Amicone Veneto Rosso 2013, Italy

It’s from the Veneto and it’s made from dried grapes – the same varieties used for Valpolicella. However, for reasons of geography (I think), it can’t be labelled Amarone… Amicone Veneto Rosso 2013, Italy (£9.99 Amazon) Full, hearty wine with an almondy perfume alongside the soft, warm cherry and kirsch notes, and vanilla-rich oak notes. […]

Château de Haute Serre Grand Vin Seigneur Cahors 2012, South West France

Have been a bit tardy reviewing this, some Oddbins stores may already be on 2014… Château de Haute Serre Grand Vin Seigneur Cahors 2012, South West France (£20 Oddbins) Gushes with dark berry and plum fruit, with aromatic notes of violets, wild herbs and spices, and with a backbone of tannins that make their presence […]

Feudo di Santa Tresa Rina Ianca Grillo/Viognier 2016, Sicily, Italy

Feudo di Santa Tresa Rina Ianca Grillo/Viognier 2016, Sicily, Italy (£8.99-£9.99 Adnams, Vintage Roots, Ocado, Stainton Wines, Budgens) Very attractive wine with the nutty, heady floral peaches and cream of Viognier balanced by the perkier textured wet walnut of Grillo, quite rich, even naughty and voluptuous, but then has a crisp and lively finish. Lobster […]

Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012

Young but Yum! Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012, Tuscany, Italy (£30-£35 Fine & Rare Wines, Tannico) Starts off tight, oaky and tannic, intense but almost impenetrable. Then with time the fruit emerges: gorgeous voluptuous, cherry, berry and ripe blackcurrant, with a touch of herbs and even a hint of orange peel. The toasty oak […]

Greyfriars Sparkling Rosé Reserve 2013, Surrey, England

Greyfriars Sparkling Rosé Reserve 2013, Surrey, England (£21-£26 from the vineyard, Waitrose) Wild strawberry aromas, fresh but with a slightly decadent whiff of ‘the countryside’, decent juicy flavours too, maybe not as good as the smell suggested but still pleasant, with a spicy, smoky, earthy tinge. S-