Like me, Cerbaiona's Diego Monlinari is a fan of tradition. The "Commander," as this former Alitalia pilot is commonly called, ages his wines in the "old style" with Slavonian tonneaux, and these botti turn out Brunello that's long-aging, rich, and powerful. Sitting in the La Croce zone in the eastern-central portion of Montalcino not too far from the legendary Biondi Santi, Cerbaiona's vineyards rest at a slightly lower altitude than that great estate, meaning that Cerbaiona's grapes tend to ripen a little more early, and sometimes more completely, and this ripening provides for a denser Brunello. The estate's wines have been on the shelves of IWM for more than a decade, and they never fail to sell out.
Today, I'm proud to announce the release of the 2009 Cerbaiona Brunello di Montalcino. This release comes later than that of many other estates because Cerbaiona is so conscientious, but the wait is worth it. This is a sleek, polished, elegant wine that thrums with life; it packs a gorgeous punch. Making fewer than 600 cases of its Brunello a year, Cerbaiona is something of a cult producer, and I'm happy to present this first allocation to you at the best pricing in the US.
Along with this great wine, I'm delighted to present two vintages of Jadot Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Garenne Duc de Magenta, the classically flinty 2010 and the laser-precise 2011. Paired together, these complementary years give Burgundy fanatics a lot to enjoy over the next decade; I suggest clients mix the two vintages for a panoramic Chardonnay experience. And finally, I'm happy to spotlight a wine from my home region of Campania, the De Conciliis Donnaluna Fiano 2012. This golden wine is imbued with the sun of Italy's South, and it is unexpected, complex and under $30. I dare you to drink it and not smile.