2Naturekinder Spatburgunder 2015
2Naturkinder 'Heimat' Silvaner 2015
Adalia Soave 2015
Adelina Eternal Return Nebbiolo 2015
I try to avoid discussing the (monetary) value of a wine, but in this case it is worth noting how rare it is to find outstanding Nebbiolo in this price range.
It's beautifully aromatic with rose petals, a touch of spice, and ripe cherries on the nose. The palate is full and juicy with fine tannin structure. This wine is very limited (the winery has sold out).
Adelina practices biodynamic farming.
Agly Brothers Cotes du Roussillon 2012
Agly Brothers is nurtured biodynamically and made with simplicity from vines grown in the Southern French town of Latour de France, located in the Corbières zone in the hills above the Roussillon plains. Literally translated as ‘The Tower of France’, this small village borders the ancient kingdoms of Catalonia and France. Mature vineyards lay abandoned in this area of steep, arid slopes due to the high cost of farming, thus it is the quest of the Laughton and Chapoutier families to rediscover and fully express these exceptional, low-yielding sites. The vineyards are located on the slopes in the upper reaches of the Agly valley.
A rich wine with sweet black fruit, olive, leather and hints of mint that flows to a structured, rich and beautifully textured profile on the palate. A bold wine that will appretiate a decant for a couple of hours.
Champagne Agrapart 'Terroirs' Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru Brut NV
Those who have followed this artisans fortunes over the years will have noticed the rise in purity and structure of Pascal's wines. This wine makes it obvious. To quote Rob, "It blows away the vast majority of the so called prestige cuvées." Unlike most prestige cuvées, Terroirs is produced from only great sites and is 100% grand cru. The fruit comes from four villages in the Côte des Blancs: Avize, Cramant, Oger, and Oiry. The vines average 40 years old, and Agrapart uses 50% reserve wine and 50% barrel for this cuvée. The wine spends up to 48 months on lees and dosage is limited to 5g/l. Disgorgement is carried out by hand and to order, roughly 2 months before collection. These standards (like the viticulture) are far higher than any prestige cuvées of the grand marques, to give Rob's quote some context, and it makes this wine an undeniable bargain. The current Terroirs is the most exhilarating version of this wine that we have shipped. Emblematic of the lacy depth and purity that Pascal Agrapart channels into all his wines, it is a wonderfully textured, pulpy and vibrant study of Côtes des Blancs greatness. It is also unbelievably delicious.
Agrarian 'The Cultivator' Shiraz 2014
Juicy and vibrant, this Shiraz delivers beautiful berry flavours supported by oak influences of spiced vanilla. Medium bodied, this wine works well with pasta and light meat dishes.
Agrarian 'Frisky Farmer' Chardonnay 2016
This zesty Chardonnay offers beautiful ripe nectarine flavours, slight citrus notes and is balanced with faint spicy cedar influences from a gentle touch of oak treatment. Vibrant and pristine.
Domaine des Lises (Alain Graillot) Crozes-Hermitage 2015
Alain Voge 'Terres Boisees' Saint-Peray 2011
Saint Péray “Terres Boisées” is made from Marsanne and comes from the lieu-dit “Hongrie” a 1 hectare parcel set at the foothills with a terroir made of granite, clay and limestone elements. The vines are an average age of 35 years old. The wine is barrel fermented and aged for 12 months on lees using 30% of new oak barrels. It is usually lightly toasted in style when young, with hints of white peach and white flowers with notes of tropical fruits. The palate is medium-bodied and shows subtle minerality with a clean and fresh finish. At 5 years of age this wine is now finally at the peak of its powers.
Alberto Loi Sa Mola Cannonau 2013
Ruby red color. It is intense and complex, floral, fruity and delicately spicy on the nose. The taste is dry, warm, fresh and tannic. It has good body with a pleasant flavor.
Alice Bonaccorsi Etna Rosso 2013
The Etna Rosso "Valcerasa" is a full-bodied red wine, dynamic and expressive, aged for 4 years, of which 1 in barrique. The nose is spicy and expressive, with sweet and mineral hints. IN mouth the wine is deep, fresh and elegant, rich in mineral and balsamic aromas.