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With the James Bond movie Spectre being released today, no time could be better to drink Bollinger. The most suave spy in the world has been sipping on Bollinger since Moonraker in 1979. While we can’t all drive a fully loaded, customized machine gun having Aston Martin, we certainly can chill down a bottle of Bolli! The 2004 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne ($109) is as good as Champagne gets; all barrel fermented and full of masculine, Pinot Noir power and high class elegance. We even have a few bottles of the limited 2009 Bollinger "James Bond 007" Brut Champagne ($195) in stock for the diehard fan of Bond & Champagne!

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The Mayor – Live From Tuscany: Part VIII

Montepulciano is an ancient medieval town that sits in southern Tuscany, within the province of Sienna. In the center of the walled commune sits the Palazzo communale designed by Michelozzo and built in what was once the traditional Tuscan style of architecture. While the region is well-known for winemaking, what's often confusing for wine drinkers is that there is also a grape varietal from Italy known as Montepulciano, but the wines made near the town of Montepulciano are all Sangiovese-based. You've gotta delineate between the wines from Montepulciano and the wines made from Montepulciano. After a delightful morning in Umbria, Greg headed back into Tuscany to visit the Fattoria della Talosa, one of Montepulciano's most famed producers. 

Talosa has been around since 1972, when winemaker Angelo Jacorossi first attempted to bring a renewed quality to the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano appellation. The family owns about thirty-two hectares of property in the region almost entirely committed to Sangiovese. 

Michele Merola, the agronomist for Telosa was on hand to bring Greg for a tour through the vineyards. 

The Sangiovese vines are located in one of the most beautiful areas of Montepulciano with views of the rolling hills and scattered steeples tucked into the background. 

Perhaps the most exciting part of a visit to Talosa is the tour of the historic underground barrel cellar, located directly under the town center. The brick passageways were built in the 1500s and contain a series of vaults where the wine barrels can be placed for maturation. The Vino Noble Reserva from Talosa is aged for two to three years in these underground caverns before bottling. Some of the larger oak barrels have been in use since the company first started in the early 70s. Greg was able to taste samples of the recent vintage directly from cask while there, and reported yet another success story from what is shaping up to be an incredible 2015 harvest.

-David Driscoll


The Mayor – Live From Tuscany: Part VII

Today Greg stepped out of Tuscany for the morning and headed east into Umbria to visit the Antinori Castello della Sala estate. One of the most storied producers in all of Italy, the Antinori family can trace its winemaking roots all the way back to 1385 when Giovanni di Pietro joined the Winemaker's Guild in Florence. Twenty-six generations later, the wines are considered to be some of the best in the country—thanks in part to the guidance of Piero Antinori, who runs the estate today with help from his three daughters. 

The grounds at Antinori are as ancient as seven centuries of history would suggest and induce the perfect amount of both romance and respect in all who visit. A medieval fortress tucked in between the Paglia River and the peak of Mount Nibbio, the property is surrounded by historic hillside Etruscan villages. Greg would sit down in midst of this heady environment and taste some of the wines from the estate.

Antinori is famous for making the Tignanello—the original Super Tuscan—which was one of the first Italian wines to blend the native Sangiovese varietal with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, then age that combination for a year in French oak. It's made entirely from fruit grown in the Tignanello vineyard—about fifty-seven hectares of limestone rich soil that face southwest on a high-elevation plot above Antinori's Tignanello estate in the Chianti Classico region.

The highlight of the trip, however, according to Greg was a twenty-three year old bottle of Chardonnay! The 1992 vintage of the Castello della Salla, which speaks to the serious aging potential of the white wines from Antinori. I never would have assumed that Italian Chardonnay, blended with a bit of Grechetto, would hold up for two decades in the cellar, but what's why Greg is in Italy and not me. 

-David Driscoll


The Mayor – Live From Tuscany: Part VI

The sangiovese grapes at Baricci are still hanging on the vine late into the 2015 harvest season. Dark, plump, juicy vessels of unbridled flavor and complexity that should result in an intensely flavored wine capable of aging more than a decade in the cellar. The word at Baricci is the same word that Greg has been hearing all week in Tuscany: this has been one of the best growing seasons in memory. The proof is hanging there right in front of your face; the fleshiness of the grapes speaks volumes.

The Baricci vineyard sits on the southeastern slope of the famed Montosoli vineyard site, one of (if not the most) famous in Montalcino. Nello Baricci's grandson, Francesco Buffi, is helping run the estate now. He's one of the guys responsible for the incredible 2010 Baricco Rosso di Montalcino, which the AIS (Association of Italian Sommeliers) voted one of the best wines in all of Italy a few years back. I think I drank about twenty bottles of that wine on my own, so I can't wait to see what the 2010 Brunello brings when it finally arrives. If you didn't know, Baricci is yet another of our exclusive direct imports here at K&L—a property Greg has been working with for more than a decade.

Frederico Buffi and his son Tommy (hopefully part of the next generation of Baricci winemakers) were also on hand to welcome Greg back to Montalcino. The boys spent the late afternoon touring the vineyards and tasting the fruit right from the vine.

To celebrate the occasion, they dug deep into the reserves and pulled out a bottle of the 1971 vintage—the first Brunello made at Baricci. More than forty years later, the wines are as good as they've ever been.

-David Driscoll

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