“There was no top wine made at Finca Valpiedra in 2013, so some of the fruit from that single estate was used to make this Reserva instead. Combining Tempranillo with 5% Graciano and 2% Maturana, this is mature, savoury and balsamic with leafy, autumnal tannins.”
“The 2013 Barbaresco Riserva Albesani Santo Stefano comes across as dried out and lacking in both freshness and body, especially for a wine meant to be cellared. I would suggest drinking the 2016 sooner rather than later, as it is already quite forward.”
“The Henschke family has been making Riesling and Shiraz for 150 years and if there is any producer considered to be royalty in Australia it would be the Henschke family, although they couldn’t be more down to earth. They are true pioneers of making wine at high elevations in Eden Valley with their Hill of Grace becoming one of the most iconic wines of Australia. Family member Justine Henschke was there to talk about her ancestors initial beginnings in Barossa Valley (wine region with a Mediterranean climate) and eventually they decided to move up to Eden Valley (continental climate) where it was cooler. “Eden Valley ranges from 400 to 420 meters [almost up to 1,400 feet]” Justine noted and her family has planted vineyards where they receive winds from the ocean as well as facing a direction where they do not receive direct sunlight; they have even discovered a recent issue with battling frost sometimes. This 2013 Mount Edelstone Shiraz was multi-textural with tannins that were like fine lace and fresh sage with fresh blackberry and plum fruit that had exotic spice and a superb length of flavor.”
Le Macioche - Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Awards
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG
Winner in the Tuscany category.
Aldo Rainoldi - Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Awards
“With the aim of making an Argentinian wine that could compete with the great wines of the world, Nicolás Catena released the 1997 vintage in a series of international blind tastings that marked a new era for Argentina. Made by Alejandro Vigil, the core of the 78% Cabernet Sauvignon derives from the deep alluvial loam and clay of Lot 3 of La Pirámide Vineyard planted at 950m in 1983. The Malbec is grown in the gravel and limestone of Lot 3 in Adrianna Vineyard, planted at 1,440m at Gualtallary, Uco Valley in 1992. Cool to cold nights result in intense aromatics, complexity and richness. The blend, aged in new French oak and in bottle, both for 24 months, is Nicolás Catena’s favourite, combining his unshakeable faith in Cabernet Sauvignon with the Malbec loved by his father and planted by his pioneering Italian grandfather. Displaying a majestic medley of enticing liquorice spice and subtle oak, the youthful vigour of this blend’s opulent dark berry fruit richness infused with notes of cardamom spiciness confidently expresses its two great Cabernet and Malbec terroirs.”
“Super fresh with bread and grilled-almond notes, as well as lemon rind. The palate has a fresh and composed, crisp feel with dry, lemony notes.
Leclerc Briant - Gayot.com
Champagne Extra Brut Millésime - 2013
“Another extremely low dosage wine on our list, this is an elegant rendition of bone-dry Champagne. A wine with tangerine acidity, it offers lovely tart apple and mild pear flavors with an underlying thread of minerality. Its finish lingers for memorable length. If you’re looking for a wine for a special brunch, this is the right one.”