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$27 Guado al Tasso New Release, Vintage Quintarelli Gem, and Solaia Mini-Vertical!
August 10, 2017
A Note from Sergio

It's an old, old family, but the Antinoris are distinctly contemporary winemakers, earning a reputation for making wines that bridge the gap between traditional Italian wines (which often present challenges to newbie palates) and the so-called New World style of wine (which often make wine-lovers out of ordinary people). Headed by Piero Antinori and led by daughters Albiera, Allegra and Alessia, the Antinori family has estates around the world, but it very much stays true to its Tuscan roots. Somehow, Antinori wines straddle two opposing banks, taming the strange acidic edges of a classic "Old World" Italian wine while refining the grape-bomb gusto of the international wine.

It's not an easy task, and it's one that many producers try to emulate. Few succeed. Antinori does, however, and today, I'm very proud to announce a new Antinori release and to present an Antinori collection; all of these wines demonstrate the effortless elegance of the Antinori house style. First, I'm very excited about the 2015 Il Bruciato from Antinori's Bolgheri estate, Guado al Tasso. It's an exuberant, rich, and structured Super Tuscan, and it suggests terrific things about its vintage--plus, it's less than $27 a bottle! Then, the only thing better than a bottle of Solaia is a case of Solaia, and the only thing better than a case of Solaia is a four-vintage case. One of the great Super Tuscans, Solaia is a consistent bestseller, and the mini-vertical below will blow you away.

There's not much to say about the late great Giuseppe Quintarelli. He changed Veneto winemaking forever by steadfastly adhering to his forbears' methods, refusing to bow to fashion, and releasing wines only when he deemed them worthy. The pool of wines that Bepi himself made is dwindling, but I managed to score a few perfect bottles of his majestic 1995 Amarone Riserva. This wine is so great, so saturated, so big and yet so ethereal that it defies description. The only thing you can do is sip it in silence and feel wonder.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
New Antinori Release, Guado Al Tasso '15 Il Bruciato
2. Only At IWM:
Perfect, Pristine Majestic '95 Quintarelli Amarone Riserva
3. Time Sensitive Offer: The Case of Four Vintages, a Solaia Mini-Vertical
4. Wine Events: Upcoming August Wine Tasting Events

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Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1995 1.5L
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1995 1.5L
Price: $3,499.00

Upon release, Quintarelli’s ’95 Amarone Riserva was hailed as a triumph. Now with more than twenty years of maturity, this wine is proving to be a majestic beauty that evokes its maker’s hands in its structure, texture and sheer beauty. This wine bursts from the glass with a profusion of red and black fruits, melted chocolate, tarry earth, Christmas cake, underbrush, truffles and black tea. Filling the mouth with a silken weight, this Amarone remains supple and nimble owing to its vibrant core of acidity and its lively minerality. This is a wine that invites meditation: layer upon layer of flavors unfurl on the palate in a kaleidoscopic drinking experience that culminates in a lingering, resonant finish. While Quintarelli produces its Amarone only in exceptional vintages, the estate restricts its Amarone Riserva to very great vintages; this decades-old wine now sits in the center of its drinking window. This collector Amarone Riserva is a proprietary blend of indigenous Corvina with Rondinella and traces of Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Croatina, and Sangiovese. more info