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Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2007Tuscany, Italy

WINE NOTES:

Fonterutoli’s Castello is the reward for years of research into the biotypes of Sangiovese found throughout their estate. Blended from 50 separate parcels of vines aged 10-26 years, on a mix of Galestro and Albarese soils. The wine is aged in French barrique (60% new) for 16 months. A blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

PRESS:

92 Points — Wine Advocate

The 2007 Chianti Classico Castello di Fonterutoli blossoms on the palate with dark red cherries, flowers, spices and subtle French oak. Darker smoke, tar and licorice nuances develop in the glass, adding notable richness. A juicy, round finish caps off this magnificent wine from Fonterutoli. In fact, this is one of the most refined vintages of the Castello I can remember tasting. As with so many Tuscan reds in 2007, the wine is delicious today, but will acquire further complexity if cellared. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022.

Oct 2010

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Wine Of The Week – Grant Burge The Holy Trinity 2007

January 28, 2012 11:37 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

Grant Burge The Holy Trinity 2007Barossa, Australia

PRESS:

94 Points, James Halliday

The blend percentages are not given, but the swapping of grenache for shiraz in first place does change the dynamics with riper red plum fruit to the fore on the soft, medium-bodied palate. Excellent mouthfeel and balance.

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Wine of The Week – Catena Malbec 2009

October 20, 2011 12:13 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

Catena MalbecMendoza, Argentina

91 Points/Smart Buy, Wine Spectator

A rich red, with ripe layers of linzer torte, plum pudding and fig paste flavors backed by layers of mesquite, olive paste and grilled herbs. Grippy tannins add weight to the long, vibrant finish. Drink now through 2013. (Oct 15th 2011)


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Hardys – Nottage Hill Shiraz 2007

December 9, 2010 9:45 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

Nottage Hill Shiraz 2007Winemaker’s Notes
Since 1884 when Thomas Hardy Nottage began a 60-year career looking after the vineyards, the passion and dedication of the Nottage family has been a treasured part of Hardys history. As cousins to the Hardys, four generations of Nottages helped build the success of our wines and, to this day, precious vines flourish on the hill that bears their name.

Nottage Hill was released in 1967 to honour and celebrate the contribution of Thomas Hardy Nottage. The first wine was a Cabernet Shiraz sourced from Nottage Hill in McLaren Vale. Nottage Hill wines are at the heartland of Hardys portfolio. Known for their consistency, approachable style and balance, Nottage Hill has become a favourite around the world.

The 2007 Nottage Hill Shiraz was crafted from select parcels from premium vineyards in South Eastern Australia. This excellent example of South Eastern Australian Shiraz is seamless and well integrated with its fine tannins, balanced acidity, generous length and warm, lingering finish.

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Wine of the Week – Porta Merlot Reserva 2008

November 13, 2010 1:33 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

PORTA MERLOT RESERVA 2008

TASTING NOTE
Of a live red color, this wine shows an intense and complex mix of aromas that combines red and black fruits, sarsaparilla (cassis) and chocolate.
In the mouth you can feel great body, soft, silky with good structure, abundant fruit expression and round tannins. It has a warm long and persistent finish.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Recommended to accompany cheese and pastas. Serve between 16º and 18º C. Visit Wine of the Week.

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