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Barolo Retrospective, 1941 to 2013, All on Sale!
August 31, 2017
A Note from Sergio

Piemonte's rollercoaster hills are home to some of the greatest winemakers in the world--Giacomo Conterno, Aldo Conterno, Angelo Gaja, Bartolo Mascarello, and more--the list is awe-inspiring in its length and astounding in its skill level. This fact that so many amazing, talented winemakers are crowded into a small geographic space doesn't really set Piemonte apart. You could make an argument that the same thing is true about other wine regions like Montalcino, Rioja, Sonoma or Burgundy, for example. All of these areas have an astounding talent-to-space ratio, and for that they are all blessed.

But Piemonte is special to me because that's where people make Barolo. It's true that a lot of Barolo is expensive, and for people who love Barolo, like me, the wine is worth it. But one thing you realize if you spend any time in Piemonte is that there is a lot of Barolo that isn't expensive; it's wine for people made by people. Moreover, when you look at Barolo's price against its quality, nuance, complexity and drinking experience, there's nothing like it. In my opinion, this is the sweet spot.

Today I'm really happy to present special pricing on more than 160 Barolo wines. Some are collector bottles (there are multiple vintages of Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino and Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia, the ne plus ultraexpressions of collector Barolo, for example), others are affordable Barolo that you can enjoy without guilt. Some are recently released, but there are also many bottles with some really nice age that are affordable. Being able to enjoy good wine often is a joy, and it's my joy to be able to bring the hard-to-find, great Barolo I love to you. Barolo is the "King of Wines and the Wine of Kings," and this list of Barolo will help you drink like a king in your own castle.

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer:
A Rare Barolo Flash Sale, Special Pricing on 160+ Bottles!
2. Wine Events: Upcoming September Wine Tasting Events

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Ruggeri Corsini Barolo San Pietro 2005
Ruggeri Corsini Barolo San Pietro 2005 750ml
Price: $49.99
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Flavors of sweet berries and plums converge on a full-bodied palate with chewy tannins and moderate acidity. more info
Massolino Barolo 2010 750ml
Massolino Barolo 2010 750ml
Price: $54.99
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Quite possibly the cuvée Barolo of the vintage, the ’10 Massolino Barolo is a remarkable mélange of juicy fruit, aromatic rose petals and tar, fresh-cut herbs, baking spices and velvety tannins. Deriving from 14 acres of vineyards in Serralunga d’Alba, this traditional cuvée is made with traditional methods: fermenting for about 15 days in temperature-controlled vats, followed by aging in large barrels for about 30 months, and then in bottle for a year. It’s hard to imagine a more approachable, caressing Barolo than this ’10 from Massolino, but as good as it is now, it’ll be even better years down the road. more info
Renzo Seghesio Barolo Pajana Ginestra 2010 750ml
Renzo Seghesio Barolo Pajana Ginestra 2010 750ml
Price: $69.99
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Ripe yet vibrant, this ’10 Barolo frames its juicy Nebbiolo fruit with rose and violet petals, cigar tobacco, sun-warmed earth, black licorice, and fresh-cut herbs. This is a finessed, balanced and altogether charming wine that unfurls full, ripe tannins as it builds to its well-balanced and harmonious finish. Sourced from the estate’s five-acre holdings in the historic Pajana vineyard in Ginestra, this very approachable Seghesio Barolo offers a nice red color with bits of orange tinge on the rim, a cue to its nose of bright red fruits, earth and cherry. The grapes for this wine ferment in stainless steel for about two weeks, and the wine ages in oak barrels for three or for years before bottling. more info
Scarzello Barolo 2009 750ml
Scarzello Barolo 2009 750ml
Price: $69.99
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Juicy Nebbiolo fruits dance on a bed of dried rose petals, truffles, espresso, balsamic herbs, and tarry earth in this supple, ethereal ’09 Barolo from Scarzello. Remarkably balanced and vibrant for the ripe year, this weighty wine marries its crackling acidity with polished, fine-grained tannins. The wine showcases its mineral core and brocade-like texture on its satisfying finish. A Deriving from two separate vineyards, Sarmassa and Rivassi, located in the commune of Barolo, the grapes for this wine ferment for about thirty days, and the wine ages in oak barrels for two years, followed by about a year in bottle before release. About 500 cases made in 2009. more info
Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2011 750ml
Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2011 750ml
Price: $74.99
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Clerico’s ’11 Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra explodes from the glass with brambly berries and juicy cherries, smoky minerals, pressed rose petals, a touch of menthol, and warm baking spices. This wine shows its volume in the mouth as it suffuses the palate with myriad earthy notes, a sweet inner perfume, and chewy tannins. Ripe yet somehow also restrained, this wine’s ethereal texture lingers in the mouth-- a velvety, supple powerhouse, this Barolo will remind fans of the outstanding 2007. Aromatic, structured and finely textured, Domenico Clerico’s flagship wine, Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra, embodies the celebrated Ginestra cru of Barolo's Monforte d'Alba. Macerated just short of a month and aged in barriques for 24 to 30 months, Ciabot Mentin Ginestra derives from vines planted in 1965, 1970 and later. more info
Renzo Seghesio Barolo 2009 750ml
Renzo Seghesio Barolo 2009 750ml
Price: $76.99
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This Barolo almost reaches out and pulls you to the glass! Crushed rose and violet petals hug the succulent red fruits in this welcoming, silky ’09 wine; exotic spices, grilled herbs, citrus zest and a kiss of iron complete the aromatic landscape. Chewy tannins hug the palate, yet this Barolo feels weightless; energized by acidity and piquant minerality, it builds to a lingering finish. Sourced from the estate’s five-acre holdings in the historic Pajana vineyard in Ginestra, this very approachable Seghesio Barolo offers a nice red color with bits of orange tinge on the rim, a cue to its nose of bright red fruits, earth and cherry. The grapes for this wine ferment in stainless steel for about two weeks, and the wine ages in oak barrels for three or four years before bottling. more info
Renzo Seghesio Barolo Pajana Riserva 2008 750ml
Renzo Seghesio Barolo Pajana Riserva 2008 750ml
Price: $79.99
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This elegant and classic 2008 Barolo Pajana Riserva reflects its long, cool, fine growing season. The resulting Barolo is both ethereal and earthy, vibrant and sensuous; aromas of rose petals and violets, juicy fruit, cured meats, spice and earth waft from the glass, echoing on its sinuous, complex palate. Classically vinified with fermentation in stainless steel, this wine ages in Slavonian botti for at least three years, and another year in the bottle before release. This Riserva Barolo has much to please Barolo lovers--especially those with limited cellar space or finite patience; it’s a wine that can be enjoyed relatively early, yet it has the stuffing to age and grow more beautiful for years. Just 600 cases made. more info
Castello di Verduno Barolo Riserva Monvigliero 2010 750ml
Castello di Verduno Barolo Riserva Monvigliero 2010 750ml
Price: $79.99
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The Monvigliero cru, located in the lesser-known Barolo commune of Verduno, makes for long-lived Barolo wines of great aromatics, intensity, and power; today’s ’10 Barolo Riserva embodies those traits. Wild strawberries, pressed rose petals, new leather, warm baking spices and a touch of incense waft from the glass of this harmonious Barolo Riserva. Supple and fresh in the mouth, this wine studs the cheeks with fine-grained, polished tannins that linger on the seamless, enchanting finish; beautifully structured, this wine will drink for years to come. Deriving from the estate’s .75-acres of Nebbiolo vines planted in 1969, the grapes macerate for 30 to 40 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel; the wine ages for 30 months in botti, one month in steel, and 40 months in bottle before release. more info
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo 2011 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo 2011 750ml
Price: $82.99
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Enchanting red fruit, baking spices, crushed rose petals, and a touch of earth make the ’11 Barolo Bussia captivating. A product of warm weather, this Barolo offers tremendous near-term drinking, and its seamless structure, silky mouth-feel and polished tannins will have you reaching for another bottle. Now called Barolo “Bussia,” even the basic Barolo of Aldo Conterno has garnered a reputation for being a generous, open, genial wine, and now with a half-decade of age, this wine is entering its drinking window. Crafted from grapes grown on twenty-year-old vines and spending three years in Slavonian oak followed by twelve months in bottle before release, this “basic” Barolo is anything but simple. more info
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 2013 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 2013 750ml
Price: $82.99

Radiant and succulent red and blue fruits, new saddle leather, cigar wrapper, violet petals, baking spices and loam waft from the glass of this spellbinding ’13 Barolo Bussia. This wine shows impeccable balance, unfurling on the palate with energy and focus to reveal a seamless structure and silky texture. While you’ll want to drink this wine right away, time in the cellar will make it more harmonious and refined. Once simply Aldo Conterno Barolo and now called Barolo Bussia, this entry-level Barolo from Aldo Conterno has garnered a reputation for being a generous, open, genial wine; it’s a perennial IWM client favorite. Deriving from 12 acres of plots in Bussia Soprano with vines aging between 35 and 40 years, the carefully selected grapes ferment for thirty days, and the wine ages for 27 months in cask, followed by twelve months in bottle before release. more info