August 14, 2017
A Note from Sergio
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When most people think of Italian wine, they think of two regions first: Piemonte and its Barolos and Barbarescos, and Toscana and its Brunello, Chianti Classico, and Super-Tuscan wines. Today's eLetter celebrates these regions with a pair of outstanding, traditional, pure wines that are unadulterated Italian beauty: Guiseppe Rinaldi's majestic '06 Barolo Cannubi San Lorenzo-Ravera and Fontodi's elegant '14 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo. Rinaldi is one of the standard bearers of organic, authentic, long-aging and ethereal Barolo, and today's wine will drink for decades. Like Rinaldi, Fontodi adheres to organic agriculture, and it strives to make wines that embody its outstanding terroir. The cru Vigna del Sorbo will delight Sangiovese purists.
But these two wines are not the stars of today's eLetter, even if their regions shine bright in the imaginations of Italian wine fans. The star of today's offer comes from the Veneto, a region that's usually a distant third to Piemonte and Toscana, even though its Valpolicella and Amarone are no less important, age-worthy and collectable. Even more important, these featured wines come from the late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli, a towering force in Italian winemaking. Working with traditional methods, Bepi raised the bar for Veneto's wines by remaking Valpolicella into a serious wine and by consistently crafting otherworldly Amarone that set the standard. What Bepi did in the vineyards and in the cantina remains a kind of mystery, and his magic has shaped our palates and our lives.
Today's spotlight features seven outrageous Quintarelli Amarone Riserva wines dating from 1971 to 2003. Drinking a Quintarelli wine is like entering a rocket ship--it takes you places you'd never guess you'd visit. True wine aficionados owe their palates this experience, and the special pricing on these wines will help you get there. These Quintarelli wines come from a private cellar with perfect provenance, a traceable line straight from producer to us, and from us to you. They haven't been jostled at auction. They haven't spent a moment in the heat or in the sun. They have been cared for every moment of their maturity, and now they're ready for you and the people you love.
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Seven Perfect Quintarelli Amarone Riserva Vintages, All Specially Priced
2. Only At IWM:
Majestic Rinaldi 2006 Barolo Cannubi San Lorenzo-Ravera Mags
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Cru Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Recent Release
4. Wine Events: Upcoming August Wine Tasting Events