Customer’s Choice tasting – the winners (part 1)

Customer Choice winners - reds

Just over a month ago a group of our trusted customers (I’m excluding you – man who commented only on the cheese….) sat down with six brand new red wines and decided which ones would become a permanent part of the Toscanaccio range.

In the end they picked four reds, chosen for their fruit character, drinkability (with and without the cheese!), structure, and of course their value for money.

The favourite of the evening was Louis M Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon at £13.70, it was described, oddly, as “like being embraced in a huge rabbit’s armpit (in a good way)” erm, ok. Moving on swiftly to what everyone else thought…. Sloe and Damson fruit on the nose, hints of clove and vanilla with a peppery note. The palate is rich and meaty with ripe, dark berry fruit, spicy oak, definitely one for some food.

Masseria Surani Ares Rosso at £10.20 was next – highly praised for its quality at the price. A highly expressive nose reminiscient of black forest gateaux with a bold palate of smooth hedgerow fruit with a structured finish (let it breathe) “right up my alley, get me 2!”

Bodegas Arraez Vivir Sin Dormir at £10.80 was the next hit, the name translates as ‘to live without sleep’ – it seemed apt that a customer had written “(I’d enjoy this) late night (at a) festival around a fire”. Aromas a-plenty of cherry, blackberry and raspberry. The palate is warming and spicy with rich, dark berry fruit and a note of vanilla on the finish.

Last but by no means least (there was a difference of only five points between this and the winner, it was still a full 10 points ahead of the wines which didn’t make it through) we have Rapaura Springs Pinot Noir at £14.50 – broad aromas of liqueur cherry, blackberry and liquorice with a fresh, cherry-laden palate “tons of fruit” and a delicious, baked fruit ripeness.

All of the wines are in stock – click on the product names to be taken to their pages for more info.

Our next wine tasting is Thursday 5th May and we’ll be trying some more new wines – so get over to our booking page now and be the first to try them!