Ben says

★ Good Wine Purplish hue and almost black-deep in the glass. Ripe blackberry nose with liquorice, violets, fennel and an almost meaty aroma of smoked beef brisket. This bold but rustic nose follows through on the palate with a dry, cedar-like mouthful packed with smoke and dark berries. It’s very savoury but still fresh and long, although I’d give it a good half hour to open up – in the glass if you have the patience!

Guerrieri Rizzardi '3 Cru' Amarone della Valpolicella Red Wine


Varietal Syrah with 14.0% abv. Hand harvested and manually sorted. Destemmed, crushed and macerated for 3 days in stainless steel tank. Fermentation for 7 days with regular pump overs. Gently pressed off skins after 20 days. Malolactic fermentation and then aged 6 months in French oak before filtering and bottling.

Grown in: Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, FRANCE.

Food Pairing

For this kind of savoury intensity, I’d go with a charred BBQ steak or a grilled Portobello mushroom stuffed with Stilton blue cheese.

Disclosure & Price

Part of a subscription to the Little Fine Wine Company. Available as a one off purchase for £11.95 on their website. Newer 2020 vintage sold by Davy’s for £18.95 at time of tasting.

Reviewed and tasted: 05/11/2023

Ben Franks Wine Tasting Note Producer Profile

About the Producer

Pochon was founded by Etienne’s father Edouard in 1964. The estate is currently based at the former Chateau Curson, built in the 16th Century. Originally Etienne sold grapes to the local co-op but today he is committed to quality conscious and organic certified wines released under his own name. His son, the third generation Adrien, also now works in the vineyard and helps Etienne make his vintage wines.