August 4, 2016






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New Release of Gaja’s Barbaresco Trio! 2006 Gaja Barbaresco Mags! And Rosé Wine Sale!
August 4, 2016
A Note from Sergio

Angelo Gaja is a restless man. He joined the family winery in 1961, and shortly thereafter, he took Piemonte by storm. He made cru Barbarescos, aging them in barrique--and then he added a touch of Barbera to these wines because he felt like it. He ripped up Nebbiolo vineyards to plant Cabernet Sauvignon. He made Piemonte Chardonnay a hot item. In short, Angelo did what he wanted to make wines that fit his vision, and he marketed these wines aggressively, changing everything that people thought they knew about the close-mouthed, reserved, conservative Piemonte region. In a tradition-laden place where time moves slowly, Gaja roared into the future with the pedal-to-the-metal speed he uses to drive his car.

Clearly, the man knows what he's doing. Angelo Gaja is a producer who can deliver inspiring wines in even the most difficult years, but when the vintage is great, his work is nothing short of monumental. Gaja's wines are coveted by the world's wine cognoscenti--both for drinking and for investment--and this is a fact that remains true vintage after vintage. As Angelo moves ever closer to turning over his estate to his children, Gaia, Rossana and Giovanni, it's clear that he has taught him well. They have learned from him not only how to grow vines, make wine, and market it--the've also inherited their father's spirit for change--and his drive to make wines that adhere to their vision.

Today, I'm very pleased to present the new 2013 releases of Gaja's Barbaresco trio, Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Tildìn, and Costa Russi. For the first time in almost twenty years, these wines can bear the label "Barbaresco" because they are pure Nebbiolo. Gaja's kids dropped the wines' Barbera component in 2013, a Piemonte vintage that's going to go down in legend for its extraordinary weather and exceptional grapes. This set of new Gaja cru Barbaresco releases sees the return to mono-varietal Nebbiolo Barbarescos, something that we haven't seen since the mid-1990s. The '13 Sorì San Lorenzo, Sorì Tildìn, and Costa Russi are extraordinary wines, and they show the full beauty of what happens when parents raise their children to be independent, curious and self-reliant.

Along with these new Gaja releases, you'll find a pair of ten-year-old Gaja crus in large format--and special sale pricing on select rosé wines, because summer needs to be celebrated!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Will Gaja's 2013 Barbaresco Trio Make History?
2. Only At IWM:
2006 Costa Russi and Sorì San Lorenzo in Magnum
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Summertime Rosé Wine Sale!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming August / September Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Per Linda Cerasuolo 2014 750ml
Per Linda Cerasuolo 2014 750ml
Price: $12.99

This wine bursts with an optimistic blush hue, a signal of its aromatics that blend roses, violets, saline minerals, and ripe orchard and berry fruits. Fresh yet round, this wine holds a delightful tension in its mouth-feel that is at once energetic and satisfying. Proof that quality does exist under $15 a bottle, Per Linda Cerasuolo has become a signature on our shelves and is one of our best-selling wines for easy drinking at the table or for pouring at a gathering of friends. Cerasuolo, the Abruzzese word for "rosé," shows us how delicious and practical a blush wine from the Montepulciano grape can be; pair it with classic fish dishes of the Adriatic (prawns, clams, or fish stew), as well as pizza and tomato-based pastas.
Domaine Laurens Marcillac Rose 2015 750ml
Domaine Laurens Marcillac Rose 2015 750ml
Price: $18.99

Bright pink in the glass, this ’15 bottling offers electric elegance, bursting with red berries and citrus fruits, spice and wildflowers. Dry and fleshy, this Marcillac rosé offers bitter cherry and raspberry flavors, making it perfect for wine-lovers looking for a fruit-driven wine reminiscent of a Pinot Noir rosé. This mono-varietal Fer Servadou, called “Mansois” locally, grows on steep terraces with red clay soils just west of Rodez in Languedoc, on a hillside terrace at 1,000-1,600 feet above sea level. Domaine Laurens, organic and family owned and operated, harvests its Fer Servadou by hand in early October, destemming, pressing, and using the saignée method to craft its deep cherry rosé.
Mas de Gourgonnier Rose 2014 750ml
Mas de Gourgonnier Rose 2014 750ml
Price: $18.99

If you enjoy a full-bodied, muscular rosé, then Mas de Gourgonnier 2014 Rosé is the wine for you; a blend of 60% Grenache, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cinsault and the remainder Mourvedre and Syrah, this sexy rosé embodies the terroir of Provence. Fragrant red berry and floral scents are lifted by chalky mineral and white pepper notes and pick up a deeper cherry pit quality with air. Juicy and smooth in texture, this wine offers tangy acidity adding bite to ripe raspberry and cherry flavors, and the wine’s peppery notes give cut to the finish, which clings with good persistence and gentle sweetness.
Il Conventino Rosato 2014 750ml
Il Conventino Rosato 2014 750ml
Price: $19.99

Offering the cherry and wildflower aromatics you usually get from Sangiovese, this rosato shows the lighter, prettier side of the emblematic Tuscan grape. Juicy with red fruit and offering a light dust of earth and spices, this ’14 Rosato is delicious, bright, juicy and food-friendly. Located at approximately 1,150 feet above sea level between Val di Chiana and Val d'Orcia in Toscana, the Il Conventino winery was one of the first in the region to adopt the practice of organic farming. This rosato is 100% Sangiovese, which sits on its skins for just two days before the juice is removed to ferment in stainless steel for about six months before bottling. Il Conventino makes just 300 cases of its mono-varietal Sangiovese Rosato a year.
Fischer Cabernet Franc Rose 2014 750ml
Fischer Cabernet Franc Rose 2014 750ml
Price: $19.99

Bursting with juicy red berries, crushed wildflowers, sun-warmed earth, fresh herbs and  citrus zest, this bright pink mono-varietal Cabernet Franc Rosé looks like spring incarnate. This is an elegant, fresh wine that’s surprisingly complex, and there’s no question that it over-delivers on its under $20 price point. Deriving from almost forty-year-old Cabernet Franc vines, the grapes for this wine ferment and age in stainless steel in order to maintain a purity of terroir and transparency of grape varietal.
Chateau Riotor Rose 2014 750ml
Chateau Riotor Rose 2014 750ml
Price: $21.99

The color of lightly tinted rose petals, this wine’s nose bursts red currants, ripe raspberries and strawberries, hints of melon and pear. Fresh, flavorful, fine and pure, this ’14 Provençal Rosé offers tangy fruit flavors coupled hints of citrus coupled with a certain delicacy and an exhilarating finish. A blend of 45% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, and 5% Rolle (more commonly known as Vermentino), this wine is incredibly versatile in terms of pairing, allowing you to match it to dishes from seafood salads to grilled chicken and pork.
Soter North Valley Highland Rose 2014 750ml
Soter North Valley Highland Rose 2014 750ml
Price: $26.99

No shrinking violet, this Rosé from Oregon’s Willamette Valley this beautiful Pinot Rose that bursts with tart berries, hints of brioche and vanilla. Crafted from 80% Pinot Noir, and the remainder Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer, this wine offers complexity, fantastic aromatics and the kind of minerality that winemaker Tony Soter and Oregon have grown famous for. And outstanding match with anything from antipasti to pasta and lean red meats, this wine is also a tremendous value at its price point.
Gaja Barbaresco 2013 750ml
Gaja Barbaresco 2013 750ml
Price: $209.00

This is a wine to buy by the case. 2013 is shaping up to be an epic year in Barbaresco, and this Gaja bottling shows remarkable finesse, depth and polish. Sophisticated and silky, this ’13 Barbaresco frames its pure red and blue fruits with crushed violets, fresh-cut herbs, licorice, sun-warmed earth, and a kiss of kirsch. Wrapping the palate with an energetic yet velvety grip, this wine builds to a crescendo of chewy tannins that are complemented by a sweet inner perfume--it’s outstanding. This traditional cuvée Barbaresco honors Gaja’s winemaking heritage in its blending across fourteen separate vineyards. Gaja ferments each vineyard lot separately in temperature-controlled stainless steel for about three weeks, and malolactic fermentation occurs in barrique; after fermentation, the separate wines mature for a year in barrique; Gaja makes its final blend, and the wine ages in botti for another year before bottling.
Gaja Barbaresco 2013 1.5L
Gaja Barbaresco 2013 1.5L
Price: $459.00

This is a wine to buy by the case. 2013 threw a lot of wild weather at Angelo Gaja, and this Barbaresco bottling illustrates that he and daughter Gaia handled it with aplomb. Sophisticated and silky, this ’13 Barbaresco frames its pure red and blue fruits with crushed violets, fresh-cut herbs, licorice, sun-warmed earth, and a kiss of kirsch. Wrapping the palate with an energetic yet velvety grip, this wine builds to a crescendo of chewy tannins that are complemented by a sweet inner perfume--it’s outstanding. A mono-varietal Nebbiolo and Gaja’s only wine that adheres to DOCG regimen, this Barbaresco honors Gaja’s winemaking heritage in its blending across fourteen separate vineyards for this bottling. Gaja ferments each vineyard lot separately in temperature-controlled stainless steel for about three weeks, and malolactic fermentation occurs in barrique. After fermentation, the separate wines mature for a year in barrique; Gaja makes its final blend, and the wine ages in botti for another year before bottling.
Gaja Sori San Lorenzo Barbaresco 2013 750ml
Gaja Sori San Lorenzo Barbaresco 2013 750ml
Price: $529.00

Classically structured, brooding, and powerful, the ’13 Sorì San Lorenzo is a towering expression of Nebbiolo. Pure red and blue fruits dance on a bed of fresh-cut herbs, potpourri, crushed rocks, tar and smoke. This is a finessed, gorgeous wine that unfurls on the palate with tantalizing precision as it builds to a lingering finish. The first of the crus to be bottled individually in 1967, Sorì San Lorenzo typically requires the most patience of the three Gaja cru bottlings, but its intense aromatics, velvety mouth-feel and sensuous, complex palate reward a wine-lover’s restraint. 2013 saw the bottling of Sorì San Lorenzo as a mono-varietal Nebbiolo, as Gaja omitted the Barbera component; the grapes for this wine ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel; then the wine ages for in a year each in barrique and botti before bottling.