Italian new arrivals lead today, starting with my new "house wines" in both red and white. I've been waiting for them to land for months and now that they're here and in my glass, time to share!
Make sure not to stop there or you'll miss the second batch of Isole e Olena Cabernet 2016, the best red wine I've tasted so far in 2021. So yeah, it's pretty good. It lands in a couple weeks and there are only 48 bottles unspoken for. You can't have mine. Get cracking.
$24.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($26.95 regular)
My new house Chianti Classico. I fell hard for Paneretta's wines months ago, but it was at the very end of supply...I've had to wait months for the next arrival and now, I get to share the excitement with you! If you haven't discovered Sangiovese as the wonderfully versatile dinner companion that it is, I think this'll tip your scales. Two bottles down in less than a week, the last with a cast iron pan full of sausages, potatoes, peppers, sweet onions, and rosemary. Time for lunch!
$19.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($21.95 regular)
My new house white! Certified organic, single vineyard Falanghina from Campania, it's equally complex and refreshing. Lemons+apples+minerals = totally delicious and it pairs with everything (last night it was halibut and new potatoes with spring herbs). Named for Picariello's children, Bruno and Emma.
$79.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($89.95 regular)
This is the second and final batch of 2016 Isole Cab. Since our last offer, I've tasted (okay, drunk) a bottle and will put this as plainly as I can: the best red wine I've tasted so far in 2021. I'm not the only one who's been wowed by it–we have multiple re-orders in the queue. Only 48 bottles available and you can't have mine so you better be quick!
98 points Vinous, Antonio Galloni: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is among the finest Cabernet Sauvignons in Italy. High altitude sites in Barberino yield a distinctly mid-weight, elegant, savory Cabernet that is all about reserve. Dark plum, espresso, licorice, menthol and sage start to emerge with a bit of air, but the 2016 is a wine that demands cellaring. Over the years, I have had the good fortune to taste every vintage of the Isole e Olena Cabernet. It is one of the great under-the-radar wines of Tuscany. The 2016 takes its place with the very finest editions."