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Sinatra Family Estates 2008 La Voce Toscana

Several years ago, attorney Bob Finkelstein mentioned to his friend Steve Wynn that his clients, the family of Frank Sinatra, were exploring possible business ventures, among them a restaurant and a wine label. The issue of that interchange was twofold: an Italian eatery at Wynn’s Encore resort, and Napa Valley–based winery Sinatra Family Estates. The […]

Valdicava 2005 Brunello di Montalcino Tuscany

Owner Vincenzo Abbruzzese’s winemaking has earned Valdicava a permanent place among the top wines producers in Montalcino. The latest release of his outstanding Brunello has deep, concentrated aromas of tobacco and leather and earthy flavors of dried cherry and dried herbs.

Fontodi 2007 Flaccianello della Pieve Tuscany

From vintage to vintage, this Sangiovese is consistently one of Tuscany’s top wines. The elegance and grace of the latest release—which shows flavors of sweet cherry, baked earth, white smoke, and cocoa—reminds one just how sophisticated Italy’s finest wines can be.

2004 Gaja Brunello Di Montalcino Sugarille

Tasting notes: The seductive, smoky nose gives way on the palate to dark plum, blueberry, juniper berry, and cocoa essences. Worth knowing: Since 1961, when present patriarch, Angelo Gaja, first joined the business, he has introduced a number of groundbreaking practices, including the use of French oak barriques for aging and the production of single-vineyard […]

2004 Gaja Brunello Di Montalcino Rennina

Tasting notes: The Rennina 2004, of which 2,200 cases were made, is a dark-red sangiovese redolent of violets, rosemary, spiced wood, and wild berries. Its flavor profile is an opulent amalgam of black cherry, vanilla, licorice, and a touch of wild game. Worth knowing: After World War II, the majority of Italian wineries emphasized quantity […]