Italian Collector Wines

Aside from France, Italy is considered by many to be Europe’s finest country when it comes to winemaking culture. In the past, really amazing vintages weren’t very common, with years like 1964, 1971 and 1978 helping put Piedmont on the map, and vintages like 1955 and 1975 resonating outwards from Tuscany. However, Italy has been getting more and more consistent since about 1990, thanks to considerable advancements in how they treat their grapes and subtle climate changes. Today, Italy is a veritable viticultural titan, and their wines regularly take top spots in various tastings. Naturally, this means collectors are constantly paying attention nowadays, making certain blends tough to obtain.

You have many options to choose from if you wish to snag a handful of bottles for your collection. For example, a bottle of 1999 Barolo is fit for consumption, as it’s (arguably) only now reaching its peak. If you wish to sit on it, this wine has enough longevity to develop and bloom during the next 7-10 years. The intense aroma can steal your heart in a moment’s notice, and one sip is enough to inspire untold romantic poetry. Alternatively, you may opt for a 2004 Bolgheri, which is as close as you can get to an objectively perfect wine – complex, ripe, satisfying, it grips you by the tongue and refuses to let go. Not a vintage to miss out on, and its sheer aging potential makes it a viable drink until late 2024.

We want to make it easier for you to wrap your lips around delicious, compelling wines such as these. Italy is versatile enough to provide several options no matter what your preference may be, and you can easily become the life of the party just by busting out one of these groundbreaking works of art at a social event, especially big celebrations. Leave no one unsatisfied with Italy’s finest collectibles.
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  1. Sassicaia
    1985 Sassicaia - 750 ml
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    I had this wine in a blind tasting - I have had it frequently, and have never failed to give it a perfect rating. At the same time, I have often mis-identified it in blind tastings as the 1986 Mouton-Rothschild. In this tasting, the wine wa..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $2,849.00
  2. Sassicaia
    1988 Sassicaia - 750 ml
    97
    WS
    Availability: Available Soon
    The brute power of the '88 brings to mind Chateau Latour in top vintages. Full-bodied, it's firm and rock-solid yet tastes very silky thanks to sensational concentration of fruit. Loads of minerally, peppery character and blackberry and red..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $599.00
  3. Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    1997 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto - 750 ml
    97
    DEC
    Availability: In Stock
    1997 was the first vintage when everything was in place to produce great wine – older vineyards, better viticulture and better equipment’, comments winemaker Axel Heinz.The evidence is certainly in the glass; it has an enticing ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $979.00
  4. Gaja Barolo Conteisa
    1997 Gaja Barolo Conteisa - 750 ml
    98
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    The 1997 Conteisa offers classic aromas of licorice, melted tar, black cherries, wet stones, and tobacco. It is a full-bodied, unctuously-textured wine of remarkable density and thickness. The tannin is high, but sweet. This brawny offering..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $325.00
  5. Le Macchiole Merlot Messorio
    1999 Le Macchiole Merlot Messorio - 750 ml
    98
    RP
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    ...It shows the minerality and drive of the cooler vintage in its clean, beautifully delineated aromas and flavors. Espresso, grilled herbs and mint are some of the nuances that linger on the finish. The 1999 continues to change in the glas..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $410.00
  6. Castello Rampolla Vigna D'Alceo
    2000 Castello Rampolla Vigna D'Alceo - 750 ml
    98
    RP
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    For whatever reason, the full-bodied 2000 Vigna d'Alceo was roaring the day I tasted it. A single vineyard blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Sangiovese, it tastes like the Sammarco on steroids. It boasts a deep purple color in additio..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $195.00
  7. Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino
    2001 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino - 750 ml
    98
    WS
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino was one of the most talked about wines of Montalcino when it was first released a few years ago. The black color the wine had in its youth has begun to recede, yet this remains a rich, almost Amarone-like exp..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $185.00
  8. Siro Pacenti Brunello Di Montalcino
    2001 Siro Pacenti Brunello Di Montalcino - 750 ml
    97
    WS
    Availability: In Stock
    Pure fruit here with lots of currant and berry. Full-bodied, with loads of fruit and velvety tannins. Long and delicious. Needs time. Best after 2009...

    Wine Spectator..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $119.00
  9. Le Macchiole Merlot Messorio
    2001 Le Macchiole Merlot Messorio - 750 ml
    97
    RP
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    ...The fruit is breathtaking in its beauty... The finish is exceptionally polished, nuanced and silky. The 2001 is tough to resist today, but it will be even better in a few years' time.

    eRobertParker.com (Antonio Galloni)..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $350.00
  10. Dal Forno Romano Vigna Sere
    2004 Dal Forno Romano Vigna Sere - 375 ml
    99
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2004 Vigna Sere is the perfect conclusion to a vintage that will go down as one of Dal Forno's most magical. Sweet, silky tannins support layers of super-refined, elegant fruit in this magical sweet red. Mocha, espresso, new leather, ra..." Learn More
    - 375 ml
    $179.00
  11. Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin
    2004 Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin - 750 ml
    97
    AG
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2004 Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra sweeps across the palate with stunning depth and expansiveness in its dark cherries, menthol, spices, chocolate and sweet toasted oak. It offers exceptional length and delineation, with a note of fresh..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $139.00
  12. Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina
    2004 Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina - 750 ml
    97
    RP
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    The 2004 Barolo Percristina sweeps across the palate with masses of silky, dense fruit framed by firm, yet almost impossibly elegant tannins. This is an utterly captivating Barolo for its sheer power, richness and opulence. Despite the wine..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $139.00
  13. Sassicaia
    2004 Sassicaia - 375 ml
    97
    ST
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    Deep ruby-red. Captivatingly intense yet refined aromas of ripe red cherry, mint, smoke and black truffle, complicated by lovely mineral and floral elements. Ripe, rich and velvety on entry, then concentrated in the middle, with flavors of ..." Learn More
    - 375 ml
    $149.00
  14. Le Macchiole Merlot Messorio
    2004 Le Macchiole Merlot Messorio - 750 ml
    100
    JS
    Availability: In Stock
    Beautiful, subtle aromas of berries, cappuccino and black olive are amazing. Full-bodied, with ultrarefined tannins and a long, long finish. Goes on for minutes. Leaves me speechless. This is soulful. A Tuscan cult wine you don't want to mi..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $295.00
  15. Montevertine Pergole Torte
    2006 Montevertine Pergole Torte - 1.5L
    98+
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    What a pleasure it is to taste the 2006 Le Pergole Torte now that it is in bottle. The wine reveals superior density and richness in an especially generous style for this wine. Notes of smoke, licorice, leather and underbrush develop with a..." Learn More
    - 1.5L
    $615.00
  16. Casanova di Neri Brunello Tenuta Nuova
    2006 Casanova di Neri Brunello Tenuta Nuova - 750 ml
    100
    JS
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    "So much ripe fruit here with currants and sultanas, yet fresh and very clean. Dark berries too. Incredible ripe Sangiovese character. Full body, with masses of fruit and chewy tannins. Plus, there's black licorice and dried berries......" Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $129.00
  17. Sassicaia
    2006 Sassicaia - 375 ml
    99
    DEC
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2006 Sassicaia may very well go down as one of the all-time great recent vintages for this Tuscan thoroughbred. The year started off very warm but by August evening temperatures had moderated, leaving the fruit with a stunning combinati..." Learn More
    - 375 ml
    $179.00
  18. Siro Pacenti Brunello Di Montalcino
    2006 Siro Pacenti Brunello Di Montalcino - 750 ml
    97
    JS
    Availability: In Stock
    "I can't believe how the nose changes from white truffle to berry and black cherry and then goes blueberries and citrus fruits. Full and soft and velvety. It is layered and massive with so much going on. Now sweet tobacco and berries. ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $125.00
  19. Ornellaia
    2006 Ornellaia - 750 ml
    97
    RP
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    The 2006 Ornellaia flows from the glass in a profound expression of ripe, dark fruit. With time in the glass layers of minerals, cassis, tar, sweet herbs and French oak emerge, adding further complexity. This harmonious Ornellaia combines t..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $310.00
  20. Casanova di Neri Brunello di Mont. Cerretalto
    2006 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Mont. Cerretalto - 750 ml
    99
    JS
    Availability: In Stock
    A potentially perfect red. It shows dark fruits with prunes, blackberries, and blueberries on the nose. Insane intensity. Full and dense with thick, yet super-polished and velvety tannins. Incredible length and depth. Amazing. Such great ac..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $229.00
  21. Roberto Voerzio Barolo Brunate
    2007 Roberto Voerzio Barolo Brunate - 750 ml
    98
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2007 Barolo Brunate is likely to leave most tasters speechless. It is a fabulous, deeply-pitched, totally seamless Barolo of the highest level. The richness and depth of the fruit is almost obscenely opulent. Dark cherries, plums, licor..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $349.00
  22. Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    2007 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto - 750 ml
    100
    WE
    Availability: Available Soon
    A perfect wine from a classic vintage, the 2007 Masseto (100% Merlot from a 17-acre vineyard of the same name) opens with an unabashedly opulent bouquet of delicious blackberry, cherry, chocolate, vanilla, exotic spice and cinnamon. Masseto..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $779.00
  23. Gaja Sperss Barolo
    2007 Gaja Sperss Barolo - 750 ml
    97
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2007 Langhe Sperss is beyond impeccable in the way it combines a powerful expression of Serralunga fruit in a round, enveloping style. Make no mistake about it, there is plenty of intensity and muscle here, but in 2007 Sperss is excepti..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $299.00
  24. Antinori Solaia
    2007 Antinori Solaia - 750 ml
    97
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    The 2007 Solaia saturates the palate with a heady array of super-ripe black cherries, plums, cassis, mocha and sweet French oak. There is an exotic quality to the Solaia I find totally irresistible. Despite its considerable ripeness and opu..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $289.00
  25. Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi
    2007 Gaja Barbaresco Costa Russi - 750 ml
    98
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    The 2007 Langhe Costa Russi combines richness and focus to a degree that has seldom been seen here. This insanely beautiful wine boasts a breathtaking bouquet, explosive, generous fruit and an absolutely eternal finish. Layers of dark red f..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $455.00
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