Category Red Wine

Natural wines – just a thought

Natural wine is a vague term, and that seems to work.  The art tends to be practiced by small producers for whom time has no cost and whose philosophy is guided by a deep sense of responsibility for the land.  The best often scorn regulation, fearing a loss of independence and of being associated with […]

Saturday 24th May Open Bottles

Next week we have wines arriving from Bulfon, Marzo and Petrilli, then Ascheri, Raia, Ciu Ciu and Frentana. It is a fine time to clear those last few cases of the old vintages, so with luck we can help each other out with the bank holiday on bearing down and a half decent weather forecast. […]

2014 Alcohol Duties

2014 Alcohol duties We pay duty when the goods arrive so the prices will only change as we restock the warehouse. Usually there is a PR assault underling the damaging effects of alcohol before the budget, there wasn’t this year because the news is good.  Some may have noticed that wine and sparkling wine was […]

A bit of news from Piemonte

Andrea (Villa Giada) thinks it’s the first normal vintage since 2001, there will be a time to re-define normal but it is not now.  What interests me is that it is a vintage where it will be easier to identify the various wines, the best sites should yield excellent wines, those less blessed will be […]

A lifetime of Il Marroneto

Fabulous tasting at Gusto Cortina, an event with some first class tastings and excellent producers – better for the guests than the exhibitors though. A classic Brunello estate that makes wine to be cellared.  Alessandro has only Brunello vineyards and in a generous vintage around 27,000 bottles are released. Please note, these pictures are taken […]

Tasting Notes by Matthew Stewart

Something quite remarkable, poetry links from a not very poetry savvy wine merchant, Casey would be proud and I have caught the mildest of poetry bugs.

Case Bianche. Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Classic garnet Cabernet with cedar and blackcurrant fruit, a touch of cinnamon, star anise and strawberry ice cream on the nose. Confident dark berry fruit with subtle elements of cigar box, leather and cassis. An unforced old school wine, low on alcohol, high on style. 12%