Last Call Already: 95 Points, Sub $30 Il Molino & Produttori '16s

Yikes, these two Italian gems went even more quickly than we thought they would! Il Molino is receiving raves from customers already; grab the last of it while you still can. And we're down to fumes on the 2016 Produttori, their highest rated base model Barbaresco ever. As George Washington was famous for saying, "last call on these great vinos!"


$29.65 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($32.95 regular)

95 points Wine Spectator, Highly Recommended: "A sheen of vanilla and toasty oak complements the lush, ripe black cherry and plum fruit in this suave Chianti Classico. Focused and well-structured, showing fine balance and a long finish that brings tobacco and orange peel hints into play. Best from 2022 through 2040. 4,500 cases made, 350 cases imported."

Us: Expressive right out of the gate, showing the delicious cherry and plum flavors noted above. Definitely decant if drinking in the shorter term; an outstanding value for an age-worthy Riserva.

Super-duper last call: for those keeping score, the two 95s below establish 2016 as the highest rated Produttori "base model" ever. Don't miss it!

$39.55 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($43.95 regular)

95 points Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Barbaresco is a tight and beautiful wine that will require more time to unwind and soften. This beautifully balanced vintage is characterized by a tight inner core of fruit that underlines the graceful aging capacity of these wines. The 2016 is shaping up to be one destined for long cellar aging. Now in its youth, the wine offers wild berry, rose and licorice aromas."

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Enticing aromas of violet, woodland berry, loose vineyard soil, wild mint and a hint of spearmint shape the intensely fragrant nose. The tense, young palate is still nervous but already boasts finesse, showing wild raspberry, crunchy red cherry, white pepper and star anise. Firm, refined tannins and racy acidity give it a linear, almost austere elegance, while bright acidity keeps it focused and balanced. Drink 2026–2036."

94 points Vinous, Antonio Galloni: "The 2016 Barbaresco is a stunning wine with tremendous richness for this bottling. Ample, deep and powerful, the 2016 exudes pedigree and class from start to finish. I can't remember a straight Barbaresco here with this much fruit density and unctuous richness, and yet there is more than enough tannin and overall structure to give the wine its classically leaning feel. A blast of sweet red cherry fruit, tobacco, menthol licorice and smoke hits the potent finish. What a wine!"