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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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Sergio Esposito
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