August 15, 2017
A Note from Sergio
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There aren't many winemakers you can point to and say, "That one, right there, that producer changed history." Gaja, definitely. Biondi-Santi, unquestionably. Quintarelli, without a doubt. A few more come to mind, but at the top of this short list is Giacomo Conterno who made Barolo the world-class wine that it is today. When Giacomo founded his estate at the start of the twentieth century, he probably didn't envision that his wine would be among the most fiercely coveted, hotly collected, and reverently held bottles over a hundred years later. But he did understand the potential in his swirling Piemonte hills, and he changed history. Giacomo wasn't the first to make a cru Barolo, but he was arguably the most successful. In the lean post-WW II years, Giacomo Conterno Barolo succeeded, even flourished, in no small part to this winemaker's understanding of the specialness of his vineyards.
Giacomo passed his estate to his two sons, Giovanni and Aldo (who later left to start his own estate while Giovanni remained at the family estate). Giovanni stuck with the old ways, and today the estate, now in the hands of Roberto Conterno, continues the winemaking traditions of Giacomo, Roberto's grandfather. The estate's botti are among the biggest in Piemonte--huge, imposing barrels that dwarf a man--and they age the Barolo that is the gold standard for the wine. Today, I'm very proud to present nine vintages of Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia, spanning years from 2000 to 2012. The grapes that make Cascina Francia come from the same vineyard that Giacomo Conterno uses for its Monfortino, and they're handled with the same tender, loving tradition. These Barolos sing an aria of tradition, time, and place. They're beautiful wines, and you need to experience them.
Along with outstanding Giacomo Conterno Baroli, I'm proud to present the recent 2012 release of Tormaresca's approachable Aglianico, Bocca di Lupo Castel del Monte. While the Antinori family got its start in Toscana, it long ago ventured out across Italy, and since the mid-1990s, this Puglian estate has been making terrific wines that just get better and better. Aglianico has the nickname of the "Nebbiolo of the South" because it makes age-worthy wines that can feel weightless yet powerful, and this 2012 release from Tormaresca may be the best bottling of its Bocca di Lupo Aglianico I've tasted to date. I think you'll love it. Finally, there's a benchmark Super Tuscan from Terriccio--maybe you need an alternative to Solaia and Sassicaia, and this is it!
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Nine Vintages of Barolo Cascina Francia at Special Pricing!
2. Only At IWM:
Antinori's Approachable, Age-Worthy Aglianico
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Discover Terricio's Terrific Super Tuscan
4. Wine Events: Upcoming August Wine Tasting Events