Zonin Pinot Grigio Friuli Aquileia DOC 2016, Friuli, Italy: Fruity, relatively full and unusually fine. Soft, fresh and light tending towards a dry style.
Allan Scott Single Vineyard Moorlands Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand – Aromatic with lemon citrus and perfumed notes with hints of passion fruit and freshly crushed herbs. The palate is elegant with citrus, passion fruit and dried herbs; the oak influence is delicate and perfectly balanced with the clean refreshing acidity giving this wine a deliciously appealing finish.
Pighin Pinot Grigio DOC. 2015, Friuli Grave, Italy – Straw yellow with lightly amber-coloured tinges in color with fruity and floral aromas including banana, pineapple and wisteria flowers. Persistent, excellent body and correct balance.
Château de Parenchère Cuvée Raphaël AOC 2011, Bordeaux, France – A very dense, very concentrated wine with elegant tannins that stand out, but are mellow and smooth. They are elegantly woody, but not excessively to leave plenty of room for the fruit.
Prunotto Barolo DOCG 2012, Piedmont, Italy – Garnet red in colour with ample and complex aromas of violets and berry fruit, full and velvety in flavor and very balanced. Its structure and body make it an ideal match for meat and game dishes and for cheese.
Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, USA – Deep, enticing wild berry and black currant fruit weaves harmoniously with layers of fragrant tobacco leaf, forest floor and toast in a complex ribbon of flavor that flows into a deliciously long finish in this powerful yet refined taste of Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon. 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot.
MARCHESI ANTINORI TIGNANELLO 2013, TOSCANA IGT, ITALY
GRAPE VARIETY: 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon & 5% Cabernet Franc
TASTING NOTES: An intense ruby red in color with purple highlights, the 2013 Tignanello shows a nose of great red fruit intensity along with highly pleasurable notes of vanilla, chocolate, and leather from the well balanced contribution and fusion of the aromas of the oak. The spicy and balsamic sensations which give additional complexity are also quite important. The wine is ample and enveloping on the palate with supple tannins and a savory freshness which fully respects the character and personality of the Sangiovese grape. The balance between acidity and tannins is excellent, and the finish and aftertaste are of a lovely length and persistence.
QUERCIABELLA CAMARTINA 2010, TOSCANA IGT, ITALY
GRAPE VARIETY: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon & 30% Sangiovese
TASTING NOTES: This elegantly structured wine opens with aromas of ripe black fruit, cedar, leather and a whiff of exotic spice. The firm palate delivers ripe black cherry, plum, coffee, grilled herb and ground clove alongside firm but polished tannins.
MARCHESI DI BAROLO GAVI DI GAVI D.O.C.G. 2014, PIEDMONTE, ITALY
GRAPE VARIETY: Cortese 100%
TASTING NOTES: Tenuous straw-yellow color with greenish reflections. An intense and fine odor with persistent fruity and flowery scents similar to those of golden apples and green almonds as well as a clean aroma of chamomile flowers. The flavor is full-bodied and remarkably sapid, balanced, harmonious and persistent.
IL POGGIONE BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO D.O.C.G. 2011, MONTALCINO, ITALY
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Sangiovese
TASTING NOTES: Ruby red in color, with a very intense, persistent nose and with red fruit notes. Warm, balanced flavour with velvet-smooth tannins.
Brunello is the prince of Montalcino wines, produced exclusively from Sangiovese grapes picked by hand from the oldest vines in the farm.
ALLEGRINI CORTE GIARA SOAVE 2012, VENETO, ITALY
GRAPE VARIETY: 80% Garganega & 20% Chardonnay
TASTING NOTES: Fairly intense straw yellow with green highlights. This classic Veronese white wine is striking for its fresh and inviting breadth of aromas, sketched out with wild flowers and white peaches, and vibrant, vegetal notes. On the palate, the wine is fresh and simple with a supple body, dry and smoothly rounded.