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.
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.
A deep burgundy colour with a nose of mature fruits, plums, cherries, figs, cinnamon and cloves. The aromas follow through to a palate full of rich black and red fruits, plums and damsons dominate with pomegranate, baked cherries and Christmas spices. An intensely concentrated powerful vintage with fine smooth tannins and a spicy, warming finish.
This sexy mother of a wine struts forth with an opaque plum/ruby/purple color and terrific notes of creme de cassis, licorice, roasted herbs and smoky barbecue. It is a brilliant effort, with full body, wonderful fruit, a savory, expansive mouthfeel, sensational texture and a long finish, but no hardness or astringency. This is a fabulous Talbot to drink over the next 20-25 years
Cheval des Andes is a New World “Grand Cru” which combines the art of “assemblage” of Bordeaux's Premier “Grand Cru Classé A”: Cheval Blanc and the best Argentine “terroir” with the 1929 Malbec from Terrazas de los Andes.
The result of such magical encounter is a refined, subtle and complex “Grand Cru” of the Andes.
Color-Intense and deep ruby, with light purple accents.
Aromas- Opens with intense red & black fruits notes such as raspberry, redcurrant, and blackcurrant completed by subtle floral hints like geranium, rhubarb jam, andmenthol. Its noble oak aging gives it slight aromas of tobacco and pepper.
Palate- Well balanced, excellent structure in the mouth with silky and delicate tannins. This has a great intensity, complexity and elegance, all underlined by a vibrant freshness. Long and suave finish with deep aromatic persistence. Great aging potential.
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.
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.
Lemon yellow with frosted green sparkles, clean, bright and with a very glyceric tear.
Clean and frank aromatic set, of high intensity where the notes of apricot, peach, pear, fennel and those of white flowers (chamomile, jasmine) stand out. Memories of freshly cut hay and light touches of smoke.
Velvety and silky on the palate with development towards a large volume and structure. Balanced acidity brings freshness and nerve. Long and tasty, postgustofrutal, with a retro nasal sensation even more intense than in its olfactory phase highlighting the memories of fennel and anise.
The Kozlović family have been making wine in the Istrian region of Croatia since 1904. The region borders Friuli and the wines, food and people have a real connection with their Italian neighbours. The winery is run by Gianfranco and Antonella Kozlović and they currently cultivate 25 hectares of vineyard. Gianfranco is a perfectionist and he is constantly striving to improve his wine. He takes a modern approach to winemaking and produces seriously good wines.
The Kozlovic family have been making wine in Istria ever since their winery was founded back in 1904. Currently run by Gianfranco and Antonella Kozlovic, the family work some 25 hectares of vines which are planted with local varieties like this gorgeous Teran. The hardworking couple are perfectionists at heart and are constantly working to produce the best wines possible from their historic family vineyards through a combination of modern winemaking techniques and respect for their ancestral land.
The grapes for this handsome bottling come from the family’s 30 year old Teran vines which are carefully harvested by hand. After a 10 day maceration and fermentation the young wines are transferred to oak barrels for 8 months to add further complexity to the finished wine.
The result is a delicious medium-bodied wine which exudes dark forest fruit aromas and hints of bitter chocolate. Gentle tannins and a refreshing acidity make this ideal to pair with dishes as diverse as a margherita pizza topped with buffalo mozzarella, a generous plate of charcuterie or even fish dishes. Given that Istria bears many cultural similarities to nearby Friuli in Italy, so it is no surprise that the region produces wines which offer such gastronomic potential!
Finca La Linda Malbec is an intense purple color red wine, with distinct aromas as a result of the typicity of the variety: marked red fruit and a very delicate floral note. It repeats its fruity intensity on the palate, with round and smooth texture, good maturity and great character. Its sweet tannins add strength on the palate, a long and lingering finish completes an elegant and compact red wine. Recommended pairings: A perfect match for red meat, big game hunt meat and hard cheese.
Lacryma Christi Rosso, or tears of Christ, is one of the most traditional wines from Campania. There are many stories of how Lacryma Christi received its name. One legend tells that when Jesus was ascending to Heaven, he glanced down at the earth, saw the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius and wept tears of joy at its beauty. Those tears fell on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius and vines miraculously grew in their place. Another story is based on winemaking techniques used by local monks in Campania. Lacryma Christi has been produced since the Roman Empire and as the monks didn’t have any filtering equipment, juice was instead passed through a canvas. As the wine fell drop-by-drop through the material, it was said to look like tears.
This is amedium bodied wine with intense flavours of crushed black fruit, cassis, vanilla and dark chocolate. The tannins are very soft and silky with fresh acidity and a focused, linear flavour profile. The wine has a persistent and long lasting finish.
Mendel is an old bodega situated at Drummond, Mendoza, built in 1928 and which was bought by the Sielecki family in 2002. They employed the highly respected Roberto de la Mota to make the wines. The wines are quite European in style, firm and structured as opposed to the more usual soft and fruity style, and are designed to develop in bottle. These wines are best enjoyed with food and benefit from decanting 30 minutes before drinking.
An Argentine full bodied , fresh Malbec that is true to its type. Flavours that suggest cherry, violet, and sweet blackberry; which incorporates the best of every piece of land in Mendoza in a continuous search for tasty fruit flavour and depth .
A toasty, leathery, baked-fruit bouquet is sultry and includes hints of popcorn and caramel. In the mouth, this is tannic and full-bodied, with flavors of bacon, hickory smoke, blackened spices and blackberry as the canvas. Minty, dark and oaky on the finish, with heat.
Aromas of blackberry liquor, bramble fruit and poached fig. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine offers flavours of juicy blackberry tart, dark plum, with a lengthy finish of coconut and vanilla from 10 months of American oak ageing.
Deep spicy and smoky notes combined with aromas of cassis, blueberries and pepper integrated which is complex yet balanced. Round, expansive, highly-concentrated and unctuous on the palate. Pleasant tannins emerge from layers of fruit to form a persistent finish.