John Stimpfig

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…

guide to Chianti, Gran Selezione

In front of a dramatic backdrop of the Hong Kong waterfront at Vinexpo Asia-Pacific 2016, Ian d’Agata introduced some of the most exciting wines from the new Chianti Classico Gran…

burgundy-en-primeur

Burgundy 2014 en primeur – the background: Burgundy en primeur is a much more recent invention than its counterpart in Bordeaux and has only really got going in the last…

South African Chardonnay

If I had to pick one grape that impressed me above all others on my recent trip to the Cape, I think it would have to be Chardonnay. It seems…

Sumaridge

Sumaridge, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa 2010 From the cool and southerly Hemel-en-Aarde comes another classical and elegant Cape Chardonnay with exquisite drinkability and staying power. Ex H-R winemaker Gavin Patterson.…

Clos de Vougeot, Côte de Nuits

By the end of the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter in November, I was pretty sure that my personal wine of the month would be the 96 Cos d’Estournel (though it…