Mineral, salty, herbal, grassy.
Green apples, cut grass, salty rocks, an enticing mineral character.
On the palate this is fresh, mineral, with interesting herby, butter edges and a racy underripe lemon acidity. Energetic, zingy, herby, mineral. Delicious. And soo food friendly!
— 5 days ago
A Gemischter Satz from Burgenland, slightly naturalistic, a bit funky, highly drinkable.
A flowery nose with some ripe pear, apple, summer meadow but also a salty, herby note adding an interesting edge.
On the palate this is vibrant, energetic, juicy. There’s a bit of grip, a beautiful mouthfeel, nice mid palate presence. Yellow fruit, ripe & a bit bruised, with great juiciness and an underlying salty minerality.
This has character, interesting edges and good depth. And disappears in a blink.
Lobe the label, too! — 7 days ago
Vibrant, juicy, so fresh, alive!
Green apples, green grass, a hint of green apricot, some lemongrass. Highly enticing. Not flint like Sancerre, no exotic canned fruit like NZ. Fresh, green, grassy.
On the palate this has a round, slightly creamy mouthfeel but remains focused, light, appley juicy, vibrant. A slightly herby, salty bitter edge adds an interesting edge and a bit of nice complexity.
Closer to a Chenin Blanc (think Guiberteau) than a typical SB.
Slightly cloudy, incredibly drinkable.
This is a delightful discovery! — 13 days ago
Expressive, enticing, aetheric.
Dusty cherries, tobacco leaf, leather, (very) dark chocolate, wood finish, a hint of cigar box. So fresh, so uplifting, so youthful!
On the palate amazing purity, zingy cherry acidity, a hint of orange peel, present, juicy yet very, very fine tannins. After a few hours this shows a darker, richer side. Really nice flow and great energy!
Brilliant, just brilliant. And amazing vale, for this quality! — 19 days ago
Hot vintage, warm, aromatic, baked earth, dark cherry, dried herbs, a bit of olive tapenade, yet incredibly fresh, cool, enticing.
Medium bodied on the palate with incredible freshness, juicy acidity, pure fruit. Great depth & character, so drinkable, so fresh.
Year in, year out - even in a difficult hot vintage - this is just brilliant.
One of my all time favourites! — 5 days ago
Tenuta di Fessina Erse moscamento 1911
From the northeastern slopes of Etna, v. old vines grown on basalt lava & sandy soils.
Very Burgundian nose, airy, spacious with fresh red berries, some undergrowth and tree bark, a flower whiff, some baking spice. After some time this gains warmth and shows a bit more nougat and some ripe cherry. But very light & fine.
On the palate this remains light with a firm yet polished tannin frame and juicy red berry acidity. There’s nice precision here, crunchy pure fruit, a mineral bite in the back, good depth and a hint of saltiness towards the finish. Fine, juicy, elegant.
A really good alternative to Burgundian Pinots, finer and with more precision vs some other Nerellos. Really good value, too. — 9 days ago
Rich on the nose, with fresh shortbread dough, brioche, very ripe yellow apples, vanilla, nutmeg, yet very fresh as well. Grated lemon zest, a hint of fresh herbs.
On the palate this starts with a burst of tiny bubbles, good froth, with a rich mouthfeel, yellow fruit galore, wi the a touch of honey, a whiff of apple pie. Good balance, good length. A bit sweet for a Brut yet a very drinkable, mature sparkle. — 19 days ago
Fresh, floral, juicy.
Northern Piemont yet full Nebbiolo with flowery notes, juicy cherries, fresh and energetic.
Quite fruity on the palate, flirty even, crunchy strawberries, light cherries, a floral hint. Yet there’s a mineral bite, a tannic grip. This is a foodie rosé. And a really nice one! — 5 days ago
A surprising Malbec from Chile.
Nose - typical blueberry vanilla shake, dense, rich, sweet. There’s a hint of cool freshness, a stony minerality but not at the forefront.
The palate is a v. nice surprise.
Quite light, with brilliant juicy freshness. A light & crisp yet present tannic frame, fresh, crunchy blue & red fruit and an energetic flow of juicy acidity. Pure, cool, so fresh.
No plush richness, no jaminess, nothing over cooked. Vibrant, precise, juicy.
After the corked bottle of Gredos Grenache, this proved a delightful match for flanksteak & asparagus.
What a nice surprise! — 8 days ago
Needs some time to open up, quite muted at opening.
Ripe quince, green pear, a touch of lemon, thyme and other herbs - all in a rather cool, fresh packaging. A waxy hint and a mineral undercurrent. Very fresh.
On the palate this has great energy. Brilliant zingy acidity, all quince & lemons, but also nice breadth and good structure & depth. The minerality kicks in towards the finish with a saline whiff.
Quite some complexity here, and poise, too.
Very not Tokaj but delicious nonetheless.
— 18 days ago