As the nights draw in and with the crispness in the air
As the nights draw in and festive merchandise is creeping into the shops, summer feels like a distant memory. But here at Coe Vintners Fine Wine, we’ve got just the answer to help you into full swing of the seasons ahead.
Bring out the Big 6 – A fantastic selection of bold and busty reds, packed with a punch and a palate of deliciously rich flavours. These wines were made for winter, for hearty stews and nights by the fire.
St Joseph ‘Granilites’ Rouge 2010, Chapoutier
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‘The 2010 St.-Joseph Les Granilites exhibits lots of pepper, raspberry, cherry and wet rock notes along with a perfumed, luscious mouthfeel. Medium-bodied and seductive, it is best drunk over the next 4-5 years.’
Robert Parker 90/100 Wine Advocate #204 Dec 2012
Chapoutier has been producing some of the greatest wines in the Rhone Valley for many years, decades, making real wines of terroir from their own vineyards and from carefully selected quality minded growers who share their organic/biodynamic approach. The parcels of vines used for les Granilites are located on the best granite soils of the region. The combination of this steep terroir, higher altitude and wind exposure (including the Mistral) creates ideal conditions for slow fruit maturation which gives “Granilites” a fresh and firm mineral style.
Barbaresco 2008, Giacosa Fratelli
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If you like your wines full bodied, intense and velvety, is the perfect wine for a nippy autumn evening. Made from Piedmont’s famous Nebbiolo grape, it’s full of mellow ripe cherry fruit, wild flowers, and less you think this is a bit of a pussycat, there’s a darker side to it with some meaty notes together with hints of warm leather and tar.
With a history dating back to the late 19th Century, the Giacosa family uses a combination of technology and innovation alongside traditional techniques on their 50 hectare estate. They produce a range of wines from extremely modern interpretations to the more fundamental traditional styles.
Black Dog Shiraz 2010, Willow Bridge Estate
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Classic Aussie Shiraz – rich, soft and expansive. Bags of sweet plum fruit with hints of mocha and vanilla from the mixture of new and old barrels used. It’s a pretty chunky red but carries that weight easily and certainly will age – but only if you can keep your hands off it!
Created in 1996, the 180 hectare hillside Willow Bridge Estate is situated in the beautiful Ferguson Valley in Western Australia. This diverse region has a unique climate during the growing season; extremely sunny and dry but tempered by the cooling ocean breezes. At Willow Bridge the vines are planted at higher altitude which allows the grapes to ripen perfectly while retaining aromas and mouth-watering freshness.
Awards: 94-96 Points – 5 Star Winery – James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013
Solanes Cims de Porrera 2007, Priorat
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and bold, this silky highly sought after Spanish red is packed with unctuous flavours of deep black fruits, earthy liquorice and a touch of spice. Serve with a rich winter stew or Sunday roast.
Cims de Porrera, was established in 1996. ‘Cims’ is Catalan for ‘summits’ which reflects how the vines and winery sit at the summit of the Porrera village. The wine is a blend of old vine 45% Carignan, 30% Garnacha, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah/Merlot.
Priorat was elevated to Denominació d’Origen Qualificada status in 2009 – the only other region with this rank is Rioja. In this tiny wine appellation there are only 60 or so bodegas but each bursts with personality, drawing on the region’s ancient and respected wine making history to produce intense and minerally reds of the highest quality.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Jordan Winery, Alexander Valley
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This cracker is an archetypal juicy Californian Cabernet but unlike so many it has a lovely European elegance too – firm, dry and sophisticated Cabernet Sauvignon with cassis, blackberry fruit, with cedary notes hints of vanilla and sweet spices from the oak ageing.
Tom and Sally Jordan were originally from Colorado, but founded Jordan winery in Sonoma County California way back 1976 with the vision of producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. In 2005 their son John took over the business with the aim of elevating the quality of the wines even higher. John together with long serving winemaker Rob Davies aim to craft wines.that will stand out as refreshingly unique in a California line up, drawing inspiration from classic European food-friendly wines such as Cru Classé Bordeaux and Montrachet in Burgundy.
Awards: Restaurant Magazine ‘The Best Wine’ 2013, 2012, 2011
Nominated for American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine ‘Wine Star Awards 2014’
Malbec ‘Alfa Crux’ Bodega y Vinedos O Fournier 2008
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If you like dark spicy Argentinian malbec or the smooth oaky intensity of classic Spanish reds this wine will hit the spot: Rich and intense with succulent dark fruit and spicy flavours. A powerful, concentrated and complex wine with fabulous oak flavours and a lot of class. Heaven with lamb or beef.
Established in 2000 by the Fournier family who also have an estate in Ribera del Duero in Spain. ‘Alfa Crux’ is created from the best barrels of malbec produced each year. The vines are planted at high altitude (1200m) in La Consulta, a sub-region of the southern Uco Valley, Mendoza in Argentina. The vines are bush grown rather than trellised to shade the grapes from the direct sun. In this hot climate the grapes ripen fully, with a deep colour, while the altitude and much cooler nights mean that flavours and aromas are still fresh.
Awards: 93 points – The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker), 90 points Wine Spectator.
Can’t decide? Why not try them all!
Special mixed case offer just 312.00 for a mixed case of 12
a saving of over £6 – The perfect gift for yourself or others this Christmas!
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