92 Rating – Wine Enthusiast
“With its reliance on old-vines vineyards, Renacer often comes out with great wines. This is one of them. Smoky, leathery berry aromas are inviting, while the mouthfeel is silky and plush. Oaky flavors of chocolate, smoked meat and vanilla accent ripe berry flavors, then clove and baking spices pour onto the finish.” — 04/01/2014
Rust en Vrede, the first South African estate to specialize exclusively in red wine, produces full-bodied wines that express the uniqueness of the Stellenbosch terroir. The Merlot is an elegant, well-balanced wine with an underlying, refreshing quality.
Elegant and complex aromas of bing cherries, cranberries, red currants, raspberries and strawberries, a combination of wild flowers and fresh forest berries that epitomize Oregon Pinot Noir. The juicy red fruit flavors open the attack then evolve in the mouth to darker fruit flavors with spice and mineral overtones. The wine shows ripe tannins and a succulent texture that give definition and lift to the surprisingly long finish. Although the 2010 A to Z Pinot Noir is drinking well now, it has the focus, balance and intensity to age and will become more complex over the next 5-10 years.
Moliss is a Piedmontese word, not Italian, meaning the ‘middle son’. This is one of the two single vineyard Barberas produced by Agostino Pavia and his sons Giuseppe (‘Pino’) and Mauro, of which total production is less than five thousand cases. Made from old vines and aged in large Slavonian oak ovals, which impart subtle oak aromas and can add texture when new, “Moliss” is stylistically similar to a traditional Asti but cleaner and much more concentrated. Importer Oliver McCrum writes: “Barbera d’Asti used to have a reputation for having acidity like that of a car battery, apparently due to high yields and an occasional lack of malolactic fermentation. These wines are different, zesty but balanced, with luscious fruit to match the acidity. I drink them with all kinds of food; the very low tannins of Barbera make it versatile. Notes: medium red color with purple glints; aroma of raspberries with a hint of herbs; palate similar to the Blina but with a broad, meaty quality from the aging in large barrels and good fresh acidity, not to mention a good persistent finish.”
Great Deal! (reg. $21.99)
Bricco Blina’ is the name of the vineyard. This wine is a direct, straightforward rendition of the Barbera grape. Fresh acidity and berry flavors are the hallmarks of Barbera, but low yields and old vines give this wine very good depth and concentration, too. Fermentation and aging are completed in stainless steel, and the wine is bottled before the following harvest.
The Wine Advocate
GRAPE(S): 100% Tempranillo
ALC BY VOL(%): 13.5
VITICULTURE: Practicing Organic
SOIL TYPE: Calcareous rock, clay, and sand
ELEVATION: 950 meters
About the Wine: Antidoto’s intriguing name—Spanish for “antidote”—reflects winemaker Bertrand Sourdais’ belief that the wine is an antidote to the trend in Ribera to substitute heavy-handed winemaking for a sense of place and variety. In the right hands, the wines of the Soría sub-zone blend Rioja’s fragrance and finesse with Ribera del Duero’s traditional power and depth. To maximize these qualities, he uses long, gentle macerations to minimize tannin extraction and only used barrels for aging.
Location Notes: Antidoto is located in the province of Soria, in perhaps the coolest microclimate of the Ribera del Duero appellation. Soils differ dramatically from the main zone of Ribera, almost 100 km down river, and the resulting wines are considerably fresher.
Aging: 14 months in 2nds and 3rd passage French barrique.
Vintage Notes: Similar in concentration to the great 2009 vintage, but with perhaps a little fresher style. An extraordinary vintage that will rival 2009.
Tasting Notes: “Bright purple. Expressive aromas of black raspberry, cassis, potpourri and cracked pepper, with a hint of anise in the background. Intensely flavored, penetrating and precise yet quite lithe, with very good spicy lift to its dark berry and floral pastille flavors. Finishes with fine-grained tannins, zesty mineral cut and lingering spiciness.” -Josh Raynolds
This Cabernet Sauvignon from an excellent vintage is of deep violet hue and has a nose with hints of tobacco and dark chocolate, coupled with ripe stone fruit character in the mouth. This wine received minimal handling before bottling to preserve its uniqueness and integrity.
Apaltagua’s Pinot Noir has a brilliant ruby color and emphasizes aromas of cherries, raspberries, and soft notes of oak. It boasts smooth and elegant tannins and a sophisticated finish. The grapes come from Apaltagua’s own vineyard in Tricao in the Curico Valley.