Cantine Casale della Ioria
Rosso Del Frusinate
The 2010 is quite exemplary, with its richness of fruit, complexity, structure and softness. Made from monovarietal Cesanese and Merlot, it has a rich nose, full of pervasive hints of warm red fruit. There is plentiful but not excessive alcohol, balanced by good depth and richness of flavour, and it finishes long.
Rosso Del Frusinate I.G.T.
Casale della Ioria is a small, family run estate in Ciociaria (Lazio) where owner Paolo Perinelli oversees every aspect of the process. From vineyard management and the sorting of fruit, to the vinification and packaging of his wines. Tres is a blend of Cesanese (an indigenous, aromatic grape), Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Where the Cesanese gives the wine its characteristic peppery notes and bright acidity, the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon impart rich fruit flavours, tannin and warm mouth feel. The grapes are crushed and macerated separately in temperature-controlled stainless steel for up to ten days. The wine is aged for up to 12 months in French tonneaux and barriques.
Tenuta della Ioria
Cesanese del Piglio Superiore D.O.C.G
It is an intense ruby red wine, with gorgeous legs and great consistency. It is suggestive of cherries under alcohol, blackberry jam, fennel, tobacco, earth tones, mushrooms, and sweet red peppers, after a few minutes dried red roses start rolling over everything. It had balsamic tones and a very complex and intense nose, but still developing.
Torre del Piano Superiore Reserva
Cesenese Del Piglio
Guyot-trained Cesanese is grown at up to 1000ft. asl in clay-based soil and hand harvested at full phenolic ripeness. Torre del Piano is made from the estates best vines. Grapes are crushed and macerated in temperature controlled stainless steel for up to ten days. Wine is aged for up to 12 months in new French barriques.
Cantine Sant’ Andrea
Incontro al Circeo D.O.C.
With a delightful blend of Merlot and Sangiovese Incontro is really excellent, with it’s deep bouquet of dark berries, spice and chocolate, and a pallet nicely underpinned by oak that features densely textured, smooth tannins and a racy, lingering finish.
With an intriguing blend of Merlot and Cesanese it has notable complexity on the nose with fresh plum, roasted coffee beans and liquorice. The aromas are fresh, fruity and distinctly redolent of morello cherry and blackberry jam. The palate has good extract, nice balance throughout and an even finish.
Sagrantino Di Montefalco D.O.C.G.
The colour is an impenetrable dark red. On the nose there are aromas of cherries, plums, chocolate and a heady whiff of acetone. In the mouth the powerful tannins give the wine a solid feel. The finish is beautifully long, with the acidity fighting to balance those mouth-drying tannins.
Aged for 6 months in new oak casks to give it a lovely vanilla aroma on the finish. Intense ruby red colour, with subtle spice and overt aromas of Morella cherry and quince. Leading to a full palate, with balanced tannins and good length. Medium – bodied, with good structure and lingering finish.
Cantina Piero Mancini
Cannonau di Sardegna D.O.C
95% Cannonau grape. aged for 6 months in new oak casks to give it a lovely vanilla aroma on the finish. Intense ruby red colour with subtle spice and overt aromas of Morello cherry and quince leading to a full palate with balanced tannins and good length. Medium-bodied with good structure and a lingering finish.
Cantina San Rustico
Ripasso Classico Superiore D.O.C.
An intense ruby colour; extremely refined on the nose displaying ripe fruit, cassis, plum and a hint of herbs. An enticing and juicy palate, medium to full bodied is smoothly textured, with ripe, long, racy tannins before a ripe but savory finish.
Porta Rosso Veronese I.G.T.
An absolutely delicious wine and a great value at this price. The wine is aged in a combination of small and large oak casks for 18 months followed by 6 months in the bottle prior to release for sale. It is a full-bodied wine with full-on flavors of dried fruit such as raisins, plums and dark cherries accented with sweet kitchen spice notes. A velvety texture, gentle tannins and a long finish.
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico D.O.C.
Verona’s most famous red wine, Amarone, is created through drying grapes on wooden racks for several months before fermentation. This process, when managed carefully, produces wine of intense aromas, flavours and structure with hints of soft red fruits, overlaid with smoky oak finish. The estate of San Rustico has become one of the exponents of this style of wine.
Amarone Gaso D.O.C.
The estate’s flagship wine is the 2006 Amarone della Valpoliccela Classico Gaso. Basaltic lava soils have helped to shape a focused and sharp expression of Amarone that presents its aromas of dried fruit and spice with utmost precision. The wine sees 36 months in bottle grande and these large casks crate the conditions for enhanced fruit nuances (as opposed to heavy oak toast). The 2006 vintage is characterized by higher dry extract and power (the alcohol reads 16%) and you get both in this wine. Its success ultimately comes from the balance and overaal harmony it demonstrates on the finish.
Barbaresco Grand Cru List
Cantina La Contea
Barbaresco Ripa Sorita D.O.C.G. 2006
This Barbaresco presents a strong varietal personality in a modern style. Intense garnet with a generous enticing nose, the aromas marry fruity notes of mulberry, cassis and strawberry with a complex overtones of tobacco leafs and herbs.
Produttori del Barbaresco
The Produttori del Barbaresco displays classic Barbaresco color; beautiful garnet red color with brick hues. Aromas of spice, pepper and black cherries. On the palate the wine is powerful, firm elegant with beautiful aromas of white truffles, plums and berries
A Barbaresco that honours Angelo Gaja’s winemaking heritage. Silky and unabashedly earthy, this Barbaresco blends Nebbiolo grapes from fourteen vineyards to create a traditional, dense, age-worthy and elegant expression with the kind of balance and finish to make you swoon. Figs, smoke, liquorice, underbrush and supersaturated fruit make Gaja Barbaresco a wine for all seasons, and all connoisseurs’ cellars. 2008 Barbaresco is garnet in colour. The nose is almost sensual in its complexity, with aromas of forest fruits, plums, liquorice, mineral and coffee scents The taste is long, with a complex finish with fine, silk-like tannins and good acidity; dense structure, full of super-ripe fruit.
Mostly Barbera, with some Dolcetto blended in. This wine has a unique, almost sweet, nose of cherry, leather, and vanilla wafer. It has nice raspberry and blueberry notes and the acidic structure to cut through pretty flavourful food.