Ben says

★★ Great Wine My word this is a big wine. Gutsy and meaty on the nose with dried black fruits, spice, vanilla, violets and smoke. It’s anything but shy and the tannins are still grippy and ripe, 12 years on. On the palate it’s fresh and full of life. A great example of St Estephe winemaking.

Guerrieri Rizzardi '3 Cru' Amarone della Valpolicella Red Wine


55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc with 13.0% abv. 2011 was a difficult vintage for much of Bordeaux, but this wine seems to have turned it into gold. Matured in French oak for 18 months (of which 30-50% is new oak).

Grown in: Bordeaux, FRANCE.

Food Pairing

A good, mature and full bodied red wine like this deserves a slow-cooked meal like braised beef and mash, or a delicious heart-warming swede, potato and dumpling stew with torn off fresh bread. Hungry yet?

Disclosure & Price

Tasted at the Beckford Bottle Shop annual tasting. Find in the UK for circa £52.50 Beckford Bottle Shop, Bath.

Reviewed and tasted: 05/11/2022

Ben Franks Wine Tasting Note Producer Profile

About the Producer

Cos Labory is a 5ème Cru Classé St-Estèphe estate owned by the Audoy family’s current generation Cécile Audoy and her son Bernard. They have 18 hectares of vines with an average age of 25 years, mainly located to the west of St-Estèphe’s leading estate, Chateau Cos d’Estournel.