Dynamite wines! or just a drop of TnT in November (aka: trinitrotoluene or simply Turriga & Titolo) just in time for Guy Fawkes night.
Two old favourite UK imports of ours, since 1985, have hit the headlines today in the World`s Best Wine Magazine. Not quite a page 3 pinup, it`s on page one, but pretty close to Vinousporn all the same.
2016 Titolo, Az.Agricola Elena Fucci @ £25 per bottle and £95 per magnum (larger formats available)
Here’s another great vintage from Elena Fucci, the ascending star of a rising wine region in the deep south of Italy. The 2016 Aglianico del Vulture Titolo shows a dark garnet color and robust appearance. Very characteristic of this extreme territory, this is a dark and penetrating wine with etched mineral notes behind blackberry, plum and savory spice. This vintage presents an even darker quality of fruit. In the mouth, you get iron, blood and dark mineral nuances that are absolutely typical of these darkened volcanic soils. This wine needs more time to integrate in the bottle before you pop the cork. 92/100pts – Wine Advocate
Youthful ruby colour. Bags of blackberry fruit with a hint of liquorice and garden herbs.
Lovely supple fruit and succulence, very drinkable but not ready by a long shot. 99/100pts – Ivor Windy-Bottom WM
2014 Turriga Isole Dei Nuraghi, Argiolas @ £55 per bottle and £135 per magnum (older vintages available)
The benchmark red wine of Sardinia conceived by the Argiolas family and Giacomo Tachis (Herr Sassicaia etc). It would be an understatement to call this wine ‘iconic’. Turriga is a rare Italian gem. Aromas of Morello cherry, mulberry, blackcurrant. Full bodied and concentrated with firm, powerful tannins yet a refined sleek mouthfeel and a finish that never seems to end. Requires time in bottle to show its full complexity. 95/100pts – Mr.Porky Pie
Prices are quoted pre-Brexit (31st Oct) and exclusive of local taxes and shipping costs, but they do include a poem just for you:
Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent
To blow up the King and Parli’ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s mercy he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holla boys, Holla boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
And what should we do with him? Burn him! Burn him!