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Spring for Rosé Wines! $28 Benchmark Super Tuscan! And Vintage La Rioja Alta!
April 18, 2018
A Note from Sergio

Slowly, surely, spring is coming early to New York City. Tiny crocuses are shooting through the earth, and the temperatures have already reached 70 degrees at least once. It's hard not to feel optimistic as the sun shines, and the air smells like green things growing. Winter's cold becomes a distant memory as soon as I see the buds on the trees, and I feel like it's time to celebrate a new season, and the summer to come.

It's time to welcome rosé season in all its glory! While I like to enjoy a serious rosato the whole year around, there's no question that spring feels like the right season for blush wines. They match the color scheme, for one thing, and they match the flavor profiles, which is even more important. Yet more vital, they match the mood. There's a lightness, a freshness, and a brightness to a really good rosé from Provençe or a nice Sicilian rosato that feel good in spring. You'll find beautiful more than a dozen rosé wines featured below, and, whether from France or from Italy, each one is simply lovely, affordable and delicious. Open a bottle of rosé and welcome spring. It's only natural.

Along with the baker's dozen of rosé wines, I'm delighted to present a new release from Le Mortelle, the Antinori's outpost near the Maremma Coast--the incredibly delicious 2015 Botrosecco, a value Super Tuscan that almost grabs you by the ears and pulls you to the glass. Finally, I managed to score a few more bottles of 2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva '890,' a benchmark vintage of an extraordinary wine. I love traditional Spanish wines almost as much as I love traditional Italian wines, and this one is a silky, kaleidoscopic beauty that will drink for decades to come.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: 2017 and 2016 Rosé from France and Italy!
2. Only At IWM: Under $28 Super-Tuscan Red from Antinori!
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Must-Have 2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva '890'
4. Wine Events: Upcoming April Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito
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Chateau Viranel Saint-Chinian Tradition Rose 2016 750ml
Chateau Viranel Saint-Chinian Tradition Rose 2016 750ml
Price: $18.99

Brambly wild berries, citrus zest, rose petals and crushed river rocks burst from the glass in this food-friendly, luscious ’16 Rosé. Full yet energetic, this wine whooshes across the palate, but it lingers with a satisfying mouth-feel that marries electric acidity with its fleshy finish. A blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 20% Cinsault grown in clay and limestone soils, this wine ferments in stainless steel tanks, and it ages in a combination of 20% used barrels and 80% tank. It’s a classic mineral-driven rosé that complements a wide array of foods, yet it also drinks beautifully on its own. more info
Graci Etna Rosato 2017 750ml
Graci Etna Rosato 2017 750ml
Price: $23.99

More intense than your average rosé, Graci’s ’17 Etna Rosato puts its succulent blackberries and crisp red fruits front and center, framed by bracing saline minerals, fresh-cut herbs, blood orange and a touch of spice. This is a full-bodied rosato that balances its dry extract with its penetrating acidity and elegant minerality as it builds to a thrumming, savory finish. This wine is an ideal accompaniment to eggplant caponata, sharp cheeses, lamb pasta or spicy meatballs--it’s delicious! A mono-varietal Nerello Mascalese grown organically in a five-acre stony, sandy vineyard located on the slopes of a volcano, the grapes for this wine enjoy a soft press before fermenting in cement tanks; the wine ages for 18 months in cement tanks, followed by two months in bottle before release. more info