Almaviva Puente Alto Chile 2018 Winemaker Notes Attractive dark ruby color, deep and opaque. The nose is pure, focused, and layered, revealing delicate and clean aromas of blackberries, ripe cassis, currants, and violet, associated with fine notes of tobacco, cedar, and coffee bean. The mouth shows outstanding amplitude and balance, luscious texture, bright acidity, broad structure, and persistence. The tannins are well refined, smooth, and silky, enhancing the fresh and juicy character of the year. Precise and polished, the wine combines harmonious elegance, richness, ripeness, and freshness in an exceptional and superb vintage.Blend: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Carmenere, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
Bodega Y Cavas de Weinert Carrascal Malbec Mendoza 2018
Winemaker Notes Intense ruby color. On the nose, aromas of red and black fruit aromas mingled with hints of mocha and spices. Evolves slowly, revealing layer after layer of elegant fragrances. On the palate, the acidity is refreshing and persistent. Well-balanced tannins contribute to the harmony and smoothness of the palate. 50% Malbec, 50% Cabernet SauvignonAlcohol 14.5%
89 points Wine Spectator A supple, beefy red, with a spicy snap to the mature flavors of dried berry. The minerally finish features toffee notes. Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Grenache. Drink now. (Web-2011) Wine Enthusiast Sweet on the nose with aromas of cherry and strawberry preserves, the 2002 Gaston Hochar is softer and jammier on the palate than the 2000 vintage. Prolonged aeration reveals smoke, vanilla, and toast notes and lush, smooth tannins that linger elegantly. (9/2011)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2015 Altura Máxima Malbec is all black olives, decayed violets and malted cereals, a wild and unusual wine with high ripeness but a medium-bodied palate with fine-grained tannins. It is produced with grapes from their seven-year-old vineyard at 3,100 meters in altitude, the highest vineyard in the world producing commercial wine. The grapes were harvested fully ripe at the end of April, which is the equivalent to the end of October in the northern hemisphere. Here, latitude compensates for the altitude, and the grapes manage to ripen fully with strong exposure to sunlight. It matured in fourth use French barriques for 24 months. 6,900 bottles were filled in December 2017.
Founded in 1823, Fukano Distillery is located in Hitoyoshi City, of the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan on the island of Kyushu. Hitoyoshi is surrounded by mountains and is known for its pure water and nature. Shigeruriku Fukano is the fifth generation of his family to run the distillery. They use a combination of malted and un-malted rice to make their whisky in a pot still. These releases are very limited in nature and only a few casks are bottled each year. For 2016 they have released a few single new oak casks and also one white label marriage of sherry and new oak casks. Fukano Distillery makes a wonderful whisky that is sold in export markets only and is not to be considered as a Japanese Whisky. It is a Whisky that is distilled, matured, and bottled in Japan.
This whisky was announced in November 2018 alongside three other limited edition expressions: Fukano Vault Reserve 1, Fukano Vault Reserve 2 and Fukano 6000. All four limited edition expressions are a combination of whiskies between the ages of 3 and 11 years old. Some of the whisky was first matured in casks and then moved over to be kept in different tanks for up to 16 years to rest. After tasting each tank individually, the brand created four different combinations from the tanks. This release is meant to celebrate the history of Hitoyoshi, Japan. The label art was created by local artist Junishi Oda. 1,200 bottles were produced globally and it is bottled at 40.4% ABV.
This rare spirit is aged much like a bourbon in new oak casks. Complex aromatics and texture on the palate are surprising. Vibrant nose of nut brittle, spiced fruit, lemon rind, and almond butter. Subtle ocean quality with supreme drinkability.
Fukano Vault Reserve 1 was announced in November 2018 alongside three other limited edition expressions: Fukano Vault Reserve 2, Fukano 6000 and Fukano Jikan. All four limited edition expressions are a combination of whiskies between the ages of 3 and 11 years old. Some of the whisky was first matured in casks and then moved over to be kept in different tanks for up to 16 years to rest. After tasting each tank individually, the brand created four different combinations from the tanks. 5,443 bottles were produced globally and it is bottled at 40.5% ABV.
Founded in 1823, Fukano Distillery is located in Hitoyoshi City, of the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan on the island of Kyushu. Hitoyoshi is surrounded by mountains and is known for its pure water and nature. Shigeruriku Fukano is the fifth generation of his family to run the distillery. They use a combination of malted and un-malted rice to make their whisky in a pot still. These releases are very limited in nature and only a few casks are bottled each year. The Vault Reserve 2 is fuller and more rounded than its #1 release, with a sweeter taste profile and a softer mouthfeel. On the palate expect notes of vanilla, cocoa, brown sugar, and bourbon. Despite this, it's still a fairly bright whiskey, with hints of orange peel. Overall a richness and spice that makes you want to curl up by a fire. Bottled at 40.4% abv.
This is one of the most important wines that we make at Hattingley, it is the most widely available and arguably one of the most loved. Whilst many people will assume that a ‘vintage’ wine is automatically better (often not the case!), this Non-vintage shows off the skill of Emma’s winemaking. Being able to blend the wines from different grape varieties, different vineyards, barrels and tanks to try and maintain a consistent style is one of the toughest jobs that the winemaking team have to do. This is our all-rounder, our crowd pleaser and a wine that is very easy for all to love! YEAR - Non-Vintage (based on 2015 harvest)GRAPE - Chardonnay 53% Pinot Noir 31% Pinot Meunier 16%ALCOHOL (ABV) - 12%VEGETARIAN/VEGAN - YesSTORAGE RECOMMENDATIONS - Please keep in a cool, dark place if possible.DRINKING WINDOW - Drinking very well now, will improve and mature over the next 3-4 years. June 2020. Awards Harvest The 2015 growing season was a test of good site selection and our vineyard team did a wonderful job in challenging conditions - the summer was cooler than the previous year, particularly in August which is the crucial month for veraison and the start of the ripening season. The pinots were super-ripe with wonderful flavours, good acidity levels and deep colour, and good vineyard sites produced some very fine Chardonnay as well. ‘Blending this wine was the Eureka moment – the whole team recognised the distinct Hattingley style immediately it came together in the glass.’Emma RiceHead Winemaker Winemaking The hand-harvested grapes were whole bunch pressed to extract top quality juice. 19% of the total blend was barrel fermented in old white Burgundy barrels and partial malolactic fermentation took place in order to soften the wine’s natural acidity. To ensure the consistency and continuity of our signature style, 23% of reserve wines (that had naturally softened and developed over time in oak barrels and stainless steel tanks) were added to the blend before secondary fermentation. After 3 years ageing on lees in a bottle to add roundness and character, the wine was disgorged with a light dosage of 7 g/L. Tasting Notes Our Classic Reserve is pale gold in colour with delicate and fine long-lasting bubbles. The beautifully complex bouquet combines aromas of green apples with creamy nougat, freshly baked brioche and delicate toasted notes from ageing in bottle. On the palate, the complexity continues with notes of soft lemon sherbet, biscuit and a subtle oak character. Refreshing and perfectly balanced, with a delightfully long finish.
Le Petit Clos "Clos Apalta" Valle de Apalta 2017 Winemaker Notes Superb color, dark garnet red, deep and intense. Spicy and subtle nose; great elegance and aromatic complexity with notes of ripe fruit (blueberry, blackcurrant, black cherry, blackberry…), opening on toasted and fine woody notes. Frank and soft attack with savory, silky and well-integrated tannins. Full, round and fleshy palate ending with a magnificent aromatic persistence full of finesse.