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Producer Profile: Markus Huber

14 August 2018 by Alex

Markus HuberThe current incumbent at Huber wines in Austria, Markus Huber, is the family winery’s 10th generation head. Many of the estate’s vineyards are not a lot bigger than an average sized garden and dotted around the Traisental valley in the north-east of Austria. As a keen gardener myself, I can relate to the love and devotion given by the family to these pristine vineyard terraces.

Meteorology alert: Pannonian influences are paired with cool Alpine air and the nearby River Danube has a temperature-moderating effect. In a plain-speaking weather world this means they are blessed with warm days and cool nights, so the grapes develop good varietal flavour whilst retaining a purity and freshness. Additionally, the limestone mix soils ground the wine by providing clarity and spine.

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One of Huber’s all-round best value wines is the Riesling Engelsberg (£19.50/£18.50). The Engelsberg vineyard is a high, east-facing, chalky terrace that is just right for Riesling vines. The 2017 has 4 hours of skin contact, is fermented in stainless steel and kept on the lees for 4 months. The result is a vibrant wine of perfectly ripe peachiness, yet brilliant brightness. Try it with a salmon-en-croute, lobster ceviche or a Thai green curry.

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The Huber rosé (£15.00/£13.50) is made from Zweigelt grapes, which, did you know, is the most widely planted black grape variety in Austria. It is a newly created cross-bred variety and its recent, rapid growth in plantings means it is very rare to come across a Zweigelt made from such old vines; some used in this wine are up to 50 years old! It has 2 hours skin contact, is fermented in stainless steel and kept on the lees for 3 months. A fitting barbeque rosé that is dry with delicate, freshly-picked, summer red berry sapidity.

So make sure you try a bottle of these great value Austrian gems before Summer is over!

New Arrivals for Summer

27 July 2018 by Alex

Lots of great new bottles have hit the shelves in the last few weeks, so we thought we’d share a selection of our favourites to inspire you during this warm weather!

Huber, Riesling Engelsberg, Traisental, Austria, 2017

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Our favourite new dry Riesling comes from Traisental in Austria. Showing intense but cool peach and lemon fruit on the nose, the palate has the typical Austrian combination of dense texture and lively acidity. Vinified in stainless steel with 4 hours skin contact and 4 months on the lees.

Ventisei Bianco, Tuscany, Italy, 2017

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Part of a trio of wines from the Ventisei (Italian for twenty-six) brand that have just hit the shelves. The wines are made by Eline Saverys, the daughter of the winemaker at renowned Tuscan estate Avignonesi, who started her own wine bar in Antwerp at the age of 26 – hence the name! Experimenting with her own blends of organic grapes with the aim of creating something vibrant and super-drinkable led Eline to create the Ventisei brand, and we think she has been very successful! The Ventisei bianco is a blend 40.5% Trebbiano, 40.5% Malvasisa Bianca, and 19% Sangiovese, brimming with peachy fruit and white flowers and just generally incredibly summery and moreish!

Bodega Goiania, Txakoli Uno, Spain, 2015

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If you’ve ever been to San Sebastian, you may be familiar with Txakoli: incredibly refreshing in the sun, high in acidity, sometimes slightly fizzy, and free-flowing in every Pintxos bar in town. This Txakoli retains this freshness and thirst-quenching quality but the benefit of 5 months ageing on lees has transformed it into an entirely different animal. Mineral, citrussy, and tense with a rounded texture, this has more than a little in common with a good premier cru Chablis but for a much more friendly price tag!

Huber, Zweigelt Rosé, Traisental, Austria, 2017

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Although perhaps from a leftfield source, this dry rosé has been one of our favourites this summer. Jam-packed with strawberry, raspberry, and cranberry fruit, some of the Zweigelt vines used for this cuvée are 50 years old giving an extra depth of flavour. Impressive for its creamy texture sitting alongside a very modest 11.5% alcohol, we highly recommend taking a detour from Provence next time you’re thinking pink!

Ventisei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy, 2015

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Eline Saverys’s red wine from the prestigious Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG is a structured and serious wine from 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot. Each plot of Sangiovese grapes is aged separately in various sizes of oak barrels before being assembled into the final blend. Fragrant, with brooding dark fruits, and sweet cinnamon spice.

La Clarine Farm Jambalaia Rouge, Sierra Foothills, California, 2015

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Delicious unfiltered red made from a field blend of Mourvedre, Marsanne, Grenache and Syrah. It’s all about the juice, pale red with lovely freshness, herbs and minerals. A full-flavoured red that’s lighter in body than one would expect. Serving this chilled in the sunshine really enhances the juiciness of the fruit and the general vibrancy of this wine.

First Drop, ‘2%’ Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2015

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The Shiraz grapes for this wine come from the Seppeltsfield, Greenock and Ebenezer areas of the Barossa. Aged in a mixture of new and old French hogsheads and American barriques for 20-24 months, giving a dark-fruited, earthy style with notes of tobacco and cocoa. So far so delicious, yet relatively conventional, so First Drop decided to add 2% of the fragrant white Moscatel for ‘a splash of funk!’.

Kew is Back Open!

29 June 2018 by Alex
IMG_4703Like a phoenix from the ashes the Kew shop is back open for business once again! We have worked extremely hard over the last few weeks to get the store up and running, installing brand new fittings throughout and filling the shelves with awesome wines. Our wine bar is fully kitted out once again and we’re ready to take orders for all those wines you’ve been missing.
The support from the local community has been overwhelming during this difficult period and we can’t wait to reconnect with all of our amazing loyal customers. Look out for details coming up soon of our official reopening party on the 7th of July!
Thank you all for bearing with us over the last couple of months, we hope to see you in the shop very soon!

‘Unicorn Sacrifice’ Tasting in Chiswick

25 March 2018 by Alex

Unicorn Dictionary

 

 

 

 

  1. A mythical animal typically represented as a horse with a single straight horn projecting from its forehead.
  2. A start-up company valued at more than a billion dollars, typically in the software or technology sector.
  3. A rare, almost impossible to find, ‘once in a lifetime’ bottle of wine, likened to the mythical beast due a similar unlikelihood of ever encountering it.

We are excited to announce our next great tasting line up on Thursday, April 26th in Chiswick. Next month’s tasting theme is – in a sense – straightforward: an opportunity to taste a collection of incredibly rare and hard to find wines, often dubbed  ‘Unicorns’.

You could take your favourite red-trousered wine merchant for lunch once a week for the rest of your life and still not be given permission to buy some of these bottles. So, in true irreverent The Good Wine Shop fashion we decided to sacrifice eight of these mythical beasts at once on the altar of vinous edification for just 12 honoured guests. The wines hail from a range of terroirs, from blockbuster, household name appellations to ‘I didn’t know they even made that there’ bottlings – all with one thing in common, they are made in homeopathic quantities and are incredibly tightly allocated.

The wines will be accompanied by a selection of cheese and charcuterie and served in beautiful Zalto glassware. Tickets cost £120 per person and seats are limited to 12 people total to ensure there is enough wine to go around. We advise booking early to avoid disappointment as our last tastings have sold out in less than 48 hours!

Tickets can be purchased online here or RSVP via phone on 020 8994 8184 or email chiswick@thegoodwineshop.co.uk to get your tickets.

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As some of these wines may be unfamiliar, we have included some information about each Unicorn below to get you salivating…

Michael Wenzel, ‘Garten Eden’ Furmint, Austria, 2016
Furmint is a grape more closely associated with Hungary, and it was nearly wiped out completely in neighbouring Austria before Michael Wenzel’s father – Robert – began bringing vines over the border in the 1980s. Michael now tends 3 of the 10 hectares of Furmint in the country. This very special vineyard is planted using cuttings from vines over 100 years old on a unique red quartz soil, both of which conspire to give this dry Furmint an other-worldly minerality and exoticism.

Chateau Rayas, Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, 2009
Sitting comfortably at the pinnacle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape estates, Chateau Rayas’s wines are almost as well known for the tiny amount of wine they make as for the profundity of their wines. The only thing rarer than Chateau Rayas’s top red wine is their top white. Made from equal parts Clairette and Grenache Blanc, this extraordinary wine walks an astounding tightrope between rich, nutty, broad-textured character on the one side and tense, mineral, freshness on the other.

Valentini, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Italy, 2002
Not all Trebbiano is created equal, the Valentini family single-handedly resurrected the authentic, local version of this variety ‘Trebbiano Abruzzese’ – a process that took 40 years! – in order to stop it being pushed out by the less characterful Tuscan clone. Edoardo Valentini (now deceased) developed this unique white wine in total secrecy, and always rejected modern vinification techniques. Unique among Trebbianos, this wine can age and improve for decades. Almost never seen on the UK market, this mature example (made while Edoardo was still alive) is even rarer still.

Benoit Dehu, Coteaux Champenois Rouge, ‘la Rue des Noyers’, 2011
True terroir Champagne grower Benoit Dehu uses fully organic methods – including horse-drawn plough – and even goes so far as having barrels made from trees surrounding his small 1.7ha vineyard. This Pinot Meunier vineyard gives rise to all his Champagne as well as two still wines, one white and one red. Benoit produces approximately 400 bottles of each of these still wines, making this red wine a micro-cuvee from a micro-producer! Equal in quality to a top red Burgundy, this is something truly surprising.

Giuseppe Rinaldi, Barolo ‘Tre Tine’, Italy, 2012
Giuseppe ‘Beppe’ Rinaldi is known for two things: his caustic and forthright opinions, and his incredibly soulful Barolos. Unlike some producers, the Rinaldis are not interested in acquiring more vineyards, tending their three Barolo ‘crus’ that make up just 3.8 hectares to perfection and producing just 16,000 bottles of Barolo per year. The wines are hauntingly beautiful and the very definition of finesse, this is the quintessential ‘Burgundian’ Barolo.

Cayuse, ‘Cailloux Vineyard’ Syrah, Washington State, USA, 2004
French-born winemaker Christophe Baron found an area of land in Walla Walla that was so closely reminiscent of the terroir in Chateauneuf-du-Pape that he felt inspired there and then to buy it. Since that day he has rapidly risen to become the leading producer in the state. This Cote-Rotie inspired Syrah shows an other-worldy intensity of flavour combined with a profound complexity and perfectly judged texture that so rarely go hand in hand. Now changing hands for several hundred pounds a bottle on release, mature vintages of this wine are normally only found in the cellars of long-standing collectors.

Dunn Vineyards, Howell Mountain Cabernet , Napa, USA, 2004
Uncompromising and outspoken winemaker Randy Dunn has been making wine under his own label since 1979. The unique Howell Mountain appellation sits at a higher altitude than most parts of Napa, making it both cooler and above the fog line – factors that produce a unique combination of slow, complete ripening and firm tannic structure. Dunn’s are probably the most elegant and complex wines in the whole of Napa, the over-extraction and over-oaking so common in the region are nowhere to be seen here.

Chateau d’Arlay, Vin Jaune, Jura, France, 1990
Chateau d’Arlay is the oldest wine-growing Chateau in France with records showing it was making wine in 1070! Vin Jaune is a specialty of the Jura region, and must age in barrel for 6 years and 3 months to develop its controlled oxidative character. To fully appreciate this unique style, however, the wine must age in bottle for a prolonged period. It is very rare to find Vin Jaune with bottle age on the UK market, and this impeccably aged bottle direct from the Chateau is now nearly 30 years old.

BYO Podcast Episodes

12 March 2018 by Alex

Our podcast ‘Bring Your Own’ is going from strength to strength with a great new episode every month. In order to keep you up to date with everything that’s happening in the world of BYO we have created this treasure trove of episodes, below you will find links to all available episodes on YouTube starting with the most recent. Check back here monthly for your latest update!

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DuMol: Terroir Wines from Russian River and Beyond

12 March 2018 by Alex

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In less than ten days time on Wednesday, March 21st we are hosting a very special wine bar takeover in Kew with DuMOL, one of California’s leading estates. This is an amazing opportunity for an audience with Scottish-born Andy Smith: viticulturist, winemaker, and partner at DuMOL.

Specialising in cool climate vineyards of California’s coastal regions, DuMOL were early pioneers of the now famous Russian River Valley over 20 years ago and now have a total of two dozen very special parcels of vines in the best cool climate vineyards in the region. Some fruit is bought from other growers who work closely with Andy to ensure the fruit meets his high standards, but DuMol also possess and farm an increasing number of their own parcels. The aim is to create terroir wines that show a ‘blend of Californian depth and European clarity’ with a particular focus on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier, and Syrah. Andy is keen to ensure that ‘each bottling is built in the vineyard’ and shows a sense of place that is sometimes lost in Californian wines.

Andy – who once represented Scotland in swimming at the Commonwealth games – is a passionate, dedicated, and uncompromising winemaker. He will be in-store throughout the evening to share his insights on these profound and exciting wines.  Andy will chat to guests throughout the evening, but will also give a brief presentation to the whole room around 7:30pm.

DuMol's Andy Smtih

DuMol’s Andy Smtih

Tickets for the evening are £25 per person (available here) and will include a full glass of DuMol’s Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2014 or Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014 upon arrival, followed by a tasting of 4 top wines from the DuMol range chosen specifically by Andy Smith for the evening. We will also waive corkage fees on all DuMol bottles ordered to drink on the evening.

In addition to all the wines being opened, we have managed to get our hands on a rare bottle from the DuMOL cellars to give away as a special prize on the evening. All guests in attendance will be entered to win an Autographed Magnum of DuMol’s Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2008 (RSP £140/bottle) to take home that night!

For those of you that can’t make it on the night, the full range of DuMol wines can be viewed online here.

New Arrivals!

6 March 2018 by Alex

The early part of the year is always a time for fresh starts and new approaches, and we at The Good Wine Shop are no exception. Don’t worry though, we won’t be throwing the baby out with the bath water and getting rid of all your old favourites, we will mostly just be adding great new wines that deserve everyone’s attention! With that in mind we thought now would be a good time to bring your attention to a selection of new bottles that have just hit the shelves. Click the wine name to view.

Petit Sios, Costers del Segre, Spain, 2016

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This white from the Costers del Segre region in Catalunya is based on 60% Viognier with Chardonnay and Muscat. Although made from full bodied and aromatic grapes, this is surprisingly crisp and shows good minerality. The fruit here is mostly white peach and apricot with some tropical nuances.

Cailloux du Paradis Quartz, Loire Valley, France, 2015

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An intensely mineral Sauvignon Blanc, with stoney, flinty flavours that make it worthy of its name. Although the polar opposite style to a stereotypical ‘New World’ Sauvignon, there is still plenty of zesty lemon and grapefruit flavour here. In many ways better than a lot of Sancerres or Pouilly-Fumes at this price.

Pax ‘Buddha’s Dharma’ Chenin Blanc, Mendocino County, USA, 2015

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Made from vines over 70 years of age, this is a rich, dense, creamy Chenin Blanc with a mouth-coating texture. Notes of ripe apricot, white flowers and honey abound on the nose. Great with any creamy fish or chicken dish.

Chanin Wine Co, Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, California, USA, 2015

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The Chanin Wine Co. crafts wines from various vineyards in Santa Barbara county that are intended to express the best characteristics of their individual site. The wines emphasise balance and complexity without excessive alcohol. The Bien Nacido Chardonnay is wonderfully nutty, with ripe lemon fruit and salty mineral touches. Aged in oak for 15 months but only 10% of this is new. Lots of Californian Chardonnays claim to be restrained and elegant, but this truly embodies these qualities in a seemingly effortless manner.

Jean Vesselle, Pur B3 Grand Cru, Brut Nature, Bouzy, Champagne, France, 2012

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An unusual 100% Chardonnay wine from the Grand Cru village of Bouzy, which is best known for its Pinot Noir. This wine is a chance to see the quality of a pure Chardonnay Champagne grown on these prestigious soils. Rich and textured yet mineral.

Alfredo Maestro, Vina Almate, Tinto, Castilla Y Leon, Spain, 2016

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Alfredo Maestro is based in Ribera del Duero, and is passionate about finding and rehabilitating parcels of vines in the Castilla y Leon region too, one of which forms the basis for this great value red. Alfredo works organically, and with no additions in the winery except a minimum of sulphur at bottling. This is 100% Tempranillo with 80% whole clusters included, fermented with indigenous yeasts. The vineyards are located between 700 and 1000 metres above sea level, helping to give a lovely aromatic perfume to the wine alongside impressive concentration of flavour. A lot of wine for the money!

Stolpman Vineyards, La Cuadrilla, Ballard Canyon, USA, 2015

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Stolpman Vineyards’ La Cuadrilla stems from a novel and admirable concept: the vineyard workers tend a speicifc section of vines to form the basis of the cuvee. The result is then blended with some more fruit from the estate to ensure that production represents at least 10% of annual production. Stolpman then give all the profits from the wine to the vineyard workers directly. Not just a nice story, this wine is a delicious, spicy blend of 68% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 6% Petite Sirah, and 6% Sangiovese. Dense and structured, but ripe and drinkable.

Cailloux du Paradis Racines Rouge, Loire Valley, France, 2014

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Winemaker Claude Courtois cultivates his small property in an obscure corner of the Loire valley. The red version of Racines is made from an undisclosed number of red varieties (Courtois is keen to emphasise the importance of viewing his wines as wholes rather than talking about the grape varieties contained within). Typically the majority of the wine is made from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cot (the local name for Malbec). Very low intervention winemaking, with no added sulphur and everything done by hand. Perfumed and full of violet aromas on the nose, the palate has lots of crisp, crunchy ripe fruit along with a firm but subtle tannic structure.

Sato “Pisa Terrace” Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand, 2015

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Brilliant ‘natural’ Pinot Noir from Central Otago in New Zealand, nothing is added to this wine than a tiny amount of sulphur when the wine is bottled. Yoshiaki and Kyoko Sato make only a tiny volume of wine in each vintage. Perfumed, pure fruit and delicious herbal nuances.

Tabarrini “Campo alla Cerqua” Sagrantino di Montefalco, Umbria, Italy, 2008

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The Campo alla Cerqua vineyard has loose, stony soils which – in contrast to the heavier clay of the Grimaldesco vineyard – give a wine of more elegance, minerality, and finesse. To enchance these characteristics the wine ages only in large oak barrels, mellowing the wine without imparting oaky flavours.

London Burgundy Week 19th – 25th of March

28 February 2018 by Alex

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Like almost all wine lovers, we have a giant soft spot for Burgundy. This captivating, capricious (and sometimes confusing!) wine region produces some of the most profound wines in the world. Naturally, we were more than happy to take part in this year’s London Burgundy Week, taking place this year from the 19th to the 25th of March. This initiative sees Burgundy themed tasting events taking place all over London and we have got some wonderful tasting opportunities taking place in both Chiswick and Kew. See below for more details:

 

Kew Shop

Throughout the week we will be offering a flight of very special Burgundies for sale. 50ml each of the wines below for just £18.50, each wine is from an excellent producer and showcases both the house style and the terroir beautifully:

Henri Boillot Pommard 2009
Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet 2015
Michel Lafarge Volnay Vendages Selectionnées 2011

We will also be offering a varied selection of Burgundy to drink by the glass in Kew for the whole of March so keep stopping by to see what’s on offer!

Chiswick Shop

On Thursday 22nd of March we will be hosting a very special Burgundian edition of our regular ticketed tastings. Tickets for this event will be limited to 12 places and are priced at £95 per ticket. We will be serving nine wines on the night (plus some Champagne to get started!) and just some of the legendary producers we will be tasting include: Claude Dugat, Denis Mortet, Etienne Sauzet, and Bernard Moreau.

On the weekend of the 23rd to the 25th of March we will pouring a selection of Burgundy wines for free in store. Pop in for a quick taste of these Burgundian beauties any time from 5pm on the Friday!

A Once in a Lifetime Tasting: Miani

23 February 2018 by Alex

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TDrops of Godhe term “icon” is often abused in the wine world, a designation too hastily assigned to any estate which receives the slightest acclaim. But when it comes to the wines of Miani, the label doesn’t quite do justice to the profound wines from the estate. Perhaps Miani’s inclusion in the wine-focused graphic novel series “Drops of God” delivers a more fitting tribute to these unique wines.

Enzo Cellar

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Reclusive winemaker Enzo Pontoni in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region is truly one of the greatest in Italy. Unfortunately, his fiercely uncompromising approach to quality in the vineyards and cellars ensures that there is never enough wine to go around, but we have secured excellent allocations of a wide range of his wines this year. In order to give as many people as possible a chance to experience these beautiful creations we decided to host an unprecedented tasting in the Chiswick store showcasing a wide range of Enzo’s wines. Bruno Besa, an expert on Enzo’s wines who has been working with him for almost 20 years joined us for this tasting. Despite having visited Enzo in his winery almost every year for the last 20 years, Bruno remarked that he had never tasted so many Miani wines from bottle at once. We were lucky to have Bruno on hand to share an unparalleled level of insight into what makes these wines so special.

The Miani wines are becoming more sought after every year, and it is very unlikely that the opportunity to put on this tasting will ever arise again. We have a precious few Miani wines still in stock at the time of this article, click here to browse them online, although they may not be there for long!

Below are details of what we tasted on the night:

Sauvignon Zitelle Alto 2015 & Sauvignon Zitelle Cava – these two expressions of Sauvignon Blanc are from a single vineyard (‘Le Zitelle’ means spinsters in English) that Enzo acquired in 2006 and completely replanted – his grandfather had made some of the original plantings here many years ago so this site Miani Chardonnay Webhas a special place in Enzo’s heart. The vines are just becoming old enough to produce wines that live up to Enzo’s high standards and these are the first releases of Sauvignon Blanc from here. The Cava Sauvignon is from a section of very poor soils that give an extra-concentrated wine show very dense, exotic flavours and deep minerality. The Alto is more aromatic and expressive at the moment with great purity.

Ribolla Gialla Pettarin 2016 & Friulano Filip 2016 – these individual vineyard expressions of the two greatest Friulian white grapes are named after the families that farmed them in years past. These two wines are the most sought after whites in the Miani stable. The Ribolla is delicate, fresh, and floral but with impressive density and texture. The Friulano is an incredibly intense wine, with masses of structure for a white wine: everything is here from acidity and richness of texture to extremely intense exotic fruit and minerality.

Chardonnay Palis 2015 – a new wine from the 2015 vintage onwards, this rich but mineral single vineyard Chardonnay is a future classic. Compared to many other Chardonnays this has a wonderfully ethereal, delicate character – there’s an almost playful feel to the wine. At the same time there is a hint of seriousness and the promise of future development.

Miani Rosso 2013 – a blend of Merlot and Refosco from a spectacular vintage, the Refosco comes from younger vines in a new, very exciting Refosco vineyard which will be bottled separately in future vintages when the vines are mature. This shows a lot of the richness, brightness, and concentration of the two single vineyard Merlots but with some beguiling herbal and earthy character coming from the Refosco. This is a slightly lighter weight red for Miani, but no less enticing because of it.miani-rosso-web

Merlot “Filip” 2013 & Merlot “Buri” 2013 – this was a fascinating chance to compare these two monumental Merlots from two different vineyards in the same, excellent vintage. Buri is from the village of Buttrio and is structured and complex, while Filip originates in Rosazzo and is rounder and more generous in youth. The Filip showed as the lighter of the two wines but this is more of a testament to the sheer monolithic power and intensity of the Buri. Both wines show incredible brightness of fruit – a quality that could almost be described as ‘aromatic’. There is a truly amazing level of ripeness to all aspects of these wines which never strays into over-ripe, stewed, or ‘Porty’ territory. No wonder Antonio Galloni described the Buri as ‘one of the most profound expressions of Merlot on the planet’.

BYO Podcast – Episode Five: “Secret Santa” Blind Tasting

4 January 2018 by Alex

Episode 5

For the uninitiated, ‘Bring Your Own’ is a podcast and video web series (in conjunction with Bottled Films) about wine and the people who make it, made by the people who drink it. Each episode has a theme centred around a wine region or style, and takes the form of a free-flowing, informal, and educational conversation.

Getting into the festive spirit for our fifth episode, we gathered a few wine lovers to play “Secret Santa” and exchange some vinous gifts. Of course, we wanted to put a BYO Podcast twist on the tradition with a little blind tasting challenge. Each guest today has brought a special bottle of wine as a gift to be Blind Tasted by another guest. Each person will know who provided the gift, but will have to taste the wine blind and try to guess what the wine they’ve received is.

Special thanks to the great team at The 10 Cases in Covent Garden, in Central London who hosted us for the filming of the episode. Find them online at www.10cases.co.uk

SPOILER ALERT! The wines our participants were tasting in this episode are below the video:

Vassaltis Vineyards Aidani, PGI Cyclades, Santorini Greece 2015
Consolation “Juliette” Roussanne Sauvage IGP Cotes Catalanes, France 2015
Joseph Swan Zinfandel Mancini Ranch, Russian River Valley, California 2012
Clos Signadore Patrimonio Rouge, Corsica 2013

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