FIVE TOP “AL­TER­NA­TIVE” WINES TO TRY

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‘LA CARRÈRE’ CHARDON­NAY PETER MICHAEL

£117/₹10,850 (He­donism)

High above Knights Val­ley in East­ern Sonoma County, Cal­i­for­nia’s La Car­rière is the steep­est, rock­i­est vine­yard on Peter Michael’s Knights Val­ley es­tate. La Car­rière o ers a lean, cit­rus-like fruit pro­file with vivid “liq­uid min­er­al­ity” that speaks of sea salt and wet stones. It has con­cen­tra­tion as well as el­e­gance on the palate with in­ten­sity and rich­ness. It drinks well now and will con­tinue to de­velop for a decade.

BAROLO ‘ROCCHE DEL FALLETTO,’ RISERVA GIACOSA

£385/₹35,705 (He­donism)

One of the great sin­gle vine­yards for Barolo. Aro­mas of black­ber­ries and vi­o­lets, with a waft of smoke and teas­ing herba­ceous­ness. Full-bod­ied, rich and sup­ple, yet tight and re­fined too. Mouth coat­ing yet ul­tra fine tan­nins, start­ing to mel­low. Drink now or cel­lar.

'LE PERGOLE TORTE' TOSCANA ROSSO MONTEVERTINE

US$115/₹7,517 (Smith and Vine)

A fa­mous San­giovese–dom­i­nated Su­per Tus­can wine from the heart of Chi­anti. Fresh fra­grant cherry and black­berry aro­mas, to­bacco and dried red fruits, with cedar and vanilla. In­tensely flavoured, com­plex and smooth with fine struc­ture that has fresh acid­ity and fine tan­nins. Long, sat­is­fy­ing fin­ish.

CHARLES MELTON NINE POPES CL

£310.20/₹28,750 (He­donism)

Ex­em­plary Aus­tralian pro­ducer’s homage to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In large for­mat: dou­ble mag­num. Very com­plex spicy nose. Sweet “cedary” notes from the hint of new oak used, min­gled with a hint of liquorice. The mid-palate is plump with rounded tan­nins and com­plex lay­ers of flavour. The fin­ish is long and re­ward­ing.

DITS DEL TERRA PRI­O­RAT TER­ROIR AL LÍMIT

US$85.99/₹5,620 (Cham­bers Street Wines) Im­pres­sive sin­gle vine­yard wine from the resur­gent Pri­o­rat zone in Span­ish Catalunya. Flo­ral spice, wild herbs and red fruit on the nose, fol­lowed by juicy, lively flavours of cherry and liquorice and a solid back­bone of well in­te­grated tan­nins and min­eral-ac­cented acid­ity. Struc­tured and se­ri­ous, lay­ered and spicy, with a long fin­ish.

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