Burnished Seville orange, Scottish marmalade and rasped nutmeg glide along a smooth, warming, silken palate, roughened slightly by a grip of wood on the frame. Spearmint, worn tobacco season, while a light Dutch liquorice salt lingers on the warm finish. Each sniff/sip leads to something more to contemplate. This digestif pomace-based Amaro is made in Friuli, infused with a secretive blend of herbs, spices and roots, including gentian, saffron, licorice, rhubarb, sweet and bitter orange, tamarind, quassia bark, cinchona bark, and galangal root.
Deep ruby in colour with a cedary, blackcurrant nose lifted with oak spice; medium to full-bodied, dry, blackcurrant and raisin flavours; well-balanced and elegant and ready for drinking.
Corvina, Rondinella and Barbera planted on calcareous, red clay, tufo soils northeast of Verona make up this dusky, supple red, plumped up with the ripasso technique. 15% of Corvina is air dried for 4 weeks, while 20% of all fresh grapes are vinified as normal. The remaining 65% is “ripassato” on the unpressed skins of Amarone to gain colour and structure. It's aged in French oak of various sizes for 1 year. Sweetly soft plum, blackcurrant, thorny blackberry is kissed with perfumed strawberries and threaded with pipe tobacco. Tannins are softened, cushioning the plush, medium-bodied palate, finishing with well-placed balsamic. Through it all raises a strong stream of acidity, holding this medium-bodied wine aloft (not easy in this style) and at 13.5 degrees.
Spiced red fruits fill this DOC Bardolino, a Veneto-area blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Sangiovese. Nutmeg and cinnamon lead, followed closely by tart cherries, mulberries and red apples. Tannins are dusty and sparse, encouraging a slight chill and partnering with mushroom dishes or toss it in the picnic basket on your way to the beach.
A zippy and minerally blend of Sangiovese and Montepulciano with cherry, strawberry, watermelon and fresh flowers, deliciously juicy and dry, organically farmed and the ideal hanging out, serve with anything wine.
Lovely salmon orange hue, this is an organic Negroamaro rosé, filled with bergamot, juicy raspberry and fine strawberry spices that wrap around a pure-fruited and alluring Campari core. This is elegantly shaped with a lovely streamlined flow that lingers and encourages another and another glass. Impressive packaging and menu suggestion (I concur).