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Average critic rating : 90.0 points



This wine boasts a dark ruby/purple color, as well as a textbook, Bordeaux-like nose of pain grille, cedar, cassis, and jammy cherry fruit. The wine's aromatics became more intense with airing. In the mouth, this sexy, surprisingly soft, full-bodied wine exhibits a multidimensional personality, layers of fruit, glycerin, and richness, and copious quantities of toasty new oak. It is an outstanding example of what can be done with low yields and impeccable winemaking. Not surprisingly, the oenologist is Riccardo Cotarella. Look for this wine to drink well for another 5-7 years.||Made by proprietor Stefano Grilli, from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, this offering has been a huge hit in other vintages, so I was not surprised by its strong showing in the good rather than exceptional 1996 vintage. Sadly, only 600 cases of this unfined/unfiltered vino da tavola were produced.||A Leonardo Locasio Selection, Winebow, Hohokus, NJ; tel. (201) 445-0620 Wine Advocate.October, 1998


FINE+RARE offers UK home delivery through our logistics partner London City Bond, with next day deliveries available for Central London addresses.
We deliver Monday to Friday; charges are £ 16 + VAT for up to 10 cases (12x75cl or equivalent) for most UK postcodes.
For delivery charges to Highlands, Islands and outlying areas, please contact our Customer Service Team.


For deliveries into Hong Kong and Singapore, we offer a dedicated air and sea service.
For more details regarding delivery to Hong Kong, Singapore and all other destinations, please view our International Delivery information page.
Spirits cannot travel on our services to Hong Kong, Singapore or Macau and require separate shipments. Please contact our Customer Service Team for further information.


Our storage costs are highly competitive. We will happily accept cases or single bottles, charging pro-rata based on the number of bottles and length of storage period.
Unlike many other wine companies, our service includes storage of duty paid wines as well as in bond from any reputable source, not just those bought through FINE+RARE.
Please visit our F+R Storage information page for more details.


FINE+RARE can arrange delivery of your wines to your personal fine wine storage account:
Deliveries within London City Bond or to a Vinotheque storage account are charged at £ 8 + VAT for up to 10 cases (12x75cl or equivalent).
Deliveries to all other storage providers are charged at £ 16 + VAT for up to 10 cases (12x75cl or equivalent).

Please contact our Customer Service Team if you have any questions.