Pale yellow with a milky haziness and generous, lasting foam. Intense nose of exotic fruits, notably mango, hops and hints of white pepper. Light taste, low alcohol (3.9%) and a fair amount of bitterness make it a very refreshing beverage that goes down easy.
From one of the highest sites in Valpolicella, at 550 m. Lifted aromas of dark berry fruit with some earthy hints. Plush and rounded, well-structured with juicy acidity, approachable, well integrated tannins and a mineral background to close.
If someone is seeking to find an honest wine below $10 capable of offering some character of the country it is from, this wine will do it. Simple and straightforward, yes, but still pleasing. Fresh acid with chewy tannins and bright notes of sour cherries and a hint of tomato and dried herbs. A more than acceptable wine to buy if you are trying to entertain a big crowd and cannot spend a fortune. Ideal for Spaghetti alla Bolognese.
A stylish old vine Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend displaying characteristic Bordeaux breed with plum, piquant blackcurrant and earthy and green herbal notes on the nose. Juicy ripe plum and black cherry flavours follow though on the palate, with firm tannic grip and background earthy minerality.
A cellar-worthy Barolo. Ruby coloured with a mature rim. Bouquet of dried cherries with a floral note lifted with oak spice. Medium-bodied with savoury, tightly wound cherry flavour and firm tannins. Hold for 5 years.
The '08 Solaia is indeed an impressive wine, chock full of aromas of plums, vanilla, violets, herbs, graphite and balsamic reduction. In the mouth, nuances of cocoa and spice add more complexity. It is full bodied with a ripe palate, substantial tannins and great length. Drink until 2030.
LBV Port is bottled later than vintage Port and is aged in wood up to 6 years. It is ready to drink when bottled and does not improve in the cellar. This LBV is heady stuff with a nose of maraschino cherry, plums, dried currants, roasted almonds and liquorice. It has weight and heat on the palate but delivers a wonderful array of jammy fruits, sweet spices and liquorice. Pair with traditional full-flavoured cheeses and nuts, intense desserts or on its own at the end of a meal.