Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2016 - One of the Best Values in Tuscany!!!

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“Most bad," the host concluded. "If you ask me, something sinister lurks in men who avoid wine, games, the company of lovely women, and dinnertime conversation. Such people are either gravely ill or secretly detest everyone around them.”

― Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

I have always said I don't trust people that don't drink wine....

I have also always said that Vino Nobile de Montepulciano is the best value in Tuscany, you get a similar quality wine to Brunello di Montalcino at close to 50% of the price and Dei is one of the benchmark wineries from this region. 

I’m trying to keep the Wine Bar busy every Thursday Friday and Saturday night with a great opportunity to come out and drink with us so you can plan on us hosting a great wine tasting at least three nights a week until things get back to normal.  The table in the wine cave is open both Friday and Saturday night this week if you have a group of 6 people or more you can reserve it and Toni will make a special menu to accommodate your group. 


Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Super Vintage Super Tuscan Wine Tasting featuring Sassicaia, Solaia, Ornellaia and more!!  Some of the top names in Tuscany will be on the table tonight everything is over 10 years old with vintage Super Tuscan’s going back to the 1988 vintage!  This event is SOLD OUT!!

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Friday, February 26, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Sine Qua Non California Cult Rhone Wine Tasting, one of the hardest wines to come by from California and one of the most demanding of all producers in terms of quality, the Krankl’s have never disappointed us with their style of California Rhone wines and now a new wine made from Touriga Nacional.  This is always a great event and we still have a few seats remaining!

Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 7:30 PM

Vintage Piedmont Wine Tasting featuring Barbaresco, Barolo back to the 1974 vintage!  I guess the Italian wines are popular this week and maybe the star attraction this 1974 vintage Barbaresco from Scarpa is the reason a perfect bottle purchased directly from the cellars in the Piedmont – truly a “Once in a lifetime experience!  This event is also SOLD OUT!!


The Best Value in Tuscany – Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

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2016 Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Price: $30.00       Your Price: $26.40

This wine has an intense bouquet with red cherry berry fruit notes of leather and smoky meaty notes black spices and pretty herb and flower notes.  Juicy red berry fruit with a good amount of ripe berry fruit and a long-layered finish, a firm hand of acidity holding things together nicely.  A GREAT vintage for Tuscany this wine will age for 10+ years in the cellar, decanter it for 2 hours if you open today.  Finish 45+.  Excellent +

Cantine Dei – Il segreto del successo delle Cantine Dei si basa sul  rispetto per il territorio e sulla passione per il vino, uniti ad uno  spirito imprenditoriale con radici nella lavorazione

A bit about Dei winery:

When Catherina Dei stopped by the store a few days ago I was blown away by the quality of her wines, from the Rosso to the Riserva Bossona they are some of the best wines that I have in the store in each of their prospective price points.  The Dei Estate has been owned by the Dei family since the early 1970’s.  It is located in the heart of Montepulciano and is surrounded by a spectacular landscape.  The Dei winery is located inside a centuries old park next to Villa Martiena, an old country manor that was restored in the 1930’s by the famous architect Piacentini.  The estate covers and areas of about 100 hectares and is divided into 4 vineyards:  Bossona, Martiena, La Ciarliana and La Piaggia, they are perfect for the production of Vino Nobile which 31 of the 38 planted hectares are comprised of.  At Dei they use a variety of new world and old world technology to make their wines.  The planting density is 4,700 plants per hectare.  They shoot thin and prune selectively to limit the production to an average of 50 quintals of grapes per hectare and use temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for fermentation.

A bit about Vino Nobile di Montepulciano:

This area Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG (Pronounced - VEE-noh NAW-bee-lay dee mawn-teh-pool-CHAH-noh) is located in the hilly area around the town of Montepulciano, southeast of Siena in the eastern portion of Italy's Tuscany region. The designated area is actually situated inside the large Chianti subzone of Colli Senesi. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is named after the town and the historic notion that the wine was available only for the tables of nobility. This was the very first DOCG in Italy. Unfortunately, its first vintage in 1983 was met with disappointing reviews. That and the fact that over 250,000 cases of this wine are now produced each year has somewhat diminished its noble aspect. Quality since that 1983 vintage has improved, however, and wines from the top producers are viewed as some of Italy's best. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines are made from 60 to 80 percent Prugnolo (sangiovese), 10 to 20 percent canaiolo, and up to 20 percent of other varieties (although no more than 10 percent white). One of the other red varieties most often used is the Mammolo, which adds the scent of violets to the bouquet. White grapes like trebbiano and malvasia are no longer required, which allows winemakers to produce wines that are more intense and longer lived. The wines of this DOCG must be aged for 2 years in oak or chestnut casks, 3 years for those labeled riserva. In 1989 a new DOC was formed rosso di montepulciano. It's located in exactly the same area and uses the exact same grape varieties as for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG. This change has allowed producers to reclassify some of the wines originally intended from Vino Nobile di Montepulciano to the Rosso di Montepulciano DOC. As a result, lesser wines can be used in the new DOC, which should raise the overall quality of wines coming from the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG.

The rest of the wines from Dei:

Toscana Bianco IGT “Martiena” 2015 - Dei

2019 Dei Martiona Tuscany

Price: $19.50       Sale $17.16

A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Grechetto and Malvasia, this wine has a very fresh and fruity bouquet with pear, white peach and apricot fruit along with hints of white flowers.  On the tongue this wine has a light spritz with juicy fruit and a clean refreshing finish, leaves the tongue salivating for food.  Finish 35+    Very Good

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2018 Dei Rosso Di Montepulciano

Price: $18.00       Your Price: $15.84

A blend of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo Nero and 5% Merlot.  This 2018 vintage has delicious red berry fruit with pretty floral notes and red licorice spice on the nose.  Fresh and bright on the palate with smooth silky tannins and a touch of sweet herbs on the finish  Finish 35+      Very Good

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2015 Dei Vino Nobilo Di Montepulciano Riserva Bossona

Price: $65.25       Your Price: $57.42

This is one of the crus of Montepulciano and 100% Sangiovese, a very pretty wine on the nose with red licorice and tobacco spice with ripe red cherry berry fruit, smoky charcuterie, sweet herbs, nice complexity here on the nose.  A smooth and silky wine on the tongue with a bit of dry tannins at the end but lots of everything, very rich but fresh and balanced.  Finish 50+         Most Excellent

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 'Madonna della Querce'

2015 Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Madonna Delle Querce

Price: $99.00       Your Price: $87.12

Dedicated to Caterina’s father, the ‘Madonna della Querce’ is comprised of 100% Prugnolo Gentile from a dedicated plot within the Piaggia cru. Vines sit at 350 meters above sea level and are planted to clay and tufa soils. Aged exclusively in 30hL Slavonian cask for 24 moths prior to bottling. Only 3,600 bottles produced.

Dei Sancta Catharina Toscana 2013 |

2013 Dei Sancta Catharina Toscana

Price: $60.00       Your Price: $52.80

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, and Petit Verdot from 24 year old vines. Fermentation and maceration occurs over 28 days in stainless steel vats with temperature control. The wine matures in Allier French oak barriques for 12 months, and then is finished in the bottle for one year before release.

Blend: 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 30% Sangiovese, and 10% Petit Verdot

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2014 Dei Vino Santo di Montepulciano 375ml

Price: $57.50       Your Price: $50.60            Quantity in Stock: 17

DESCRIPTION: This sweet wine is suited to aging and should be served at 10-12° C. A wide range of aromas include hints of candied fruit and Almond paste.

VARIETALS Aromatic malvasia, trebbiano, grechetto.

SOIL Tuff Area of production: Martiena Vineyard Elevation: 250 meters a.s.l. Average plant age: 10 years

WINE-MAKING TECHNIQUE Grape are raisined on special trellises then softly pressed. The must is fermented during the winter then aged in small barrels for a minimum of 4 years.




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