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Juicy, Round $29 Aldo Conterno Rosso! Drink-Me Seghesio Barolo! And IWM’s Biggest Sale!
December 14, 2017
A Note from Sergio

Freisa, a Piemonte grape, is like a little chameleon. It adapts like a shape-shifter in response to its soil and its creator. Most producers use Freisa in a blend, but enologists say this little grape is the parent to the great Nebbiolo, so it has the power to go it alone. It's not uncommon for lesser-known indigenous grapes to move in and out of fashion, and right now, Freisa is having a moment. I'm happy about that--Friesa makes a juicy, tasty wine and more people should drink it! Today, I'm delighted to present a wine from Aldo Conterno that features Friesa--and it's under $30 a bottle!

A bottling that's mostly Freisa blended with some Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Aldo Conterno's Langhe Rosso is so plump and so round, yet it is so fresh. It has the kind of welcoming profile that it practically grabs your ears to make you drink it. In general, Freisa makes a very food-friendly wine, which makes it perfect for dinner parties or holiday parties, but this one from Poderi Aldo Conterno, one of the great Barolo makers, is especially layered and delicious. Aldo's Langhe Rosso is a true value wine, and it could become your new go-to red.

Along with this Langhe Rosso, I'm pleased to bring you a cru Barolo from Renzo Seghesio. 2011 was a hot year in Italy, even in the rolling hills of Piemonte. Producers who managed their vines' leaf canopies and picked their grapes strategically, however, were rewarded with beautiful, ripe Nebbiolo that made super silky, very sexy wines. I managed to score a new allocation of Renzo Seghesio 2011 Barolo Ginestra, a wine that holds your tongue with a velvety grip--it's pure pleasure to drink right now. You usually have to wait a lot longer than six years to drink your Barolo, but this Seghesio is firing on all cylinders!

Finally, there's a big, beautiful sale on magnums--don't miss it!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Under $30 Everyday Red from Aldo Conterno
2. Only At IWM: Lush, Vivid 2011 Renzo Seghesio Barolo
3. Time Sensitive Offer: IWM's Biggest Sale with 100+ Large Format Wines!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming December Wine Tasting Events

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Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso 2013 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Rosso 2013 750ml
Price: $29.99
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2013 is a banner vintage in Piemonte, and this Langhe Rosso affords you an early taste of the benchmark vintage! Tarry earth, crushed flower petals, spice and underbrush frame the red and blue fruits in this gracious ’13 Rosso; it’s a food-friendly wine that pulls you back to the glass with every sip. Firm, fine-grained tannins and vibrant acidity propel this balanced and seamless wine to a thrilling, lingering finish. A blend of 80% old-vine Freisa, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, Aldo Conterno’s Langhe Rosso, which has replaced the estate's famed Quartetto, is an incredible bottle of everyday red. Conterno harvests the grapes from vineyards in Bussia, then vinifies the wine in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and ages it in barriques for a year before bottling. more info
Col Vetoraz Prosecco Valdobbiadene NV 1.5L
Col Vetoraz Prosecco Valdobbiadene NV 1.5L
Price: $49.99
Currently Unavailable.

Classic, delicate, and refreshing, Col Vetoraz Prosecco urges you to pour it early and often--much as Italians do for their friends and family. Scents of ripe orchard and stone fruits lead to a dry, smooth and intense palate with subtle notes of white blossoms, citrus zest, and a touch of toasted bread; an elegant, fine perlage fills the mouth with creamy texture. Energetic and clean, Col Vetoraz Prosecco complements a wide variety of foods, making it an ideal to pour with appetizers, salads, even brunch! Located in Cartizze, one of the prime areas of the Valdobbiadene region of the Veneto, Col Vetoraz grows its grapes organically at about 1,300 feet above sea level on very steep hills in vineyard sites where the Prosecco, or Glera, grape has grown since 1838. The grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and wine enjoys a second fermentation in tank in the “Charmat” method. more info
Renzo Seghesio Barolo Ginestra 2011 750ml
Renzo Seghesio Barolo Ginestra 2011 750ml
Price: $79.99
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Reflective of its warm growing season, this ’11 Barolo Ginestra bursts with brooding wild berries, warm baking spices, crushed violet and rose petals, and kisses of tarry earth and smoke. Seghesio ’11 Barolo welcomed you with open arms upon release, but with a few years in the cellar, this wine is even more harmonious, integrating its components and mellowing its fine-grained tannins. Sourced from the estate’s five-acre holdings in the historic Pajana vineyard in Ginestra, 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
Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Chambertin 2010 1.5L
Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Chambertin 2010 1.5L
Price: $129.00
Currently Unavailable.

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La Castellada Chardonnay Collio 2000
La Castellada Chardonnay Collio 2000 1.5L
Price: $129.77

Friuli's answer to a White Burgundy, a firmly-textured Chardonnay revealing a hint of minerality and a forward-leaning helping of ripe fruit on the palate. more info
Castello del Terriccio Tassinaia 2010 1.5L
Castello del Terriccio Tassinaia 2010 1.5L
Price: $149.99

Brooding, dark red and black fruits rest on a foundation of saddle leather, mocha, crushed flowers, warm cigar wrapper and spice in this caressing, velvety ’10 bottling. The Tassinaia swaddles the mouth with chewy tannins that lead to a lingering, long finish. Located in the Maremma, Castello del Terriccio builds on the legacies of Sassicaia, Ornellaia, and Il Macchiole, and this Super Tuscan will thrill wine-lovers who can't get enough of those iconic wines. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grown in a sandy, stony 37.5-acre vineyard, the grapes ferment half in temperature-controlled stainless steel and half in used oak with malolactic fermentation; the wine aged for six months on the lees before bottling. more info
Castello della Sala Muffato Della Sala 2008 1.5L
Castello della Sala Muffato Della Sala 2008 1.5L
Price: $175.00
Currently Unavailable.

Produced in very limited quantities, this Umbrian dessert wine has a fresh-faced profile that’ll make dessert wine converts out of the most dubious. Derived primarily from grapes that have realized a considerable degree of concentration and been affected by noble rot, the sweet wines of Orvieto are intense and decadent, and Antinori’s Muffato della Sala is regarded as the most accomplished in its class. Juicy peach nectar blends with orange flower, lemon zest and honey in this mostly Sauvignon Blanc wine (it’s blended with Grechetto, Traminer and Riesling), but it’s the wine’s enchanting creamy mouth-feel, piquant minerality and dusting of exotic spices that make it very special. more info
Castello della Sala Muffato Della Sala 2007 1.5L
Castello della Sala Muffato Della Sala 2007 1.5L
Price: $179.00
Currently Unavailable.

Juicy peach nectar blends with orange flower, lemon zest and honey in this enchanting, vibrant dessert wine. This ’07 shows an especially creamy mouth-feel buoyed by a piquant minerality and a warm dusting of exotic spices. In 2007, a mild spring turned to a hot summer in Umbria, and a damp harvest gave ideal conditions for Botrytis, aka “noble rot,” to form on grapes, making for an exceptionally balanced, delicious Murrato della Sala. Derived primarily from grapes that have realized a considerable degree of concentration and been affected by noble rot, the sweet wines of Orvieto are intense and decadent. Regarded as the most accomplished in its class, Muffato della Sala is 60% Sauvignon Blanc blended with Grechetto, Traminer (also known as Gewurztraminer), and Riesling. more info
Domaine Ponsot Bourgogne Rouge Cuvee du Pinson 2012 1.5L
Domaine Ponsot Bourgogne Rouge Cuvee du Pinson 2012 1.5L
Price: $196.00

This ’12 Bourgogne marries its vivacious acidity with its silky mouth-feel in this outstanding bottling. Succulent, pure Pinot Noir fruit sits on a bed of sun-warmed earth, baking spices, a kiss of underbrush, and a sprinkling of crushed flower petals. Ripe and round in the mouth, this wine has the kind of driving acidity and chewy tannins that make it feel almost electric with life. Deriving from a 1.2-acre vineyard planted in 1975, the grapes for this wine ferment with only natural yeasts in oak vats for about two weeks; then the wine ages in used barrels for about two years before making the final blend and bottling without fining or filtration. more info
Galardi Terra di Lavoro 2009 1.5L
Galardi Terra di Lavoro 2009 1.5L
Price: $199.00
Currently Unavailable.

The sole wine of Campania's Galardi estate, Terra di Lavoro has achieved a definite cult status for its structure, opulence and exciting peppery mouth-feel. This gorgeous blend of mostly Aglianico touched with Piedirosso generally hits like a velvet-covered Mack truck, but the '09 is an exceptionally approachable vintage. more info