Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico DOCG: New Wine* Commended 2014

Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico

This is why we drink Chianti. Forget stupid dried grass covered nonsense ‘flasks’ sold by idiots in tat shops on poor advice. This is a thing of real beauty. Ruby-red tending towards garnet. Elegant, with delicate scents of violets. Well-balanced and dry, with good structure and a velvety texture. A perfect accompaniment for the richly flavoured dishes of the traditional Chianti cuisine, as well as for grilled meats and aged cheeses.

Price: ¥265

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Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG

Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG

The most famous wine from the estate, Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG, defines the appellation. Classic Chianti Rufina consisting of mostly Sangiovese with small amounts of Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged 24 months in barrel plus another 3 months in the bottle.

Price: ¥299

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Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo (Sangiovese, Merlot)

Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo (Sangiovese, Merlot)

Reviews and Scores: Vintage 2008, 92/100 , Wine Advocate The blend of Sangiovese and Merlot from vines of an average age of 25 to 35 years yields a refined, elegantly stylish wine of fruit forward lushness.

Price: ¥459

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Tenuta Sette Ponti Morellino di Scansano

Tenuta Sette Ponti Morellino di Scansano Red

Ruby red. Fruit and flower. Fresh and full bodied. I fell in love with Morellino Di Scansano while working for Oddbins in the UK; (the world’s greatest wine merchant back then). My baptism into Italian wines. My boss said, “Try that”, with a warm grin. Reviews and Scores: Vintage 2005, 85/100 , Wine Spectator

Price: ¥251

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Zonin Classici Chianti DOCG

Zonin Classici Chianti

A classic style of a classic wine. Bright ruby-red colour marked by violet reflections that tend to become garnet with age. Intense, fine & elegant scents of violets, wild berries, red flowers, berries & subtle notes of plums. Full-bodied, well integrated, fine textured tannins and beautiful fruit on the finish. Dry, nicely balanced and enticing with lingering acidity and flavours of cherry & spice.

Price: ¥148

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