2011 Oddero Barolo

Holy Fuck. This is why I’m in the wine business. 

Goosebumps immediately. A field of the prettiest roses you’ve ever smelled in your life, strawberry, glycerin, saddle leather, hay, pencil shavings, dry mustard, toast and fine minerals on the gorgeous, gorgeous nose. I could smell this all day. Scents transition seamlessly to the palate with fresh plum, tobacco leaf, black tea, pepper and spice flavors supporting. Finishes dry, savory, complex and meaty with waves of plum, rare beef, truffle, glycerin, spice and fine minerals.  I haven’t had a wine experience like this in a while, but it’s why I love being in the business. Today is a rare treat; this wine is fucking amazing. 100% Nebbiolo. $49.99

2015 Vignaioli Morellino Scansano Ciliegiolo Capoccia Maremma Toscana

imageCiliegiolo and Alicante blend from Southern Tuscany. Hay, smoked red meats, briary seed and thyme scents. This smells wild and rustic. Black cherry and plum up front with black tea, strong minerals, clay and fresh tobacco notes supporting. Mouthwatering plum, steel, savory herbs and spices carry through the long, dry, rustic finish. Purely delicious. Serve this with any grilled meats and you’ll be in heaven. Absolutely mouthwatering and delicious. A steal for $11.99.

This is a preorder. The wine won’t be in till November and will be limited. If you’re interested in reserving some email me at stpetewinesmith@gmail.com.

2010 Poggio Foco Cecco Cabernet Sauvignon Sovana Rosso

Deep, earthy scents of cassis, blackberry, leather and savory spices. Scents are joined by up front minerals on the chewy, tannin-driven palate. Finishes strong and dry with bright blackberry and gripping tannins carrying through. A substantial, rustic, and damn tasty unoaked Cabernet for under $20.

Sovana is a small town D.O.C. Of Maremma, Tuscany.

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2010 Muralia Babone Maremma Toscana

Heady black fruit scents with warm spices, lead and clean minerals on the zesty nose. Scents transition to the meaty, rich palate seamlessly. Finishes very dry with mouthwatering black fruits, black tea and bracing mineral notes. Pretty substantial yet elegant wine for the price. Tasty. 65% Sangiovese, 35% Syrah. $21.99

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2014 Ettore Germano Hérzu Riesling Langhe

Petrol, hay, sugar cube, white peach and lime zest scents make my mouth water. Scents transition to flavors effortlessly with bracing acidity and soft minerals supporting.  Crisp and dry on the finish with a palate-coating, oily texture carrying the peach and lime flavors joined by a distinct white pepper note.  This is delicious. I’m thinking Pad Thai; any sweet/sour dish and this wine will shine.  Even curry. I love it when a wine makes me hungry. $27.99

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2014 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso

Smoke, volcanic ash, bright cherry, cranberry with a little of the barnyard – manure and hay – on the savory, meaty, mouthwatering nose.  This gave me goosebumps from the first sniff. The brightness of the cranberry and cherry is remarkable against the earthy, volcanic-rocky backbone. Fuck. This is amazing.  Brilliant acidity leads into the intense, dry finish highlighting cranberry and minerals. This wine will destroy your Thanksgiving dinner, and by that I mean it’s perfect. If you’re into Cru Beaujolais, this is a must try. I can see why this area is nicknamed the “Burgundy of the Mediterranean”. Power, complexity, richness and elegance delivered in a light bodied vessel. $24.99

This wine is composed of Nerello Mascalese (roughly 95%) and Nerello Cappuccio (roughly 5%). The estate is located in the northern slopes of the Mount Etna volcano on the island of Sicily, with vineyards between the village of Solicchiata and the town of Randazzo. Sustainably farmed and certified Organic in 2010. Check their website out as you drink this wine. It’s almost as impressive and a good read.  http://www.tenutaterrenere.com

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