We have imported wines from Italy for over 20 years now and we find the wines ever more unfathomable, perhaps I am taking it too seriously for this is a country full of life, literally when considering the line of volcanic activity running up its spine, and the wines are born out of a love of food and friendship.
The unique line up of wines in every region is the result of history, it is not part of some big plan. Italy was only unified in 1870 and it is a story of independent city states rather than of a nation. This independence ensured the diversity of culture, food and wine and local traditions have been proudly defended. Again, the more I read the less I know.
This vintage leans towards apricot, with kiwi and basil enriching the experience. Beautiful creamy texture, a fine complexity that suits everything from convivial company to blue cheese to fish dishes.
Warming damson, truffle and mocha. Absolute classic merlot powerhouse, bitter chocolate, ripe jammy fruit, unlike any merlot I have bought, there haven't been many, this one is unrestrained and joyous - the Hagrid of wines
This is a wine to savour, perhaps to be a little afraid of; it is incredibly mouthfilling, a raucous concoction of deep berry fruit, laced with lavender, chocolate and savoury roasted pepper and mushroom.
A fresh vintage which was un-tampered with, the tannins were mature and allow violet and tar to emerge through berry and strawberry. A lithe and handsome example of nebbiolo, ready to drink and It will develop over the next few years (to 2017).