The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is plump, juicy and wonderfully expressive. Super ripe dark cherry, plum, mocha, cinnamon, new leather and spice flesh out in a racy, radiant Cabernet Sauvignon endowed with tremendous depth and resonance.
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon feels like it hasn`t developed much over the last year, and I see that as a positive. Silky, nuanced and still very vibrant, the 2016 is just as inspiring as it was when I tasted it last year.
Accendo`s 2016 Sauvignon Blanc is gorgeous. Aromatic and structured, with terrific intensity, the 2016 is captivating from the very first taste. Lemon confit, white flowers, almonds and chamomile are nicely delineated, but it is the wine`s distinctiveness that stands out most.
The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is a very pretty and expressive wine that captures striking varietal character and textural richness, with pretty tropical overtones from the Sauvignon Musqué clone in the blend. Racy, inviting and flat-out delicious, the 2018 is a real winner.
The IGT Isola dei Nuraghi 2011 Barrua is a hearty blend of 85% Carignano, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot that is aged up to 18 months in oak. The wine boasts a compelling international signature that borrows from the great wines of Bolgheri and Bordeaux.
Glass-staining ruby. Mineral-accented cherry and dark berry scents, along with hints of smoked meat, violet and cracked pepper. Broad, fleshy cassis and bitter cherry flavors show very good depth and take on a smoky nuance on the back half.
Leading off the 2019s from bottle and first given the name Les Chailles in 2003, the base 2019 Cornas Les Chailles comes from multiple terroirs (Combe, Les Saveaux, Cayret, Les Mazards, Chaillot, and Chapuzes) and was destemmed and aged 18 months in used barrels.
(aged in barriques and demi-muids, 25 percent of them new, for two years) Saturated ruby. Deep-pitched black and blue fruit scents are complicated by suggestions of potpourri, smoky minerals, incense and cola.
Inky violet color. Intensely perfumed aromas of ripe black/blue fruits, exotic spices, potpourri and olive are sharpened by a smoky mineral flourish. Juicy and expansive in the mouth, offering alluringly sweet blueberry and cherry preserve flavors along with hints of licorice and candied flowers.
Opaque ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays powerful aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, incense, peony and olive paste. Palate-staining blackberry, boysenberry, fruitcake and floral pastille flavors deepen steadily on the back half.
A deep and generous nose of black cherry and dark berry scents, with undertones of liquorice and black pepper. The palate is rich and well defined with a silky mouthfeel. Lots of sweet, dark fruit blends with floral, spicy notes. The tannins are well placed and the finish is fresh and lively.
A textbook Côtes du Rhône with instant appeal. The nose is classic with plenty of upfront sweet, dark fruit, smoked meat, violets and spice. The palate is medium bodied, with plenty of stuffing and structure. Silky tannins and a lively finish make this punch above its weight.
The 2019 Saint Joseph Les Côtes is outstanding and has a classic, darker fruited, mineral-laced style as well as notes of ground pepper, iodine, bouquet garni, and assorted meatiness. Medium to full-bodied and nicely balanced, with ripe tannins, it’s ideal for drinking over the coming decade.