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  • Aldo Conterno Barolo Romirasco 2017

    £197.95

    “Opening to a dark color and robust consistency, the Poderi Aldo Conterno 2017 Barolo Bussia Romirasco is perhaps the most powerful of the four new releases reviewed here. Wearing broad shoulders and sporting a heavy gait over the palate, the wine sees a solid construction of dark berry and spicy or toasted oak aromas. There is a lot to behold in this bottle, and it definitely shows the potential to soften and relax with more cellar aging. However, you definitely need to put the bottle aside for many years. Drink: 2025-2043. 94 points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (06/21)

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  • Aldo Conterno Nebbiolo Langhe Il Favot 2018

    £52.49

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  • Alkina Old Quarter GSM 2019

    £69.95

    “This 2019 Old Quarter GSM is fine and striking—the concentration of fruit is unmarred by oak, but has textural complexity and plushness in the mouth. The tannins in this wine are pliable, whippy and omnipresent, while bringing extreme pleasure and freshness to the wine. It has form and shape. Vitality. Purity. Finesse. Drink: 2022-2032. 95+ points”

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (07/22)

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  • Alkina Polygon No. 1 Shiraz 2019

    £189.95

    “The 2019 Polygon 1 Shiraz is spicy, taut and mineral-driven. This has shape and slender form, with pepper spice and all the things, black tea, graphite, etc. There are also notes of lamb fat and cloves as well as dark chocolate, mulberries and licorice. It is savory and exotic and exciting. Although, it does take some getting used to because it is quite different from other Barossa Shirazes—it is pure and febrile rather than big and tannic. This was fermented in concrete and finished off in a custom 420-liter barrel. The fruit for this wine is from a tiny 0.4-hectare polygon and is part of the Old Quarter of the vineyard. The vineyard was split into four distinct parcels, and in three of those parcels, vines grow on heavily fractured micaceous schist. One small area of 0.097 hectares in the middle lacks this schist content and is excluded from the ferment. 46 cases made and 50 magnums. Drink: 2022-2032. 93 points”

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (09/22)

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  • Alkina Polygon No. 5 Grenache 2019

    £189.95

    “The Polygon 5 is grown on a schist-dominant site, and the thread of tannin between the 2018 and 2019 shows a lineage of assertive, focused tannins. At no point, however, do they intrude on or impede the flow of the fruit. This 2019 Polygon 5 Grenache is supple, buoyant and spicy. It steps outside of the expected Grenache territory for the Barossa and treads a dangerously elegant and fine line. Thrilling. It has savory red fruits: salted redcurrants, pomegranate, raspberry. Wild. Layered. Earthy. Big, yes. Drink: 2022-2036. 96+ points”

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (07/22)

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  • Alkina Spice Garden Shiraz 2020

    £69.95

    “This 2020 Spice Garden Shiraz, like the other premium Alkina Shirazes will certainly split the crowd. Some will be titillated by its purity and febrile nature. Others will pine for the density and volume that Barossa Shiraz can deliver. It’s important to know what you’re walking into before you do it. I’m in the former camp. This features succulent, chewy fruit grown on limestone (90% of the blend) and schist (10% of the blend); the neighboring clay-based Polygon was excluded as it was thought to overpower the detail in Polygons 10 and 11. This is exceptional. It is supple, pliable and exciting, with layers of exotic spice, layers of fat, clove, star anise, red licorice and mulberry. Balanced. It’s good for the Barossa, this wine. It shows the great thing about the Barossa that made it famous: concentration. But it does so in an elegant, medium-bodied way. The splay of firm Pinot-esque tannin through the finish is the highlight. 44 cases made. Drink: 2022-2037. 95 points”

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (09/22)

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  • Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2018

    £61.95

    “Touring the Allegrini vineyards is an eye-opening experience to say the least. It’s one thing to read and write about how owner Marilisa Allegrini has been pushing the boundaries in the region, and it’s another thing to truly see it. When I say pushing boundaries, mostly I mean the importance the Allegrini family places on terroir, a concept that Valpolicella has only recently begun to accept. Another push is their beliefs that the two most important grape varieties of the region are Corvina Veronese and Corvinone, and how the blending rules of the DOC are preventing producers from making the best wines possible. It’s because of this that Allegrini uses the maximum amount allowed of each throughout their range of Valpolicella, Amarone, and Riserva, balancing out to 45% Corvina Veronese, 45% Corvinone, 5% Rondinella and 5% Oseleta. It’s also the reason why a number of the highlights from the portfolio are labeled IGT, allowing for a more dynamic mix of varieties or mono-varietal wines, such as the single-vineyard La Grola (90% Corvina Veronese and 10% Oseleta) and La Poja, a varietal Corvina Veronese. Both wines hail from the La Grola hill between 310 to 320 meters in elevation and from vines planted in 1979, and neither of them rely on appassimento to bolster their character. Add to this repertoire the Palazzo della Torre, another single-vineyard yet younger vine expression at 240 meters that mixes Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and a small percentage of Sangiovese to create what is one of the best values found in the region, and you have a dynamic portfolio that runs the gamut. As is usually the case, I find myself so wrapped up in the IGTs that I forget to talk about just how special the Amarone really is; in fact, I find it to be a benchmark of the region. With each vintage, the Amarone has a balance between the glycerol textures and perception of sweetness from appassimento fruit with a core of minerality and fine tannins that makes it enjoyable near release, but also able to mature over decades. It is great to know that one of the traditional families in this region is currently at the head of the pack.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (04/22)

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  • Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi 2019

    £60.75

    “The single-vineyard red 2019 Finca Dofí comes from the 14 hectares of vines planted across three parajes (lieu-dits) in Gratallops. This year, it’s 87% Garnacha, 12% Cariñena and 1% white grapes (Garnacha Blanca and Macabeo. It fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in large oak barrels (bocoyes and foudres) for 14 months. It’s classy, elegant and fresh with very clean aromas and flavors, not lacking concentration or power. There is superb definition and purity here; it has to be the finest and most elegant Dofí to date. It has finer tannins and more elegance than La Baixada this year. The 2018 was fragrant and this has more clout but superb balance. These two vintages have been great for Dofí. I still remember the 2005, hard as nails then and what the wine is now—spherical and velvety. Dofí on a roll… It was bottled in May 2021, and 21,146 bottles were produced. Drink: 2022-2030. 97 points

    Climate is certainly getting extreme, and in Priorat, we saw an incredibly warm (up to 43 degrees Celsius!) and dry 2019 (with only 280 liters of rain) and a 2020 with 800 liters of rain! But so much rain and the warm temperatures can only end up in a huge mildew attack. The rest of the season was extremely warm, to the point that ended it up being their earliest harvest ever! Year of extremes… year in and year out! Both years were higher in Garnacha and lower in Cariñena, in 2019 because of the heat and in 2020 because of mildew. So, the wines are more Garnacha driven than ever. For Álvaro Palacios, the highlights of the 2019 vintage (I only tasted Camins from 2020) were the Finca Dofí and L’Ermita. The Dofí was classy, elegant and fresh with very clean aromas and flavors, but L’Ermita was truly captivating, quite different from the 2013, an extreme year, perhaps in an opposite way but truly exceptional. It deserved my highest rating, as my heart started beating faster as I put my nose in the glass. Bravo!”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (07/21)

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  • Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2017

    £51.95

    “The 2017 BruneIIo di Montalcino is dark and powerful, with wave after wave of balsamic spices, wild herbs and crushed black cherries emanating from the glass. The depth of texture here is something to behold, weighty and fleshy in feel, yet perfecfly in balance, as brisk acids enliven the gobs of red and black fruits within. The tannins take a backseat as nuances of plum, clove, licorice and cocoa appear under an air of purple-tinged flowers. The 2017 tapers off remarkably long and potent, with a structure that will carry it for years to come. It’s a totaI success for such a difficult vintage. Drinking window: 2023-2027. 92 points”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (12/21)

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  • Antoine Arena Carco Vermentino 2021

    £36.99

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  • Antoine Arena Morta Maio 2019

    £36.99

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  • Arianna Occhipinti BB 2020

    £69.95

    “What a pleasure it was to watch the dynamic Sicilian winemaker Arianna Occhipinti in Stanley Tucci’s CNN special “Searching for Italy,” featuring the food culture of Italy. Based in Vittoria, her vineyards see the Iblei mountains at the front and the Mediterranean Sea at the back. They are located 250 meters in elevation and because this area was underwater during the Miocene epoch, the soils range from clay, calcareous, tufo, gold sand, red sand and light sand. “The soils change every meter and so do the wines made from those sites,” says Arianna. In 2016, she started her Vino di Contrada series that sees three expressions of Frappato from three sites (PT, BB and FL). We can soon expect a new white wine to hit the market. Arianna is farming Grillo at 500 meters above sea level in the Contrada Santa Margherita in the town of Chiaramonte Gulfi. All of her wines are certified organic and made according to biodynamic methods.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (11/21)

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