Italian fine wines

We are very excited to present you with our selection of fine wines from Italy!

White wines

Terlano, Sauvignon Blanc, Quarz, 2011 (Magnum)     £72

“Delicate as the fine inclusions of quartz in Terlano’s volcanic porphyry rock – that is our Sauvignon Selection, which does full justice to its name. Quarz offers a combination of fine texture, depth and salty aftertaste that has given this noble white an international reputation.”
Rudi Kofler

Agricola Miani, Ribolla Gialla, Friuli, 2013    £65

“Enzo Pontoni continues to make some of the richest, most daring wines in Friuli.” Antonio Galloni, Vinous 2013

“The intense Enzo Pontoni, who spends most of his time in the vineyards, is one of Italy’s best winemakers; his wines are absolute musts for all those wishing to taste concentrated yet refined examples of native Friuli grapes.” Ian D’Agata, International Wine Cellar, 2008

 Red wines

Agricola Miani, Rosso, Friuli, 2011    £75

“Enzo Pontoni continues to make some of the richest, most daring wines in Friuli.” Antonio Galloni, Vinous 2013

“The intense Enzo Pontoni, who spends most of his time in the vineyards, is one of Italy’s best winemakers; his wines are absolute musts for all those wishing to taste concentrated yet refined examples of native Friuli grapes.” Ian D’Agata, International Wine Cellar, 2008

Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia, Bolgheri, 2009, £130

Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia, Bolgheri 2010    £130

“The 2009 Sassicaia is unusually big, rich and opulent. Layers of fruit saturate the palate as the 2009 explodes from the glass with a heady melange of dark berries, plums, menthol, licorice and new leather. This is an especially racy Sassicaia. […] Sassicaia is arguably Italy’s most famous wine, so it’s always great when it lives up to its reputation. Anticipated maturity:” 2019-2039. Antonio Galloni, Vinous 2012

“The 2010 Sassicaia is intensely saline, savory and energetic. Rosemary, sage, plums and black cherry notes meld into graphite, crushed rocks and a host of other more mineral-inflected nuances. Beautifully persistent and chiseled in the glass, the 2010 is ultimately all about energy. This is going to be a fascinating vintage to follow.”  Antonio Galloni, Vinous 2013

“Not that deep crimson. Real class on nose – such elegance. Very light touch. Savoury tobacco-leaf nose. Lightweight. Dances along! So different from most Bordeaux now because Bordeaux has changed but Sassicaia hasn’t. SO long. Such elegance!” Jancis Robinson MW, July 2013

Ornellaia, 25th anniversary, Bolgheri, 2010    £130

“‘This is a wine with no redeeming fault’, was the comment of a fellow taster as we examined this, the latest, 25th anniversary, release from the famous winery established next door to Sassicaia’s vineyards by Lodovico Antinori…This latest wine, from a notably cool vintage for Bolgheri, has so much more grace than many recent vintages. Deep crimson, it is beautifully fresh and clean with a little tobacco leaf lift on the nose. There’s nothing flashy or effortful about this, just beautiful balance and medium weight fruit that’s already approachable. As one might expect for such a youthful wine, there are some perceptible tannins on the finish but overall it is luscious without being over the top. A bit sweeter and thicker than Sassicaia 2010. Horses for courses. Bravo!” Jancis Robinson MW, July 2013

Montevertine Rosso, 2011 (Magnum)     £85

“The 2011 Montevertine is gorgeous. A rich, textured wine, the 2011 hits the palate with exuberant dark fruit, spices, new leather and tobacco. This is a decidedly rich, layered Montevertine, with darker fruit than normal and plenty of richness, all of which means it will drink well pretty much right out of the gate. Montevertine fans looking for a wine to drink without waiting too long will flip out over the 2011.” Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Terra di Lavoro, Galardi, 2010     £55

“…An exotic melange of tar, smoke, graphite, blackberry jam and savoury herbs explode from the glass. The 2010 is intense and full-bodied, yet also incredibly elegant. A big, breathtaking wine, the 2010 continues to build all the way through to a deeply resonant, expressive finish.” Antonio Galloni, Feb 2013

“Complex aromas of blackberry, stones, cracked black pepper and tar. Full body with soft, round tannins and a juicy, fruity finish. Soulful and refined from this estate. This is a magical wine from Southern Italy.” James Suckling – jamessuckling.com

Mascarello, Barolo Monprivato, 2008     £75

This Barolo reached number 6 in 2013 on the Top 100 Wines list by the Wine spectator. “Fashions and trends never affect the style of wines from Mauro and Guiseppe….an estate that has embodied the Langhe tradition since the late 19th century not just from Barolo but also Barbera and Dolcetto. Apparently subtle, rarified right from the colour and at times surprising in their aromatics, they travel through time as few other wines, frequently offering unforgettable experiences to wine lovers with patience.” Gambero Rosso, Italian Wines, 2012

Rio Cassero, Brunello di Montalcino, 2009     £30

Grapes for Rio Cassero are sourced from Carpazo’s 2 Brunello estates, Carpazo and Il Cassero, offering a great classical expression of Brunello that’s fantastic value. Traditional fermentation is followed by 3 years ageing in large format Slovanian oak and a further 1 year in bottle. On the nose it has aromas of red fruit, red cherry, fresh and dried herbs, spice and a touch of liquorice. The red fruits carry through with a touch of garrigue and spice on the finish.

 

Produttori del Barbaresco, 2009 Collector’s Case (9 bottles)     £320

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