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Querciabella Does It Again, Affordable Pingus, Vintage Aldo Conterno

April 16, 2013
A Note from Sergio

Toscana is undeniably beautiful, but what really sets Toscana apart for me are the smells. There's that deep bass-line of earth, the pointy feel in your nostrils of mineral rocks, that fecund scent of dirt, and even a tangy dusty smell of clay; you can't escape it, nor do you want to. All those growing things--the tiny flowers, the many blades of grass, the delicate wild arugula and the tender wild garlic, the budding vines and the roots of the tree--they too throw off their own scents.

You can't remove one scent from the whole picture. It all blends together seamlessly. Sometimes in a faint saline waft you can smell the sea; other times, you can smell jasmine, hyacinth or cherry blossoms. Usually, though, it all works together to create
 un bello profumo, the beautiful perfume, of Toscana. It's not one thing; it's everything. And the best wines from Toscana embody it.

Today's offer brings you two recent releases of Querciabella's Camartina, a Super-Tuscan blend that features Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Querciabella grows their grapes biodynamically, so they're committed to making their wines in harmony with the Tuscan landscape. When you get a bottle of Camartina, you're getting a bottle of wine that's imbued with all the flowers, the grasses, the trees, and the earth around it. I've really enjoyed seeing this winery mature over the years--Sebastiano Castiglioni has worked hard to take a very good estate and make it seriously great. It shows both in his graceful, powerful flagship Camartina and his kaleidoscopic White, Batar. I'm delighted to offer you both wines today.

Like Toscana's Querciabella, Spain's Pingus grows its grapes biodynamically. Peter Sisseck exhibits a commitment to the earth similar to Querciabella's Sebastiano Castiglioni. Pingus makes one of Spain's most expensive, collectable wines, but today I want to introduce two of Sissek's wines that are delicious--and affordable. They prove the veracity of my belief that a producer's skill is apparent in all the wines he or she makes, not just the estate's flagship.

Take some time to stop and smell the roses, the hyacinths, the cherry blossoms and the daffodils. They're a beautiful part of your world, just like the poppies in Toscana.


Today's Featured Sections Include: 


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Querciabella's Super Super-Tuscan Recent Releases 
2. Time Sensitive Offer: A Pair of Pingus Priced at Under $100 

3. Our Experts Suggest: Two Burgundies, Wines for All Seasons

4. Only at IWM: 25-Year-Old Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello 

5. Wine Events: The Killer Bs: Barolo to Burgundy, Brunello to Bordeaux

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito