2019 Italy Portfolio Offer
Last year we stopped ogling and took the plunge: seven Piedmontese growers were added to the portfolio.
The synergy with our existing collection of Burgundian and German estates is clear: single varietals, made by small producers from specified vineyards.
But really it’s what’s in the bottle: a new generation of growers in the Langhe has taken over who have combined tradition with an understanding of modern winemaking methods. In doing so they have shed their reputation for anodyne whites and cruel, tannic reds in favour of balanced fine wines with scented fruit and smooth elegance. It is an exciting time.
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2016 Barbera D'Alba Superiore 'Priora' (ALES22216A)
Well this is a surprise! A Barbera like no other we've tried: late-harvest fruit from Verduno and Monforte gives a dark, rich and vibrant wine with exuberant sweet black fruit, chocolatey tannins and a long fresh rich finish.
2016 Langhe Nebbiolo 'Prinsiot' (ALES30216X)
From vineyards in Verduno, with the added benefit of 30% of declassified Barolo. It is smooth and delicately scented, with beautifully delineated red fruits - principally raspberry and cherry - great energy and fine persistent tannins. Magnums only, but why not?
2015 Barolo (ALES40215A)
This silky little number is packed with pure, very fresh cherry and crushed strawberries, and lifted by intense but delicate floral flavours and ends on a smooth spicy note. Very Chambolly.
2015 Barolo San Lorenzo di Verduno (ALES50215A)
An extension of the great Monvigliero vineyard, but slightly warmer and with whiter sanider soils, San Lorenzo gives an intense, richly structured with finely balanced, pure red fruit with a touch of floral, a juicy middle and a warm finish.
Diego Conterno Vini
2016 Nebbiolo D'Alba 'Baluma' (COND22216A)
Baluma translates as 'let's dance'. You can see what they're going for: there is pretty fresh cherry fruit with notes of spice and balsam oil, balanced by ripe rounded tannins and a lively finish.
2015 Barolo Monforte d'Alba (COND30215A)
Accessible, delicate and light, with red cherry and hedgerow fruit, and a pure lean tannic structure. The Conterno wines get better every year!
2014 Barolo Monforte D'Alba (COND30214A)
The sort of fine, linear wine you expect from Monforte. The wine is poised, with delicate cool crunchy red fruit, a racy pure minerality, elegant tannins and a long juicy fruit-driven finish. It is best cellared for a while.
2015 Barolo Ginestra (COND34215A)
A perfectly pitched wine of elegance and density, with pure delicate cherry fruit and a cool racy freshness. It is seamless, effortless and very long.
2013 Barolo Capalot (CRIS46213A)
Capalot is a natural amphitheatre facing south, with sand and clay soils. It gives an elegant wine, completely at ease, showing soft strawberry and blackcurrant fruit, a fine tannic structure, some tea-leaf notes and salty minerals coming through on the long fruity finish. Quite lovely.
2013 Barolo Galina (CRIS50213A)
Just below Capalot on the same hillside, the tiny Galina vineyard has a higher clay content, and is home to some nearly 100-year-old vines. It is very elegant and fine, and showing some new wood. The fruit is on the darker side -more black cherry than strawberry - and there is a fine pure mineral streak to complement the silky tannins. The finish is rich, long and fruity.
2014 Barolo Badarina Serralunga D'Alba (GRIM38214A)
Two hectares of Badarina high up in Serralunga d'Alba provide the estate's flagship wines. In 2014 no reserva was made, and the grapes all went into the 'regular' bottling, giving this unusual concentration. There is an ethereal scent of rose petals, red and black fruit tinged with fresh herbs and licorice, smooth fine tannins and a long salty mineral finish.
2015 Chianti Classico (LASA30215A)
It is made from 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot, which adds a round, soft note unexpected in a wine like this. It is packed with red fruit, spice, soft ripe tannins and a fresh finish. Perfect with heartier dishes and the usual fava beans.
2015 Chianti Classico Riserva (LASA36215A)
That bit more complex than the regular Chianti. The fruit is denser, and there are dried fruit and spice notes with a hint of balsamic, along with fine smooth tannins leading to a rich and satisfying finish.
Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio
2017 Langhe Nebbiolo (MSCA20217A)
2016 Langhe Nebbiolo (MSCA20216A)
From young vines in Monforte and Castiglione Falletto. It has fresh raspberry and hedgerow fruit, with notes of spice and a hint of leather, backed by fine firm tannins and vibrant acidity.Picked a few days before the estate’s other wines, it is a mini Barolo designed to be drunk now: there is strawberry, plum and a hint of black cherry, as well as tobacco and hay, backed by fine tannins and an appealing fresh finish.
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