It's a ripe, sexy, heady beauty that exhibits a deep, purple color as well as killer notes of smoked meats, chocolate, blackberry and black raspberries. Deep, unctuous, open knit and layered, it continues to change in the glass, has a seamless and silky profile, and not a hard edge to be found. It's a sensational value that needs to be tasted to be believed
The Dupeubles ferment their Beaujolais via carbonic maceration: whole, intact grape clusters are thrown into tanks and coated with carbon dioxide, setting off a chemical reaction wherein each berry essentially ferments from the inside out. The resulting wines have low levels of tannin and trademark aromas of juicy red fruit and spice, and can be gulped down effortlessly. This is what good Beaujolais is all about!
A blend of 48% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, shows lots of licorice, barbecue smoke, charcuterie, plum and black currants. It hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied opulence. The tannins are sweet and the acidity adequate to provide definition and vibrancy.
#18 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2018
A stunner from the get-go, with waves of thoroughly seductive boysenberry, plum, blueberry and raspberry reduction forming the core, while roasted apple wood, rooibos tea, bergamot, and anise notes flash throughout. Has plenty of bass, with a Turkish coffee accent and a hint of alder driving underneath. Everything moves in lockstep through the seriously long finish.
Stylish, with a perfumed mix of raspberry, cassis, bergamot, rooibos tea and mineral notes. Offers a long, silky finish. Shows lots of charm.
Beautiful dark ruby color with quite an intense bouquet bringing together aromas of red ripe berries (raspberry) as well as spicier vanilla notes. On the palate the wine is incredibly round with a dense tannic structure, yet not overly massive. Great freshness finished off by slight mineral undertones and a silky texture.
Lovely flowery bouquet with notes of acacia. The palate is well balanced with no harsh tannins indicating quite early maturity. Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Big tannins, smoky wood notes and prominent fruit mark this wine, along with acidity and freshness. It’s powerful, with the most gentle structure of concentrated dusty tannins and intensely-fresh blackberry-juice flavors.
97 Points – Wine Advocate
Sanctorum is only made in the best vintages and is comprised of the oldest vines of Grenache (well over 100 years old) in Le Crau. It is aged entirely in demi-muid and bottled in magnum. Chateauneuf Du Pape, France
Ripe fruit balanced out by backbone and structure, this Syrah shows plum, black pepper, pencil lead and warming spices.
APPEARANCE : Ruby-red colour, intense, cherry-red highlights. NOSE : Complex, elegant, red fruit aromas, spice aromas, guarrigue aromas, toast aromas. PALATE : Well-balanced, full-bodied, fresh fruit hints, clove hints, toast hints, soft tannin, powerful body, long length.
Ripe aromas of plum, earth and soft spice nuances lead to relatively racy middle weight flavors that possess excellent definition, all wrapped in a sleek and delicious finish.
Attractive aromas and flavors that are fruity & savory. Red fruits and a touch of spice are linked with gentle tannins. Soft, smooth, and easy to drink.
Full-bodied and richly flavoured in style, revealing a smooth and generous texture on the palate, while there are spice notes to complement the red berry fruit.
The 2010 vintage is particularly rich in aromas of small berries - woodland strawberries, redcurrant. In the palate this wine has good tannic structure . A wine to be enjoyed as of now.
Very expressive and gourmet nose with hints of strawberry, cherry, vanilla and floral notes. Round and supple attack followed by a silky mid-palate with a long, aromatic finish. Nice freshness and pretty tannic substance.
Dark and vinous, featuring blackberry, black currant and plum fruit melded with smoldering charcoal and singed bay leaf notes. The long finish echoes. Best from 2017 through 2023.
Dark, crimson colour with black highlights. Complex and elegant this wine has aromas of violet, almond, morello cherries, and generous guarrigue. On the palate it is fresh, generous, full-bodied with subtle flower overtones, intense red fruit hints, generous spice, soft tannins, good intensity and long length.
A vibrant, bright, intense ruby red wine with a slightly spicy, expansive, ethereal nose bursting with ripe fruit. Bold and full-bodied on the mouth, with unobtrusive rounded tannins.
A seamless, medium- to full-bodied red. Like fine silk, this weaves through the range of crushed black cherry, licorice and citrus with fine, supple tannins and an underpinning of smoke-tinged mineral. Offers a long, lingering finish.
Ruby red in color with purple highlights, with a nose of red fruit intensity along with notes of vanilla, chocolate, leather and aromas of oak. Ample and enveloping on the palate with supple tannins and a savory freshness of the Sangiovese grape. The balance between acidity and tannins is excellent, and the finish has a lovely length and persistence.
Full-bodied character, smooth tannins and a persistent finish. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese reveals an exciting potency, with the innate gentleness of Merlot creating a bridge between the evident earthiness of Sangiovese, the aromatic blackcurrant flavour of Cabernet and the warm red berries of Syrah. The result is a generous, well rounded red wine, with delicious aromas of currants and generous fruit flavours.
This vintage exhibits a very concise and clear sense of aromatic and tannic precision. Elegant mineral tones appear on the long, silky finish.
This Rosso is a fresh wine lover’s delight. Winemaker Salvatore Lovo loves his clean, bright red wines. This light style blend of organic Cabernet Franc and obscure indigenous varietal Carbinare, shows aromas of violets, sage and whiffs of brown sugar.
Purple in appearance, it exhibits a bouquet redolent of wild berry preserves, lifted by smooth notes of spice. On the palate, it is beautifully balanced and delicious, with supple, velvety tannins.
The cherry and strawberry fruit is bright, with leather and sweet spice accents. This is firm, revealing finesse and a rich texture with air. Dense tannins show on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.
Ruby red color with a purplish highlight; fresh and fruity bouquet which reminds to soft fruits and black cherry. Dry, intense, full bodied and harmonic on the palate.
96 Points - Wine Advocate
Balsamic and red fruit notes, while in the mouth shows itself with ripen and silky tannins which are supported by a vibrant finish. It is now enjoyable but capable of ageing for many years. This wine is persistent, velvety, and goes on for minutes once opened.
Conti di Buscareto has... focused its efforts on the resurrection of a local red grape called “Lacrima Nera” or “Black Tears.” Named for its loss of juice when the grape becomes very ripe, Lacrima Nera produces aromatic wines with notes of rose petals, and has recently been saved from extinction
93 Points - Wine Advocate
Ruby red with orange reflections. The bouquet is intense with tertiary notes of rose, leather, tobacco, and emerging notes of violet. The taste is ample and embracing, with a soft, persistent finish.
Ruby red with deep intensity and hue. Fruity, fine and elegant aromas dominated by wild berries, along with array of spicy notes. Fruity on the palate with good tannins and a lingering finish.
This is an exceptionally well-made and good quality wine with deep garnet colour. Intense nose, with dried fruit, plus a liquorice & smoky coating. Full-bodied, structured palate, with ripe tannins hidden behind a black-fruit palate.
On the nose, it offers sensations of sweet tobacco, leather and spiciness. It is fresh and jammy, rich in structure with good backbone and great harmony. Martinenga is a Barbaresco of great race and breeding. A
This wine would make a great impression on an elegantly dressed table with a fine meat-based menu. The wine's natural structure and freshness make it very food friendly and its elegant aromas of cassis, small berry, cola and white truffle will evolve beautifully throughout your meal.
A medium bodied wine with silky tannins and refreshing acidity. It opens with sweet and juicy notes of blackberry and black cherry, and then it ends with a pleasant salty and savory hint.
Intense ruby red color. On the nose, the aromas of ripe red berry fruit, sweet spices, and a light and fresh minty note are the most prominent sensations. The palate is well structured, persistent, and very pleasurable in its fruity finish and aftertaste.
In the glass, the wine is deep ruby with purple hues. On the nose, the wine is delicate with notes of cherry, vanilla, raw beef and herbs. On the palate, it is dry, structured and elegant with flavors of plum, ripe cherries, wild berries and a hint of spice, followed by a lengthy and smooth finish that begs for food.
Made entirely with Merlot, this opens with delicate aromas of black-skinned fruit and a whiff of baking spice. The mature palate reveals prune and vanilla alongside rather evolved tannins.
Warm, soft, fruity, with intense sensations of ripe black cherry and blackberry; remarkably persistent with soft tannins, velvety, balanced and harmonious.
Clean ruby red. Deep aroma with nice acidy.Medium bodied and strucutured.
Ruby red with garnet highlights. Aromas of ripe fruit, cherries, plums, dried fruit, spices, vanilla, and cinnamon. Fruity in flavor with notes of vanilla, supple in its tannins.
Ruby red with violet highlights. Fruit-forward with notes of currants, raspberries, blackberries and prunes. Well-balanced with sweet tannins and good acidity.
Dolcetto d’Alba DOC is a typical Piedmontese wine, that is very fragrant, moderately acidic and pleasantly tannic, preferably to be drunk within its first two-three years of life.
Absolutely stunning in every way. Floral, lifted and exquisitely beautiful, the 2013 speaks to regal elegance and finesse above all else. Silky tannins add to an impression of total sensuality. There is almost no impression of tannin, as the wine is so impeccably balanced. Those who can find the Asili should not miss it, as it is truly sublime.
The Barbaresco Riserva Montefico shows all the energy and focus that is typical of this great site, but there is so much depth to the fruit that some of the more angular contours have been softened. Bright saline-infused notes lead to wild flowers and an exotic melange of red fruits in this beautifully delineated, vivid Barbaresco. All the elements are simply in the right place.
A dark, brooding wine, the Montestefano comes across as quite virile, with huge tannins and equally imposing dark fruit. Smoke, leather, licorice and game add to an impression of raw, almost unrestrained, power. The Montestefano is a wine painted in broad brush strokes that emphasize power over elegance. Then again, that is Montestefano.
The Muncagota is quite potent. A rush of raspberry jam, wild flowers, white pepper and mint make a strong opening statement. Succulent and yet also structured, the Muncagota has a lot to offer.
The Ovello is all power, tension and nerve. Even so, the 2013 is remarkably civilized and much less austere than young Ovello Barbarescos usually are. Scents of cranberry, white pepper and mint give the wine its signature high-toned aromatics. The Ovello has a purity to its fruit, with Nebbiolo tannins and structure, of course. If that sounds appealing, well, it is. Vivid, sculpted and impossibly beautiful, the Ovello is simply magnificent.
The Pajé is simply fabulous. Sweet floral notes soar from the glass as this deep, beautifully resonant Barbaresco shows off its compelling inner sweetness and total sense of poise. The flavors are deep yet fresh, with wonderful fragrance and impeccable balance throughout. A wine of total harmony, the 2013 is going to be nearly impossible to resist young. The 2013 is one of the better versions of the Pajé produced.
The Pora is soft, pliant and enveloping. The wine is rich and deeply textured, with layers of fruit that continue to build with time in the glass. The tannins are present, but they are nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. This is an especially powerful, brooding edition of the Pora. Although impressive today, the 2013 will drink well for decades to come.
The Rabajà is shockingly seamless with deep layers of fruit that virtually bury the tannins, something that is so unusual for a young Rabajà. A host of dark blue-tone fruits, lavender, mint, violet and spice race across the palate in an utterly vivid, compelling Barbaresco of the highest level. A terrific, and also quite refined wine.
The Rio Sordo is medium in body, yet deep and beautifully resonant, the 2013 has so much to offer. It should open up a bit earlier than most of the other 2013s in the range. Succulent dark cherry, plum, tobacco, mint, licorice and lavender grace the effortless finish.
Deep ruby red with garnet reflections. Rich in bouquet and persistent, with hints of red berries and spices like cocoa, vanilla and coffee. The palate is warm and well-balanced, with a consistent structure of tannins which support the long finish of the wine.
#19 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2018
Expressive and smooth, this hits all the right notes, with pure black cherry, black currant and violet flavors. Touches of earth, iron and tobacco add complexity.
The aromas of this complex red wine range from cherries and plums to gladiolus flowers and earthy flint. The tannic, oak-aged flavors are bright and round, with a dry, warm, earthy finish.
Ruby purple color with ripe red cherry aromas with hints of mineral and vanilla. A dry, medium bodied red wine with refreshing acidity (making it perfect to pair with food) and soft tannins, the Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne is well balanced with good integration of oak, good complexity and a finish of more red cherries.
Purple red colour, the Dolcetto has black cherry, raspberry and hint of blueberries aromas. An unoaked wine, this medium bodied red has soft tannins, moderate acidity and good balance.
Offers up generous fruit along with menthol, spices and hard candy, showing notable intensity while retaining an essentially mid-weight style. Strong, intense and powerful when young, complex and elegant with aging.
An intense ruby red in color, the wine shows a complex nose of ripe red berry fruit along with cherries and plums, all well integrated with the spicy sensation of vanilla and pepper created by the aging in oak barrels. The 2014 Villa Antinori Rosso, supple on the palate with soft and velvety tannins, is firm bodied and endowed with a long and tasty finish.
The color of the wine is lively ruby red.
An elegant wine with a powerful and rich taste, dominated by tones of black fruit, revealing against the background of a dense texture. Concentrated notes of black currant softened with silky tannins. This wine has an intense aroma with hints of red cherries and plums, hints of olives, herbs and spices.
#89 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2015
Deep ruby red. Aromas of wild berries and hints of spice. Medium-bodied, intense flavors of blackberry and dark cherry, accented by notes of violet, pepper and exotic spices.
#12 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016
Intense, mature nose with mineral aromas that give way to black fruit, such as blackberry and blackcurrant. Hints of licorice, redcurrant and cherries in liqueur on a backdrop of dark chocolate and subtle hints of a well-structured wood. Elegant in the mouth, well-balanced, voluptuous and silky, polished tannins with a wellbalanced acidity, long and lasting.
A dry red wine, complex due to the combination of aromas originating from the grape and the wood.
Cherry red with garnet highlights. Intense aromas of wild blackberries and blueberry jam with toasted and spicy notes, such as pink peppercorn, and exciting undertones of hot wax and exquisitely fine oak. Round, velvety and mature, it envelops the palate in its perfume.
A well-structured, persistent, full-bodied, voluptuous wine with a long finish. It combines well with red meats and in general with foods with a high protein content. Also with certain cured cheeses and foie.
Fruit-forward palate of cherries and blackberries carries through to a refined, lengthy finish. Blend: 85% Garnache and 15% Syrah
Aged 6 months in French and American barriques. Concentrated and voluptuous ripe fruit is complemented by strong minerality and wood spice on the nose and finish.
Blend: 50% Garnacha, 20% Merlot, 20% Syrah, 10% Mazuelo