Aresti – Merlot, Estate Selection, 2014
This Merlot has a deep red colour with intense aromas of fresh fruits, such as raspberry and touches of vanilla. It’s a medium- bodied wine, sweet tannins in mouth and a pleasant end.
“Aresti Winery is a family-owned winery that was founded in 1951 by Vicente Aresti and his father-in-law Alfredo López. Originally known as Bellavista Estate, Aresti believed that the Curico Valley was the ideal place for his vineyards. Over the years the family purchased new land throughout Chile to plant their Aresti Vineyards. By 1999, the brand name and label had switched over to Aresti and a state of the art cellar and bottling plant was constructed. The new winery also included an underground, climate controlled barrel room to house up to 2,000 barrels according to our Aresti wine reviews. Aresti wines are available in 5 different lines from their value Estate Selection to their top tier Family Collection red blend. Nine different grape varieties are used to produce the various wines in the Aresti portfolio, however it is their Limited Release and Family Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Carmenere blends that tend to find the top of our Aresti wine ratings.”
Bergerac AC Vieilli en Fut de Chene Domaine de Mayat, 2014
Made from 100% Merlot, deep garnet red wine with powerful aromas of black fruits. A round, velvet taste with a rich structure of tannins. Showing some bottle age and drinking very well now.
Bordeaux AC Elevé en Fut de Chene Domaine de Mayat, 2014
This classic and well vinified Bordeaux wine has a pleasant nose of ripe red fruits, a very expressive, fruity mouth with a fresh finish.
Calmel & Joseph – Syrah Villa Blanche, 2014
Bright, dense crimson red hue. This vintage is more mature than the 2012 with black and red fruit aromas such as strawberry, blackcurrant and blackberry. It is smooth and fruity on the palate, with a good balance between structure and elegance. Nice silky tannins and a rich, delicious finish with notes of liquorice, spice and herbs. The 2013 is a more complex and substantial wine than previous vintages.
Cannonau di Sardegna Costera, Argiolas, 2014
Made from the Sardinian clone of Grenache called Cannonau, Carignan & Bovale Sardo, it is a chunky, robust, meaty effort revealing scents of garrigue, kirsch liqueur, white chocolate, pepper, and spice. Full-bodied, with terrific fruit as well as loads of personality.
Familia Schroeder – Malbec Alpataco, 2015
Deep, saturated blackish-ruby hue. Ripe licorice and plummy black fruit aromas carry an integrated, sweet-vanilla oak accent. A firm entry leads a structured, full-bodied palate with grippy, ripe tannins and god depth of fruit. A pure, balanced style with a lengthy finish.
86 Points Wine Enthusiast (2011 vintage)
“A purple tint and aromas of black fruits, graphite, toast and minerally crispness set the bar high, but in the mouth and on the palate things are less impressive. There’s a raw, acidic bite despite oaky creaminess, while flavors of wild berry and herbs finish a bit green.” M.S. (12/31/2013)
Familia Schroeder – Saurus Select Pinot Noir, 2014
Deep red tones to the eye and the nose has plenty of floral aromas, like roses and violets combined with red fruit scents such as red currants, raspberries and strawberries. Mushrooms and mineral aromas stand out together with some vanilla and cocoa notes. This medium-bodied Pinot Noir presents ultra fine tannins and fruity nuances that wave through a finish of superior depth and dimension.
88 Points Wine Spectator
“This red shows good concentration to its dried cherry and roasted plum flavors, extending with mocha notes. Milk chocolate and sandalwood details chime in on the finish. Drink now.” – Kim Marcus, Apr 30, 2014
Commended, Decanter World Wine Awards (2013 vintage)
“A fruit forward wine with sour cherries and red berries nose and a clean finish.”
Gros Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2014
Delightful pale yellow color with golden highlights. Scents of honey and hazelnuts with a discreet touch of wood. Round and smooth on the mouth. Fresh and slightly acidic, with aromas of honey and acacia as well as white peaches and nectarines.
Guiseppe Campagnola – Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore, Veneto 2014
Deep ruby red colour. Elegant, complex aromas of ripe fruit. In the mouth, soft, rich flavours typical of the best Valpolicella, lengthening into a pleasantly bitterish finish.
89 Points Wine Enthusiast (2011 vintage)
“Mouthfuls of black cherry, raspberry, nutmeg and cinnamon abound in this wine. It boasts a beautiful structure coupled with elegant freshness. Drink now through the next few years.” K.O. (11/1/2013)
87 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
“The 2011 Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore shows a delicate and almost ethereal side to Ripasso that is otherwise very difficult to find in this category of hearty Italian red wine. Leather, tobacco, spicy oak and molasses frame lighter nuances of forest berry and cassis. The mouthfeel is crisp and lean.”
Valpolicella, Verona, Veneto.
Corvina Veronese and Corvinone Veronese 80%, Rondinella 20%. Bunches are hand picked.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
“The Giuseppe Campagnola brand has existed since 1907 and has seen five generations at the helm of its winemaking operations. Today, the estate buys fruit from more than 50 growers who collectively farm 80 hectares in the area, 30 of which are located in Valpolicella. The Campagnola brand refers to various wines made in the Verona area and the Caterina Zardini brand is specifically for wines made in Valpolicella.”
H. Hernaiz – Salagόn, Rioja Tempranillo, 2014
This wine is defined by its terroir. It is made largely from the Tempranillo grape grown at several estates with soils dominated by limestone, known in Rioja as ‘Salagon’. This tempranillo is juicy and fruity, for drinking with tapas or on its own.
Heights of the Charge Rueda DO Verdejo & Viura, 2014
This wine is made with traditional grape varieties of Verdejo and Viura; it has a lemony freshness and tropical fruit character with a complexity and creaminess from 50% oak fermentation in a mix of American and French barrels.
Limoux AOP “les Crus”, Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Clear yellow color with shining reflects. The nose is strong with spicy notes, flower and mint mix up to offer a rare aromatic complexity. The mouth is straight, initially crispy, then it complexifies with salty notes. Round with a perfect balance between acidity, fruit and aromas. The minerality of this wine is characteristic of the great Chardonnay cultivated in a fresh environment and raised in oak barrel.
Louis Latour – Mâcon-Lugny “Les Genièvres”, 2014
Pale gold in colour, with a beguiling aroma of fresh apples, lemon curd and toasted citrus fruits atop a palate of fresh and crisp green-apple acidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish.
90 Points James Suckling.
“This is a bright and crisp chardonnay that makes you feel France with sliced lemon, apple and mineral character. Medium-bodied, crisp and delicious. Drink me.”