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Stellar $65 Brunello from Antinori! The Prince's Singular Sémillon! And Outrageous Corton-Charlemagne!
August 29, 2016
A Note from Sergio

It's the last week of summer! If you have kids, they're heading back to school; if you have a beach house, you're thinking of packing it up; if you've got a lawn, you're imagining the beginning of raking and the end of mowing. My Italian winemaker friends are eyeing their grapes with harvest in mind, and I'm already thinking of fall foods, crisp weather, and the heart-warming bottles I'll open to celebrate the season's change.

That said--there's still time to enjoy summer. Still hours to spend on your deck in your favorite lounge chair, still sun to enjoy and waves to dive into, still grilling that calls your name, and still warm weather that beckons with promises of basking. Today, I've chosen three beautiful wines that will help you make the most out of the last of summertime-and usher you wonderfully into fall: Antinori's benchmark 2010 Brunello from the family's Pian delle Vigne estate in Montalcino, one very special vintage Sémillon from Fiorano, and magnums of outrageously good Bonneau du Martray 2009 Corton-Charlemagne.

Wrest the best from this week and summer's close, but do it with people you love, food that's delicious, and great wine that brings it all together!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Antinori's $65 Benchmark Brunello
2. Only At IWM:
Rare Vintage White from Italy's Iconoclastic Prince
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Must-Have Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray
4. Wine Events: Upcoming August / September / October Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Fiorano No. 48 Semillon 1995 750ml
Fiorano No. 48 Semillon 1995 750ml
Price: $124.00

Luscious honeyed fruit dances with rare herbs, bees wax, menthol and exotic spices in this ’95 Sémillon that almost bursts with acidic energy. At once racy and mature, this Sémillon unfurls on the palate to show a velvety texture, and its surprisingly youthful acidity propels it to a sustained, complex finish. This Fiorano Sémillon combines the characteristics and layers of a mature white Burgundy, the dried tropical fruit of a Sauternes, the texture and body of an Alsatian white, and the oxidative minerality of an aged Sherry, all together in one bottle. The product of dedication and passion from Principe Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi and his Fiorano estate, whose avant-garde approach of organic agriculture and the use of a magical mold was way ahead of its time, this wine shows a rare ability to age. more info