2014 Castello del Terriccio

Grapes Cab Sauv, Merlot
Colour Red
Origin Italy, Tuscany
ABV 14%

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot. Lovely clean attack. Bright with good edge and an enticing Bordeaux grip, not firm just a lovely feel. The fruit is perfectly 'a point' - clever stuff in this notoriously tricky vintage - and proves the calibre of this super terroir. Red, rich strawberry notes meld with darker, deeper, firm plum flesh. A great 2014 from the team here. Drinking range: 2017 - 2020 L&S (Mar 2017)

*Case price: Mix any 12 bottles of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.

Aromas of rose petal and currant follow through to a full body, with lightly stewed fruit and a flavorful finish. Firm and chewy. Drink in 2018. Rating: 90 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Oct 2017)

Castello del Terriccio

The Castello del Terriccio estate is one of the most beautifully situated along the entire coastal region, some miles north of Bolgheri. The 60 hectares of vines enjoy wonderful exposure, overlooking the sea, benefitting from its warmth and brightness. The vineyards are surrounded by 'maquis' and eucalyptus trees, which as well as protecting them, also contribute to the aromas and scents that so characterise the Terriccio wines.

Planted predominately with Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah, the wines are made by consultant oenologist Carlo Ferrini, who has to date brought thirteen 'Tre Bicchiere' awards to the estate.

These are wines that can be approached almost immediately and yet age so well over a decade and more.

Owned by the extraordinarily charming Cav. Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana Serafini Ferri, once a talented horseman and still a passionate breeder.

Summer Season Mixed Six

Opera Holland Park kicked off last week with magnificent performances of La Traviata and Così fan tute. Grange Park Opera (more below) will open its doors to the sound of Rodgers & Hammerstein on Thursday. This got us thinking about wines to recommend with this year's summer season events. Here are three absolute treats for your hamper. A mixed-six is just £139 (a saving of £13.80), which should be music to the ears. 

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