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Posted on 07 August 2019
Excellent , speedy, safely and beautifully packaged so will certainly use the firm again .
First came across this lovely wine on a cruise 3wks ago and fell in love with its fresh fruity flavours and kept the stoppers as souventry wish there was a supplier nearer home this is definitely a winner
packed well and shipped promptly - well done
Getting a mystery mixed case is like Christmas day without the awful socks. It's such fun finding out what's in the box ... And knowing that you've got a great deal on the price. So glad I found Hic!
“The 2015 Terre di San Leonardo gives us a sneak peek of the fruit intensity and exuberance that is associated with this lovely vintage. This is an accessible and food-friendly blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère selected from across the San Leonardo estate. This wine offers immediate tones of black cherry, spice and blackberry. This is a very fruit-driven vintage that can be consumed within the next 5 years.”
“The flagship wine from this celebrated Trentino estate was not produced in 2012. We do have the stunning 2013 San Leonardo on the market now. This vintage is large in scale and has immediate intensity, and I am somewhat surprised by the volume and seamless bouquet that appears this early in the game. This vintage shows balanced ripeness with plummy fruit aromas that are carefully contrasted against spice, leather and fine tobacco. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot, and San Leonardo is always aged in barrique for four years (of which only 25% of the barrels are new). This is a bottle to keep long (extra long) in your cellar.” -Monica Larner
I ordered 3 bottles of d'Arenberg The Noble Mud Pie 2017, but only 1 was available. Andrew got back to me straight away and offered the one bottle with free posting. I wasn't expecting this, and it was a kind gesture and I will certainly be recommending Hic! to my friends and colleagues. Phil
‘Youthful and charming,’ began Texture’s Alan Bednarski as judges declared this a Gold, going on to describe ‘fantastic crunchy peach with well-balanced, generous French oak, and complex brioche and melted butter balancing the fresh limestone minerality and beautiful floral finish’. For The Glasshouse’s Adam Michocki it was ‘complex, with a pronounced intensity’ with notes of ‘lemon, lime, yellow grapefruit, melon and pomelo, as well some white rose petals, and a touch oak to it, too’.
"“Jammy nose with less definition than their Christins Vacqueyras. Firmer and more textural on the palate, with ample density. Has the gutsiness and fruit power to age well.”"
Jancis Robinson - 2017
"One of two releases from Vinsobres, which is located in the northern, cooler part of the Southern Rhône Valley. From higher elevation and cooler sites, the 2015 Vinsobres Les Cornuds is a 50/50 split of Grenache and Syrah. It should end up being an outstanding wine and offers lots of black fruits, pepper and garrigue in a full-bodied, seriously textured and layered style."
Wine Advocate, Jeb Dunnuck - 2016
Aromatic, tasty wine. Great with food.
"An intense black color is telling, as are aromas of blackberry, olive and charcoal. A giant palate is plush and tannic, while black fruit flavors explode alongside chocolate and toast. This is an excellent modern Cab Franc from Argentina and an example of why wineries like Norton are giving the grape its due. Drink through 2029."
Diving Into Hampton Water Rosé 2018
Andy & Michelle top team + egg`s are good two cheers Baz J x
Speedy delivery, arrived very well packed and in one piece. Happy customer :-)
I drink quite alot of Italian merlot. I usually spend between £7 - £10 per bottle, for which you get standard fayre. Well rounded, fruity medium bodied merlot grape, which goes goes down easily & is very agreeable.
Cecilia Beretta Merlot Trevenezie is different.
If drank straight after pouring from the bottle it tastes quite tight and closed but still with plenty of fruit & a unique aftertaste.
It softens a little if left to breath. It has a pleasing complexity which I haven't found in other Venetian merlots.
The wine is better with food than without. I enjoyed a glass with a mushroom pizza.
This is not my favourite Italian merlot & I may never it again, but I would recommend it because it is unusual, memorable & if you enjoy Italian red wine as much as I do, that's a good enough reason to call in at Hic wines, have a chat with the very knowledgeable Mr Saxon & pick up a bottle.
3 out of 5.
Order on line - delivered within days. Great solid service.
I literally cannot fault the service from HIC and the wine, being a gift, was absolutely amazing. Delivered in a great time and packaged extremely well.
We will be back soon.
Had this wine at The Drift Inn, Isle of Arran and really enjoyed it and wanted to source a bottle or 2 for home
This lovely wine is a delight
Found 2018 vintage in Gilroy Costco. Just arrived today June 23rd 2019
Best in Show - 97 Points
With its ‘lovely ripe fruit, balance and length’, team leader Laurent Richet MS
was happy to award this a Gold, adding that it was ‘juicy, fleshy and meaty, with
coffee aromatics’, and suggesting it would work well with ‘venison or leg of lamb’.
Francesca Turra of Mondrian London suggested it would certainly work with
‘fatty dishes’ and Mattia Mazzi of The River Cafe thought that this Malbec was
more ‘in a Cahors style, as it’s drier and fresher’.
Elegance with richness assured this wine’s place on the Gold List. ‘An excellent
wine,’ said team leader Angela Reddin. For Markus Dilger of Dilger Sommelier
Selection the wine brought a heady mix of ‘plum, date and dark cherries, with
earthy notes of leather and sweet cinnamon spice’, while the palate was ‘well
balanced and long, finishing with chocolatey smoothness’. There are ‘subtle
notes of strawberry jam with clotted cream and scones’, mused Michael Fiducia
of The Royal Automobile Club, admiring the ‘elegant nuances on the palate’.
This Gold Lister was praised by several judges for its aromatics and supple texture.
‘The nose is very present,’ said team leader Carlos Ferreira, ‘with black fruits,
rosemary, pine, black pepper and leather… the palate is also very elegant with
good fruit complexity and a beautiful finish’. ‘It’s delicate and juicy with a touch
of liquorice,’ said Bianca Potenza of Bluespoon Andaz Hotel - Amsterdam, adding:
‘It’s also well balanced and good value for money.
As this Argentinian Cabernet Franc took its well-deserved spot on the Gold
podium, team leader Jan Konetzki spoke of ‘sappy aromas of blackcurrant and
red cherry, as well as some tomato leaf, which lead to a palate with some grip
from smooth, polished tannins’. Team leader Martin Lam had praise for its ‘very
savoury nose, and a smokiness, too’, while Moio Restaurant’s Carolina W Seibel
thought it ‘very Argentinian, with some capsicum and dark berry notes’.
Judges were impressed by this great-value Gold’s ‘maraschino cherries and
baked plum notes, with a grippy, chalky texture and smooth tannins’, began The
Glasshouse’s Adam Michocki, while Immacolata Cannavo of Hakkasan Mayfair spoke
highly of its ‘bright red fruit flavours of cherry and strawberry’, before describing it
as ‘quite earthy, but with light, supple tannins’. ‘A very fresh wine, with black pepper
spice and herbal, rosemary notes,’ added Flat Three Restaurant’s Heesoo Kang.
Unsurprisingly taking home a handful of awards, including a Gold medal, this Chardonnay drew praise from judges for its complex notes of ‘apricot and lemon verbena’, according to team leader Jan Konetzki, who enjoyed its ‘grip, and a touch of elegant bitterness’. For Roberto Sanchez of Sexy Fish it was ‘light and easy drinking, but with good balance, and some grassy, green notes – all at a remarkable price. A good by-the-glass option.’
Team leader Hamish Anderson was impressed by this Gold winner’s ‘great nose
and classical palate’, going on to describe ‘lavender and pepper aromas, with red
fruit, spice and minerals, as well as good grip and structure on the finish’. Joshua
Castle of Noble Rot described ‘tannins suave and captivating, along with tomato
leaf, ripe red fruit and cardamom spice’, while team leader Lionel Periner thought
the palate ‘mature, full bodied, complex, with an elegant finish’.
Impressed by this lighter, fresher style of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, judges handed
over a well-deserved Gold, while team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW described
a ‘silky palate full of juice, like plums and damson’. Consultant Cinthia Lozano
appreciated its ‘round tannins, and smooth and dry palate, with oaky notes of
chocolate and coffee’, while team leader Laura Rhys MS spoke highly of its ‘dark
cherries and blackcurrants, along with some liquorice spice’.
Judges were convinced of this rosé’s place on the Gold List. It had ‘savoury,
crushed seashell aromas, and a fresh palate with good aromatic balance’,
according to team leader Martin Lam, while Suave Wine’s Joseph Lunn was
reminded of ‘a Mediterranean garden’, describing ‘river stones, and a chalkiness,
too’. Consultant Cinthia Lozano was similarly impressed, finding it ‘stunning
on the nose, with notes of jasmine and peaches’, and adding that it was ‘perfect
for summer days and seafood’.
‘Great nose of sour cherry, black berry, mushroom and truffle,’ said Gian
Giacomo Stella of Simpsons Restaurant, while Charlie Carter of Ten Green Bottles
described a ‘richly stewed dark fruit palate a menthol and eucalyptus finish’.
Full flavours of Pinot Noir yet well balanced and smooth to drink. Very enjoyable wine with Roast Leg of Lamb
Fabulous wine, will be buying more