Review Round-up (Nov-Dec '19) - Boutinot
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What's been said about our wines this month..

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 comes along and 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!


Fantastic reviews for Poderi Colla wines:

Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose 2015:

The 2015 Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose is one of the most intriguing wines of the vintage. Sweet tobacco, cedar, dried cherry, mint and liquorice give the wine an attractive openness at first, but that turns out to be deceptive, as the 2015 is much tighter on the palate. More than anything else, I am impressed by the wine’s phenomenal length. I imagine the 2015 will always retain a slightly mature character in its aromas and flavours, but it also has the structure to develop beautifully in bottle for many years to come . This is an especially powerful edition of the Dardi Le Rose. I loved it.” 94 points. Antonio Galloni’s ‘Vinous’ (August 2019)

Truffle, wild berry, pressed rose and pine forest aromas lead the nose on this elegant Barolo. The palate is taut, lithe and youthfully austere, delivering ripe Morello cherry, crushed raspberry and liquorice alongside tightly wound but refined tannins.” 94 points. Wine Enthusiast magazine (October 2019)

Barbaresco Roncaglie 2016* (available from end of January 2020):

A stellar wine, the 2016 Barbaresco Roncaglie is pretty, delicate and understated to the core. Rose petal, sweet spice, tobacco, mint, anise and sweet red cherry all grace this translucent , super-expressive Barbaresco from Poderi Colla. A Barbaresco of understatement and class, the 2016 is light on its feet, persistent and finely sculpted. Time in the glass brings out the wine’s inner sweetness and perfume, but the 2016 also needs time in bottle to be at its best. This is such a gorgeous wine.95 points. Antonio Galloni’s ‘Vinous’ (August 2019)

Raspberry compote, truffle, camphor and leather aromas lead the nose along with a hint of hazelnut. The palate is focused and youthfully assertive, showing red cherry, rhubarb, game, clove and wild mint alongside tight, fine-grained tannins and firm acidity. Give it time to fully unwind and develop.” 95 points. Wine Enthusiast magazine (August 2019)

 

Wines that have made the ‘Enthusiast Top 100’ of 2019 list:

Contesa Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2016: “There’s a fresh, bright intensity to this wine, with aromas of red plum, cherry, spiced barberry and crushed, mentholated herbs. The rounded palate shows ample concentration of red and black berries, supported by a firm grip of tannins and pervasive acidity.” 91 points

Granbazan Etiqueta Ambar Albariño 2017*(UK stock is now 2018 vintage): “Lovely aromas of green melon and apple are on the money, as is all of this top-end Albariño from a highly reliable winery. Tight acidity matched with bold but fresh fruit make for an ideal palate, while this tastes of melon, apple and white pepper. A lively finish is jewel-like in its precision.92 points

 

Finally, a further review for Granbazan Etiqueta Ambar Albariño, this time for the 2018 vintage which is in UK stock:

“A really pronounced nose introduces very fresh aromas. There’s a garden worth of herbs, such as mint and Thai basil, to add a further dimension to the petrichor, flinty and citrusy character. Full-bodied with intense phenolics that give this a real sense of structure, and the acidity is hardly shy either!” 94 points – JamesSuckling.com 

 

James Sucking Top 100 New Zealand Wine:

Maude Pinot Noir 2018: “This is a bold and flavourful pinot with plenty of spiced, ripe dark cherries and plums on the nise, as well as leaves and thyme. The palate has a central core of ripe, smooth and quite dense, darker cherries and smoothly layered tannins.