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(2022) "Unashamedly big," according to winemaker Emma Norbiato, this has 14.5% alcohol and goes into 100% American oak, including some barriques. The vineyards are 25 years old, planted in two vineyards, one on clay and one on limestone. Laden with ripe dark fruit and vanilla and spicy rum and raisin fudge on the nose, the palate has coffee and chocolate underpinning more plush, super-ripe and succulent fruit. Tannins and brisk acidity do freshen the finish, where that spicy mocha oak persists too. You have to like the full-on hedonistic style, but really well done. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review. UK importer is Nectar Imports Ltd.
(2021) Made with carbonic maceration (a la Beaujolais) in stainless steel, this has a vivid crimson colour and the nose slightly more reserved than I would have expected, though some pastille black fruit comes through certainly some raspberry, but a little earthiness too. Sweet on the palate, loads of raspberry and blackcurrant, tannins soft and acidity well judged. No UK retail availability at time of review.
(2021) A Bordeaux blend majoring on Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this is bold in colour and cherry and plum aromas, a touch of green pepper and dustiness, from the Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. In the mouth it is light- to medium-bodied, quite lean fruit and ageing in older oak adding some cedar, but with fairly prominent acid the whole picture is a touch lean. No UK stockist at time of review.
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