A bit reductive initially, but that blows off pretty quick to reveal quite a complex array of bitter oranges, roses, strawberries, salmiak, wet rocks, and ale yeast. Lively and playful on the tongue, it offers charming fruit, soft yet fresh acidity, low alcohol, and light tannic grip. The finish lingers nicely with salty and spicy sensations. Probably best drunk in its youth, like now and over the next year or two, and well worth its 20€. Philippe Bornard seems to be back on track after his appearence in the French version of 'farmer meets wife', when the wines suddenly became much less interesting than before.
Polished nose with high-gloss red nerello fruit, stony minerality, and light sandalwood/balsa notes. Intensely flavoured, yet very elegant in its build, with grippy fine-caliber tannins, enough freshness, high alcohol, and a long oriental-spice finish. It is definitely one of the best Etna reds we've had so far. Our only objection would be the 14,5+ % abv, which are still moderate and well balanced for such a hot and dry year. It seems that Chiara Vigo has added a few new barrels to her arsenal - stylewise its not at all marked by toast but it has the sheen of some new oak. For a comparison, the barbarescos from Sottimano are quite close in style.
A charming, late-harvest expression of Melon de Bourgogne, with light buttery/nutty notes and slightly oxidative preserved quince aromas much reminiscent of Chenin Blanc. Dry, somewhat viscous, and intensely flavoured for a 12% white, with ripe medium+ acidity, this left-field muscadet makes for enjoyable drinking right away, with or without food. Lots of pleasure and personality for petty cash.