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  • Ca’ del Bosco Maurizio Zanella 2016

    £79.99

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    Cantalupo Collis Breclemae 2013

    £46.99

    “The 2013 Ghemme Collis Breclamae is fabulous. Deep, dark and also translucent, the 2013 possesses magnificent clarity as well as structure. Black cherry, lavender, truffle, mint, spice and new leather all develop in an ample, resonant Ghemme that hits all the right notes. A rich, substantial finish rounds things out in style. The 2013 can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring, but it also has the pedigree to develop in the cellar for many years to come. Each time I come back to the 2013 it is more impressive. Drinking window: 2023-2038. 96 points

    Readers who want to explore the best Alto Piemonte has to offer will find so much to admire in these new releases from Cantalupo. The Nebbiolo Colline Novaresi is done in a style that emphasizes freshness and near-term appeal. The dual flagships Collis Breclamae and Collis Carellae show two sides of Ghemme and the estate’s vineyards. The Breclamae is dark and brooding, while the Carellae is much brighter and more floral. Aging in cask really allows the personality of both sites to come through.”

    Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (09/20)

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    Cantalupo Collis Carellae 2013

    £41.99

    “The 2013 Ghemme Collis Carellae is brighter and also more ethereal than the Collis Breclamae. Sweet floral notes, red berry fruit, mint, sage and alpine flowers all grace the 2013. A wine of exquisite beauty, the Collis Carellae is decidedly airy, even though it has plenty of Ghemme punch too. Crushed autumn leaves, raspberry and pine all linger on the mid-weight finish. The 2013 is maybe a bit clenched, but a few years in bottle should take care of that. Drinking window: 2023-2038. 95 points

    Readers who want to explore the best Alto Piemonte has to offer will find so much to admire in these new releases from Cantalupo. The Nebbiolo Colline Novaresi is done in a style that emphasizes freshness and near-term appeal. The dual flagships Collis Breclamae and Collis Carellae show two sides of Ghemme and the estate’s vineyards. The Breclamae is dark and brooding, while the Carellae is much brighter and more floral. Aging in cask really allows the personality of both sites to come through.”

    Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (09/20)

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  • Cantina Terlano Gries Lagrein Riserva 2018

    £27.49

    “This is a classic expression of Lagrein with all the softness and exuberant fruit weight that you should expect of this grape. The Cantina Terlano 2018 Alto Adige Lagrein Riserva Gries exhibits an inky dark appearance with purple and blackish hues. To the finish, this vintage offers dustings of earth and spice; however, the core of the wine is packed tight with fruity richness. Lagrein is normally not a very age-worthy grape, but this bottle will likely sail through to the 10-year mark. Some 45,000 bottles were made. Drink: 2021-2028. 93 points

    This is another set of gorgeous wines from Cantina Terlano. There has been interest from readers in bottle weight, and the top-end wines from this estate continue to be bottled in relatively heavy glass.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (09/21)

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  • Cantina Terlano Monticol Pinot Noir Riserva 2019

    £31.95

    “The darkly alluring 2019 Pinot Noir Riserva Monticol opens slowly in the glass, with crushed rocks, flint and dusty dried roses fading to black cherries and clove. This is like pure silk on the palate, yet with a saline core that adds savory depths. A cascade of juicy wild berry fruits flesh out across the palate. The 2019 Monticol tapers off with staining concentration and a coating of sweet tannins, yet it remains remarkably vibrant, lingering with hints of licorice and exotic spice. The Monticol is refined in a combination of large casks (30%) and barriques (70%) for a year prior to bottling. Drinking window: 2023-2029. 92 points

    From top to bottom, the Terlano portfolio continues to be one of the brightest shining stars within Alto Adige. The Tradition line is priced remarkably well for the value it represents, seeking to provide a pure expression of variety and terroir. Readers can get a very good feel for the region and house style of these crisp, transparent yet wholly satisfying wines. As you work your way up to the Sauvignon Blanc Quarz and Winkl, you’ll find a deep and prestigious expression of the varietal from the first and a younger yet richer and easier drinking one from the latter. The Pinot Bianco Riserva Vorberg seems to be fighting to compete with the best whites of Burgundy. If I had to point out any weak point in the portfolio, it would be the two Lagreins, yet this is splitting hairs as these deep expressions simply don’t communicate their price point to me; that said, I’d never turn down a glass. The real highlight of their portfolio is their Terlaner blends. At the entry level, the Terlaner Cuvée, is a serious wine that over-delivers. The Terlaner range blends Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc to varying degrees, starting with the Terlaner Riserva Nova Domus, a showstopper, and then moving up to the Terlaner Grande Cuvée Primo, which can compete with some of the top white wines around the world. How do they age, you might ask? Just take a look at the late release and limited Rarity portfolio (2008 Terlaner and 2009 Terlaner Riserva Nova Domus current vintages). These wines were vinified and refined for one year in large oak before being placed into a steel tank (2,500 liters) and allowed to mature on the lees for ten years or more. In fact, drinking their top wines young is a total disservice to what winemaker Rudi Kofler and his team have created at this bastion of tradition. If there was one stop to make while visiting the region that could give you a real sense of the Alto Adige experience, Terlano is it.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (06/22)

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  • Cantina Terlano Pinot Noir 2021

    £22.75

    “Sweet spice, bright cherries and rose petals create a remarkably pretty bouquet as the 2021 Pinot Noir opens in the glass. This is soft and pure in style with a pretty inner sweetness and mineral-tinged strawberry fruit. It finishes long yet clean, while leaving hints of lavender and licorice to linger. This nicely balanced and delicate Pinot is a pleasure to taste. Drinking window: 2022-2025. 91 points

    From top to bottom, the Terlano portfolio continues to be one of the brightest shining stars within Alto Adige. The Tradition line is priced remarkably well for the value it represents, seeking to provide a pure expression of variety and terroir. Readers can get a very good feel for the region and house style of these crisp, transparent yet wholly satisfying wines. As you work your way up to the Sauvignon Blanc Quarz and Winkl, you’ll find a deep and prestigious expression of the varietal from the first and a younger yet richer and easier drinking one from the latter. The Pinot Bianco Riserva Vorberg seems to be fighting to compete with the best whites of Burgundy. If I had to point out any weak point in the portfolio, it would be the two Lagreins, yet this is splitting hairs as these deep expressions simply don’t communicate their price point to me; that said, I’d never turn down a glass. The real highlight of their portfolio is their Terlaner blends. At the entry level, the Terlaner Cuvée, is a serious wine that over-delivers. The Terlaner range blends Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc to varying degrees, starting with the Terlaner Riserva Nova Domus, a showstopper, and then moving up to the Terlaner Grande Cuvée Primo, which can compete with some of the top white wines around the world. How do they age, you might ask? Just take a look at the late release and limited Rarity portfolio (2008 Terlaner and 2009 Terlaner Riserva Nova Domus current vintages). These wines were vinified and refined for one year in large oak before being placed into a steel tank (2,500 liters) and allowed to mature on the lees for ten years or more. In fact, drinking their top wines young is a total disservice to what winemaker Rudi Kofler and his team have created at this bastion of tradition. If there was one stop to make while visiting the region that could give you a real sense of the Alto Adige experience, Terlano is it.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (06/22)

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  • Caparsa Caparsino Chianti Classico Riserva 2014

    £25.99

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  • Caparsa Doccio a Matteo Chianti Classico Riserva 2008

    £34.99

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  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2017

    £39.99

    “This is the so-called “green label” Brunello with proprietor Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini’s signature on the front of the bottle. Her classic 2017 Brunello di Montalcino is sharp and tonic with wild raspberry, cassis, lilac, earth and garden herb. There is a sweet note of sour cherry on the mid-weight finish. This is an ample 160,000-bottle production made in a traditional approach with two years in casks made with both Slavonian and French oak. Drink: 2024-2035. 93 points

    Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini is back on the wine trail following these years of COVID-19 lockdowns. With her usual energy and special simpatia, she’s working hard to create identities for the single vineyards she farms, such as Caparzo’s Vigna La Casa and Altesino’s Montosoli.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (02/22)

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  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Vigna La Casa 2016

    £61.95

    “The 2016 Brunello di Montalcino La Casa takes a little time to collect itself in the glass, pulling you closer as white smoke gives way to crushed stone, then peppery florals, wild strawberry and cedar. The textures are like pure silk, with an elegant display of savory black cherry and spice complicated by salty minerals. This shows amazing density while never feeling heavy, nearly masking its fine-grained tannins until the very end, where hints of orange citrus and dried berries linger. The 2016 La Casa is a beauty with plenty of upside potential. Drinking window: 2026-2038. 94 points”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (11/20)

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  • Castell’in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

    £54.99

    “The 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva is dark, powerful and super-expressive. Black cherry, plum, smoke, sage, licorice, spice, leather and tobacco add shades of character to a wine that shows the more virile side of Sangiovese. The 2013 Riserva is a wine of tremendous intrigue, the sort of wine that opens up over hours, constantly revealing new dimensions of personality. For that reason, it is one of the most compelling and important wines in all of Tuscany. The 2013 is stellar. Don’t miss it. Drinking window: 2021-2038. 94 points

    Castell’in Villa remains a beacon for classically built wines, even if the Chianti Classicos are a bit more approachable young than they used to be. Coralia Pignatelli della Leonessa is a notorious recluse. She releases her wines later than most of her colleagues and is reluctant to show them at all. But wine lovers who are familiar with Castell’in Villa know just how special the wines can be. The 2013 Riserva is especially fine.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/19)

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  • Castello di Ama Ama Chianti Classico 2019

    £26.25

    “A silky, open-knit wine, the 2019 Chianti Classico Ama is wonderfully alluring from the very first taste. This gracious, aromatically expressive Chianti Classico from the estate’s young vines, will drink beautifully upon release. Drinking window: 2021-2029. 92 points

    Lorenza Sebasti and Marco Pallanti showed me a brilliant set of new releases during my most recent visit. The Ama wines are often showy when young, but they only reveal their true potential after a number of years in bottle. These are quite simply some of the most singular expressions of Chianti Classico readers will find. I was especially struck by the sublime magnificent 100% Merlot L’Apparita.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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