Aventura Tinto, Susana Esteban, Regional Alentejano DOC 2013
Fresh, fruity and elegant, with a lovely floral hint. Soft and velvety, fruity and balanced with vibrant freshness and soul. Elegant and polished with good aging potential.
Cabernet Merlot Cape Mentelle, Margaret River, 2013
Opaque black dark purple colour with dark purple red hue. The nose is a little subdued with aromas of blackcurrant, mulberry, cedary tobacco and spice emerging. Medium weight the palate is a little closed at present with flavours of ripe mulberry, cedar, a touch of tobacco and spice. Fine grained, slightly dryish tannins. Aftertaste of blackcurrant, mulberry, tobacco and spicy cedar.
Casanova di Neri – Brunello di Montalcino 2013
Casanova di Neri’s Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine, from one of the all-time great Brunello vintages. Refined and elegant with gorgeous aromas of ripe cherries, blackberry, smoke, leather and fresh floral notes. Focused and tightly wound with wonderful fine-grained tannins and a long lingering finish.
Casanova di Neri
The Casanova di Neri Estate was founded by Giovanni Neri in 1971 and is now run by his son Giacomo. Giacomo has spent several years acquiring the best possible vineyards within the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG area. Most recently, he has re-developed the winemaking facilities at Casanova di Neri and has just completed an impressive underground winery and cellar. Giacomoâ??s passion and expertise, together with 55 hectares of vineyards, represent the ideal combination for producing wines with exceptional personality, uniqueness, and recognisable characteristics. The Casanova di Neri vineyards, set on the slopes of Montalcino, are influenced by radical differences in soil, microclimate and surrounding vegetation, whilst maintaining a maximum separation of just one kilometre. Although primarily an advocate of Brunello (a Sangiovese clone), Giacomo has recently experimented with international grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon for his Pietradonice DOC. The winery is now recognised as one of the finest producers in Italy. It has been awarded the Tre Bicchieri at the Gambero Rosso and received international recognition in the wine industry’s most important publications.
Casta Diva DO Cosecha Miel Moscatel (50cl), 2013
The Moscatel grapes are late picked, resulting in a very high residual sugar. Ageing in a variety of barrels (including some Hungarian and Caucasian) enhances this already complex, deep flavoured wine which is characterised by orange peel, honey, raisins and spices and great length. A fantastic dessert wine.
Dr Loosen – Riesling Beerenauslese, 2013 (18.7cl)
The Mosel Region
The Mosel’s steep, southfacing slopes create the perfect climate for Riesling, giving the vines ideal exposure to the sun. Generally cool conditions allow the grapes to ripen slowly for maximum flavor development while retaining bright acidity.
Riesling Beerenauslese “BA”
Beerenauslese (“berry select”) is a rich, honeyed dessert wine made from grapes that have been partially shriveled by the botrytis fungus, also known as “Noble Rot.” These extremely concentrated, moldy grapes are painstakingly separated from the unaffected fruit and vinified to make one of Germany’s most prized vinous treasures.
The legal minimum for BA must weight is 110° Oechsle, but at Dr. Loosen it usually starts with a minimum of 120° Oechsle (28 Brix). This Beerenauslese, exclusively from estate-owned vineyards, has a juicy mouthful of ripe fruits with a finish that is long and satisfying, but never heavy. It is perfect as an aperitif, with rich foods like foie gras, or with creamy desserts featuring fresh fruits.
E. Guigal – Côtes du Rhône Rouge, 2013
Deep and dark red. Shiny. Aromas of fresh fruits with red berries and spices. Full, round and racy. Rounded and smooth tannins. A full-bodied, rich and intensely aromatic wine.
90 Points Wine Enthusiast.
“A perennial favorite, it’s reassuring to see that the quality continues to remain high even from Guigal’s least expensive cuvée. Red fruits—cherries and raspberries—marry easily with hints of clove, cracked pepper, black olive and espresso. It’s round on the midpalate, showing more focus and ample length on the finish.” J.C. (2/1/2015)
Soil type Varied soil, sediment, limestone, granite. Pebbles and Alluvia.
Grape variety 60% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre.
Average age of vines 35 years.
Winemaking Traditional winemakeing methods, temperature controlled fermentation. Long soaking on the skins.
Ageing 1 ½ years in oak foudres.
Average yield 41 Hl / hectare.
Average annual production 3.500.000 bottles.
Tasting Eye : Deep and dark red. Shiny.
Nose : Fresh fruits with red berries and spices.
Palate : Full, round and racy. Rounded and smooth tannins. A full-bodied, rich and intensly aromatic wine.
Overall : Full with a long finish and plenty of elegance and finesse due to the well balanced tannins and fruit.
The Guigal Estate was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in Ampuis, a small ancient village and cradle of the Côte-Rôtie appellation. It shelters a unique vineyard where the vines and the wines have been famous for 2,400 years. Arriving in 1924 at 14 years old, the founder vinfied 67 harvests in Côte-Rôtie and, at the beginning of his career, took part in the development of Vidal-Fleury establishment.
In 1961, although still very young, Marcel Guigal took over management of the Establishment beside his father who was stricken suddenly with total blindness. In 1973, his wife Bernadette joined him and they worked together to develop the family business. In 1975, their son Philippe was born. Today he is the Estate’s winemaker. With his wife Eve by his side, he represents the third generation and continues the family work in the service of the Great Wines of the Rhône Valley.
Since 1946, hard work and perseverence have born fruit and certain events attest to this, notably the purchase of the Vidal-Fleury Establishment in the mid ‘80s. Although belonging to the Guigal Estate, Vidal Fleury maintains commercial and technical autonomy.
Ten years later in 1995 the estate acquired the famous Château d’Ampuis, an important historic and oenological monument whose long history is directly linked to the Côte-Rôtie appellation. An ancient fort built in the 12th century, it was transformed into a Renaissance château in the 16th century. The château is situated amongst the vines and bordered by the king of rivers: the Rhône.
The Château d’Ampuis has become the headquarters of the Guigal Estate whilst the offices and the cellars remain in the ancient small village of Ampuis.
In 2001, the Guigal Estate expanded through the purchase of both the Jean-Louis GRIPPAT Estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage and the VALLOUIT Estate in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.
The GUIGAL Estate vinifies and ages the wines of the Southern Rhône appellations in its cellars in Ampuis. The wines of the great Southern appellations Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône are also aged in these cellars.
In 2006, the Guigal family acquired the Domaine de Bonserine and supports its development although it remains independent from the GUIGAL Estate.
We are not very far from the first few square metres of the small cellar where Etienne Guigal first laboured, but today there are 3 hectares of cellars and galleries which house barrels, tanks and vats. The history and the soul of the Guigal family are clearly present in these cellars which discretely house the most exceptional wines.
E. Guigal – Saint-Joseph, Rhone, 2013
E. Guigal is a winery and négociant business situated in Ampuis in the northern part of the Rhône region in France. Founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal, today it’s arguably the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley.
A powerful nose dominated by red berries and integrated oak aromas. Round and supple in the mouth, medium-bodied with good freshness. Berry fruit is interlaced with nuances of herb and olive.
Familia Schroeder – Malbec Saurus Select, 2013
This Malbec features an intense dark purplish red that shows maturity. On the nose it is complex – ripe red fruit aromas such as currants, plums and sour cherries melt with some spicy hints. Due to ageing in oak casks some vanilla, bitter chocolate and coffee notes are shown. The mouth-feel is pleasant and well balanced. The long, lingering finish is dominated by sweet, velvety tannins.
89 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (2010 vintage).
“The 2010 Saurus Select Malbec is a little reticent on the nose despite coaxing. The palate is medium-bodied with a terse, saline-tinged entry. It does not really build in the mouth, although there is a keen thread of acidity and pleasant smoky notes towards the controlled, reserved finish.” Drink now-2016.
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.
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.
Ramos Pinto – Late Bottled Vintage Port, Unfiltered, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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