Review Round-up (April ’22)
What's been said about our wines...
We truly believe our wines are fantastic, but you already knew that – we wouldn’t sell them if we didn’t!
That said, it is always nice when someone else recognises the quality in our portfolio, even better when they write a lovely review in the press to tell everyone about it…
Here’s a round-up of what they’ve been saying about us this last month!
Marchesi di Grésy Barbaresco Martinenga 2018 “Mid ruby. A fabulous nose of raspberry fruit with tingling notes of crushed black pepper, Moroccan leather and cigar box. Raspberry, cranberry and cherry fruit on the palate with plentiful yet tied-in acidity and fine, crunchy tannins. Elegant and long but ideally should not be touched for a while. Hard to resist though. Shows purity, as well as generosity, without sacrificing elegance.” 17.5pts. Walter Speller, JancisRobinson.com (1st April ’22)
San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017: “Gentle aromas of mixed spice, sour cherries, violets and cedar. Distinctive, with a savoury palate and slightly salty finish.” 91 pts – Highly Recommended. Decanter (7th April ’22)
Brusafer Pinot Nero 2018: “A lovely food wine, with sweet wild strawberry and red cherry fruitiness, a sprinkling of herbs, refreshing acidity, and spice from 20 months in French oak. Translucent in the glass, and modest in alcohol, this is nevertheless no wallflower. Pinot Noir that brings to mind mountain breezes.” 90pts. Decanter (May ’22)
Valenciso Rioja Reserva 2014: ” ‘Mascarpone cherries, raspberries, plums and sage. Sweet spices and coconut.’ Matthew Wakeford; ‘Meaty, earthy roasted cocoa beans, but generous red and black fruit. This would be great with steak.’ Robert Mason; ‘Ripe fruit profile – plums and strawberry compote with fresh mint, nutmeg and baking spices.’ Beatrice Bessi.” 91pts. The Sommelier Collective Awards – Rioja, Judges Comments (March ’22)
San Felice Chianti Classico 2019: “Easygoing and enjoyable, this has pretty aromas of violet, eucalyptus and wild berry. The smooth palate boasts ripe raspberry, juicy black cherry and star anise accompanied by pliant, polished tannins. Drink through 2024.” 91 pts – Editor’s Choice. Wine Enthusiast (6th April ’22)
Harper’s Wine Stars 2022 competition has awarded 5 stars to Cavit’s Bottega Vinai Lagrein 2019, and a very impressive additional trio of ‘star’ recognitions: Star Value, Star of Trentino-Alto Adige and the overall Star of Italy!!
Bottega Vinai Pinot Nero 2019 also took 5 stars, whilst Maso Toresella Chardonnay 2018 and Bottega Vinai Pinot Grigio 2020* both took 4 (*we’ve now moved onto ’21 Pinot Grigio).
Château Maucoil Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition Rouge 2019: “Sourced from Maucoil’s youngest vines (still an impressive 40 years old) this sun-kissed, fruit-forward red highlights the strawberry and red-cherry bouyancy of Grenache with sharper cassis and blackberry flavours and the brambly herbaceousness of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. It’s penetrating, richly concentrated red but zesty and vibrant too, finishing on fine, tautly composed tannins. Approachable young, it should improve through 2030. 94 pts. Wine Enthusiast (article published 13th April ’22)
Domaine Chante Cigale ‘Pi’, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2019: Deep tones of blackberry and preserved raspberry are plump and creamy on the palate of this full-bodied, concentrated varietal Grenache. Ripe yet lifted by veins of crushed salt, stone and peppery spice, this deftly composed, penetrating wine should improve well through 2035. 94 pts. Wine Enthusiast (article published 13th April ’22)
Cline Cellars Ancient Vines Mourvèdre 2019: “From 100 year old Mourvèdre vines. Intense and spicy with notes of vanilla, clove and cinnamon as well as vivid juicy berry fruits. Lots of intensity to this boldly flavoured wine. 89/100” Wineanorak.com (11th April ’22)