One of the founding members of the prestigious Amarone Families association who focus on safeguarding the unique winemaking traditions of Valpolicella, Allegrini sets the standard for a new generation of vintners. This opens with sweet tones of Indian spice, ripe fruit and tobacco. The mouthfeel is exceedingly rich, long lasting and intense.
"Humming with energy and life from the very moment you put your nose in the glass, Marchesi Antinori's 2010 Tignanello shows magnificent aromatic layering and an enormous capacity to peel back and reveal itself in beautiful slow motion. This is an articulate wine with a long story to tell about the quality of its profound 2010 fruit. This Tignanello has the elegance of 2004 and the structure of 2007. A brief note on the structure: The mouthfeel here is not broad and big. Instead, it shows a sharp and elegantly streamlined feel with impressive persistency. Compared to 2009, the Sangiovese component is slightly higher with 80% of the noble Tuscan variety followed by 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035"
The 2009 Villa Antinori is a pretty, mid-weight wine laced with dark red berries, flowers and sweet spices. Nothing in particular stands out, just the wine's lovely depth, balance and overall sense of harmony. This is a fabulous wine for the money. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.
Non Confunditur is a wine that shows definite character, it is full-bodied with soft-tannins and has a long lasting finish. This blend made of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese shows exciting power, with the inherent sweetness of the Merlot acting as a bridge between the firm earthiness of the Sangiovese grape, the spicy blackcurrant of the Cabernet and the warm red fruit of the Syrah. The result is a generous, round red wine for early to mid-term drinking with nice aromas of currant and generous fruit flavors, which are versatile enough to develop more depth over several months in bottle.
The origin of this wine begins with the selection from vineyards of more than 25 years of age. With this wine, start exhibiting the quality and balance of great wines. The style of this wine is characterised by a strong impression of red fruits and spices in perfect harmony with the flavors of barrel ageing.
Made from 80% old vine Corvina and Corvina clones (Rizza, Nera and Corvinone), and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, and Syrah, this dark ruby wine opens with a fine, floral bouquet of plums, fresh cherries, and a hint of cocoa. On the palate, the notes of pure cherry, plum, smoky chestnut, and black spice are gracefully layered over polished, crisp tannins. Aging in traditional cherry wood ovals further heightens the distinctive cherry-infused notes of Verona's indigenous Corvina grape.
In Spain, rosado means rosé, and when Bodegas Bleda makes a rosado, it means business. Made from 100% Monastrell (Mourvèdre) grapes, this vivacious Spanish rosé literally glows with a cheerful pink color. Bodegas Bleda has installed state-of-the-art vinification facilities, and has vastly reduced the yields on its organically tended vineyards to a miserly 18 hectoliters per hectare. Because Monastrell has robust varietal character, this rosado packs a lot of flavor. A refreshing bouquet of fresh cut strawberries, herbs, and zesty citrus leads to flavors of red berry and ripe cherry, which sail over the palate before coming to a crisp, commendably dry finish. Subtle undercurrents of minerality and earth persist on the aftertaste. -- Ben Giliberti
The 2009 Berola is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Some oak enters the picture here, as this cuvee is aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels for about 14 months. There are 1,400 cases of this serious red. While priced nearly twice as high as some of its siblings, this is a hefty, rich, impressive wine that will drink well for 7-8 years. Abundant notes of black currants, black cherries, licorice, flowers, vanillin and spice box are found in the aromas and flavors of this medium to full-bodied, silky, well-endowed wine. Unbelievable!
Harkening back to the elegant style of the 2001, 2004, and 2006 vintages, the 2008 Banda Azul opens with a rich perfume of dark cherries and vanilla; on the palate, the authoritative Tempranillo fruit is well-seasoned by notes of spicy vanilla oak from aging in new barrels. Although fully ready to enjoy now, this wine offers a significant aging potential of 3 to 9 years.
The 2011 Bodegas Zerran Tinto, which comes from the heretofore obscure region of Montsant, is the latest discovery of Jorge Ordonez, who has been ferreting out great, undiscovered values from Spain’s incredible diversity of regions for well over a decade. Located in the northeast corner of Spain, Monstant borders the well-known Priorat region, and benefits from same combination of proximity to the Mediterranean s ea, along with an excellent, well-drained soils. A blend of Grenache, Mazuelo and Syrah, Zerran come from gnarly old vine vineyards planted between 1934 and 1942, at an elevation of 1,500-1,800 feet. An excellent value, this wine received an impressive 92 point score from Robert Parker.