I have taken today off and have been doing some cooking in the afternoon. I have opened a bottle of the Bin #8 and have to say the first samples are really positive. There is a hint of tomato leaves and an attractive savouriness on the palate. It is also young and fresh, really morish in my opinion.
Now I really need some Pinot Noir… I am looking at you Thursday.
Tonight I am sipping on this, opened at the weekend
Another wine for which the tasting notes have disappeared. Not tried a Nocera before but this is really tasty, brings to mind Etna Rosso in terms of the red fruit profile and acidity, but there’s also a bit of body to this; noticeable tannin and something savoury - smoke?
Also realise I’ve been pretty rubbish at posting my notes up recently so here are a few highlights from previous weeks and weekends.
Enjoyable, better than the reviews would suggest IMO. Not full-bodied but good value.
Delicious, would re-buy immediately if this appears again. A 2 on the dry/sweet scale is correct, I think there’s a tiny bit of residual sugar here, but helps with approachability when this young. Enjoyed with fish and chips and Chinese belly pork (different plates!)
Another vintage of one of my favourite Italian whites. Out of stock, but TWS description spot on. Great stuff
This was a little while ago, so no description, but remember this as a lovely SA white blend. Strong recommendation. On the re-buy list if my wallet ever recovers enough from being smashed over the head by First Half EP frenzy to place an every day drinking order.
A real surprise, big yum from me. Very delicate grenache, would never have placed it as this grape (back label says often mistaken for Pinot Noir). Delicious at cellar temperature.
Edit: For clarity, my descriptions follow the box-link thingys, although it looks like the other way round.
I actually opened this on Sunday but it felt a little unbalanced then so thought I’d wait to see how it was on Monday. And this answer is quite a bit better, so I guess I should have decanted for a little longer! It is a little young still.
This is my first Vino Nobile de Montepulciano and I’m moderately impressed; it is very good but probably no better than I’d expect for £18, which is just fine and I’ll probably buy again (the 2016 is on the list now). Quite a floral nose with leather and tobacco. Soft velvety tannins but a little acidic on the finish. Quite elegant and light for a sangiovese I’d have said, compared to, say, a Chianti.
To be honest I’m not hugely knowledgeable on Italian drinking dates. TWS gives this 2019 - 2024, but TWS dates tend towards the conservative. There are others on here who could give you a much better take on it. If you don’t get a response here then it would be worth asking the question on the Italian Enquirer thread:
This is our first wine from the Tibaldi sisters, and thanks to @cerberus for highlighting their wines (their Arneis, specifically). Pale straw in the glass, the nose is delicate – a melange of fresh yellow apple, lemon verbena, acacia and aniseed-like herbs (fennel, maybe?).
The palate is fresh and inviting, with notes of lemon and pink grapefruit, crunchy apples, wet stones and a twist of bitter almond on the finish. There’s a nice slightly savoury edge to it, maybe from the lees. Compared with a good Vermentino di Gallura it lacks some depth and that Sardinian laser-sharp minerality, but it compensates by being zesty, youthful and vivacious – and should be a good match to the food. Looking forward to trying their Arneis in due course, too!