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Domaine Glinavos Ioannina Paleokerisio 2017 is innovative and at the same time a traditional wine with a characteristic orange colour.
A unique in its kind orange, semi-sparkling and semi-dry wine, which impresses with its distinctive and totally traditional vinification. It is produced from the indigenous white wine grape variety Debina with the addition of a small percentage of the red variety Vlahiko. It is a special type of wine, which revives the well-known traditional semi-sparkling wine of Ioannina, produced in the past by the locals. The little natural carbonate reveals the richness of flavours and aromas with a sweetness that blends in with all the other elements.
Domaine Glinavos Ioannina Paleokerisio has a characteristic orange colour which resembles that of honey, tea or a cognac colour. It is rich, refreshing and well – balanced with main aromas of apple, butter flavour with a mild oxidation, as well as aromas of cinnamon and a hint of vanilla. Aftertaste reminiscent of sweet cherry and refreshing bubbles that highlight the complexity of aromas in every sip.
Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Les Baronnes Blanc 2017 is a wine of exotic fruit and citrus aromas; subtle yet powerful. Delicate nose with aromas of fruits and citrus, this Sancerre is highlighted by its typicality. This wine is among the Wine Spectator Top 100 wines 2018: #46
Bodegas Cepa 21 Hito Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 2017:
The word “HITO” means stone post, any element which serves to indicate the direction or distance on the roads as serving to delimit boundaries of the land.
Cepa 21 Hito was born as a young wine to complete the range of sophisticated red wines of a modern and innovative winery. Made with the youngest vineyards in the winery, grafted with Tinto Fino clones of the most emblematic vineyards of Bodegas Emilio Moro.
Maison Roche de Bellene Chardonnay Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes 2017: The name comes from “Belenos,” an ancient Gallic god of sun and beauty. It is the origin of the city name, Beaune, which was called “Belena” in Roman times, and “Bellene” in the Middle Ages.
The focus at Roche de Bellene is on individual terroirs from vieilles vignes (old vines – 40 years or older) that are farmed responsibly. All of the growers are either BIO certified or farming according to the principles of lutte raisonée (sustainable viticulture). This enables the winery to consistently produce the expressive, terroir-driven style. The Maison’s entry-level white Burgundy comes from old-vine parcels in the Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise. The vines have an average age of 48 years and, as with all the wines, harvesting is done by hand.
Fattoria le Pupille Poggio Argentato Bianco Toscana IGT 2017 is a Traminer and Sauvignon Blanc cuvee, adapted to the micro-climate of Maremma. Poggio Argentato presents itself like a white with a French tone, with a very feminine style, capable, with its pleasantness, of combining the sun of Maremma and the elegance of the great northern wines.
History: They have always been called Le Pupille, the pupils, those two farmhouses on the peak of two hills, turning their back to the medieval village Pereta. For long years there were no vineyards in the area, but cork oaks, wheat, mediterranean woods, the most classical scenery of a Maremma landscape of former days. In those times there was no recognized dignity of Maremma as a territory with great viticultural potentials and Morellino Di Scansano was a pleasant wine which surely did not aspire to compare itself with great Italian denominations. However, everything changed at Le Pupille thanks to the enthusiasm and intuition of Elisabetta Geppetti, a young student at the time, who had foreseen great productive potential in the countryside she loved, where she spent her summer holidays in her family’s house. Today Fattoria Le Pupille means 75 hectares of vineyards, over 500,000 bottles made every year, the presence in the markets of four continents and an undisputed role as Ambassador of Maremma.
Marengo Dolcetto d’Alba 2017: Dolcetto d’Alba is a dry red wine noted for its juicy fruit character, low levels of acidity and mild tannins. This medium to full body Dolcetto d’Alba is a great and elegant red wine, typical of the Piedmont mountains. Well balanced and with the personality of La Morra wines.
This estate was established by the Marengo family in 1899. Marco Marengo, the present owner, manages it, very successfully, together with his wife Jenny and his son Stefano, a wine technician.
The vineyard extension is just 6 hectares, but 1.2 hectares are in Le Brunate, a grand cru of La Morra (and one of the greatest crus of the Langhe area) and 1 hectare is in Bricco delle Viole, one of the main crus of the town of Barolo. These two vineyards have belonged to the Marengo family for five generations.
Marco has an extraordinary palate: it was and is quite an experience to taste the wines from the barrels, first in the small and cluttered cellar in the town of La Morra and now in the new cellar that was recently built (the first vintage to be vinified there was 2011).
The philosophy of Marco is to respect what the vineyards give him as much as possible, the work in the vines is more important to him than the work in the cellar.
Vinification and ageing
Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks with temperature control, malolactic fermentation and maturing in steel for 10 months.
Ktima Biblia Chora Areti White 2017 is produced from the Assyrtiko varietal cultivated on the Biblia Chora estate, near Ambelia, where the soil is limestone and clay.
On the nose-bright citrus notes (lemon/lime) with touch of white flowers and saline quality. On the palate-high tone acidity, evident stony minerality with concentrated citrus and red orchard fruit, a dry, crisp wine that shows depth and a long complex finish. Potential for ageing is 10 years.
Gaia Santorini Wild Ferment Assyrtiko 2017: “This is a Santorini unlike any other. Cold macerated for 12 hours on the skins, then fermented without any added yeasts in an array of French and American oak barrels, as well as some made from acacia, it could stand in for a young Meursault. The initial oak scents are quickly subsumed in a tsunami of saline, chalky flavor, broad and savory, the texture as creamy as a meringue. It lasts on salt, lemon and chalk, ready to take on sliced leg of lamb with avgolemono.”
W&S: 94 Points
Alphonse Mellot La Moussiere Sancerre Blanc 2017 comes from Mellot’s home Domaine of La Moussière. It is young and intense, with a mix of spice, concentrated citrus and crisp acidity. The depth of flavor in this wine is extraordinary and merits aging.
Bodegas Ordonez Botani Moscatel Old Vines 2017 is a young, elegant and fragrant wine. In this vintage, the aromas of ripe white fruit stand out, with floral notes of roses and jasmine. In the mouth, it is direct, with a certain volume and a very long finish.
Tami Nero d’Avola 2017: Farmed organically, fermented naturally, macerated for one week and aged six months in stainless steel. In the 1980s, a new generation of wine producers sought to prove that Sicily could make great dry wines. As happened elsewhere in Italy, they first focused on international varieties like cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay. As those wines drew attention, they then looked to Sicily’s myriad indigenous grapes. 100% Nero d’Avola.
Domaine de Pallus Messanges Rose Chinon 2017 Rose wine from the Loire Valley region is a representative of the great experience in the creation of bio-dynamic wines that has been experimentally achieved by the famous enologist Bertrand Scourdais. Enjoy the freshness. Pallus made only in exceptional years and in tiny quantities, aims to test the upper limits of what Chinon can be.
Ovum Wines Base Line Riesling 2017: This Oregon Riesling is of the kind of white wines that are honest reflections of time and place. Native ferments, no subtractions or additions, except for SO2 – extended lees contact 8-9 months, for textural complexity. All of this is done in neutral barrels of acacia and oak, as well as cement egg and Austrian cask. A rare but impressive wine to enjoy paired with Pork, Shellfish, Spicy food or Poultry.
Tami Frappato Terre Siciliane 2017 : 100% Frappato. From organically farmed, hand-harvested vines on a flat, sandy site in the DOC of Vittoria, Italy. The grapes are destemmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in large concrete and steel tanks. Another masterpiece of Arianna Occhipinti.
Dominio de Eguren Protocolo Blanco 2017, a young white wine I.G.P. Wines from the land of Castilla, from vineyards grown in a sustainable method. A refreshing and lively wine with a perfect balance of acidity and a great value for the money. Ranked as BEST VALUE by Wine Spectator.
Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2017 A family of acclaimed best of Syrah’s wines; that is the legacy of Tensley vineyards in the hills of Santa Barbara, California. This is a full bodied red wine with lots of very notorious flavors and rich and deep minerals. The mouthfeel is round and velvety with a long, lingering finish.
Milbrandt Vineyards Traditions Rose Columbia Valley 2017 is a nicely balanced wine with a fruit-driven mid-palate. This Syrah dominant Rosé has delicate aromas of dried cranberries, pomegranate, and savoury herbs that expresses an excellent ripeness and bright, refreshing acidity.
Ovum Wines Off the Grid Riesling 2017: This exquisite Riesling was entirely fermented with native yeast in both concrete egg and neutral wood. Given extended lees contact, it’s textural and loaded with dry extract. Flavors highlight citrus rind, grapefruit and wet stone through the long and satisfying finish.
Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Bianco 2017 is a white wine capable of expressing the richness and personality of Sicily. It is made from indigenous grapes macerated on the skins and expresses aromas of fruit, citrus, aromatic and balsamic herbs and an expressive, traditional and direct taste.
Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône 2017: Syrah requires a warm climate to fully ripen but enough moderating effect to produce intense, aromatic wines that are not overwhelmed by sweetness and alcohol. This Syrah grows in ideal terroirs of the southern Rhône and shows the varietal’s typical spicy notes of sandalwood, violets, and black pepper.
Ovum Wines Memorista Riesling 2017: This amazing Riesling will leave you with an everlasting memory and the need to re-create the experience. Memorista reflects the pursuit of honest technique, Old World respect and vineyards that echo similar beliefs.
It was fermented in an Austrian cask, with a small percentage of botrytized fruit. It’s powerful and full with flavor yet impeccably balanced. Alcohol 12- 13%. Soil: Weathered Basalt.
Bright and golden yellow with green tints. Aromatic with very fresh flavors, apples and peaches. A well defined, elegant, taste, light medium bodied with a very fresh and delicious end that is sustained. This wine can be stored at average temperatures below 65 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 2 to 4 years.
This Cantina PRA Soave Classico Otto 2017 is 100% Garganega wine from volcanic soil in the Soave region. It’s incredibly well balanced, crisp and refreshing. Coming from 60-year-old vines, its a very elegant wine with notes of pear, citrus and minerality in a long finish. It’s also well recognised as it has been named one of the best wines by Wine Spectator magazine in 2018.
Librandi Val di Neto White Critone 2017 is a crisp and refreshing Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc blend from grapes at 240 feet over the sea level in Calabria Italy. This boutique wine from Librandi is gaining quite a following as it was selected by Wine Spectator as one of 12 bargain wines of Italy and # 81 Wine Spectator 2018 Top 100 wines.
La Morandina Moscato d’Asti 2017 is a stunning frizzante (semi-sparkling) wine, considered a dessert wine but also great with Asian cuisine and cheeses. Fun, festive and full of sweet flavor, this is a white wine sparkler that can start a party, make a brunch or wrap its vino versatility around your favorite confections.
Chateau de Trinquevedel Tavel Rosé 2017: We know why Tavel Rosé wine was the favorite of the American writer Hemingway. This is an unusually dry wine, but it has more body and structure than many other Rosé wines. It is considered to have the character of a red wine but with less color. Ideal to accompany salmon and asian food.
Mastroberardino Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso 2017: Made from native grape Piedirosso cultivated in volcanic soil near Mt. Vesuvius, this savory wine opens with berry and spice aromas. The palate delivers rich flavors of juicy cherry, raspberry and black pepper along with supple tannins and fresh acidity.
Elena Walch Müller Thurgau Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2017: The Müller Thurgau is persuasive with light straw yellow colour, pleasant aromas, discreet aromas of herbs, some nutmeg as well as slight notes of apricot. Enjoyable freshness, youthful acidity and delicate structure characterize the palate. A very drinkable aperitif wine and an uncomplicated companion for light dishes.
Henri Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc Petit Bourgeois 2017: This Light “Vin de France” is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the Loire region in central France, produced by Henri Bourgeois with the same quality of the famous Sancerre and Poully-Fume.
Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon Blanc 2017: This rare wine, made from Chenin Blanc grapes, represents only 2% of the total Chinon production. It is a white wine of true finesse, at once rich and very fresh with notes of citrus, honey and white fruits. The absence of oak makes it especially refreshing.
Casa Ferreirinha Douro Planalto White Reserva 2017: A very sophisticated flavor obtained after blending 7 grapes so to get a silky and very light wine that will be the center of attention at any party. Many wine enthusiasts enjoy this fresh and very interesting white wine from the Douro.
This Kerner from Alto Adige in Italy comes from one of the oldest active vineyards in the world: The abbey of Novacella founded around 1142. The soil and altitude is perfect for Kerner, an almost forgotten aromatic grape variety that is a crossing between Trollinger and Riesling and named after Justinus Kerner, a german poet known for his poetry on wine (He once wrote a poem entitled Wohlauf, noch getrunken which translates as “Arise, still drunk”!)