Piedmont & Veneto, Italy ~ Value 7 Pack ~ Bonus Free Bottle
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1 x Castello di Gabiano - Barbera D'ASTI "La Braja" 2017 ~ Piedmont, Italy
91/100 James Suckling (2015 Vintage)
88/100 Wine Enthusiast (2013 Vintage)
The Winemaker - “Deep ruby with violet shades. Primary red fruit notes, followed by light spices and tobacco fragrances are balanced with soft tannins and a medium finish. This wine pairs well with salami, roast chicken and game, mushroom dishes, and medium-aged cheese.”
Kerin O'Keefe - "Dark berry, red-plum and cooking spice aromas emerge from the glass. The chewy palate offers dried black cherry, black pepper and star anise alongside pliant tannins." (2013 Vintage)
While we do not yet have critic reviews for this 2017 vintage, previous vintages – such as the 2015 – have scored very well.
1 x Castello di Gabiano - Barbera D'Asti 'Adornes Superiore' 2013 ~ Piedmont, Italy
Wine Enthusiast rater
James Suckling favourite
Wine Enthusiast - "This dense, savoury wine has tobacco, black-skinned berry and red plum aromas and licorice, blackberry jam and black pepper flavours. Fine-grained tannins provide support." (2011 Vintage)
The Winemaker - "Tobacco, dark berry and new leather aromas take shape in the glass. The structured, juicy palate offers blackberry jam, licorice and white pepper alongside polished tannins. Concentrated and balanced... with a long finish. This wine can be a lovely match with grilled red meats, roasted meats, wild fowl and aged cheese." (2011 Vintage)
The Castello di Gabiano vineyard and winery, situated in the Piedmont Region of the northwest of Italy, boasts more than a century of history. In the 8th century, a document signed by Carlo Magno indicated the presence of a “Cortem magnam nomina Gabianam,” proving the land has been owned by the Gabiano family since that time. Today, Giacomo Cattaneo Adorno, the last Marquis of Gabiano, and his wife Emanuela are personally involved in the winery.
Castello di Gabiano vineyards are planted on the highest fields with exposure at noon. The chalky clay soil enhances the wines' unique terroir. Two different prunings are made throughout the year: the first one in July, which equalizes the bunches, the second one in August, aims to achieve the maximum concentration and quality. Harvest in small cases with an accurate selection of the best grapes. Fermentation with native yeast in cement tanks and oak vats. Many délestages and pumping over ensures a rich extraction with the calcareous clay soils giving great structure and complexity to this wine. The wine is finished in barrels for 18 months and in bottle for 12 months.
Barbera d’Asti is one of the most famous wines from the Piedmont region of north-western Italy. It became a DOC in 1970 and was upgraded to its DOCG classification in 2008, adding to Piedmont's impressive haul of DOCG titles (the highest level of Italian wine classification). The Barbera d'Asti title covers the area around the town of Asti, and exclusively focuses on red wines made from Barbera. Softer and more approachable in its youth than the Nebbiolo used to make Piedmont's most prestigious wines, Barbera is a firm favourite among winemakers and consumers. It is also the region's most widely planted red-wine variety.
1 x Conterno Fantino - Barolo Vigna del Gris 2016 ~ Piedmont, Italy
96/100 Robert Parker
96/100 Wine & Spirits
95/100 James Suckling
95/100 Wine Spectator
Robert Parker - "The Conterno Fantino 2016 Barolo Ginestra Vigna del Gris comes from a site in Monforte d'Alba that has a big component of loose sand in the soils. These well-draining conditions add to the softness and concentrated aromatic intensity of Nebbiolo. In fact, the bouquet here brings us a medley of red and purple fruits with some ripe blackberry and plum. It shows a hint of pretty cherry sweetness with spice, tobacco and candied licorice. The mouthfeel is full and generous, and this supple Barolo wraps smoothly and luxuriously over the palate."
James Suckling - "Extremely perfumed with ripe strawberries and hints of dried flowers. Hints of hazelnuts. It’s full-bodied with a solid core of ripe fruit and ripe, polished tannins. Tight center palate. Very persistent. This is reserved now, but shows beautiful potential. Try after 2023.”
Wine Spectator "Focused on bright cherry, black currant and freshly cut hay aromas and flavors, this red is vibrant, verging on racy. Accents of iron, tobacco and tar add complexity, and this is balanced and long on the finish. Best from 2023 through 2045."
Antonio Galloni, Vinous - "The 2016 Barolo Ginestra Vigna del Gris offers a striking balance of density and the more floral, high-toned notes that are so typical of this wine. Dried flowers, rose petal, mint, sweet spice and cedar are all nicely lifted. Beams of incisive tannin give the wine its vibrant, energetic feel. I would drink it first among these four wines. 2021-2031"
Wine & Spirits - "This wine captures the character of the 2016 vintage with exuberant aromas of rose petals, mint and sage and vibrant red berry and cherry flavors. Those aromas and flavors remain poised and balanced for days after the bottle has been opened, suggesting a long life ahead, though the sheer energy of this wine makes it immensely appealing even now.”
Founded in 1982, Conterno Fantino testifies to the talent and vision of viticulturist Claudio Conterno and his partner, oenologist Guido Fantino. These great wines start in exceptional vineyard sites in Monforte d’Alba. Conterno Fantino’s historical nucleus is Ginestra, one of Monforte’s historical crus documented as far back as the 1800’s. is based on a hillside close to the village of Monforte d'Alba. The focus of the estate falls to four key grape varieties: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Chardonnay.
1 x Giacomo Montresor 'Amarone "Cantina Privata Del Fondatore' 2016 ~ Veneto, Italy
90/100 - Wine Enthusiast (2015 Vintage)
Silver - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (2015 Vintage)
The Winemaker - "Ripe red fruit and an austere velvety taste with aftertaste of almond, blackberry and spices." (2015 Vintage)
The famous French Montresor family moved from France to the Veneto region of Italy near Lake Garda in the 19th Century. They chose an area renowned for its morain soils to establish the family's vineyards and viticulture businesses. After four generations of wine-making, Giacomo Montresor has firmly established itself as a reference point for Valpolicella wines.
1 x Giacomo Montresor - Castello di Soave 2019 ~ Veneto, Italy
85/100 Wine Enthusiast
87/ 100 Wine Enthusiast (2018 Vintage)
Kerin O’Keefe (Wine Enthusiast) - "Packaged in an incredibly heavy bottle, this has subdued aromas recalling grass and honey. The palate is lean in terms of fruit richness, offering the same honeyed note as the nose, toasted nuts and beeswax before a bitter finish.”
Kerin O’Keefe (Wine Enthusiast) - "Citrus zest and spring wild flower aromas lead the nose. The straightforward palate evokes yellow apple and a hint of butterscotch before a bitter almond close.” (2018 Vintage)
The Winemaker ".....full-bodied, fine aromatic persistence. Delicate and fruity aroma with hints of apple and acacia." (2017 Vintage)
The Montresor family are prominent Italian winemakers, with their roots in the establishment of the wine industry in France. In the 16th century the family moved from Chateau Montresor in the Loire valley to Verona, Italy acquiring lands and estates and establishing viniculture in the region. In the second half of the 19th century, the family started selling the wines under the family name. Within a century they had established a reputational as an internationally acclaimed estate.
The story of the family, outside of their involvement in wine is fascinating. The count Claude de Montresor had a prominent position during Cardinal Richelieu reign, taking part in the political events as prime counsellor of Duke d’Orleans, the cousin of the King. Interesting also is the Montresor family's mentioned in Edgar A. Poe's famous tale 'The Amontillado Cask', where a member of the Montresor family is described as "a premium wine connoisseur with an excellent palate".
1 x Renato Ratti Langue Nebbiolo 'Ochetti' 2020 - Barolo, Italy
91/100 Decanter (2019 Vintage)
91/100 Robert Parker (2019 Vintage)
89/100 Wine Spectator (2019 Vintage)
Bronze Medal - The TEXSOM International Wine Awards 2021 (2018 Vintage)
Bronze Medal - The TEXSOM International Wine Awards 2020 (2018 Vintage)
Decanter - "This version of Langhe Nebbiolo named Ochetti, is an historical wine for Ratti, as they have been producing it for 50 years. The grapes are sourced primarily from the sandy soils of the Roero district, where the tannins of Nebbiolo are much more rounded upon release. 2019 was a powerful year with ideal ripeness. Medium-full on the palate; aromas of fresh red cherry, rosemary and pink roses, with very good acidity and impressive persistence- Drinking Window 2022 - 2032.” (2019 Vintage)
Robert Parker - "Softly pliant and silky, the Renato Ratti 2019 Langhe Nebbiolo Ochetti shows fine and nuanced detailing with lots of genuine and delicate character of the grape. The fruit is subtle in this wine, but the bouquet affords more room to crushed stone, blue flower and powdered licorice. The wine's finely shaped texture would work next to a simple plate of egg noodles and grated Parmigiano. Production is an impressive 100,000 bottles.” (2019 Vintage)
The Winemaker - "Renato Ratti Nebbiolo Ochetti is an elegant and fragrant red, ruby red in color. The nose expresses a fine and persistent bouquet with hints reminiscent of wild strawberries and raspberries. In the mouth, it is pleasantly bitter, velvety, light and full at the same time. Perfect in combination with skewered and grilled red meats, game, fondue with truffles, agnolotti, traditional white and red meat dishes enriched with spicy sauces." (2019 vintage)
Renato Ratti is a wine producer located in Barolo in northwestern Italy. It makes a wide range of wines from a number of Piedmont DOC and DOCG appellations, including Barolo, Dolcetto d'Alba, Barbera d'Alba, Barbera d'Asti and Monferrato. Renato Ratti spent time in Brazil producing Vermouth and sparkling wines before returning to his home in Piedmont in 1965. He purchased his first vineyard in the La Morra area and began making wines labelled with his own name. Along with the standard Nebbiolo, Ratti also grows Barbera, Dolcetto, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.
Renato Ratti makes three single-vineyard Barolos, from the Marcenasco, Conca and Rocche dell Annunziata cru vineyards. These are the top offerings from the estate and can be cellared for up to 20 years. Along with the range of classic Piedmont wines from Alba and Asti, Ratti also makes a varietal Sauvignon Blanc wine called I Cedri and a blend of Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot called Villa Pattono, both of which are labelled under the Monferrato DOC.
8Wines - "The Ratti family are true Nebbiolo experts and have been working this land since the 1960s when Renato Ratti returned home from working in Brazil to pursue his dream of making his own wine. He purchased his first vineyard close to the Abbey of L’Annunziata in La Morra and became a pioneer in the Barolo region, making one of the area’s first single-vineyard wines and creating detailed maps of Barolo’s historical crus.”
1 x Botter Prosecco Extra Dry NV - Veneto Italy
Commended - International Wine Challenge 2018
Silver - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018
Bronze - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017
Commended - International Wine Challenge 2016
Bronze - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016
Commended - International Wine Challenge 2014
Bronze - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014
Gold - Mundus Vini 2014
Bronze - International Wine Challenge 2013
Jancis Robinson - "Pear juice, lemon, off-dry. Functional, fine."
Falstaff Magazine - "Filigree nose with elegant nuances of white flowers and a hint of wet stone."
Casa Vinicola Botter is a multi-awarded Italian wine producer. The company was founded in 1928 as a small business selling local Veneto wines in barrels. After World War II, it moved onto bottled wine and began to export internationally. Botter is now managed by the third generation of the family. Botter owns two wine estates; including Divici a winery with 100 hectares (250 acres) of organic vineyards in the hills around Treviso. These are planted with a range of classic Veneto varieties such as Corvina, although the initial focus has been on an organic Prosecco.
Wine Spectator - 'Sparkling Success' - "Prosecco has brought Italian sparkling wine to the forefront of the wine world. Prosecco has almost become a byword to mean any sparkling wine. In reality, Prosecco DOC, the most widely available example from the region, is specifically the product of vineyards that span a large swath of approximately 70,000 acres through the Veneto and Friuli–Venezia-Giulia regions. The soft, creamy texture and approachable structure that people love is the result of the Charmat production method, and the pretty floral and peach flavours typical to the wine are characteristics of the area's native Glera grape, Prosecco's dominant variety."