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Sassicaia

The story of how Sassicaia and Bolgheri came into existence is one of my favourites. It has been told many times, but is always worth re-telling for those who haven’t…

Tenuta San Guido, Guidalberto 2015

Sassicaia’s second wine, first created in 2000 by Nicolo Incisa and Sebastiano Rosa from estate-grown fruit, some of which comes from younger vines and is a little lower in altitude...

Tenuta San Guido, Le Difese 2015

This is the most recent addition to Tenuta San Guido’s portfolio and takes its name from the local wild boar which roam the hills of Bolgheri...

E Guigal, Brune et Blonde, Côte-Rôtie 2010

Unquestionably a great Côte-Rôtie vintage, this 2010 Brune et Blonde is surprisingly light on its feet with elegance, freshness and teasing, supple tannins providing the framework for the sweet red…

Rioja’s greatest

See tasting notes below “What an extraordinary tasting it was” ‘What an extraordinary tasting it was’, commented the expert moderator Sarah Jane Evans MW, who is also the Decanter World…

CVNE, Contino

CVNE, Contino, Rioja 1995 Still very much in its prime with good depth of colour and an inviting nose of red fruits, smoke and espresso. On the palate, this has…

Viña Pomal, Gran Reserva, Rioja

Viña Pomal, Gran Reserva, Rioja 1985 The colour is certainly pale and interesting on this beguiling Tempranillo based wine with a supporting cast of Graciano and Garnacha. There’s also a…

Viña Pomal, Gran Reserva, Rioja

Viña Pomal, Gran Reserva, Rioja 1978 Certainly mature on the nose with intense aromas of coffee and cured leather. On the palate, this is dry and still very fresh with…

Marqués de Riscal, Reserva, Rioja 1964

Marqués de Riscal, Reserva, Rioja 1964 Without question, this was one of the great vintages of the 20th century in Rioja. Moreover, this is possibly the wine of that extraordinary…