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Jun. 20, 2012 Masi Tupungato “Corbec” 2008

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This is an Amarone-style wine (i.e. made with partially dried grapes) made in Argentina, by the kings of the style (Masi Agricola). Ripe and full (as you might expect) and black fruit dominated, this wine over delivers when it comes to price. A fantastic combination of winemaking cultures. Great value. 88pts.

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Jun. 20, 2012 Pulenta Estate Malbec "I" 2009

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This grape variety can offer wines that are somewhat blunt, overly alcoholic and oppressive - not so in the case of this wine. There is a real sense of elegance here, from the well resolved nose, through to the luxuriant finish. Very nicely made. 89pts.

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Jun. 14, 2012 Catena “Nicasia Vineyard” Malbec 2008

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Without a doubt, this wine is amongst Argentina's very best. Rich, deep, supple and incredibly nuanced, this is a deeply impressive offering from one of Argentina's true pioneers of this grape variety. 94pts. - 06/14/2012

Jun. 6, 2012 Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti "Le Orme" 2009

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This is a traditionally styled and well made example of the grape. Whilst not particularly nuanced, this is nicely integrated and fairly priced. 85pts. - 06/06/2012

May. 10, 2012 Michele Chiarlo “Rovereto” Gavi di Gavi DOCG 2010

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This is an expressive and nuanced example of a classic wine that often fails to live up to expectations. Perfect with seafood due to a trademark twist of lime, try this with a Ligurian fish stew. 87pts. - 05/10/2012

May. 9, 2012 Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco “Gaiun” Martinenga DOCG 2001

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This 2001 release of this outstanding, internationally styled Nebbiolo is simply sublime. Denser that the other Nebbiolo offered by this estate, this wine is rich and at times almost sweet with red fruit and cocoa. Great nuance. 94pts. - 05/09/2012

May. 8, 2012 Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco “Camp Gros” Martinenga DOCG 2005

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This is without a doubt an outstanding wine. Wonderfully balanced and nuanced (even at what is a relatively young age) this wine is also perfectly structured for the future too. Up to 20 years potential. 92pts

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May. 7, 2012 Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco “Martinenga” DOCG 2007

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Marchesi di Gresy is famous for Barbaresco and this fame is due to the unique characteristics of the Martinenga Estate. Previously the birthplace to a Roman Emperor and a place of worship dedicated to the god of war, the Martinenga Estate today produces sublime wines. 89pts. - 05/07/2012

May. 6, 2012 Marchesi di Gresy “Monte Colombo” Barbera d’Asti DOC 2007

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This "Monte Colombo" Barbera is rich, deep and hevaily extracted. Not so much a typical expression of Barbera d'Asti - more Marchesi di Gresy's idea of the ultimate Barbera d'Asti. Similar in style to Michele Chiarlo's "La Court". 92pts - 05/06/2012

May. 5, 2012 Marchesi di Gresy “Villa Martis” Langhe Rosso DOC 2008

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This "Villa Martis" is a fantastic example of when Piedmont's two best know grape varieties are blended. 60% Barbera and 40% Nebbiolo, this IS direct, but harmonious and structured , but balanced. 90pts. - 05/05/2012

May. 4, 2012 Marchesi di Gresy “Gresy” Chardonnay, Langhe DOC 2009

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Chardonnay is an unusual choice of planting in Piedmont, however winemaker at Marchesi di Gresy (Jeff Chilcott)has made this oaked style wonderfully well. Smooth and opulent this Chardonnay is simply outstanding. 91pts - 05/04/2012

May. 3, 2012 Marchesi di Gresy Langhe Sauvignon Blanc 2010

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Sauvignon Blanc is an unusual grape to find in Piedmont, however Marchesi di Gresy's New Zealand born winemaker Jeff Chilcott may have had something to do with it's introduction at this winery. An unusual, low acid style of Sauvignon Blanc is balanced and individual. 88pts.
 - 05/03/2012


May. 2, 2012 Cloudy Bay “Te Koko” Sauvignon Blanc 2007

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This 2007 Cloudy Bay "Te Koko" Sauvignon Blanc is the oak fermented and oak matured version of Cloudy Bay's world famous Sauvignon Blanc. Distinctive and individual, this is impressively nuanced and accomplished. 92pts. - 05/02/2012

May. 1, 2012 Stonestreet Alexander Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2009

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This 2009 Stonestreet Alexander Valley Sauvignon Blanc is yet another excellent wine from the Alexander Mountain Estate. Grown at altitude and matured in oak, this '09 Sauvignon Blanc shows a unique character whilst maintaining it's varietal identity. 91pts. - 05/01/2012

Apr. 30, 2012 Brown Brothers “Patricia” Shiraz 2006

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This 2006 Brown Brothers �Patricia� Shiraz is without a doubt one of the ultimate expressions of Australian Shiraz. A fraction of the price of Australia's other top Shiraz (Penfolds, Henschke, Torbreck etc), this nonetheless matches them for quality. 95pts.

 - 04/30/2012


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