006 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 1.5L

    $599 per bottle

    2008 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

    $299 per bottle

    2008 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo 1.5L

    $657 per bottle

    2010 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

    $579 per bottle

    2013 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

    $399 per bottle

    1971 Antoniolo Gattinara Santachiara
    $133 per bottle

    2009 Antoniolo Gattinara Osso San Grato

    $72 per bottle

    2009 Antoniolo Gattinara San Francesco

    $62 per bottle

    1996 Cantalupo Ghemme Signore di Bayard
    $94per bottle

    1970 Renato Ratti Barolo Mercensaco Abbazia Dell'Annunziata 
    $184 per bottle
    

    Posted by Max Kogod