Friday 26 February 2010
Thursday 18 February 2010
It's on sale at Superquinn stores for €13.49 (Just before last Christmas they knocked it out at a Special for €9.99).
It's a great teaching wine.
Nebbiola will be given the most favourable sites in the 'better' areas in Piedmont. Very good (and affordable) Barbera will be found therefore on the 'better' sites in the 'less favoured' areas! Barbera d'Asti fits in to this sort of logic just beautifully. This is one such beauty.
Lavignone pours well with a medium to full ruby. Rich warming fresh summer fruits and ripe berries are energetically thrown up out of the bouquet. The palate is smooth and long with strong and definite edges. This is where Barbera shines. Rich fruit with fine but not obtrusive structure.
Food was made to be eaten with copious jugs of Barbera. Maccario has made Lavignone to be drunk with copius amounts of food!
Tuesday 16 February 2010
Ornellaia was as reliable as ever : a rich brick heart in a full deep ruby; layers of warm spice and cassis interweave with youthful berry elements and aged wood; light touch on the palate with delicacy to the fore and structure depth, and power waiting in the wings; tremendous poise and balance; drink now to 2025.