Showing 913–924 of 932 results

  • Passopisciaro Passorosso 2017

    £34.95

    “The 2017 Etna Rosso Passorosso is a mid-weight wine with added succulence and concentration that comes naturally to this vintage. The wine shows the characteristics of Etna with wild berry aromas that cede to blue flower, smoke, tar, toasted aniseed and campfire ash. This is one of the most accessible and easy-drinking reds from Andrea Franchetti. Some 60,000 bottles were made. Drink: 2019-2027. 91 points

    As a note of housekeeping, I want to point out that the estate name seems to be transitioning from Passopisciaro (which is also the name of a town on Etna) to Vini Franchetti, after proprietor Andrea Franchetti. I have changed the brand name to Passopisciaro Vini Franchetti to be consistent with what I see printed in the winery’s literature, although I do notice that the front label of these wines reads Vini Franchetti only.

    Ian D’Agata, Vinous (08/19)

    Sold Out

  • Pierre Gonon Saint-Joseph 2018

    £95.00

    “Deep violet. Intensely perfumed, mineral-accented aromas of red and blue fruit preserves, licorice, exotic spices and potpourri, along with an exotic suggestion of incense. Stains the palate with concentrated black raspberry, cassis, bitter cherry and fruitcake flavors that are given spicy lift by a suggestion of white pepper. A violet pastille nuance emerges with aeration and carries through an extremely long, youthfully tannic finish that shows outstanding definition and mineral thrust. Drinking window: 2026-2036. 95 points

    Jean Gonon’s take on the 2018 vintage is that it’s one “where ripeness and freshness converge.” The wines are on the rich side, relatively speaking, “but not as powerful as 2017 nor as elegant as 2016, and definitely not as structured as 2015,” he said. Worldwide attention to this domaine’s outstanding wines has caused availability to dry up and driven prices increasingly higher, but there’s no question that they are solidly placed in the upper tier of quality in the northern Rhône, which makes them look pretty reasonable, price-wise, when compared to plenty of other top performers.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (04/20)

    Sold Out

  • Podere Le Boncie Le Trame 2020

    £49.95

    “The 2020 Le Trame is fabulous. It’s the sort of wine that can be deceptive at first given its mid-weight structure and understated personality. But the intensity of the flavors and the wine’s persistence reveal themselves pretty quickly. Cedar, pipe tobacco, dried leaves, mint and blood orange play off a core of red-toned fruit. There’s plenty of depth and structure, but all the elements are so well put together that it is easy to look past the wine’s more serious side. Readers who can find the 2020 will not want to hesitate. It is very clearly one of the wines of the vintage. Drinking window: 2025-2040. 96 points

    These are the most impressive wines I have tasted from proprietor Giovanna Morganti. Le Boncie is located in Castelnuovo Berardenga, in the southern part of Chianti Classico. At first, the wines can appear a bit light, but they open beautifully in the glass, showing tremendous persistence, finesse and understated complexity. At times, the 2020s reminded me of Gianfranco Soldera’s Brunellos, but naturally, with the more mid-weight body of Chianti Classico. Sustainable farming and minimalist winemaking are the signatures. I can’t recommend the 2020s highly enough.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/23)

    Sold Out

  • Ronchi di Cialla Ciallabianco 2020

    £25.95

    “The Ronchi di Cialla winery is located within its own valley, like something out of a fairy tale, with roads that curve through rows of vines planted between outcroppings of forest. The family home and cellar sit at the top of a hill, overlooking vineyards in all directions. Ivan Rapuzzi runs the winery with his mother and brother, following the same traditional methods as their father before them. Thanks to Ronchi di Cialla, Schioppettino may be one of the top reds of Friuli in the not-too-distant future. The Rapuzzi family saved the variety from extinction, creating a library of wines that spans decades and proves just how well Schioppettino matures. Today, the variety has its own subzone within Friuli Colli Orientali, Schioppettino di Prepotto, while Ronchi di Cialla enjoys its own unique terroir. This year, I tasted several back vintages at the estate: 1983, 1992, 2005, 2014 and the recently released 2017. Ronchi di Cialla releases these older vintages at regular intervals and at extremely reasonable prices. As for the 2017 Schioppettino, which hailed from a tough, warm and dry year (there is no irrigation permitted in the appellation), the Rapuzzi family decided to limit the amount of time in wood to one year, down from the usual three to four years, to preserve freshness. Moreover, they lost 30% of their production due to spring frosts. As a result, this is an atypical style of Ronchi di Cialla that will be amazing to follow over the years. Lastly, I would be remiss not to mention the white wines of Cialla, which include an off-dry Verduzzo that’s to die for, the age-worthy Ciallabianco, a blend of 65% Ribolla Gialla, 25% Picolit and 10% Verduzzo, and a varietal Ribolla Gialla. While the entire portfolio is worth seeking out, the Ronchi di Cialla Schioppettino is a must for lovers of deeply complex, age-worthy wines.”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (04/23)

    Sold Out

  • Sijnn White 2019

    £33.75

    “The 2019 White Sijnn has a light, fresh orchard fruit and dewy meadow nose, well defined if missing just a bit of Chenin character. The palate is well balanced with fine depth, and a little spicier than other Chenins. There’s good substance toward the finish, which has just the right amount of bitterness to tempt you back for another sip. Very fine. 84% Chenin Blanc, 14% Viognier, 2% Roussanne, Verdelho. Drinking window: 2021-2030. 91 points”

    Neal Martin, Vinous (11/21)

    Sold Out

  • Suenen Extra Brut C+C Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru N.V.

    £69.95

    “From Suenen’s holdings Cramant and Chouilly, where the soils are deeper than in Oiry, the NV Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru C + C is based on the 2016 vintage and was disgorged in June 2019 with three grams per liters dosage. Unwinding in the glass with scents of sweet pastry, yellow apples, spices, white flowers and almonds, it’s medium-bodied, precise and racy, with tangy acids and an attractively fleshy core of fruit, concluding with a saline finish. Drink: 2020-2035. 93 points

    Abandoning a career as a semi-professional basketball player, Aurélien Suenen returned to his family estate in 2008. Beginning with a range of non-vintage bottles, he began producing lieu-dit bottlings from his most characterful, optimally sited parcels with the 2013 vintage. Certified organic from 2020 onwards, his vins clairs are vinified in tanks, concrete eggs and used barrels from Damy, complemented by some purchased wood from Stockinger. Tirage takes place after nine to 10 months on the lees, and nothing is released onto the market until it has seen just as long as that on cork after disgorgement. Suenen’s progress has been thrilling to watch—I’ve been following him since my student days—and the wines reviewed here are the finest I’ve seen to date from this immensely promising talent. Readers will find much to admire.”

    William Kelley, Wine Advocate (03/21)

    Sold Out

  • Tenuta di Biserno Il Pino di Biserno 2019

    £54.95

    “The 2019 ll Pino di Biserno is gracious and elegant. The style is much fresher and understated than before. Silky tannins wrap around a core of dark fruit, mocha, spice, licorice and incense. Dark and vibrant in the glass, the 2019 is another winner from Lodovico Antinori. Drinking window: 2022-2031. 92 points

    Lodovico Antinori’s new releases are terrific. They show a move towards a slightly more understated style than in the past, as is common at many properties in Maremma. The wines are still quite opulent and generous, but without the heaviness that marked some previous releases. I find the wines compelling and delicious.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (07/22)

    Sold Out

  • Tenuta di Trinoro 2019

    £274.95

    “This is a stunning wine and one of the best in this report covering the icons of Tuscany. The 2019 Tenuta di Trinoro is a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. Fruit is sourced from the very best parcels, and the blending formula changes according to vintage and the style desired by vintner Andrea Franchetti. These vineyard parcels vary in altitude, ranging from 400 to 600 meters above sea level, and the soils are quite varied with pockets of clay, sand and rock. The Trinoro is profoundly deep and pure with a solid core of black fruit that is framed by an elegant contour of spice, tobacco, smoke and crushed stone. To the palate, the wine is long and the finish can be counted in minutes, but the entire experience is beautifully streamlined and velvety. This vintage saw an important freeze event on the 7th of May, and 9,000 fire candles were lit in the lower vineyard blocks to fight off frost damage. Drink: 2023-2048. 100 points

    “Tenuta di Trinoro is a vast mosaic of soil types,” says proprietor Andrea Franchetti, who lives in a rustic farmhouse overlooking the vines. The high-density vines are over 20 years old and their root systems are fully developed. The estate counts 23 hectares of vines between 400 and 620 meters in altitude. Cabernet Franc and Merlot are the heart of the estate, and there are smaller plots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot as well. High-density planting, fruit selection in the vineyard, low yields, full phenolic ripeness and concentration give these wines a unique and unmistakable personality, Franchetti explains: “The wines are extreme in their perfumes, color and taste. They can be enjoyed in the near term but are also built for long aging.””

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (10/21)

    Sold Out

  • Tenuta di Trinoro Bianco Trinoro 2019

    £58.75

    “Only in its third year, this Semillon-based white is a relatively new experiment for a vintner who has made important strides in modern Italian red wine. The Tenuta di Trinoro 2019 Bianco di Trinoro is beautifully smooth and silky rich in texture. The intensity of the mouthfeel gives momentum and a lasting flavor profile. Orchard fruit, pear, apricot and fleshy apple segue to a mild point of mineral or crushed stone. The fruit is harvested from one of the estate’s highest plots (at 630 meters in altitude) with sandy soils. Production is only 2,446 bottles. Drinking window: 2021-2030. 93 points

    “Tenuta di Trinoro is a vast mosaic of soil types,” says proprietor Andrea Franchetti, who lives in a rustic farmhouse overlooking the vines. The high-density vines are over 20 years old and their root systems are fully developed. The estate counts 23 hectares of vines between 400 and 620 meters in altitude. Cabernet Franc and Merlot are the heart of the estate, and there are smaller plots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot as well. High-density planting, fruit selection in the vineyard, low yields, full phenolic ripeness and concentration give these wines a unique and unmistakable personality, Franchetti explains: “The wines are extreme in their perfumes, color and taste. They can be enjoyed in the near term but are also built for long aging.””

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (10/21)

    Sold Out

  • Tenuta di Trinoro Palazzi 2019

    £237.95

    “Because of frost and a cold spring, some of the vineyard parcels at this estate saw late harvest dates. But the Merlot was the first to come off the vines by the 14th of September. The Tenuta di Trinoro 2019 Palazzi is a pure expression of Merlot with incoming fruit from the Palazzi vineyard that is characterized by dense clay soils. The wine’s intensity is what stands out most, and that power is fueled by lovely nuances of black fruit, spice, sweet tobacco and baker’s chocolate. The alcohol content weighs in at 15.5%. Palazzi excels in terms of mouthfeel. The smooth richness and deep softness achieved here is only possible with this grape. Furthermore, it seems only possible in this spectacular, sun-drenched corner of undiscovered Tuscany known as Sarteano. Drink: 2022-2045. 96 points

    “Tenuta di Trinoro is a vast mosaic of soil types,” says proprietor Andrea Franchetti, who lives in a rustic farmhouse overlooking the vines. The high-density vines are over 20 years old and their root systems are fully developed. The estate counts 23 hectares of vines between 400 and 620 meters in altitude. Cabernet Franc and Merlot are the heart of the estate, and there are smaller plots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot as well. High-density planting, fruit selection in the vineyard, low yields, full phenolic ripeness and concentration give these wines a unique and unmistakable personality, Franchetti explains: “The wines are extreme in their perfumes, color and taste. They can be enjoyed in the near term but are also built for long aging.””

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (10/21)

    Sold Out

  • Tenute Sella Lessona 2016

    £33.95

    “The 2016 Lessona is stellar. Light on its feet, with understated beauty and tons of class, the 2016 is immediately impressive. Crushed flowers, mint, orange peel, white pepper and kirsch give the 2016 striking aromatic top notes. Deceptively light in body and lifted, the 2016 is an absolute delight. Clean mineral notes extend the finish. Fruit is always in the background, but not in a bad way. Drinking window: 2024-2031. 94 points

    Sella is among the historic estates in Alto Piemonte and was one of the first wineries I visited here many moons ago. The broad range encompasses a number of wines, always across staggered vintages, which provides a terrific opportunity to revisit years that are long gone in most cellars. The best wines are superb, but I also found some inconsistency throughout the range, perhaps a reflection of the wide range of vintages that always make up the releases for any given year. In my view, there is plenty of room for growth. Given their brand and established lineage in Alto Piemonte, Sella should really be at the top of the pack.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/24)

    Sold Out

  • Terres de Velle Meursault Les Luchets Vieilles Vignes 2017

    £62.95

    Review to follow

    Sold Out