Connoisseur Corner

Barolo 1999, Erbaluna, Vigna Rocche – We have a few bottles left of this single-vineyard, organic barolo from Erbaluna’s Vigna Rocche top vineyard (not to be confused with Erabluna Barolo, which is blended from several vineyards). It is fully-matured with mellow fruit and tamed tannins, and has been snapped up by prestige venues in London. We have 41 bottles left on a first come-first served basis. Fantastic with game or a 'proper' Sunday roast.

White Botrytis 2001, Dominio Bagnoli, San Lorenzo – What a wine! a white for ageing. This is a dry noble rot white which is dense and smokey, with honeyed overtones. A work of art. Botrytis is an acquired taste, but it only takes a few sips to contract a passion for it, and this is the top of the range. Billed at 14 proof, this is not for the faint-hearted. Delicious with a really fine aged cheese, like pecorino tufato, or a vintage stilton. Equally with strong smoked fish, or venison carpaccio. A conoisseur drinker must perforce be a conoisseur palate on the food front! Among botrytis this is a jewel.

Amarone Fasoli Gino 2007 -This is one big, powerful Amarone, made in the traditional way from semi-dried grapes, whose sugars ferment into an intense, dry wine. It’s a deep, vivid, ruby red, with ripples of violet; the aromas are all ripe plums, damsons, brambles and dark cherries. Up to four years in large oak casks allow the pruny, brambly flavours to mature revealing warmth and spiciness of cinnamon and cloves.

 

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