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Mascarello Giuseppe e Figlio 2008 Cà d’Morissio Riserva Nebbiolo (Barolo)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $595

This stunning wine is all about extreme elegance and subtlety. It opens with aromas of wild red berry, rose petal, sweet baking spice and a whiff aromatic herb while the focused palate delivers red cherry, crushed raspberry, licorice, pipe tobacco and white pepper. A firm backbone of polished tannins and vibrant acidity gives it an age-worthy structure. It’s loaded…

 — K.O.  (10/1/2015)
98
points

G.E. Massenez Poire-Prisonniere Poire Williams

  1. $70

Juicy and mouthwatering, with lots of bold fruit on the palate plus a subtle flick of vanilla, this Williams pear brandy would make a lovely dessert accompaniment or after-dinner sip. Gift-worthy presentation includes a pear-shaped bottle with a whole pear imprisoned inside.

 — K.N.  (10/1/2015)
96
points

William Fèvre 2013 Les Clos Grand Cru Chardonnay (Chablis)

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  1. $115

All the Fèvre vines are at the top of this vineyard, giving very structured, long-lived wines. This is certainly an age-worthy wine, tightly coiled and nervy, with a strong mineral note at its heart. Lemon and quince flavors are caught up in the complex structure. Drink from 2020.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
96
points

Attilio Ghisolfi 2011 Bricco Visette Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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  1. $79

Scorched earth, ripe berry, underbrush, ground pepper, leather and a balsamic note are just some of the aromas you’ll find on this superb Barolo. The young, tight palate delivers rich black cherry, baking spice, licorice and tobacco while firm, velvety tannins provide the framework. A mineral vein energizes the finish. It already shows a great depth of flavors but…

 — K.O.  (10/1/2015)
96
points

Sandrone 2011 Cannubi Boschis Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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  1. $165

Initially shy and brooding, it eventually reveals a potpourri of aromas, including forest floor, graphite, wild berry, mint, rose and a balsamic note. The palate delivers layers of ripe red cherry, black raspberry, tobacco, ground pepper, menthol and cinnamon alongside youthfully assertive but ripe tannins. Drink 2019–2031.

 — K.O.  (10/1/2015)
96
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Rivetto 2010 Briccolina Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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  1. $149

Succulent wild cherry, black raspberry, rose, violet, licorice, chopped mint, ground pepper and tobacco are just some of the aromas and flavors you’ll find on this delicious, structured Barolo. A backbone of firm, velvety tannins and bright acidity support the juicy flavors. Drink 2018–2030.

 — K.O.  (10/1/2015)
96
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Luigi Oddero & Figli 2008 Vigna Rionda Nebbiolo (Barolo)

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  1. $131

A hallmark bottling from one of Serralunga’s prime vineyard sites, this gorgeous Barolo has structure, breeding and class. It opens with classic aromas of perfumed berry, leather, forest floor, tobacco and a balsamic note while the impeccable palate delivers wild cherry, crushed raspberry, strawberry, chopped herb, white pepper and licorice. It’s still tight and…

 — K.O.  (10/1/2015)
95
points

Joseph Drouhin 2013 Drouhin-Vaudon Les Clos Grand Cru Chardonnay (Chablis)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $95

A very mineral, flinty character comes through the powerful texture of this rich, dense wine. The ripest, almost honeyed fruit is cut by lime, lemon and orange peel. It is a complex wine for aging; drink from 2019.

 — R.V.  (10/1/2015)
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