Simon Hackett – Cabernet Sauvignon “Hills View”, McLaren Vale, 2011
Simon Hackett – Cabernet Sauvignon “Hills View”, McLaren Vale, 2011
Simon Hackett – Cabernet Sauvignon “Hills View”, McLaren Vale, 2011

Plum and cherry flavours and long, soft dusty tannins combine to make a warm, rich yet balanced elegant wine

Varieties:100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Viticulture: Machine Harvested in the cool of the early morning

Vinification: De-stemmed,roller crushed, cold soaked for 24 hours.The juice is inoculated with selected yeast for fermentation to begin. Fermentation in small open tanks for 5/6 days on skins.Juice run off with the skins being airbag pressed. The wine is transfered to Tank with oak inserts to finish fermentation,racked of gross lees back onto oak for 10 months maturation, filtered and bottled.

Simon Hackett was born and raised in the Barossa Valley where his family have been connected with the wine trade for many generations. – four generations of the Hackett family followed agricultural pursuits in South Australia. Simon worked at Saltram’s, in the Barossa, before moving to McLaren Vale in 1973 where he cut his teeth working at Southern Vales Cooperative Winery (now Tatachilla) eventually becoming senior wine maker. Simon’s privately owned winery is situated at the entrance to McLaren Vale in Budgen road and it is here where he hand crafts his wines in small open top fermenters and gently nurtures them in a combination of French and Oak barriques. Much of his fruit is sourced from dry grown vineyards with ancient, gnarled vines. Yields are very small and his entire annual production rarely exceeds 10,000 cases. Today Hackett sources grapes from the McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills regions of South Australia. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 10 months in 2nd fill American oak barrels.

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Sula – Shiraz, Nashik, 2016
Sula – Shiraz, Nashik, 2016
Sula – Shiraz, Nashik, 2016

Sula Vineyards is at the forefront of the Indian wine revolution. The wines are served in the best restaurants worldwide. A smooth, medium-bodied red wine accentuated by ripe cherry and plum fruit, with attractive aromas of black pepper.

91 Points Wine Enthusiast (2012 vintage)
“Aromas of blackberry, cherry preserves, white chocolate and a hint of green pepper prepare the taste buds for flavors of forest-fruit, smoked pork, black pepper, violet and almond blossom. A trio of fruit, savory tones and spice travels across the palate on a layer of smooth tannins, leading to a smoky finish.” M.D.  (12/31/2014)

Sula Vineyards. Situated 180 km northeast of Mumbai, Nashik is India’s largest grape-growing region, but had traditionally never been used to grow wine grapes. Wondering why, an enterprising, Stanford-trained engineer named Rajeev Samant quit his hi-tech Silicon Valley job in 1993 to do some investigating.

 

A little research quickly showed that the Nashik climate was not only perfect for wine grapes, but was also on par with winegrowing regions in Spain, California, and Australia. His determination doubled and Rajeev returned to California in search of a winemaker. In Sonoma County he found Kerry Damskey, an eminent Californian winemaker, who enthusiastically agreed to help start a winery on Rajeev’s 30 acre family estate.
In 1997, the duo took the revolutionary step of planting French Sauvignon Blanc and Californian Chenin Blanc, varieties that had never before been planted in India. The first Sula wines, released in 2000, were widely acclaimed as India’s best white wines.
Since its inception, Sula has rapidly established itself as India’s Leading Premium Wine Producer, helping spark a wine revolution that has seen consumption grow at 25% annually and several new wineries come up in the Nashik area. In November 2002, Wine Spectator – the world’s No.1 wine magazine – did a five-page feature on Sula, a proud first for an Indian winery.
A second winery with three times the capacity of the first was completed in late 2004 to keep up with demand, and a third million litre winery started operations in 2006. Sula has expanded from the original 30 acre family estate to about 1,800 acres (owned and contracted) under plantation, both in Nashik as well as in nearby Dindori, India’s upcoming wine region. Varietals planted include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel and Merlot along with Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Riesling. In addition to having a wide distribution network within India, Sula also exports its wines internationally, as well as importing and distributing wines from leading producers worldwide. In 2005, Sula proudly launched its first reserve wine, the Dindori Reserve Shiraz, as well as India’s first dessert wine, the Late Harvest Chenin Blanc.
The winery and vineyards are open to the public for educational tours, and the beautiful Tasting Room invites visitors to enjoy their favourite Sula wines amidst spectacular views of the vineyards and surrounding lakes and hills. The nearby Sula amphitheatre is an impressive location for events and social gatherings and is available for bookings. Visitors can now spend a few nights in paradise at BEYOND, Sula’s new exclusive accommodation on the vineyards with a beautiful lake view.
Firmly committed to remaining at the forefront of Indian wines, Sula continues to experiment with new varietals, engage in sustainable agriculture, support the local rural economy, and, of course, make wines of outstanding quality and superb value.
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Sula – Sauvignon Blanc, Nashik, 2016
Sula – Sauvignon Blanc, Nashik, 2016
Sula – Sauvignon Blanc, Nashik, 2016

Sula Vineyards is at the forefront of the Indian wine revolution. The wines are served in the best     restaurants worldwide. Herbaceous, crisp and dry, with aromas of bell peppers, freshly cut green grass and refreshing acidity on the palate.

90 Points Wine Enthusiast (2013 vintage).
“Aromas of pink grapefruit, grass and coriander seed open the palate of this wine. Passion fruit, apricot, green apple and freshly chopped parsley mark the palate, with a touch of iodine on the finish. M.D.”  (12/31/2014)

Sula Vineyards. Situated 180 km northeast of Mumbai, Nashik is India’s largest grape-growing region, but had traditionally never been used to grow wine grapes. Wondering why, an enterprising, Stanford-trained engineer named Rajeev Samant quit his hi-tech Silicon Valley job in 1993 to do some investigating.
A little research quickly showed that the Nashik climate was not only perfect for wine grapes, but was also on par with winegrowing regions in Spain, California, and Australia. His determination doubled and Rajeev returned to California in search of a winemaker. In Sonoma County he found Kerry Damskey, an eminent Californian winemaker, who enthusiastically agreed to help start a winery on Rajeev’s 30 acre family estate.
In 1997, the duo took the revolutionary step of planting French Sauvignon Blanc and Californian Chenin Blanc, varieties that had never before been planted in India. The first Sula wines, released in 2000, were widely acclaimed as India’s best white wines.
Since its inception, Sula has rapidly established itself as India’s Leading Premium Wine Producer, helping spark a wine revolution that has seen consumption grow at 25% annually and several new wineries come up in the Nashik area. In November 2002, Wine Spectator – the world’s No.1 wine magazine – did a five-page feature on Sula, a proud first for an Indian winery.
A second winery with three times the capacity of the first was completed in late 2004 to keep up with demand, and a third million litre winery started operations in 2006. Sula has expanded from the original 30 acre family estate to about 1,800 acres (owned and contracted) under plantation, both in Nashik as well as in nearby Dindori, India’s upcoming wine region. Varietals planted include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel and Merlot along with Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Riesling. In addition to having a wide distribution network within India, Sula also exports its wines internationally, as well as importing and distributing wines from leading producers worldwide. In 2005, Sula proudly launched its first reserve wine, the Dindori Reserve Shiraz, as well as India’s first dessert wine, the Late Harvest Chenin Blanc.
The winery and vineyards are open to the public for educational tours, and the beautiful Tasting Room invites visitors to enjoy their favourite Sula wines amidst spectacular views of the vineyards and surrounding lakes and hills. The nearby Sula amphitheatre is an impressive location for events and social gatherings and is available for bookings. Visitors can now spend a few nights in paradise at BEYOND, Sula’s new exclusive accommodation on the vineyards with a beautiful lake view.
Firmly committed to remaining at the forefront of Indian wines, Sula continues to experiment with new varietals, engage in sustainable agriculture, support the local rural economy, and, of course, make wines of outstanding quality and superb value.
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Syrah Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013
Syrah Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013
Syrah Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013

Deep, rich red in the glass, this Syrah reflects the bright fruit flavours of mulberry and blueberry. Perfumes of smoky spices, pepper and woodland undertones, give way to a well structured palate, sumptuous and full flavoured with a smooth, decadent and lingering dark chocolate finish.

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Taylor’s – Very Old Single Harvest Port, 1964
Taylor’s – Very Old Single Harvest Port, 1964
Taylor’s – Very Old Single Harvest Port, 1964
Taylor’s holds one of the most extensive reserves of very old cask aged Port of any producer. They include a collection of rare Single Harvest Ports. These are Ports from a single year which age to full maturity in seasoned oak casks and display the year of harvest on the label.
Taylor’s has decided to make a limited release, each year, of a Single Harvest Port made 50 years previously.
The first in the series is a 1964 Single Harvest of exceptional character.The 1964 Single Harvest release will be followed a year later by the launch of an equally rare and exceptional 1965. Further annual releases of 50 year old Single Harvest Ports will follow.

2014-05-30

95 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“I allowed my glass of 1964 Taylor’s Very Old Single Harvest Port a couple of hours to open up in the glass, monitoring its evolution along the way. It is not a shy or retiring Port. Clear mahogany in color with a slight green tinge on the rim, the nose races out of the blocks like a young terrier let free in the garden, with intense aromas of grilled walnut, smoke, brown sugar, hints of caramel and a fug of alcohol that ebbs with time. The palate is smooth and honeyed on the entry, a very seductive Port wine, quite sumptuous in style, but with enough volatile lift to maintain fieriness toward the viscous finish. I speculate that had the 1963s not been so prodigious, Taylor Fladgate would have elected to follow their 1960 declaration with a 1964. That is all in the past. It is a delicious Port firing on all cylinders, ready to drink and enjoy now rather than cellar.” Neil Martin

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Taylor’s – Vintage Port, 2007
Taylor’s – Vintage Port, 2007
Taylor’s – Vintage Port, 2007

Beautifully elegant and complete wine from the most famous Vintage Port house, the perfect balance of power and refinement. As always, one of the most highly rated Ports of the 2007 vintage. A classic.

94-97 points Wine Spectator
“A classic baby Vintage Port nose of blackberry, currant and a little bit of green lemon leaf. Full-bodied and medium sweet. There’s a solid core of ripe fruit and powerful tannins, with grip. The real deal.”

100 Points tysonstelzer.com
“How can a wine of such monolithic proportions have such elegance, lift, poise and finesse? Laced with violets, cassis, rose petals, pepper, cloves, nutmeg and tremendous black fruits. Epic tannin presence and integration. Magical freshness and floral perfume, impeccable seamlessness and persistence.” Tyson Stelzer 2011-07-01

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Taylor’s – Vintage Port, 2011
Taylor’s – Vintage Port, 2011
Taylor’s – Vintage Port, 2011

A classic Taylor Vintage Port, stylish and poised. The 2011 displays the purity of fruit, fine scented quality and firm linear tannins that are hallmarks of the house style, as well as the characteristic Taylor combination of power and refinement.

20/20 Jancis Robinson
“This is restrained. Well mannered, discreet, keeps its powder very dry. But on the palate it opens out in the most superb, burgundian peacock’s tail sort of way….Upright and straight backed. But irreproachable. My gums are virtually impervious to sugar and acid but this wine set them vibrating a bit. Dried prunes ground up with rocks.” 2013-05-01

96 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The 2011 Taylor’s Vintage has a multifaceted, Pandora’s Box of a nose that is mercurial in the glass: cassis at first before blackberry and raspberry politely ask it to move aside, followed by wilted rose petals and Dorset plum. Returning after one 45 minutes that nose has shut up shop. The palate is sweet and sensual on the entry, plush and opulent, with copious black cherries, boysenberry and cassis fruit, curiously more reminiscent of Fonseca! It just glides across the palate with a mouth coating, glycerine tinged finish that has a wonderful lightness of touch, demonstrating how Vintage Port is so much more accessible in its youth nowadays. But don’t let that fool you into dismissing the seriousness or magnitude of this outstanding Taylor’s.” Neal Martin, Erobertparker.com 2013-05-01

97 Points Derek Smedley MW
“The nose is deep and brooding yet it has the fragrance of violets rockroses, cedar wood and a hint of nutmeg. There is an intensity of flavour about the palate black cherry mingles with blackcurrant rich deep sumptuous. The fleshy richness is supported by seamless sinewy tannins with the freshness of bilberry and bramble giving a slightly lighter feel at the back bringing out a mix of exotic perfumes.” 2013-05-01

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Taylor’s 1863 Single Harvest Port
Taylor’s 1863 Single Harvest Port
Taylor’s 1863 Single Harvest Port

An incredible single harvest port, produced in 1863 and bottled after more than 150 years in oak. Presented in a bespoke Italian crystal decanter and maple burl veneer box, this is a real piece of history.

98 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“And what it is, is a time-defying pre-phylloxera humdinger that’ll knock your socks off. Simply pouring the wine, I noticed how deep and clear the color was, the intoxicating sumptuous aromas filling the room long before I had put nose near glass. We find extravagant and luscious aromas of blackberries, black plum, camphor, rosemary, iris, caraway seed and walnut, fig jam, a quite extraordinary and heady bouquet. The palate follows suit with a sumptuous, quasi-viscous texture that instantly seduces the senses. It comes armed with a sweet and candied core of black and red fruit, yes fruit, because there is astonishingly little degradation here. It is a powerful and flamboyant tawny with quince and marmalade, later cloves, raisin and dried fig on the long flowing finish.” Neil Martin 2014-09-01

1863 was a year that changed the world. Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address and signed the Emancipation Proclamation, the first step to the abolition of slavery. In London the first underground train ran, the Football Association met for the first time, the International Red Cross was founded, and notable births included car manufacturers Henry Ford & Henry Royce, painter Edvard Munch, Pierre Coubertin (father of the modern Olympic movement) & Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Taylor Fladgate & Yeatman was founded over three centuries ago in 1692 and has been family owned and run throughout its history. The most famous of all Port houses, Taylor’s is regarded as the benchmark for Vintage Port and its declared vintages attract the highest scores and auction prices. Taylor’s Ports are noted for their elegance and restrained power, their longevity and their distinctive scented character.

Taylor’s is currently bottling its two casks of Single Harvest 1863 into 1,600 crystal decanters and will be releasing the Port worldwide over the next couple of months.

We could go on and on about how wonderful this Port is like various wine merchants on the internet, but I think Taylor’s Managing Director, Andrew Bridge’s words below say it all.

“This remarkable Port is like a time capsule, offering a fascinating glimpse into a distant past…The 1863 has been in wood for over a century-and-a-half and is a piece of wine history. Thanks to the perfect ageing environment of the lodges in Oporto it is perfectly balanced and shows an extraordinary vitality.” Andrew Bridge

An authentic piece of wine history, the Taylor’s 1863 Single Harvest Port is delivered in a specially produced Italian Crystal decanter with an individually fitted glass stopper engraved and polished by hand in Scotland.

The decanter is presented in a superb luxury box finished in maple burl veneer. Each box contains a certificate individually signed by Taylor’s Managing Director, Adrian Bridge.

There were only two casks of wine remaining from this vintage, so the 1863 Taylor’s Single Harvest port truly is a very Limited Edition – a rare and exclusive collector’s item!

Due to the limited supplies, a total of 1600 have been made available worldwide and only 240 for the U.K.

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Terrasses du Larzac “les Crus” AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Terrasses du Larzac “les Crus” AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Terrasses du Larzac “les Crus” AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014

Rich and intense bouquet of blackberries and blackcurrant. The structure is well balanced with luscious dense tannins. Notes of liquorice, peppermint and spices. There is a good mineral end on the back palate.

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The Charge Rioja DOC, 2013
The Charge Rioja DOC, 2013
The Charge Rioja DOC, 2013

The Charge red is made from grapes from all over the Rioja region – 75% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacha. Aromas of berries and warm spices which leads to a palate with beautifully complex dark and spicy fruit and refreshing acidity, balanced by fine vanilla flavours from oak maturation, as well as hints of coffee.

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The Winery of Good Hope – Bush Vine Chenin Blanc, 2015
The Winery of Good Hope – Bush Vine Chenin Blanc, 2015
The Winery of Good Hope – Bush Vine Chenin Blanc, 2015

Wonderfully lively, intense, fruity and beautifully balanced dry Chenin Blanc. With flavours of pears, sherbet and flint there is plenty of leesy mouthfeel and purity of fruit, whilst finishing with a refreshing lime and mineral length.

As the name suggests, this wine is the product of old bush vines, principally in the Helderberg area of Stellenbosch. They grow on extensively decomposed granite soils, situated on ocean-facing, gravelly slopes that are exposed to cooling sea breezes.

This Chenin is packed with vibrant, taut acidity, bags of fresh citrus fruit and beautiful, ripe texture – though mineral and restrained on the finish. These magnificently resilient, sturdy, old bush vines seem to produce impeccable fruit, year after year.

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Thierry Merlin-Cherrier – Sancerre, 2015
Thierry Merlin-Cherrier – Sancerre, 2015
Thierry Merlin-Cherrier – Sancerre, 2015

Thierry Merlin-Cherrier owns 13 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc in the village of Bue, one of the principle hamlets surrounding the old walled town of Sancerre. These soils have a high chalk content and as a result this Sancerre is distinguished by its perfume of citrus and minerals. It has finesse and precision combining typical firm structure with an aromatic , blackcurrant character and an extra richness of gooseberry and lees on a long, zesty finish.

They bottle two white cuvées, a generic blend and, since 1999, a separate bottling from Le Chêne Marchand.

Le Chêne Marchand is a single gentle south facing site situated between Bué and Crézancy and is recognised as one of the potential ‘Grand Cru’ vineyards of the appellation – should the Berrichon ever take this route. The wines are aged on their lees in a single concrete tank for between 15 and 18 months, and the request to bottle a quantity in magnum signifies our belief in the wines ability to age and mature further.

The estate applies the principles of substainable winegrowing.

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Tindall Vineyard – Pinot Noir, Marlborough, 2013
Tindall Vineyard – Pinot Noir, Marlborough, 2013
Tindall Vineyard – Pinot Noir, Marlborough, 2013

Wonderful fragrance of ripe red cherries and berries with a touch of spice, this has benefitted from a little bottle age. Good concentration of fruit and texture with some gamey spicy oak influence. Mouth-filling wine with sweet fruit and a lingering flavour. Sealed with a screw cap to retain the vibrant fruit characters.

Tindall Vineyard.

Tindall Vineyard is a family owned single vineyard, in the heart of the Marlborough, New Zealand wine region. The name honours Henry Tindall, grandfather of the brothers Clyde and Nigel Sowman who now run the estate.

Tindall Vineyard is renowned for it’s premium Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir grapes, and produces a selection of classical Marlborough wines utilising the talents of the acclaimed winemaker, Dr. John Forrest. The wines are produced from fully certified organically grown grapes

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Tindall Vineyard – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2015
Tindall Vineyard – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2015
Tindall Vineyard – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2015

Very appealing fresh tropical notes of pineapple and citrus combined with mineral complexity. The palate is sweet and succulent with lively mouth feel.

Tindall Vineyard.

Tindall Vineyard is a family owned single vineyard, in the heart of the Marlborough, New Zealand wine region. The name honours Henry Tindall, grandfather of the brothers Clyde and Nigel Sowman who now run the estate.

Tindall Vineyard is renowned for it’s premium Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir grapes, and produces a selection of classical Marlborough wines utilising the talents of the acclaimed winemaker, Dr. John Forrest. The wines are produced from fully certified organically grown grapes

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Turret Fields DO Jumilla Monastrell & Syrah, 2014
Turret Fields DO Jumilla Monastrell & Syrah, 2014
Turret Fields DO Jumilla Monastrell & Syrah, 2014

The name comes from the turret of Castle Madax which dominates the vineyard of the same name.
Working with the excellent Bodegas Juan Gil, the wine was aged for 4 months in new American oak barrels. The raisin character and warmth of the Monastrell is matched by the spice of the Syrah, all enhanced and rounded off by its spell in oak.

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Unoaked Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyards, 2014
Unoaked Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyards, 2014
Unoaked Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyards, 2014

Very pale in the glass this Unoaked Chardonnay is bright, light and fresh. With no exposure to oak we have retained the true characteristics of the varietal. Delicate and well balanced with citrus fruit and melon flavours, there are also hints of the natural local flora.

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Ventisquero – Pinot Noir Reserva, Casablanca Valley, 2013
Ventisquero – Pinot Noir Reserva, Casablanca Valley, 2013
Ventisquero – Pinot Noir Reserva, Casablanca Valley, 2013

This elegant Reserva Pinot Noir delivers a brightly coloured ruby red wine, fruit-driven by cherry and strawberry aromas with flavours of vanilla and tobacco from aging in French oak casks.

87 Points Wine Enthusiast (2010 vintage).
“With nonaggressive, lightly oaked aromas of raspberry, tea and spice, this bargain-priced Pinot gets off to a nice start. The palate is bright and has good flow, while flavors of tomato, red plum, raspberry and saline are full but reserved.” M.S.  (6/1/2012)

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Vermentino di Sardegna Costamolino, Argiolas, 2015
Vermentino di Sardegna Costamolino, Argiolas, 2015
Vermentino di Sardegna Costamolino, Argiolas, 2015

Lovely richness, an exotic personality, and a long, pure, fresh finish. A  remarkably sophisticated, surprisingly complex, fruit-driven white.

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Veuve Clicquot – “La Grande Dame” Brut, 2004
Veuve Clicquot – “La Grande Dame” Brut, 2004
Veuve Clicquot – “La Grande Dame” Brut, 2004

Named after the ‘Grand Lady’ as a tribute to Madame Clicquot, ‘La Grand Dame’ is the flagship and pinnacle of Veuve Clicquot’s style. Elegant, refined and delicate, Grand Dame is the utmost homage to the role she played in the formative years of the Champagne house.

94 points James Suckling
“I drank this in Antibes, France today with some friends and I was pleasantly surprised. I have been pretty underwhelmed with Le Grand Dame recently but the 2004 shows a return to the finesse and balance of the cuvée. A balanced yet dense Champagne with dried apple, pear and hints of bread dough. Very appley and lemony. Pretty strawberry undertones. Full body, bright acidity and a round texture. Refined and flavorful. A little sweeter than some tête de cuvée Champagnes but delicious. One of the more balanced vintages of La Grande Dame. Drink now.” (7/2015)

94 points Wine Enthusiast
*Cellar Selection* “This is a rich and creamy Champagne with a lively mousse, giving it a forward fruit character. Slowly the depth and concentration of the wine come through, with a white fruit flavor and hints of grapefruit and toasty yeast, which all promising good aging.” (9/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator
“Sleek, with mouthwatering acidity and an aromatic base note of chalky minerality, this features well-meshed flavors of black currant pâte de fruit, pastry, candied ginger and almond skin. The finely detailed, creamy mousse lends lasting finesse to the finish. Drink now through 2025.” (11/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
(made from fruit grown in eight different grand crus, mostly Verzenay and Avize; lot 5122815): “Vivid gold. Heady aromas of orange, white peach and smoky minerals, with a note of buttered toast adding depth. Densely packed citrus and pit fruit flavors show chewy texture and a bright mineral quality that adds vivacity. Rich but lively and precise, finishing very long, with notes of candied fig and toasty lees.” (12/2013)

91 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“As with the corresponding (and varietally identical) rose, Clicquot’s 2004 Brut La Grande Dame is vivacious and buoyant, with lemon and grapefruit set in entertaining counterpoint to almond paste and vanilla-tinged, tart-edged baked apple. Saline oyster liquor adds another, savory dimension in a lingering finish, while hints of chamomile and jasmine serve for aromatic allure. This delightful bottling might well achieve genuine profundity over the next two or three years.” (DS) (11/2013)

17/20 Jancis Robinson
“61% Pinot Noir, 29% Chardonnay. Six years on lees. Lovely biscuit and brioche richness. Very pure. Laser-like. Quite saline and taut. Still very simple on the palate, but undeniably super quality. Not heavy, but has strength.” (7/2012)

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Vieux Carignan IGP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Vieux Carignan IGP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Vieux Carignan IGP Calmel & Joseph, 2014

Red cherry colour. The nose is ripe with intense red fruit aromas. The palate is tense and full in the middle.The tannins are soft and elegant. The cherry sensation returns at the end.

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Vintage Port 3-bottle Collection, 2011
Vintage Port 3-bottle Collection, 2011

A delight for any Port lover, this beautifully crafted wooden box houses three wines from the stellar 2011 vintage from the houses of Fonseca, Taylor’s and Croft.

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Fonseca Vintage Port 2011

97-99 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
“The Fonseca 2011 is typically more forthcoming on the nose compared to the bashful Croft: a strident bouquet with lifted scents of freshly picked blackberries, kirsch, crushed stone and a dash of Hoi Sin and oyster sauce. It is very well-defined, very focused and direct. The palate is silky smooth with not a rough edge in sight, though not a typically voluptuous Fonseca because of the keen thread of acidity and the structure that lends this mighty Port wonderful backbone. A slight viscosity on the finish lacquers the tongue and indicates a core of sweet fruit is ticking away underneath that will surely explode several years after bottling. A tincture of salted licorice on the aftertaste is very attractive. This will turn out to become an outstanding Fonseca, the growing season taming its exuberance with spectacular results. So much potential, but just 6,000 cases were produced.” (NM) (6/2013)

98 Points Wine Spectator
“Massive, concentrated and powerful, this offers lush, heady flavors of dark plum, blackberry and cherry tart, with touches of anise. Shows plenty of grip as well, featuring a long, rich finish of dark chocolate, toffee and cream. Best from 2040 through 2060.” (2/2014)

97 Points Wine Enthusiast
“A powerful, spicy wine, luscious in its peppered berry fruits and sweet tannins. The structure is dramatic, offering a smooth texture as well as a drier core. With its weight, density and dark, final character. This is a wine for serious aging.” (11/2013)

96 Points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
“Bright, saturated dark ruby. Spectacularly multifaceted nose combines high-pitched medicinal cherry, briary black raspberry, pungent menthol, dried herbs, incense, Indian spices and a whiff of passion fruit. Boasts great creamy depth and vinosity to its black raspberry and licorice flavors, with huge sweetness buffered by spicy minerality. The note of passion fruit carries through on the palate. Really reverberates on the back end, finishing with powerful tannins and a rising whiplash of flavor. This got better and better with extended aeration, with the tannins making it obvious that it will be extremely long-lived.” (5/2014)

95 Points James Suckling
“Very grapy and leafy with hints of spices on the nose. Full body, medium sweet with fine, chewy tannins. Powerful, long finish with nuts and shaved chocolate. This young Fonseca has grip. 6,000 cases produced of this foot-trodden wine. Try in 2022.” (5/2013)

19.5/20 Points.Jancis Robinson
“Heady, opulent nose. Completely enveloping, Smells as though there is going to be the most fabulous texture. Wow! All stops pulled out for this one. It’s all absolutely gorgeous intensity of sweet fruit on the front palate and then gradually the schist and structure reveal themselves. This is really wonderful stuff. So tempting to sip it decades before it is ready.”  (5/2013)

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Zenato – Ripassa Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore, 2012
Zenato – Ripassa Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore, 2012
Zenato – Ripassa Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore, 2012

Ripassa has a deep ruby-red colour, with an intense, persistent bouquet. It is a full bodied, harmonic and velvety smooth.

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Ripassa Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore.

This wine is closely connected to the greatest wine of Valpolicella: Amarone. After pressing the dried grapes from which Amarone is made, the Valpolicella wine is passed over the still warm marc of Amarone. A second alcoholic fermentation begins which increases the alcoholic content and the wine becomes richer in colour, bouquet

GRAPE VARIETY: 85% Corvina, 10% Rondinella, 5% Oseleta.

VINIFICATION The grapes are de-stemmed and macerated in stainless steel fermenters for 10-12 days. Once the alcoholic fermentation is completed, the new wine is separated from the skins by light pressing and conserved in large oak casks of 54 and 75 hectolitres until February; this is the period in which the dried grapes are pressed to produce Amarone. At this point, the Valpolicella is passed over the marc of the Amarone for a period of 7-8 days at a temperature of 25-28°C. The wine is aged for 18 months in 500 lt. oak casks and barrels.

Food combinations: Excellent companion to game dishes, grilled meat and roasts, salami and aged cheeses.

Zenato. The Soul of Lugana and the Heart of Valpolicella.

The heart and soul of Zenato lies in the ancient morainic lands of Lugana and Valpolicella, with their mild climate and unrivalled charm, that overlook the Veneto shore of Lake Garda.

The vineyards cover 75 hectares in the Zenato estate of S. Cristina in San Benedetto di Lugana, ideal for the Trebbiano di Lugana, and in the Costalunga estate in Valpolicella, the homeland of the famous Amarone Zenato, where the renowned vines Corvina, Rondinella and Oseleta are cultivated.

It all began in 1960 when Sergio Zenato, filled with energy and ambition and driven by his deep bond with the territory, tried out new techniques of wine making and invested in native vines in order to obtain wine of the highest quality.

Today, his wife Carla, together with their children Alberto and Nadia, continues to pursue Sergio’s great enterprise with the same enthusiasm, tenacity and infinite dedication, making the excellence of Zenato’s wines known in more than 60 countries of the world.

In this way, the soul of Lugana and the heart of Valpolicella continue to expand their borders.

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