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Antinori - Guado Al Tasso Il Bruciato  (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Syrah) 2015 (1x75cl)

Fragrant fruity aromas, particularly plum, followed by delicate mint and green tea notes. On the palate it is full-bodied and smooth with a long finish.

£22.95

Antinori - La Braccesca Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2012 (1x 75cl)

A lifted, vibrant aroma of vanilla and ripe fruit, with firm structure and good length, showing the extra richness of Vino Nobile over Chianti, as well as degree of warm spice and mineral complexity.

£17.34

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.

£49.50

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

Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) 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.

£43.50

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.
£30.00

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.

£31.41

Barbi Brunello Di Montalcino Riserva 2007 (1x 75cl)

Brick red in colour with earthy brown edges. The nose is pronounced and complex, offering an entertaining array of red and black berry fruits, spices and oaky aromas. The palate is medium to full bodied with a richly complex middle and an everlasting, ele

£68.05

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.

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£70.90

Barbi Morellino Di Scansano 2015 (1x75cl)

It's on our Christmas list because ... This is a powerful yet velvety-smooth Tuscan cracker - from a fabled Brunello producer - that lends itself to seasonal fare. The Merlot smoothes tames the power of the Sangiovese and affords you SuperTuscan flavours at a fraction of usual SuperTuscan prices!

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.

£14.10

Botter Chianti Toscana DOCG 2014 (1x 75cl)

From the heart of Tuscany this is an excellent red wine to serve with food. It is medium bodied with lovely cherry fruit flavours.

£8.40

Cantina Di Montalcino Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (1x 75cl)

Purple-red in colour, with good depth. Intensely perfumed on the nose, with fruit aromas including blackberries, blackcurrants and cherries a dominant theme. In the mouth, the wine is full bodied, with tremendous depth and richness, attractive fruit and well balanced acidity.

£31.45

Capezzana Barco Reale Di Carmignano 2014 (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.

The grapes for this wine are grown on the estate's 104 hectares of vineyard which are situated at approximately 150-200 metres above sea level, facing south, south-east and south-west. Soils are schistous clay with limestone.

Earlier ripening, lower lying Tuscan vineyards suffered from the wet spring and summer in 2014. At the beginning of September, there was widespread pessimism among growers. Fortunately, an Indian summer led to one nice week after another. The resulting wines have lovely aromatics and excellent colour and acid.

Barco Reale is a younger version of the Carmignano from Capezzana, as the fruit is sourced from slightly younger vines in the same vineyards. Fermentation lasted 7 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. Maceration took place in stainless steel tanks and lasted for seven days. The wine was matured in 25hl Allier oak barrels for 12 months before bottling, followed by three months in bottle before release.

£13.30

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.

£22.33

Capezzana Ghiaie della Furba 2010 (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 for this wine are grown on the alluvial valley of the Furba River. Environmental factors such as the protection from storms, evenly distributed rainfall, cool summer nights and constant ventilation act as natural deterrents against pests and plant diseases. This allows Capezzana to practise an eco-friendly form of farming where grapes and olives are produced with no use of pesticides. 

"It (2010) was definitely a vintage that required patience, with many stops and intervals in the growing season. It was unnerving yet exciting", says Vittorio Contini Bonacossi, "And the result? Exceptional wines!"

The grapes were hand-picked from the middle of September to the middle of October. Fermentation lasted seven days in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.  After two weeks, the wine was transferred into barriques, where malolactic fermentation was completed within a month. The wine was aged for 15 months in French oak barriques. It was then fined with egg white before bottling and aged in bottle for a year before release.

Deep ruby red with purple hues, notes of black cherries, sage, chocolate, cassis and new leather on the nose that give way to opulent rich fruit in the mouth. This is a huge, brooding red that will reward a few years' ageing while its tannins melt into the fruit and the finely integrated oak.

This wine is suitable for Vegetarians.

£27.91

Carpineto, Brunello di Montalcino 2012 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2017 edition review of Brunelllo di Montalcino 2012 (see blue links below).

Carpineto Brunelllo 2012 - November 2017 Decanter review

A fine Brunello with big and traditional flavours of leather, dried fruits and savoury roast meat through to a dry and robust finish.

Carpineto was founded in 1967 by Antonio Zaccheo and Giovanni Sacchet and farms 424 hectares of land spread over four estates among Tuscany's most prestigious appellations. The original aim of the producers - to produce modern, world-class red wine from the Chianti Classico appellation (a radical departure when most Chianti was still produced in the traditional wine-making style) - has been admirably fulfilled.

Vintage 2012 was characterised by high quality wines, with a great polyphenolic structure and a high alcohol content. The wines are balanced, with a great expression of variety and terroir and are capable of longevity. Vineyard Carpineto's Montalcino estate is one of the highest in the appellation at an altitude of 450 metres above sea level, with ten hectares of vineyard planted to Sangiovese Grosso on a dry farmed hillside. With a slightly northern exposure, the vineyard is surrounded by thick woods, which protect it from the warm and humid westerly winds that come up from the Maremma.

The grapes were harvested at optimum maturity levels and carefully selected. The fermentation took place in temperature controlled vats with a maceration on skins lasting approximately 16 days. The wine was aged in Slovenian oak barrels for three years, followed by at least six months bottle ageing.

A mature Brunello showing a complex bouquet of spice, hints of vanilla, deep red cherries and a touch of raspberry. Elegant and well textured, with a warm and smooth palate and a long finish.

£30.60
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