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Superb Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva, Fontodi’s White, and Galardi Mini-Vertical
August 13, 2018
A Note from Sergio

Bruno Giacosa, the legendary Piemonte winemaking traditionalist who passed away early this year, didn't own any vineyards until 1982, the year he bought his now famous Falletto vineyard. Before purchasing his Falletto site, Giacosa did as his father and grandfather had done: he bought grapes from some of the area's best sites. The one "modern" innovation that Giacosa adopted was a belief in the value of single-vineyard wines, a point that has made wine-lovers who love his Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto very glad.

The Falletto vineyard convinced Giacosa that blends weren't always better, and so this taciturn traditionalist began crafting his cru Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto, and in the very best vintages, Giacosa made his Barolo Riserva. Piemonte saw a warm, tempestuous growing season in 2012, which means that vine-growers like Giacosa and his team had to do some fairly complex footwork in the vineyard, managing their leaf canopy, making a green harvest, doing what they needed to do in order to help their fussy Nebbiolo grapes ripen just enough. Good winemakers made good wines; great winemakers made great wines; and Giacosa's '12 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva is superb.

Along with this new allocation of Giacosa's collector Barolo Riserva, I'm delighted to present a new allocation of Fontodi's surprising 2017 Meriggio, a Sauvignon Blanc. The end of August is a sultry time, and Fontodi's minerally Meriggio cools your body while enticing your senses. It's a delicious wine that you'll want to drink right now. Finally, Galardi is a cult Campanian winemaker and its Terra di Lavoro is one of the finest southern Italian reds on the market today. Speaking as someone born and raised in Napoli, I love Terra di Lavoro because it smells and tastes like home, but you don't have to have watched the sun streak the Golfo di Napoli with shades of fiery orange and ghostly blue to love this wine. Today's offer of four Terra di Lavoro vintages shows you how special Galardi's wines are.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Explosive, Textured Giacosa '12 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva
2. Only At IWM: Fontodi's Surprising, Affordable White Super Tuscan, Meriggio
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Galardi Terra di Lavoro Mini-Vertical, 2001 to 2004
4. Wine Events: Upcoming August Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito