December 11, 2019
A Note from Sergio
Every wine-lover has certain wines that signify the holiday season. These are the wines that will always hold an honored place in both celebrations and memory. For me, that wine is Barolo--it is, in fact, my all-around holiday wine, and a wine that I love to receive as well as give. I love to give and to enjoy Barolo because it is a great Italian wine, but I also love Barolo during the holidays because it is the traditional wine of the season in Italy. The real beauty of celebrating this wine lays in the Piemontese people's fierce commitment to tradition and to honoring a wine that was nationally esteemed as the most prestigious and long-aging wine, even when it was difficult because of economic duress, the violence of war, or political problems.Today's Featured Sections Include:
Today, I'm very proud to present a pair of Barolo wines from a producer who's new to IWM, Tenuta Cucco. Family-owned-and-operated by the Rossi Cairo family (who began making wine at its La Raia estate in Gavi), this estate is biodynamic and it makes beautiful Barolo wines that straddle the line between traditional and modern--for example, the Nebbiolo grapes get a nice, long maceration, but the Barolo ages first in barrique and then in traditional botti. What you end up with are wines that speak with Piemonte's roots, but are a little earlier drinking and a little less austere. This approachability is great, but the affordability of Cucco's Barolo is very exciting, especially to Italian wine newbies.
You'll find Cucco's delicate and ethereal 2015 Barolo Serralunga d'Alba and the winery's lush, muscular 2012 Barolo Cerrati in today's eLetter, and neither wine tops $70 a bottle! I look high and low for affordable Barolo, and I was very excited to find Cucco's. I think you'll love drinking these wines, sharing these wines, and, if you want to be very Italian, giving them as gifts!
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Two Must-Have Barolo Bottles from Tenuta Cucco
2. Wine Events: Upcoming December Wine Tasting Events