From gentle giant Uros Valcl, this has a great nose of sappy flowers held in a grip of salty minerals, then dried green plum, orange blossom, lots of chew, and a big intense finish. Stylistically, it resembles the ultra-fine and ultra-expensive white wines of Enzo Miani in Friuli, with bold and luxurious flavours integrated masterfully. A rewarding adventure for lovers of rich white burgundy, this is brilliantly gastronomic as well as being organic.
Lovers of fine Barolo or Barbaresco shouldn't pass up the opportunity to get hold of a bottle or twelve of this fabulous organic xinomavro. High altitude mountain vineyards deliver an appealing freshness alongside notes of ripe strawberry, anise and fine, chalky tannins. Softer and more yielding than a Barbaresco of the same age, which is no bad thing if you're thirsty now. Match with some roast lamb, a mushroom risotto or a wedge of truffle pecorino.
Late Bottled Vintage (or LBV) port was first introduced to imitate the style of ready-to-drink vintage port without needing to be kept in bottle for decades to get there. These days, modern LBVs are a far cry from the greatness of vintage ports, being little more than high grade ruby port. But true LBV, like Churchill's, are bottled with a proper cork, unfined and unfiltered, and need decanting - just like the real thing. This is a sensational wine: intense, brooding, with mineral density, bergamot, Darjeeling and heady black fruit. Stilton is obvious, and mince pies are better, but this is a truly great match for chocolate desserts.