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2015 Le Pupille Morellino di Scansano Riserva – Tastes Like Brunello at Twice The Price!

2015 Morellino di Scansano Riserva, Le Pupille

“Better than some Brunellos I’ve tasted at twice the price” Jonny Wren

“Silky & Succulent” 94 points, James Suckling

“A beautiful presentation” 93 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Us Songbirds have a passion for Brunello di Montalcino and are always looking for a doppelgänger that’s easier on the pocket. We don’t think I’ll ever get closer than this amazing wine from Le Pupille. We’ve been a fan of this wine for a few years but it has never hit the dizzy heights of this 2015, Tuscany’s vintage of the century.

Morellino di Scansano is produced in the hilly regions of Tuscany’s coastal region of Marrema. Many of the wines produced here are for drinking young, however a handful of producers make Riserva wine to rival the legendary areas of Montalcino and Chianti Classico – none more so than Elisabetta Geppetti. Elisabetta was only 20 years old when she took control of her family’s tiny property but her passion and dedication has resulted in Le Pupille becoming a synonym for quality and excellence. Her top wines sell for over £100 a bottle which makes this seem even more of a bargain.

2015 Morellino di Scansano Riserva, Le Pupille @ £115 per case (6 bottles)

“From the first aroma and sip you know you are tasting something special here. It’s silky smooth and bursting with ripe black cherry, dark plum, balsamic and spice on the nose. Superb structure on the palate with more dark fruit, a rich savouriness, soft tannins and a long, spicy finish. It’s very Brunello like and better than some I have tasted at twice the price. Drink 2019-2025.” Jonny Wren

 “Extremely perfumed and spicy with Chinese spices that highlight the ripe fruit, as well as hints of roses. Full-bodied, silky and succulent. Just the right amount of tension. Extremely long and flavorful yet always refined and bright. Drink now.” 94 points, James Suckling

This wine is drinking beautifully now but can be cellared for a few years (but why wait?). Although it’s nudging £20 a bottle this really is a superb wine for the money. It’s not about the name, it’s what’s in the glass and if you love Brunello or other full bodied wines from Tuscany then I recommend you snap this up as I have only an allocation of 15 cases. To order call 07766 731954 or email jonny@songbirdwine.co.uk

 

Delicious Portuguese Red, 95 Points in Decanter Magazine and Under £8

2017 Alançia Foral dos Quatros Ventos, Douro Valley, Portugal

I was at a Portuguese tasting a few weeks back and tried some wonderful wines but this super red from the Douro Valley really made an impression. It stood head and shoulders above those at a similar price range (and plenty priced higher) so I put my hand up for a few cases.

Over the weekend I’m looking through Decanter magazine and a blind tasting of 76 Douro reds and what comes out top? Yes, you guessed it – this very wine was one of only three wines to score 95 points, however the other two are twice the price. Bargain? I think so.

The wine is from an estate in the Douro Superior and the blend is a blend of 40% Tinta Roriz, 30% Touriga Franca & 30% Tinta Barroca. It is all stainless steel fermentation so has a wonderful purity of fruit. It’s a great example of the quality of value wine now being produced in Portugal.

2017 Alançia Foral dos Quatros Ventos, Douro Valley @ £47.70 per case (6 bottles)

“Very forward with luscious red fruit on the nose. Good plummy richness on the palate with super concentration and just enough tannin to give it the structure of a quality wine. Medium bodied but with bags of character. A real find.” Jonny Wren

“ Sweet red fruit augmented with touches of plum…super spicy with yet with rounded mouthfeel…a really nice balance has been achieved here.” 95 points Decanter Magazine

Email Jonny@songbirdwine.co.uk to order or call 07766 731954

 

2015 Chianti Classico, Casuccio Tarletti, Tuscany

“The wonderful balance of perfume and structure make this a magnificent example of the brilliant 2015 Vintage” JW

Casuccio Tarletti is a small estate on the hills of the Chianti Classico zone overlooking Siena. It is owned by Bruna Baroncini whose excellent wines from the Tuscan region of Marrema I have sold for many years. At a recent tasting I tried their Chianti Classico for the first time and immediately realised this was something special. From the legendary 2015 vintage, this was a wine of extreme perfumed elegance with superb structure and I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered its modest price as I was expecting something close to £20 a bottle.

With limited stock available at the winery I swiftly requested a sample and showed it to colleagues in the trade. All agreed it was a delicious discovery and I have now secured the remaining 50 cases from the winery. As sole importer Songbird Wines will be offering an allocation to other UK wine merchants where it will have a price tag of circa £17 per bottle. However I am offering my private clients a pre-shipment offer price of £80 per 6 (£13.33 a bottle). This is an absolute bargain price for such a beautiful wine and when you taste it I’m sure you’ll agree!

2015 Chianti Classico, Casuccio Tarletti, Tuscany @ £80 Inc. VAT per case (6 bottles)

“You can not help but to be charmed by the delicate perfume of this wine with ripe, red cherry, hints of rose petal, vanilla and cinnamon. The palate is superb with more ripe cherry, soft tannins and a lovely freshness. The emphasis here is elegance and finesse rather than over-extraction and the wonderful balance of perfume and structure make this a magnificent example of the brilliant 2015 vintage. 100% Sangiovese.” Jonny Wren

2016 Barbera d’Asti Superiore ‘Crocera’ – Top Value Red of 2019 So Far!

2016 Barbera d’Asti Superiore ‘Crocera’, Il Cascinone, Piemonte

“Intense, ripe and juicy and another great wine from Il Cascinone that overdelivers” JW

The producer Il Cascinone can do no wrong in my eyes at the moment. I have worked with them for almost five years with their Campo Fiorito Chardonnay (a ringer for quality Maçon) being a staple of my portfolio. Last year many of you would have tried their brilliant Soliti Merlot, my best value wine of 2018, but the winery may have even surpassed that with this outstanding single vineyard Barbera d’Asti Superiore ‘Crocera’.

Once considered a poor man’s Nebbiolo, Barbera is now considered a great wine in its own right. The best vineyards surround the villages of Asti and Alba and produce perfumed reds that are ripe in juicy fruit and perfect for early drinking. The Crocera vineyard is a six hectare site on the Monferrato hills of Piemonte, where some of the region’s finest wines are produced. The wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barriques (small casks) of which only 10-15% are new. The predominant use of older oak ensures that there is a more subtle flavouring to the wine and that the juicy, ripe flavours of the Barbera grape are dominant. All this evolves into the most magnificent and rewarding glass of red.

2016 Barbera d’Asti Superiore ‘Crocera’, Il Cascinone, Piemonte @ £55 per case (6 bottles)

“Lovely aromas of black cherry, ripe damson and soft spice. Rich, generous and juicy on the palate with more flavours of cherry, plum and a little hint of mocha. It’s rare to experience such intensity at this price point and bravo to Il Cascinone for producing another great single vineyard wine that overdelivers.” JW

It’s a bit early to be saying that this is best value red wine of the year but it’s certainly going to take some beating! It has just won silver medal in the 2019 International Wine Challenge too so it seems I am not along in championing its brilliance!

Price includes VAT and free delivery to all CT & SE postcodes.

2017 Château Gairoird Organic Rosé, AOC Côtes de Provence

“Rosé doesn’t get much better than this.” Jonny Wren, Songbird Wines Founder

We Brits can sometimes be guilty of not taking rosé seriously enough. Happy enough to splash out on a fine red or white, but the rose just needs to be cold and pale. This organic pink from Château Gairoird is the kind of wine that puts paid to that philosophy – once you try this there’s no going back as it’s totally delicious! It’s produced on a 45 hectare Domaine just outside the village of Cuers in the Côtes de Provence AOC. Here Oliver Pierrefeu (who happens to be the Count of Pierrefeu) grows the classic Provence varieties such as Cinsault, Grenache, Rolle & Syrah which all make it to the final blend. Harvested at night (to ensure maximum freshness) the juice is then cool fermented for 2-3 weeks then stays on it lees until January for added complexity. The result is a wonderfully complex and totally refreshing bottle of organic rosé that will bring joy to many a weekend relaxing in the dappled sunlight.

2017 Château Gairoird Organic Rosé @ £72 per case (6 bottles)

“It has the most wonderful pale pink/salmon colour that Provence is the master of. The nose is delicate and complex with aromas of peach, red berry and hints of spicy tangerine. Clean and full on the palate with layers of ripe fruit and a gentle but lengthy exotic finish. Rosé doesn’t get much better than this.” Jonny Wren

2018 Tio Pepe Fino En Rama Now Available!

The annual Spring release of the new Tio Pepe En Rama is now a firm fixture in the wine world and hugely anticipated by sherry lovers around the globe.

Tio Pepe En Rama is an unclarified and unfiltered ‘super-fresh’ Fino sherry, loved by many for its unique, fresh from the cask experience. It is alive with flavour and has more nutty and yeasty aromas than usual Finos. On the palate it is vigorous and citrusy, with a complex, saline finish and a truly gastronomic wine that’s perfectly paired with olives, almonds, oily fish and tapas.

Only 60 barrels are produced yearly and the wine is strictly allocated. Those who have purchased this previously will get an automatic allocation and we will endeavour to satisfy the demands of any newcomers.

As always a different authentic label is produced based on artwork sourced from the Tio Pepe archives dating back to the 1800s.

Warning – Tio Pepe en Rama can cause strange photo poses

Tio Pepe Fino En Rama 2018 Release @ £15 per bottle
“A bright, vivid golden colour, Tío Pepe Fino en Rama 2018 is fragrant on the nose with instantly recognisable notes of bread and fresh yeast. The character of the Macharnudo area is reflected in the saltiness of the wine, which is also elegantly bitter on the finish. Tío Pepe En Rama 2018 will definitely enhance Mediterranean fish, seafood and vegetable dishes and is also set to be the star attraction at tapas bars worldwide, at a time when Spanish cuisine is more popular than ever.” Antonio Flores, Master Blender at Tio Pepe

2018 marks the 9th release of Tio Pepe en Rama and it seems to get better every year. The wine is at its best when young so we advise it is drunk during the summer months to enjoy it at its full potential. Wonderful with seafood but one of our favourite dishes to accompany this is vine plum tomatoes halved with a drizzle of premium olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt – simple but delicious!

Reserve your bottle(s) of 2018 En Rama now. Wine arrives week commencing 23rd April.

Château Pinenc Minervois – Ripe, Mature & Under £9 a Bottle!

What with the recent wintry weather there’s been a number of evenings sitting in front of the fire with a some hearty food cooking slowly in the oven and a rich warming glass of red. If there was a wine made for this situation then this marvellous Minervois would be it. Minervois isn’t one of France’s best known regions but, along with its neighbour Corbieres, certainly one of the best value. It’s just a few miles south of Carcassonne and here vines really flourish with the limestone soils and warm climate. Here the red grapes Syrah, Carignan and Grenache rule the roost, with the latter two usually coming from vines of 40 years plus. This delicious example is 65% Syrah, 20% Carignan and 15% old vine Grenache and it totally charms you with its ripe mellowness and super soft tannins. Light that fire!

2013 Château Pinenc, Vignobles Foncalieu, Minervois @ £53.70 per case (6 bottles)

“ A ripe nose of baked blackberry, prune, tarragon and a touch of fig. Great texture on the palate with superb ripeness and plenty more dried fruit character as it rolls around the palate. The tannins are so soft you could drink this on its own but best with lamb, cassoulet or cheese. To find a wine of this quality, maturity and price is a rare thing indeed.” JW

For more information or to order this wine please email jwren@jwwines.co.uk

 

A Sensational Silky Syrah a la Hermitage

 

2015 Domaine Belles Granges Syrah, Cave de Tain, Hermitage

“Plump, savoury & silky – blows away most Crozes Hermitage” JW

Quality Syrah can be hard to beat and the region of Northern Rhone is its home. Here you find the renowned appellation of Hermitage and vineyards that can rival Bordeaux’s finest. Unlike Claret, Rhone wines have not seen the stratospheric price increases of recent years and remains the place to find some of the best value fine wine in France.

Cave de Tain are based at the foot of the famous hill of Hermitage and make fantastic wines of exceptional value. Domaine Belles Granges is their best kept secret, better than many Crozes-Hermitage but half the price. It is produced from vineyards just outside that appellation and really shines in exceptional vintages – 2015 was one such vintage with near perfect growing conditions. Do not expect a Shiraz like powerhouse here, this is ripe, silky and savoury Syrah that is created in a more subtle way and slowly charms with each mouthful.

2015 Domaine Belles Granges Syrah, Cave de Tain @ £55 per case (6 bottles)

“A glorious example of the subtle, fruit driven elegance that is Northern Rhone Syrah. Ripe plum, juicy blackcurrant and savoury undertones with a hint of tar. Soft and elegant on the palate with layers of dark fruit and a touch of pepper on the finish. Plump, silky and savoury and blows away most Crozes Hermitages at double the price. A true winner!” JW

Email jwren@jwwines.co.uk to place your order of this brilliant wine whilst stocks last

New Release of Sassicaia, Guidalberto & Le Difese

Sassicaia – just the name can send tingles down the wine lover’s spine. The story began in the 1920s with the ambitious dreams Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta in creating a wine ‘thoroughbred’. He realised the similarities in climate and soil between the great soils of Bordeaux and the coastal vineyards of Bolgheri. To begin with, this revolutionary wine was just produced for lucky family and friends but by the latter part of the 20th century its greatness was secured. Countless accolades flowed from the 1970s onwards and the wine has now achieved iconic status.

Opening prices for 2013 Sassicaia, 2014 Guidalberto and 2014 Le Difese

2013 Sassicaia £525 IB per 6

“Tasted from barrel, the exciting 2013 Bolgheri Sassicaia is shaping up to be an epic rendition of this celebrated wine. You get a clear sense of the quality of fruit with your first twirl of the glass. Even at this young stage, the wine shows impressive intensity and elegance. It boasts dark fruit nuances with bold cherry and blackberry that will gain focus and traction with time. Oak notes of vanilla and cinnamon are beginning to show their first signs of mellow integration. This was a cool but classic vintage that saw enhanced aromas, acidity and all the qualities that lead to healthy longevity. The 2013 vintage promises greatness.”
95-97 Points, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate

The second wine – 2014 Guidalberto £120 Inc. VAT per 6

The third wine –  2014 Le Difese £85 Inc. VAT per 6

All wines available for delivery late Spring 2016 and are subject to remaining unsold.

Just Arrived! 2005 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904

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“The 2005 Gran Reserva 904 is a superb blend of Tempranillo from the villages of Briñas, Labastida and Villalba with 10% Graciano from Briones and Rodezno… The nose is very balsamic with notes of camphor, hints of mint, leather and hung game wrapped around a core of cherries in liqueur. Together it is balanced, subtle, truly elegant and classical. The palate is only medium-bodied but with great concentration of flavors that are very tasty, mineral, almost salty and framed by ultra-fine tannins and smashing balance. A great classic… At this quality level this is a bargain.”
96 points, Luis Gutierrez, eRobertParker.com

£180 per case (6 bottles) 

 

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2015 Le Pupille Morellino di Scansano Riserva – Tastes Like Brunello at Twice The Price!

2015 Morellino di Scansano Riserva, Le Pupille “Better than some Brunellos I’ve tasted at twice the price” Jonny Wren “Silky & Succulent” 94 points, James Suckling “A beautiful presentation” 93 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Us Songbirds have a passion for Brunello di Montalcino and are always looking for a doppelgänger that’s easier on the […]

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Delicious Portuguese Red, 95 Points in Decanter Magazine and Under £8

2017 Alançia Foral dos Quatros Ventos, Douro Valley, Portugal I was at a Portuguese tasting a few weeks back and tried some wonderful wines but this super red from the Douro Valley really made an impression. It stood head and shoulders above those at a similar price range (and plenty priced higher) so I put […]

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