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  • Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 2016

    £74.99

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  • Aldo Conterno Bussiador 2018

    £64.99

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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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  • Allegrini La Poja 2016

    £74.99

    “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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  • Allegrini Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2015 (500ml)

    £41.99

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  • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montesoli 2012

    £74.99

    “Always a crowd pleaser, the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli is a beautifully crafted wine. It shows depth, intensity and loads of authenticity both in terms of grape variety and territory. Dark cherry and blackberry rise from the bouquet with spice, pipe tobacco and moist earth in tow. The wine is layered and nuanced. That Sangiovese authenticity comes through loud and clear on the palate. This is a mid-weight wine with polished but firm tannins and evident acidity. It shows a burst of freshness on the finish. Montosoli ages in large Slavonian oak casks for 36 months. It is fully equipped for a long aging future ahead. Drink: 2018-2030. 95 points

    Owner Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini purchased two additional hectares of Brunello vineyard in 2016. They are located in an excellent position right under the Montosoli cru. Generally speaking, the Montosoli hill sees slightly cooler temperatures on average. In fact, Altesino’s 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli has resisted the heat of the vintage. This wine stands out thank to its profound elegance and grace.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (229)

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  • Altos Las Hormigas Appellation Gualtallary Malbec 2018

    £39.99

    “The site-specific 2018 Malbec Appellation Gualtallary comes from specific soils, two plots that they believe transmit the maximum expression of limestone to Malbec, giving a structured wine with fine-grained tannins but a little wild. The vines are on stony and gravelly soils with a high percentage of limestone and sand with around 3% clay at 1,300 meters in altitude. The grapes fermented in small concrete vats with indigenous yeasts at some 25 degrees Celsius for 15 days. It matured in untoasted 3,500-liter French oak foudres for 18 months and no less than 12 months in bottle. This comes from sandy soils and very low yields that give it chalkier tannins and a savage way. This has a slightly rustic touch, vertical and with some lightness. There’s always a fresh touch of aromatic herbs (thyme and rockrose), with a textured palate and very tasty and clean flavors in the finish. 20,600 bottles were filled in September 2019. Drink: 2021-2030. 97 points

    Altos Las Hormigas is the Italian-Chilean project of Antonio Morescalchi, Alberto Antonini, Attilio Pagli, Pedro Parra, Albert Cussen, Pedro Donoso and Patricio Bustamante in the heart of Mendoza, initially in Luján de Cuyo where they have the winery and 211 hectares of land where they planted 47 hectares of Malbec between 1996 and 2012 and a further six hectares of Bonarda planted in 2007. They later planted 54 hectares in Altamira in Valle de Uco, mostly Malbec with some Bonarda and Semillon to keep the biodiversity, following what they learn from Alan York and Gianfranco Soldera. They harvested the first grapes from Jardín de Altamira in 2020. Their vineyards are certified organic, but they also source grapes from other growers to produce around 800,000 bottles per year. They have also changed their resident winemaker, as Leo Erazo went back to Chile to focus on his own personal project. So, for the 2020 harvest, they hired a young Argentinean winemaker called Federico Gambetta.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (03/21)

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  • Altos Las Hormigas Paraje Altamira Malbec 2017

    £38.99

    “The captivating 2017 Malbec Appellation Altamira has been produced with grapes from the same vineyard since 2015, next to the neighboring vineyard where they have now planted their own grapes. It’s tremendously expressive and aromatic, and it seems to transcend the vintage. They couldn’t make the wine in 2016 because of the adverse conditions, but they came back really strong with this 2017, which has a chalky texture and a dry, austere and long finish. Really very good. Drink: 2019-2027. 95 points

    I visited the impressive new vineyard from Altos Las Hormigas in Altamira with winemaker Leo Erazo, where they have planted by soil and kept the local vegetation rather than planting rectangular plots. That will make it easier to work by soil when the vines come into production.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (245)

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  • Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses 2018

    £34.99

    “The 2018 Les Terrasses Velles Vinyes is a blend of 55% Garnacha with 44% Cariñena and 1% white grapes. The destemmed and lightly crushed grapes fermented in concrete and oak vats with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in barriques for 13 months. It keeps the more rustic side of their wines but with the finesse of 2018. It’s a wine marked by a high percentage of Cariñena, but it’s velvety and fresh but with the dustier tannins, harmonious. This is the British farmer, rustic but elegant with his Land Rover, the Wellington boots, corduroy trousers and a Barbour jacket … but with a Priorat twang. Drink: 2020-2028. 94 points

    Álvaro Palacios is on a roll with the 2018s, which are impressive across the range, not only in Priorat but in Bierzo and Rioja too. In Priorat, he has 47 hectares of vineyards, 42 of them in the village of Gratallops. Like what happened with Rioja, they saw a return to more normal conditions with the 2018 vintage, more classic weather. Palacios calls it a “reunion” with snow, which he says always seems to bring something magic. There was more rain in the spring and the dry, Mediterranean summer, with a special moment during the harvest when heavy rains appeared, so he decided to wait and give time for the grapes to soak it up; the alcoholic degree went down and the wines also have more acidity. 2018 has something of 2010, 2012 and 2016 but with more finesse, 2018 being a more powerful but more elegant version of 2016, which are the two most elegant vintages of recent times for Palacios. There is a little more Cariñena in most of the wines from 2018. Also, there is a new wine in 2018, La Baixada. 2019 is a unique year, highly concentrated, like a warm and dry version of the already unique 2013. Annual production averages 415,000 bottles.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (06/20)

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  • Andre Perret Condrieu 2018

    £45.95

    “Limpid straw-yellow. Incisive aromas of peach, tangerine, honeydew melon and pungent white flowers pick up a hint of honey with aeration. Pliant orchard and pit fruit nectar flavors show impressive depth and slowly become spicier and livelier with air. The floral quality lingers on a very long, seamless finish that shows sharp detail and floral-driven persistence. Drinking window: 2022-2027. 94 points

    Two thousand-nineteen gave somewhat riper fruit than 2018, Perret told me, “but 2018 is, by historical standards, quite a ripe vintage, itself.” While the Condrieus from 2017 to 2019, may not age as slowly as those from 2016 or 2015, what they might sacrifice in cellar-worthiness they more than make up for in sheer deliciousness.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (05/20)

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  • Andre Perret Condrieu Chery 2018

    £59.99

    “Translucent yellow. Seductively perfumed aromas of passion fruit, pear nectar, white peach and orange zest, along with suggestions of jasmine and tarragon. At once concentrated and lively, offering vibrant, mineral-laced orchard and pit fruit flavors that are complicated by a suave, steadily building floral nuance. Finishes with a strong jolt of minerality, repeating florality and noteworthy persistence. This wine’s blend of power and finesse is quite something. Drinking window: 2022-2030. 95 points

    Two thousand-nineteen gave somewhat riper fruit than 2018, Perret told me, “but 2018 is, by historical standards, quite a ripe vintage, itself.” While the Condrieus from 2017 to 2019, may not age as slowly as those from 2016 or 2015, what they might sacrifice in cellar-worthiness they more than make up for in sheer deliciousness.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (05/20)

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