Pale straw in colour with tiny bubbles and an active mousse; minerally, apple and white blossoms on the nose; medium-bodied, dry, with green apple flavours carried on lemony acidity. Great length and great elegance.
What a delightful little Italian sparkler made from Pinot Nero and Raboso. Some of the proceeds from this wine went to help fight breast cancer. The nose shows fresh apple, raspberry and cherry notes with a touch of citrus zest. It has a persistent froth on the palate with fruits of raspberry and currants and a nice sweet and spicy note on the finish. Serve as an apéritif or with light fish dishes.
Pale colour with a nose of of apples, spices and white flowers. Clean and pure, opulent raisiny and honeyed flavours with a thread of minerality and balancing acidity. A long-lived wine but drinking beautifully right now.
Ripasso, adding freshly fermented Valpolicella to the skins and lees of Amarone production, makes for a more complex and richer wine. Deep ruby-purple in colour. The nose is all spicy plum and raisins. The palate is creamy with flavours of plums and milk chocolate and a note of cloves on the finish.
Sometimes older is better, as is the case with this impressive 25 Year Old from Bowmore. Complex aromatics of sea spray, balanced peatiness, a hint of malted barley, honey and a whiff of that right-before-a-thunderstorm ozone. Rich and luxurious on the palate with toasted nuts, a hint of smoke and some toffee notes. The finish seems to go on forever (seriously, after 15 minutes it was still there).
Stag’s Hollow Renaissance wines are crafted for age-worthiness and this one is no exception. It offers sound varietal plum with earthy and green herbal scents on the nose. Concentrated black plum and dark cherry fill the mouth. At the moment, tannins are thick and chewy with still rather aggressive acidity. Depth of fruit and structure will reward aging for another 3 to 5 years in the cellar.