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  1. Poggio Anima Primitivo Salento Lilith 2018
    Poggio Anima Primitivo Salento Lilith 2018
    Poggio Anima is a joint venture between one of Tuscany's rising stars, Riccardo Campinoti of Le Ragnaie in Montalcino, and his U.S.A. importer Ronnie Sanders of Vine Street Imports. The Poggio Anima concept is straightforward: to source great vineyards from existing relationships and produce real wines which convey the ‘soul’ (anima) of each site and each grape variety.

    The wines are not ‘bulk’ wines or leftover juice, but rather they are the result of long-standing relationships with respected growers throughout Italy. In packaging the Poggio Anima wines, Ronnie and Riccardo wanted to focus on the omnipresent dichotomy in the world between good and evil, and the everyday quest for balance in all things, including wine! The Eastern ideology of Yin Yang is the core of this ‘balance’ in the Poggio Anima concept. Poggio Anima are real wines, from real places, made by real people.

    Deep dark red colour with black tinged edges and a dark red hue. Spicy red currant aromas intermix with earth, dried herbs and hints of tobacco. Medium bodied, savoury dark cherry and ripe red currant flavours meld into cedary tobacco and spicy dried herb characters with lovely, fresh acidity. PWS
    2018
    Red
    Italy
    482
  2. ColleMassari Rigoleto Rosso Montecucco 2016
    ColleMassari Rigoleto Rosso Montecucco 2016
    The estate is situated in the foothills of Monte Amiata and, whilst Sangiovese is the principal variety, the conditions – 320 metres above sea level and constant ventilation (due partly to the proximity to the Tyrrhenian coast and partly to the 15% incline) – allow other varieties such as Ciliegiolo, Montepulciano and Vermentino to thrive. Production is based on organic principles (guaranteed and certified) and winemaking is carried out in the architectural award winning four story gravity feed winery.


    70% Sangiovese, 15% Ciliegiolo, 15% Montepulciano

    This is such a great wine and so underrated when it comes to Tuscany. It has a little more weight and heft then its cousins in Chianti and there is a wild edge to the wine that is so appealing. Situated further down the coast but with good elevation that provides a cool and fresh snap. PWS

    Dark berries, walnuts and dried flowers on the nose follow through to a medium body with firm tannins and a fresh finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. JAMES SUCKLING

    2016
    Red
    Italy
  3. De Bortoli Vinoque Same Same 2019
    De Bortoli Vinoque Same Same 2019

    The Vinoque range from De Bortoli is a bit of fun for winemaker Steve Webber but don't let that full you, the same drive for quality and great wine are poured into these wines as they are the hole range from the crew at De Bortoli.

    The Same Same blend changes from year to year and has in the past included Pinot Gris. Either way it is "Pinot" based and ridiculously easy to drink. PWS

    Yarra Valley blend of pinot meunier (59%) and pinot noir. Pinot meunier: same same as pinot noir, but different. Just don’t ask me to explain how.

    Sure this is frisky, fresh and berried but there’s an earthen quality, a savoury side, a nod to the other side of the brain. There’s a core of sweet succulent fruit but that’s not the wine’s main play; herb and spice notes have the run of things here. It’s an ‘at the table’ wine, as opposed to an ‘on the couch’ or a ‘by the pillow’ wine (there’s a set of wine show categories for you). It pays to get these things right. In any case I’m a fan of this release. Le table awaits. CAMPBELL MATTINSON, The Wine Front

    2019
    Red
    Australia
    506
  4. Vigneti Radica Trebbiano di Abruzzo 2018
    Vigneti Radica Trebbiano di Abruzzo 2018

    The history of Vigneti Radica began in the 1950s, when Rocco, the head of the family, planted his first vineyard in Tollo, a small town in the province of Chieti, about 150 meters above sea level, between the Adriatic Sea and the Maiella mountain.

    The family has been dedicated to the cultivation of grapes for three generations. After Rocco, his son Antonio and now his grandson Giacomo, continue the mission of producing high quality wines, using only the grapes from their family's vineyards

    The winery is completely integrated with the surrounding environment: traditional materials (local stones, wood) are combined with the most modern eco-sustainable technology.

    The ubiquitous Trebbiano really shines from Radica. There is a lovely lemon-drop lift and herbaceous edge to the nose that leads into a lively palate. Its bright crystalline-clear with pure appley, pear fruits. Good stuff! PWS  


     

    2015
    Red
    Italy
    338
  5. Bouchon Pais Viejo 2019
    Bouchon Pais Viejo 2019
    Bouchon Family Wines began in the late 19th century when young viticulturist Emile Bouchon left Bordeaux, France for Chile. Today, Julio Bouchon and his children carry on their 4th generation family winemaking tradition in the Maule Valley.  With their in-depth soil research alongside terroir-specialist Pedro Parra, Bouchon is preserving the historic character of the Maule Valley with distinctive, terroir-driven wines.

    The vines for the Viejo bottling are planted on very old soil of granitic, sandy loam formed by Chile’s coastal mountains. This striking landscape plays a huge role int the wines development and for those who have never tried the wines they are akin to a mix between pinot noir, mencia and cinsault. Naturally-vinified using century-old winemaking techniques, including the use of the zaranda (a structure made of sticks to destem the grape clusters). Hand harvested and fermented with native yeasts in concrete tanks to preserve the wine’s authentic expression of terroir.

    The hundred year-old vines show with earthy red fruits like strawberry and bright cherry flecks. It's light and lithe on its feet but never feels thin. Vibrant and sunny in style with no winemaking artifcat or trickery, just pure and simply delicious.
    2019
    Red
    Chile
  6. Thymiopoulos Xinomavro Young Vine 2019
    Thymiopoulos Xinomavro Young Vine 2019

    The Thymiopoulos family have been growing Xinomavro, the trademark grape of the highly regarded Náoussa zone in the far north of Greece for generations. Tucked away in the southern tip of the zone on the slopes of Mount Vermio, the estate is now run by Apostolos Thymiopoulos, who, after oenological training in Athens, established the winery in2003.

    They have made a name quickly for themselves in a short time since establishing the winery and this wine is a consistent performer.

    The Young Vines is unoaked and presents with a fruity and easy-going nose with subtle hint of earth flecked throughout the red tinged fruits. If you have not had Xionamavro yet, this is a great entry point to the style, though in a more laid-back and lighter style that works so well. Brisk acidity and a clip of tannin along with those earthy red fruits are reminiscent of a cross between Beaujolias and Nebiolo. The whole package is mouth-watering and more-ish and will keep you coming back for more. PWS

    2019
    Red
    Greece
    445
  7. Esporao Quatro Castas 4 2015
    Esporao Quatro Castas 4 2015
    Since it was founded in 1267, the boundaries of Herdade do Esporão have remained virtually unchanged. Located 180 kms from Lisbon, deep in the Alentejo, in Reguengos de Monsaraz.
    The team is led by David Baverstock. Ex - Roseworthy and Penfolds before heading to Portugal to work at icon wineries such as Graham's, Quinta do Crasto and has taken Esporao to the title of Winery of the Year twice and has himself been named Winemaker of the Year twice, including this year.

    Poor, stony soils and a tough summer climate that brings hot days and cool nights, followed by a harsh winter. Esporão currently has 194 different varieties planted, of which 37 account for virtually all production.

    This is always a blend of the 4 best grapes of any vintage and changes from year to year in both compsition and percentages.
    2015
    Red
    Portugal
  8. Pedro Parra y Familia Vinista Pais 2018
    Pedro Parra y Familia Vinista Pais 2018
    After years of consulting to some iconic names around the world, Comando G (Gredos), Jean-Marc Roulot (Meursault), Liger Belair (Vosne-Romanee) to name a few Pedro Parra has established his own project at home in Chile, Pedro Parra y Familia Wines.

    Pedro has a master’s degree in precision agriculture and earned a Ph.D. for his work with terroir from the Paris Center of Agriculture. 

    His wines seek to express terroir through wines that have tension and vibrancy underpinning a a beautiful sense of clarity and fruit. Being the conduit between the wilder ‘natural’ projects with Chile’s more brawny modern commercial style wine.

    This is his first release of Pais which was one of Chile's first and most immportant grape varieties. Pais fell out of favour during the modernistaion of the Chilean wine industry and has only recently found a resurgence amonst the new generation, low intervention wine labels.  Young makers, reviving old vines. PWS  
    2018
    Red
    Chile
  9. Kir-Yianni Ramnista Xinomavro Naoussa PDO 2016
    Kir-Yianni Ramnista Xinomavro Naoussa PDO 2016
    The 2016 Ramnista, all Xinomavro, was aged for 16 months in 30% new French oak. It comes in at 13.7% alcohol. After tasting a run of rustic Xinomavros that seemed to have endless power and no mid-palates for this issue, this Ramnista changed the channel. This is hardly a bottling that is known for being shy in terms of power, but it has the balance and the mid-palate depth to soak up the power this year. It seems surprisingly fruit forward, although very dry. Granted that both are not here together, this seems fuller in the mid-palate and more fruit-driven than the 2015, for better or for worse. The 2015 might have more energy. Earthy and complex, while still showing good structure, this looks like a fine Ramnista. It might also be a relatively approachable Ramnista. It will still age well. MARK SQUIRES, eRobertParker.com

    The vineyards used for Ramnista have an overall southeast exposure at an altitude of 280-330 m. The estate is divided into a mosaic of 42 vineyard blocks of different mesoclimates with varying exposure, orientation, slope, soil type, rootstock, vine density and age, demanding tailor-made viticultural practices for each vineyard block.
    2016
    Red
    Greece
  10. Mouchao Dom Rafael Tinto 2015
    Mouchao Dom Rafael Tinto 2015

    40% Alicante Bouschet, 40% Trincadeira, 20% Aragonez

    Mouchão has been owned by the Reynolds family since the mid-19th century, when Thomas Reynolds set out south from Porto to the Alentejo in search of a cork estate. He found Mouchão, all 900 hectares of it. Even today the estate is mostly cork grove, with a bit of vineyard - although its the wine that it is known for.

    This the second wine, the Dom Rafael, which has a lower proportion of Alicante, starts life the same way with some new barrels but 50% into second use 225 litre barrels.

    2015
    Red
    South Africa
    489
  11. Alvaro Palacios Gratallops 2018
    Alvaro Palacios Gratallops 2018
    The "vi de vila" or village wine 2018 Gratallops was produced with a blend of 74% Garnacha, 25% Cariñena and 1% white varieties that were crushed and destemmed and then fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts. The wine matured in oak containers of different sizes, bocoyes and oval foudres, for 15 months. This is the most approachable and open of the 2018s, aromatic and with the characterful profile of wet slate, nuts, Mediterranean herbs and acid berries. It has a lively palate with great acidity but especially with complete but sustained freshness. It has fine tannins and is nicely textured. (94) LUIS GUTIERREZ
    2015
    Grenache, Red
    Spain
    459
  12. Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi 2018
    Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi 2018
    The origin of everything here and the first single-vineyard red, 2018 Finca Dofí excels in 2018. Those 10 hectares planted 20 years ago in the village of Gratallops are mostly Garnacha, but the wine also has some 8% Cariñena and 2% white grapes. They all fermented after being destemmed and lightly crushed in oak vats with indigenous yeasts.

    The wine matured in large oak barrels (bocoyes and foudres) for 16 months. This is the refined version of the Gratallops (the vineyard is in the village!) but with an extra degree in depth and complexity, especially nuance and elegance, showcasing the captivating finesse and harmony of the vintage, which is a little in the style of the 2016 with more energy.

    I see that these 2018s are quite transparent and show the style of the zone, the iron soils, the dusty roads and the warmth of the soils; it's round and lush, spherical but with a spike of freshness. The élevage has been polished so as to render it almost invisible. This is drinkable now, and I think it's also going to age nicely in bottle and drink nicely throughout its life. 96+ LUIS GUTIERREZ
    2015
    Grenache, Red
    Spain
    459
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