Greetings once again from Devon where it may be raining every half hour but a whole lot of new wine is in stock or on the way for summer. We've got Comando G's party wine, more from Thymiopoulos' quite amazing project on Mount Olympus, and classics from two of northern Italy's long-established greats.
New from Comando G - 2017 Mataborricos
The high altitude, much talked-about Garnacha wines from Comando G have been flying out. All the top level wines are gone for the year. We still have some of the fantastic 'village' wine - La Bruja de Rozas and now something new - Mataborricos. Comando G originally made this for a party and as a bit of an experiment. It is a natural wine with no sulphur additions at all and is a blend of Garnacha, Carignan and Listan Prieto. Delicious served cool for immediate drinking.
Classics from Cantina Terlano
Three wines on the way from the producers of Italy's longest-lived whites, working up in the mountains on the Austrian border. Terlaner (a Pinot Bianco-dominated blend) is delicious to drink right now, Vorberg (100% Pinot Bianco) is a step up and Nova Domus (a super-refined version of the Terlaner) is a stunning wine which you could drink now or keep for the next ten years. These are whites to rival Burgundy - made for the table, they build layers of flavour over an evening. World-class slow burners.
Thymiopoulous' incredible Mount Olympus reds
These wines are quite amazing. If you like Thymiopoulos and know his wines from Naoussa (like Earth & Sky or Jeunes Vignes) you must check out this project on Mount Olympus, in the village of Rapsani. It's an incredible place, high up the mountainside with very old bush vines. There are two wines, Terra Petra and Karavas. The Terra Petra is fantastically delicious, as is the Karavas, which is a single-vineyard edition. The Karavas could be kept for many years and sees more oak. This is like high class Barbaresco at a bargain price.
Speaking of high class Barbaresco...
The world's best co-operative winery, Produttori del Barbaresco, controls some of the best vineyards in the area. The wines are traditional in style and have long been some of the best value in northern Italy - prices are very fair. The Langhe is textbook Nebbiolo, the Barbaresco is benchmark Barbaresco, and the Riserva wines from single vineyards are serious (we have some Ovello and Pora).
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