I hoped a bit more for the money, but this Corbieres is a good, pleasant red.
Star buy red – Domain Abbaye Sylva Plana “La Closeraie” 2018, Faugeres, Languedoc
When the Languedoc delivers, it’s hard to beat. Continue reading
Great value red: Clos Mont Blanc Xipella 2015, D.O. Catalunya, Spain
A generous, warm climate red that overdelivers when it comes to value. And it’s not a boring, predictable one – a real winner.
New wave Priorat – Terroir Històric Negre 2018
Returning to the roots. This Grenache and Carignan blend is made with ancient winemaking techniques, and the result is clearly different from the oaky, heavy interpretations of Priorat most of us are familiar with.
Top shelf Carignan from Sardinia – Santadi Terre Brune Superiore 2013, Carignano del Sulcis DOC
Chateau Simone, an Aglianico and so on… the theme was clearly famous reds from warm climates, based on mostly the Mediterranean. Carignan from Sardinia was a natural choice to be included in the lineup, and this one, the top wine from Santadi did not disappoint.
An expensive Carignan from Chile: De Matino Vigno 2015
New wave Chilean red. Definitely not one buried in new oak, but there is nothing unexpected here – it tastes Chilean first and foremost. I always wonder where that strong character comes from, I never find it in anywhere else, and it’s always there in the country’s reds. Winemaking? Terroir speaking loud?