Italy

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    i48 2017 Catarratto Carlotta, Sicilia +

    100% catarratto. Smooth and soft, this Sicilian white is very easy drinking. 13% ABV

    £78.62 £6.55
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    i35 2017 Catarratto/Pinot Grigio Dea del Mare, Terre Siciliane +

    Catarratto, pinot grigio. A crisp, dry wine with the citrus and green apple hallmarks of pinot grigio balanced by subtle minerality from Sicily’s most widely planted white variety. 12.5% ABV

    £80.64 £6.72
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    i44 2017 Pinot Grigio Allamanda, delle Venezie +

    100% pinot grigio. From hillside vineyards in the northern Veneto, this offers a good weight of pear and citrus fruit before a long, fresh finish — proper pinot grigio. 12.5% ABV

    £83.23 £6.94
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    i22 2017 Pinot Grigio Ancora, Provincia di Pavia +

    100% pinot grigio. Sourced from the Pavia region (south of Milan), this is cool fermented and aged on its lees in steel tanks for four months; fresh and dry with gentle stone fruit and citrus aromas. 12.5% ABV

    £83.23 £6.94
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    i45 2017 Pinot Grigio la Delfina, delle Venezie +

    100% pinot grigio. In 1931, seventy growers combined to lay the foundations of today’s Viticoltori Friulani La Delizia, one of the largest wineries in Italy comprising around a thousand producers farming 1,700 hectares under vine. With a refreshing palate of zesty green apple and fresh pear, this has an appealing length and minerality. 12% ABV

    £86.11 £7.18
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    i3 2013 Malvasia Paolo Leo, Salento +

    100% malvasia. A pale straw yellow in colour, with a tropical bouquet of melon and mango. 12% ABV

    £95.04 £7.92
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    i10 2016 Grillo Colpasso, Terre Siciliane IGP +

    100% grillo. Grown in the far west of the island, the grapes for this wine are harvested late for extra complexity. An intense bouquet of citrus and tropical fruit, balanced with vibrant freshness on the palate. 13.5% ABV

    £96.24 £8.02
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    i23 2017 Gavi la Luciana, Araldica +

    100% cortese. Grown in southeastern Piedmont, this fresh, crisp and lightly aromatic wine offers steely acidity and underlying mineral characters with a touch of fennel and spice. 12% ABV

    £102.67 £8.56
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    i63 2017 Vermentino Trulli, Salento +

    100% vermentino. Pale yellow in colour, with attractive aromas of peach and lemon peel introducing a saline minerality and complex acidity on the palate. 12.5% ABV

    £104.69 £8.72
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    i61 2016 Grillo/Chardonnay Tannu, Sicilia +

    Grillo, chardonnay (organic). Straw yellow in colour, with an elegant bouquet of pineapple and lemon. 12.5% ABV

    £105.70 £8.81
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    i13 2016 Chardonnay Bollini ‘Barricato 40’, Trentino +

    100% chardonnay. 13% ABV

    “A tangy and rich white with sliced mango and apple with lively acidity. Medium body, clean finish.” 91 points
    James Suckling (November 2016)

    £108.29 £9.02
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    i53 2017 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico ‘Coste del Molino’, Monte Schiavo +

    100% verdicchio. A stylish and concentrated verdicchio with intense aromas of grapefruit, pineapple and lime and a fresh, dry palate, full of citrus fruit right through to its attractive savoury finish. 13% ABV

    £111.60 £9.30
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    i18 2017 Fiano Zensa, Puglia +

    100% fiano (organic). Pale yellow in colour, the nose is fragrant and floral; the palate has refreshing hints of mango and acacia before a crisp, persistent finish — something different and really rather special. 12.5% ABV

    £117.22 £9.77
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    i14 2016 Pinot Grigio Bollini, Trentino +

    100% pinot grigio. Grown on hillside vineyards parallel to the Adige river at up to 1400 feet above sea level, where alluvial and rocky soils are gravelly and rich in minerals. Far more complex than ‘traditional’ pinot grigio — a pale straw yellow in colour, a delicate nose with scents of acacia flower, minerals and pear, while fresh natural acidity supports the wine’s aromatic richness and elegant palate. 13% ABV

    £122.69 £10.22
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    i3 2017 Pecorino Caparrone, Colline Pescaresi IGT +

    100% pecorino. Delicate floral, stone fruit and citrus aromas lead into a palate with fresh peach notes backed by a textural minerality, nutty characters and crisp acidity.12.5% ABV

    £128.16 £10.68
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    i14A 2016 Greco di Tufo Lava, Terre de Vulcano +

    100% greco. Concentrated and lively flavours of apple, pear and grapefruit, with just a hint of sweetness. 12% ABV

    On the 2012 vintage: ‘…one of southern Italy’s best whites, has an enticing volcanic twist, plumped up with white peach’.
    Jane MacQuitty, the Times (March 2014)

    £133.63 £11.14
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    i28 2016 Gavi di Gavi Patrizi, Piemonte +

    100% cortese. Straw yellow in colour with a delicate and distinctive floral perfume — fresh and fruity on the palate, with hints of honey and nuts. 12.5% ABV

    £142.56 £11.88
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    i46 2017 Pinot Grigio Rosé Allamanda, Provincia di Pavia +

    Pinot grigio, pinot noir. Pale pink (a tiny proportion of pinot noir press wine is added to colour the blend), this is suitably restrained on the nose but opens up with wild berry fruit and attractive freshness on the palate. 12.5% ABV

    £87.26 £7.27
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    i24 2017 Pinot Grigio Rosé Ancora, Provincia di Pavia +

    87% pinot grigio, 13% pinot nero. Fresh and fruity, with delicate aromas of red berries; the palate is soft and creamy, with a vibrant finish. 12% ABV

    £87.26 £7.27
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    i49 2017 Pinot Grigio Rosé la Delfina, delle Venezie +

    Pinot grigio, pinot nero. Crisp summer berry fruits and lightly dry. 12% ABV

    £87.26 £7.27
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    i65 2017 Zinfandel blush ‘The Wanted’, Puglia +

    100% zinfandel. With a label unashamedly ‘Sergio Leone’ in design, this is paler than many Californian renditions and offers interesting notes of whitecurrant and rhubarb. 12.5% ABV

    On the 2016 vintage: “Delicate scents of spring blossom and citrus carry over to the bright simple palate along with sour cherry. Zesty acidity gives it [a] tangy finish.”
    Kerin O’Keefe, winemag.com (January 2017)

     

    £120.82 £10.07
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    i50 2015 Nero d’Avola Carlotta, Sicilia +

    100% nero d’avola. Spicy dark fruit, with surprisingly smooth complexity. 14% ABV

    £80.50 £6.71
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    I32 2016 Sangiovese Allamanda, Puglia +

    100% sangiovese. A medium-bodied red wine from the Salento peninsula in southern Puglia. With aromas of red berry and damson fruit, this is ripe and lively. 12.5% ABV

    £81.22 £6.77
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    i47 2016 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Dea del Mare +

    100% montepulciano. A vibrant medium-bodied red with flavours of juicy red cherry, wild herbs and earthy spice. 12.5% ABV

    £83.81 £6.98
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    i9 2013 Nero d’Avola Marée d’Ione, Terre Siciliane +

    100% nero d’avola. A bouquet of wild berries, blackcurrant and spice is matched on the palate by soft tannin and a long, rounded finish. 13% ABV

    £94.32 £7.86
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    i41 2014 Negroamaro Paolo Leo, Salento +

    100% negroamaro. Youthful purple tones reveal cherry and plum fruit with almond top notes. 13% ABV

    £95.90 £7.99
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    i17 2013 Salice Salentino, Paolo Leo +

    Negroamaro, malvasia nera di Lecce. Grown around Brindisi and Lecce, dusty black fruit on the nose is uplifted by a fresh note of red berries; the palate is ripe and velvety, with hints of liquorice and chocolate. 13.5% ABV

    £95.90 £7.99
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    i30 2016 Cabaletta Rosso delle Venezie, Tenute Fiorebelli +

    70% corvina, 20% rondinella, 10% cabernet sauvignon. Grapes from low-yielding vineyards around the town of San Pietro in Cariano (near Verona) are carefully picked as each bunch reaches the perfect stage of maturity, before a portion of the grapes are dried for almost three months to concentrate their aromas and richness. Blending employs approximately 30% of this appassito wine, with the remaining 70% vinified conventionally; approximately 40% of the blended wine is then aged for twelve months in American and French barriques. A complex bouquet of prune, cherry and redcurrant reveals a wine that is surprisingly full-bodied and supple. 13% ABV

    £101.52 £8.46
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    i2 2015 Merlot Bollini, Trentino +

    100% merlot. Clay soils in cool, dry highland vineyards are ideally suited to producing elegant and aromatic wines; lush, fragrant flavours of wild berries are supported by subtle spice and integrated tannin. 13% ABV

    £102.24 £8.52
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    i12 Viziato Vino Rosso Sangiovese/Nero d’Avola +

    80% sangiovese, 20% nero d’avola. It borders on the iconoclastic to blend different grape varieties from regions four hundred miles and a sea apart, but Empson’s madcap decision to bring together finished wines from Tuscany and western Sicily has certainly paid off: an intense ruby red in colour, the lifted freshness of cherry fruit on the palate is balanced by ripe tannin and an extended finish. 13% ABV

    £102.38 £8.53
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    i67 2017 Negroamaro Trulli, Salento +

    100% negroamaro. Full-bodied with hints of liquorice and nutmeg, well-balanced tannins and a long, persistent finish. 13% ABV

    £104.69 £8.72
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    i6 2016 Chianti Toscolo +

    100% sangiovese. Six months ageing in oak leaves this Chianti with a brilliant ruby color, an elegant nose of berry fruit (with hints of violet and iris) and a palate showing fine body and balance. 12.5% ABV

    £103.68 £8.64
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    i62 2017 Nero d’Avola/Merlot Tannu, Sicilia +

    Nero d’Avola, merlot (organic). Deep ruby in colour, this has an intense bouquet reminiscent of wild berries and liquorice; black cherry, coffee and spice on the palate precede an intense and persistent finish. 13.5% ABV

    £105.70 £8.81
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    i33 2013 Monte Antico, Toscana +

    85% sangiovese, 10% merlot, 5% cabernet sauvignon. First produced in 1977, the Empson family have always seen Monte Antico as their own ‘super-Tuscan’ from selected vineyards in Maremma, Colline Pisane and Colli Fiorentini; classical in structure, the elegant bouquet of leather and black cherry announces ripe fruit and a silky texture. 13% ABV

    £105.98 £8.83
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    i26 2015 Barbera d’Asti, Ceppi Storici +

    100% barbera. From vineyards in the Monferrato hills, with vines over forty years old. Warm, spicy aromas of blueberry and plum, with subtle, smoky notes; the palate is rich and generous with juicy cherry and blackcurrant fruit, along with meaty, spicy notes beneath soft tannin. 14% ABV

    £108.72 £9.06
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    i66 2015 Aglianico Rocca del Dragone, Campania +

    100% aglianico. Sourced from low-yielding vineyards in the province of Avelino; deep ruby in colour, this is full-bodied yet amazingly smooth. 13.5% ABV

    £114.77 £9.56
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    i40 2015 Primitivo Matané, Puglia +

    100% primitivo. 13.5% ABV

    “This is medium-bodied and expressive, with ground coffee, vanilla and rich smoke notes layered with ripe dried strawberry and cherry flavours. Offers a well-spiced, chewy finish.” 88 points
    Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (March 2017)

    £114.91 £9.58
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    i16 2013 Salice Salentino Riserva, Trulli +

    Negroamaro, malvasia nera di Lecce. Powerful yet elegant, this is a very deep ruby in colour. The nose offers ripe and rich aromas of blackberry, dark cherry and espresso; the palate is full-bodied, but shows an attractive balance between fruit acidity and warm tannin. 14.5% ABV

    £119.81 £9.98
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    i34 2015 Chianti Classico Toscolo +

    95% sangiovese, 5% cabernet sauvignon. 13% ABV

    On the 2014 vintage: “Bright and fruity with lovely dried cherry and lemon rind character. Medium body, light tannins and a lively finish. Vivid and clean.” 91 points
    James Suckling (August 2016)

    £125.71 £10.48
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    i68 2016 Primitivo appassimento Lucale, Puglia +

    100% primitivo. Lucale is made using an unusual Italian method (il giro del picciolo, literally ‘twisting the stem’), whereby workers go through the vineyard in late August and twist the stems of 50% of grape bunches — this effectively blocks all nourishment and water reaching the grapes, forcing the grapes to undergo a natural drying process on the vine. The grapes can lose a quarter to a third of their weight in water, concentrating their sweetness and complexity. After harvest the bunches are destemmed and only the free-run juice is used (the grapes are not crushed), while the wine is finally aged for eight months in French and American barriques.
    Lucale has an intense garnet colour, with a complex bouquet reminiscent of cherry, raspberry and redcurrant; on the palate the wine is full-bodied and supple, with layers of dark fruit, fine tannin and a lingering finish. 14.5% ABV

    £126.86 £10.57
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    i64 2016 Nero di Troia Zensa, Puglia +

    100% nero di Troia (organic). Contrary to what one might expect to find in the pages of the Urban Dictionary, ‘Trojan black’ is neither a Turkish narcotic nor an American brand of prophylactic — it is in fact is the third most important of Puglia’s native black grape vines after negroamaro and primitivo. Zensa’s organic rendition is rich and full-bodied, with notes of blueberry and milk chocolate notes. 13.5% ABV

    £127.87 £10.66
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    i19 2016 Primitivo di Salento ‘Saracena’, Trulli +

    100% primitivo. Sourced from low-yielding, old vine sites in an area called ‘Saracena’ (in the province of Taranto), where the vines are densely planted (5,500 stocks per hectare) and are left to develop into unsupported bushes. Grapes harvested in mid to late September are placed in well-ventilated drying lofts known as fruttaio. Left to dry for around ten days, the grapes lose approximately 40% of their weight depending on the vintage and weather conditions, significantly increasing concentration and complexity. 15% ABV

    “Liquorice, generous layers of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, black toffee, fig and black cherries. Full bodied with supple tannins.”
    International Wine Challenge (2018)

    £162.72 £13.56
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    i43 2016 Primitivo di Manduria, Matané +

    100% primitivo. From bush-trained vines in selected vineyards within Manduria. 14% ABV

    On the 2012 vintage: “Tobacco, mature plum, espresso and toast aromas lead the nose. The round, full-bodied palate offers dried black cherry, mature blackberry, liquorice, black pepper and toasted oak alongside velvety tannins.” 89 points
    Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (January 2015)

    £168.34 £14.03
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    i27 2013 Barolo ‘Flori’, Araldica +

    100% nebbiolo. From vineyards in la Morra, Barolo and Grinzane, this is aged for three years in Slavonian oak casks. All the requisite characteristics of Barolo are here — tobacco, leather and violet aromas, the silky texture of ripe fruit and a lengthy finish. 14% ABV

    £196.13 £16.34
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    i37 2015 Barbera d’Alba, Pio Cesare +

    100% barbera. From family-owned vineyards in Serralunga d’Alba, Sinio, Diano d’Alba, Treiso and now Monforte d’Alba; aromas of blackberries, plums and ripe berry fruit with a touch of spice and tobacco. 14.5% ABV

    £216.86 £18.07
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    i31 2014 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Cantine di Negrar +

    70% corvina, 15% corvinone, 15% rondinella. Classic aromas of raisin and dried fruit, while the palate is intense and lusciously round. 15.5% ABV

    £285.70 £23.81
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    i38 2012 Nebbiolo d’Alba, Pio Cesare +

    100% nebbiolo. A delicate, fragrant nose with hints of roses, vanilla and ripe berry fruit. Full and soft on the palate, developing into a long, persistent finish. 13.5% ABV

    £324.00 £27.00
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    i81 2013 Brunello de Montalcino ‘Campogiovanni’, San Felice +

    100% sangiovese. Situated on the southern side of Montalcino, the Campogiovanni vineyards make a traditional Brunello matured for three years in Slavonian barrels and for a further year in bottle. 14.5% ABV

    “Loaded with underbrush sensations, this opens with aromas of porcini mushroom, truffle, charred soil and a whiff of baked plum. The big, generous palate offers fleshy black cherry, vanilla, a confectionery note and a hint of game alongside ripe tannins.” 91 points
    Kerin O’Keeffe, Wine Enthusiast (January 2016)

    £407.23 £33.94
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    i39 2003 Barbaresco, Pio Cesare +

    100% nebbiolo. Pio Cesare have made wines on the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco since 1881. From family-owned vineyards in Treiso (Il Bricco, San Stefanetto and Bongiovanni) and in San Rocco Seno d’Elvio (Rocche di Massalupo), this offers hints of coffee and violet before a rich, almost balsamic persistence.

    £517.82 £43.15
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    i20 2010 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico ‘Capitel della Crosara’, Montresor +

    60% corvina veronese, 30% rondinella, 10% molinara. The grapes are destemmed and dried on wooden racks for several months before pressing; the must is then fermented in stainless steel vats for four months for optimum extraction, before three years maturing in oak. A generous, classical Amarone with impressive concentration and texture. 15.5% ABV

    £538.13 £44.84
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    i51 Dolce Toscolo, Toscana (50cl) +

    70% trebbiano, 30% malvasia. Made partly with sun-dried grapes and aged for eighteen months in small barrels; elegant and fragrant with notes of caramel, apricot and orange blossom. 16% ABV

    £121.68 £10.14
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