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Mastroberardino’s Defining Aglianico, Vintage Valentini, Collector Vega-Sicilia Único
August 26, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

Wine is no stranger to Italy's South. Some of Italy's best and strongest grapes--Aglianico, Nero d'Avola, Primitivo--grow in the arid climate, and for millennia, producers have been using them to craft powerful, complex wines. But until recently, you'd never know it. Southerners lacked both the economy and the good name necessary to successfully market wine themselves, so they quietly sold their grapes to northern winemakers or exported them to France. The sole southern region that consistently made world-class wines is Campania, an area that for decades was dominated by the talented Mastroberardino family.
The late, great Antonio Mastroberardino single-handedly brought the indigenous Aglianico back from the brink of extinction; his finesse with creating a gorgeous mono-varietal wine from that dark grape cemented his legacy (his sons Piero and Carlo carry on his traditions) and brought the wines of Campania into the collective wine consciousness. Antonio was a visionary man, Mastroberardino is a visionary estate, and the wine world was irrevocably changed when the estate released its watershed 1968 Taurasi. With that wine, the world recognized Campania, Aglianico and Mastroberardino as major players.

Today, I'm very pleased to announce a new allocation of Mastroberardino '09 Taurasi Radici. It's a classic, brooding, unabashedly virile wine, and it's going to drink beautifully for decades. With this remarkable wine, I'm proud to offer another. It comes from resolute old-timer Eduardo Valentini. This native of Abruzzo disregarded all modern conventions, including talking to the press. No one knows much about Eduardo, or his son, Francesco, who has assumed control of the estate after his father's passing. One thing we do know: Valentini's wines are extraordinary and the vintage Montepulciano d'Abruzzo offered below will slay you.
And if neither of these wines excites you, try the '04 Vega-Sicilia Único--but wait a few years, this wine is so age-worthy, it'll outlive us all.

Today's Featured Sections Include:
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Return of the Gorgeous '09 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici
2. Only At IWM: 
Rare, Singular '94 Valentini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Benchmark Vega-Sicilia Único
4. Wine Events: Upcoming August & September Wine Tasting Events

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito

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Valentini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 1994 750ml
Valentini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 1994 750ml
Price: $699.00