Red Wine La Bollina Tavros Primitivo di Manduria 2021. Decant before drinking. In the southern part of Piemonte, one of Italy’s premier wine regions, nestled in the Scrivia Valley is the estate of La Bollina. Famous for the production of Gavi, La Bollina works with a number of regional varieties including Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Chardonnay to name a few. The wine production is managed by Marco Roveda, with help from enologist Andrea Zampieri and agronomist Franco Fierri. The three comprise a team focused on high-quality wines that embody the unique characteristics of the terroir and grape varieties. With a highly modernized winery, La Bollina utilizes some of the newest techniques in winemaking including a micro-oxygenation system and special filtration technique that keeps the wine intact even through its final stages of production. Tavros Primitivo di Manduria is 100% Primitivo, or Zinfandel as it is known outside of the region. The nose is greeted by a bouquet of sweet ripe fruit, dark chocolate espresso beans, cinnamon rolls and shaved vanilla. A punch of tobacco and cedarwood comes through with a touch of leather. On the palate this wine shows the richness of the nose with sweet flavors balanced by its full mouthfeel. This wine is off-dry with bold tannins and soft acidity making it a great match with dinner or dessert. Enjoy with beef, lamb, and pasta dishes, or with dark chocolate for a night cap.
Red Wine La Bollina Tavros Primitivo di Manduria 2021
Red Wine Mordoree Cotes du Rhone La Dame Rousse 2021. This inviting Cotes du Rhone opens with seductive aromas of blackcurrants, dark cherries and violets, while the palate displays intense hints of crushed wild berries and sweet spices. The first sip reveals a full body, smooth tannins and pleasant freshness which provides perfect balance to the rich fruit character. Try combining this bottling with barbecued red meats, sausages or a generous platter of charcuterie to match the intense flavour profile and fruitiness. The Mordoree estate takes its name from the humble woodcock which used to be found in abundance in the southern Rhone Valley, but today is considered an endangered species. The domaine was founded in 1986 by Francis Delorme and his son Christophe and is today run by Christophe’s wife and daughter along with other members of the family. In keeping with the name of the winery, the family seek to farm their land in a way that respects the natural environment. All of their vines are farmed organically and the family also applies biodynamic practices in the vineyard and in the winery. As well as striving to make the best possible wines from their well-situated vineyards, the family also takes a long-term view and seeks to hand over the estate to the next generations in the best possible condition.
Red Wine Pasqua Desire Lush Zin Primitivo 2021. Founded by the Pasqua brothers in Verona in 1925, this family-run wine business is now in the hands of the third generation. They now export their delicious wines all over the world, and specialise in crafting traditional local wines like Amarone della Valpolicella and Prosecco. The family also makes more modern and innovative styles such as this easy-drinking Primitivo, which is the Italian name for Zinfandel. The fruit for this punchy red is sourced in Puglia and is harvested by hand and rapidly transported to the winery to preserve the quality. The grapes are then fermented in temperature-controlled tanks and then aged in wooden barrels for 6 months before bottling. While Italian Primitivo can be a bit more stern and tannic than Zinfandel, this silky smooth version combines the best from both styles. Luscious and seductive cassis, blackberry and dark plum notes burst out of the glass while the first sip reveals a generous full body, velvety texture, and a bold finish with plenty of seductive fruit notes. Great paired with rich red meat dishes like barbecued ribs, a ribeye steak, or a hearty beef or game stew.