Italian Collector Wines

Italian Collector Wines

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. 1964 giacomo conterno barolo Barolo
    1964 Giacomo Conterno Barolo
    92
    VM
    The 1964 Barolo shows more fruit, depth and richness, with sweet mentholated notes that add complexity to the spiced fruit. Both the 1961 and 1964 are fully mature, and even under ..." Learn More
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    As low as $550.00
  2. 1985 sassicaia Super Tuscans/IGT
    1985 Sassicaia
    100
    DEC
    Wow, this is practically bursting out of the glass and out of the line-up. Black olive tapenade, salty anchovy tang, rosemary and sage, against the black cherry and redcurrant frui..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $3,860.00
  3. 1989 bruno giacosa barolo falletto Barolo
    1989 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto
    98
    VM
    Bruno Giacosa's 1989 Barolo Riserva Falletto is another of the wines of the night. The pure texture, aromatic presence and structure of Nebbiolo are simply captivating.Vinous Media..." Learn More
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    As low as $2,010.00
  4. 1990 ornellaia Super Tuscans/IGT
    1990 Ornellaia
    97
    DEC
    A great vintage all over Europe, this is most likely, after the scarce 1988, Ornellaia’s vintage of consecration after only five years of winemaking. Michel Rolland arrived i..." Learn More
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    As low as $395.00
  5. 1996 bruno giacosa barbaresco asili red label ris. Barbaresco
    1996 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Red Label Ris.
    98
    JG
    (Barbaresco “Asili di Barbaresco” Riserva- Bruno Giacosa) I would never dream of opening one of my bottles of 1996 Asili Riserva from Bruno Giacosa right now, as the wi..." Learn More
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    As low as $959.00
  6. 1996 gaja sperss barolo Barolo
    1996 Gaja Sperss Barolo
    97
    VM
    The 1996 Sperss is arguably the most backward of these 1996s from Gaja. Still very young and tightly wound, the 1996 is going to need at least a few years to truly blossom. Even so..." Learn More
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    As low as $470.00
  7. 1996 vietti barolo villero riserva Barolo
    1996 Vietti Barolo Villero Riserva
    97
    WS
    Licorice and berry aromas, showing hints of flowers and spices. Full-bodied, with silky and caressing tannins and an aftertaste that goes on for minutes. Only made in the greatest ..." Learn More
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    As low as $625.00
  8. 1997 castellare i sodi di san niccolo Bordeaux Red
    1997 Castellare I Sodi di San Niccolo
    97
    RP
    The 1997 I Sodi di San Niccolo is wonderfully elegant, pure and silky. It remains very young, but is so polished that opening a bottle today is far from a crime. Dark red cherries,..." Learn More
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    As low as $180.00
  9. 1997 ceretto barolo bricco rocche Barolo
    1997 Ceretto Barolo Bricco Rocche
    97
    WS
    Dark ruby-garnet. Very aromatic, with lots of floral, berry and spice character. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe fruit, supersilky tannins and a long, long finish. Massive, ..." Learn More
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    As low as $335.00
  10. 1997 luciano sandrone barolo cannubi boschis Barolo
    1997 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis
    98
    VM
    The 1997 Le Vigne is edged by the 1997 Barolo Cannubi Boschis that follows. Ample and incredibly inviting, the 1997 Cannubi Boschis is a wine of total sensuality. An exotic m&eacut..." Learn More
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    As low as $739.00
  11. 1998 roberto voerzio barolo la serra Barolo
    1998 Roberto Voerzio Barolo la Serra
    98
    JS
    What a vibrant wines still. It's so fresh and youthful with licorice and tar character and dried fruits. It's full body and silky textured with a perfect balance. Such fabulous fir..." Learn More
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    As low as $290.00
  12. 1999 dal forno romano amarone Italy (Other)
    1999 Dal Forno Romano Amarone
    98
    JS
    This is full throttle style with loads of black chocolate and dark fruits on the nose and the palate. Minerally, gun powder undertone. It's very full and powerful with super pretty..." Learn More
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    As low as $595.00
  13. 1999 giacomo conterno barolo monfortino riserva Barolo
    1999 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva
    100
    VM
    I have always had a big crush on the 1999 Monfortino. Here it is the combination of sensual, virtually intoxicating perfume, focused fruit and structure that stands out most of all..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,840.00
  14. 1999 roberto voerzio barolo sarmassa di barolo Barolo
    1999 Roberto Voerzio Barolo Sarmassa di Barolo
    94+
    VM
    (bottled entirely in magnums) Saturated medium ruby. Superripe aromas of raspberry, minerals, dried rose, bitter chocolate and roasted oak, complicated by tangy spices and hints of..." Learn More
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    As low as $565.00
  15. 2001 dal forno romano amarone Italy (Other)
    2001 Dal Forno Romano Amarone
    97
    RP
    The 2001 Amarone is on another level entirely. It exudes notable warmth and ripeness, with profound layers of Venezuelan bitter chocolate, herbs, licorice, smoke, dark fruit and to..." Learn More
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    As low as $655.00
  16. 2001 salvioni brunello di montalcino Brunello
    2001 Salvioni Brunello di Montalcino
    97
    VM
    The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino at first shows aromatically dark and deep. Its color is a vivid, profound ruby, glistening in the glass and showing little evidence of its twenty ye..." Learn More
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    As low as $350.00
  17. 2001 tenuta dell'ornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    2001 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    99
    WS
    Offers a terrific bouquet of ripe, mellowing cherry and berry, accented by leather and incense hints. Shows fine tension between the firm, vibrant structure and ripe fruit, with gr..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,025.00
  18. 2004 dal forno romano amarone Italy (Other)
    2004 Dal Forno Romano Amarone
    98
    DEC
    A delayed flowering in 2004 was followed by a warm, sunny summer with cool nights, perfect for preserving the balance of sugars and acidity. There was some hail in July, but the su..." Learn More
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    As low as $640.00
  19. 2004 dal forno romano vigna sere Italy (Other)
    2004 Dal Forno Romano Vigna Sere
    99
    RP
    The 2004 Passito Rosso Vino Dolce Vigna Seré (500-mililiter) is a masterpiece that is impossible to repeat. In fact, the wine has not been produced since 2004. Even if a vin..." Learn More
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    As low as $169.00
  20. 2004 sassicaia Super Tuscans/IGT
    2004 Sassicaia
    97
    WE
    The best Sassicaia of the last 10 years, the 2004 vintage is an outstanding achievement. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc highlight the beauty of Tuscany and portray the regio..." Learn More
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    As low as $440.00
  21. 2004 soldera brunello di montalcino riserva Brunello
    2004 Soldera Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva
    97+
    RP
    The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is another epic wine. It is remarkably textured and vivid for a young Soldera, with endless layers of fruit. The wine literally explodes on ..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,120.00
  22. 2004 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    2004 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    100
    VM
    The 2004 Masseto, one of my personal favorites, is positively stellar. I have always adored the 2004 for its silky tannins, stunning aromatic presence and total finesse, all of whi..." Learn More
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    As low as $3,550.00
  23. 2006 percarlo Super Tuscans/IGT
    2006 Percarlo
    99
    RP
    The 2006 Percarlo is one of the all-time legendary wines from San Giusto. Everything is in the right place. Firm yet wonderfully refined tannins support an intense core of fruit. T..." Learn More
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    As low as $290.00
  24. 2006 quintarelli alzero Italy (Other)
    2006 Quintarelli Alzero
    97
    VM
    The 2006 Alzero is wonderfully alive and vibrant in the glass, with beams of energy that run through its deep frame. Exotic and alluring, the 2006 simply has it all. There is plent..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,120.00
  25. 2007 bruno giacosa barolo le rocche red label ris. Barolo
    2007 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Red Label Ris.
    100
    JS
    A phenomenal red from the master of Barolo. Octogenarian Bruno Giacosa has made wines for seven decades—and this is one of his best. It builds beautifully on the palate, show..." Learn More
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    3L
    As low as $2,799.00
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