MEMBERSHIP PLAN: GOLD

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FALL 2021

 

Theme of the Shipment: “ITALIAN ORGANIC & BIODYNAMIC WINES” 

These wines have been selected by Francesco, we firmly believe that this selection represents the best we can offer in this price range. We are proud to present each one of these wines and we hope you will enjoy them till the last drop. Each bottle will be paired with an iconic song that reflects the personality of the wine.

FRANCESCO’S DESCRIPTIONS:


Loacker Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino Docg 2015 Song: Lean on Me by Bill Withers. When a mogul of the chocolate industry quits his family’s worldwide popular enterprise because he falls in love with biodynamic farming: this is the story of Loacker winery, that started in 1979 in Sudtirol and in 1996 in Montalcino, when Reiner Loacker arrived (on his bicycle!) in this enchanted land and tasted Brunello for the most classic ‘love at first sight’ kind of story. Pioneer of biodynamic farming applied to wine making, Reiner passed on this passion, spirit and commitment to his 3 sons that now run the estate under the supervision of the father. A great Brunello in which the warmth of the 2015 vintage can be felt in the glass, with a great intensity and quality of aromas such as maraschino cherry, dried violet, musk, leather, dried tobacco, graphite(pencil case) and an earthy note of underwood which appears to be the ‘red thread’ of the winery and of the North-Western area of Montalcino. Palate is generous in alcohol and robust in structure, yet fresh and extremely balanced, with a beautiful progression of fruits(blueberry, maraschino cherry) and an elegant note of tobacco, for a long-lasting finish that ends with a beautiful, polished tannin. Deep, meaningful and earthy like this beautiful soul-blues ballad. 100% Sangiovese. 1 bt in Shipment. Drink Through 2021-2028. Open 3h Before. Price range: $55 


Loacker Corte Pavone  cru ‘Fior di Meliloto’ Brunello Docg 2015 Song: Shine on Your Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd.  Fruit of an attentive selection of the best grapes, made with advanced technology in the vineyards with infrared cameras, this cru of Brunello stuns for its intensity, elegance and complexity. The powerful bouquet opens with an explosion of black fruits such as prunes and currant, with a marked note of underwood which appears to be the ‘red thread’ of the North-Western area of Montalcino, with a twist of mushroom and a mineral note of graphite due to the soil: dark and mysterious, the wine reveals new nuances at every swirl, with balsamic notes and a touch of leather and licorice, for an incredible overall quality of all the components. In the palate, this Brunello is generous, lascivious and warm, yet perfectly balanced by a great freshness and a majestic tannin, with a never-ending explosion of succulent sour cherry and dark fruits in the mouth. For complexity, depth and finesse, Pink Floyd are a perfect match with this wine. 100% Sangiovese. 1 bt in Shipment. Drink Through 2021-2028. Open 4h Before. Price range: $75


Az. Agr. Colle Santa Mustiola ‘Poggio ai Chiari’ Igt 2006 Song: Into my Arms by Nick Cave. Fabio Cenni has devoted his life to Sangiovese, recovering the heritage of the old family farm located in Chiusi(16 miles from Montepulciano), with 28 different clones of this incredible grape selected by him: Fabio now produces the finest Sangioveses outside the main appellations, in a unique setting, with spectacular cellar situated in an Etruscan tomb(dated back to the 25th Century BC!), overlooking the lakes of the region that guarantee the perfect climatic conditions for a high-quality wine. Poggio ai Chiari, for quality and longevity, is an icon among Sangiovese lovers and this 2006 is now in incredible shape, offering a bouquet of quintessential finesse and complexity : sour cherry, dried violet, dark fruit, with shades of cigar box, dark chocolate, old leather and mushroom, with an intriguing Campari character that tends to candied Orange peel. An incredible and unique Sangiovese, powerful and deep yet elegant, with a silky, polished tannin and a palate that evolves in many different flavors such as sour cherry under spirit, tobacco, herbs and potpourri flowers. Deep, spiritual and meaningful, like this poignant ballad by Nick Cave that melts my heart every time I listen to it.  100% Sangiovese(28 clones!). 1 bt in shipment. Drink Through 2021-2026.Open 5h before. $78


Croce di Febo ‘Amore mio’ Vino Nobile Riserva Docg 2015 Song: A Garota de Ipanema by Antonio Carlos Jobim & Frank Sinatra. “A combination of the knowledge of our past with modern know-how while respecting nature”, this is the idea of wine making of Maurizio, fearless leader of this gem in Montepulciano: following the principles of organic and biodynamic farming, Maurizio offers a great lineup of wines whose quality, finesse and expressiveness are second to none. A stunning Sangiovese, result of an attentive synergy between soil, grape, wine maker and great vintage: the warmth of the Summer 2015 can be felt in the intensity of aromas of this wine, with a maraschino cherry, black currants, chocolate, tobacco and a herbal touch of sage. Palate is coherent with the bouquet, with great intensity but quintessential elegance and balance, with a broad structure well balanced by a good freshness, a creamy tannin with a lingering finish, in which the ferrous sapidity due to the soil rich in iron intersects with an explosion of red fruits. The warmth of ‘the Voice’ of Frank Sinatra and this Brazilian masterpiece is the perfect soundtrack to this elegant and refined Vino Nobile Riserva. 100% Sangiovese. 2 bts in Shipment. Drink Through 2021-2025. Open 3h Before. Price range: $50


Querciabella Chianti Classico Docg 2018 Song: Hymn 43 by Jetro Tull. Organic since 1988, Biodynamic since 2000, the estate led by Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni, was an innovator and an inspiration for the whole industry and their wines have always shined for their elegance, expressiveness and longevity. Querciabella have always combined the Biodynamic farming techniques with the use of French oak and small barrels but still preserving the true character of the wines produced in the Tuscan soil and this beautiful Chianti Classico confirms the trend. Aromas of rose, violet, ripe cherry and red currants, hints of herbs, tobacco and licorice: the oak flavors are never predominant on the fruity and floral components, showing a masterful use of small barrels. In the mouth this wine is pure Chianti Classico: rhythmic, vibrant, precise, fresh and intense, with a soft tannin at the end and a mouth-watering, long-lasting sensation of red currants in the palate. When Biodynamic meets technical perfection and small barrel meets the purity and sublimation of Chianti Classico: the kind of music that comes to my mind while I drink this wine is ‘Progressive rock’ and my favorite album of this genre: Aqualung by Jetro Tull. 100% Sangiovese. 1 bt in shipment. Drink Through 2021-2026.Open 3h before. Price range $36
 

Querciabella ‘Turpino’ Igt Toscana 2017 Song: Chain of Fools by Aretha Franklin. Querciabella became world-wide popular for the production of top-end Supertuscans and Turpino is their ‘Bordeax blend’ made in Maremma, beautiful valley located by the Tuscan shores, from which the wine has inherited a generous and elegant bouquet, with ripe red berries, cherry and elegant notes of rose petals and violet, perfectly combined with a gentle note of red pepper typical of the Cab. Franc and a final touch of coffee and cedarwood. Palate is lascivious, elegant with a nice freshness and a final tannin which is well firm, yet beautifully carved into the perfect structure of the wine. A robust, yet gentle Supertuscan with a long-lasting fruitful finish in the mouth. 40% Cab. Franc, 40% Merlot, 20% Syrah. 1 bt in shipment. Drink Through 2021-2026. Price range $55

Az. Agr. Colle Santa Mustiola Vigna Flavia Igt 2013 Song: Superstition by Stevie Wonder. Vigna Flavia is the ‘Entry level wine’ of the winery, but ages more than a Brunello(total of 7 years of which 54 months in Big barrels), this shows how Fabio commits to top-quality standards and releases its wines only when they are ready to drink. A quintessential Sangiovese, with notes of crunchy red cherry, red currant, an elegant balsamic touch of eucalyptus and sage, tobacco, leather and a slight note of tilled earth. Palate is vertical, vibrant, rhythmic, with a beautiful crescendo of red fruits that underline the freshness of the wine and ends in a creamy tannin and a lingering sapid finish. A wine with a funky ‘groove’, like this masterpiece by Stevie Wonder. 100% Sangiovese 1 bt in shipment. Drink Through 2021-2025.Open 3h before. Price range $37

 

Tenuta di Valgiano ‘Palistorti’ Rosso Colline Lucchesi Doc 2019 Song: Tender by The Blur. One of the pioneers of Biodynamic farming in Italy, Tenuta di Valgiano is a wonderful microcosm, located in Lucca, in which a beautiful synergy of soil, people and nature creates a harmonious environment for top-quality wines. Led by Moreno and Laura, Valgiano is now the main inspiration for all the producers in the area of Lucca and for all the biodynamic lovers in the country. ‘Palistorti’ is the younger red of the winery and shows a beautiful exuberance and a very precise expressiveness, with notes of red currants, sour cherry, dried violet and intriguing notes of licorice, leather, tobacco, with a final touch of eucalyptus. Palate has a beautiful texture and shows a perfect equilibrium, with a fresh and vibrant personality, a long lasting sensation of red fruits and a round, polished tannin. The wine reminds me of one of my favorite rock-pop ballads from the 90s, Tender by the Blur, for its structure and harmony with all the components. 70% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 10% Syrah. 1bt. Drink Through 2021-2026. Open 2h before. Price $ 34

Avignonesi ‘I Grifi’ Supertuscan Igt 2018 Song: War Pigs by Black Sabbath. Under the fearless leadership of Virginie Saverys, Avignonesi has become a true ambassador of biodynamic production in the last decade, combining the commitment for great wines with the respect for the environment. I Grifi is one of the iconic Supertuscans of the winery, result of the blend of Sangiovese and Carbernet Sauvignon from the estate located in Montepulciano. The wine is robust and intense, with an intriguing bouquet of black currants, black cherry, dried violet, herbs and a marked note of coffee, with a touch of cocoa and leather. Palate is fresh, warm and vibrant, with a lingering finish of dark fruits and a firm tannin typical of the Cab Sauvignon. A revolutionary, beautiful expression of the terroir of Montepulciano, applied to a high-quality Supertuscan, for a wine that shows how Biodynamic wines can be ‘Hard-Rock’, muscular and well-structured too! 50.3% Sangiovese, 49.7% Cab Sauvignon. 2bts in Shipment. Drink Through 2021-2026. Open 2h before. Price Range 42$

Podere Le Ripi ‘Amore e Follia’ Igt 2019 Song: All the Small Things by Blink 182. Conceived by Francesco Illy as a Biodynamic winery since the beginning in 2003, Podere le Ripi is now a microcosm in Montalcino, a proper farm in which Francesco and his staff led by fearless Wine Maker Sebastian Nasello, have created a beautiful ecosystem in which all plants, animals and people work in perfect harmony and synergy, with the unique goal of making memorable wines in a sustainable environment. This wine is the blend of the small parcel of Syrah of the estate with the Sangiovese ‘stolen’ from the Brunello: aromas of crunchy cherry and pomegranate, a floral character of iris and red rose, a note of pink pepper given by the Syrah, sweet chocolate and an intriguing herbaceous note, result of the maceration with whole-clusters(so given by the stems). Palate is fresh, direct, vibrant with a lingering sapid finish, rich in red fruits and a pomegranate-style refreshing acidity that makes this wine dangerously enjoyable. An outspoken, cheeky wine with a pop-punk attitude. 50% Syrah 50% Sangiovese. 1bt in Shipment. Drink through 2021-2025. Open 2h before. Price range $ 28