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$22 Valpolicella Duo from Artisanal Begali! And Ponsot Flash Sale!
December 12, 2019
A Note from Sergio

Valpolicella has a long history--Ernest Hemingway was fond of it, and he featured it prominently in his final novel, Across the River and Into the Trees. Hemingway's Valpolicella, however, probably didn't resemble "our" Valpolicella. It was more likely an early-drinking, rustic wine, a far cry from the textured, nuanced beauty that we've come to expect, largely to the work of the late, great Giuseppe Quintarelli. Believing in the importance of the Veneto's wines, Quintarelli tinkered with Valpolicella protocol, and he forever changed the way the world understood both this ancient wine and the Veneto itself.

Visionary producers have a way of lifting up a whole region, and today, I'm delighted to bring you two recent Valpolicella releases from Begali, a terrific under-the-radar family-owned producer with long roots in the Veneto. You'll find Begali's flat-out delicious 2017 Valpolicella Classico, and its surprising and complex 2016 Valpolicella Ripasso, which complicates Valpolicella by running it through the lees of the estate's Amarone. Clocking in at less than $22 a bottle, these two Valpolicella wines pack a punch, and they will wow your guests now or over the next few years.

Finally, I'm excited to announce a flash sale on Ponsot's fine Burgundies! You who consider yourself Burgheads do not want to miss this--enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Only at IWM: Must-Have Begali Valpolicella Pair!
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Burgheads, Rejoice! It's IWM's Ponsot Flash Sale!
3. Wine Events: Upcoming December Wine Tasting Events

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Begali Valpolicella Classico 2017 750ml
Begali Valpolicella Classico 2017 750ml
Price: $22.99

Begali’s delectable Valpolicella Classico is easy to pop and pour and enjoy again and again! Pure red berries cavort on a bed of woodland moss, wildflower petals, spices, river rocks and earth in Begali’s charming ’17 Valpolicella Classico. This wine is about food-friendly immediate drinkability, and it shows an alluring balance between its fine tannins and bright acidity that linger on the savory, mineral-laden finish. A blend of 60% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, and the remainder local grape varietals, grapes ferment in stainless steel, and the wine ages for a year in botti before resting in bottle. more info
Begali Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2016 750ml
Begali Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2016 750ml
Price: $22.99

Rich, layered, and transparent, this ’16 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso melds its crisp red and brooding purple fruits with balsamic herbs, espresso, melted chocolate, baking spices, dried flowers and a touch of oak. Penetrating acidity harmonizes with the wine’s chewy tannins, substantial dry extract, and subtle minerality in this beautifully balanced wine. A Valpolicella Ripasso “passes” through the lees left from the estate’s Amarone, and this one from Begali (a blend of 65% Corvina, 30% Rondinella and the remainder other indigenous grapes grown in pebbly soils) spends at least a year maturing in large oak barrels. more info
Domaine Ponsot Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015 750ml
Domaine Ponsot Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015 750ml
Price: $379.00

Sleek, sophisticated and deeply aromatic, this ’15 Corton-Charlemagne explodes from the glass with a shower of ripe stone fruits, honeyed citrus, sun-warmed rocks, pressed white wildflowers, and a touch of praline. Vivid acidity counterbalances a lush dry extract, lending tension to the wine’s round yet electric palate; juicy fruits marry with citrus zest on the lingering finish. Coming from purchased Chardonnay fruit grown in both Aloxe and Pernand, the grapes ferment in temperature-controlled tanks and the wine ages for two years in used oak barrels; Ponsot bottles with minimal sulfur, if any at all, which means that this domaine’s wines require careful storage and handling. more info
Domaine Ponsot Morey-St-Denis 1er Cuvee Alouettes 2012 1.5L
Domaine Ponsot Morey-St-Denis 1er Cuvee Alouettes 2012 1.5L
Price: $540.00

Impressive, pure fruit and beautiful structure marry with impeccable balance in this compelling, stellar Ponsot ’12 Cuvée Alouettes. Offering layers of minerality that are laced with fruit and earth, the precise and intense ’12 bottling uncurls to a finish that seems to go on forever. This wine derives from the estate’s almost 2.5-acre Alouettes parcel; the organically tended grapes typically ferment with stems in open oak vats for 10 to 20 days; the wine ages in used oak barrels for about two years before bottling. It’s one of the best values for quality of such caliber from Ponsot and a must-have for real Burgundy connoisseurs. more info
Domaine Ponsot Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011 750ml
Domaine Ponsot Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011 750ml
Price: $599.00

Almonds, white flowers, crushed rocks, and fresh-cut herbs frame the juicy stone fruits in this ’11 Corton-Charlemagne. Satisfyingly waxy and textured, this wine balances its broad-shouldered profile with almost kinetic acidity, and its sturdy mineral core kicks it to a lingering, dry finish. Coming from purchased Chardonnay fruit grown in both Aloxe and Pernand, the grapes ferment in temperature-controlled tanks and the wine ages for two years in used oak barrels; Ponsot bottles with minimal sulfur, if any at all, which means that this domaine’s wines require careful storage and handling. more info
Domaine Ponsot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2011 750ml
Domaine Ponsot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2011 750ml
Price: $759.00

Brooding and earthy, this ’11 Clos de Vougeot wraps its red and blue fruits in warm saddle leather, underbrush, potpourri and game. Intense yet delineated, this wine scatters copious dry extract and polished, dense tannins across the palate as it builds to a powerful, lingering finish. Deriving from a scant one-acre parcel of vines, the grapes ferment in temperature-controlled tanks and the wine ages for two years in used oak barrels; Ponsot bottles with minimal sulfur, if any at all, which means that this domaine’s wines require careful storage and handling. more info
Domaine Ponsot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2011 1.5L
Domaine Ponsot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2011 1.5L
Price: $849.00

Weighty, intense, and concentrated, this ’11 Chapelle-Chambertin explodes with succulent red and black fruits, dusty minerals, sun-warmed earth, crushed flower petals, and fresh-cut herbs. Savory minerals underpin the wine’s sweet fruit, driving it with focus and energy across the palate as it builds to a complex finish replete with sturdy tannins. Deriving from a 1.7-acre parcel, the grapes ferment in temperature-controlled tanks and the wine ages for two years in used oak barrels; Ponsot bottles with minimal sulfur, if any at all, which means that this domaine’s wines require careful storage and handling. more info
Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2011 750ml
Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2011 750ml
Price: $849.00

Framing its pure, sweet Pinot Noir fruit with a bower of flowers, earth, baking spices, and a kiss of sauvage, the aromatics of this must-have ’11 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Domaine Ponsot offer a heady promise. This promise is fulfilled with the intense, deep and energetic palate that adds fresh-cut herbs and a delightful inner perfume to the experience.  Supple yet serious tannins suggest this wine has years ahead of it. Deriving from a plot planted in 1947, the grapes for this wine macerate for two weeks in oak vats, fermenting with only wild yeasts; the wine ages in used oak and is bottled without fining, filtration or added sulfur. This extremely age-worthy wine can be enjoyed now with thorough decantation, but it will easily drink for another three decades, possibly longer. more info
Domaine Ponsot Morey St Denis Blanc 1er Cru Monts Luisants Pressee du Centenaire 2011 1.5L
Domaine Ponsot Morey St Denis Blanc 1er Cru Monts Luisants Pressee du Centenaire 2011 1.5L
Price: $999.00

Warm baking spices, crushed river rocks, lemon peel, and white flowers frame the orchard fruits in this broad-shouldered and beautifully textured ’11 Morey-St-Denis Clos des Monts Luisants. 2011 saw the centennial of Domaine Ponsot’s exceptional Aligoté Clos des Monts vineyard; the ’11 Morey-St-Denis Blanc Clos des Monts Luisants is a towering tribute to this extraordinary monopole. This wine slides across the palate with the texture of silk brocade, energized by its sturdy mineral core, and it builds to a balanced, lingering finish that clings to the palate, satisfyingly. Deriving from a 2.5-acre monopole of rare hundred-year-old Aligoté vines situated at the peak of the slope, the grapes for this wine ferment in open, temperature-controlled vats, and the wine ages in oak, almost always used, for two years. more info
Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2012 750ml
Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2012 750ml
Price: $1,100.00

Opulent, ripe and gorgeous, the ’12 Clos de la Roche from Domaine Ponsot impresses for its ability to complement its generous lines with focus and energy, for its sheer depth of flavors, and for its silky feel and sturdy structure. The nose explodes with a profusion of red and blue fruits, warm baking spices, balsamic herbs, pepper and earth, and the palate grips the mouth with velvety tannins and an outrageous mouth-feel. This is a stellar effort that should not be overlooked by serious Burgundy connoisseurs. Deriving from a plot planted in 1947, the grapes for this wine macerate for two weeks in oak vats, fermenting with only wild yeasts; the wine ages in used oak and is bottled without fining, filtration or added sulfur. This extremely age-worthy wine can be enjoyed now with thorough decantation, but it will easily drink for another three decades, possibly longer. more info