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  • Achaval Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec 2015

    £85.25

    “(14.3% alcohol; from vines on alluvial soil): Bright, full ruby-red. Some exotic coffee and mocha oak notes complement aromas of blackberry, blueberry, plum and minerals; at once a bit liqueur-like and slightly reduced. Ripe, plush, utterly seamless wine with a restrained sweetness and superb breadth to its dark berry, nutty oak, herb and spice flavors. Finishes very long and youthfully tight, with suave tannins, an element of medicinal reserve, and lively notes of spices and flowers. The least fruity and most soil-driven of these single-vineyard wines in 2015, and built for a slow evolution in bottle. Drinking window: 2020-2029. 93+ points”

    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (07/18)

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  • Achaval Ferrer Finca Bella Vista 2015

    £85.25

    “(14.5% alcohol; from a deep gravel bed near the Mendoza River): Bright, moderately saturated medium ruby. Aromas of cassis, redcurrant, spices, herbs and tobacco along with an element of chocolatey oak. Wonderfully fine-grained, lively and sweet; both darker and brighter in its flavor profile than the Finca Altamira but also more open-knit today, showing a strong element of spicy oak. Finishes smooth, broad and sweet, but is it as complex? A second bottle of equal breadth was a bit more sharply focused and floral, and finished with a serious tannic spine and sneaky building persistence. This Malbec needs time. Drinking window: 2020-2027. 92+ points”

    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (07/18)

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  • Achaval Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec 2015

    £82.25

    “(14.8% alcohol; from heavier soils): Bright medium ruby. Pungent, medicinal aromas of blueberry, blackberry, espresso and mint complicated by mineral and leather nuances. Plush, rich and deep, communicating an almost chocolatey ripeness to its slightly medicinal flavors of dark berries and leather. The most massive of these single-vineyard wines and also the mostly obviously alcoholic in its slight warmth. Boasts excellent breadth and well-buffered tannins but can’t quite match the Altamira or Bella Vista for class or inner-mouth energy. This large-scaled, slightly wild wine has plenty of tannins for cellaring. Drinking window: 2020-2027. 91+ points”

    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (07/18)

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  • Achaval Ferrer Quimera 2016

    £35.95

    “Dark medium ruby. Aromas of cassis, licorice, violet, bitter chocolate and spicy oak. Suave, energetic and light on its feet, offering lovely breadth and definition to its dark berry and mineral flavors; a slight herbal element (a touch of peppery stems?) adds complexity without coming off as vegetal. This savory, classically dry blend finishes with well-integrated tannins and sneaky rising length. A very successful, sophisticated wine from this cool year. Drinking window: 2020-2028. 91 points”

    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (09/19)

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  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco Angelo 2015

    £79.99

    “The 2015 Barbaresco Angelo is a blend of fruit mostly from Ronchi, with pieces of Montersino and Loreto that sees 55 days on the skins. Today, the Angelo is very tight and austere. Crushed rose petal, cedar and dried herb notes are pushed forward, while the fruit is more restrained in its expression initially. Time in the glass brings out the wine’s pedigree as well as the raciness and natural richness of the year. There is so much to like here. Drinking window: 2020-2035. 93+ points

    The 2015 and 2016 Barbarescos are a continuation of a stylistic shift at Albino Rocca that started around 2013, when the estate began to lengthen macerations and move towards a more classic style. Readers will note the addition of a new wine, the 2015 Barbaresco Cottà, made from a tiny parcel that was previously blended into the straight Barbaresco. The Cottà could very well become one of the stars in this range. Sadly, there is just one 15HL cask of the wine to go around. As strong as the 2015s are, the 2016s, which I tasted from cask, have all the potential to be even better. In fact, 2016 may very well be the best vintage I have ever tasted here.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/18)

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  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco Cotta 2018

    £49.99

    “Pouring from the bottle with a light ruby color, the Albino Rocca 2018 Barbaresco Cottà shows dried cherry, cassis and lots of blue flower or summer lavender. This is a classic and neatly contained expression of cool-vintage Nebbiolo. The bouquet is fluid but also compact, and you can look forward to an interesting aromatic evolution to come as this wine continues along its aging path. Only 2,000 bottles were released. Drink: 2023-2037. 93+ points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (06/21)

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  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco Ovello Vigna Loreto 2018

    £54.99

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  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco Ronchi 2017

    £49.99

    “The 2017 Barbaresco Ronchi is terrific. Dark, ample and resonant, the Ronchi envelops all the senses from the very first taste. Succulent red cherry, plum, rose petal, spice, mint and licorice all build as the Ronchi shows off its considerable allure. Readers will have a very hard time keeping their hands off this jewel of a wine from the Rocca family. Drinking window: 2023-2035. 94 points

    This is an impressive set of 2017s from the Rocca family. The estate has been on a roll these last few vintages. Like all 2017s, the Albino Rocca Barbarescos are on the lighter side, but what stands out in the range is a level of site expression that is rare in this vintage. All of the Barbarescos are aged in cask, with the exception of the Cottà, which sees slightly smaller oak because of the tiny size of the parcel.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/20)

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  • Aldo Conterno Barbera d’Alba Conca Tre Pile 2017

    £34.75

    “The 2017 Barbera d’Alba Conca Tre Pile is piled high with dark fruit intensity, soft tannins and a pinch of fresh acidity that breaks apart the wine’s rich fruit flavors. The hot vintage has taken well to the Barbera grape, accentuating its volume, richness and generosity. The bouquet offers black fruit, dried plum, spice, truffle-infused earth and toasted hazelnut. Some 20,000 bottles were made. Drink: 2020-2025. 93 points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (07/20)

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  • Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 2016

    £74.99

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  • Aldo Conterno Nebbiolo Langhe Il Favot 2017

    £47.99

    “The Poderi Aldo Conterno 2017 Langhe Nebbiolo Il Favot delivers dark fruit intensity with cherry, blackberry and plum. This entry-level wine throws a lot of fruit out there, all delivered in a rather random and haphazard manner. This is a fun and informal Nebbiolo to pair with grilled meats or simple pasta dishes. Some 10,000 bottles were made. Drink: 2020-2024. 88 points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (07/20)

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  • Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2017

    £58.95

    “Allegrini is located in the Fumane sub-zone of Valpolicella, and it maintains vineyards throughout the Classica zone, which aids in creating a balanced expression of Amarone, the flagship of this venerable estate. As with many producers of the region, a new project has also begun in the Lugana growing area, where Allegrini is trying their hand at a blend of Turbiana and Cortese grape varieties to create their new Lugana Oasi Mantellina, now in its second vintage. What’s more, Marilisa Allegrini, current generation and owner of the estate, spoke in detail about many of the changes at the winery and throughout the region. One trend, which can be witnessed at Allegrini, is a push toward more IGT-classified wines, which allows producers to experiment with the region’s native varieties, as well as international grapes, without adhering to the blending rules of Valpolicella and Amarone. In the case of Allegrini, and in the trajectory I favor, it’s an interest in the potential of Corvinone, both as the primary grape within a blend or as a varietal wine. The results can be witnessed through the 2015 La Poja, included in these reviews, which was a standout in my tastings. However, there is also a new Valpolicella project that will be more focused on Corvinone. As much as I love to see producers pushing boundaries, my only fear is that many of these wines will be swallowed up by the sheer size of Italy’s IGT classification, and they may never receive the recognition they truly deserve. Another varietal wine to look out for is the La Poja, a 100% Corvina Veronese that doesn’t see any air-drying yet shows remarkable depth and concentration. That said, the wine that still impresses me most here is the Amarone. The 2016 that was tasted for this report is a force to be reckoned with.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (02/21)

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