At 14% alcohol, this wine speaks to a ripe vintage. Dense purple colour; there’s vanilla oak spice on the nose that mingles with cedar and blueberry tones. Medium-bodied and dry, it’s soft on the palate and easy drinking with a firm tannic finish.
Dark ruby. Inviting nose of red berries and flowers. Very supple on the palate, it charms with its elegant fruity taste and easy approach. Tannins are of great quality, very finely grained. Finish is firm.
Very pale, almost water white. Minerally (dry stone and shell) with discreet white peach and whiffs of wet algae suggesting the seashore. Very light body, clean and fresh flavour, bone dry. Slightly tingling acidity. Overall very well done, it calls for salty snacks.
Fine dark cherry scents with a dusting of cinnamon and clove open the way for appetizing bitter black cherry flavour with solid structure, good overall balance and a dry, well-integrated finish.
This is a blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah with a lovely nose of meaty/earthy red fruits, forest floor and sweet spices. The interesting dark fruits on the palate are bold, intense and juicy with firm tannins and expressive spice notes.
Nearly equal parts Clare and McLaren Vale, this deep, full and sun-ripened Shiraz was cold soaked prior to fermentation, and then into American oak for a short stint before bottling. Thick on the palate, compounded by wood and super ripe fruit, this is medicinal black cherry, cassis, ample pepper and eucalypt on a dense, kissed-with-vanilla palate. Too much of too much; if you're looking for an intense Aussie Shiraz, devoid of place but full of intent (richness), here you go.
Do you love beautifully aged wines that are ready to drink, but don’t want to fork out the premium? If so, then this is the wine for you! The good folks of Rioja pre-age the wines for you the old-fashioned way: aging wines in oak barrels first and then finishing them off with bottle aging in their cellar for a specific amount of time before releasing them to the public. In this specific case, Bodegas Montecillo’s Reserva is aged in American and French oak barrels for 24 months, with an additional 16 months of bottle aging. This process softens out the tannins making the wine “ready to drink” to the point of optimal tasting without investing in storage space at home. Rioja enthusiasts are advocates of Reservas as they are in the middle ground between fruity Crianza and oaky Gran Reserva. At under $20 a bottle, this is a great “deal” wine! This wine combines aromas of ripe fruit and a touch of earthy flavours. Perfect for new-world drinkers wanting to wet their palates with wines from the old country. Bursting with inviting ripe black cherries, blackberries and a hint of smoke and tar-like notes that are backed by fleshy tannins and lush acidity. A powerful yet elegant wine with nuances of anise and menthol that will buddy up with any meat dish or rich cheeses like Manchego. Drink now or, for those lucky ones who have a wine cellar (and the patience), wait 3 to 5 years.