A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 826: Great Prosecco and a Harmonious Red Trio

Top-notch Prosecco

Val d’Oca Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Millesimato 2020 (Veneto, $19.90, Vintages #340570)
Pale straw in colour with a volcanic mousse; lightly floral nose of wet stones and crabapple; medium-bodied dry, white peach and apple flavours; well balanced, creamy mouth-feel. Satisfying length. One of the best Proseccos I have tasted. (90)

Gérard Bertrand An 806 Corbières 2018 ($17.95, Vintages #394288, to be released Feb. 7th)
A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Opaque purple in colour; vanilla and blackberry nose with a light cedar note; full-bodied (14.5% alc.), richly extracted blackberry flavour with a herbal note. Well-balanced. Good value. (90)

Gérard Bertrand Naturae Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 (Pays d’Oc, $19.95, Vintages #22502, to be released Jan. 7Th)
Deep purple colour; cedary, plum and blackcurrant bouquet with oak spice; medium-bodied, dry, savoury black fruit flavours; firmly structured, finishing on powdery tannins. (89)

Santa Emma Gran Reserva Chile, Carmenère 2018 (Valle de Cachapoal, $18.95, Vintages #21981, to be released February 19th.)
Deep purple-ruby in colour; lightly cedary, spicy, black cherry nose with vanilla and dark chocolate notes; medium to-full-bodied, dry, plum and blackcurrant flavours with lively acidity and a note of orange peel on the end taste.  Fine mouth-feel, ripe tannins. (90)

Santa Emma Gran Reserva Chile, Carmenère 2018

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