With the Christmas and New Year period rapidly approaching our taste buds turn to sparkling wine, and on this episode I have returning guest Phil Smith from The Wine Depository join me to discuss the many styles of sparkling wine and ways to enjoy them.
Tag Archives: Lambrusco
De Fratelli 2010
Beeswax citrus herbs, lively on the palate, wild dry savoury and open. Beeswax comes late on the palate, vibrant and fresh, absolutely outstanding.
Clean bright colour, more fruit on the nose, less skin contact character. More fruit sweetness but also more volatility.
Very much in the cider realm, gorgeous fresh and complex, vibrant aromatic, lovely fruit generosity, what a cracker of a wine.
Very savoury nutty aroma, darker colour, round soft gentle, savoury nutty and cheesy.
Quite raw and rustic nose, stinky and funky. Meaty tannins, very dark but nice softness of fruit.
Really wild and complex to the point of being difficult. Somehow delicious and very savoury.
Soft generous tannins, bold yet round and long, a fuller more mellow red wine.
Bright intense honey herbed fruit, lovely talkiness and volatility. Nice fruit evolution across the palate, vibrant fresh style, quite clean with a hint of savoury.
Malvasia Rosa 2013
A bit darker than the 2010, a bit deeper and more closed on the nose. Bolder fruit, juicier too, a bit of sweetness but some nice herb character, vibrant now but will settle.
Really interesting tightness, very dry but fresh, some lovely sweet dark fruit on the back palate. Doesn’t scream natural wine, in fact on the lean side, very pleasant wine.
Fruitier more approachable nose, juicy soft and round yet focused. Very moreish, depends food but also fresh enough to encourage appetite.
Rosso della Bandita 2013 (four undisclosed red varieties)
Quite aromatic but closed and very young, wonderfully fresh, dry soft energetic, very lithe.