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2012 Petrolo Galatrona Debut, Classic Giacosa Barolo, and Benchmark Col d'Orcia Brunello!

June 3, 2014
A Note from Sergio

The rivalry between Italy and France is undeniable, but it'd be unfair if I didn't acknowledge how much Italian winemakers have learned from their colleagues in France (even if recent research suggests that European winemaking began in Italy). France's AOC, the system it uses to standardize, organize and quality control its wine was the basis for Italy's DOC and DOCG designations that Italian winemakers use, however differently, for the same purposes. Bordeaux was the inspiration for the great Italian wine Sassicaia, and, in fact, the region and its grapes provided the fuel that fed the Super-Tuscan revolution.
 
Likewise, the Merlot wines of France's Right Bank served as the touchstone for some great Italian wines--Masseto, Messorio, and Redigaffi. In the wake of that great tradition of exceptional Italian Merlots comes Petrolo Galatrona. This under-the-radar Tuscan Merlot is remarkably long aging, very telling of its unique terroir, and absolutely delicious. And while the three great Maremma Merlots can cost hundreds of dollars, Galatrona's relative obscurity means it costs well under a hundred.
 
Today, I'm proud to debut the 2012 Petrolo Galatrona. From high in the hills of Colli Aretini, this powerful wine flows like silk, and I'm confident you'll love it. Alongside the Galatrona, I'm delighted to present two IWM client favorites: Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga 2009 and Col d'Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino 2001, a pair of wines that hardly need an introduction. There are few Barolo traditionalists finer than Giacosa, and Col d'Orcia has been on the IWM shelves almost since we opened. These two wines are very different, but both are stunning.
 
Enjoy!
 
 
Today's Featured Sections Include:
 
1. Spotlight on Excellence: The $75 Alternative to Redigaffi, Messorio and Masseto
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Bruno Giacosa's Welcoming Barolo Falletto di Serralunga 2009
3. Our Experts Suggest: Alain Gras' Stunning Value-Conscious Burgundies
4. Only At IWM: Stunning Col d'Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino 2001
5. Wine Events: White Burgundy and a Special Winemaker Dinner with Pepe Raventós


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Sergio Esposito
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Col D'Orcia Brunello Poggio al Vento Riserva 2001 750ml
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