“Cantina del Pino is now one of the established superstars of Barbaresco. Readers who do not yet know these wines owe it to themselves to check them out.” — A. Galloni, Vinous

Our close ties to CANTINA del PINO and winemaker Renato Vacca have been one of the most rewarding aspects of our 15 years in the wine business. We’ve had the pleasure of presenting Renato’s wines from the start, and cheered his meteoric rise to the top echelon of Barbaresco producers. Renato’s low-key personality belies his “superstar” status — he allows the wines to speak for themselves. Further, the price to value ratio for these wines is the best in the region. Outstanding vineyards, superstar winemaker, high scores, reasonable prices — what are you waiting for?

2012 CANTINA del PINO Dolcetto d’Alba $17.99; Special $15.29

“Red berries, sweet spices and licorice meld together in a juicy,  fruit-driven Dolcetto.” — VinousAWE Barbaresco vineyards 1

2012 CANTINA del PINO Barbera d’Alba $30; special $25.50

“Beautifully dark, plush and resonant. Hints of spice, licorice and smoke add complexity to the dark red/black fruit in this deep, expressive Barbera.” — Vinous

2012 CANTINA del PINO Langhe Nebbiolo $25; Special $21.25

“Raspberry, strawberry, flowers, white pepper and mint emerge from the 2012 Langhe Nebbiolo. The 2012 is high-toned, intensely aromatic and energetic, with lovely underlying minerality and drive.” — Vinous

2010 CANTINA del PINO Barbaresco 94 pts. $45; Special $38.25

“The 2010 Barbaresco is anything but a “base” Barbaresco says Renato Vacca. It is assembled from fruit sourced in Barbaresco   and Neive but grapes are specially selected to make this wine. It opens to a light garnet color and Burgundian aromas of small berries, blue flowers and light spice. There’s a delicate touch of toasted pine nut at the back. Fruit from Nieve contributes more power, heft and color. Fruit from the Barbaresco renders a sense of elegance and finesse. These wines are not clarified or filtered. 94 pts.” –WA

2010 CANTINA del PINO Barbaresco Ovello 96 pts. $60; Special $51 “Showing great persistency and length, the 2010 Barbaresco Ovello is an extremely elegant and refined expression w cantina del pino label ith crushed flowers, forest fruit and strong mineral definition. The Ovello cru at 300m altitude, overlooks the Tanaro River valley where early morning fog banks appear and temperature shifts are very pronounced, thus helping aromatic development of the wine. The results are ethereal and finessed. 96 pts.” — WA

2010 CANTINA del PINO Barbaresco Albesani 95 pts. $60; Special $51

“The 2010 Barbaresco Albesani is rich, deep and powerful. Here the fruit is darker and richer than the Ovello. Spices, tar, leather and licorice are some of the notes that develop in the glass, adding considerable weight. Layers of fruit build to a finish that is at once huge yet weightless. Think Chambertin with the guts of Nebbiolo. Cantina del Pino’s 2010 Albesani is shaping up to be one of the great wines of the vintage. 95 pts.” — Vinous

“Proprietor Renato Vacca continues to show he has the magic touch. I would be thrilled to drink any of these magnificent wines.” — A. Galloni, Vinous

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“Solo Nebbiolo!” Autumn Wine Tasting

Fri. 10/10 4-7p in Belmont; Sat. 10/11, 1-5 both stores
It’s autumn, leaves are turning, it’s crisp and cool, and there’s CC cellar grape basket only one thing we want to drink: NEBBIOLO! Join us on Fri. 10/10 in Belmont and Sat. 10/11 in Concord & Belmont to explore different faces of this singular grape. Like Pinot Noir in Burgundy, Nebbiolo transmits the character of the land and climate, and shows its most complete expression in the Langhe, Piedmont’s growing region. Get to know Nebbiolo!
2013 BREZZA Langhe Nebbiolo Rosato $19.99 EXCLUSIVE!
A refreshing surprise we encountered at Vinitaly! Lovely pale ruby color, fresh berries, a hint of white pepper, dried orange peel. 100% nebbiolo.

2013 BREZZA Langhe Nebbiolo $19.99

Very fresh, superfine tannins, exquisitely elegant style of nebbiolo from under-the-radar whiz Enzo Brezza!

2012 CANTINA del PINO Langhe Nebbiolo $25

“Raspberry, strawberry, flowers, white pepper and mint emerge from the 2012 Langhe Nebbiolo. The 2012 is high-toned, intensely aromatic and energetic, with lovely underlying minerality and drive. Impressive for its length. One of the handful of estates where every single wine is fabulous.” — Vinous

2012 BURLOTTO Langhe Nebbiolo $25

Flavors of Morello cherry, violets with lingering notes of wood spice, rose petal, and hint of orange peel on the finish.

2012 ALBINO ROCCA Nebbiolo d’Alba $30

“Another gorgeous, entry-level offering. Crushed flowers, tobacco, mint and licorice all flesh out in an intensely layered, super expressive Nebbiolo. Compares favorably with a number of Barolos and Barbarescos.” — Vinous

2009 ALESSANDRIA Barolo docg $45; Special $36!

“Dark cherries, mint, wild flowers and incense emerge from Alessandria’s 2009 Barolo. A soft, supple wine, the 2009 is a fabulous choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years…. 90 pts.” — Vinous

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2010 VIETTI Barolo crus: Stratospheric!

Three top 2010 Barolo crus available: Brunate, Rocche & Lazzarito $155 ea

“The 2010 Barolos will go down as some of thegVietti Luca with grapesreatest wines ever made at this historic property… Wine lovers will not want to miss Vietti’s 2010s — they are stratospheric.” — A. Galloni

We are thrilled for our friend Luca Currado on his “out of this world” success in 2010 — His endless curiosity, energy and impetus to improve what is already outstanding has resulted in these stunning Barolos. Bravo!

2010 VIETTI Barolo Rocche 99 pts $155

“A wine of exquisite beauty, the 2010 Barolo Rocche is pure silk  on the palate. The 2010 is incredibly dense, dark and powerful  for a young Rocche. With time in the glass, the Rocche opens up nicely, showing the full breadth of its potential and pedigree. Stunning in the glass and impeccable throughout, the 2010 Rocche is firing on all cylinders. Sweet rose petals, mint, spices and licorice are woven into the breathtaking, perfumed finish. 99 pts.” — Vinous

2010 VIETTI Barolo Brunate 97 pts $155

“Dark red fruit, iron, new leather and smoke all jump from the 2010 Barolo Brunate. A huge, dense, powerful Barolo, the vietti brunate2010 Brunate boasts stunning depth and sheer richness. At the same time, though, it is incredibly polished for such a big wine. The Brunate brings together the power of the Lazzarito, but with a greater sense of textural polish and finesse that is typical of the Rocche. In 2010, the Brunate is all about balance and harmony. 97 pts.” – Vinous

2010 VIETTI Barolo Lazzarito 96 pts $155

The 2010 Barolo Lazzarito is impeccably polished, silky and refined, especially for a Serralunga Barolo. Mint, violets, black fruit, smoke and deep layers of spices are some of the mavietti lazzaritony notes that flesh out on the inviting, textured finish. Today, the Lazzarito is incredibly primary to the point of being raw and undeveloped, but it is explosive, bursting with energy and flat-out great. This is also the first recent vintage I can remember tasting where the French oak is more in line with the other single-vineyard Barolos. 96 pts.” — Vinous

Very limited quantities. Call 978-369-2545 or 617-484-4560 or  email to reserve.

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2012 Chateauneuf du Pape!


Please join us for a tasting of five superb 2012 Chateauneuf du   Papes! Friday 10/3 in Belmont, and Sat. 10/4 in Concord. Plus, save on your purchases of these featured wines during the tasting!

2012 CLOS des PAPES Chateauneuf du Pape 98 pts. $150; Special $127.50

“The 2012 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape is stunning! Showing surprising depth and concentration in the vintage, with full-bodied richness and texture, perfumed, complex aromatics, fantastic mid-palates, and serious back-end structure. 98 pts.”  — WA

2012 CLOS du MONT OLIVET Chateauneuf du Pape “La Cuvee du Papet” 95 pts. $75; Special $63.75

“Up there with the creme de la creme of the vintage, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape La Cuvee du Papet is a gorgeous wine that possesses classical notes of ground pepper, cured meats, tobacco leaf and currant fruit. Medium to full-bodied and relatively approachable by this cuvee’s standards, with beautiful purity of fruit and fine tannin, it should benefit from short-term cellaring and have an easy 12-15+ years of evolution. Drink 2015-2027. 95 pts.” — WA

2012 DOM. VIEUX DONJON Chateauneuf du Pape 94 pts. $70; Special $59.50

“The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape is a classic effort from this estate that could come from nowhere else than the south of  France. Garrigue, lavender, pepper, sweet donjon labelkirsch and blackberry-styled fruits…this is a medium to full-bodied, supple and nicely concentrated 2012… 94 pts.” –WA

2012 DOM. PIERRE USSEGLIO Chateauneuf du Pape 92 pts. $55; Special $46.75

Excellent, with a similar, fruit-loaded personality, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape displays abundant blackberry, red currant, licorice and toasted spice notes to go with a medium to full-bodied, pure and polished profile on the palate. Always approachable in its youth, it’s a no-brainer purchase and will drink nicely for over a decade. Drink now-2024. 92 pts. — WA

2012 CLOS du MONT OLIVET Chateauneuf du Pape 91 pts. $40; Special $34

“The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape is an impressive traditional cuvee that offers textbook black cherry, ground herbs, underbrush, leather, and spice-driven aromas and flavors. This medium-bodied, mid-weight effort is nicely balanced, with clean integrated acidity and fine tannin. It should have a decade or more of prime drinking. Drink 2015-2022. 91 pts.” – WA
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Autumn in Piedmont, Part 1

The culinary riches of Piedmont, Italy begin now!

The autumn season in Italy’s Piedmont region is a culinary extravaganza of the earth: in early fall, the gloriously large porcini mushrooms are foraged and served in risotto, sautes and fritto misto. The perfect pairing with porcini are the fresh, local wines from Barolo, such as the Langhe Nebbiolo, the enticingly-spiced Pelaverga, or the floral and wild herb scented white Favorita.
Try these exclusive wines from two young winemakers — Enzo Brezza and Vittore Alessandria – classic, traditional wines with a modern sensibility. Perfect autumn drinking.


2013 BREZZA Langhe Chardonnay $22
Beautiful floral aromas, fresh acidity, lively minerality perfetto!
2013 ALESSANDRIA Favorita $22
Ripe pear and white peach notes with a clean, crisp finish

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2012 ALESSANDRIA Verduno Pelaverga $22

Enticing aromas wild berries, black pepper and exotic spices. Pomegranate and strawberry fruit.

2013 BREZZA Langhe Nebbiolo $19.99
Very fresh, superfine tannins, exquisitely elegant style of nebbiolo.

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Trip to the Amalfi Coast!

Wines as Spectacular as the view!
Exclusive wines from MARISA CUOMO, Furore, Costa d’Amalfi
Have you seen the recent film The Trip to Italy with British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon? The scenery can’t be beat as the comic pair drive the picturesque, winding roads of Piedmont, Liguria and the Amalfi Coast. (By the way, who turns down a glass of Barolo??) At least in Capri, they are enjoying glasses of Furore Bianco on a terrace overlooking the ocean, very likely from the region’s top winery, MARISA CUOMO.

2013 MARISA CUOMO Ravello Bianco $30; Special $25.50
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Blend of 60% Falanghina, 40% Biancholello. Beautiful light color, crisp, tangy fruit with powdery minerals; as vibrant and sublime as a wave crashing on the rocks below.

2013 MARISA CUOMO Furore Bianco $30; Spec. $25.50

Unctuous blend of 60% Falanghina, 40% Biancholello. Inviting white flowers on the nose, white peach, apricot, glossy tropical fruit, rich texture with powerful fruit. Stunning.

2012 MARISA CUOMO Fiorduva $75; Spec. $63.75

Fiorduva is a blend of fenile, ginestra and ripoli: three pre-phylloxera native grape varieties from the Amalfi Coast. Late-harvested, Fiorduva is richly expressive of its privileged place in the coastal hills: juicy apricots, peaches, flowers, passion fruit and lime are some of the many notes that flesh out on the round, opulent finish.

2013 MARISA CUOMO Rosato $26; Spec. $22.10

This juicy, aromatic Rosato, a blend of  Aglianico and Piedirosso, offers lush, soft fruit in the mouth, yet is resoundingly refreshing.


2013 MARISA CUOMO Furore Rosso $30; $25.50

Blend of Aglianico and Piedirosso. Wonderful spicebox and black pepper on the nose; elegant and juicy red berry fruit finishes with a nice little grip.

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2009 MARISA CUOMO Ravello Rosso Riserva $50; $42.50
Old-vine Piedirosso (70%) and Aglianico (30%) grown at 400m altitude. Red with garnet hues, intense aroma of wild currants and raspberries. Smooth and well-balanced taste with licorice, vanilla and spices on the finish. Outstanding long finish!


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