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Casalfarneto

2018 Verdicchio Riserva 'Crisio'

90

The 2018 Veridcchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Riserva Crisio blossoms in the glass with a rich mix of lemon custard, baked apples and sage. It soothes the palate with opulent textural fruits, showing dried peaches and hints of butterscotch yet all is balanced by cooling acids, a hint of vanilla emerges toward the close. This finishes structured with a citrusy concentration, as tropical florals slowly fade. I'm enjoying the slight confectionary harmony here, yet I find myself missing the varietal character of Verdicchio.

Vinous

Eric Guido

11/1/2022

Casalfarneto

2021 Verdicchio 'Fontevecchia'

91

The 2021 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Fontevecchia lifts from the glass with a dusty mix of dried yellow flowers, apricots and hints of gingery spice. It's round with a burst of minerality up front that creates a reverberation of tension on the palate, as tart orchard fruits cascade throughout. This finishes impressively long, sizzling upon the palate with youthful intensity as pretty inner florals slowly fade.

Vinous

Eric Guido

11/1/2022

Palladino

2016 Barolo Riserva 'San Bernardo'

94

From two hectares in the San Bernardo MGA within Serralunga planted with Lampia and Michet biotypes at up to 390 metres above sea level - quite high for sensitive Nebbiolo. An initial poultry note is followed by graceful strawberry and cherry with confected cinnamon. Full bodied and full of sucrosity, the supple palate shows great concentration and vibrancy, with carob, tobacco and forest floor notes allied to dusty, ripe tannins and almost zesty acidity. A super-rich wine with a warming yet balanced finish. Classic. Drinking Window: 2022 - 2046

Decanter

Aldo Fiordelli

1/25/2022

Palladino

2018 Barolo 'Parafada'

96

Less intense than usual yet elegantly focused on wild strawberry and chestnut earthiness, this Parafada shows an intoxicating fresh orange peel flavour that you can't spit, perfectly woven with lifted acidity and just a bit of warming alcohol. The tension keeps it going with a tight liquorice and cherry kernel finish. Great concentration for the 2018 vintage. Drinking Window: 2020 - 2038

Decanter

Aldo Fiordelli

1/25/2022

Cantina Gaffino

2022 Cesanese 'Cardinale'

93+

Luca Maroni

Luca Maroni

Cantina Gaffino

2021 Cesanese 'Cardinale'

90

Luca Maroni

Luca Maroni

Cantina Gaffino

2020 Cesanese 'Cardinale'

92

Luca Maroni

Luca Maroni

Cantine Dei

2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

3G

Tre Bicchieri - excellent wines in their respective categories

Gambero Rosso

Gambero Rosso

10/1/2022

Gianni Gagliardo

2017 Barolo 'Mosconi'

94

Although this is priced a bit lower than Gagliardo’s 2017 from the Monvigliero cru, I found this slightly more impressive overall, which is saying something. It isn’t as bright and taut as the Monvigliero, but its ripe richness is deeply endearing, and will enable it to be enjoyed more fully in its youth. Nearly full-bodied, but with no hint of over-ripening or over-extraction, which was very deftly handled when macerated, fermented, and aged. There’s a bit of wood showing, but the wine’s core of fruit balances this out easily, and the oak spice notes offer lovely accents to the ripe fruit flavors (dark cherries and black raspberries). Some savory notes are already emerging, and this is on a faster developmental pace then the Monvigliero, so enjoy this from now until about 2026 to catch it in its prime.

Wine Review Online

Michael Franz

9/13/2022

Gianni Gagliardo

2017 Barolo 'Monvigliero'

93

I’ve only had one previous chance to taste Gagliardo’s single-site Barolos, and I suspect that the press samples I tasted on that earlier occasion were compromised in the shipping process, as they were nowhere near as good as the 2017s from Monvigliero and Mosconi. Generally speaking, 2017 is not as strong a vintage in Barolo as 2015, and certainly not as good as 2016, so seeing this level of quality from Gagliardo in 2017 has entirely restored my faith in this house. This wine shows excellent class and elegance, even at this early stage of development. It is really only medium-bodied (which is no knock on a Nebbiolo-based wine, any more than on a Pinot), but with more expressive aromas and flavors than one would expect from its weight, which is a key indicator of excellence. It can already be thoroughly enjoyable with aeration and pairing with robust food, as the tannins are very fine-grained and balanced by a fine beam of sweetness through the finish. However, if you can hold this for another 4 or 5 years, that would certainly be advisable, as this has a lot of headroom for improvement.

Wine Review Online

Michael Franz

9/13/2022

Kellerei Kaltern

2020 Pinot Bianco 'Vial'

92

I’ve also tasted the three vintages of this wine leading up to this release from 2019, and all were excellent. Kaltern is a co-op, but co-ops are hardly all of one piece, and this is an excellent one. Medium-bodied and full of flavor, this is nevertheless still subtle and extremely well integrated, and in these respects, this is a classic rendition of the category. The fact that this wine is so consistently good is surely explained in part by the fact that there’s an entry-level wine one click down from this one, without the proprietary name of “Vial,” so the winemaking team can reserve the best juice for this bottling. With that noted, however, the entry-level wine from the 2020 vintage was also very good when I tasted it several months ago, so try that when you can.

Wine Review Online

Michael Franz

6/7/2022

Fattoria di Rodano

2018 Chianti Classico

92

This wine hits a sweet spot for me between a relatively traditional style (meaning, low oak, nice high acidity, and just a hint of earthy rusticity) and a moderately modern one (as in, ripe fruit with a touch of sweet juiciness). This combination can make for a very versatile wine, but only if all the elements work well together thanks to being proportioned properly, and this wine hits that mark. Delicious on its own (hardly a “given” for Chianti), but also sized to work with everything from a roast chicken to a moderately robust beef dish, this is a terrific wine to have around the house for opening on a moment’s notice — as it will work for almost any moment or purpose.

Wine Review Online

Michael Franz

10/11/2022