“The 2014 Altesino Brunello is a lighter ruby red that the Giodo and is already displaying a notable fade to copper/brown at the rim of the bowl. There is a nice nose of berry, flowers and spices with added pine notes. On the palate, it’s light to medium in body with moderate amounts of red fruits and spices. The mid-palate is rather hollow and some seedy/stemmy tannins show up on the finish.”
“This wine starts out reductive and barnyardy. After some time in the glass it does start to open up, and ripe plum and black cherry reveal themselves, along with menthol, damp earth, chocolate and a leathery character. Full bodied, it blankets the tongue thickly, weighed down by spicy oak tannins but with textural silkiness thanks to the plummy fruit. The finish is short and a touch sour.”
“Wirra Wirra’s most well-known wine ticks the boxes for full-bodied South Aussie red, but it feels a bit overworked, defined by the French and American oak it’s aged in. Those menthol, pepper and dusting polish characters overlay cherry and plum fruit. The palate is plush and glossy, the ripe red and purple fruit wrapped in drying, muscular tannins and oak spice.”
Antonio Mastroberardino was instrumental in revitalizing this family estate after World War II, as well as promoting Campania’s local varieties, Aglianico among them. Antonio’s successor, his son Piero, is the 10th generation overseeing the winery’s nearly 800 acres of vineyards.
“This wine offers that snappy and zesty Arneis touch, but it also has a sweet side that I do not like as much. The 2017 Langhe Arneis comes close to feeling cloying or heavy. This was a hot vintage, and the fruit is slightly overripe in my opinion.”
“Punchy herbal aromas don't shy away from that side of the grape variety in the 2015 Raconteur Cabernet Sauvignon. It's relatively light in color for a Cabernet, with weedy overtones of thyme, sage and bay leaf to the red-currant flavors. Medium-bodied, it offers modest, silky tannins and an abbreviated finish.”