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Cupano Brunello Di Montalcino 2004 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino offers up sweet ripe fruit, toasted oak, licorice, leather, spices and roasted coffee beans in a...
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Mirafiore Barolo Riserva 2004 750ml

Rated 91 - A floral, eucalyptus edge to the blackberry and plum flavors adds complexity to this rich, muscular Barolo, which is backed by firm,...

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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.