Iodine, peaty smoke, seaweed saltiness with subdued notes of malt and dried, spicy fruit fill the nostrils. Powerful and aggressive on the palate, unleashing flavours of malt, bitter Scottish marmalade, fiery alcohol and the charry, smoky stale ashtray finish so beloved by true Islay aficionados.
Clear pale yellow. Medium-intensity bouquet of orange, lime and apple scents. Fresh, acidic lemon and lime on the palate with a very slight touch of sweetness. Good Riesling typicity. Drink now.
Toronto restaurateur Franco Prevedello's own Prosecco from his hometown vineyard in Asolo. Almost water-white in colour; off-dry with white peach flavours; elegant and refreshing with good length.
From old vines, this is deep plum red with fine particles. The bouquet is of raspberries with a hint of barnyard, spice and cedar. In the mouth the red berries continue, including lively cranberry-like acidity. Medium-bodied with some soft tannins still contributing structure. Will peak in a couple of years.
Since 1620 this winery has been passed from father to son without stopping. Benoît is the 14th generation, working with his father Jean-Paul on their 26 ha. This was fermented wild, aged on fine lees without battonage, and spent 8 to 10 months in tank on the lees, without battonage. Youthful and juicy, tight still, with white asparagus, lemon peel, pear-skin grip, Asian pear crunch and river-stone minerality imbued with a herbal-lined leesiness giving mid-palate weight. As with all their wines, beautiful fluidity, even now in the tightness of youth. A Chablis that you can enjoy now or in a couple of years' time (rare).
This unusual blend works seamlessly. The aromatic bouquet is elusive but shows ripe yellow fruit with characteristic Riesling lemon citrus and floral intensity. Peach and green apple interplay in the mouth with refreshingly bright acidity, dry mineral and a touch of sweetness on the clean, refreshing finish.
Ripe, sweet raspberry and candied cherries rule this simple, easy blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon from Vino de la Tierra de Castilla. A touch of sweet oak supports the juicy fruit, providing enough structure to partner with grilled burgers. Crack and drink this great-value wine now.