Lunch at Potazzine owner Gigliola Gorelli's restaurant in Montalcino (2009)

4 Top Selling Italian Reds
from $16.99 - $29.99 / bottle
Barolo, Barbera, Chianti & Montalcino

We positively love today's email. Not only are these 4 of our all-time best selling Italian wines, they are also delicious reds that we enjoy at home! Rated 90-93 points, these 4 wines are first rate in their perspective categories. Rodano is a 16th century estate in Chianti Classico, written up by the New York Times and Wine & Spirits, showcasing a traditional style with just the right amount of ripe richness to please the modern palate. Next, our dear friend Andrea Sottimano hit it out of the park with his 2018 Barbera... we always love this weighty rendition of Piedmont's 'everyday' grape made from old vines in the illustrious Basarin Barbaresco vineyard, and now at $19.99, it is simply a no-brainer for buying a whole case. Our third wine is the #1 seller in this Top Seller list, ordered 94 times online, never mind the 100+ people who have picked it up inside the store. We cannot find a better value for a better Barolo than this Neirano, and we cannot get anymore of the 2015 vintage ---we have 10 cases today. And finally, one of our most precious memories in our careers was a visit to Potazzine in Montalcino. The Gorelli family established this estate with quality-driven, old school methods, including old vines, larger barrels and an emphasis to make the Rosso just as good as a Brunello! Here is the result, we cannot get enough of the Rosso every vintage, snap up the 2019 while you can. It just got 93 points.

Cheers! the Murray family 



Fattoria-Rodáno Chianti Classico 2017

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RATED 90 WINE & SPIRITS and New York Times  '20 Reds under $20' (Jan. 30, 2020) : 'This is a weighty, intense Chianti, rich and complicated, with a lot going on. It’s a fascinating collection of fruit, herbal and earthy sensations that make for a delicious wine. As with his Riserva, Enrico Pozzesi sticks to tradition for this Chianti Classico annata, a blend of sangiovese with ten percent of canaiolo and colorino. He ages the wine for 15 months in large Slavonian oak casks. Decant it before serving to give those tannins time to soften.'

$19.99    $16.99

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Sottimano Barbera d'Alba Pairolero 2018

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RATED 93 WINE ADVOCATE : 'The Sottimano 2018 Barbera d'Alba Superiore Pairolero offers more richness and concentration, painting a dark and sultry portrait of this popular grape from Piedmont. Fruit is drawn from old vines planted in the Basarin vineyard. Sottimano pushes for longer maceration times on all its wines, building the slow-release intensity and depth that characterizes this collection. Wild cherry and plum are backed by light spice and potting soil. The aromatic ensemble is elegant and lasting. There is hint of sweet berry on the fresh close.'

$24.99    $19.99

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Neirano Barolo 2015

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RATED 92 JAMES SUCKLING : 'Attractive, fine, floral perfume here with a neat array of spice-dusted red fruit. The palate has a very approachable and fleshy feel with a wide arc of fine, chalky tannins.' Tenute Neirano is a small DOCG estate, and part of the company founded in 1911 by Antonio Sperone in a small cellar just outside of Turin. The 4th generation of the family is now making the wine.


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Le Potazzine Rosso di Montalcino 2019

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RATED 93 VINOUS : 'Seduces with a classic bouquet of wildflowers, savory herbs and red woodland berries. It's wonderfully pure, yet it shows an unexpected amount of weight and concentration for the rosso category, with notes of tart cherry giving way to inner violet florals. There's a coating of dark fruit that lingers along, with round tannins adding subtle grip. This is really quite stunning today, but it will likely be even better with a year or two of cellaring.' Pair with roasted meats, pasta or risotto, pasta fagioli, or Italian cheeses, salumi, olives and more.

$36.99    $29.99

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