Complex and refined nose presents fine fruity, spicy and toasted oak aromas together with an intriguing whiff of ginger. Big, generously flavoured and creamy in the mouth, showing lightly fruity, nutty and even buttery character, finishing with a touch of fiery spirit and lingering elegant, oaky dryness.
Tobacco, balsamic, potpourri, dark cherry, blackberry, anise and minerals are layered on a firm yet lovely palate. Superb aftertaste and great longevity — 25 years.
Clear deep garnet. Hypnotic nose of sweet amaretto almond, blackberry and vanilla. Medium-bodied, still quite tannic, warm and fruity with plum and cherry flavours. Best now. Well-matched to goat leg roasted with garlic and mirepoix and a Tempranillo jus.
Medium-deep garnet. Smells like a lovely old Cabernet Sauvignon — stewed fruits, cherry jam, smoke and leather — but true to the south of France, also contains Syrah and Grenache. Medium-bodied, the acidity and soft tannins are in good balance. The Provençal sunshine is evident in the huge fruit, with cassis and fig flavours and a long finish. From a good year; don’t wait to drink this.
A Basque country favourite made from the Hondarrabi Zuri grape. A beautiful nose of lemon-lime, minerals and a lovely herbal note. Slight spritz on the palate with an explosion of citrus and stony minerality and a bright and breezy feel on the palate. Serve with all manner of seafood and all day long on the dock or by the pool.
From 75-year-old organically farmed Carignan vines, this wine is from Testa Vineyards’ sandstone and loam soils in Mendocino, just over 520m in altitude. After a 10-day maceration, it spent an additional 10 months in neutral French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Dusky plum, raspberry, mineral, black cherry and dried thyme is carried with fine, persistent acidity, lifted and bright, all with a persistent perfumed overhue of wild blueberry. Bottled unfined and unfiltered (so overtly cloudy), this wine has a grippy duskiness on the lingering finish. A lovely pour, though wish it was about half the price.
The notes on the nose include a heady mix of quince, honey, pink grapefruit and super-concentrated stone fruits. It’s rich and textured on the palate with a range of fully ripened peach, apple, pear and smothered in wild honey and roasted almond flavours through a long, somewhat balanced finish.