Italian Wines

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.

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  1. Villa Giada. Moscato d'Asti 'Andrea' 2014 half bottle

    The Audrey Hepburn of sweet wines, fragile nuanced fruit with the finest of spiced orange and candied lemon intertwined through the freshest and grapiest of all wines.


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  2. Broccatelli Galli. Sangiovese 2015

    Imagine crushing a handful of raspberries, black cherries and wild strawberries, that is what is smells like, the stalk and earth, real.  The taste is equally generous and genuine, ripe cherry, a touch of basil and mint attractively rustic, wonderfully freshing.


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  3. Frentana. Montepulciano 'Frentano' 2015

    Deeply flavoured, energetic wine with damson and black cherry fruit.  A boisterous, puppy of a red, always willing to please.


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  4. Broccatelli Galli. Grechetto 'Selezione' 2015

    A lovely weight of fruit and fine mineral structure (decent body), almond, ripe herb and grapefruit.  Very superior everyday drinking.


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  5. Sampietrana. Ambasciatori Primitivo 2014

    Fresh, correct, damson, strawberry and floral flavours.  The genuine article with its beautifully faded brick patina, a rare wine.


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  6. Righetti. Valpolicella Classico 2015

    Immediate and bright with floral cherry and damson fruit. An absolute classic un-messed with Valpolicella.


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  7. Recchia Poderi del Roccolo. Bardolino Chiaretto 2015

    A charming, fresh rosé with light strawberry fruit and a slight, creamy texture.


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  8. Villa Giada. Moscato 'Suri' 2014

    Villa Giada Moscato Suri
    Moscato D'Asti DOC


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  9. Broccatelli Galli. Rosato 'Due Rose' 2014

    Pure black cherry and strawberry aromas, some elderflower, creamy texture, floral with crisp black cherry fruit with mineral and elements.  Delicate and delicious.


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  10. Recchia Poderi del Roccolo. Bardolino 2015

    Soft and easy cherry fruit and mineral and herb lifting it out of the ordinary. 


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  11. Valpanera. Bianco 'Tre Uve' 2013

    Nothing not to like about this wine, sauvignon aromas leading to pink grapefruit, basil and greengage flavours, perhaps a touch of melon.  Soft and fresh, a touch of minerality everything is just right, a really lovely vintage.


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  12. Ciu Ciu. Rosso Piceno 'Bacchus' 2014

    Soft, supple brambly fruit, open and easy with a touch of spice, pepper and savoury on the finish.  A mini-classic Piceno.


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  13. Rauscedo. Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    Generous, ripe lime and kiwi fruit aromas with ripe basil and tarragon, tight and mineral with fresh, fresh fig and lemon flavours, a fine structure and long finish.


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  14. Paolo Petrilli. 'Motta del Lupo' 2015

    Plum, cherry violet and basil, very authentic ripe fruit aromas, a touch of sweet cinnamon and clove.  Soft, open raspberry and bramble flavours, very easy and beautifully refreshing. Organic and Vegan Certified.


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  15. Rauscedo. Friulano 2015

    A touch of wax adding complexity to lime and banana flavours.  A very good Friulano, far better than the price suggests, lovely and mineral on the finish. 


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    £10.00
  16. Frentana. Bianco 'Torre Vinaria' 2014

    Soft and easy tropical fruit, these grapes were made for each other.


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  17. Rauscedo. Pinot Grigio 2015

    Perfumed, funky, exotic aromas with lemon, herb and pink grapefruit, fresh and pure with the typically stony character that is the DNA of this wine.


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  18. Frentana. Rosso 'Torre Vinaria'

    A big softy of a wine, velvety berry fruit, cassis, and a whiff of smoke.


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  19. Sampietrana. Brindisi Riserva '1952' 2013

    A massive mouthful of ripe fruit, deep and plummy with soft rounded tannins.


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  20. Santa Vittoria. Poggio al Tempio 2013

    Elegant dark cherry and red berry fruit, cedar and tobacco with hints of truffle and leather, an unusually complex wine.  It just seems far better than it should be, if that makes any sense.


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  21. Villa Giada. Monferrato Rose Chiaretto 2014

    There is a little more colour on the 2013, but the fruit is fresh and pure, alluring strawberry and cherry, just a touch of cream, divine.


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  22. Villa Giada. 'Suri' Bianco 2014

    Youthful and vibrant, bright lemon and grapefruit flavours exploding on the palate. A lovely aperitivo which has the character to accompany smoked fish.


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  23. Villa Giada. Barbera D'Asti 'Suri' 2014

    All bramble and raspberry, joyous and vibrant, it is remarkably flexible in that the full forest fruit is the perfect partner to linguine and wild boar ragù, alternatively it can be chilled (there is very little tannin) and works well with spiced seafood.


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  24. Colognole. Chianti 'Sinopie' 2013

    Warm cherry, slightly earthy mineral fruit – a very classic Rùfina.


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  25. Case Bianche. Spumante 'Cuvee' Extra Dry

    A Ruinart'esque bottle compliments the excellence of this terrifyingly moorish spumante from Prosecco-masters, Case Bianche.


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  26. Rauscedo. Traminer Aromatico 2013

    Beautifully restrained, lightly spiced fruit, dry and refreshing with tight mineral finish.


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  27. Rauscedo. Verduzzo 2013

    Soft, honeyed fruit with delicious touches of nutmeg and quince.  A medium bodied, supple, gentle sweet wine that has no desire to overpower. 


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  28. Frentana. Cococciola 2015

    A fantastically chilled wine, somehow it tastes like it has made no effort at all, just thrown together zesty, white floral flavours in perfect balance, slight and fine, an enticing white.


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  29. Vicentini. Soave 'Terrelunghe' 2015

    Ripe apricot and almond aromas, it was a hotter than average vintage and the fruit is subsequently fuller with roast chestnut and almond flavours woven through fresh lemon and pink grapefruit.


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  30. Necotium. Friulano Delfino della Marchesa 2012

    A purity of fruit with a real depth of golden apple, marzipan, almond and hazelnut flavours, quite floral and mineral on the finish.


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  31. Ferdinando Principiano. Dolcetto 'Dosset'

    Fresh citrus laced berry fruit, a wine to refresh the mouth whilst leaving the brain in a reasonable state.


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  32. Angiolino Maule. Masieri Bianco 2015

    English apple, spice and mineral flavours, slightly honeyed with some almond on the finish.


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    £11.75
  33. Broccatelli Galli. Montefalco Rosso 2013

    A wine that is comfortable in itself and makes no effort to masquerade the dark, earthy patina of Sagrantino freshened with the black cherry and damson of Sangiovese.


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  34. Ascheri. Dolcetto 'Nirane' 2013

    Bright cherry and damson fruit, a picture of modern dolcetto: perfectly defined pure fruit, well judged, natural weight, a simple and joyous wine.


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  35. Righetti. Valpolicella Ripasso 'Campolieti' 2012

    Coffee, chocolate and ripe fruit on the nose, there is more than hint of Amarone in the background. This is a full and forward wine that is delicious when young and always has the structure to improve for years.


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  36. Conte Emo. La Montecchia 'Fior D'Arancio' Spumante 2015

    A wine that never fails to amuse, joyous orange blossom with feisty, fresh grape flavours and just a touch of subtle lemon and grapefruit.


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  37. Manfredi Filippo Olearia. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1L

    Genuine italian extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil.  We use it for everything!


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  38. Sampietrana. Masseria del Gelso Squinzano Riserva 2012

    A supple and welcoming wine, perhaps too easy to enjoy with its deep cassis and currant fruit, lifted with roasted pepper and mocha flavours.


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  39. Paolo Petrilli. 'Fortuita' 2011

    Damson, clove and sloe on the nose, lithe tannin, mouth filling strawberry and black cherry fruit.


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  40. Conte Emo. La Montecchia 'Ca Emo' 2014

    Dried Raboso grapes have been added to the assemblage releasing an element of raucous joy.  Deep, damson laced red with fig and caramel flavours, soft inviting and open, an absolute pleasure


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  41. Stefano Mancinelli. Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2014

    Jasmine and lime, a beautifully perfumed and delicate vintage, really mineral with fresh-cut pineapple, grapefruit, honey and tarragon flavours. 


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  42. Sampietrana. Vigna la Cupa Salice Salentino Riserva 2011

    Sampietrana Vigna la Cupa Salice Salentino Riserva 
    Salice Salentino DOC Riserva


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  43. Frentana. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 'Rubesto' 2010

    Damson and sloe, deeply flavoured full wine with elements of mocha, balsamic, pepper, even slightly floral.


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  44. Filippi. Soave Classico 'Castelcerino' 2013

    Apricot and hazelnut, wet hay and pannacotta.  Finely textured with rich leesy fruit; mineral with apple, apricot and lime, beautifully floral.


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  45. Conte Emo. La Montecchia Cabernet Franc 'Godimondo' 2014

    A very impressive wine, gentle blueberry fruit, shot through with violet, fresh herb, mint and camomile. A subtle, light and complex wine. 12.5%


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  46. Ciu Ciu. Pecorino 'Merlettaie' 2013

    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.


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  47. Frentana. Pecorino Biologico 2015

    Jasmine, melon and apricot aromas. Lime and green peppers, mineral and fresh herb flavours, quinine and dried lemon. A finely balanced, complex and very good wine.


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  48. Conte Emo. La Montecchia. Raboso 'Forzate' 2011

    A dark and brooding spiced wine with drying tannins and spot on good acidity - a very fine vintage of this wine.


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  49. Savese. Primitivo 'Le Petrose' 2011

    As forthright as ever, roasted peppers, spiced damson and cocoa, herb and tobacco.


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  50. Masserie di Ugento. Negroamaro 2010

    Tight damson and blackcurrant fruit, intense and tannic.


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  51. Rauscedo. Ribolla Gialla Spumante Extra Dry

    Beautiful aromatic fruit, fine minerality providing structure and weight.  For such an immediately enjoyable wine this has unusual complexity.


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  52. di Marzo. Aglianico Irpinia 2013

    Fresh, bright and forward fruit, lightly spiced, very pure, absolute pleasure.


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  53. Case Bianche. Prosecco 'Antico' 2013

    Green apple and herb, more floral and mineral than fruit.  The process means it is a little cloudy and throws some sediment, nought taken out, it’s quite something.


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  54. Ascheri. Langhe Arneis 'Selection Christina' 2013

    A slight and delicate vintage with poised floral fruit, a touch of salted butter, herb and lime, very delicate and very lovely.


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  55. Rauscedo. Marzemino Spumante Demi Sec

    Deeply coloured frothy red with generous strawberry, raspberry and Turkish delight flavours, bottled joy. 


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  56. Ascheri. Gavi di Gavi 'Selection Christina' 2015

    Apricot and lime, beautifully floral and fresh on the nose.  Beautifully fresh and unusually full flavours, with ripe herb, lime and wet stone, there is a spring like purity to the wine.


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  57. Villa Giada. Monferrato Bianco 'Mane' 2014

    Not dissimilar to a decent Macon villages; quite full buttery fruit, some barrique flavours of toast carefully balanced against the weight of the vintage.


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  58. Bionda. Valpolicella Classico 2014

    What a wine – almost like biting into an apple with the purest black cherry fruit, incredibly floral, an exceptional light red.


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  59. Emilio Bulfon. Sciaglin 2013

    A tight, focused wine with refreshing grapefruit, lime and greengage fruit, some lovely soft peach, wild honey and jasmine, just a touch of bitter lemon on the finish. 


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  60. Emilio Bulfon. Cividin 'Blanc di Sanzuan' 2013

    Lovely ripe fruit on the nose, pineapple and mango, delicate herb and lime flavours.  A fine vintage for this vine.


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  61. Emilio Bulfon. Cjanorie 'Cianoros' 2014

    This vintage is so pure, the raspberry fruit is almost bright, tannin is almost non-existant. There is simply nothing not to love, it is the original Californian blonde.


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  62. Case Bianche. Prosecco Superiore 'Vigna del Cuc' 2015

    A naturally gifted vintage, beautiful soft. fresh lemon and grapefruit backed with ripe herb and apricot.  Simplicity itself, with a crystalline purity.


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  63. di Marzo. Greco di Tufo 'Palazzo' 2015

    Full lime, passion and jasmine scented fruit.  Mineral with tight, an absolutely classic Greco that demonstrates the grape’s reputation to make white wines that satisfy red wine drinkers.


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  64. Alessandro Tofanari. Vernaccia di San Gimignano 'Ciprea' 2013

    Lemon, fig, quince and honey entice, a firm grip of tannin – a wine packed with character, exactly how Vernaccia should be.


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  65. Necotium. Cabernet Franc 2013

    The fruit is dry, supple and elegant with mint, eucalyptus and herb complementing the generous bramble and berry fruit.  Light and supple, absolute classic.


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  66. Paglianetto. Verdicchio Matelica 'Petrara' 2015

    Apricot and pink grapefruit, a taut intensity with a lovely weight of waxy fruit, peppers and herbs.


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  67. Ciu Ciu. Passerina Spumante 'AltaMarea' 2013

    Passerina has a habit of straying deeply into the tropical spectrum, but is saved from such indignity when picked early, here the fruit is citrus with ripe pear and dried herb.  An original and lovely spumante.


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  68. Sant'Agnese. Vermentino 'Kalendamaia' 2013

    Lovely freshness, rounded leesy fruit, concentrated herb, lavender, grapefruit and melon, and mouth cleaning minerality. Simply, a wine packed with vigour and fun.  


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  69. Zeni (Roberto). Pinot Bianco 'Seipergole' 2014

    A fine and elegant, mineral vintage.  Fresh lime and lemon sherbet fruit, a touch of herb and surprising depth and structure.


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  70. Sant'Agnese. Merlot 'Rubido' 2011

     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


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  71. Emilio Bulfon. Cordenossa 'Ros di Sanzuan' 2013

    A rich red, damson and sloe, a dark and brooding stylish wine with slight herb and mineral elements and soft tannins.


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  72. Emilio Bulfon. 'Blanc de Rugel' 2013

    Deep, orange and grapefruit flavours, with spice and floral elements.


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  73. Zeni (Roberto). Rossara 'Legiare' 2013

    Cherry and berry fruit, supple floral fruit, a crystaline freshness to this full flavoured, light red.


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  74. Stefano Mancinelli. Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 'Santa Maria Fiore' 2014

    Pear, lychee and white flower aromas, beautifully textured with wild honey and candied lemon, grapefruit and ripe herb.  The flavours linger and develop well after the glass has emptied, a complex mineral wine that will develop intensity over the next few years.


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  75. Zeni (Roberto). Nosiola 'Palustella' 2014

    Mountain fresh with mineral, hazelnut and green ripe herb.


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  76. Emilio Bulfon. Piculit Neri 2014

    Raspberry and black currants with a dusting of fine tannin, cedar and cassis, a glass of wine to loose yourself in.


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  77. di Marzo. Aglianico Irpinia 'Storiche' 2012

    Savoury, smoky damson fruit, fine tannin, an elegant and deeply flavoured wine with a long future ahead.


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  78. Ascheri. Pelaverga di Verduno 'do ut des' 2010

    Cherry, caramel, a dusting of sweet tannins, popcorn and strawberry to blueberry. A very different style to any Pelaverga that I have tasted.


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  79. Savese. Primitivo di Manduria 'Terrarossa' 2010

    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.


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  80. Emilio Bulfon. Pecol Ros 'la Santissima' 2013

    Strawberry and damson fruit, real mouth cleaning Victoria plum and cassis with lovely balance, a nice minerality and crunchy on the finish.  A special wine that will develop for a few years yet.


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  81. Costanzo. Mofete Rosso 2012

    Fresh and pure red berry fruit, delicate spice and mineral grip with fine, ripe tannins. The finish is extraordinarily long.


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  82. Ascheri. Nebbiolo d'Alba 'San Giacomo' 2012

    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).  


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  84. Le Miccine. Chianti Classico 2014

    The tannin is ripe and unobtrusive and the fruit ripe with plum and black cherry flavours.


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  85. Conte Emo. La Montecchia Carmenere 'Progetto Recupero' 2009

    This is a full wine with deep concentrated fruit, all damson and bramble, shot through with spice.


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  86. Col Sandago. Prosecco 'Undici' 2013

    Pineapple and melon, ripe and rounded with freshening apple and lime, seriously lovely pea and elderflower on the finish.


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  87. Zeni (Roberto). Sauvignon Blanc 'Ronchi di Piazzole' 2015

    Fresh cut ripe herb and green pepper aromas, as intense as ever with a little more in the treble range this year.


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  88. Zeni (Roberto). Pinot Grigio Ramato 'Fontane' 2014

    A very pale rosé, faint berry aromas, lovely cherry and strawberry fruit and beautifully mineral on the finish.


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  89. Colombera & Garella. Coste della Sesia 2013

    Colombera abd Garella Coste della Sesia
    Coste della Sesia DOC

    Grape Nebbiolo


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  90. Villa Giada. Gamba di Pernice

    Villa Giada Gamba di Pernice Calosso
    Vino da Tavola


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  91. Santa Vittoria. 'Leopoldo' 2011

    Pepper, capsicum and nutmeg, herb, spice, truffle and porcini loom large in this deeply flavoured wine.


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  92. Frentana. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 'Panarda' 2009

    Venerable, old school Gent.  Deep sloe and damson fruit, porcini and cigar box flavours fashioned to perfection.  


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  93. Villa Giada. Tre Ponti 2012

    Bramble, red currants and violet aromas, firm tannins with a lick of tar and dark cherry and berry fruit.  A full and finely balanced Nebbiolo.


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  94. Ferdinando Principiano. Freisa 'Chila' 2012

    A little tannin, fresh raspberry fruit, a touch rustic but in a very good way.


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  95. Emilio Bulfon. Moscato Rosa 2014

    This immaculate pudding wine coats your taste buds in honeyed strawberry, rose and Turkish delight.


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  96. Schwarzhof. Gewurztraminer 2014

    The aromas of this wine are absolutely pure Gewürztraminer, it is such an aromatic varietal with woven lychee and rose flavours.


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  97. Paolo Petrilli. 'Agramante' Cacc'e Mmitte di Lucera 2012

    Blueberry and cassis on the nose, fine ripe tannins and mineral core, mint and mocha an extraordinary and intense wine whose complexity comes unaided by oak.


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  98. Col Sandago. Wildbacher Sparkling Brut Rose 2014

    Delicate, fresh and alarmingly easy.  Pale pink, laced with cherry and black forest fruits, a twist of bitters and a suggestion of fragrant rose.


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  99. Vicentini. Soave Superiore 'Il Casale' 2014

    Mineral with intense, taut lime, elderflower and apricot fruit.  Simply beautiful white flowers on the nose.  A wine which refreshes and challenges.  An absolute classic.


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  100. Ferdinando Principiano. Nebbiolo 'Coste' 2012

    Sapid, loose, easy sloe and raspberry fruit, laced with violet and edging toward white chocolate on the finish.  Not a big wine, just beautifully balanced and dangerously enjoyable.


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  101. Col Sandago. Prosecco Passito (50cl)

    L183 Honeyed, marmalade, supple fresh, delicate and fine.


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  102. Lis Fadis. Rosso 2014

    Lis Fadis Rosso
    Rosso Friuli Colli Orientali DOC


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  103. Zeni (Roberto). Teroldego di Rotaliano 'Lealbere' 2013

    Open, spiced damson and sloe, lovely open, ripe tannins, full and warming wine.


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  104. Stefano Mancinelli. Lacrima di Morro D'Alba Superiore 2013

    Insane violet, lavender and rose, incredible purity.  Floral dark fruit, Turkish delight, blueberry and black cherry, wonderful wine


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  105. Mauro Franchino. Coste della Sesia 2013

    Subtle strawberry, clove and camomile with dried rose and unrolled tobacco.  Bright, fresh and vigorous fruit, lemon and orange peel lift the fine floral berry fruit, the tannins are fully mature have an attractive sweetness, a beautifully presented traditional wine which will develop over many, many years. 


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  106. Picech. Friulano 2012

    Spiced and deep with apple to hazelnut fruit and a real mineral grip, a big complex white.


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  107. Castell'in Villa. Chianti Classico 2012

    A powerful vintage that leans more to deep, dried fruit, smoke and spice than the floral elements found in cooler vintages.  In many ways this has a Brunello like structure and warmth.


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  108. Picech. Malvasia Istriana 2012

    Apricot and torn basil on the nose, dried herb, lime and eucalyptus, mineral with tight candied lemon, intense and precise.  


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  109. Picech. Pinot Bianco 2014

    A dry and full white with crusty bread and floral fruit, will come into its stride towards the end of 2016 and is well worth stocking up with.


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  110. Picech. Collio Rosso 2013

    Smooth and intense cassis flavours enhanced by fresh mint and ground spice. The tannins are soft and mature.


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  111. Alessandro Tofanari. Vernaccia di San Gimignano 'Astrea' 2011

    Rich powerful fresh fig and quince fruit, ripe, bitter lemon and wild honey


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  112. Serena Palazzolo e Figli. Sauvignon Blanc 2013

    A fresh and mineral style, far more in common with the Loire than with a typical Friuli Sauvignon.


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  113. Emilio Bulfon. Piculit Neri Barrique 2012

    Cassis, soft berry fruit damson and plum, some mocha and cocoa.  Still comparatively young, the tannins have some grip and whilst enjoyable it is a little unwieldy, nothing that a few years won’t iron out.


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  114. Santa Vittoria. Valdichiana Vin Santo 2010 (37.5cl)

    Olorosso and nut on the nose, caramel, honey and toffee flavours run deep through this wine


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  115. Conte Emo. Capodilista 'Ireneo' 2009

    Very pure cassis, very old school, pepper and spice and the gentlest of measures.  A complex and elegant wine, light on tannins.  Warm and well rounded.


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  116. Ciu Ciu. Montepulciano 'Oppidum' 2010

    Old school, classic montepulciano.  Brooding, muscular fruit with truffle and dark chocolate flavours, tannins are ripe and firm, floral and mineral elements lift the wine, a worthwhile addition to any cellar.

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  117. Moziese. Nero d'Avola 2011

    Supple, easy inviting fruit, lifted by some savoury smoky flavours - exactly what to expect from a great Nero d’Avola


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    £19.75
  118. Broilo. Schioppettino 2012

    Raspberry and black pepper, earthy mushroom and grilled peppers, mineral and complex.  Seriously great full-bodied red that is fabulous now and will continue to develop to 2018-2020.


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  119. COS. Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2011

    A style of wine I love, yet find tortuous to duplicate into words, probably because of the subtle weave of flavours from hedgerow berry to rosehip and earl grey tea, baked clay and wild herb. No run of the mill, dull as ditchwater 'blockbuster Nero d'Avola' something altogether more enjoyable.


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    £20.00
  120. Bionda. Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 'Malavoglia' 2013

    Fig, date and black berry aromas. Hot, spiced, sweet damson fruit, very pure and defined.


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  121. Broilo. Ribolla Gialla 2013

    A powerful, spicy Ribolla with a real weight of apply fruit.


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  122. Bionda. Valpolicella Classico Superiore 'Casal Vegri' 2012

    A serious release of this single vineyard wine, firm mature tannin, deep and elegant fruit.  A wine which reflects the vendemmnia and altitude of this Merano site and attitude of the Castellani men.


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  123. Angiolino Maule. Pico 2013

    Angiolino Maule Pico
    Veneto IGT


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    £21.00
  124. Paolo Petrilli. Nero di Troia 'Il Guerro' 2010

    Pure, deep damson fruit, enveloping tannins with engaging spice, blueberry and floral nuances.  Majestic and powerful wine with the capacity to age for many years, one of the great full-bodied Puglian red wines.


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  125. Ascheri. Montalupa Syrah 2007

    Generous fruit, big, open and soft and were it not for a vein of Piemontese restraint this could be mistaken for a top new world syrah (and I mean that as a compliment) 


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  126. Villa Giada. Nizza 'Bricco Dani' 2011

    Ripe, full and open fruit, fine tannins with hints of mocha mingle with backberry, damson and sloe.


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  127. Frentana. Montepulciano 'Frentano' 2015 Magnum

    Deeply flavoured, energetic wine with damson and black cherry fruit.  A boisterous, puppy of a red, always willing to please.


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    £21.50
  128. Sant'Agnese. Vermentino L’Etrange 2015

    A unique wine which balances freshness, pure lime fruit and weight with floral flavours tinged with digestive biscuit.


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  129. Le Miccine. Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

    What the 2011 may lack in absolute freshness it gains in complexity. An element of dried figs runs through the raspberry and black cherry fruit, secondary flavours of porcini and truffle just showing through. Well worth putting to one side for a year or ten.


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  130. Col Sandago. Wildbacher Metodo Classico

    A fine, taught, mineral spumante.  Gentle mousse and complex red berry fruit nuance, this is the first release of this wine and whilst it may not quite be the finished article, it is a truly fascinating Blanc de Noir.


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  131. Majolini. Franciacorta Brut 2010

    The finished article, it has shed its puppyish charms of apple Danish and candied lemon to reveal firm and complex layers of fruit, divine.

     


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  132. Righetti. Amarone 'Capitel de Roari' 2012

    A traditional Amarone made from hand selected bunches that represent the cream from Righetti's grape growers.

     


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  133. Picech. Jelka 2011

    Unrestrained joy on so many levels.  Big waxy fruit, spiced with yellow berry and ripe apple, a legend.


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  134. Tosolini. Limoncello d'Amalfi

    Luscious texture with mandarin, fig syrup and candied lemon flavours, a liquid sorbet.


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    £22.50
  135. Zeni (Roberto). Pinot Bianco 'Sorti' 2011

    An extreme take on Pinot Bianco, it is right on the edge with herb and lemon, some quinine and dried flowers.


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  136. Sant'Agnese. Sangiovese 'Libatio' 2007

    If Warhol worked with sangiovese this would be the result. It is bold and precise, it just works. Black cherry and floral on the nose. Some lemon and spice, a serious attack of black cherry fruit, highlights and shades from basil, dark chocolate and dried herb.


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  137. Villa Giada. Moscato d'Asti 'Canelli' 2015 Magnum

    Villa Giada Moscato d'Asti Andrea Magnum
    Moscato d’Asti DOCG


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    £23.00
  138. Ascheri. Montalupa Viognier 2013

    Matteo rates this as his best vintage yet, it has a lovely rich mouthfeel, citrus and exotically tropical fruit are held around a mineral core, it is an exceptional wine.


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  139. Vicentini. Recioto di Soave 2013

    Honey, herb and almond, luscious deep fruit, velvety texture with a divine purity and lifting grapefruit character. 


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  140. Paglianetto. Verdicchio Matelica Riserva 'Jera' 2011

    Apricot and peach fruit, rounded and deep, extremely long on the finish.


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  141. di Marzo. Greco di Tufo Spumante Brut 'Anni Venti'

    Lime herb and orange peel, intense and mineral, very long and elegant with a touch of dried apricot on the finish.


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  142. Ascheri. Montalupa Syrah 2004

    Brambly spiced fruit and firm tannins.  Good concentration a very fine wine.


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    £24.00
  143. Il Poggiolo. Sant'Antimo 'Sasso al Vento 262' 2009

    A big soft wine, loganberry fruit, caramelised peppers with strawberry.


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  144. Majolini. Franciacorta Saten 'Ante Omnia' 2009

    Harmonious, restrained, tight mineral fruit. Grapefruit with a touch of spice and white pepper.


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  145. Col Sandago. Dagoberthus 2007 (37.5cl)

    Case Bianche's Col Sandago Dagoberthus is a luscious sweet red wine, honeyed and hints of mushrooms, prunes, cinnamon and nutmeg.


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    £25.00
  146. Colombera & Garella. Bramaterra 'Cascina Cottignano' 2013

    Damson, bramble and strawberry with delicate orange skin and ripe herb.  The fruit is deliciously understated, ripe and fresh as a mountain stream with mineral, lime and cherry flavours.


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  147. Colognole. Chianti Rufina Riserva 'Don' 2009

    Rich elegant tannins, full, bright, cherry laden fruit with secondary mushroom and sotto di bosco coming through.


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  148. Tosolini. Amaretto Saliza

    Tosolini Amaretto Salizá


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    £25.00
  149. Majolini. Franciacorta Pas Dose 'Aligi Sassu' 2006

    Taut and elegant fruit, sinew of lemon, grapefruit and the slightest wild honey, mineral and ripe herb. Full and fine.


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  150. di Marzo. Greco di Tufo 'Somnium Scipionis' 2012

    Some years in bottle has cooled if not dampened the ardour of this wine, perhaps it is now more elegant, with pure deep ripe lemon, mineral with bitter lemon on the finish.  Deliciously mineral, with herb and floral nuances.


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  151. Mauro Franchino. Gattinara 2011

    Grippy tannin, wonderfully deep fruit with superb minerality, salt and iron, leather, cedar, spice and dried flowers.  An unmissable wine from another time.


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  152. Lis Fadis. Friulano 'Sbilf' 2010

    Coxes apples, grapefruit, ripe herb, mint, tarragon and exotic spice.  Mineral and fine with real intensity and elegance, a very fine Friulano.


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  153. di Marzo. Taurasi Horeca 'Albertus' 2009

    This one is an epic, deep and rich, loaded with damson and cherry but what sets it apart from other Taurasi is the elegance and freshness harnessed to power.


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  154. Paolo Petrilli. Sangiovese 2010

    There is a fair amount of Sangiovese in Puglia, finding a pure Sangiovese is extremely rare, finding one of this quality does not happen, it is too hot.  This has the hallmarks of a Montalcino, muscular fruit, supple, woven tannins and fine floral nuance mingle with spice and herb.  A great wine.


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  155. Valpanera. Elisir Balsamico di Refosco Affinato 12 Anni in Barrique

    Deep, dense and complex.  An artisan 12 year old balsamic vinegar,  made unusually from Refosco.


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    £22.25
  156. Stefano Mancinelli. Grappa 'Gocce di Verdicchio' (70cl)

    This is from Stefano’s own Verdicchio grapes, the delicacy of flavours found in the wine is reflected in the spirit which has hints of almond and fresh cut grass.  A light and clean tasting grappa, delicate and balanced.


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    £26.75
  157. Ferdinando Principiano. Barolo Serralunga 2009

    Damson, blueberry and violet, cinnamon and mint aromas, fine blackberry and blueberry fruit, loose, bright and floral with elements of minerality and cigar box.  A spectacular, easy drinking wine.


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  158. Lis Fadis. 'Bergul' 2011

    Full and harmonious with spiced damson, black cherry and wild strawberry fruit, roasted peppers, espresso, a touch of vanilla and divine silky tannins.  A complex and full wine.


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  159. Colli di Serrapetrona. Robbione 2007

    Its’ dark amarone-like body is packed with black damson, sloe and loganberry fruit, tar, licorice and grilled herbs, all of which come together in an intense red of considerable character. Bloody hell, that’s good.


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    £27.00
  160. Majolini. Franciacorta Millesimato 'Electo' 2005

     A serious vintage wine with toast, butter grapefruit and tarragon flavours. Somehow the exuberance is restrained and tempered with a mineral element. A rare and fine wine.


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  161. Primovolo 2007

    Every constituent wine enjoyed an excellent vintage, Giordano’s Merlot is deep and velvety, Sergio’s Sangiovese is masculine and full and Andrea’s Barbera is generous in energetic bramble-charged fruit.


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  162. Colombera & Garella. Lessona 'Pizzaguerra' 2012

    Ethereal purity of fruit, black cherry, wild strawberry and hints of rose on the nose.  Silky tannins, fine fruit, violet, green tea and fresh herb with a twist of orange peel.  


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