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Giacosa La Rocche Falletto Debut, Under $55 Antinori Brunello, and Lord of the Vines!

August 15, 2013
A Note from Sergio

Bruno Giacosa stands as one of Piemonte's great winemakers. The Langhe is a very traditional place, and like most of the region's important producers, Bruno trained at the knees of his father and his grandfather. They brought him up to revere his roots, those both literal and metaphorical. And while Bruno's choices in the cellar reflect the technological advances of a modern age, he's never abandoned what his forebears taught him. For these reasons, and for his uncanny ability to select the best fruit from the best vineyards--those he owns and those he doesn't--Bruno's wines always top every list, from critics' to collectors', to wine enthusiasts' bucket lists.

The French have a saying that goes like this: Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. There's no easy equivalent in Italian for the French, so I'm foregoing my native tongue to quote the original. Usually, people use the phrase as a sense of cynical resignation--in this way, it's not unlike the way the Italians say, "É così," meaning "it's like that," usually with a meaningful shrug of the shoulders. But there's a flip side to this thinking. When Bruno Giacosa assumed control from his father, the more things changed, the more they stayed the same. And as Bruno ages and Bruno's daughter Bruna takes control, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Bruno and Bruna work side by side, making that beautiful wine. It's the slow passing of the torch, and it's a wonderful thing.

Today, I'm proud to debut the latest bottling of Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Falletto 2009. It's a serious, classic, elegant wine, and it embodies all that Bruna learned from her father and all that Bruno learned from his. It's Serralunga's rolling hills, the best of the best grapes, the revering of roots, and the change that remains true, all rolled into one bottle of age-worthy wine.

It seems fitting to put this Giacosa wine with Pian delle Vigne from Antinori's outpost in Montalcino and Edoardo Valentini's Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. Piero Antinori is the latest in a very long line of winemakers, and he has trained his three daughters into the legacy, ensuring a dynasty. Edoardo Valentini, who passed away in 2006, trained his son Francesco Paolo in his secretive ways, making certain that his craft and his magical wines would last. Today's special pricing on the 2007 Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino and the 2000 and 2002 vintages of Valentini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo let enthusiasts taste the history--and the future--of these estates.

Open one of these wines and toast to change and to tradition and to the ways that, sometimes, the two go hand in hand.


Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Falletto 2009

2. Time Sensitive Offer: Under $55 Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2007

3. Our Experts Suggest: 

4. Only At IWM: Cult Collectable Valentini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

5. Wine Events: Discovering Premier Cru


My Best, 



Sergio Esposito