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Domaine de la Ribotte, Bandol Rosé, Cuvée Anais, 2016

"Fairly pale salmon colour. Lovely light floral fragrance and just-ripe wild raspberry aromas. Creamy on
the palate with a rich texture that has weight and intensity through to the long finish. Very impressive and highbrow. Not hugely complex, but the weight and breadth and clarity gives it huge interest. 17+
  Richard Hemming MW, jancisrobinson.com, June 2017

Fiorano, Donna Orgilla, Offida Pecorino, DOCG 2015

A great example of Pecorino's generous fruit, made by a small organic estate. Fresh Thyme, marjoram and
blanched almond aromas, followed by ripe pear and fresh apricot fruit. Crisp and lively on the palate, but with enough stuffing to age - ideally wait 12 months to drink it.Simon Woolf, Decanter, May 2017

Errazuriz, Wild Ferment Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley, 2015

This bold, nutty, red apple Chilean has fantastic finesse and flavour - so tuck in." Jane MacQuitty, The Times 18th March 2017

 Cape Rock White, Olifants River, 2016

"42% Viognier, 33% Grenache Blanc, 25% Roussanne planted in a single vineyard in a region not that often seen on a wine label. Some barrel ageing so a great price. And very smart packaging.Mid gold. Masses of flavour! Rich and yet not heavy. This is ridiculously underpriced. Mid to full bodied but not heavy. A wine to
be served with rich food rather than as an aperitif. Long and with great balance. Many congratulations to both producer and retailer. VGV 14% 16.5/20 Drink 2016-2018", Jancis Robinson, MW, on jancisrobinson.com, 28th November 2016

Apaltagua, Envero, Gran Reserva Carmenère, Apalta Vineyard Selection, Colchagua, 2014

"This dusky, raspberry-scented carmenere is tailor-made for the festivities thanks to its cheery, vibrant, easy-swigging fruit which cuts through heavy festive food with ease"                                                            Jane MacQuitty, The Times best 100 wines for winter, 26th November 2016

Pandolfi Price, Los Patricios Chardonnay 2013

"Very serious barrel-fermented Chardonnay. Intense nose with toasted almonds, marzipan and very attractive reductive, smoky notes. Broad palate with nutty complexity, ripe nectarine, a salty twist and superb linear acid structure. Well balanced and structured. Arguably Chile's best Chardonnay." 95 pts Alistair Cooper, Decanter October 2016

 Volcanes de Chile, Parinacota, Maule, 2012

Recent reviews and tasting notes:Volcanes de Chile, Parinacota, Maule, 2012 "For an irresistible offer on
an absolute treat, visit stonevine.co.uk and order a bottle of sleek, powerful Volcanes de Chile Parinacota 2012 (14 per cent) at £18.45, down from £20.50. Imagine a cliff face hewn from liquorice with seams of
juicy black fruit and ground spice – it’s that awesome", Olly Smith, Daily Mail online, 19th March 2016.

 Col di Lomo, Rosso di Montalcino 2012

"..the luscious black cherry, oregano and suave tannins of Col di Lamo’s example being a delicious case in point. "David Williams, The Guardian 14th February 2016

 Aquitania, Sol de Sol Chardonnay, Valle del Malleco, 2011

 Malleco, located about 700km south of Santiago, is a very rainy and cool area. In the late 1990s, Aquitania began to plant Chardonnay there, being one of the pioneers of viticulture in southern Chile. Sol de Sol is a model of a modern Chilean white, with its deep fruit, sharp acidity and soft touches of flint. The oak is perfectly integrated, giving great complexity and depth to the flavours. A wine with great ageing potential.        Now-2025. Rating:19/20pts (96) Patricio Tapia, Decanter, November 2015

Mas d’Amile, Languedoc-Montpeyroux, 2013

Languedoc is slowly discovering and registering its best vineyards. This pretty spot, with extraordinarily low-yielding 40 to 60-year grenache, syrah and carignan vines, has produced this stunning, exotic, smoky, church-incense and black fruit-scented red.Jane MacQuitty, The Times Top 50 red wines for Summer 2015

Segares, Rioja Tempranillo, 2013

Rioja rules, so scoop up this romping red. With palate-boggling, plump yet zesty fruit and a fine, young, spicy finish, Segares marries ancient and modern rioja with style. Jane MacQuitty, The Times Top 50 red wines for Summer 2015

Domaine Olivier Fichet, Mâcon-Burgy, Les 3 Terroirs, 2013

The Mâconnais is a wonderful source of good-value-for-money white burgundies. Here individual villages keen to enhance their reputation often add their name, hence Olivier Fichet’s Mâcon-Burgy. Enjoy this terrific, toasty, sappy, hazelnut-scented, food-friendly 2013 white. Jane MacQuitty, The Times Top 50 white wines for Summer 2015

Pandolfi Price, Los Patricios, Itata Valley, Chile 2012

What a wine. What an enticing nose, full of crushed rock, hazelnuts, fresh cream, toast and hints of spice. This is punchy, invigorating and edgy, with vivid citric acidity and a bright mineral, saline coating to the fruit. A beautiful Chardonnay and exceptional value for money. Regional Gold Trophy Winner, Decanter World Wine Awards 2015

Château Beauregard Ducasse, Cuvée Albert Duran, Graves, 2010

"Mostly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a dash of Cabernet Franc. Aromas of dark cherry and plum with a hint of green pepper. Nicely textured, drinking really well now. Drink now-2018. 17.25 (90+)". Decanter, July 2015 "Bordeaux Everyday"

Tours de Charmail, Haut-Médoc, 2010

"Great value for Left Bank bargain hunters, this is made from younger vines. Fresh and juicy displaying notes of blackcurrant and blackberry with elegant tannins. Very approachable. Drink now-2018.17.25 (90+)"

Decanter, July 2015 "Bordeaux Everyday"

Château Blaignan, Médoc, 2009

"This estate is planted with both Cabernets and Merlot. Medium-weight, with firm tannins, ripe cherry and cassis fruit, and an elegant finish. Drink now-2018. Alc 14% 17.25 (90+)"

Decanter, July 2015 "Bordeaux Everyday"

Dom de la Ribotte, Cuvée Anaïs Rosé 2014 Bandol

Mourvèdre 90%, Grenache 10%. RS 1.9 g/l.

"Clarete light-red colour. Savoury, vegy, appetising nose. A big fresh, dry mouthful with lovely texture. Smudgy and no rough edges. Very subtle and well balanced. For food? Quite long. Acid not high but the overall effect is refreshing.13.5% Drink 2015-2017 £14.99 Stone Vine & Sun 17/20" Jancis Robinson MW on www.jancisrobinson.com, 14th May 2015

Ataraxia, Serenity, Walker Bay, South Africa, 2009

"Must-try red

Kevin Grant makes some of the Cape's finest Chardonnays, but this wine (and an upcoming Pinot Noir) shows his magic with reds too. The blend here is not revealed, but Syrah is dominant. Damsons and spice lead some lifted herbal notes and mocha oak. Serene indeed."

Decanter Magazine, April 2015

Pandolfi Price, Larkün Chardonnay, Valle del Itata, 2013

"The Burgundy trained François Massoc's unoaked but lees aged Chardonnay from the deep South of Chile. Very Chablis like Nose and palate - super juicy and lively with very bright crystalline fruit and energy. Great value."
Jancis Robinson MW, Financial Times magazine 6th December 2014

Masson-Blondelet, Pouilly-Fumé, Les Pierres de Pierre, 2012

"Bring a blast of Sauvignon sunshine to Christmas with this perky organic white. Sip this vibrant, smoky, gunflint-scented 2012, bristling with gooseberry, greengage and white currant with smoked salmon or trout"
Jane MacQuitty, The 50 best whites for Christmas, The Times 6th December 2014

Monier Perreol,  Saint Joseph, 2010

"This biodynamic Christmas cracker oozes class and unusually silky and refined, tender violets, herb and bramble-licked fruit: just the ticket with juniper-marinated venison or a spicy game stew. Stone, Vine & Sun £17.95"
Jane MacQuitty, The 50 best whites for Christmas, The Times 29th November 2014

Tabali, Reserva Especial, Limari Valley, 2012

"Aromas restrained with notes of ripe blueberries and blackberry jam.
Lovely savoury finish, with fine, tight tannins and a touch of spice.
Alluring and foodie. Could do with a little less alcohol but an exciting
prospect. Drink 2013-2020 Alc 13.5%, 17.00/20"

Decanter Magazine, October 2013

Drusian, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superior Extra Dry 17/20 (90/100)
"A touch of almost imperceptible sweetness adds body to the fresh iris, lavender and buttercup aromas, complicated by white peach and green apple nuances"

Ian d’Agata’s Expert’s Choice, Decanter Magazine, July 2013

2012 Domaine Begude, Le Secret du Sud Gewürztraminer, Pays d’Oc, France
"Languedoc is not the first French wine region a vigneron would consider for the cool climate-loving gewürztraminer grape, but planted in the chilliest, highest, northeast-facing patch of Begude dirt, this is a gem. Dry and punchy on the finish, this apéritif and softly spiced food-friendly gewürz oozes alluring, fragrant, exotic, lychee and cinnamon-spiced fruit".
Jane MacQuitty, The Times, June 2013

"2009 Bordeaux Supérieur, Château La Plaige, Bordeaux, France 14% abv
Stone, Vine & Sun £8.50
Artigues is not a well-known wine village, but a good wine merchant knows there are good patches of vineyard land in most villages; his job is to find them, and in a fine year like 2009, even the most self-effacing vineyard can excel itself. This is a good example, with surprisingly rich, blackcurrant fruit and a chunky, mouth-filling texture freshened with green, leafy acidity and softened by earthy cream. If you open this for a few hours before required, or decant it, it will become softer still, and you’ll think you’re drinking a delightful, traditional St-Émilion - at a great deal less money".

Top 50 Reds Oz Clarke, My Top Wines for 2013 (Anova Books, £7.99)

 "The range is large and complex, and Papin goes to extraordinary lengths to give voice to every nuance of which they are capable. Look out, in particular, for his Sur Spilite red Anjou and Coteaux du Layon-Beaulieu Les Rouannières: the volcanic rock on which both are grown is the ‘pierre bise’ of the domaine name. But whatever the appellation and price point, this magnificent domaine will leave you with an intimate understanding of Anjou’s extraordinary intricacy and richness.
One to try: Château Pierre Bise, Clos de Coulaine, Savennières 2009 **** 18/20. This wine is still in quiet infancy, but the graceful, sparely defined hawthorn scents bode well. The palate is rich, intense, floral and flamboyant, packed with chewy orchard fruit: a meditative aperitif, or a rich food partner. Natural, pure and articulate: virtuoso Chenin, and a sensorial synopsis of this great site."
Andrew Jefford, Decanter Magazine, February 2012

 El Lagar de Isilla, Reserva 2007

"Aromas of wood, liquorice,blackcurrant, violet, prune, cherry and spice. Full, compact palate with excellent fruit intensity. Delicious grainy tannins give a firm structure. High quality, classic Ribera del Duero. ****"

Decanter Magazine, December 2011

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