John Stimpfig

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…

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…

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…

Ao Yun 2013

Ao Yun 2013 A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, this is a bold, dramatic and compelling debut wine from winemaker Maxence Dulou. Particularly impressive is the…

Montefalco-Rosso-Riserva,-Arnaldo-Caprai

Montefalco Rosso Riserva, Arnaldo Caprai 1998, Umbria, Italy A blend of Sangiovese (70%) with equal parts of Merlot and Sagrantino, this stunning 1998 is still going very strong indeed. A…

Barolo, Vigna La Rosa, Fontanafredda

Barolo, Vigna La Rosa, Fontanafredda 2001 Piedmont, Italy This single vineyard Barolo, not only hails from the great 2001 vintage with its warm days and cool nights, but also an…

Giramonte, Frescobaldi

Giramonte, Frescobaldi 2002 Tuscany, Italy For many producers, 2002 was a difficult vintage in Tuscany especially for the late-ripening Sangiovese. However, for those who picked before the rains, it has…

Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Planeta

Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Planeta 2007 Sicily, Italy The name of Sicily’s only DOCG comes from the word ‘cerasa’ in the Sicilian dialect, meaning cherry. By law, the wine must be…

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Allegrini

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Allegrini 2001 An utterly brilliant and benchmark Amarone from one of the Veneto’s greatest and most lauded families. This was a fabulous way to finish a…