The weather outside is pretty impossible. Wine for Autumn is wine for any time of the year by our book; this is a set that celebrates the end of the harvest, the beginning of nature's close.
A Single-Vineyard, complex, crystalline and scintillating Riesling from Von Winning; two Spanish Whites that show the diverse faces of modern winemaking from two up and coming regions; Gran Reserva deliciousness from LAN; a stunning, organic Reserve Malbec and everybody's favourite, Zenato Ripassa!
The Box of The Week is part answer to the many questions that I get that run something like "Chris, what's your favourite wine?" or "Chris, what are you going to drink this weekend?" or "Chris, have you got anything that's new?" or "What do you drink with this sort of weather?" or, quite often, "Hey, what are we bringing on holiday?"...
This is a chance for you to get inside my head and see what wines I'm really thinking about at this very moment in time.
Made of the wines that I can see would make a brilliant wine-tasting, or that may have been overlooked, or under-sold... or a combination of all these and more, this is going to be the place where you're most likely to find the odds and ends that I've become rather keen on picking up - they never last long!
- Minimum of 15% off - and only available for a week (or so!)
- All delivered for free!
This week - over €22 off, and with FREE delivery, saving a total of €30.
In this week's box it you'll get six bottles, one bottle of each of the following:
1. Von Winning, Ruppertsberg Nussbien, Riesling
A stunner of a wine, this single-vineyard Premier Cru Riesling is possibly the best-value wine that we have found in the extensive range from Von Winning.
2. Celler do Roure, Cullerot
Cullerot is a bit of a curio from Celler del Roure, with three almost extinct grape varieties, Verdil, Tortosina, and Merseguera, blended with some better known ones. The end result is a stunning and moreish wine that will make you wish that the search for long-lost grape varieties and the cultivation of great wines from these areas had begun many decades earlier.
3. Pagos do Galir, Godello
A superb wine, made from the brilliant Godello grape. With white stone-fruit, herbaceous minerality and citrus notes on the nose, it develops to a well-textured, broad, yet salt-tinged, generous white that is silky and elegant. A wine from one small plot of vines at about 700 metres above sea level, this is really serious quality.
4. Bodegas LAN, Roja Gran Reserva
Made from the best grapes picked from old, gnarly bush vines grown in four different Rioja Alta plots, this wine uses 97% Tempranillo blended with 3% Mazuelo from plots in the legendary Viña Lanciano vineyard. The result of using the best grapes from these vines is that the wine has the depth and strength of substance to stand up to lengthy ageing, remaining true to its place of origin, rather than becoming overpowered by the oak influences.
5. Jean Bousquet, Reserve Malbec
A beefier, richer, and fuller and heavier version of the excellent Malbec from Jean Bousquet. Made from a selection of the better vineyard areas and specifically chosen vats of fermenting wines, it is a really elegant and effortlessly delicious red that oozes charm. Loaded with blackberry, pepper, hints of spice, prune and red berries, it is velvet smooth with silky tannins.
6. Zenato, Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Ripassa
A generous, smooth, silky and rich wine, with its palate full of plum, red berry, black cherry and Christmas cake spices offers the foretaste of an Amarone at a less costly fee and at more terrestrial alcohol levels. This is one of the most sought-after and best-selling wines we've had year in and year out. It's a brilliant synthesis of what are, for many, the prerequisite components for being a very, very good red wine.er.
A gorgeous box of delights - make sure you grab one before they're gone!
Usual caveat applies: if we are out of stock of a specific wine, we will replace it with one of the same value or higher, equally delicious and as close in style as we can make it.