Thursday, 28 March 2013

New Wine Reviews - Part 1 - Old World




ALVAREZ DE TOLEDO GODELLO 2010
VINTAGES 308049    $13.95
Bierzo, Spain

Stone fruit, quince, spice, cantaloupe,tough to ignore this wine even at double the price. 91 Points. -Andy






CASALI BORGO DEL BOIARDO REGGIANO LAMBRUSCO ROSATO SECCO 2011  
VINTAGES 314526  $14.95
Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Love this little wine. Primary red fruit, yeast, candied nuts and flowers. A great aperitif. 88 Points. -Andy





ROCCA DI FRASSINELLO 2006
VINTAGES 25692  $51.95
IGT Maremma, Toscana, Italy

Armoas of ripe black cherry, black licorice, pipe tobacco, and plums lead to clean, precise black fruit flavours, spice, and vanilla. Delineated. Will only get better. Drink now through 2020. 93 Points.  -Rachel




BARACCHI SMERIGLIO SYRAH 2008
VINTAGES 242073  $28.95
Tuscany, Italy

Once you break through the earthy, gaminess on the nose, your palate welcomes fresh red currant, and pleasantly bitter blackberry fruit that takes you through to a surprisingly long finish. The fruit-forwardness of the wine allows the carefully balanced acidity to almost sneak up on you. Score: 91 Points.  - Rachel



CASALVENTO CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA 2006
VINTAGES 0243667
Tuscany, Italy  $28.95

Crushed black berry fruit, black cherries, toasted oak, anise, spice, and dried fruit on the finish. A total package. I'm 92 on this wine. -Andy






MENGUANTE SELECCIÓN GARNACHA 2007
VINTAGES 313833  $16.95
Cariñena, Spain

This wine is brimming with kirsch and black raspberry fruit. A light grilled herb and leather note on the finish. This wine is classic high-toned Grenache. Just past its 5th Birthday, it has of aging potential left. A baby Chateauneuf, and the most minerality I've seen in a wine from the region in some time. I'm 90+ on this wine. -Andy



MONT TAUCH LE TAUCH FITOU 2009 VINTAGES 272484  $19.95
Fitou, Midi, France

Tar coated black raspberries, black currants, graphite, garrigue, and crushed rock. Incredibly structured wine, has at least a decade left on it. It's easy to forget about Fitou and Minervois when there are so many great values coming in from the Southern Rhone, but at $20 and 91 points, it tips the scales further towards the south.  -Andy



PIERRE AMADIEU DOMAINE GRAND ROMANE CUVÉE PRESTIGE GIGONDAS 2009 
VINTAGES 968693   $27.95
Southern Rhône, France

Dark kirsch liqueur, black raspberries, cassis, herbs, and sweet earth. Classic Gigondas, this doesn't have the stuffing for a decade, but can drink for the next couple years. Great purity. 92 points.  -Andy




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