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Argiolas Costera Cannonau de Sardegna 2013

$12.99 Sardinia, Italy PLCB Code# 44302   The 2013 Cannonau di Sardegna Costera hits all the right buttons. This is a steady and well presented red wine from the heart of the Mediterranean. It shows a high level of confidence … Continue reading

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Di Majo Norante Ramitello 2011

$11.99 Molise, Italy Chairman’s Selection PLCB #33503 The up-front mulberry and plum fruit is ripe and fleshy in this balanced red, with polished tannins. Notes of licorice string, graphite, tarry smoke and grilled mushroom push through midpalate and on the … Continue reading

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Di Majo Norante Aglianico Contado Riserva 2010

$14.99 Molise, Italy PLCB #43505 The estate’s 2010 Aglianico del Molise Contado is another wine loaded with personality. Scorched earth, tobacco, incense and smoke are some of the many notes that wrap around a core of intense fruit. Dense, rich … Continue reading

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Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino di Sardegna 2013

$14.99 Sardinia, Italy PLCB Code#  43508 A stony base note underscores the flavors of apple, rose petal, melon and spice. Creamy and pretty, with citrusy acidity for balance. Drink now through 2016.–AN 88 Points and a Smart Buy Wine Spectator … Continue reading

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Firriato Quater 4 Bianco 2011

$11.99 Sicily, Italy PLCB Code# 33284 The 2011 Quater Bianco, a blend of Zibibbo, Grillo, Carricante and Catarratto, is absolutely intriguing in this vintage. A hint of sweetness from the Zibibbo gives the wine much of its aromatic nuance, while … Continue reading

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Argei Cannonau di Sardegna 2012

$12.99 Sardinia, Italy PLCB Code# 32983 Most people consider Cannonau to be the same grape as Grenache, but Sardinians insist it has its own unique characteristics. I’m a Grenache fan, but have yet to find a Cannonau that speaks to … Continue reading

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Antica Hirpinia Taurasi Riserva 2006

 $12.99 Campania, Italy Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 32991 I thought it was an incredible deal and I could not wait to taste it, so I popped it as soon as I got home. Meh. It was OK, but there was … Continue reading

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Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco 2009

$12.99 Montefalco, Umbria, Italy PLCB Code# 32951 Silky tannins frame a core of expressive red fruit in the 2009 Montefalco Rosso. Flowers and spices add complexity on the supple finish. Caprai’s Montefalco Rosso is a more important wine than its … Continue reading

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Secoli Ripasso 2011

$13.99 Veneto, Italy Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33197 Dark ruby/purple color. A silky, sexy texture. The wine has a long, dry finish of chocolate and dried cherries. Winemaker’s notes As you may recall from a previous post, ripasso is a … Continue reading

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Chiaramonte Firriato 2010

$9.99 Sicily, Italy Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 32749   The 2010 Nero d’Avola Chiaramonte bursts from the glass with lovely inner perfume and sweetness in its red berries, flowers, mint, licorice and spices. A short period of aging in cask … Continue reading

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