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Cocchi Alta Langa Rosa 2012 bottle

Cocchi Alta Langa Rosa 2012

ItalyPiemonteAlta Langa DOCG 12.5% ABV

12.5% ABV • Méthode Traditionnelle

DOCG Alta Langa is the top appellation for sparkling wines in Piemonte. The requirements are very strict, including use of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and at least 30 months for the second fermentation in bottle. Full details

Cocchi Alta Langa Rosa 2012 label
Domaine de Rombeau Rancio Sec 2012 bottle

Domaine de Rombeau Rancio Sec 2012

FranceRoussillonCôtes Catalanes IGP 16.5% ABV

16.5% ABV • Fully Oxidized, Oxidative

With echoes of single-malt Scotch—perhaps Speyside’s Abelour or Cardhu—the 2012 vintage combines a firmness and understated elegance unique amongst the Rombeau Rancio Sec vintages. Notes of bergamot, peanut brittle, green walnut and heather reveal themselves slowly along its subtly tannic spine. It was vinified in tank with native yeasts, then transferred to an assortment of old barrels and glass demijohns for 12-18 months' aging outdoors. A portion is then returned to the cellars, which rest above ground and lack temperature control, while another portion remained in the "barrel park" until the time of blending and bottling in mid-2022. The wine combines roughly equal parts Grenache blanc, Grenache gris and Macabeu, with a tiny amount of Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains.

It can be enjoyed with all manner of tapas, with cheese; with wood-fired pork or curried lamb, and especially as a digestif. Shelf-stable, it should be served lightly chilled or at cellar temperature. Full details

Domaine de Rombeau Rancio Sec 2012 label

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Villa Oeiras Carcavelos 'Nacional' 12-Year Old bottle

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PortugalLisboa VRCarcavelos DOC 18.5% ABV

18.5% ABV • Fortified, Oxidative

Arinto, Gallego Dourado and Ratinho form the backbone of this benchmark 12-year-old blend, and the signature of the Atlantic Ocean features prominently in its expression. The wine is aged exclusively in Portuguese ('Nacional') oak, which lends a pleasing rusticity and generosity of spirit. Full details

Villa Oeiras Carcavelos 'Nacional' 12-Year Old label