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Antica Enotria Rosso IGT Puglia 2015 (6 x 75cl)

Awarded 92 points by Decanter ( in their February 2018 Italy supplement article on Puglia (see blue link below).

Antico Enotria Rosso Puglia 2015 - Feb 2018 Decanter review

These grapes reached the peak of ripeness during the first week of October. After harvesting and slightly crushing, the grapes were left to macerate on their skins and ferment at a controlled temperature for 8 days, then the wine was aged in steel tanks for 8 months before bottling.

Deep ruby red colour and violet nuances with a characteristic bouquet of cherries and forest berries. On the palate this wine is soft, dry, whit nice tannins and a good freshness.


Antinori - Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2011 (1x75cl)

Rich, complex, concentrated nose full of ripe red fruit flavours, hints of liquorice, spices and coffee beans. Elegant and harmonious palate.


Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 2012 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter ( in their November 2017 edition review of Brunelllo di Montalcino 2012 (see blue links below).

Antinori PdV Brunello 2012 - November 2017 Decanter review

The Pian delle Vigne estate is located six kilometers (3.5 miles) to the south of the town of Montalcino  above the Orcia river valley. The property consists of 184 hectares (460 acres) , 65 of which (some 160 acres) are planted to vines situated between 130 and 200 meters (440-660 feet) above sea level and with an exposure which is principally to the southeast. The soil consists prevalently of clay and limestone and is rich in small stones. It takes its name from a period-style 19th century railroad station situated within the estate’s confines. 

The 2012 vintage was characterized by a balanced late autumn of 2011 and a cold winter, and a mild spring in 2012. The summer season immediately arrived with high temperatures, which assisted a regular ripening of the grape bunches. Late August, instead, was marked by lower temperatures and important temperature swings from daytime warmth to evening and nighttime coolness, factors which made a major contribution to aromatic intensity and freshness. The harvest took place in mild and dry daytime weather between the third week of September and the first week of October.

After a careful selection of the grapes both in the vineyard and in the cellar, the grapes were destemmed, and given a soft pressing; the must then went into stainless steel tanks  and remained in contact with its skins for approximately three weeks at a temperature around 82° Fahrenheit (28° centigrade). The resulting wine was put through a complete malolactic fermentation and aged in 800 to 2100 gallon (30-80 hectoliter) oak casks. After two years of aging the wine was bottled in April of 2015.

The wine is ruby red in color. The nose shows fruity and floral notes together with spicy and balsamic sensation which add freshness and complexity. The palate and its supple and silky tannins are  creamy in texture, the wine round and enveloping in character with an excellent and pleasurable length and persistence. Complex, generous nose with ripe aromas of cherries and raspberries, light tobacco notes and hints of coffee and cocoa powder. Multi-layered structure with a nicely rounded texture and elegant fruit leading to a very long finish.


Barbi Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 (1x 75cl)

Powerfully structured, this is an austere, warm, amply flavoured wine with a deep ruby to brick-red colour and a richly complex, dry, full and soft palate. A muscular, full-bodied wine with great richness.

Barbi Brunello Di Montalcino 2012 (1x 75cl)

Powerfully structured, this is an austere, warm, amply flavoured wine with a deep ruby to brick-red colour and a richly complex, dry, full and soft palate. A muscular, full-bodied wine with great richness.


Barbi Brunello Di Montalcino Vigna Del Fiore 2007 (1x 75cl)

The “Vigna del Fiore” is an unique vineyard and produces Barbi's flagship Brunello. Its 14 acres (5.7 hectares) are situated in an area where the vines have beencultivated since the 16th Century. It is one of the southernmost and oldest vineyards in the whole area of the Brunello di Montalcino . The particular exposition and the composition of the soil give to this Brunello special qualities, with a very elegant bouquet and an harmonic and complex taste.

The Brunello Vigna del Fiore has been produced since 1981; for its harmony and charm it can be drunk and appreciated from the earlier years in bottle, despite being a wine with an excellent capacity of ageing - Barbi state up to 50 years!

Before the fermentation the grapes were subjected to a cold pre-fermentative maceration which consists in cooling the grapes at a temperature of 16° C in an environment protected by CO². This process increases the extraction of polyphenols and aroma compounds. The regular alcoholic fermentation followed and lasted 16/17 days at a controlled temperature of 27°- 28°C. After the racking and the malolactic fermentation the wine aged in small-to-medium-sized Slavonian oak barrels (225l – 15hl) for the first months. Later, it completed the aging in larger Slavonian oak barrels (30 hl), for a total period of two years and then is bottled at least 4 months before the release.

A very intense ruby red wine with the classic Brunello bouquet of ripe cherry, notes of amber, vanilla and clove. Gorgeous aroma of crushed currants and berries. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long, persistent, expressive, fruity finish. This is a very special wine, rich, with an ample range of fruity aromas, and very elegant.





Barbi Morellino Di Scansano 2015 (1x75cl)

Fattoria dei Barbi extends over 300 hectares (around 750 acres) at Montalcino and Scansano. Stefano Cinelli Colombini, heir of the ancient Sienese line that has been present in Montalcino since 1352, runs this family property.

This red wine comes from the southern part of Tuscany and it is made mostly with Sangiovese - which locally is called “Morellino” - and 15% Merlot. The vineyards are located on a hill at 250 metres on the sea level not far from the Tyrrhenian Sea, with a very particular microclimate: long, sunny and bright days, cooler nights freshened by the sea breeze. All these factors contribute to a well structured and balanced wine with soft tannins and a very lively acidity. Even if the making of Morellino goes back centuries, its approach is very modern and vibrant.

Has a brilliant and intense ruby red appearance and an ample, persistent bouquet with plum and red berry tones. The palate is full and generous, with velvety tannins and a long finish.

Morellino is ideal for well-seasoned meat dishes, roasts, the grilled wild boar meat typical of Mediterranean cooking, cured pork, and especially flavourful cheeses. This wine breaks the rules in its own way, since it is an excellent companion for fish soups and in general any type of fish cooked with spices and tomato sauce.

We like this because it is a powerful yet velvety-smooth Tuscan wine from a fabled Brunello producer. The Merlot smoothes and tames the power of the Sangiovese and affords you SuperTuscan flavours at a fraction of usual SuperTuscan prices!


Capezzana Carmignano `Villa di Capezzana` 2013 (1x 75cl)

The Capezzana estate, 24 kilometres north west of Florence, is owned by the Contini Bonacossi family. The younger generation is now firmly in charge of the estate's 100 hectares of vineyard, with daughter Benedetta Contini Bonacossi as winemaker. The wines and the olive oil have an elegance which marks this estate out from the crowd.

Grapes are grown on the estate's 104 hectares of vineyard which are currently being converted to organic production. Vines are situated at approximately 150-200 metres above sea level, facing south, south-east and south-west. Soils are schistous clay with limestone.

 2013 saw plenty of rainfall in early spring until May, at which point the weather became warm and dry. Thanks to a great fruit set stage, water reserves in the soil and gentle heat, grapes were picked at perfect maturation - very healthy and also good in quantity. Practicing organic farming, natural (copper and sulfur) treatment had to be applied several times due to winter rain. The Capezzana vines are now in a stage called bio balance, which means they are extremely strong and healthy, in response to organic practices - even insects are not able to damage the grapes.

Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for 25 days at temperatures between 18-25°C. At the end of the alcoholic fermentation the wine was put in French oak for the malolactic fermentation and then aged in 3.5 hectolitre tonneaux for 12 months, followed by 12 months in bottle before release.

Ruby red in colour with a restrained, elegant nose. Perfumes of dark cherry and liquorice give way to spice and plums on the palate. Rounded tannins from the Sangiovese are lifted by the cassis concentration of the Cabernet and melt into a long, perfumed finish.


Castello Vicchiomaggio, Agostino Petri Chianti Classico Riserva 2014 (1x75cl)

A perfumed and elegant wine with a great structure and bouquet reminiscent of chocolate and walnuts. Opulent, with a wonderful complexity and a silky, lingering finish.


Castello Vicchiomaggio,La Prima, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013 (1x75cl)

A complex bouquet showing aromas of blueberry, cocoa, esspresso and a touch of toasted oak. Full, velvety and complex flavours shine through on the sublimely smooth palate leading to a long and elegant finish.


Cecchi Chianti  Docg Flask 2015 (1x75cl)

Intensely aromatic with notes of violets. Well balanced on the palate with classic Chianti character.


Cecchi Chianti Classico Riserva Riserva Di Famiglia 2013 (1x 75cl)

The wine is characterised by a clear and intense ruby red colour. The aroma is full and persistent and is characterised by hints of mature, dark fruit, spices and a slight smoky finish. On the palate it is concentrated and elegant with supple tannins.


Cecchi Chianti Classico Riserva Riserva Di Famiglia 2014 (1x75cl)

The wine is characterised by a clear and intense ruby red colour. The aroma is full and persistent and is characterised by hints of mature, dark fruit, spices and a slight smoky finish. On the palate it is concentrated and elegant with supple tannins.


Cecchi Chianti Gli Scudi 2016 (1x75cl)

Through the many reinventions of Chianti, the Cecchi family has maintained a traditional approach focused on marrying longevity to drinkability – think more violets than vanilla – and with notable success. It all began back in 1893, when company founder Luigi Cecchi became a professional wine taster or ''palatista'' – a surprisingly widespread profession in Europe at the time, and one which paved the way for the bottling of the first wines under the family name. The international success of the Cecchi wines was secured under another Luigi – the founder’s grandson – and now the fourth generation, in the shape of brothers Andrea and Cesare Cecchi, is at the helm.

Chianti Cecchi is characterised by a red ruby colour, which tends towards garnet red when aged. On the nose it is intensely aromatic with notes of violets. On the palate it is well balanced with the classic signature of Chianti which make it such a good match with food.

This wine is made for food, especially suitable with salamis, hams and white meats. When aged it is well paired to roasts, grilled meats and game.

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