A blend of Negroamaro, Primitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon showing warmly developed ripe plum and dark berry fruit with a pinch of cinnamon and clove. Mediterranean-style fruit compote on the palate is disciplined by firm structure, stony mineral and balancing acidity.
Captivates with a bouquet of white flowers, apple, lemon, peach, chalk and a hint of smoky vanilla. Seduces with elegance, balance and persistence. The duo of 75% stainless-steel fermentation and 100% malolactic fermentation accentuates freshness and texture. Benefits from decanting, too. Pair with a simply prepared fish fillet like a sole or tilapia meunière.
Offers lifted fragrant red and blackberry scents with a pinch of peppery spice and luscious fresh berry fruit, backed by lightly firm tannins and palate-cleansing acidity. Exceptional value for a well-made Rioja.
Furmint is a beautiful thing, and Heidi Schröck, a leading light of Austrian low-interventionist winemaking, is a terroir transmitter for this buzzing, understated, nonchalent and chic grape. Based in Burgenland, Schröck took over her family’s 10 acres in the village of Rust in 1983, where she quickly started turning out idiosyncratic wines like this from their mica slate, limestone and sandy loam soils. Their south-facing vineyards shade the softly rolling hills around Lake Neusiedl, forming a sort of natural amphitheatre. Nervy and electric, with chamomile scenting ample salts, medicinal lemon, flax, smoked stones, meadow grasses and green apple crispness. A slick of honeyed lees softens the stony base and hints at the age of this wine, one that is entirely not about the fruit. An intellectual stunner now.
Mondavi’s flagship red is a big, powerful Napa Cab with no harsh edges. Concentrated and ripe, there is cassis, blackberry, plum, raspberry, mint, mocha, creosote, vanilla and earth. Full-bodied with grand length and tannins to take it to 2035.
From hillside vineyards in the southern region of Tuscany, this is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The nose is a perfumed mix of fresh tropical fruit, grapefruit, passion fruit and peach with just a hint of herbs. It’s crisp and racy on the palate and through the finish. Serve with shellfish, chicken and light salads.