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Californian and Italian Value from Procure

01 August,2018

Arguably the most active importer of interesting, value Californian wines is Procure Liquor. They have a diverse range of mainly Chardonnay in whites, but a broader spread of varieties in reds, which, of course is where most of the interest lies, in this market. The Californian wines are representative of the whole import rang of the company, and well-chosen selections of European, Australian and others make for a complete and eclectic range. Here, I review three Californian wines and an Italian red under the ‘Poggio Anima’ brand that I recently reviewed (click here to see). www.procureliquor.co.nz


Murphy-Goode California Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from USA


Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and full, with up-front aromas of savoury yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit, along with some nutty and smoky oak and a suggestion of butterscotch. This is fruit focussed and has a refreshing steeliness. Medium-full bodied, the palate has fulsome and gently rich, but fresh flavours of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit, hints of nutty oak and a little MLF butteriness unfolding to fill the mouth. The fruit richness is cut by fresh acidity and the wine carries along a fine-textured phenolic line, leading to an elegant, dry finish. This is an up-front Chardonnay with ripe stonefruit, citrus, nutty and buttery flavours, balanced by fresh acidity. Match with seafood and creamy sauced white meat dishes over the next 3 years. California fruit fermented in stainless-steel with 10% in barrel to 13.8% alc. 17.5-/20 Aug 2018 RRP $30.00

Smoking Loon California Old Vine Zinfandel 2016

Zinfandel from USA


Very full, dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour. The nose is well-proportioned with good depth and intensity of ripe blackberry and blueberry fruit aromas along with spice notes, a little black pepper and some nutty nuances. The aromatics have good penetration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich and firmly packed core of sweetly ripe blackberry and blueberry fruit along with dark raspberries. The flavours are mouthfilling, and the palate is underlined by light, supple tannin grip. The wine is carried by the textures to a moderately long-lingering finish. This is an up-front, sweetly rich Zinfandel with ripe blackberry, blueberry and raspberry fruit on a soft, supple palate. Match with barbecued, grilled and roasted red meats over the next 3+ years. California fruit, a blend of 80% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 5% Alicante Bouchet, and 2% each Merlot and Barbera, fermented to 14.0% alc. 17.5/20 Aug 2018 RRP $22.00

The Crusher California Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Cabernet Sauvignon from USA


Dark, deep, ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and gently voluminous with aromas of ripe blackcurrants and cassis liqueur, blackberries and hints of herbs and pepper. This has good varietal fragrance and clarity. Medium-full bodied, the palate has an elegantly concentrated and firm core of blackcurrants intermingling with cassis, blackberries and mint. The palate has very good linearity and fruit clarity, and flows along a fine-textured line with good grip and structure, carrying to an elegant, lingering finish. This Cabernet Sauvignon has varietal clarity with a fine structure and line. Serve with lamb and beef, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 4+ years. California fruit, a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petite Sirah, and 4% each Tempranillo and Merlot, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 80% new French oak (40%), American oak (40%) and Hungarian oak (20%). 17.5+/20 Aug 2018 RRP $27.00

Poggio Anima ‘Asmodeus’ Terre Siciliane Nero d’Avola IGP 2016

Other Red from Italy – Other


Very dark ruby-red colour with black-purple hues, a little lighter edged. The nose is soft is soft and elegant, somewhat restrained in expression, but unfolds notes of ripe blackberries, blueberries and boysenberries along with plum elements. This is gentle and harmonious, and builds in depth with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate is rich, soft and juicy with luscious flavours of ripe black and blue fruits and black plums. The flavours are up-front and form a rounded, but deep heart, with soft-textured tannin extraction in support. The acidity is integrated, and the wine carries to a soft and mellow finish. Serve with pizza, pasta and barbecued fare over the next 3+ years. 100% Nero d’Avola from Caltanissetta, vines 24 y.o., fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 2 months in seasoned French and American barriques, followed by 10 months in tank. 17.5/20 Aug 2018 RRP $22.00

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