Sardegna- The Italian island of Sardegna is the second largest in the Mediterranean Sea, following Sicily. The capital city is Sardinia. Sardina is home to the Vermentino variety and hosts the DOCG Vermentino di Gallura. Also produced in Sardegna is the Moscato di Tempio DOC, Malvasia di Bosa DOC, Cannonau (Grenache) DOC, Vernaccia di Oristano DOC, Nuragus di Cagliari DOC, Monica di Cagliari DOC, Carignano del Sulcis DOC, as well as the Nebbiolo, Torbato, and Nepente di Oliena varieties. The soils are rich in granite, limestone, sandstone, as well as mineral rich clays, free-draining sands and gravels. The Mediterranean Sea provides cooler temperatures in Sardinia viticulture. It is said the culture on the island is nowhere near as wine-oriented as mainland Italy. The island displays influences from neighboring Spain more so than Italy. The effects are reflected in their wines and grape varieties.
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Produced from the oldest planting of grapes on Lee Hudson’s heralded vineyard in the Napa Carneros, this latest offering of Arietta Merlot is one for the ages. Certainly a classic vintage, 2012 delivered fruit with brilliant purity, structure, and a strong sense of place. This unique—one might say historic—block of Merlot shows the best that this variety has to offer in California. Well-proportioned, fresh, flavorful, dark and complex, this wine is sure to impress lovers of Pomerol, and show that California is capable of producing Merlot wines with strength, yes, but also nuance, delicacy, and multiple layers of interest. This wine should continue to open and develop over the next decade, and age gracefully for another decade or two.
Arietta's 2012 Merlot emerges from the oldest vines on Lee Hudson's vineyard in Carneros. A dark, super-expressive wine, the Merlot is endowed with serious depth, power and structure. Brambly red fruit, smoke, tobacco and grilled herbs emerge from a surprisingly big, structured wine that should drink well for many, many years. -Antonio Galloni Vinous 95 points
Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Cru Fleurie Vers le Mont is made from 100 percent Gamay.
Intense red color, subtle fruity and floral aromas of violet, berry and cinnamon. It also has a distinctive aroma of Peony and Lily flowers, typical of the "Sur le Mont" terroir.
It is ample in the mouth and has a lot of ripe red and black fruit flavors. The structure is full and the tannins are round and elegant.
Even better after a few years of cellaring.
Excellent with red and game meats, and cheeses.
"High-density planting adds to the concentration of this ripe wine. Black-cherry flavors burst from the glass to give both richness and a structure that will allow the wine to age. Drink from 2021. - Roger Voss"
- Wine Enthusiast (January 2020), 91 pts