|1110 2001 Barolo, ‘Vigna Cicala’, PODERI ALDO CONTERNO
I have been very privileged to have not only visited the cellars of Conterno and witnessed first-hand the passion that has created one of the great wineries in the world, and tryu the 2001 ‘Vigna Cicala’. If you enjoy burgundy this will not disappoint.
|1102 2010 Barolo, MASSOLINO
This 23 hectare estate has been in the Massolino family since 1896. Since 1994 the style of the wines has undergone a subtle transformation. Winemaker Franco Massolino has done a wonderful job of marrying change with a respect for tradition, something that sets him apart from most of the younger producers in Barolo today - in part dictated by the nature of the vineyards that the family owns in the commune of Serralunga d’Alba – the source of some of the greatest, most structured, robust and long-lived Barolo wines. 2010 was an exceptional vintage, although very forward this wine still needs time to develop some more fruit!
|1115 2006 Barolo Ginestra Vigna Case Maté, ELIO GRASSO
A wonderful violet colour, enticing aromas explodes with delicate evocative sensual overtones. And will keep going – truly one of the great Barolo’s!
|1100 2010 Barberesco, BRUNO ROCCA
Ruby-garnet in colour with an intensely perfumed nose and notes of redcurrant, blackberry
and a smoky edge. Long and very elegant on the finish.
|1109 2014 Barbera d’Alba- VAJRA
A blend from six vineyards loaded with fruit and crisp acidity. Powerful like its previous vintages.
|1101 2011 Barbera d`Alba `Gisep` MASSOLINO
Produced in tiny quantities, and was first produced in 1998. A plummy, blackberry and vanilla nose. Intense palate of ripe and concentrated fruit, the characteristic smooth, relatively low tannins of good Barbera.
|1103 2010 Il Favot, Langhe Nebbiolo, PODERI ALDO CONTERNO
100% Nebbiolo - a serious wine with superb concentration and balance.
|1104. 2007 Barolo ‘Bricco Viole’ VAJRA
Packed elegant fruit, goes on and on - high class modern Barolo
|1105. 2001 Vigna Rionda, Barolo MASSOLINO
More traditional style, aged Barolo at its best – silky almost burgundian!
|1106. 1995 Barbaresco, GAJA
A saturated deep ruby colour. This is a stellar Barbaresco and yet another testament to Angelo Gaja's winemaking skills.
|1321 2010 Brunello di Montalcino POGGIO SAN POLO,
100% Sangiovese, Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine with a deep sense of aromatic purity and complexity. The bouquet delivers characteristic tones of small berry, forest floor, pressed violets, sweet spice, liquorice and cola. Those aromas are both pure and intense, and build in momentum as the wine takes on more air in the glass.
|1302 2010 Flaccianello Della Pieve, FONTODI
Dark, rich & powerful, wraps around the palate with serious density. The aromas and flavours are totally alive in the glass. Smoke, tobacco & savoury herb notes add complexity over time. Initially quite muscular, but develops finesse with time in the glass. Exceptional, the sensation of tannin is virtually non-existent this is all about elegance and pure refinement.
|1300. 2007 Morellino di Scansano Riserva, ‘Poggio Valente’, LE PUPILLE
Sweet dark fruit with outstanding length and layered, highly nuanced feel. 100% Sangiovese, stunning perfume, depth and lots of flesh.
|1301. 2008 Brunello di Montalcino SAN POLO
All Sangiovese - good depth of ruby red colour, liquorice and blackberry nose. Classic gamey, liquorice fruit characteristic of Brunello. Excellent weight, rounded tannins and nicely developed plummy fruit. It finishes long, with appealing, spicy complexity.
|1315. 2006 Le Cupole, TENUTA DI TRINORO, MAREMMA
Predominantly Cabernet Franc, Spicy, lively palate of strawberry, black cherry and plum. Excellent length. Refreshing acidity. Supple tannins.
|1306. 1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, COSTANT
Brunello is usally a medium full-bodied wine with both strong acidity and tannins that support leathery, subtly spicy tones of coffee and tobacco that add depth to the classic plum and dark cherry fruits.
|1305. 1995 Solengo, TENUTA DI ARGIANO
Solengo (meaning to go it alone) is a superb blend of Sangiovese and Syrah. A stunning nose of blackcurrants, chocolate, smoke and floral. Dense and rich, with full body but exceptional purity, fleshy, powerful, silky-textured wine impressively conceals some serious tannin.
|1316. 2009 Montevertine, AZIENDA AGRICOLA MONTEVERTINE
Firm yet well-integrated tannins support expressive sweet red cherries, freshly cut flowers and mint. The 2009 is a highly attractive, pointed Montevertine that oozes class and elegance.
|1304. 1997 Fontalloro, Felsina Berardenga, CASTELNUOVA BERARDENGA
Felsina makes some of Tuscany's greatest wines. Considering the high quality, these wines are surprisingly affordable
|1307. 2008 La Poja, ALLEGRINI
A full bodied, intense and elegant red from 100% Corvina. Gorgeous cherry and tobacco notes on the nose with Christmas cake overtones and some sweet oak
|1313. 2010 Amarone Classico, ALLEGRINI
Intense ruby red. Warm and spicy bouquet, with aromas of raisins. This is due to the fact that the grapes are allowed to partially dry prior to fermenting. Well-structured, complex, elegant and velvety. An extremely important wine in Italian viticulture, Amarone is an exclusive and unique symbol of the Valpolicella region.