Red Wine Capannelle Solare 2010. Decant 1 hour. Vivid ruby red in colour, the nose of this Sangiovese / Malvasia Nera blend delivers ripe plum, raspberry, red fruit and almond. On the palate, this full bodied wine has well integrated tannins, great acidity which balances very well with the alcohol level. The flavours of raspberry, plum, nuts and vanilla come through with a floral hint. The finish is long culminating in a nutty end. Matches very well with beef, game, rich pasta sauces and full bodied cheese. Capannelle believes in combining the traditional with cutting edge technology and forward thinking wine making techniques. Following a carbonic maceration, the wine is fermented in steel vats for 15-20 days. The wine is then fermented in French or Austrian oak vats for 12-14 months, with a further period of bottle maturation. Capannelle started life in 1974 when Raffaele Rossetti took over the property. The first wine was produced in 1975 which was a Chianti by the name of Casale. Over the next few years, the winery developed better working techniques and much better quality fruit and wine, transporting it into being recognised as one of the best manufacturers in quality terms. The vineyard is located in Radda in Chianti and has 16 hectares of mainly Sangiovese grapes but with a little Chardonnay, Malvasia Nera and Canaiolo mixed in. With a dedication to constantly improve their wines, they have now attained an almost cult status with some of their wines, resulting in demand always exceeding supply – a great position to be in!
Red Wine Capannelle Solare 2010
Red Wine Chateau Cohola Chateauneuf du Pape Cor Hominis Laetificat 2010. Chateau Cohola was founded by Cheli and Jerome, a young couple who met as students in Andalucia. In 2012 they bought a rundown property in Sablet which they have restored and now have some 5 hectares of prime vineyards close to the highest point in the village. The vineyards are all certified as organic and the couple mature their wines in a stunning 7th century cellar close to Roquefort in the Averyron. This is their flagship Chateauneuf du Pape which captures the talent and vision of the young couple perfectly inside the bottle. The blend is primarily composed of Grenache along with smaller quantities of Syrah and Mourvedre as is traditional for this style of wine. Their vineyards are located in Bédarrides, an area that is known for sand, gravel and clay soils and thus gives plenty of diversity and variety to their wines. There’s a deep ruby red colour in the glass and you’ll immediately notice the charming notes of dried fruit, prunes, ripe black cherries and cassis. On the palate there are all the telltale signs of a good Chateauneuf du Pape, including firm tannins, a robust full body, and a solid core of black fruit seasoned with oak and spice from the lengthy maturation. A great red to pair with hearty red meat dishes or to cellar for a few more years.
Red Wine Milos Stagnum 2011. Decant 1 hour before serving. In his native Croatia Frano Miloš is regarded as one of the country’s most talented winemakers and he has been tending his family’s estate on the Pelješac Peninsula for over two decades. Frano comes from a long line of winemakers and his passion has transferred to his three children who now all play a growing role in the business. Frano’s winemaking centres around the Plavac Mali variety which is closely related to ZInfandel and thrives in the sunny conditions in its Croatian homeland. To bring out the very best from the land Frano farms his Plavac Mali vines organically, hand harvests the grapes in the autumn, and only works with indigenous yeasts and minimal levels of added sulphites in the winery. This focus on quality and respecting Mother Nature helps Frano to produce exceptional wines like his iconic Stagnum which is aged for at least five years in large Slavonian oak casks. The result is an incredibly complex, multifaceted red wine which opens with a gorgeous bouquet of crushed wild berries, licorice, graphite, and hints of Mediterranean herbs. This is a serious and powerful wine which is suitable for extended cellar ageing, but can also be enjoyed now alongside a prime steak or hearty beef stew.