After an early dry white harvest, it was the turn of the reds and picking began 13th September
Silvio Nardi’s Brunello di Montalcino was reviewed in Italia Magazine July Edition by Amanda Robinson
With the blessing of a fine harvest in 2012, a glass of this Brunello from the eminent Tenute Nardi is a very fine thing indeed. With its characteristic cherry and damson aromas, savour the richness of more ripe fruit and dark chocolate on the tongue with a hint of oaky spice and sleek tannins. As a young Brunello, it drinks beautifully and will only improve with age, of course
Great with….A fillet steak served with meaty field mushrooms fried in butter
Richard Baudains picked Tenute Silvio Nardi as one of his favourites in the Montalcino area in the Italian edition of Decanter.
Poggio Doria, Brunello di Montalcino 2010 – 97 Points
From the cooler, western part of the estate. Great definition and captivating complexity on the nose; sour berries, aromatic herbs, even a hint of camphor. The sinuous palate is tight, compact and full of energy, with a long finish of graphite and wild berry. Drink 2018-2030
Manachiara, Brunello di Montalcino 2010 – 92 Points
Made with grapes from the South of the village, this is a serious, concentrated wine with the classic iris aromas of Sangiovese. The full, broad palate has silky tannins and great power in the finish. A little austere – and still very young – by built to last. Drink 2018-2030
Decanter’s latest Bordeaux supplement is out. Stephen Brook’s pick of négociant wines
Château La Garde Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 2014. 90 Points
Surprisingly toasty nose of melon, apple and exotic fruit. Rich and concentrated, and supported by fine acidity, making this a taut wine with extract, elegance and length. Drink 2017-2022.
Panos Kakaviatos reviews the fifth growths: The 2014 vintage under the spotlight
Château Belgrave, Haut-Médoc 2014. 90 Points
Aromas of cherry and dark fruit lead to a somewhat cooler blue fruit expression on the palate. The wine has lifting acidity on the finish, albeit just a touch austere, but it shows good integration of the oak. Give it a few more years in the cellar. Drink 2017-2027
In Decanter Crus Bourgeois 2014 Tasting:
Château Le Boscq 2014 – Highly recommended,90 Points Jane Anson 90 Andrew Jefford 89 James Lauther
Impeccable! all the hallmarks of the vintage: dark freshness , pronounced acidity but great control and mastery. Beguiling cassis, brambly fruit and astringent tannins that will limber up in time. Drink 2018-2027.
Decanter’s expert panel blind tasted 122 Natural wines from all corner of the globe.
Marc Kreydenweiss Grand Cru Riesling Kastleberg 2012 was no 8 in Simon Woolf’s Top 10 picks – 94 Points
Delightful acidity gives way to to pleasing sweetness and some waxy, spiced notes. It has a hint of rubber but it is very balanced nonetheless. Drink 2017-2022