A mix of Corvina, Rondinella and Croatina grapes made in the Ripasso method, which is the refermentation of the wine on the dried grape skins of Amarone. Floral and red fruits on the nose and the soft palate. The tannins are dry, but the ripe fruit and 15.5% alcohol conveys some sweetness. Suited for roasted meats.
Clear, deep plum red. Medium-intensity nose of cherry against a coffee and black liquorice background. Very fruity (more cherry) on the palate, but made interesting by the tannic structure and lots of alcohol. Will get even better with another couple of years. Value.
Clear pale gold. Medium-intensity nose of tropical fruits, pear and bruised apple frosted with vanilla cake icing. Medium-bodied with fresh pear and pineapple fruit, faithful to Chile but nodding to Burgundy with good acidity and some structure from oak treatment. Long finish. Drink up, especially with smoked salmon and a Caprese salad.
From California’s Central Coast comes this rich and textured Pinot Noir. Black and red fruit snuggle up with rose, anise and earth. Tannins are firm, acidity brims and there is excellent length. Drink over the next 5 years.
A tightly wound Pinot with subtle yet interesting dark fruits, bramble, forest floor and red berry fruit on the nose. It’s silky on the palate and opens up to intense raspberry, wildberry fruit, wonderful spice notes and fine-grained tannins. Try with grilled salmon and teriyaki shiitake.
Lean and juicy with pear, citrus and melon flavours, a hint of grassiness and a bit of a spicy edge, but finishes a little hot. Decent value.