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 May 2012



Vinexpo 2013 Press ReleaseHarry Rose


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1. Vigneti Zabù 2009 Inzolia Sicilia, Italy The Wine Chambers £9.49
Grape variety also used for Marsala. A fresh wine, orange oil on the nose in a slight oxidative style. Lees exposure adds to the mix of textures and flavours.
2. Tiefenbrunner 2010 Turmhof Gewurztraminer Alto Adige, Italy The Wine Chambers £16.00 Alto Adige, aka Sud Tyrol. Richly coloured. Soft on the palate and sweeter than 14.5 abv would suggests, this turns a little flabby and, while interesting enough on the first mothful, quickly becomes heavy going.
3. G.D. Vajra 2009 Dolcetto d'Alba Piemonte, Italy The Wine Chambers £16.00 More famous for their Barolo (where they're based). Light spice and smoke on the nose with young fruit underneath. A touch "lean and green" but there's soft tannins and a little cherry.
4. Ca' del Matt (Alpha Zeta) 2008 Barbera d'Asti Superiore Piemonte, Italy The Wine Chambers £12.00 Made by Kiwi Matt Thomson. Dark spice on the nose, an alluring wine with dry oak edges, medium-soft tannins on a full mid-palate and a dry finish.
5. Gran Sasso 2007 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane Abruzzi, Italy The Wine Chambers £16.00 The Gran Sasso wines are made by young winemaker Marco Flacco. A spicy nose but a also harsh. Texture is smooth, with stewed prune on the taste but enough character to be interesting. A short finish.
Simple & Enjoyable
6. Villa Tonino 2010 Nero d'Avola Sicilia, Italy The Wine Chambers £9.00 IGP wine from a classic Sicilian variety. Young in colour with slightly raw, chemical nose. Sour acidity at the front but very soft, with confectionary candy fruit.
7. Barone Ricasoli 2008 Brolio Chianti Classico Toscana, Italy The Wine Chambers £17.00 Sangiovese & "complementary grapes". A meaty, gamey nose, dark fruit & spice. Lean attack but well structured, chocolaty tannins, smooth & integrated. Improves on the mid-palate into a long finish.
8. Tommaso Bussola 2006 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Veneto, Italy Majestic £22.00 Superiore = "aged in wood for at least a year". This one also happens to be a Ripasso. Tar, figs, Madeira raisins and Dijon Mustard on the nose. Velvety smooth with spicy complexity and port-type texture.
9. Masi Agricola 2007 Costasera Amarone Veneto, Italy Majestic £30.00 Appassimento (Passito) and fermented dry. Lighter and fresher than the Superiore. Menthol clean nose but with depth. Chocolaty rich with good tannins - a precise and focussed wine.

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