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Avignonesi Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2013 375ml

Rated 91 - The 2013 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano marks a very happy return for Avignonesi. This wine underlines the commitment and the dedication...
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Camigliano Brunello Di Montalcino 2012 375ml

Rated 93 - A firm, elegant and well-defined style, boasting cherry, currant, licorice, leather and spice flavors. Concentrated and long, with a...
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Castellare Di Castellina Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna Il Poggiale 2014 375ml

Rated 90 - Starts out with cherry, leather, thyme, tobacco and earth notes. The firm, dusty tannins take over and line the finish. In the...
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Castello D'albola Chianti Classico 2012 375ml

Rated 90 - Enticing aromas of violet, iris, wild berry, forest floor and cooking spice lead the nose of this savory blend of Sangiovese and...
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Felsina Chianti Classico Rancia Riserva 2011 375ml

Rated 94 - From the 6.25-hectare Rancia vineyard, the 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia shows a more elaborate and stylized personality with...
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Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva 2010 375ml

Rated 93+ - The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva is host to a beautiful mix of black mineral, fruit, dried mint and eucalyptus. The wine shows elegant...
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Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 375ml

Rated 93 - Dark red cherries, plums, grilled herbs, tobacco, smoke and anise meld together in the 2011 Chianti Classico Riserva. Silky layers...
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Felsina Fontalloro Igt Toscana 2013 375ml

Rated 96 - Gorgeous and soft, the 2013 Fontalloro is another landmark wine from this classic vintage. There is enormous intensity here and the wine...
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Le Chiuse Brunello Di Montalcino 2012 375ml

Rated 96 - Dark-skinned berry, forest floor, pipe tobacco, new leather and balsamic notes float out of the glass. On the elegantly structured...
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Poliziano Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2013 375ml

Rated 92 - A VNM with finesse and polished. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a focused and bright finish. Beautiful wine with so much here....
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Valdipiatta Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2012 375ml

Rated 93 - A powerful, explosive wine, the 2012 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano hits the palate with serious depth and intensity. The dark, brooding...

375ml Italy Sangiovese

There are few countries in the world with a viticultural history as long or as illustrious as that claimed by Italy. Grapes were first being grown and cultivated on Italian soil several thousand years ago by the Greeks and the Pheonicians, who named Italy 'Oenotria' – the land of wines – so impressed were they with the climate and the suitability of the soil for wine production. Of course, it was the rise of the Roman Empire which had the most lasting influence on wine production in Italy, and their influence can still be felt today, as much of the riches of the empire came about through their enthusiasm for producing wines and exporting it to neighbouring countries. Since those times, a vast amount of Italian land has remained primarily for vine cultivation, and thousands of wineries can be found throughout the entire length and breadth of this beautiful country, drenched in Mediterranean sunshine and benefiting from the excellent fertile soils found there. Italy remains very much a 'land of wines', and one could not imagine this country, its landscape and culture, without it.

The name of this grape, meaning 'blood of Jove' conjures up evocative images of long dead civilizations, and gives the Sangiovese varietal a sense of the holy, the sacred, the special. Indeed, this particular type of Italian grape has been cultivated and processed for thousands of years, and is said to be the original favorite grape varietal of the Romans, and the Etruscans before them. Throughout history, vintners have continued to plant this varietal, and they continue to produce wonderful wines to this day. The long bunches of very dark, round fruit are treasured by fine wineries in Italy and a few other places around the world, and when young, these grapes are lively – full of strawberry flavors and a little spiciness. However, it is when they are aged in oak that they take on some truly special flavors and aromas, as seen in some of the finest wines of the Old World.