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December 17, 2012 


Today's Featured Sections Include: 

 

1. Holiday Spotlight: Pinot Noir with a Sassicaia Touch

2. Only at IWM: Sassicaia, Monfortino, Giacosa, DRC, Mouton, Vega Sicilia, and more

3. Wine Events: Sparkling and Dessert Wines and More 

4. 2012 Holiday Gift Guide: IWM Holiday Gift Guide (PDF download)    

 

 
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Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Cincuenta y Cinco 2010 750ml
Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Cincuenta y Cinco 2010 750ml
Price: $59.99

The ‘10 Cincuenta y Cinco flows with a sinuous, delicate grace that builds power almost imperceptibly as it glides across your palate. Precise lines provide an exquisite skeleton for its crisp red fruits, underbrush, sweet baking spices, crushed rocks, and touches of pepper, blood orange and wildflowers. Dusty tannins meld seamlessly with kinetic acidity as elegant minerals power this wine’s extended finish--and with less than 12% alcohol, the wine allows you to enjoy it at length. Cincuenta y Cinco is a single-vineyard Patagonian Pinot Noir that derives from a biodynamically farmed 14-acre plot of vines planted in 1955--hence its name. Grapes ferment with natural yeasts in temperature-controlled tanks; the wine ages for 14 months in barriques, and it’s bottled without fining or filtration. About 700 cases made in 2010. more info
Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Cincuenta y Cinco 2011 750ml
Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Cincuenta y Cinco 2011 750ml
Price: $60.00
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This ’11 Patagonian wine exudes pure old-vine Pinot Noir fruit, a dusting of spice, a waft of earth, but its sinuous sophistication and elegance mark it as a member of the Sassicaia family--it is to Argentina and Burgundy what Sassicaia is to Bolgheri and Bordeaux. The child of a perfect growing season, this 2011 offers great structure for its ruby red body, lovely concentration, nice acidity, and great balance. Great aromatics, piquant minerality, elegant fruit and delicate sous-bois complete the picture of this Cinquenta y Cinco, and now with a half-decade of perfect maturity, this ’11 Pinot Noir is a velvety delight. Made with minimal intervention, whole cluster fermentation, and no fining or filtration, Cincuenta y Cinco is a single-vineyard Patagonian Pinot Noir that derives from a biodynamically farmed 14-acre plot of vines planted in 1955--hence its name. Fewer than 700 cases made. more info
Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Treinta y Dos 2010 750ml
Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Treinta y Dos 2010 750ml
Price: $119.00

The 2010 Pinot Noir Rio Negro Treinta y Dos is a perfect fit for Pinotphiles because of its purity, silky texture and lingering nuances of spice and earth, but it also offers classic Barolo enthusiasts a wine that privileges elegance and finesse over extraction and power. Savory herbs, warm earth, new leather and crushed rocks frame this wine’s sweet, lush red and blue fruits and its touches of melted chocolate, spice and cola. Grippy tannins, vivid acidity, and a sneaky spine of savory minerals offset the wine’s sweet fruits as it builds to a savory, dry crescendo. With an unprecedented alcohol level of less than 12%, the ’10 Treinta y Dos stands as its maker's favorite bottling to date. Planted in 1932, Treinta y Dos sports pebbly soils rich in clay and sand; biodynamically grown grapes ferment with natural yeasts in temperature-controlled tanks; the wine ages for two years in barriques (half new) before bottling without fining or filtration. more info