# Wine of the Month : February

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This month, 2 wines: Both in tier 1!

Barbera D'AstiEnrico Serafino Barbera D’Asti 2011 Piedmont, Italy

Price: ¥160
For us, this is the most interesting sub-¥150 wine in Shanghai. Big Statement? Well, it is more refined and interesting than anything costing ¥40 to ¥60 more, from both the old and new world. Astonishing quality at an astonishing price from a serious, lauded producer.

We have been drinking vintage after vintage of this wine every few weeks now for over 4 years (That’s quite a few bottles which is saying something thinking about the busy schedule to keep up for the educational side of this job.) It is staggeringly ‘that good’.

Barbera D’Asti is a wine that displays an intense violet colour and typical perfumes of cherries via an intense and rich nose. The typical wonderful acidity brought by Barbera grapes creates an explosion of cherry and flowers’ perfumes.

It never fails to impress. Great when first opened, it is absolutely stunning after 1 hour open. Sometimes, a ‘test glass’ leads to finishing the bottle, but once open, the in-glass and in-bottle development are beautiful to behold and the drinker is repaid by making the bottle last a few days. Read More

February 2015: OMG. Now showing perfect harmony and balance, the 2011 is a tad reduced on the almond bitterness front but has blossomed beautifully on the silky smooth front. We secured 10 cases recently which should last until the late spring.

(other Serafino wines)

TWM

Feb 2015

We still working to find a greater option to topple this next wine… which has occupied this spot for 2 months now, but it’s not easy.

 Salentein Portillo Malbec Argentina Silver ’13 & Bronze ’14 Decanter

Price: ¥100

Silver DecanterSalentein Portillo Malbec hails from the Uco Valley, in Mendoza, a dry desert where plants really have to struggle for life, with pure mountain meltwater falling off the glistening high Andes.

 Portillo Malbec is a steady favourite among our customers, particularly through the colder winter months, where the fruit forward style with supportive acidity is very welcome at this price.

Bronze DecanterWhat others say: “Ruby-red wine with very intense purplish tints, displaying a fresh and fruity nose, enhanced by hints of plums, black berries and a touch of vanilla. Fresh fruit flavors, supported by sweet and round tannins, and good structure contributed by oak. Long and fruity finish. Enjoy with grilled meats, pasta, spicy dishes, and cheese.”

Details here.

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