Impressed by these De’Ricci wines (private imports available through George Lawrence Imports, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-889-4786).
Cantine Storiche De’Ricci Rosso de Montepulciano 2017 (Tuscany – $28.88)
Deep ruby colour; lightly cedary, earthy, cherry nose with well-integrated oak; medium-bodied, dry, lightly floral-tinged flavour of ripe cherries and red plums; firmly structured, very elegant for a Rosso, lovely mouth-feel, with a tannic lift on the finish. (88.5)
Cantine Storiche De’Ricci Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015 ($35.23)
Deep ruby colour with an ambering rim; cedary nose of vanilla and cherries with oak spice notes; medium-bodied, dry, elegant and harmonious, beautifully balanced, savoury, dried cherry flavour; well-structured with ripe, grainy tannins on the finish. (91)
Cantine Storiche De’Ricci Il Voignone 2015 (Super Tuscan – Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot – $40.53)
Deep ruby colour; lightly cedary nose of dark chocolate and black cherries with oak spice; medium-bodied, dry, lovely mouthfeel, round and full on the palate with flavours of plum and currants ending on a minty note. A beautifully balanced seamless wine that needs 3–4 years cellaring. (92+)
Cantine Storiche De’Ricci Soraldo Vino Noblie di Montepulciano Riserva 2015 ($50.73)
Deep ruby colour; cedary, spicy, tobacco and cherry nose with a rose petal grace note; medium-bodied, dry, elegant, beautifully balanced flavours of plum and cherry with well-integrated oak. Lovely mouth-feel. Drinking well now but will reward cellaring. (93)
Cantine Storiche De’Ricci Vin Santo Montepulciano 1995 (Malvasia – $106.47 (375mL))
Golden amber in colour; toasted nuts, tealeaf, orange and honey on the nose; medium-bodied, rich and unctuous on the palate with rising flavours of dried apricot, honey, toast and grilled nuts, perfectly balanced with citrus acidity and an amazingly long finish. (97)
Other wines tasted:
Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico 2015 (Tuscany, $22.95, Vintages #994608 to be released October 26)
Ruby colour; cedary, cherry bouquet with oak spice; medium-bodied, dry, savoury, cherry flavour; well-balanced, light on the palate but firmly structured, ending on ripe tannins. (89)
Cambria Chardonnay Clone 4 2016 (Santa Maria Valley, California, $34.95, Vintages #104851)
Pale straw in colour; spicy, toasty, pineapple bouquet; full-bodied, just off-dry with a spicy, pineapple flavour carried on lively acidity; great length. Richly flavoured.
Rabl Löss Grüner Veltliner 2017 (Kamptal, Austria, $15.95, Vintages #295709)
Bright light yellow in colour; white pepper and green apple on the nose with mineral notes; medium-bodied, dry, fine mouthfeel, apple and citrus flavours. A beautifully balanced wine and versatile at the dinner table.
Finca Villacreces Pruno 2016 (Ribera del Duero, Spain, $22.95, Vintages #312140)
Deep ruby in colour with a spicy, sandalwood and plum bouquet with vanilla oak notes; medium-bodied, dry, beautifully balanced plum and strawberry flavours with a creamy mouth-feel.
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