Did some blind tasting with friends last night, followed by drinking. Some interesting bottles.
Angiolino Maule Masieri 2017 Veneto, Italy
This is Garganega from volcanic soil, wild fermented. Very low sulfites (15 mg/l). There’s a faint hint of reduction on the nose, but past this there is lovely citrus and pear fruit, with a bit of mineral character and hints of baked apple. Finishes fresh. A really expressive, drinkable natural white. 91/100
COS Frappato 2016 Vittoria, Sicily, Italy
Bush vines at 230 m with limestone-laced deep red soils, fermented on skins in concrete. Fresh, supple and bright with lovely raspberry and black cherry fruit. Very expressive with some green hints. Lovely sour cherry hints with good acidity. Some slight meaty notes. Juicy, linear and bright. 93/100
Nicosia Etna Rosso 2017 Italy
13% alcohol. This is a blend of Nerello Mascalese with Nerello Cappuchio. Supple and bright with nice juicy cherry and plum fruit. Quite aromatic with some wild strawberry with some firm tannins. Very expressive and still quite primary. Finishes firm with nice acidity. 92/100 (from Marks & Spencer)
Lock & Worth Semillon Semillon 2016 Okanagan Valley, Canada
12% alcohol. Planted 1993, unfined, unfiltered, raised in neutral French oak. Complex citrus fruit with some pear and fennel notes, and a bit of grip. Nice density with a sweet fruit edge to the textured palate. Has a bit of pith. Such an interesting wine. 92/100
JC Garnier Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon Les Tailles 2017 Vin de France
12.5% alcohol. From the Loire Valley. This has a core of ripe, sweet berry and black fruits with some ashy, gravelly notes, and hints of chalk. Lush chalkiness here with some grainy tannins. Has a fabulous lushness and also some structure. Delicious and immediate. 91/100
Commando G Mataborricos 2016 Sierra de Gredos, Spain
Cloudy with a savoury, spicy edge to the supple cherry and berry fruits. A bit faded with some grippy structure and some bitterness. Maybe a bad bottle. Not fun.
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