For this weekend we have hand-picked some of our favourite reds for your father to serve alongside, a BBQ, to sip over a good book, to slurp during a thriller of a movie, to savour alongside that classic album on repeat, or the ultimate house red & just because he fancies a glass.
(Contains 6 reds x 2 bottles of each)
2016 HACIENDA GRIMON, CRIANZA, RIOJA, SPAIN
The Crianza (85% Tempranillo with Graciano) is a rigorous selection of grapes from 3 different vineyard parcels. The wine is aged for 16 months in French & American oak. Aromas of black fruits with black pepper and sweet spices. Palate is quite full bodied for a Crianza due to the quality of fruit used and longer than average ageing in oak. The ripe tannins and fresh acidity balance the richness of the fruit which results in an elegant and classy Rioja, a serious Crianza and cut above most others you will try.
2016 CHATEAU MAYNE-VIEIL, FRONSAC, BORDEAUX, FRANCE
This Bordeaux represents great value for money, displaying very similar attributes to neighbouring Pomerol, in fact were these vines in Pomerol, this wine would easily fetch twice the shelf-price with no difference in quality whatsoever. 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, it displays a full-on nose with animal, plum flavours and hints of tobacco. The palate is richly fruited with vanilla, plum, cassis and cedar wood. Slightly firm but lush tannins contribute to a lengthy finish.
2014 INNOCENTI, ROSSO DI MONTEPULCIANO, TUSCANY, ITALY
The Rosso di Montepulciano, a blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo Nero and Mammolo grapes has plummy warmth with notes of saddle leather and wild rose and meaty, gamey notes. The palate is medium-bodied, sweetly fruity, but well-structured and finishes with a note of bitter cherry and savoury, finely grained tannins.
2017 DOMAINE LACOUR, PINOT NOIR, BURGUNDY, FRANCE
Bourgogne Côtes du Couchois is a dark-coloured Pinot Noir, broad and rustic with dark cherry and red berries character, sweet notes of oak aging and refreshing saline notes on the end palate. A new find of ours that we are very excited about.
2018 DOMAINE CHAUME-ARNAUD, COTE-DU-RHONE, SOUTHERN RHONE, FRANCE
The Côtes du Rhône rouge is a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% each of Syrah and Cinsault. Although it always punches way above its weight, the 2018 is a bomb of sheer deliciousness and drinkability. It is expressive, open-knit, juicy with an attractive touch of yeast, then ripe, soft hedgerow fruits, spice, stones, gravel. The palate dry, mid-weight, very juicy with black fruits and tapenade and gravelly minerality
2018 VINA ALBEGARDA, ALBIZU, TEMPRANILLO, RIOJA, SPAIN
‘I have a weakness for unoaked (or very lightly oaked) Rioja. I love the lively aroma, the pure cherry fruits and the refreshing acidity. Here they come together in an easy-drinking but sophisticated wine, great for sipping alone or for drinking with a variety or red and white meats. This example, made by a Rioja producer, from grapes grown within the region, doesn’t actually have the name Rioja on the label, but it certainly tastes like it. Worth buying in quantity for the season ahead.’ John Wilson, Top Ten Wines under €20