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Thanks for the advice and tips. So fleeting a trip I didn’t have chance to follow all the recommendations but got to take in some sparkling Lambrusco white and red. The red chilled was delicious, fruit forward unchallenging but hit the spot with a plate of mortadella.

A 4 option wine list at https://www.trattoriadiviaserra.it/ made things simple wine wise. Carafes of Trebbiano and Sangiovese were great food wines. Sometimes a Michelin Bib Gourmand hits the spot more so than a star

My wallet was saved from ordering anything too fancy too

A 280k/h 30 min train to Firenze awaits

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Chilled red sparkling Lambrusco is - usually - sensational :~}

Disappointingly difficult to get hold of here though, sadly.

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https://www.thewinesociety.com/product/vecchio-moro-lambrusco-grasparossa-rinaldini

Reviews of this one are very mixed. Does anyone here have any thoughts?

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I’ve tried it several times and found it perfectly okay; pretty good in fact.

But some of them achieve a magic mix of herbiness-sweetness-acidity-freshness, which this one doesn’t quite manage IMO.

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I agree with @crocos
It’s a correct wine but not exciting enough

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It’s ok , Cleto Chiarli are much better imho .

I recall that one or two forumites didn’t get an allocation of the Massolino Barolo 2018 they requested. I spied a few bottles here, with more on the way, at a price that is keener than the TWS EP offering: Massolino Barolo 2018 · Buy it for £33.60 at Vinissimus

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For anyone who’s interested, Riecine is back in stock. Immediately added a case to my reserves!

https://www.thewinesociety.com/product/chianti-classico-riecine-2020

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Has anyone tried the wines of Bric Cenciurio? Considering adding the Barolo Coste di Rose Bric Cenciurio 2016 to my reserves. Kerin O’Keefe scored them 94/100 and gave a decent revue “Enticing aromas of rose petal, eucalyptus and new leather take shape in the glass. The juicy, balanced palate offers red cherry, tobacco and clove alongside firm, refined tannins and bright acidity. Drink 2024–2036” (via cellar tracker).

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I don’t want to take the wind out of your sails, but KoK scored pretty much everything from 2016 as 94 or above…

Which I suppose is a ringing endorsement of the vintage and anything you can buy :grinning:

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Something to do on the 4th of July.

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…and place into reserves. I wonder if we will see more 2016 barolos arrive on the site.

Does KoK often score highly most vintages?

Not especially. But in 2016 - and she isn’t alone in this - 94 was a fairly standard score (ISTR she handed out a few perfect 100’s).

With a wine like Barolo in 2016, the risk* is always in the waiting. Insufficient supply means that the only way to get hold of some (many?) wines, the only real opportunity was on release - secondary prices are just plain silly in many instances. So will TWS have some more coming available on the website? I can’t say for certain, but my hunch tells me not many, if any at all. But I don’t know the ins-and-outs of their supplier relationships. It’s possible, given the uniqueness of the TWS model compared with other wine merchants in this country.

*Actually, there is another risk, and thats that we all have to trust the critics on this one, as the opportunity to taste 2016 in advance of purchase is vanishingly rare. But it’ll be a few years yet before we all really know whether the hype was worth it.

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Thanks for that. My challenge is that I don’t have enough 2016 risk in my reserves having only picked up a couple of cases from the EP remainders list. I fear you may be right with your hunch about future 2016 arrivals on the list, but remain unsure about the Cenciurio until I can unearth more info.

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Couple of interesting new additions to the list:

https://www.thewinesociety.com/product/langhe-freisa-bonina-paitin-2019

https://www.thewinesociety.com/product/romagna-sangiovese-modigliana-mutiliana-acereta-2018

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I’ve just been looking at those with interest. There’s also a new soave on there.

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Some copy and paste research.

92+ Points, Gary Walsh – “Strawberry, raspberry, those nobbly aniseed laced liquorice allsorts, a light dusting of white pepper and spice. It’s light to medium-bodied, distinctly stony and firm in feel, spicy and savoury, red fruits and sappy and orange acidity, and a dry and dusty spicy finish of good length. Leaner style, but very good, and likely to improve with more time in bottle.” Drink 2022-2027+

91 Points Galloni - "The 2019 Freisa Bonina is a nervy, focused wine. Bright red berry fruit, white pepper, mint, crushed rocks and dried herbs give this classically austere Freisa terrific aromatic brightness and energy. The 2019 will appeal most to readers with classically leaning palates."

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The Acereta had a fantastic writeup by Walter Speller the other day - link here for those who subscribe- Mutiliana, Acereta 2018 Romagna Sangiovese | JancisRobinson.com

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Wow, that is effusive

Will just pop this here…
https://www.thewinesociety.com/product/barbaresco-2017-mixed-case-91-9-bottles
I am definitely out of the race for this one!

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