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Changes Afoot...and a Fine Italian

We hope you've noticed our rather striking new logo. This is a herald of greater changes in the form of a stunning new website that will be live in the near future.

Our intention is to combine a slick eCommerce site via which we will display all our wine offers, with my blog, as well as listings of all available stock, both bin-ends and broking.

We're extremely impressed with the preliminary work we've been sent by the techies and think you will be similarly impressed with the finished article.

The Wine

I visited an importer's offices in west London for lunch recently, actually a tasting followed by lunch. As is ever the case with this importer we tasted some extremely fine wines, of one of which I bought a number of cases on the spot, so impressively delicious was it. After lunch and the train journey home, it rather slipped to the back of my mind. I have only now been reminded of it as the stock arrived in the Bowes Wine storage.

Some years ago I visited Renato Fenocchio and his wife Milva at their winery in Neive and it was something of a dream ticket. Not only are they and their wines extremely lovely, but they also furnished us with a gorgeous spread of a lunch: a meal that included a huge chunk of parmesan with 100-year-old balsamic vinegar.

We have offered their wines before and I have, of late, been getting a great deal of pleasure from their wines that I have cellared myself.

I was therefore overjoyed to find this beauty, which comes highly recommended.

N.B. Stocks are limited, so please act quickly to secure.

2014 Barbaresco Starderi, Renato Fenocchio
£210 in bond per 6  Drink 2019-25

There's the first autumnal hint of maturity about what is the most fabulously complex nose. Aromas are warm, a touch broad, of toasted spices, ripe, red cherry and plum fruit and those nuances of tomato, dried pine cones, smoke and mint. I even found an intriguing hint of iodine about it. 

The palate is cool and quickly very fresh and then the integrated , fine, upright, fresh and tacky tannins arrive. This is a long, long wine of really firm grip. A fabulous thing that can be enjoyed really quite soon.

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