Opens with red fruit, a whiff of dry herb, cinnamon and clove. Generous dark bitter cherry with appetizing sour bite supported by good tannic structure, lively acidity and medium length; satisfying finish.
A bargain red from Maremma. Deep ruby in colour with a cedary nose of red cherries; medium-bodied and dry. The cherry flavour is augmented by tangy red currant and bolstered by ripe tannins.
Orange rim. Oak-dominated nose with notes of tar and liquorice. Medium- to full-bodied, firm tannic core wrapped in soft fruity texture. Compact, satisfying finish.
Dark ruby. Dry red fruits, inviting oaky notes and a flowery touch. Well balanced; full-bodied, almost elegant mid-palate. Powdery tannins, tight finish.
Black plum, black cherry and anise imbue this sultry, savoury blend of Montepulciano and Aglianico from DOC Biferno Rosso in Molise. Supple leather on the palate carries dried cherry and raspberry, dusky mulberry, anise and perfumed scrubby herbals (rosemary, thyme, rock roses). Lovely red-fruited and floral intensity for its 13.5% frame.
Complex cherry-fruit, spice and a whiff of subtle oak with robust, satisfyingly full-flavoured and well-integrated red fruit on the palate. Solid structure and balance makes for ready drinking, but will develop further.
Comfortably worn leather, dried raspberry and dried cherry pervade this Barolo from the commune of La Morra. Worn leather, worn cherry, ripe and savoury and finely salted on the mellow palate, showing much more age than its age. Tannins are softly buggy, and dried rose petals linger on the finish. This is from Ciabot Berton’s 8 ha of hillside Nebbiolo on sandy, marl and calcareous clay soils. After maceration on the skins for 16 days in concrete, this spent 18 months in Slovenian oak casks, followed by a tightening 6 months in stainless before bottling.