This week, Roger Jones picked his highlights from a recent autumn portfolio tasting in London for The Buyer, commenting that it is “always set out in varieties which is an excellent way to showcase the range each grape can provide from winemaker to region to country”. From a Pinot Gris/Grigio table, Roger selected eight wines from Gasper, Tinpot Hut, Innocent Bystander, Stopham Estate, Cesconi, Ca di Alte, Specogna and Vie di Romans, all available at WineOnline.ie while from the Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc table, he chose Blank Canvas, Cullen, Gabriëlskloof, Château Lamothe-Bouscaut and La Voûte, also available online.
In the UK press, Julia Harding MW reviewed Portuguese reds for JancisRobinson.com (including Herdade do Peso, Casa Ferreirinha and Quinta dos Carvalhais) and these will all be avialable on our site from next month on. Terry Kirby recommended Quinta dos Carvalhais’ Encruzado 2015 as one of his Independent.co.uk Wines of the Week.
On his own website, James Suckling awards 91 points apiece to the San Polo and Fossacolle Rosso di Montalcino 2015s, saying “some have called Rosso di Montalcino ‘baby Brunello’ merely because the designation is made from Sangiovese and comes from the same general area as its older brother. Yet in 2015, the wines live up to the moniker.”