Last year was a particularly good year for drinking for me, I have to admit it. Thanks to all the fantastic people I met and venues I discovered, who all work with some beautiful products, I got to both taste and drink (sometimes a bit too much) some amazing stuff. Some of these wines were tasted at events or trade tastings, some at my favourite bars & restaurants, and a few were tasted at wineries I visited (which was too rare in 2014). You’ll notice that many of these wines are Italian which very much reflects where I was at this year working for an importer of Italian wines, and also visiting Italy in June.
Let me know what you think, and tell me in the comments what were your highlight wines for 2014.
2014 was a momentous year as it was the first time I tasted Claret!
Casa Coste Piane (2013 vintage)
Fresh bright gleaming in the glass, nice texture salinity, vibrant peach pear fruit, seamless acidity and salinity, refreshing without a lot of bubbles.
Prosecco Superiore 2013
Concentrated juicy fruit, extremely varietal, lots of crisp apples. Clean consistent long nice fruit with minerality showing much stronger on the palate.
Much more subtle on the nose, more mature fruits and spices. Very bright on the palate very serious fruit concentrated and longer on the palate, deep complexity.
Metodo Classico 2011 (50 months on lees)
Lees autolysis veritably jumps out of the glass, but fruit supports quite nicely. Rich creamy brioche sitting over apple fruit, almost like an apple tart. Settled down a lot, almost shy, very unusual unexpected expression.