Chenin Blanc (LTO $2 OFF) 2014
Dowie Doole
McLaren Vale, Australia

$17.90 ($214.80 cs of 12)

Light straw with a vibrant green hue. The nose is ... more
Franciacorta Brut 0
Lombardia, Italy

$35.40 ($424.80 cs of 12)

Franciacorta is one of the best-kept secrets among ... more
Sognum Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Luigi Righetti
Veneto, Italy

$20.50 ($246.00 cs of 12)

Similar to the famous Amarone of the region, Sognum ... more

Fine Italian Fizz to Toast Fall!
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Franciacorta, like Champagne, is both a geographic area as well as a sparkling wine. Awarded the coveted DOCG designation in 1995, Franciacorta is located east of Milan in north-central Italy and extends between Brescia, Lake Garda and Trento, south of Lake Iseo. It is a small area with relatively ...  read more »
Ripe and Ready Cabernet from the Veneto
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Luigi Righetti is one Veneto producer that has embraced the French varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. What makes this wine very unique is the manner in which it is produced: similar to the famous Amarone of the region, Sognum is made with semi-dried grapes, which concentrate the fruit flavours and add richness ...  read more »
A Super "Super Tuscan" from Jacopo Biondi Santi
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
On offer this week is the 2011 Jacopo Biondi Santi Braccale. The wine is a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20 % Merlot - a subtle balance between the austerity of traditional Sangiovese and the roundness of Merlot, perfectly adapted to the Maremma. The vineyards for this wine are 900-1350 feet above ...  read more »

Dowie Doole
2014, Chenin Blanc (LTO $2 OFF)
McLaren Vale, Australia
Major Grape: Chenin Blanc
Tasting Notes
Light straw with a vibrant green hue. The nose is fresh, with lively aromas of passionfruit, citrus, white flowers and guava. The aromas follow through onto the palate with a burst of delicate white fruit and citrus flavours. A lovely, long palate and a crisp, clean and zesty finish. The grapes are sourced solely from 80+ year-old vines on Drew Dowie and Lulu Lunn's Tintookie vineyard, which is situated on sandy soils at Blewitt Springs, located on the cooler slopes above McLaren Vale. 2014 was a milder vintage allowing the fruit to ripen slowly, achieving full flavour ripeness at lower baumé and retain excellent acidity. Yield was low with smaller than average crops, small berries and bunches. Fruit displayed lovely varietal character, ripe but with excellent acidity.
0, Franciacorta Brut
Lombardia, Italy
Major Grape: Chardonnay
Tasting Notes
Franciacorta is one of the best-kept secrets among Champagne lovers. It’s produced in Lombardy in exactly the same way as champagne. The main difference is that it ages on the lees longer than Champagne, making it even more toasty and complex.
90% Chardonnay, part in aged barrels, 10% Pinot Noir. 7g/l dosage. There is a lightly earthy, slightly bruised apple note that is lovely. In the mouth really quite full and palate-filling freshness, and again that touch of the oxidised, bruised apple and pear. Nice hints of sweetness here, in a wine that is long and quite complex. Score 90,, May 2014
Luigi Righetti
2012, Sognum Cabernet Sauvignon
Veneto, Italy
Major Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes
Similar to the famous Amarone of the region, Sognum is made with semi dried grapes, which concentrate the fruit flavours and add richness to give it a more robust flavor profile. Sixteen months in oak barrels give additional complexity by softening the mouthfeel, and also give a nice accent of vanilla and spices. This is a very tasty Cabernet!
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