​Les Mougiuels, Picpoul de Pinet / Torre del Falasco Valpolicella Ripasso

John, David and I had a first visit for food to Fern & Co post-Golf (congratulations Dave!). The layout is the same as the previous Wild Boar entity with the Decor ‘Mahoganied’ up in the Bar and Restaurant. Fern have recently changed the menu and made the pricing more accessible. Not a bad meal.
Les Mouginels, Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc 2015

The white: very light, floral
– acceptable but lacking any depth though washed down my tasty Asparagus and Broad Beans, followed by the Sea Bass.

Torre del Falasco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso, Cantina Valpantena, 2014

Cherries & Chocolate with a spicy sweet finish. A competent yet expensive Ripasso @ €38 from Cantina Valpantena in the Veneto.

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Masi, Campofiorin, 2013

A gift from John & Susan, a deliciously full bodied, mellow fruity wine.

Masi describe it as “nectar angelorum hominibus” or Nectar of the Angels for Men and this 50th anniversary 2013 vintage doesn’t disappoint.

from their website

Rosso del Veronese IGT

Full bodied, smooth and velvety, but approachable and versatile in its food pairings. Combines simplicity with style, strength and majesty.

This is the original Supervenetian created by Masi in 1964 and internationally recognised as a wine of “stupendous body and complexity”, the prototype for a new category of wines from the Veneto inspired by the Amarone production method (Burton Anderson). Its own production method was described by Hugh Johnson as “an ingenious technique”.

Allegrini, Valpolicella, 2013

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This was our first outing with the 2013 vintage and it’s as good as ever: proving our belief that this is a very fine wine from the Veneto.

From Corvina grapes with a little Rondinella grown near Lake Como, this is medium-bodied, fresh, fragrant juicy Valpolicella, with cherry nose and Raspberry notes.

No longer a Classico – Allegrini droped out of the DOC Appelation – because they wanted to use a Stel Cap which is against the rules.

Keep breaking them please for offerings like this.

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Valpolicella, Allegrini, 2012

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This is a real treat which we thought had been lost when Cellarmaster in Sandyford closed its doors until we discovered a private supply line.

A simple really well made wine by one of the top Ten Valpolicella producers in the Veneto. Consistently good quality and worth seeking out.

Corvina is the main grape , some Rondinella and a drop of Molinara.

The full story is here

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Amarone della Valpolicella, Classico, 2007, Zenato

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Maybe I didn’t chambre it properly or perhaps the food didn’t match however this didn’t pack the punch you’d expect from an Amarone from one of Italy’s top producers in the Commune di S. Ambrogio. Two o seven was an outstanding vintage for Valpolicella with tasting ratings in the nineties too.

Yes, rich Cherry colour and taste, black lips. No shazam unfortunately.

80% Corvina, 10% Rondinella, 10% Oseleta and Croatina. 16.5% ABV. Fact sheet here

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