• Bertani-Secco, Valpolicella-Valpantena, Veneto

    Pleasant and fruity, with orange peel, plum and floral aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with good acidity and a clean finish. Delicious.

  • Antinori, Santa Cristina Chianti-Sangiovese, Tuscany

    Light-bodied and fresh, with fragrant raspberry and black cherry character. Serve with pasta, pizza, poultry or beef.

  • Barbara “Le Orme” Michele Chiarlo, Piedmont

    A brilliant ruby-red wine with an intense yet airy,vinous bouquet and a medium-bodied, bone-dry robustness that is exceptionally pleasant on the palate.

  • Marchesi di Barolo, Barbera d’Alba, Ruvei, Piedmont, 2006

    Absolutely delicious. Medium-to-full-bodied, with tasty, ripe plum and mineral character. Bursting with flavor, showing good balance, with a plumy finish. Almost raisiny. Yummy. Always a top Barbera.

  • Antinori, Chianti Classico Pepoli, Tuscany

    Intense aromas of juicy red berries, with hints of vanilla and chocolate. Pèppoli is full-bodied, with soft, sweet tannins and a long, lingering finish. Enjoy while young, when the fruit is most expressive.

  • Marchesi di Frescobaldi, Chianti Nippozano, Tuscany

    A “Smart Buy” that has very pretty aromas of licorice, berry and lightly toasted oak. This great value is full bodied with a long finish.

  • Tenuta San Guido, Toscana Guidaberto, Tuscany, 2001

    Incredible amount of aromatic wood with hints of plum and berry; full bodied with lots of fruit and lovely silky texture.

  • Tenuta San Guido, Barrua, Sardinia, Italy, 2002

    Deep crimson red in color, aromas of fresh blackberries & plums with hints of licorice & spice. Long & lush finish.

  • Brancaia, Saia, Sicily 2004

    Saia is opaque deep violet in color with aromas of dark and bitter red cherry, spearmint, spice and oak nuances. These lead into a velvety palate of lush, exotically concentrated fruit balanced by a fine acidic underpinning and ripe, sweet tannins.

  • Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi, Chianti Rufina, Montesodi, Tuscany, Italy, 2000 & 2001

    An outstanding Chianti Rufina. Aromas of flowers, blackberries, currants and hints of toasted oak are impressive. Full-bodied, with super, well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish.

  • Castello Banfi, Summus, Tuscany, Italy, 2001

    This beauty of a wine has wonderful aromas of blackberry and cherry with a hint of chocolate. It is full-bodied, with a long finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet, Syrah blend.

  • Vietti, Barolo, Lazzarito, Piedmont, Italy, 1998

    Aromas of freshly sliced plums, with hints of berries and fresh spices. Full-bodied with layers of polished tannins and a long caressing finish loads of fruit character and spices. Even better than the outstanding 1997.

  • Pogglio al Lupo, Tenuta Setti Ponti 2004

    Gorgeous aromas of crushed blackberry and raspberry, with just a hint of toasty oak. Full-bodied, with soft, round tannins and a long finish.

  • Brancaia, Toscana “il Blu”, Tuscany, Italy, 2004

    The aromas leave me speechless, with freshly cut roses and lilacs that follow through to crushed blackberry and cherry undertones. Full-bodied but extremely balanced, with velvety yet caressing tannins and a finish that goes on for minutes Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. #6 of 2006 – Highly Recommended.

  • Castello Banfi, Brunello di Montalcino, Poggio alle Oro, Reserva, Tuscany, Italy, 1997

    Blockbuster, incredibly intense black cherry aromas, with hints of mint and red licorice. It soon turns to flowers. Full-bodied, and full-throttled, with masses of tannins and concentrated fruit.

  • Paolo Scavino, Barolo “Carobic”, Piedmont, 2001

    A solid and compacted wine that’s full bodied with a long finish. It’s thick and rich with lots of plum, berry And tobacco aromas and flavors. Always a top Barolo from this terrific year.

  • Pio Cesare, Barolo, Ornato, Piedmont, Italy, 1996

    Generous and meaty. Glorious rich character. Gorgeous aromas of plums, fresh flower and spices. Full-bodied with meaty, earthy, plumy flavors. Big, thick, velvety tannins.

  • Pio Cesare, Barolo, Ornato, Piedmont, Italy, 1997

    I love the aromas of dark chocolate, spice and mineral, with hints of prune. Full-bodied, with super, well integrated tannins and a long plum, raspberry and cinnamon finish. Very pretty indeed. Better than the 1996.

  • Tenuta dell Ornellaia, Bolgheri Ornellaia, Tuscany, Italy, 1997

    A cool and sleek Tuscan red, with tarragon and fresh sage aromas, blackberry and cherry undertones. Full-bodied, with a wonderfully silky palate of fine tannins and a long, fruity finish. Very sophisticated and reserved.

  • Pio Cesare, Barbaresco, “Il Bricco” Piedmont 1994

    “Solid and racy. Plenty of generous ripe fruit, with plum, berry and vanilla character. Full-bodied, with firm, silky tannins and loads of ripe fruit. Very long and powerful. Well-done.

  • Barolo, Paolo Scavino, “Bric del Fiasc” Piedmont, 2001

    2001 Barolo Bric del Fiasc is a massive and strapping Barolo with an exciting nose of sweet ripe fruit, licorice, tar and mint. This deeply colored, masculine, full-bodied Barolo is packed with layers of dense backward dark fruit, prune, plum and macerated cherry flavors, with a distinctly mentholated note that gives it a sense of freshness and balance. It finishes with huge tannins which suggest patience will be required. Anticipated maturity.

  • Oreno, Sette Ponti, Tuscany, 2001

    The 2001 Oreno is simply a great wine. An inky ruby with purple highlights, intensely expansive and sweet on a fruit-rich nose which is loaded with smoky tar and graphite notes, it is packed and powerful on the palate with a density and concentration which are cunningly concealed by the plush and caressing texture, the superb balance and exceptional length of the finish and aftertaste.

  • Domenico Clerico, Barolo, Ciabot Mentin Ginestra, Piedmont, Italy, 1998

    Breathtaking. Big and powerful, with loads of plum, blackberry, raisin and meat aromas. Full-bodied, with big, luscious tannins and masses of fruit on the palate. Long, rich and seductive. Even better than the 1997.

  • Antinori, Toscana Solaia, Tuscany, Italy, 2000

    Bright aromas of crushed berry and raspberry, with a hint of mineral. Full-bodied and very round, with lovely velvety tannins and a long finish. Big and boisterous. Almost rustic, but hell, it’s a beauty… Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc.

  • Tenuta dell Ornellaia, Toscana Masseto, Tuscany, Italy, 1997

    A big and powerful Tuscan Merlot, with loads of fruit and good concentration. Dark ruby color, with intense aromas of blackberries, spices and dried herbs. Full-bodied, with big velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Greatest Masseto ever made.

If you open it up and enjoy it, it's a good wine.

- Frank Reno

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