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  • Cantina Terlano Quarz Sauvignon 2020

    £49.99

    “The word ‘spicy’ doesn’t do the 2020 Sauvignon Blanc Quarz justice, as this goes much deeper than that. Exotic curries, ginger, smoke and tomato leaf can all be found; yet beneath it all, there’s a vivid note of honeydew melon. This is silky-smooth and pliant upon entry, yet it slowly saturates the palate in primary concentration, as pepper-tinged nectarine and lemon extracts resonate throughout. There’s so much youthful tension, power and staining depths within, and also a balancing flourish of sweet inner florals that lasts incredibly long. The 2020 Quarz is going to require cellaring to show its best, but it will absolutely be worth waiting for. This is world-class Sauvignon. Drinking window: 2024-2034. 93+ 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 Terlaner Cuvee 2021

    £21.95

    “A bouquet of smoky crushed stone, exotic florals, honeydew and hints of sweet smoke make the 2021 Terlaner Cuvée impossible to ignore. It’s silky and pliant, with zesty acidity motivating its tart orchard fruits, as savory spices penetrate deeply. This leaves the palate saturated in primary concentration, adding a youthful tension; however, the mouth is left watering for another sip. The perfumed finale seals the deal on this high-energy Terlaner Cuvée. This is a blend of 60% Pinot Bianco, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Sauvignon Blanc. Drinking window: 2022-2025. 90 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 Vorberg Pinot Bianco Riserva 2019

    £33.75

    “The 2019 Pinot Bianco Riserva Vorberg has an exotic flair, blending rich notes of vanilla custard with white flowers, crushed pears and hints of sweet spice. It’s silky and deeply textural, washing creamy waves of ripe orchard fruits across the palate, while leaving saline-minerals that create a more tactile feel. There are depths yet unseen here, as the 2019 comes across as densely packed and layered, yet with perfect balance and a tart citrus reverberation that adds energy. It finishes long and lightly structured, leaving the palate completely refreshed. This is just a baby today, yet it is full of potential. I tasted the Vorberg from a freshly opened bottle and one that had been opened for two days without any sign of decline. Drinking window: 2022-2034. 95 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 Winkl Sauvignon 2021

    £23.95

    “The 2021 Sauvignon Blanc Winkl is intense, with a boisterous mix of sour grapefruit, tangerine, ginger and savory herbs. It’s juicy yet salty in character, with vibrant acids accelerating its notes of tart melon and sour apple. This tapers off with a bitter twang of citrus and exotic floral tones and leaves the palate crisply refreshed. Drinking window: 2022-2026. 90 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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  • Ettore Germano Langhe Riesling Herzu 2020

    £29.95

    “Closed in a screw-capped bottle, the 2020 Langhe Riesling Hérzu opens to varietal aromas of citrus and green apple with distant hints of petrol and latex. The wine is steely and tight with a snappy, reductive quality that adds to its immediate drinking appeal. There is a point of sweet grapefruit on the close. Drink: 2022-2028. 92 points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (08/22)

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  • Francesco Rinaldi Gavi 2021

    £20.99

    Review to follow

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  • Frank Cornelissen MunJebel Bianco 2019

    £44.99

    Review to follow

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  • G.D. Vajra Langhe Riesling Pietracine 2021

    £32.99

    Review to follow

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  • Gravner Breg Bianco 2012

    £199.95

    “Roughly thirty-two hectares (of which eighteen are under vine) located in the high quality area of Oslavia in the Collio, a true if unofficial grand cru for Ribolla Gialla. The estate is arguably Italy’s best (by far) at making minimal intervention wines, with long macerations, was one of the first to turn to amphoras as an aging vessel. There is simply no comparison between Gravner’s wines (in matters of texture, cleanliness, precision and depth) and similarly made wines by practically anyone else in the region or the country, for that matter. That fact recognized, I want to stress that the talent level has always been extraordinary here, such that the wines have always been outstanding, and this was true even long ago when long macerations and amphoras weren’t an issue. Witness for example the magnificent 1983 Ribolla Gialla that I remember well from my university days in Rome. Today the estate is all about trying to re-establish a natural balance in its vineyards (for example by creating ponds on the property and by planting olive, wild apple trees and cypresses to create a habitat for different animals), moving away with as much technology and equipment and utensils as possible, such as barriques. Over the years the estate has also moved away from a lot of the different varieties it had planted, so there are no more Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Grigio wines produced, for example. The Ribolla Gialla wines age extremely well and though you have to like white wines being treated as reds, it’s hard to argue with their quality. Even more impressive is the Rosso Breg, made with Pignolo (the only red grape left on the property), a variety that gives “tough tannins” a whole new meaning, yet Gravner’s version is remarkably complex and smooth.”

    Ian D’Agata, Vinous (05/18)

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  • Gravner Breg Rosso 2007

    £199.95

    “The 2007 Vino Rosso Breg, a varietal Pignolo, wafts up dusty, moody and dark in the glass, lifted by notes of crushed rose petals that give way to dried cherries, worn leather and hints of cumin. It’s soft-textured upon entry, showing a pronounced twang of acidity with tart wild berry fruits and saturating chalky minerality. The 2007 possesses fantastic energy and depth, even as its grippy tannins take hold toward the close and beg for a stay in the cellar. If enjoying this today, make sure to have it alongside a meal. The 2007 is the current release of the Vino Rosso Breg. Drinking window: 2024-2034. 92 points

    It’s quite amazing, when dining in Italy, just how often a bottle of Gravner is being served to a group at a neighboring table. It seems like the Italians must be on to something because, here in the States, the work of Josko Gravner is seen by the majority as esoteric oddities, with all due respect, and only by a minority as the true treasures that they are. Granted, it can be subject to stylistic preferences; and let’s face it, “orange” wine isn’t for everyone, but there’s simply something about the wines of Gravner that transcends these categories. Today, Josko Gravner has chosen just two native varieties to place all of his attention on, Ribolla Gialla, labeled as Ribolla, and Pignolo, labeled as Rosso Breg. The process that he has perfected over time remains in place, where the primary focus is in the vineyards. The Gravner vineyards span across the borders of Italy into Slovenia, with only small ravines and outcroppings of woods that separate the two countries. Within those vineyards, you’ll find man-made ponds (“a-la” Gianfranco Soldera), as well as trees and bird houses, as the family strives to maintain an equilibrium of biodiversity amongst the vines, while tending to them through biodynamic practices. Perfect ripeness, achieved through harvesting as late as possible, and often botrytis-affected grapes, is the key. What happens from there is all about patience and time. Within the Gravner winery, headed up by Josko and his daughter, Mateja, you’ll find the amphora chamber that has helped define a large part of this region over time. Buried beneath the ground are a large number of terracotta Georgian “qvevri”. These vessels become the new home of Gravner’s perfectly ripe fruit, as the grapes ferment, whole cluster, for up to six months within them. From there, the juice is pressed and then returned to the amphora for another six months, then followed by up to six years or more in large neutral oak barrels of various sizes–yes, six years; as I said, time and patience. When you consider this, it starts to make sense as to why the wines of Gravner are so unique, containing a depth of texture and richness that can sometimes seem like it might be too much, only to be perfectly balanced by the wine’s structure and acidity. And while Gravner has certainly inspired a generation of winemakers, very few can come close to the magic that is created in this vineyard and cellar. If you’re looking for an experience to test your imagination and your palate, or to understand the skin-contact wines of Friuli from their inception–this is the address to do it.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (04/22)

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  • Gravner Ribolla Gialla 2013

    £89.95

    “Sweetly scented and exotic in nature, the 2013 Ribolla Gialla Anfora is rich yet airy, with dusty dried flowers, raw honey, ground ginger and yellow apples forming its bouquet. This is broad and round on the palate with ripe yellow pit fruits and Indian spices, as a balancing bitter twang tugs at the cheeks, all motivated by bright acidity. The 2013 often seems more like juice than wine, tapering off long with a hint of butterscotch, yet not derived through wood, while leaving notes of cardamom and tropical melon to linger. What a beauty. Due to heavy rain in late summer, production of the Ribolla was down by around 30%, with only 18,000 bottles produced. Drinking window: 2022-2034. 96 points

    It’s quite amazing, when dining in Italy, just how often a bottle of Gravner is being served to a group at a neighboring table. It seems like the Italians must be on to something because, here in the States, the work of Josko Gravner is seen by the majority as esoteric oddities, with all due respect, and only by a minority as the true treasures that they are. Granted, it can be subject to stylistic preferences; and let’s face it, “orange” wine isn’t for everyone, but there’s simply something about the wines of Gravner that transcends these categories. Today, Josko Gravner has chosen just two native varieties to place all of his attention on, Ribolla Gialla, labeled as Ribolla, and Pignolo, labeled as Rosso Breg. The process that he has perfected over time remains in place, where the primary focus is in the vineyards. The Gravner vineyards span across the borders of Italy into Slovenia, with only small ravines and outcroppings of woods that separate the two countries. Within those vineyards, you’ll find man-made ponds (“a-la” Gianfranco Soldera), as well as trees and bird houses, as the family strives to maintain an equilibrium of biodiversity amongst the vines, while tending to them through biodynamic practices. Perfect ripeness, achieved through harvesting as late as possible, and often botrytis-affected grapes, is the key. What happens from there is all about patience and time. Within the Gravner winery, headed up by Josko and his daughter, Mateja, you’ll find the amphora chamber that has helped define a large part of this region over time. Buried beneath the ground are a large number of terracotta Georgian “qvevri”. These vessels become the new home of Gravner’s perfectly ripe fruit, as the grapes ferment, whole cluster, for up to six months within them. From there, the juice is pressed and then returned to the amphora for another six months, then followed by up to six years or more in large neutral oak barrels of various sizes–yes, six years; as I said, time and patience. When you consider this, it starts to make sense as to why the wines of Gravner are so unique, containing a depth of texture and richness that can sometimes seem like it might be too much, only to be perfectly balanced by the wine’s structure and acidity. And while Gravner has certainly inspired a generation of winemakers, very few can come close to the magic that is created in this vineyard and cellar. If you’re looking for an experience to test your imagination and your palate, or to understand the skin-contact wines of Friuli from their inception–this is the address to do it.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (04/22)

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  • Isole e Olena Chardonnay 2019

    £46.95

    “The 2019 Chardonnay Collezione Privata is a expressive, translucent wine. Apricot, mint, spice, tangerine peel and light tropical notes all race through this ethereal, super-classic Chardonnay. All the elements are nicely balanced. The 2019 offers an intriguing mix of mid-weight structure and a more overt, tropical flavor profile than I expected. Drinking window: 2021-2027. 92 points

    Paolo De Marchi showed me a stellar set of wines this year. What else is new? De Marchi describes 2018 as a growing season with abundant rain in spring, late summer and during harvest that required quite a bit of selection, whereas 2019 was warmer, but with no spikes. That is certainly how the wines taste. Both the 2018 Chianti Classico and Cepparello are a bit lithe, while the 2019 editions show more flesh and radiance. Wines from international varieties are way out of fashion these days, but I would be remiss if I did not mention the supremely high level of the Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon at Isole e Olena.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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