Dogajolo Toscano, 2012

Dogajolo Toscano, 2012
I’ve been drinking this wine on and off for quite a few years now, I’ve always been mesmerised by the beautiful label and the odd name, which I think is pronounced ‘Dogayalo’ – although I almost prefer the obvious ‘Dogajolo’! The name was created by Carpineto’s founders and is derived from the Italian word ‘doga’, ...

Villa Caffaggio, 2009

Villa Caffaggio, 2009
I remember tasting a Villa Caffaggio years ago as a result of reading a glowing review on one of the very early pages of JancisRobinson.com. I still remember being amazed by it’s full bodied silkiness, so much so it was one of my very first recommendations. I also remember trying another bottle of the same wine sometime ...

Sassicaia 2002

Sassicaia 2002
Back in 1944 Mario Incisa della Rochetta owner of the Tenuta San Guido estate planted a small vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Bolgheri hills and changed the history of Italian wine. …and in the process, so the story goes, pissing off a lot of the local traditionalists and the Italian appellation system (if it had even ...

Villa Antinori Toscana, 2009

Villa Antinori Toscana, 2009
I put this up against the Sassicaia 2002 to form a pseudo ‘Super Tuscan’ tasting as I thought it would make a good contrast – This costing £14 and Sassicaia £114!  It wasn’t here to compete, but was intended to be a simple comparison in quality. However this stood up extremely well to the Sassicaia ...

I Frati, Cà dei Frati, 2011

I Frati, Cà dei Frati, 2011
Cà dei Frati was founded 1939 by Felice Dal Cero, and is now run by the third generation of the Dal Cero family, it has a reputation as one of the finest producers of wine in the Lugana DOC which lies in the north of Italy, south of Lake Garda in Lombardy. Depending on where ...

Sesti Monteleccio, 2010

Sesti Monteleccio, 2010
This was one of the raved about wines at Arth Wine, that I was easily convinced to bring home. One of the first Bio-dynamic exponents in Italy (apparently) Giuseppe really cares about the quality of his wine – and the environment. It was good, more soft fruit than the usual Sangiovese, juicy soft edges, but ...

Banfi Brunello di Montalcino, 2007

Banfi Brunello di Montalcino, 2007
Allan ordered a case of the the 2006 from Costco, which at just £19.50 sounded like a complete bargain – for a Brunello! So I agreed to a share of it, especially as Robert Parker himself rated it at 92 points and gave it a glowing review: “The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a beautiful wine ...

La Giaretta Valpolicella Volpare, 2009

La Giaretta Valpolicella Volpare, 2009
Allan and I stumbled on Polpo close to Farringdon underground station after Mark Haisma’s 2011 Burgundy tasting at Vinoteca. The clincher for Polpo was that I couldn’t help but notice from the menu in the window that they offered 5 different types of meatball – I defy anyone to turn away from that! Alongside Mark’s ...

Colli Tortonesi SuSu, 2000

Colli Tortonesi SuSu, 2000
Another bottle from my friend Geoff’s abandoned collection. I was fully expecting this one to be past it’s best, however it was surprisingly fresh & vibrant with plenty of fruit and smooth oak. Quite delicious.   Share this:FacebookTwitter

Tenuta san Guido Guidalberto Toscana, 2009

Tenuta san Guido Guidalberto Toscana, 2009
Drunk alongside the Campana Brunello this was clearly more approachable with smooth vanilla and vibrant fruit, a very different style of northern Italy. Share this:FacebookTwitter
snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake snowflake