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M. Marengo Barolo Bricco delle Viole 2014 (2 bottles)
Il Palazzino Chianti Classico Argenina 2014 (2 bottles)
Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi 2012 (2 bottles)
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The history of the last twenty years has, however, has dampened the hostility. Modernity, embodied by supporters of barrique, has ceased to represent a controversial breaking with tradition, made of large barrels or cement tanks. It has become a standard, and in many territories coexists with history as a viable alternative to ageing handed down by grandparents.
In the Langhe, the Barolo barricati are no longer news: consumers have the choice. The same happens in Montalcino and in Chianti, where the wave of new Tuscan wines, which have become the flag-bearers of barrique based on the model of the classic Bordeaux wines, has also influenced the more classic Sangiovese wines. Not to mention the areas of Aglianico: from Taurasi to Vulture barrique is now in the majority, and is well suited to a vine for its indomitable traits, especially if derived from volcanic soils and high altitudes.
And now that barrique is part of the history of Italian wine, that wine deserves to be taste without prejudice. Especially if what is going into the barrique are the the greatest native grapes of the Bel Paese.
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Red. M. Marengo Barolo, Italy Nebbiolo
Bottle: £26.33 club members / £30.07 non-members
From ancient vines located on the best calcareous soils in La Morra, with a rocky subsoil that maked the roots work hard, this Bricco delle Viole is definitely one of the most significant and, by now, constants in its category. Extremely expressive and territorial, the Bricco delle Viole, dark garnet in colour, elegant and refined with its aroma of fruit and spices, with subtle echoes of herbs, roots, cherry, undergrowth, liquorice and mint. The aromas abound in their fullness and vigour, and even when young hold a sort of ethereal scent, which peep out to emphasize the longevity of the product.
The palate is proportionate and balanced, it has a vivid but partially integrated tannin, and a long, tasty, satisfying finish. It is full-bodied, upright, solid, of a beautiful freshness and seductive impact.
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Red. Podere Il Palazzino Chianti Classico, Italy Sangiovese
Bottle: £11.83 club members / £13.44 non-members
The farmhouse and the village, a product of the eighteenth-century Leopold of Hapsburg-Lorraine agrarian reform, are now managed by Alessandro and Andrea Sderci according to the principles of certified organic farming methods, plus a refusal of selected filtrations and yeasts, in addition, of course, to the drastic reduction of sulphur dioxide.
Argenina is the classic Sderci Chianti, a modern conceived wine which is however deeply rooted in the territorial tradition and winemaking. Sangiovese with drops of Canaiolo and Colorino, the colour is one of beautiful dark ruby, interspersed with garnet hints. Fermentation, carried out in steel, imbibes this Chianti with a youthful aroma: pleasant floral and fruity sensations, with red berries and plum at the forefront, interweaved with notes of sweet spices.
The palate is of a precious body, which is not exaggerated, broad, rich, with a smooth tannin which never edgy. It has a perky freshness, softness and subtle sapidity. The final, which is enduring, especially brings to mind fruity aromas.
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Red. Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi, Italy Aglianico
Bottle: £14.40 club members / £16.37 non-members
On the palate, with the fruit and the oak working together in perfect harmony (the wine matures for 18 months in medium toast French oak barrels), it imparts a dense flavour, rich and well-balanced, that culminates in a long and persistent finish with balsamic and spicy hints. When it's young it may seem slightly nervous due to the impetuosity of the vine, but, elegant and snappy as it is, it gradually evolves into a full-bodied wine with integrated tannin, sweet, warm, rich in after-tastes which create a new road-map for the complexity of the bouquet.
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