Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2013
Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2013
Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2013

The colour is an intense crimson with purple hints. In the mouth it is powerful but with a soft finish. Notes of ripe fruits, prunes and dried figs cover the taste buds after the first mouthful.

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Monthélie AOC, Louis Jadot, 2010
Monthélie AOC, Louis Jadot, 2010
Monthélie AOC, Louis Jadot, 2010

Maison Louis Jadot Monthélie is a very fruity wine developing red fruits and cherries aromas. It is a well structured wine with good tannins. It is quite a powerful yet still very delicate wine. It will be a perfect partner for red meats (roasted, grilled or in sauce) as well as cheeses.

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Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014

This wine exhibits a lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with further complexity gained from oak spice. These characters are balanced by soft tannins, balanced acidity and a fruit-driven finish.

88 Points Wine Enthusiast.
“Some leathery, clove-like notes spice up this solidly built Pinot. Hints of briar add more complexity to the cherry fruit, before some drying tannins take over on the finish. Rather than aging this to mellow the tannins, try it alongside beef or lamb instead.” J.C.  (7/1/2015)

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2013
This wine highlights the slightly cooler season with lovely perfumed dark red forest berries and cherry fruits along with a hint of dried herb, adding complexity. The wine has a sweet berry entry which displays these same characters in abundance. Lovely ripe textural tannins rise gracefully out of the mid-palate to finish the wine. These are balanced by the wine’s acidity and fruit, to produce a long fruit-driven finish.

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Mt Difficulty Wines
Established in 1992, Mt Difficulty Wines is home to some of Central Otago’s oldest and most revered vineyards. Situated along Felton Road in the famous sub-region of Bannockburn, Central Otago, this unique area of extremes is ideally suited to crafting wines that speak with a sense of place. “Our philosophy combines ethical viticulture with minimal intervention allowing the wine to express its personality and reflect its home.”

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Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Gris, Central Otago, 2015
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Gris, Central Otago, 2015
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Gris, Central Otago, 2015

This wine has aromatics reminiscent of a fruit cocktail full of stonefruit, melon and green mango. These characters are richly replicated on the palate, with a full textured mid palate and an off-dry finish.

88 Points Wine Enthusiast (2011 vintage)
“Loaded with fruit—apricot, pineapple and passion fruit—this is an attractive, medium-bodied Pinot Gris with just a hint of sweetness. Enjoy it over the next year.” J.C.  (8/1/2012)

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Mt Difficulty Wines
Established in 1992, Mt Difficulty Wines is home to some of Central Otago’s oldest and most revered vineyards. Situated along Felton Road in the famous sub-region of Bannockburn, Central Otago, this unique area of extremes is ideally suited to crafting wines that speak with a sense of place. “Our philosophy combines ethical viticulture with minimal intervention allowing the wine to express its personality and reflect its home.”

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Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie Chéreau-Carré Réserve Numérotée, 2014
Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie Chéreau-Carré Réserve Numérotée, 2014
Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie Chéreau-Carré Réserve Numérotée, 2014

Pale straw yellow with green reflections. Floral and fruity, with occasional mineral notes. Light-to-medium-bodied with freshness, floral and fruity notes and crisp acidity.

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NePriCa PugliaI GT, Tormaresca, 2015
NePriCa PugliaI GT, Tormaresca, 2015
NePriCa PugliaI GT, Tormaresca, 2015

Named after the grapes in the blend (Negroamaro, Primitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon), this easygoing, savory wine doles out juicy blackberry, black currant, black cherry and a hint of licorice with soft, round tannins.

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No Stone Unturned, 2013
No Stone Unturned, 2013
No Stone Unturned, 2013

The wine comes from the very best plots of our friend Pepe Fuster’s stone covered 26 hectare vineyard in Terra Alta in Catalonia, north-eastern Spain. The Garnacha vines are nearly 50 years old and this age gives the wine great concentration an complexity of dark, spicy, blackberry fruit which has been seasoned and enhanced by 10 months in the finest new Dargaud & Jaegle oak barrels from France.

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Parenthèse Signé JST, Coteaux de Béziers IGP, 2015
Parenthèse Signé JST, Coteaux de Béziers IGP, 2015
Parenthèse Signé JST, Coteaux de Béziers IGP, 2015

Blend of low yielding, organic Syrah & Grenache vines, with instant red and black fruit appeal. Enjoy with moderation!

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Petit Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2013
Petit Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2013
Petit Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2013

Intense yellow color with gold tints. The nose is very expressive and reveals intense aromas of honey, gingerbread and wood. The palate is rich with deep and intense aromas. Exotic fruits mixed with spices and a touch of sweet liqueur. Very fresh.

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Pinot Noir Précoce, White Castle Vineyard, 2014
Pinot Noir Précoce, White Castle Vineyard, 2014
Pinot Noir Précoce, White Castle Vineyard, 2014

Vintage 2014 Pinot Noir Précoce gives a fabulous complex bouquet of dark red berries with layers of mineral nuances. Juicy lush generous and complex on the palate, with generous oak and ripe, fine tannins.

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Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013
Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013
Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013

A well balanced, vibrant Pinot Noir, showing a complexity that belies the age of the vines. Garnet in colour, the wine offers aromas of raspberries and strawberries.

The palate is smooth, medium bodied, with bold fruit characters balanced well with the subtle oak influence.

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Pio Cesare – Barbera d’Alba, 2014
Pio Cesare – Barbera d’Alba, 2014
Pio Cesare – Barbera d’Alba, 2014

Intense ruby color with garnet reflections. The bouquet is distinguished and vital, with fresh, ripe fruit. The palate is clear and definite, with hints of ripe pulpy fruit, cherry, and notes of chocolate, frame with a long and pleasant finish.

90 Points Antonio Galloni (2012 vintage)

“The 2012 Barbera d’Alba is quite pretty. Bright red cherries, flowers, spices and mint all lift from the glass in a striking, perfumed Barbera long on class and personality. The flavors are precise and finely sculpted throughout.”

The grapes for the Barbera d’Alba come from the family owned vineyards in Serraluga d’Alba (Ornato and Colombaro), in Sinio, Diano d’Alba and Grinzane Cavour, together with other vineyards belonging to historical suppliers who have been selling their grapes to PIO CESARE for generations, working their vineyards according to our directions and strict quality controls. There is 15 days of skin contact in stainless steel temperature-controlled fermenters. The wine is aged for 18 months in French Allier oak, 30 percent in mid-toasted barriques that are half new and half one year old. The remaining 70 percent were aged in 20 to 50 hectoliter casks of Allier oak that are about 8 years old.

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Quinta da Alorna – Abafado 5 years, Tejo
Quinta da Alorna – Abafado 5 years, Tejo
Quinta da Alorna – Abafado 5 years, Tejo

100% native varietal Fernão Pires is fortified to create a delicious sweet wine perfect for desserts such as custard tart or blue cheeses. Flavours of dried fruits are delivered from a smooth, textured palate with a lingering finish. Delightfully balanced and fresh. Great Value.

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Quinta da Alorna – Branco Reserva, Tejo, Portugal 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Branco Reserva, Tejo, Portugal 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Branco Reserva, Tejo, Portugal 2016

Citrus notes combine with riper tropical fruit. The Arinto provides a freshness that complements the toasty complexity and richness of the Chardonnay.

Serve chilled at 12ºC. Recommended with fish, particularly cod fish and buttery cheeses

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Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Branco, Tejo, Portugal 2013
Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Branco, Tejo, Portugal 2013
Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Branco, Tejo, Portugal 2013

Tasting Note
Aromas and flavours of ripe yellow fruit, especially peach and loquat, with floral touches and a hint of vanilla from the French oak casks. A rich white wine with body and balancing acidity.

 

Gastronomy
Baked fish, Mediterranean traditional dishes, White meats with aromatic herbs.

 

Vinification
The grapes were manually harvested and placed separately in 18-kg boxes. They were then pressed in long and short cycles in the mornings. After the musts were clarified, the fermentation in new and 2nd-use French oak casks followed. The wine aged on fine lees for 8 months using the batonnage method. After the final cuvée was prepared, the wine was stabilised and filtered before being bottled.

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Quinta da Alorna – Sauvignon Blanc, Tejo, 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Sauvignon Blanc, Tejo, 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Sauvignon Blanc, Tejo, 2016

Ripe notes of pineapple, blood orange and guava intertwine with herbal notes of asparagus and freshly mown grass. Dry, fresh and crisp on the palate with good persistence. An excellent aperitif or pair with goats’ cheese salad. Enjoy over the next couple years.

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Quinta da Alorna – Tinto Reserva, Tejo, 2013
Quinta da Alorna – Tinto Reserva, Tejo, 2013
Quinta da Alorna – Tinto Reserva, Tejo, 2013

A blend of native varietal Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripe blackcurrant notes on the nose and palate with a touch of violet and hint of spice. 12 months maturation in French oak has added complexity and structure. Enjoy with roast beef. Enjoy within 2-5 years of vintage.

In The Press

‘Wild blackberry and heady violet on the nose. On the palate, it’s silky and savory. Juicy fruit, whiffs of vanilla and sandalwood, and hints of cedar and bitter nut skin on the finish. Assertive yet approachable tannins.’ – 91 Pts. Excellent, Highly Recommended, Ultimate Wine Challenge 2017.

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Quinta da Alorna – Verdelho, Tejo, 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Verdelho, Tejo, 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Verdelho, Tejo, 2016

A burst of passion fruit with a clean citrus streak. Some roundness in the mouth balancing the crisp mid-palate. A hint of herb. Elegant, refreshing and energetic. Pair with white fish dishes. Enjoy over the next couple of years.

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Ramos Pinto – Adriano Reserva, White Port, NV
Ramos Pinto – Adriano Reserva, White Port, NV
Ramos Pinto – Adriano Reserva, White Port, NV

Amber yellow colour, the nose is fine, intense and quite complex, blending tropical aromas with crystallized orange, plus hints of balsam and spices. The palate is full bodied but elegant, well balanced with a long lasting finish.

87 Points Wine Enthusiast
“A gold colored wine, this is a medium-sweet white Port with maple syrup and toffee flavors balanced by fresh acidity. It would make a great cocktail base or can be drunk chilled on its own.” (10/1/2013)

White Reserva
Porto Branco Reserva is a delicate wine. Aromatic and complex, it is brimming with tropical, exotic and spicy notes. Produced from the most prestigious Grape varieties from the Demarcated Douro Region, it is the result of a rigorous selection of wines aged in oak casks in our cellars for an average of seven years.

Grapes varieties: Codega, Malvasia Fina, Viozinho, Rabigato.

Food pairing: Foie-gras, Dried fruits with Pata Negra ham, Red fruit desserts, Egg based cakes, Ice creams and cheeses.

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Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Branco, Douro, 2015
Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Branco, Douro, 2015
Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Branco, Douro, 2015

Clear & bright, it is golden in colour with traces of green. It has a sweet bouquet of white & yellow roses, peaches and apricots followed by complex hints of minerals. On the palate it’s full & rounded with notes of citrus fruits and minerals, a structured & fleshy with elegance & finesse.

86 Points Wine Enthusiast

“Soft, earthy and gentle, this is already developing and drinkable. It has fresh lemon flavors along with bright pineapple. Finished with bright acidity, it is lightly mineral and crisp at the end. Drink now.”

Duas Quintas is a white wine from the Upper Douro, more specifically from Quinta de Ervamoira (150 metres altitude) and Quinta dos Bons Ares (600 metres altitude), and is a
blend of traditional grape varieties that expresses the potential of this most extreme region. It is a structured, unctuous white wine but also fine and elegant.
2013 was an excellent year for our production of white wines on the Upper Douro. Its climatic characteristics, namely a wet winter and dry summer, as well as the perfect conditions that occurred during harvest (between August 13th and September 18th), provided very well balanced grapes with great aromatic expression

 

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Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Tinto, Douro, 2014
Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Tinto, Douro, 2014
Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Tinto, Douro, 2014

Clear and bright, intense garnet colour, with crimson reflections. Lively refreshing aroma, notes of spices, cinnamon, white pepper. The deeper bouquet has notes of wild berries, black plums and citrus. Very smooth and fresh on the palate, with silky tannins, balanced and easy to drink.

90 Points Wine Enthusiast

“This densely structured, finely crafted wine is the latest vintage from one of the Douro’s iconic brands. It has great weight and, at the same time, elegant fruits and structure that offer good aging potential. It could be drunk now, but best to wait until 2016.”

 

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Ramos Pinto – Late Bottled Vintage Port, Unfiltered, 2012
Ramos Pinto – Late Bottled Vintage Port, Unfiltered, 2012
Ramos Pinto – Late Bottled Vintage Port, Unfiltered, 2012

LBV Unfiltered comes from one single year and one single harvest. Whereas its richer cousin, the Vintage, is bottled in the second year, this wine is bottled in the fourth year. Smoother than the Vintage, more developed and easier to drink. It is a powerful, defiant, full-bodied and harmonious wine. It is a wine familiar with the flavours of chocolate and cheese. After the bottle is opened it remains at its best for a further 15 to 30 days, if properly stored. It is a wine that is not filtered and can therefore either be drunk immediately or be left forgotten in a cellar, developing further complexity.

93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
“The tannins are rather drying and aggressive on first pour, even if the big fruit is also front-and-center. It is certainly a very different vision of LBV Port than a lot of people will be accustomed to, but it does begin to come around with extended aeration (and a couple of days in the fridge). Fragrant and laced with strong fruit flavors, this ultimately showed beautifully. It really needs some more time in the cellar, but it is approachable if you give it some aeration.”

Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards
“Gold Medal World Wine Awards 2014 – Gold Medal & Regional Trophy – Vibrant and full of rich fruit, this is still youthful in colour and shows both ripeness and pleasing restraint on the nose. Spice notes, violet, lavender and deep, dark fruit flavours have lovely freshness, and firm, ripe tannins give good grip. Nicely defined with plenty of complexity to keep it going.” June 2014

Grapes varieties: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca.
Food pairing: Cheese soufflé, Partridge with glazed shallots and artichokes, Game, Cheeses, Chocolate and red fruits desserts.

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Ramos Pinto. History.

Founded in 1880 by brothers Adriano and Antonio, this Port house has always had a pioneering spirit. In the early 20th century it became noted for its innovative and enterprising commercial strategies including the distinctive art nouveau advertising campaign.

Among Port producers, Ramos Pinto enjoys the distinction of holding the largest proportion of vineyards in relation to its production, giving them a high degree of control over viticultural methods at harvest time. The House tends 187 hectares (460 acres) of prime vineyards in the Alto Corgo and Douro Superior areas of the famed Douro region, the mountainous valleys formed by the Douro River and its tributaries.

All situated in the areas of the Cima-Corgo and the Douro Superior, the four quintas or estates that make up Ramos Pinto’s holdings are:

Quinta do Bom Retiro: in Pinhão, planted exclusively with red varieties.
Quinta da Urtiga: adjacent to Bom Retiro.
Quinta da Ervamoira: in the far upper Douro, by the Côa river near the Spanish border. Here the grapes grow in dry semi-desert conditions.
Quinta dos Bons Ares: a cooler site with some of the highest vineyards in the Douro. Both red and white varieties ripen here with great natural acidity and fresh flavours.

The award-winning 10, 20 and 30 year old Tawnies are produced at Quinta da Ervamoira and Bom Retiro respectively.

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