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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Pio Cesare, Barolo, 2010
Pio Cesare, Barolo, 2010
Pio Cesare, Barolo, 2010

A classic Barolo from one of the greatest ever vintages in Piemonte. Excellent structure and harmony, mild tannins and balanced fruit. It is immediately approachable, but it has a very long ageing potential.

95 Points The Wine Advocate

“The 2010 Barolo is a great fall back wine for those who want to know the flavor profile of a classic,well-made Barolo. This is a textbook wine, especially in the exceptional 2010 vintage. Black fruit and prune is folded together with delicate tones of cigar ash, crushed mineral, licorice, white truffle and dried raspberry. The tannins are firm, but polished and the wine leaves a lasting imprint of dark fruit and cola on the elegant finish. Drink: 2016-2028.”

93 Points Antonio Galloni.

“Pio Cesare’s 2010 Barolo is terrific. Dark red cherries, plums, lavender, smoke and savory herbs open up in the glass, followed by hints of orange peel and white pepper that add both lift and a hugely appealing element of exoticism. The firm, incisive tannins are going to need a few years to settle down. There is a lot to like in this classic, old-school leaning Barolo. The 2010 was made from less well-exposed parcels in Ornato, along with parcels in Collareto and Briccolina, both of which are in the same general area of Serralunga, plus dollops of fruit from La Morra and Grinzane Cavour, virtually all of it estate fruit.”

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Quinta da Alorna – Tinto Reserva, Tejo, 2012
Quinta da Alorna – Tinto Reserva, Tejo, 2012
Quinta da Alorna – Tinto Reserva, Tejo, 2012

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.

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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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Quinta dos Murças – Assobio Tinto, Douro, 2012
Quinta dos Murças – Assobio Tinto, Douro, 2012
Quinta dos Murças – Assobio Tinto, Douro, 2012

Deep ruby with violet edges. Perfumed and spicy with notes of blueberries. Round and full bodied palate with youthful fruit and integrated tannins. Finishes with good balancing acidity.

94 Points Wine Enthusiast.

“Assobio is from a single vineyard in the Quinta dos Murças estate. A powerful, structured expression of Douro wine, it has black fruits, dark tannins, some subtle layers of wood aging and great concentration. Dark and richly fruity, it needs to mature before drinking. Wait until 2017.” R.V. (4/1/2014)

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The first mention of the property Quinta dos Murças dates back to 1770. However, it is known that the farm had existed under another name since 1714, when it belonged to António Cardoso de Vasconcelos. It is presumed that the name Quinta dos Murças was given as a reference to the nobleman of the royal household, Miguel Carlos Cardoso de Sousa de Morais Colmeeiro Teles e Távora, First-Captain of the town of Murça and owner of Murças since 1756. Despite numerous references to the quality of Quinta dos Murças’ wines, the fact is that the vineyards were constantly neglected with the farm passing from family to family and from company to company until 1943, when Manuel Pinto de Azevedo took over the running of the quinta, renovating the estate and replanting the vineyards. Under the guidance of the committed agronomist José de Freitas Sampaio, Quinta dos Murças was totally transformed, establishing the first vinha ao alto (vertically-trained vines) in Douro in 1955, as well as the first auto-vinification system used in the region, in addition to a new warehouse and winery. Quinta dos Murças remained in the hands of the family until 2008, when the Esporão Group acquired the property from Manuel Pinto de Azevedo’s great-grandchildren, taking over the running of one of the most interesting estates in Cima Corgo.

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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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Regent, White Castle Vineyard, 2013
Regent, White Castle Vineyard, 2013
Regent, White Castle Vineyard, 2013

Harvest 2013 of White Castle Vineyard Regent grape variety delivered wonderful dark berry aromas and flavours, producing a medium bodied, deep coloured quality red wine. The rich dark cherry aromas and flavours are complemented by the subtle use of French Oak barrels. The result is an elegant and complex wine with a long smooth finish.

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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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Rocca di Castagnoli – Fattoria di Scannano, Chianti DOCG, 2014
Rocca di Castagnoli – Fattoria di Scannano, Chianti DOCG, 2014
Rocca di Castagnoli – Fattoria di Scannano, Chianti DOCG, 2014

An excellent, fragrant wine with autumnal notes of the forest floor. Harmonious and clean on the palate, dry with good body, great varietal character and length. Clear colour tending towards brilliant ruby with bright highlights.

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Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014

Tasting Note
This wine is made from a blend of grapes, 70% of which come from vines planted on a clay-limestone soil and 30% from vines planted on schist. Deep red hue. Intense on the nose with harmonious ripe aromas: cherries mingling with plums and slightly peaty notes. It is clean and straightforward on the palate with a nice hint of bitterness which lifts the finish which has an iodized touch. The wine is tauter than the preceding vintage. Lovely overall balance and a gorgeous tannic grain. A lovely vintage best appreciated in the next 7-8 years.

 

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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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Saurus – Pinot Noir Tardio, 2010 (50cl)
Saurus – Pinot Noir Tardio, 2010 (50cl)
Saurus – Pinot Noir Tardio, 2010 (50cl)

This is a limited production wine with only 15,000 bottles produced. It is aged in for 8 months in new French oak and then in American oak. Red purple hues, the wine has a floral aroma of violets combined with red fruits such as plums and cherries. Subtle oak ageing has imparted flavours of vanilla and dark chocolate with a fruity mouth feel. Well structures with very fine and sweet tannins and a balanced acidity.

Pinot Noir 2010: Commended, International Wine Challenge 2012.
Pinot Noir 2010: Silver Medal, MONDIAL DU PINOT NOIR 2011.

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Technical Information.
Alcohol: 14,3 % vol
Total acidity: 5,02 g/l
PH: 3,62
Residual sugar: 2,35 g/l
Production: 8.000 bottles
Winemaker: Leonardo Puppato
Harvest method: Picked by hand in 18kg boxes. Double hand selection of bunches in vibrating table.
Cold Maceration: 36 Hours with addition of dry ice.
Alcoholic Fermentation: Twenty days at 23º C in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts.
Second Maceration: Seven days at low temperature with submerge cap.
Malolactic Fermentation: Induced with lactic bacteria in new French oak casks.
Aging: 100% of this wine was aged 18 months in new french oak casks.

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Savigny-lès-Beaune Rouge AOC, Louis Jadot, 2009
Savigny-lès-Beaune Rouge AOC, Louis Jadot, 2009
Savigny-lès-Beaune Rouge AOC, Louis Jadot, 2009

A perfectly mature fine red Burgundy from a great vintage, Savigny typically produces wines with rich, supple fruit balanced by earthy characters of classic Pinot Noir.

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Shiraz Merlot “Abbott Peak” Aldridge Estate, 2014
Shiraz Merlot “Abbott Peak” Aldridge Estate, 2014
Shiraz Merlot “Abbott Peak” Aldridge Estate, 2014

The nose has hints of plum and raspberry fruits with slight vanillin oak notes. A flavoursome palate with savoury stewed plum and blackcurrant flavours and soft tannins which merge well into a lingering oak finish.

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Shiraz Witt’s End Special Release, 2014
Shiraz Witt’s End Special Release, 2014
Shiraz Witt’s End Special Release, 2014

Deep red in colour, this wine is packed with aromas of spices, blackberries, vanilla and liquorice. Dry and soft to taste with full and pleasing length.

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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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Simon Hackett – Old Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale, 2012
Simon Hackett – Old Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale, 2012
Simon Hackett – Old Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale, 2012

Upbeat, bright, sun drenched fruit dominated, fills the corners of the mouth but at the same time is not heavy.

90 points Wine Enthusiast, “Best Buy” (2005 vintage)
“A top-notch offering for current consumption, this wine boasts a complex bouquet of black cherries, cinnamon, clove, coffee, vanilla, herbal notes and hints of green peppercorns—it’s a wine you can sit and sniff almost endlessly. The flavors are more straightforward—black cherry and spice—while the texture is delicate, almost soft. Drink now.” (06/07)

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.

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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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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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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

Tasting Note
Ruby-red hue. The nose is as remarkable as ever with pronounced fruity notes of blackcurrant, elderberry and a hint of fruit cake. Slightly woody and liquorice-like aromas then start to come through. On entry to the palate, the wine is clean, with a silky elegance and good balance. The 2014 preserves the characteristic style and attractive personality of the previous vintages. There are notes of menthol and spice on the palate, while the Mourvèdre provides a strong typical character and a nice complexity to the whole. A beautiful vintage with good cellar-ageing potential.

 

Ageing

12 months in oak barrels (30 % new wood, 40 % barrels used for one vintage, 30% barrels used for two vintages).

 

Jancis Robinson 2016

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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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