Cesari has hit its stride with the Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Il Bosco. This is an opulent and layered red wine with savoury notes of saddle leather and exotic spice that drive the wine's dark core. This Amarone manages a careful balance with beautiful precision. In the mouth, it is smooth and rich with a deep textural impact. The blend is 80/20 Corvina and Rondinella.
After ageing in oak barrels of different sizes for at least 2 years it refines in the bottle for 5 to 6 months. It is most appreciated for its intense ruby red colour with slight garnet reflections, it is persistent in the nose with hints of durmast, elegant and austere in the mouth.
Thanks to some crafty work by a handful of producers, Margaret River Shiraz is coming out of the shadow of Cabernet. Cape Mentelle has pushed the envelope with this intense number. Rich, peppery black fruit and a confident use of vanillin oak.
Valpolicella Superiore obtained from Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes alluring in the vineyards exposed at midday on the hills of Valpolicella. In January following the harvest, the wine undergoes a second slight refermentation on the pomace of Amarone: the result is a full-bodied wine, very fragrant, warm, velvety, to be drunk after two years of aging. Suitable for game and red meats.
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The wine presents a high gustative quality due to the yield and the balance of our blending between merlots and cabernets sauvignons. very beautiful extraction of the skin components to give a rich, structured and deep wine.
Great with many years left of course. Drank in Galway in Ireland where Kirwan were one of the 12 tribal families of the city before later making wine. Mature and elegant, captivating more than fruit delivery. The nose is mature, complex and characterful, floral elements, not surprising of course from this great Margaux. Nose has aged Margaux'ness, berries, red fruit, toasted expresso, mint tinges and layers of wood and wonderfulness.
Bordeaux Superior..........Intense garnet color with notes of plum and red fruits on the nose. A modern style of claret that benefits from ageing in new wood. Ripe, soft bramble and cassis fruit with supple tannins and a savoury finish
A well regarded 28ha property on the borders of St Georges-St Emilion owned by the Amart family since 1949 and run for the last 20 years by the charming Chantal. Michel Rolland advises.
A recent visit reminded us of the immense quality of the work she is doing here at this well placed family estate. As we stood in front of the winery looking out over her neighbours like Cheval Blanc, VCC and Chateau Petrus who are just over the Barbanne stream, it really brought home the outstanding position of her vineyards and when you taste this Merlot heavy Claret the quality is clear.
Tasting against far greater names this is a exceptional value - elegant, with a lovely weight of fruit - but high toned and very true - this hits all the high notes. A sadly all too rare bargain for this part of the world - this will not disappoint.
Vineyards are planted to 60% Merlot with 20% each of Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon.
Chateau Sigognac Medoc is an acclaimed Medoc produced from a skilful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Notes of cedar and black pepper with rich black berry fruit, a smooth body and fine tannins.
Situated just outside Saint-Yzans de Medoc and with the estuary immediately to its East, the 47 hectare vineyard of the Chateau Sigognac is planted in clay-chalky and clay-sandy soils which are characteristic of the Medoc region.
The Cabernet Sauvignon Antiguas Reservas from Cousino Macul has an intense ruby red color, its bouquet is clear and fruity, with a perfect balance between fruit and French oak, where prunes, blackberries and spicy notes outstand.
Founded in 1879 in Haro , Rioja. Named Imperial because it was originally exported to the UK in imperial pint sized bottles , this is one of the best Rioja Reservas around. Fine garnet colour with terracotta tinge. Vanilla notes on the nose, with sloes, mulberries and spice. Stewed currant fruit on the palate, dry and elegant with great richness and a fine long finish. Drink with slow-cooked lamb. Decant before serving.
Soft and supple with good integration of wood and attractive fruit character. This Reserva Rioja, from a very well-respected traditional bodega, is made from a careful blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano grapes.
Deep purple in color, this wine (25.5% Touriga Franca/22.5% Tinta Roriz/16.5% Tinta Amarela/10.5% Tinta Barroca/8.5% Tinta Cao/8% Sousaol/6.5% Tinta Francisca/2% Touriga Nacional) reveals plum, vanilla, tobacco and brioche on the nose. The mouth feel has firm, rich tannins yet comes across as approachable and silky. The finish was medium/long with beautifully balanced fruit, acidity and tannins. 12.5% abv.
Errazuriz have long helped define the style for Chilean Merlot; it is full-bodied, generous and richly fruity with succulent blueberry and plum characters together with delicate savoury notes of coffee, chocolate and toasty oak, extremely stylish easy drinking.
Gonzalez Byass recognised the quality potential of the grapes from the area and in 2000 they bought Finca Moncloa, a 42 acre estate on clay and limestone soils, with a Mediterranean climate, producing red grapes with great intensity.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tintilla de Rota and Petit Verdot aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels. A cherry red wine with intense aromas of red and black fruits and a balanced palate with notes of fruit, spice and oak.