Domaine Chavy-Chouet Puligny Montrachet 2011
This savvy wine is from the highly esteemed Puligny Montrachet region of Burgundy. The Domaine also has vineyards in Meursault, Saint-Aubin, Volnay and Pommard. It is a family orientated winery with 6th and 7th generations of winemakers in the family. This wine is from the highly regarded Les Enseignères vineyard. The wine is elegant and subtle yet finely edged. Lovely aromas of ripe peach and nectarine are interwoven with butterscotch undertones that compliment racy acidity and a fine finish. This is a wine made to pleasure the burgundy initiated.
Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron 1999
This rare wine is highly prized in the wine industry. With the owners being direct descendants of the legendary poet Dante Alighieri there exits a deliciously haunting aura to the winery and its wines. This lovely Amarone is made from one of the most prestigious vineyards in the Possessioni dei Conti Serego Alighieri. The traditional Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grape varieties are used to make the wine and is aged in cherry-wood casks. The wine has a gorgeous deep, ruby red colour. The nose is complex and concentrated with ripe cherries, chocolate, baked plums and spice aromas. The palate is alive and memorable with cherry, blackberry, cinnamon and dark chocolate. This is a wine to treasure and enjoy on special occasions.
A bit on Dante: Dante Alighieri was an Italian poet of the Middle Ages who is famous for his master work the 'Divine Comedy'. It is considered the greatest literary work written in the Italian language. The son of Dante- Pietro acquired the Casal dei Ronchi estate in Gargagnago, in the heart of Valpolicella Classica where he began making wine; a tradition which still continues today.
Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron 2004
I was lucky enough to taste another vintage from this prestigious producer. As mentioned before, this lovely Amarone is made from one of the most respected vineyards in the Possessioni dei Conti Serego Alighieri. The traditional Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grape varieties are used to make the wine and is aged in cherry-wood casks. This vintage was at its peak. Lovely deep, black-ruby red colour. The nose is complex and concentrated with ripe cherries, chocolate, baked plums and spice aromas. The palate is dense, spohisticated and memorable with cherry, blackberry, cinnamon and dark chocolate. The wine was just a little more powerful, grippy and balanced compared with the 1999 and has been one of the finest wines I have tasted to date.
Le Bertarole Amarone della Valpolicella Podere Le Marognole
This superb wine is made from Le Bertarole whose winery is located in the middle of the classical Valpolicella district. The grapes used are Corvina 30%, Corvinone 40%, Rondinella 20%, Dindarella 5% and Croatina 5%. The wine was aged in Slavonian oak casks for 30 months with subsequent refining in barriques for 12 months.
This wine is powerful and concentrated with stylish red fruits, chocolate and vanilla on the nose followed by a deep, complex palate which boasts spice, cherry and chocolate nuances. A solid wine that lives up to its price tag. However, it was overshadowed by the Serego Alighieri 1999 and 2004.
Roda I Reserva 2003 Rioja
This superb wine is made by one of the greatest Rioja producers. It is made from 100% Tempranillo and sources the grapes from old bush vines which are over 30 years old. The wine is fermented in French oak vats and aged in French oak barrels (50% new) for 16 months followed by a further ageing period of 20 months in bottle before release. 14.5% alcohol. This wine is well-balanced, sensuous and delectable with rich blackberry, cherry and oak aromas followed by a stylish memorable palate which offers spoonfuls of plum, cherries and vanilla. Strong and lengthly on the finish, this wine is one to enjoy while reading a good book.
Luigi Righitori Valpolicella Ripasso Classico 2011
This Valpolicella Ripasso Classico wine is made within the traditional classico vineyard area of the Valpolicella ('Valley of Many Cellars'). It is made using three indigenous red-wine grape varieties: Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. Valpolicella's Ripasso wines are generally complex and high in tannins due to the ripasso production process used: the wines are re-fermented on the pre-fermented, tannin-rich skins of grapes used to make the area's dried-grape passito wines. If you are looking for a powerful wine to enjoy with a thick pasta dish or pizza then this is the wine for you.
Sileni Hawkes Bay Merlot 2010
Dark purple/red colour. Lovely ripe aromas of plum, blackcurrant, raisin and spice. Nice round flavours of cherry and plum. Smooth tannins, slick acidity and depth of fruit offers good ageing potenial.