Luis Felipe Edwards, Sauvignon Blanc Rio Rica, Valle Central, 2016
Luis Felipe Edwards, Sauvignon Blanc Rio Rica, Valle Central, 2016
Luis Felipe Edwards, Sauvignon Blanc Rio Rica, Valle Central, 2016

A crisp, dry Sauvignon Blanc, with intense fruity nose that displays citrus and tropical fruit aromas interwoven with herbal notes that add complexity to the wine.

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Malbec Roble Varietales, Goyenechea 2014
Malbec Roble Varietales, Goyenechea 2014
Malbec Roble Varietales, Goyenechea 2014

Intense, refined and full-bodied. Juicy plum and hedgerow fruit with a hint of smoked wood. Soft and round on the palate.A perfect match with meat dishes of all kinds especially with rich sauces.

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Merlot VdP du Périgord Domaine de Mayat, 2015
Merlot VdP du Périgord Domaine de Mayat, 2015
Merlot VdP du Périgord Domaine de Mayat, 2015

Francis Lagarde, close to Bergerac, makes truly great wines. Warm, garnet colour enhanced by soft plumy fruits. Medium to full bodied displaying smooth and round overtones and a lingering finish.

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Merlot “Grain d’Automne” Pays d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2014
Merlot “Grain d’Automne” Pays d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2014
Merlot “Grain d’Automne” Pays d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2014

Plummy dark fruit flavours combine with subtle toasty notes. A medium to full bodied wine, displaying smooth overtones and a lingering finish.

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Merlot, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2015
Merlot, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2015
Merlot, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2015

Soft and elegant with ripe damson fruit character, subtle tannin and a long elegant finish.

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Moncaro – Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Marche, 2015
Moncaro – Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Marche, 2015
Moncaro – Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Marche, 2015

A soft yet rich palate bursting with bramble fruit flavours and lots of spicy charisma.

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Moncaro – Rosaspina Rosato, Marche, IGT
Moncaro – Rosaspina Rosato, Marche, IGT
Moncaro – Rosaspina Rosato, Marche, IGT

A luminous pink colour with salmon highlights, the aromas are deep and rich recalling wild cherry and apple. On the palate there is appreciable dryness with the savoury fruit and crispness.

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Moncaro.

Moncaro observes a single overarching philosophy for its three wine-production sites: the belief that the highest work standards and uncompromised environmental stewardship will lead to the production of high-quality wines. Twenty years’ experience in organic farming has enabled us to bring all of our vineyards under the philosophy of supervised-control viniculture and environmentally friendly practices, with rigorous attention to achieving perfect growth and crop balance in the vines. The highest work standards in the cellar and the most advanced technologies have as their objective the creation of conditions that, at all times, yield very fine wines, which are expression of their local terroir and which preserve the varietal characteristics of the grapes.
IN THE VINEYARD

research in vine growing and cultivation methods which safeguard the environment

Vineyard management practices 

Classification of the vineyards, according to their soil profiles and microclimate (elevation, aspect, weather), to determine suitability to certain grape varieties and crop yield per hectare is fundamental to quality. All vineyard cultivation practices are carefully followed by the technicians that, togetehr with the over decades experience of our members, plan the management of the vine rows. Integrated pest management and sustainable viticulture are practiced for disease control. Careful winter and summer pruning ensures balanced vine growth. Excessive fruit production is managed by cluster thinning. Multiple-pass harvesting is practiced in order to gather each cluster its optimal ripeness. Decades-long familiarity with our vineyards and with their various grape varieties, as well as constant monitoring of seasonal weather conditions, allow us to plan our vinification methods and schedules before harvesting. All the grapes harvested are graded and coded according to category, sugar level, condition and yield per hectare.

Sustainable agriculture, low environmental impact & organic farming 

Moncaro has begun converting to organic agriculture since 1980. Today more than 60 hectares (ca. 150 acres) are farmed and certified in accordance with IFOAM norms and EU 834/2007 and 889/2008 organic farming regulations. Furthermore, we have derived valuable experience from over 300 hectares (ca. 740 acres) farmed in accordance with EU regulation 2078 on low-environmental-impact farming, a philosophy aimed at minimising chemical usage. These vineyards are an important testing ground for sustainable viticulture practices adopted by Moncaro, which are now applied to all vineyards. Such an approach is aimed at preventing, rather than simply combating, pest attacks by utilising weather monitoring stations and by maintaining vine health so that the plant is stronger and more resistant. The results, as well as the increasing quality witnessed by all the awards received by our wines, include the return of useful insects and even wild animals to our vineyards. The sight of various species of birds, wild boars, hares and deer, even in the more intensely cultivated vineyards, is becoming more and more common.

IN THE CELLAR

cutting edge technology and methods united with a passion for wine

Moncaro oenologist Giuliano D’Ignazi directs a young and dynamic technical staff, who also benefits from the valuable assistance and collaboration of world-famous consultant Riccardo Cotarella.  Thanks to technical joint efforts in the past (with Chile and Australia), Moncaro is open to the best of both wine world, the Old and the New. Among the various practices utilised there are: perfect temperature control, extensive use of gentle pressing with membrane presses, fermentation with varietal and specific yeasts and subsequent sur-lie maturation, low-temperature maceration, reductive fermentation, micro-oxygenation, drying of grapes.

Maturation of the wine is carried out in steel tanks or in oak barrels from three to eighteen months, with the Riservas up to twenty-four months. Bottling is done at the Montecarotto cellar. A state-of-the-art, automated bottling line ensures preservation of all the wine’s sensory characteristics, guaranteeing at the same time sterile conditions and wine stability. The wines are then stored in a climate-controlled warehouse that reproduces the temperatures and humidity of a natural cave. The bottles are protected from light and temperature fluctuations, ensuring ideal bottle-ageing conditions until they are ready for release.

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Moncaro – Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi DOC Classico, Anfora ‘Terre Cortesi’ DOC 2016
Moncaro – Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi DOC Classico, Anfora ‘Terre Cortesi’ DOC 2016
Moncaro – Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi DOC Classico, Anfora ‘Terre Cortesi’ DOC 2016

Straw yellow colour flecked with green; typical of the grape. Forward aromas of apple and citrus, especially grapefruit, are accompanied by subtle bitter notes of hawthorn, acacia and elderberry blossoms. Long and intense.

 

Considered one of the best white wines for fish, this wine will partner beautifully with either sea food or with poultry and rabbit. Best enjoyed 3-4 years from harvest.

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Navajas – Rioja Tinto, 2015/16
Navajas – Rioja Tinto, 2015/16
Navajas – Rioja Tinto, 2015/16

With a brilliant ruby color and a hint of purple this young fruity wine explodes with luscious  cherries and raspberries tempered by soft tannins from the small percentage of Mazuelo grapes in the blend.

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Negroamaro IGT Salento Il Medaglione 2016
Negroamaro IGT Salento Il Medaglione 2016
Negroamaro IGT Salento Il Medaglione 2016

Ruby red colour with garnet red reflections upon aging. Intense and delicate bouquet, characterised by hints of plum and blackberry. Warm and velvety harmonic mouthfeel.

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Picpoul de Pinet Villa Blanche 2016 Calmel & Joseph
Picpoul de Pinet Villa Blanche 2016 Calmel & Joseph
Picpoul de Pinet Villa Blanche 2016 Calmel & Joseph

Tasting Note
A clean, bright appearance, with the lightest hint of green. The nose is intense, with notes of white blossom, citrus fruit (kiwi) and fresh mint. On the palate it is generous, mouth-filling and well-balanced, with a mineral finish. Elegant and easy-drinking in its youth, this wine will age well, developing notes of spice and a certain iodine/saline character. A Picpoul de Pinet that could grace a dining table or be enjoyed as an aperitif, with seafood or cheese.

 

Jancis Robinson 2016 15 / 20 : Crisp and clean, melon and papaya!

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Pinot Grigio IGT Vivolo di Sasso, 2016
Pinot Grigio IGT Vivolo di Sasso, 2016
Pinot Grigio IGT Vivolo di Sasso, 2016

It has an intense straw colour and also an ample, lasting fruity bouquet. The palate is dry, soft and well balanced, due to its full body.

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

Native varieties Arinto and Fernão Pires combine to create a lively and thoroughly enjoyable vin de soif. Riper tropical notes are framed by clean citrus flavours to create a refreshing yet well-balanced wine. Enjoy as an aperitif or with sea food. To be enjoyed in its youth.

 

 

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Quinta da Alorna – Rosado, Tejo, 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Rosado, Tejo, 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Rosado, Tejo, 2016

***Gold Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2017***

Fresh and fruity with good concentration. Juicy redcurrant and strawberry notes mingle with refreshing raspberry. This dry rose is ideal served as a sun-soaked refreshment or paired with chicken salads or sushi. To be enjoyed in its fruit-filled youth.

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Quinta da Alorna – Tinto, Tejo, 2014
Quinta da Alorna – Tinto, Tejo, 2014
Quinta da Alorna – Tinto, Tejo, 2014

A blend of Tinta Roriz, Castelão, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet create a medium-bodied, rich and lingering wine with smooth tannins which envelope ripe black fruit. Enjoy with sausages and cheeses. Enjoy over the next couple of years.

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Rio Alto – Classic Chardonnay, Valle Central, 2014
Rio Alto – Classic Chardonnay, Valle Central, 2014
Rio Alto – Classic Chardonnay, Valle Central, 2014

Ripe flavours of apple and lemony fruit in this full, abundantly drinkable wine from the Aconcagua valley’s cool climate.

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Río Alto Wines

The Aconcagua River begins its course in the Andes Mountains, near the highest peaks in America. As it winds down through the valley, the crystal river water flows around our hillside plantings and riverbed vines to nourish and give life to Rio Alto.

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Rio Alto – Syrah, Classic, Aconcagua Valley, 2015
Rio Alto – Syrah, Classic, Aconcagua Valley, 2015
Rio Alto – Syrah, Classic, Aconcagua Valley, 2015

Intense ruby red colour, with violet tinges.  On the nose a mix of red berries and white pepper reminiscent of the northern Rhone.  On the palate the wine is full-bodied and has well-structured tannins providing the backbone, which are in harmony with the black fruit and crisp acidity.

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Río Alto Wines

The Aconcagua River begins its course in the Andes Mountains, near the highest peaks in America. As it winds down through the valley, the crystal river water flows around our hillside plantings and riverbed vines to nourish and give life to Rio Alto.

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Salagόn DOC Rioja Crianza, 2013
Salagόn DOC Rioja Crianza, 2013
Salagόn DOC Rioja Crianza, 2013

Like all the wines produced at Hermanos Hernaiz, the style of this wine is defined by its terroir. It is made largely from the Tempranillo grape grown at several estates with soils dominated by limestone, which in Rioja is call “Salagon”. This Crianza has been aged for one year in American oak barrels, giving it  soft spiciness to add to its warm fruit.

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Sauternes Gold Reserve, Filhot, 1998 (37.5cl)
Sauternes Gold Reserve, Filhot, 1998 (37.5cl)
Sauternes Gold Reserve, Filhot, 1998 (37.5cl)

A delicious, fully mature Sauternes from Chateau Filhot – relabelled as Gold Reserve. The unctuous sweetness of youth is settled into a light and elegant style. Full of dried fruit and marmalade flavours. There is a little orange pith dryness on the finish.

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Sauvignon “Grain d’Automne” Pay’s d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2016
Sauvignon “Grain d’Automne” Pay’s d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2016
Sauvignon “Grain d’Automne” Pay’s d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2016

This wine is sourced from vineyards near the town of Beziers. Very fresh grassy Sauvignon grape character. Full rich flavour with good acidity.

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