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San Filippo’s Lush Brunello, Antinori’s Seaside White, and Lamarche Burgundy Sale!
August 23, 2017
A Note from Sergio

In its history and in its geography, Brunello begins around the hilltop town of Montalcino. The acres that surround that soapstone-colored town are both the birthplace and the traditional heartland of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. Here the altitudes are higher--about 1,500 to 1,770 feet above sea level--and the estates here are known for making classic Brunello: perfumed, elegant wines with structure and longevity. In this area, perched on these high hills, you'll find Biondi Santi and Il Palazzone. Continue on toward Tavernelle, you'll find Poggio Antico, Case Basse di Soldera, and Pieve Santa Restituta. It's prime real estate, home to amazing wines.

Brunelli, especially those from this sub-zone, tend to be expensive. However, you can find exceptions, and the wine I'm featuring today, San Filippo 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucére, is one of them. This estate sits right by Biondi-Santi, and while it was founded in the early '70s, it has only recent found a following. After new owner Roberto Gianelli assumed control, he made a lot of changes. They're showing in today's silky cru San Filippo Brunello. Less than $80 a bottle, this is the rare cru Brunello that's an affordable luxury. This 2012 bursts with telltale Montalcino terroir--it's like drinking a fine September day in Toscana.

Along with this affordable red luxury, I'm delighted to give you delicious value white, Le Mortelle 2016 Vivia Maremma Toscana. Antinori's seaside estate, Le Mortelle is located not far from the family's Bolgheri holdings, Guado al Tasso, but a few miles makes a huge difference. Le Mortelle's land on the Maremma Coast is ideal for growing grapes like Vermentino, Viognier, and Ansonica, and this seaswept white wine crackles with saline energy. If you're looking for an alternative to Ligurian whites or to Pinot Grigio, Vivia Maremma Toscana will make you very happy. Finally, you'll find sale pricing on a baker's dozen of Domaine Lamarche's artisanal Burgundies--these wines will go fast, so get on them!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Affordable Cru Brunello Luxury from San Filippo
2. Only At IWM:
$25 Bracing, Juicy Antinori White!
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Flash Sale on Lamarche Burgundies!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming August Wine Tasting Events

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Domaine Lamarche La Grande Rue Grand Cru 2012 1.5L
Domaine Lamarche La Grande Rue Grand Cru 2012 1.5L
Price: $939.99
Special Price: $799.99

Kinetic, delicate and aromatic, the ’12 La Grande Rue bursts with ripe red fruits, fresh-cut wild herbs, smoky minerals, potpourri, and crushed granite--it’s a deeply seductive nose that’s captivating and promising. Beautifully delineated, this intense wine unspools in myriad layers, wrapping its sweet fruits around a core of silky tannins, as it builds to an intense, mouth-coating, velvety finish. While enjoyable now, the ’12 La Grande Rue Grand Cru will drink for years and years to come. La Grande Rue is the estate’s east-facing four-acre monopole bordering Romanée-Conti, La Romanée, Romanée-Saint-Vincent and La Tache; this site sports vines that average 30 years of age. The grapes are mostly destemmed before fermentation in open vats; the wine ages for 16 to 20 months in oak before bottling without fining or filtration. more info