Andrea Eby
Banville & Jones Wine Co.
Assistant Manager, Wine Educator, Wine Consultant, Certified Sommelier
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Not your grandpa's Aglianico! Ultra elegant with fine grained tannins that hint at this wine's volcanic origins. Flavours of ripe black fruit, truffles, leather and hints of white pepper, clove and a long, complex finish. Crafted by Elena Fucci, one of Italy's rising star winemakers! Outstanding. Tasted the 2014 on March 31, 2018.
Italy » Basilicata, 2014, Aglianico
This wine could be classified as Brunello be it not for the fact that it comes from the world's highest density vineyard. At 62500 vines/hectare the vines truly are like bonsai trees and the grapes sourced from them ultra concentrated and complex. A fascinating wine that will age for 20 years but impossible to resist now. Only 500 bottles of this spectacular wine are produced each year. Dark red fruit, black tea leaf, leather, violet & tilled earth in a rich, spicy French oak frame. Excellent
Italy » Tuscany, 2013
A stand-out vintage from cult winery Emidio Pepe. Biodynamic, hand-picked, foot-trodden, and every bottle decanted and labeled by hand. Traditional wine that stands the test of time. Dark, rich black fruit with smoked meat, porcini mushroom, tobacco, leather supported by a fine,dusty tannins and fresh acidity. Endless layers of complexity and a finish that last for days. Decant before serving to truly appreciate all this amazing wine has to offer. Excellent.
Italy » Abruzzo, 2007, Montepulciano
I tasted this wine at Poggio di Sotto in March 2017 and fell in love. Classic Sangiovese, with flavours of dried cherry, dusty earth, violets and spice. 2009 was a warm year yet this wine maintains its freshness and a core of minerality, something that only the very best producers were able to do. Elegant and complex this wine reminds me of powerful red Burgundy with its fine-grained tannins and high-toned aromatics. An earlier drinking Brunello for those of us who don’t like to wait!
Italy » Tuscany, 2009
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Wow is this tasting great! I sampled the 2015 at the winery in March but forgot just how yummy it was until I opened a bottle on the weekend. A smooth and delicious blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Teroldego that always overdelivers for the price.
Italy » Tuscany, with a community rating of 90/100
Fun name, fun label, fun wine! Ripe and racy on the palate this wine is full of tropical fruit flavours, notes of honey and white flowers. Creamy on the palate thanks to some time spent ageing on the lees this wine is sure to be a crowd pleasing style that offers tons of versatility when it comes to food-pairing options.
South Africa » Western Cape, Chenin Blanc, Viognier
Cinque (five in Italian) refers to the 5 grape varieties that make up the wine — Sangiovese, Mammolo, Colorino, Fogliatonda & Ciliegiolo, very traditional Tuscan grapes.The vineyards are farmed organically and wines made with a natural, non-interventionist approach. Complex notes of cherries, citrus, rose petal, violet, and herbs, a silky mouthfeel with fresh acidity. We can count ourselves very lucky to receive a small allocation of Giovanna Morganti's highly sought after wines!
Italy » Tuscany, with a community rating of 93/100
A classic Côte-Rôtie from benchmark producer Rene Rostaing. A solid core of black fruit, inbued with alluring notes of exotic spice, violet blossom, smoked meat, and freshly cut alfalfa. This alluring nose is followed by a complex palate that brilliantly balances pure flavours of black fruit, peppery spice, grilled herbs and meat with finely etched tannins and the promise of even more magic in the years to come. Drink now with a great meal or age for another decade. Outstanding.
France » Rhône, 2015
It's been a while since I tasted this wine and boy am I glad I revisited it. Tons of QPR value here! Heaps of ripe black fruit (without verging into the sweet side of things), plush, silky tannins and just enough acidity to keep things interesting! 100% Gaglioppo from organic grapes, with pretty aromas of blackberry, spice, and rose petals. Fans of Cali Cab & Aussie Shiraz that are looking to branch out to different regions should start here! Killer value for the price.
Italy, with a community rating of 90/100
Aligoté is the other white grape of Brugundy. Long overshadowed by the more famous Chardonnay grape, Aligoté can represent a steal of a deal from one of the world’s priciest wine regions. The Rollins produce a weighty, mineral-rich version of this wine - rich with notes of citrus, apple, honey and white flowers. A Banville & Jones staff favourite!
France » Burgundy, Aligoté
A great value traditional method sparkling wine from the beautiful Trento region of Italy. Dry, zesty and refreshing this shows lovely complexity for its price point. I will definitly be buying this wine again!
Italy » Trentino-Alto Adige » Trentino, Sparkling, with a community rating of 91/100
A fun and slightly fizzy wine from our friends at Azienda Agricola Reassi. This wine is 100% Merlot and is full of plum, raspberry and cherry notes. With just the slightest touch of sweetness this frizzante wine is the perfect choice for the patio on a hot day. Chill and enjoy with a wide variety of foods, works particularly well with dishes that have a touch of spice.
Italy » Veneto, Sparkling, Merlot
The grapes for this cult wine come from one of Chianti Classico’s highest elevation vineyards and never fail to display freshness and elegance, even in hot vintages such as 2011. Gorgeous flavours of cherry, raspberry, leather, tobacco, balsam, flowers and spice. Drink now or cellar through 2025. Outstanding.
Italy » Tuscany » Chianti Classico, 2011, Sangiovese
This cult Chianti Classico is a blend of 95%Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo, grown in the beautiful hills of Radda. Fermentations are spontaneous without any selected yeast and temperature control followed by 16 months of ageing in 25-30 Hl French oak barrels. Here the leading word is elegance. Tannins that are as smooth as silk. Cherry, spice, and refreshing acidity. Monteraponi is a master of bringing out the Burgundian in Sangiovese. Excellent.
Italy » Tuscany, Chianti
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