An intriguingly refreshing and bright blend of White Tempranillo (70%) and Viura (30%). Straw color, bright, clean, with green flashes. High aromatic intensity on the nose but complex, fruity flavors, banana, pineapple, white flowers, apple and citrus. Balsamic on the palate, medium bodied and well balanced in acidity giving freshness and youth.
Les Bressandes is a climat of the Corton Grand Cru appellation in the Cote de Beaune district of Burgundy. The site is located on the eastern mid-slopes of the Montagne de Corton hill, immediately below the Clos du Roi and Renardes climats. #burg15
"There is enough wood to notice framing the overtly earthy and agreeably fresh aromas of black raspberry and cassis plus a hint of the sauvage. The generously proportioned and fleshy big-bodied flavors possess better inner mouth freshness and verve as well as very good precision on the firmly structured, serious, structured and sneaky long finish. This well-made effort will need at least some patience and should reward 12+ years of it." Burghound ALOXE-CORTON is a little village, located in the Northern part of the Côte de Beaune. Its wine-area benefits from exposures ranging from East to South and Southwest. SURFACE Domaine GUYON holds...
The 2015 vintage won Italian White wine of the year from the Somelliers' Association. James Suckling 91 points. Decanter 91 points. Variety: 100% Grechetto First vintage produced: 1989 Aging: 3 months in steel and minimum 3 months aging in the bottle Aroma: intense perfumes of exotic fruit and yellow peach, floral notes of freesia and hawthorn, pleasing chalkiness on the finish Taste: full, fresh, with a long persistance Serving suggestions: great aperitif wine or consumed with seafood, veal or poultry dishes. Aging potential: 3-5 years. This underpriced stunner is well known to Italians as a wonderfully refreshing white wine to be had...
Voted no 4 in Top 10 Italian Reds by Gentleman Magazine. Wine Advocate 96 points. This is a baritone beauty. The 2015 Montefalco Sagrantino 25 Anni is a darkly extracted and thick expression with inky-black fruit aromas that are followed by finer accents of licorice, smoke and tar. The bouquet is deep and complex. There is dark spice here as well, but those spicy tones are mixed with balsam herb, barbecue smoke and teriyaki. The wine is full-bodied and layered, with rich textural fiber. This vintage will award those who wait. ML Oct 2019.
Decanter 95 points. Gambero Rosso 3 Bicchieri. Variety: 100% Sagrantino First vintage produced: 1979 Training Aging: 22 months in French oak barrels (one third new) and at least 6 months in bottle. Aroma: blackberry jam, pepper, clove and vanilla, a balsamic note and a touch of face powder Taste: powerful and timeless same elegant, great tannin that suggests the future.
Undoubtedly one of the best Pinot Noir markers in the famous area of Martinborough, Ata Rangi produces amazing wines ear in and year out. This winery was one of the first to plant grapes in this region in 1979. The clone is Dijon and Abel which is now widely known as the Ata Rangi clone in New Zealand. Instead of turning out monotonous wines, the style of the Ata Rangi Pinot Noir is complex, elegant and supple with gorgeous ripeness of red fruit and spice. Wines of Ata Rangi can well be New Zealand’s top treasure to export.
Wine Spectator 93 points. Jancis Robinson 17.5/20. Dosed with quite generous new oak scent on the nose, which I'd imagine might rile some Barolo fans - but the quality of flavour is excellent, and there is plenty of fruit, spice and structure to match. Richard Hemming MW. Barolo has ancient origins. Documents testify to the growing of Nebbiolo in the Visette area as long ago as the XII century, when the Saracen invasions advanced inland into Piedmont from the Ligurian coast. These influences led to the old centre of the village of Monforte being named “Saracca”. The name Visette itself comes from the local dialect word for the vine,...
"This wine is intense in aromas of violet, rose, underbrush, dark-skinned berry and spice. Tightly wound and vibrant, the taut, elegantly structured palate delivers Marasca cherry, black raspberry, cinnamon and clove framed in firm fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. It's still youthfully austere, so give it time to fully develop. Drink 2013–2035." - 94/100, Wine Enthusiast
Approachable, rounded, plush nebbiolo from one of Monforte's very best producers. All estate grown. WINERY NOTES: Vinification: to bring out the wine’s freshness and fragrance to the full, the maceration on the skins takes place at a controlled temperature of between 25 and 29° C for around 5 days. Maturing: in small oak barrels for 9-12 months. Ageing: for several months in the bottle, at a controlled temperature of 15° C. Colour: bright ruby red. Nose: floral, intense and ample. Taste: warm, savoury and silky due to moderate tannins. #TAVOLO
Cellar Door Price 60 aud. Powerful and graceful at once, the wine shows dark and purple fruit richness with spicy oak, olive, dark cocoa and floral aromas on the nose. The immensely concentrated palate delivers outstanding weight and depth, wonderfully complemented by plush texture and silky tannins, making it delectably satisfying. Tasted: November 2021; Now to 2035; Price: $60.00; Rating: 96 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit. The Auld family holds an important place in Australian wine history. Beginning with Patrick Auld (b. 1811), a South Australian wine & spirits merchant, wine has been a common thread in the Auld family bloodline.
"From the estate vineyard at Blewitt Springs on 750 million-year-old soils. Cold soaked, cool-fermented, 14 days on skins, matured in old French and American oak for 18 months. The finish is lively and textured, black cherry dipped in dark chocolate." James Halliday 95. WINESTATE MAGAZINE 5 Stars/Gold Medal, World's Greatest Syrah Competition 2020. WINERY NOTE: These grapes are from our organic Shiraz vineyard which sits on ancient sands over clay and silt stone which dates back 750 million years. This wine has been cold soaked, basket pressed and matured for 18 months in new and seasoned oak. Our viticultural practices are organic and...
Tim Atkin MW 93 points. Producer tasting notes: "Bright, ripe cherry red. Intense and complex in aromas. Aromas of ripe red fruit, enveloped in white flowers, almond blossom and broom. Touches of cinnamon and resinous notes. Velvety on the attack, smooth and delicate. It is elegant, balanced and harmonious on the palate. A long finish, leaving a pleasant aftertaste." - Bodegas Lan.
Best CDP of 2019....New York Times. WA 97. The all whole-bunch 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes is 85% Grenache, with the balance a mix of Mourvèdre and Syrah. The vines are all 80 to 90 years old, selected from parcels in Brusquières, Gardiole, Mont-Redon and Pignan. Glorious raspberry and cherry fruit picks up hints of mint and some stemmy notes, but they're remarkably well-integrated and should be completely absorbed within a couple of years. Full-bodied, rich and creamy in texture, this tour de force remains lively, silky and long on the finish. With 1,000 cases produced, it should be reasonably priced and...
Wine Advocate 97-99 points. I was blown away by the prodigious fruit in the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes. Quantities are only maybe half of the 2016, so you can imagine how concentrated and rich this baby is. Waves of raspberry and cherry fruit are seductive on the nose, then crash over the palate with a tsunami of concentration and power. If time in the cellar can coax some additional elegance out of the wine, it could be a candidate for perfection. JC Sept 2018. #Xmas
Wine Advocate 92+ Brancaia usually adds a little Merlot (20%) to this wine to soften and flesh out the crisp tightness that comes from Sangiovese. The 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva is a beautiful wine that plays its best cards in terms of mouthfeel. The bouquet is beautiful as well, with dark fruit nuances that are layered tight. You get wild cherries and red rose petal in generous supply. The mouthfeel is light to medium in texture, but it shows more smoothness and silkiness compared to many of its peers.
Wine Advocate 94 points. The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva is a beautiful wine that does an excellent job of stringing together the many varied components of what makes a great Chianti Classico and puts them all together in a single bottle. The wine is balanced and intense with a long bouquet that starts off with black primary fruit and then trails off into a continuum of spice, leather, tar and tilled earth. There are many levels to consider here. The mouthfeel is equal parts structured, fresh and succulent, and these three factors fit together with precision. This is a terrific wine and one that I will readily drink with a grilled veal...
Wine Advocate 96 points. This blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese and a smaller percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon has one of the most impressive track records of a modern Tuscan blend that I can think of. The 2016 Il Blu is a beautifully balanced and precise blend that pits the freshness and authenticity of Sangiovese against the softness and fruitiness of the Merlot. Although the Sangiovese plays a supporting role in the blend, its influence and signature go far to creating the overall identity of this special wine. It's a very nice effort to celebrate with a grilled T-bone. Some 35,000 bottles were made.
Wine Advocate 94 points. Packaged in its distinctive blue label, the Brancaia 2017 Il Blu is a blend of mostly Merlot, Sangiovese and a smaller percent of Cabernet Sauvignon. It offers power, structure and firmness spread out over a medium to full-bodied frame. The wine exhibits a dark and concentrated color and opens to rich aromas of dried cherry, blackberry, tilled earth, candied orange and iron ore. Indeed, the wine's friendly complexity far exceeds any basic expectations here despite the challenges of the vintage.
Wine Advocate 96+. A blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Ilatraia is a terrific, full-bodied expression from Tuscany. If you love this combination of full-throttle grapes, I suggest you try this rendition. It tends to be more delicate and nuanced at the edges compared to a similar blend from a New World wine region, like say, California. The wine is contoured and full but never heavy. Indeed, the aromas of blackberry, spice and tar remain surprisingly fresh and bright. This is a big wine to be sure, but there is a lot of tonic energy packed tight within. Some 30,000 bottles were made.
96 points James Halliday (Wine Companion): "It runs excellence up a flag pole and allows it to fly freely from there. We step straight into effortless territory here, the flavours of grapefruit, pear, custard apple and white peach tipped subtly by notes of flint, spice and meal. Everything rolls and flows as if it were preordained. Peak design, perfect execution. Tasted 01 Oct 2018. Alcohol 13%. (Aug 2019)" The By Farr chardonnay comes from the same site as the Sangreal pinot noir—composed of red soil over limestone—and was planted in 1994. The limestone of this site is not exposed on the surface as at other sites. The limestone starts...
Those long trails of flavour. That texture of satin. The way depth meets breadth without breaking stride. Classic chardonnay with white peach, grapefruit, grilled nut and flint notes lighting up the glass. It has a powerful body in elegant robes; it will mature gloriously. 97 points. Campbell Mattinson Published 18 June 2021.
Gary and Nick Farr are the father and son duo behind By Farr in Geelong. As Winemakers and vignerons, the Farr’s established their latest venture in 1999, having over thirty years and sixty-two vintages between them. Prior to By Farr, Gary Farr was winemaker at Bannockburn, helping to put this iconic Australian winery on the international landscape. Gary and Nick Farr inject passion, persistence and patience into each of their wines and it shows with subtle and striking fruit characters that improve with time in the bottle.
James Suckling 92 points.
Wine Advocate 93 points. The 2019 Alto Adige Pinot Bianco Vial reveals a luminous appearance and brilliant golden highlights. The bouquet opens quickly to reveal orchard fruit, quince and Golden Delicious apple. Beyond that lovey primary fruit, the wine also offers background tones of almond, turmeric spice and crushed limestone. Grapes are sourced from an east-facing site with loamy conglomerate soils with chalky gravel and porphyry sand. The is a lean-bodied wine, but there is enough power and natural heft to pair with shellfish or white meat. You get terrific value, and this 60,000-bottle release will hit the market in October 2020. I...
Wine Advocate 92 points. This is a terrific, albeit informal, white wine (and an excellent value too) that reflects the crystalline light and sharpness of Italy's Dolomites. The Cantina Kaltern 2019 Alto Adige Pinot Bianco hits the nail on the head, especially if you are looking for a well-priced white wine with a pristine and undeniable territorial signature. You can almost smell the mountain freshness here, with the wildflowers and distinctive mineral notes of wet stones in an alpine stream. This wine is like a one-way ticket to Northern Italy, and with an ample production of 350,000 bottles made, you can go back and visit many times...
Wine Spectator 92 points
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