47 AD Prosecco Frizzante DOC NV£11.95
With so much mass produced Prosecco out there it’s hard to know what one to choose. We continue to champion and import this modern Prosecco from 47 Anno Domini. We colloquially call this ‘Blackboard’ Prosecco.
As a Frizzante it is delicately sparkling with citrus, pear and floral aromas which flow to the palate. You will notice its closure uses the traditional ‘tappo spago’, the cork closure with string; this symbolises their connection to time-honoured methods once used with sparkling wines from Veneto.
47 Anno Domini Sottovoce Merlot£9.95
Red berries and vanilla and toasted wood on the nose and just a hint of green pepper. Good entry into the mouth, the feeling of pleasant diffused light tannins on the tongue and the perception of warmth and sweetness given by alcohol. Good length and persistence that leave a pleasant dry mouth that calls for another taste.
Amarosso, ‘Romeo & Juliet’, Verona, Italy, 2015£10.95
Toasted hazelnut and tobacco notes, followed by red fruits and cherry jam on the nose. Vanilla and spice opens up when in the glass. All which follow through to the palate with excellent acidity, warming alcohol and a long finish.
Cantina il Passo, “Alberi in Piano”, Aglianico del Vulture DOC, 2013£29.50
The origin of the family-run farm dates back to the end of the 19th century, which was also known as “Contrada Alberi in Piano”, with many hectares of land near Rapolla, a small village in the province of Potenza, located in Lucania at the slopes of Vulture.
The Aglianico of Vulture has very remote origins, and people thinks it has been brought by the Greeks in the south of Italy between the VII and the VI century B.C. One of the historical and literary evidences of the history of this wine variety is the one left by Quintus Horatius Flaccus, a Latin poet who was born in Venosa, who exalted the beauty of his land (Basilicata) and of its wine.
Intense ruby red with violet hues.
Ripe red fruit, note of tobacco, cocoa and vanilla.
This is a big wine and we recommend decanting. It’s received 18 months in French oak barrels and a further 6 months in the bottle. Bramble fruit with sweet spices present tannin that has soften with age.
Cantina Tombacco, Biferno Rosso Riserva DOC, 2012£12.50
Biferno is a tiny appellation in the centre-south of Italy, next door to Abruzzo. The red wine variety grown there is the wonderfully fruity Montepulciano.
The wine has appreciated after time spent aging in both barrel and bottle and the result is an aromatic and seductive wine with cherry and floral lift, but a deep, plum and liquorice richness of fruit and silky texture, the tannins mellowed into a gentle, rounded wine.
Even though it’s good to go straight away, we really recommend letting it sit in the glass a few minutes (or decanting) before drinking. Doing this brings out its mellow maturity and authentic Italian identity, and the oak becomes better-integrated.
It’s easy to see why this has become our fastest selling red since listing it on our website. And at just over a tenner, it is very easy to drink!
Cantina Tombacco, Salice Salentino DOC, Riserva Rosso, 2012£10.95
Appearance – Dark, ruby red with garnet nuances.
Nose – Ripe red fruit and spicy, woody notes.
Palate – Fill bodied with roasted and spicy aromas, which ends velvety with a round, full finish.
Fattoria Montecchio, Chianti Classico Riserva, 2011£14.95
We know this wine will age and improve for another 6 years but we were impressed with the integrated tannins which will please some customers who are a little less patient!
In the glass the hue is deep ruby red which will move to garnet the older it gets. The nose is ripe red fruit with vanilla and spice. On the palate the fruits are ripe and bold with a pleasantly intense finish.
“Lovely anise and morello cherry fruit. Ripe on the nose with balanced spiced fruit, cherry fleshy textures balanced finish.” International Wine Challenge Tasting Note, 2015.
Serve with grilled meat and Italian tapas cold cuts.
Il N.5 di Poggio L’Apparita, DOC Maremma Toscano Rosso, 2014£14.45
Micro-production of this vintage of just 1100 bottles.
International Wine Challenge’s tasting note:
“Juicy fruit, lots of herbal edges. Nicely rustic with fine tannins.”
Il N.6 di Poggio L’Apparita, DOC Maremma Toscana Rosso, 2014£14.45
COLOUR & NOSE
Ruby red with violet reflections. Delicate bouquet of berries and delicate sweetness.
Very ripe fruits, pleasant roasted aromas and finely integrated tannins make this wine long lasting. A truly elegant wine with a strong personality.
The grapes of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot are hand-picked and selected from the end of August until the beginning of October. It is matured in Slavonic oak barrels for at least 12 months. Of the year 2014 only 1708 bottles were produced.
La Scolca Gavi di Gavi DOCG Black Label GIGI 2017£35.00
La Scolca Black Label Gavi (also known as “Gigi”) is regarded as the ultimate Gavi – excepting La Scolca’s exclusive extremely limited D’Antan which is Black Label Gavi aged in tanks on the lees for a straight ten years! That is extremely limited and expensive of course but this black label is more affordable and easier to get stock of.
La Scolca Black Label Gavi is highly sought after. Although pale in colour, this is deceptive as it’s a big, rich wine packed with flavour and a real weight on the palate. It has a very very long finish.
Le Argille Cabernet di Cabernet 2014£32.00
Cement dipped bottle, wax cap and leather label: we had never seen a bottle like it until we found this truly remarkable Le Argille Cabernet Di Cabernet. Originating from Treviso, Italy, in vineyards surrounded by the river Sile, this strong, serious and unique wine is aged in concrete barrels for two years. This method allows the the winemakers to produce an immaculate wine free from oak interference, so that the flavour comes entirely from the grapes themselves. Its uniqueness is fully preserved along with its warm, refined, and mature taste.
Appearance and Nose
If you can lift the bottle (it really is heavy!), on the pour you’ll release an intense ruby red liquid with garnet highlights. Stick your nose in and you are greeted by a warm, complex, enveloping aroma, with perfume of mature berries especially blueberry, blackberry and wild strawberries. Then a second wave hits you with hints of plum, black cherries and vanilla. But wait.. it still hasn’t finished, now we’re getting light nuances of tobacco, dark chocolate and green pepper.
It is everything it promises with a warm, elegant, mature, complex and important mouthfeel that reveals soft berries, glorious spicing and just gorgeous supple tannins. The long ageing in cement has preserved all the exquisite particular flavours of the grapes that crescendos to a spectacular mouth warming long finish that demands you take another sip.
Well the good news is it is incredibly versatile and food friendly. It’s excellent with strong meats like game and venison and will pair up wonderfully with meaty stews and hard cheeses.
Le Magnolie Pinot Grigio£9.95
Pinot Grigio can sometimes have a bad reputation for being a flavourless choice. We searched everywhere for a perfect example of this classic wine and Le Magnolie’s vineyards at high altitude makes for its dry, crisp taste with a finely balanced acidity and heaps of flavour.
Le Magnolie Prosecco Extra Dry DOC£12.50
By far the best Prosecco we have found after a very long process.
The small family owned vineyard near Treviso benefits from high altitude which ensures the required acidity for sparkling wine.
Pale straw yellow colour with greenish reflections. Presenting fine and persistent bubbles and showing fresh fruit and white flowers on the palate.
Marsecco, Frizzante Marzemino (red), IGT£12.50
This wine tells an exceptional story. Marzemino grew for the first time in Asia, but Venetian and Lombard connoisseurs were already enjoying its sweetness in the 16th century.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart therefore paid tribute to this legendary wine, mentioning “the excellent Marzemino” in his opera Don Giovanni.
The wine itself is crimson with shiny purple highlights.
NOSE & PALATE
The nose forest fruits and the tongue tingles from the gentle bubbles and the noticeable residual sugar makes it very soft. The black cherry dominates the palate.
A definite candidate for a fun party wine and also tastes very well chilled on a mild summer’s evening. Guaranteed to convert any non-believer!