(2024) From iron-rich clay and limestone soils, this is 100% Tai Rosso from 18-year-old vineyards. The wine is matured for six months in 3rd use, 228 litre French oak barrels. Colour a little deeper than the Pegoraro, the aromas more subdued, showing a gently meaty plum and blackberry, but a little floral edge does show through. The palate appears to be much drier despite a touch (3.2g/l) of residual sugar, but the sandy tannins, background cedary oak and good acidity all combine to give a dry, savoury character. No UK retail stockists at time of review.
(2024) This is 100% Merlot from 31-year-old vines grown on clay, with medium-high limestone content. Vineyards face south/south-east at 150 metres. It matures for 18 months in oak barrels from Allier, Never, Limousin and Tronçais. Deep, saturated colour, the nose overflows with black berry fruit, spiced and peppery with some floral nuances. Very fragrant oak quality. Full, sweet-fruited and rich on the palate, there's a deep layer of black fruit, but some raspberry tartness to the fruit and acid alos adds interest. The creamy, coffeeish oak and supple, fine tannins make for a velvetty, hedonistic style. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2024) Seeing no oak, but matured six months in tank before bottling, this wine is fermented with natural yeasts. The wine has a bright and vibrant, light cherry colour. It is fragrant, with a bon-bon character, rose-hip and more cherry-like aromas.  Sweet-fruited and nimble on the palate, there's some herbal nuancs and the gentle tannins and pert acidity make this enjoyable and easy to drink. No UK retail stockists at time of review.
(2024) A blend of 30% Cabernet Franc from 32-year-old vines and 70% Cabernet Sauvignon from 13-year-old vines. It is aged 12-months in medium-toast, Alliers oak barriques and larger barrels. A ruby to purple colour, this opens with very fine, classic Bordelais character. There's some light and shade with more than a hint of raspberry and leafiness, then cassis and some cedary depth. In the mouth it is glossy, ripe and touched with mocha and cocoa, the fruit sweet and still those little lifted characters giving lovely freshness and definition. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2024) Inama is a well-known name for Soave, but here we have 100% Carmenère grown onhigher, south/south-east slopes of iron-rich clay over limestone. It was matured in 35% new French oak barriques, plus second use barrels, for 12 months. It spends around 30 months in total being matured, before being released onto the market. There's a plush and sophisticated feel to this wine immediately, notes of violet and cassis over cedar with some tapenade notes. Velvety and smooth on the palate, the creamy black fruit is firmed by dusty tannins, and perfectly pitched saline acidity. Coffee and chocolate bottom notes complete a convincing picture.
(2024) Made by the Cielo e Terra estate from fruit from partners from across Colli Berici. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet and Tai Rosso, partially dried to concentrate flavour, sugar and tannins. It spends one year in French oak barrels and a further year in vats before bottling with 4g/l of residual sugar. Quite a soft, mulberry colour, the nose deep and plummy, tobacco spices and some prune-like fruit character. In the mouth the hint of sweetness is there, but the wine is savoury with plummy-dark fruit, a base of charry spices and overall, a fairly soft tannin and acid base.
(2024) Made with the classic ripasso technique of a second fermentation on the lees of grapes used to make Amarone, it's a typical blend of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella. Another 10% is made up of the less familiar Rossignola, Oseleta, Negrara and Dindarella varieties. Pouring a bright ruby red, the nose has cherry and liquorice, with fine herbal nuances in the background. In the mouth the sweetness and richness of the ripasso is evident, more cherry and those dried herb notes, a bite of plum or blueberry acidity and the finish fresh with its quite elegant tannins and plenty of cherry-fresh acidity. A very nice example. Use the wine-searcher link to find other suppliers as there are quite a few. Watch the video for more information.
(2023) Amarone is the epitome of special occasion wines for many people, so this blockbuster is my choice for the 2023 festive season. Composed of classic grapes of the region, all grown on calcium-rich Marl soils, it weighs in with a hefty 16.5% alcohol. It is of course made from fruit that have been dried, in which time the grapes lose around 30% of their weight, but gain in sugar and concentration. Once fermented, the wine spent three years in Slavonian oak barrels. It is pretty sensational stuff: aromatically, think of those dark chocolate enrobed cherries, liqueur-like and deeply flavoured. There's a wisp of smoke and vanilla, maybe a touch of somthing fragrant and floral. In the mouth it is silky and full, and despite the alcohol and richness of the wine, a real sense of freshness remarkably enough - even of lightness and delicacy. With hard cheese (maybe even Stilton), beef, game or perhaps dark chocolate dessert, it would be sensational. Watch the video for more information.
(2023) There's Soave and there's Soave, and this superior example from Tedeschi, 100% Garganega, comes from family vineyards in the heart of Monteforte d’Alpone and volcanic clay soils. The nose is charming with its fresh, bright fruit and subtle background of honey and nuttiness. In the mouth the amalgam of peach and citrus means this is both ripe and quite luxurious, but pin-point sharp, the acidity of the dry finish is poised and precise, without ever becoming shrill.  A lovely example.    
(2023) Doing what it says on the tin is a good thing in this case: an Extra Dry Prosecco (which actually means it's a little bit sweet with up to 17g/l of residual sugar) with the expected frothy and fun character, plenty of icing sugar and lemon aromatics, and actually pretty good acids to slice through the finish. This range supports the Queer Britain LGBTQ+ charity and the first wine I tasted in the range, a French pink, was not very good. This is better: typical, as good as any other of its genre, and you can drink it safe in the knowledge that you are contributing to this cause.