April 16, 2015
A Note from Sergio
There are endless ways to describe different wines. They're like people in that way: some are quirky, some are easygoing, some are complex, and some are angry. There are elegant wines and crude wines, visionary wines and simple wines, witty wines, powerful wines, ambitious wines, lazy wines, wines that make you laugh, wines that make you melancholy, wines that make you feel a little unsettled, and wines that teach you something new. And in a year, many of us try a wide range of these characters.
Out of the multitudes, there's only a handful of wines that make you sit back and ask with wonder, "What is that?" It's a mysterious quality--that thing that pulls you back to the glass to smell the liquid, again and again, always finding something fresh and inexplicable. And it's a quality that the wines I'm spotlighting today have: that indefinable essence that makes them outstanding. If you've never had the wines of Edoardo Valentini, the nine bottlings presented today give you a place to start. Abruzzo's Valentini makes fewer than 3,500 cases a year; to give some perspective, that's a modest number for one vintage's bottling of one wine. These are incredible, rare, extraordinary wines; they're wines that are people you can't wait to meet again.
Along with this Valentini offering, I'm pleased to introduce you to a new friend, Chavy-Chouet 2013 Meursault Narvaux, and to reacquaint you with an old one, Tenuta San Guido 1999 Sassicaia. There's no question these two wines are fine company. I hope you invite them to share some time with you and the people you love.
Today's Featured Sections Include:
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Nine Rare Bottlings from Edoardo Valentini
2. Only At IWM:
Value White Burgundy in Chavy-Chouet 2013 Meursault Narvaux
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Benchmark Vintage, Landmark Wine, 1999 Sassicaia
Wine Events: Winemaker Dinners//April Wine Tastings