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  • Quintarelli Bianco Secco 2020

    £44.99

    “The 2020 Bianco Secco is spicy and floral with lemon-tinged orchard fruits and hints of kiwi. This is soft and soothing on the palate, with citrus-tinged apples and spice motivated by zippy acid-driven excellent depth of fruit. It’s long and spicy through the finish, also a bit tropical, while pinching at the cheeks with residual tension. The 2020 Bianco Secco over delivers in every way. This is a blend of 80% Garganega, 10% Trebbiano Toscano, 5% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% Chardonnay and 2% Saorin. Drinking window: 2022-2026. 91 points”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (04/22)

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  • Ronchi di Cialla Ciallabianco 2017

    £22.99

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  • Ronchi di Cialla Ribolla Gialla 2021

    £19.95

    Ronchi di Cialla, one of Italy’s best wine estates, has long been under the radar, but also a fantastic source of exceptional wines made from the region’s native grapes. The Rapuzzi family deserves the historical credit of having saved (thanks also to the help of the Nonino distilling family), the Schioppettino grape variety from oblivion. The Verduzzo and the Picolit are also exceptional wines, and like all of this estate’s output very typical of the cool mesoclimate of the Cialla area, not far from Prepotto. The fresh Ribolla Gialla brims with early appeal and the Refosco del Peduncolo Rosso is also refined and ageworthy, and not to be missed.”

    Ian D’Agata, Vinous (05/18)

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  • Ronchi di Cialla Schioppettino 2011

    £46.99

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  • Ronchi di Cialla Schioppettino 2016

    £38.99

    “Dark and inward, the 2016 Schioppettino di Cialla is heady with its spicy mix of rosebuds, wild strawberries, smoke and cracked pepper. This is soft and cool-toned in style, holding its power in reserve, with tart red and black berries tinged with saline-minerals that give way to pretty inner florals. Residual acids keep the expression fresh through the finale while remaining perfumed and lightly structured. This is a vertical and remarkably finessed expression of Schioppettino di Cialla that is currently showing very well, yet also with the capacity to mature for decades. Bravo. Drinking window: 2023-2036. 94+ points

    Cialla is located in the eastern reaches of Friuli Colli Orientali, yet it is quite unique from the surrounding areas, as valleys run deep between its forested higher elevations, and vineyards can be found like a patchwork strewn throughout. If there was only one producer that you could ever taste the wines of from this zone, it would have to be Ronchi di Cialla. Their winery sits atop a hill of vines, like a mirage in a desert. It was here that the now-deceased Paolo Rapuzzi and his wife, Dina, had the passion and insights to save the Schioppettino variety from near extinction, a story that my predecessor told very well in his article, “Ronchi di Cialla’s Schioppettino di Cialla: 1982-2010” in June of 2017. Along with saving Schioppettino, they also proved the importance of the variety, as today it is truly one of the most interesting and age-worthy reds being produced in Friuli. However, in my opinion, Ronchi di Cialla’s Schioppettino remains the best. While at the estate, I was able to taste with Ivan Rapuzzi, the current-generation winemaker, and taste both new vintages and old. One of the highlights of this property is their regular release of library wines, both red and white, as well as the reasonable prices attached to them. These wines mature amazingly well, evidenced by my experience with the 1996 and 1984 Schioppettino di Cialla, as well as the 1998 Ciallabianco (a blend of Ribolla Gialla, Picolit and Verduzzo). Ivan Rapuzzi runs the winery with his mother and brother, and the family has chosen to change nothing about the traditional wines of the estate, but to only add some fresher expressions to the lineup, such as the zesty Ciallarosso, a blend of Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso and Schioppettino. This is not just a historic winery, but also a historic family. The wines that they are producing today deserve serious consideration.

    Eric Guido, Vinous (04/22)

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  • San Lorenzo Il San Lorenzo Bianco 2009

    £74.99

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  • Villa Bucci Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Riserva 2017

    £38.95

    “Ampelio Bucci is the dean of Verdicchio wine and makes some of Italy’s best and most ageworthy white wines. Though his “Classico” wine is a beauty, it’s his Riserva that can, in some vintages – the 2002, for example – turn into a truly world-beating wine of uncommon complexity, depth and refinement. Ever the perfectionist, he was, when I saw him late last year, unhappy with his red wines made with Montepulciano and Sangiovese (which are actually perfectly fine wines by almost everybody else’s less exacting standards) and told me he was seriously considering replacing them with more Verdicchio.”

    Ian D’Agata, Vinous (02/18)

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  • Castello della Sala Cervaro della Sala 2019

    £61.95

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  • G.D. Vajra Langhe Riesling Pietracine 2020

    £31.99

    “Crystalline and luminous, both in appearance and personality, the G.D. Vajra 2020 Langhe Riesling Pétracine opens to light tones of honey, orchard fruit and soft tropical tones. At this young stage, the wine expresses its primary fruit best, although we can expect the bouquet to take all those fascinating aromatic twists and turns that only this grape can deliver. Riesling cultivated in Piedmont is a niche market for sure, but there are ample signs of its growing popularity. Production is 6,000 bottles. Drink: 2022-2026. 90 points”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (06/21)

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  • Gaja Rossj-Bass 2018

    £57.99

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  • Marco de Bartoli Integer Zibibbo 2018

    £31.99

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  • Marina Coppi Fausto Timorasso 2017

    £36.99

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