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Fontodi Wines

Fontodi is a wine producer in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. It is known particularly for its Super Tuscan wine, Flaccianello delle Pieve, a full-bodied varietal Sangiovese. As well as the Flaccianello della Pieve, the Fontodi portfolio includes the Chianti Classico Riserva wine Vigna del Sorbo, which is a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. To cap off the range they do a number of classic Tuscan wines including a Chianti Classico which is always a winner.

I have tried the range a number of times and can recommend the wines. They consistently make wines which can be drunk young, or with a few years of bottle age on them. With this in mind I am pleased to offer wines from the 2015 vintage. Consistent scores and notes from both the Wine Advocate (Monica Larner) and Vinous Antonio Galloni) they are a star of Tuscany.

2015 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve As follows,

Cases 6 x 75cl, 2015 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve @ £327 per case 6

Cases 6 x 150, Magnums @ £780 per case 6

98 points…..”I’m hardly surprised to report that Fontodi’s 2015 Flaccianello della Pieve is one of the best wines recorded in this report of new releases from Tuscany. This wine sits as tall and as proud as the Colosseum in Rome or the Pyramids of Giza in its undeniable glory and beauty. It would be impossible to exaggerate its many lasting attributes and qualities. Perhaps the most remarkable is the smooth and seamless nature of its many complicated moving parts. It produces abundant power, intensity and elegance as if this were the easiest accomplishment in the world. But we all know that’s far from the truth. Despite the heat of the vintage, this wine is constructed with firm building blocks as if it were from a cooler year. That’s the Panzano magic in a nutshell. This vintage is very young and tight, and you need to exercise patience to allow it enough time to evolve.”- Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate. Drinking 2020-2050

98 points.…” The 2015 Flaccianello della Pieve is truly remarkable. An exotic mélange of black cherry jam, chocolate, grilled herbs and spice melds together in a huge, beautifully layered wine of exceptional class and pedigree. The 2015 manages to be dense and rich, but never overdone. The 2015 spent 20 months in French oak, 80%, followed by 6 months in cask. It is the final phase of aging in large wood that seems to help integrating the smaller oak influence. The 2015 is shaping up to be a modern-day icon. There’s not much more to it than that.”- Antonio Galloni, Vinous. Drinking 2022-2045.

Cases 6 x 75cl, 2015 Fontodi Chianti Gran Selezione ‘Vigna del Sorbo’ @ £235 per case 6

Cases 6 x 150cl Magnums @ £565 per case 6

96+ points…”The 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo (100% Sangiovese) is a wine that inspires a deep, deep breath into your glass. There’s so much to take in and admire. So where to start? First, the wine shows a beautiful appearance that is thick and dark but allows for just enough ambient light to make it shine with ruby rays from deep inside. Then you have the bouquet that presents a solid wall of interwoven and ultimately beautifully balanced aromas. There is dark fruit, tobacco, leather, spice and polished river stone. Lastly, the mouthfeel reveals a similar level of extreme flavor equilibrium with very fine but still very young tannins. That mid-weight structure, matched to the wine’s natural acidity, is a major guarantee of longevity. Bottle production in this vintage is 30,000 units strong.”- Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate. Drinking 2020-2045

97+ points…..”Another captivating wine in this range, the 2015 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo is all class. A rush of dark cherry, plum, sage, lavender and menthol races across the palate. Deep and powerful, yet also remarkably light on its feet, the 2015 has it all. Moreover, the 2015 is one of the most refined Vigna del Sorbos yet. It won’t be long before the 2015 is recognized as one of the all-time great Vigna del Sorbos. Proprietor Giovanni Manetti prefers whole berry ferments in order to maintain as much freshness as possible. In recent years, Manetti has reduced punchdowns to just once a day in fermentation. The gentler approach to extraction comes through loud and clear.”- Antonio Galloni, Vinous. Drinking 2022-2045.

Cases 6 x 75cl, 2015 Fontodi Chianti Classico @ £79 per case 6

91 points..…”This is a great vintage for Sangiovese, and Fontodi embraces this fact with exuberance and enthusiasm. The 2015 Chianti Classico offers tight and precise fruit characteristics with crisp forest berry, cassis and dried blueberry. The wine is profoundly steady and straight with absolutely no rough edges. This is a lean to mid-weight red with balanced acidity tucked in on the finish. Some 200,000 bottles were produced.”- Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate. Drinking 2018-2028

93 points…”The 2015 Chianti Classico is outrageously beautiful. Rich and seductive, the 2015 expresses the radiance of the year while retaining a good bit of translucence and energy. Rose petal, mint, white pepper and crushed flowers add elements of brightness to this classy, super-polished Chianti Classico. More than anything else, though, I am simply blown away by the wine’s quality. A decade ago, Giovanni Manetti made darker more concentrated wines. Today, the Fontodi wines speak to finesse. The Chianti Classico is a great place to see that. It was aged in equal parts cask and neutral barrique. .”- Antonio Galloni, Vinous. Drinking 2020-2035

Buy a case of the Chianti and get 5% discount off the whole order.

Wine is 4 weeks delivery. Wines offered subject to remaining unsold. All prices Exclude duty and VAT

Free local delivery on orders over £300 EX duty and VAT. Other deliveries charged at cost. E & OE.

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K Vintners

K Vintners was the first winery opened by Washington wine personality Charles Smith, founded in 2001 in Walla Walla. Smith grew up in California and famously managed rock bands in Scandinavia for a number of yars before returning to the States to work in the wine industry. In 1999, he settled in the Walla Walla Valley with his first wine being released in 2001. He makes wines from a number or varieties however the Rhone varietals are of note and offered today.

His wines were put in the spotlight by Jeb Dunnuck whilst at The Wine Advocate. Jeb has a lot of experience with Rhone varietals and I think he has a very good palate when it comes to tasting them.

He says regarding K Vintners “One of the highlight tastings I do in Washington State is unquestionably with Charles Smith and Brennon Leighton, who together produce a sensational lineup of Rhône and Bordeaux blends…….All the Rhône blends are not destemmed, see native ferments, and are aged mostly in used French oak. These are the real deal and are brilliant wines.”

I have tried a number of wines over the years and can recommend them. The last bottle a couple of weeks ago, was a bottle of 2013 Cattle King. A lovely wine, drinking well and offered below.

With this in mind, I am pleased to offer the latest release of some of the K vintners wines from the 2015 Vintage. Scores and notes from Jeb (now at including 2 wines with 100 points.

12 x 75cl (OCC) 2015 K Vintners Syrah, Cattle King Upland Vineyard @ £875 per case 12 IB

100 points…” Another off the charts effort is the 2015 Syrah Cattle King Upland Vineyard, which is also saturated purple/black in color. Possessing a more backward, yet insanely pure bouquet of crème de cassis, black fruits, smoked earth, graphite, and violets, it’s beautifully concentrated, has no hard edges, thrilling purity, and a gorgeous, layered, awesome, multi-dimensional style. It needs short-term cellaring but is a monumental wine from Washington.”.– Jeb Dunnuck, Drinking 2020-2032

12 x 75cl (OCC) 2015 K Vintners Syrah, The Hidden @ £875 per case 12 IB

100 points…” One of the inkier, blacker colored wines in the lineup, the 2015 Syrah The Hidden is a profound Syrah and as good as it gets. Blackcurrants, smoked meats, graphite, and tapenade notes all emerge from this seriously badass, deep, rich, balanced beauty. Concentrated, thick, and huge, yet with no weight on the palate, building tannin, and incredible elegance, it needs to be tasted to be believed. It’s unquestionably one of the greatest Syrah from this team.

“.– Jeb Dunnuck, Drinking 2020-2032

12 x 75cl (OCC) 2015 K Vintners Syrah, Klein Vineyard @ £845 per case 12 IB

98 points…” Almost always one of my favorite releases at this address, the 2015 Syrah Klein Vineyard is up with the crème de la crème in the vintage. Plums, candied cherries, violets, lavender, chocolate, and tons of dusty, earthy minerality all emerge from this exotic, singular, full-bodied, effort that has building tannin and a vibrant, rich, textured style. With incredible purity, notable structure, and a lifted, perfumed style, it’s flat-out gorgeous.“.– Jeb Dunnuck, Drinking 2020-2032

12 x 75cl (OCC) 2015 K Vintners Syrah, The Beautiful Powerline Vineyard @ £695 per case 12 IB

97 points…” Co-fermented with 4% Viognier, the 2015 Syrah The Beautiful Powerline Vineyard was fermented with plenty of stems and brought up mostly in neutral oak. Candied violets, game, blackcurrants, and incense notes all emerge from this beautiful, seamless beauty. It has a rich, full-bodied profile on the palate as well as a great mid-palate, fine tannin, and nicely integrated acidity. This is another singular, layered, silky beauty from this team. Keep in mind, this comes from very young vines, so I suspect the best is yet to come here, which is saying something at this quality level. “.– Jeb Dunnuck, Drinking 2018-2030

Also available some back vintages,

12 x 75cl, (OCC) 2014 K Vintners Syrah, The Deal, Sundance Vineyard @ £500 per case 12 IB (95 JD)

12 x 75cl (OCC) 2014 K Vintners Syrah, Klein Vineyard @ £817 per case 12 IB (96-99 JD)

12 x 75cl, (OCC) 2013 K Vintners Syrah, The Deal, Sundance Vineyard @ £480 per case 12 IB (95 JD)

12 x 75cl (OCC) 2013 K Vintners Syrah, The Hidden @ £817 per case 12 IB (97 JD)

12 x 75cl (OCC) 2013 K Vintners Syrah, Cattle King @ £840 per case 12 IB (98 JD)

Wine is 4-6 weeks delivery. Wines offered subject to remaining unsold. All prices Exclude duty and VAT

Free local delivery on orders over £300 EX duty and VAT. Other deliveries charged at cost. E & OE.

Montes Premium Wines - Chile

In the rolling hills of Chile’s Colchagua valley is one of the country’s best wine estates, the world-renown Viña Montes. Montes was founded in 1987 by Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray, with the aim of producing high-quality Chilean wine. Today, the company’s vineyards span the length of the country, from Aconcagua and Casablanca Valley in the north to Apalta in the south. These are managed with as little irrigation as possible, to strengthen the vines, and green harvesting helps with berry concentration. Vineyards are harvested either late at night or early in the morning to help maintain the freshness of the grapes.

Today I am pleased to offer two of their finest wines from the 2015 vintage.

Firstly, Purple Angel, a wine that is produced almost entirely from Carmenere. This variety, which originated in Bordeaux but is now rarely seen there, has become a star in its own right at Viña Montes.

Secondly, Montes Folly, a concentrated and age worthy red wine which is 100% Syrah from vines grown in the steepest and highest portions of their vineyards.

Offer as follows:

Cases 6 x 75cl, 2015 Montes, Purple Angel @ @ £195 per case (IB)

99 out of 100……”This is perhaps the greatest Purple Angel ever. Full body, tight and compressed with an amazing texture and density. Fantastic fine tannins that are silky and polished. I love the energy and intensity. A blend of 92% carmenere and 8% petit verdot. One for the cellar but I can’t wait to drink it again.” – James Suckling,

Cases 6 x 75cl, 2015 Montes, Folly Syrah @ £190 per case (IB)

96 out of 100..…”This is the benchmark for syrah in Chile with smoked meat and berry character. Full body yet refined and beautiful. A cooler rendition of this. Very polished and textured tannins. Solid. Drink or hold.” – James Suckling,

I am very pleased to offer an additional 5% discount on any 12 bottles or more.

4-6 weeks delivery. Let me know what is of interest and I will confirm.

All wines offered under Bond. Subject to remaining unsold. Free local delivery on orders over £300 EX duty and VAT. Other deliveries charged at cost.

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Happy New Year! 2019 is looking great

I am very pleased to offer the wines from Harlan Estate in the Napa.

Harlan Estate is one of Napa’s most prominent wine producers, self-styled as a Napa “first growth” and one of the original icons from the Region. The vineyard is located in the Oakville AVA, in the hills above the famous Martha’s Vineyard (Heitz Cellar) and To Kalon Vineyard famed by Robert Mondavi Winery and Andy Beckstoffer.

It’s Cabernet Sauvignon-based flagship wine is one of California’s most sought-after wines, regularly commanding prices which keep rising.

The estate was founded in 1984 by property developer William Harlan, who had cut his teeth at the Merryvale winery and Meadowood lodge before buying 240 acres (97 hectares) of land in the Oakville hills. Some 40 acres (16ha) of this was cleared for vineyards, mostly planted in Cabernet Sauvignon, but with some Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

Harlan Estate’s first commercial vintage was the 1990, which was released in 1996 with a then-expensive price tag of $65 a bottle. Since then, the estate has cemented itself as a cult wine producer. With five vintages achieving 100-point scores from Robert Parker the prices have risen exponentially, and finding good supply has been difficult.

It is not often I get such a good selection of back vintages but have scoured around and come up with a nice selection of back vintages. All wines offered come from mailing list customers and have been stored in temperature controlled cellars so have excellent provenance. Delivery is 4-6 weeks.

Offer as follows,

2 bottles x 75cl, 2010 Harlan Estate @ £760 per bottle

 98+ points….”I wouldn’t be surprised to see the 2010 Harlan Estate inch closer to perfection over the next decade. Surprisingly supple for this vintage, while this cuvee is not usually that flamboyant or exuberant in its youth, the 2010 is sensual and performing remarkably well. Its deep purple color is accompanied by notions of charcoal, graphite, camphor, creme de cassis, barbecue smoke and blackberries. As usual, this complex effort reminds me of a hypothetical blend of a great Pauillac and Graves (such as La Mission Haut-Brion). Rich, full-bodied and softer than I would have expected in this vintage, it is a prodigious, multidimensional, compelling wine. It requires 3-5 years of bottle age and should drink well over the following 30+ years.”-Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.

1 case 3 x 75cl, 2009 Harlan Estate @ £2025 per case 3 (96 points The Wine Advocate)

2 bottles x 75cl, 2009 Harlan Estate @ £675 per bottle

1 case 3 x 75cl, 2008 Harlan Estate @ £1995 per case 3 (96 points The Wine Advocate)

1 bottle x 75cl, 2008 Harlan Estate @ £665 per bottle

1 case 3 x 75cl, 2007 Harlan Estate @ £3415 per case 3

100 points….”The prodigious 2007 Harlan Estate reminds me of a hypothetical blend of the 2002 with a touch of the controversial 1997. Dense plum/purple-colored with sweet aromas of barbecue smoke, blueberries, blackberries, cassis, licorice, hot rocks and subtle oak, it is a splendidly opulent, pure wine with a skyscraper-like texture as well as stunningly deep fruit that expands gracefully across the palate. The finish lasts nearly a full minute. Because of its overwhelming richness and sweet tannins, this brilliant wine seems to be approachable now, but I suspect further nuances and complexity will emerge after 4-5 years in the bottle. This wine will still be going strong at age 25-30. Like the offerings from its sister estate, Bond, these Harlan Estate offerings are uncompromisingly brilliant examples of Napa viticulture and winemaking at its finest. Kudos to proprietor Bill Harlan.” -Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate. 

1 case 6 x 75cl, 2006 Harlan Estate @ £3850 per case 6 (96 points The Wine Advocate)

1 case 3 x 75cl, 2005 Harlan Estate @ £2040 per case 3 (98+ points The Wine Advocate)

1 case 3 x 75cl, 2004 Harlan Estate @ £2040 per case 3 (98 points The Wine Advocate)

2 bottles x 75cl, 2002 Harlan Estate @ £800 per bottle 

100 points…”The extraordinary Harlan Estate, which I awarded 100 points seven years ago, offers no justifiable reason to doubt its perfect score. It is still a baby, with an inky purple color and notes of smoky camphor intermixed with creme de cassis, Asian soy and a hint of cedar beginning to emerge as well as some espresso and subtle damp forest floor notes. The wine has awesome intensity, a full-bodied mouthfeel, a skyscraper-like texture, and a finish that goes on for close to a minute. This is a perfect wine, still youthful and young, and not even in full adolescence as of 2012. It has 40 or more years ahead of it, but should hit its plateau of full maturity in another 5-10 years. It is certainly one of the most showy , flamboyant and remarkable Harlan Estates made to date. (More recently, the 2007 tends to resemble this wine more than any other vintage I can think of.) Kudos to Bill Harlan!” -Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.  

1 case 1 x 150cl, 1998 Harlan Estate @ £1185 per case 1

95 points….”The 1998, which is a candidate for the “Wine of the Vintage,” was produced from yields of 0.9 tons per acre. There are only 1,100 cases, and it is the first Harlan Estate to be composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. A spectacular achievement, it boasts an opaque plum/purple color as well as a sumptuous nose of espresso, mineral, blueberry, blackberry, tobacco, licorice, Asian spice, and roasted meat smells. In the mouth, it is seamless, full-bodied, with an unctuous texture, gorgeously sweet tannin, and layer upon layer of concentration. This is a tour de force in wine making. It is hard to believe that a wine such as this has emerged from 1998. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2030.” -Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.   

1 case 3 x 75cl, 1996 Harlan Estate @ £2040 per case 3

1 case 2 x 150cl, 1996 Harlan Estate @ £2870 per case 2

98 points….”The opaque purple-colored 1996 Harlan Estate reveals extraordinary intensity, a spicy, black currant, tobacco, cedar, and fruit cake-scented bouquet, full body, a texture oozing with glycerin and concentrated fruit, and moderate tannin in the blockbuster finish. It is one of the most concentrated and complete red wines one could hope to taste. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2030.”-Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.

1 case 2 x 150cl, 1995 Harlan Estate @ £2970 per case 2

1 case 1 x 150cl, 1995 Harlan Estate @ £1485 per case 1  

 99 points….”The 1995 Proprietary Red Wine is almost as perfect as the 1994. It has gotten even better in the bottle, and remains one of the most remarkable young Cabernet Sauvignons I have tasted. The wine, a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, was aged in 100% new oak, which adds subtle pain grille/toasty scents. This opaque purple-colored Cabernet offers up a nose of smoke, coffee beans, black and blue fruits, minerals, and roasted herbs. It is extremely full-bodied, with spectacular purity, exquisite equilibrium, and a seamless personality with everything in total harmony. The finish lasts for more than 40 seconds. This extravagantly rich, profoundly complex 1995 will give its 1994 sibling a run for its money. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2027.” -Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.   

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4-6 weeks delivery. Let me know what is of interest and I will confirm.

All wines offered under Bond. Subject to remaining unsold.

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16 Nov 2018

I am very pleased to offer the new release of 2016 Montevetrano from the Campania region of Southern Italy.

I have been tasting and selling these wine for years and recommend them. When I set up Alex Marton Fine Wines it was one of the first producers I went to visit to secure the distribution of.

Proprietor Silvia Imparato is one of the early pioneers in the world of Campanian oenology. She enlisted the help of consulting oenologist Riccardo Cotarella, and together they created Montevetrano, the wine that launched Campania in a big way around the world. The 26-hectare (64-acre) family estate was established in the mid-1980s and today makes wines from a blend of the local variety Aglianico and international varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The blend is typically 50% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, & 30 % aglianico.

Robert Parker first discovered the wines in the 1990’s calling them “The Sassicaia of the south” and since then other reviewers including Antonio Galloni and James Suckling have followed and loved the wines.

With this in mind I can offer the latest release with a tasting note from James Suckling.

I can offer,

6 x 75cl, 2016 Montevetrano Colli di Salerno rosso @ £190 per case IB

1 x 150cl, 2016 Montevetrano Colli di Salerno rosso @ £70 per case IB

98 points…..”Stunningly fresh nose of blackcurrants, blackberries and elderberries with myriad spice and herbal nuances. Breathtakingly fine tannins and great freshness packed into a sleek frame, the wine gliding over the palate gracefully as it heads out towards eternity. Delicious now, but with enormous aging potential.“- James Suckling, James

I will ship the 2016 in the New Year.

In my view the wine ages rather well. The cabernet is usually ripe but not too ripe. It is held in check with integrated tannin and fresh acidity from the aglianico grape.

I can also offer the following back vintages which all came direct from the domaine. They are currently in stock for immediate delivery.

Tasting notes from Antonio Galloni, while at the Wine Advocate.

6 x 75cl, 2010 Montevetrano Colli di Salerno rosso @ £210 per case IB

1 x 150cl, 2010 Montevetrano Colli di Salerno rosso @ £80 per case IB

96 points…”The 2010 Montevetrano is flat-out gorgeous. Vibrant, floral aromatics lead to layers of beautifully delineated fruit in this finely sculpted chiseled Montevetrano. A wine of extraordinary beauty, the 2010 impresses for its clarity and nuance. I don’t think I have ever tasted a young Montevetrano with this much pure silkiness and finesse. There is a level of precision and delineation in the 2010 that is truly marvelous. I can’t wait to see how it ages. The 2010 is also notable for a much higher percentage of Aglianico (30%) than has been common in the past, while the international varieties are less prominent in the blend. In 2010 Montevetrano is 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Aglianico and 20% Merlot, which means the Cabernet Sauvignon now plays a much smaller role in the blend. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030. .”-Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

6 x 75cl, 2007 Montevetrano Colli di Salerno rosso @ £190 per case IB

1 x 150cl, 2007 Montevetrano Colli di Salerno rosso @ £77 per case IB

95 points…..”The 2007 Montevetrano is the product of an unusual vintage characterized by hot temperatures that were virtually uninterrupted throughout the year. Bright red fruit, flowers and spices are some of the nuances that emerge from this silky, beautifully balanced Montevetrano. The combination of explosive ripe fruit, richness and finesse is utterly breathtaking. The warmth of the vintage comes through in the wine’s generosity, yet there are no suggestions whatsoever of over- ripeness. This is a magnificent Montevetrano. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032.”-Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

6 x 75cl, 2004 Montevetrano Colli di Salerno rosso @ £270 per case IB

1 x 150cl, 2004 Montevetrano Colli di Salerno rosso @ £95 per case IB

95 points.…”Some vintages of Montevetrano are hard to appreciate when they are young. The 2004 is not one of them. Rich and explosive from the outset, the 2004 has all of the elements to be one of the truly profound Montevetranos. Firm yet silky tannins frame deep layers of exuberant, perfumed fruit that caress the palate with stunning grace. This is simply flat-out great. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.”-Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

6 x 75cl, 2001 Montevetrano Colli di Salerno rosso @ £275 per case IB

1 x 150cl, 2001 Montevetrano Colli di Salerno rosso @ £97 per case IB

95 points….” The 2001 is an extreme Montevetrano bursting with masses of super-ripe fruit that walks the tight rope of ripeness stopping just short of going overboard. This is by far the most opulent, full-throttle vintage of Montevetrano ever made. Chocolate, spices and new leather lead to jammy dark fruit. Despite the wine’s overt richness the firm tannins confer elements of classicism that act as a foil. In 2001 Aglianico comes through in spades. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2026. .”-Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

Wines are offered Under Bond (Excluding Duty and VAT).

Offered subject to remaining unsold.

Free local delivery on orders over £300 EX duty and VAT. Other deliveries charged at cost. E & OE.

Let me know what is of interest and I will confirm.

Thank you.