Barolo Wine Tasting: ALESSANDRIA

Join us for a great line-up of wines from ALESSANDRIA!
FRI. MAY 2, 4-7pm BELMONT
SAT. MAY 3, 1-5pm CONCORD

Alessandria wines

Special Pricing will be available at Tasting

2009 Alessandria Barolo docg $45
Dark cherries, wild flowers, incense, soft tannins

2009 Alessandria Barolo Gramolere $65
Plums, licorice and tobacco notes. Lovely clarity and nuance — drop dead gorgeous!

2009 Alessandria Barolo Monvigliero $65
One of the best wines of the year. Wild flowers, herbs, spices. Vibrant & impeccable.

2011 Alessandria Langhe Nebbiolo $25
Dried cherries, licorice, tobacco & spice notes embrace the palate in this appealing nebbiolo.

2010 Alessandria Langhe Rosso “Rossoluna” $30
Intensely flavorful blend of Barbera, Nebbiolo & Freisa aged in French barriques.

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New Wine Associate in Belmont!

Say Hello to Richard Harmer — new at VINTAGES!

Please welcome Richard Harmer, our new Wine Associate in Belmont. Richard has long enjoyed a passion for wine, especially Italian wine. After 16 years in banking, Richard decided to make a career change and pursue his dream of working in the wine industry. While considering the change, Richard enrolled in the Wine Studies Certificate Program at Boston University. Currently completing the fourth and final course, Richard is eager to use his knowledge to help you select the perfect bottle!
Richard got his start in wine retail at Urban Grape, and we are excited to have him join us at VINTAGES.

“I always look forward to sharing my passion and knowledge of wine with my customers, and helping them make new discoveries of their own. The wines at VINTAGES are special bottles as they take you to the place they were made. Think of it: something that takes you to a place of history, family, and beauty enjoyed in your own home. Please stop by and introduce yourself — I am more than happy to introduce you to some amazing wine. I hope to see you soon at our store.” — Richard Harmer

Please stop by and say hello!

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CHANDON de BRIAILLES: BURGUNDY at its Apex

Chandon de Briailles Burgundy Tasting

Mark your calendar — Burgundy Wine Tasting April 4 & 5
April 4, 4-7pm: Belmont

April 5, 12-3pm: Concord

TASTING SPECIAL: 15% OFF!

DOM. CHANDON de BRIAILLES

white

2009 Corton Blanc $125
2011 Corton Blanc $125 (special order for following weechandon briailles claudek delivery)

red

2011 Pernand-Vergelesses – $45
2011 Pernand 1er Ile des Vergelesses – $55
2011 Savigny les Beaune – $40
2011 Savigny 1er Cru Lavieres – $50
2011 Corton Marechaudes – $100
2011 Corton Bressandes – $110 (special order for following week delivery)

15% Discount applied at checkout.

For the past decade, we have been delighted to present the wines of CHANDON de BRIAILLES to our customers. We have hosted winemaker Claude de Nicolay on several occasions, and it’s been extremely rewarding to engage the distinctive “earthy-ethereal” nature of these supremely elegant whites and reds. If you want to experience what Burgundy is about, taste terroir, and experience how a grape transmits a particular place into your glass, then Chandon de Briailles is your estate — we strongly encourage you to take the opportunity to taste these wines. While you’re here, please take advantage of the special tasting discount of 15% and support everyone involved in making this rare experience available to you!

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New from TOMMASO BUSSOLA, Amarone Maestro

New from the Maestro of Amarone
TOMMASO BUSSOLA’S Singular Masterworks
bussola in cellar Tommaso Bussola is a tour-de-force in the Veneto — a maestro at the top of his game. These Amarones are singular masterpieces,  reaching for an atmospheric level of gorgeous expression and elegance. Our 2011 dinner in Negrar, Italy with Daniela and Tommaso was a spectacular tasting of older vintages of Amarone TB and TB Vigneto Alto. As the wines opened up, the deep, layered flavors and rich, sensual textures were mind-blowing, and indelibly etched on our palates. The wines of Tommaso Bussola are as exuberant & vibrant as the man himself,  yet rich, sensual, and beautifully expressive. If you haven’t yet experienced an Amarone, Valpolicella or Ripasso from Tommaso Bussola, there’s no longer any reason to wait.

2008 Valpolicella Classico Sup. TB $40

“Bussola’s 2008 Valpolicella Classico Superiore TB is gorgeous. Savory herb notes meld into dark cherry and plum notes in this  fleshy, radiant Valpolicella. At five years of age the 2008 remains juicy, plump and full of life. Expressive, deeply spiced nuances wrap around the finish. This is a terrific showing.” — Vinous

2008 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico $65 bussola amarone doc label

A gorgeous, full-bodied, layered Amarone. Mocha, chocolate, autumn leaves and spice-inflected nuances inform the crystalline finish. Total class and elegance.

2006 Amarone Classico TB “Vigneto Alto” $195

The TB Vigneto Alto is one of Italy’s reference-point wines. Bussola makes this old-vine Amarone Riserva only in select vintages. “Espresso, dark cherries, new leather and licoricbussola amaronee saturate the palate as the 2006 TB blossoms in seemingly every direction. Layers of fruit continue to build as the wine flows through to the huge, full-bodied finish..” –Vinous

Very limited; only 7 six-packs in the state–VINTAGES received most of it. Don’t wait.

Available in both stores. Call Concord 978-369-2545, Belmont 617-484-4560 or email.

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Monumental Barolo Riserva from VIETTI

VIETTI 2006 Barolo Villero Riserva

“Elegance and Power come together in grand style”

2006 VIETTI Barolo Villero Riserva 97+ pts. $300 per bottle, three bottle case $255 PER BOTTLE

A rare collectors’ item, one of the truly benchmark wines from the historic cellar of Vietti. The magnificent 2006 vintage of this storied Grand Cru vineyard in Castiglione di Falletto marks the ninth release since 1982. Villero’s hallmark characteristics of fine tannic structure and a cool, austere, reserved style, are augmented by Luca Currado’s immaculate work in the vineyards, harvesting perfectly ripe Nebbiolo grapes and using judicious amounts of new oak, to allow the vineyard characteristics of this hallowed site to speak with great clarity. Pure class.

Call 978-369-2545 or email to order.

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CHIARA BOSCHIS: First Lady of Barolo

E. PIRA winemaker visits VINTAGES

Even more welcome than the first day of spring is a visit from the “First Lady of Barolo,” CHIARA BOSCHIS. The acclaimed winemaker at E. Pira estate is one of the few women winemakers in the region, and her stunning wines are in a class of their own. Gorgeous fruit, vibrant aromas and flavors, bursting with irrepressible personality, yet perfectly balanced between elegance and earth. Impeccable!

2011 E. PIRA Barbera d’Alba Superiore $35
Juicy dark fruit and sweet spices combine for a mouthwatering, classic Barbera. Gorgeous.

2009 E. PIRA Barolo Cannubi $110 extremely limited   “The reigning queen is the 2009 Barolo Cannubi. This outstanding wine shows gorgeous inner and outer beauty. The balsam intensity is mind-blowing: menthol notes are woven together with ginger, cola, dried rosemary, pressed rose and licorice. The wine leaves a memorable trail of lasting elegance thanks to its finely polished tannins and silky texture. 96 pts.” — WA

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