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Rhône Valley Flash Sale, Chianti Classico’s Crème de la Crème, and Stellar Grappa from Berta!
December 21, 2017
A Note from Sergio

And here we are on the shortest day of the year, so close to the Christmas holidays that we can smell them. Regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas or celebrate Hanukkah--or celebrate Kwanzaa, winter solstice, something else or nothing at all--this time of year is special. The quiet of winter gives us the time and the space to reflect on all that we've enjoyed, achieved, lost or found in the past year. The bittersweet week leading up to the New Year feels nostalgic yet hopeful, and it nourishes our souls to spend these days with people we love.

Today, I'm delighted to bring you a group of absolutely delicious wines, beginning with almost 40 wines from the Rhône Valley. It's hard to find wine-lovers who don't fiercely love at least one Rhône wine--Rhône's reds tend to be seductive and brooding, powerful and warming; the whites are usually fleshy but tight, a rare combination. The Rhône list that my portfolio managers and I put together for today has wines from both parts of the Rhône, and it has reds as well as whites. These are flat-out seductive, tasty wines, and I'm happy to be able to offer them to you at special pricing.

Along with these outstanding Rhône wines, I'm delighted to present a pair of very Italian wines. First, there's Badia a Passignano's silky but vivid 2012 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione. Owned by the Antinori family, Badia a Passignano devotes itself to making just one wine, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, the crème de la crème of the Chianti Classico DOCG. This specific bottle is so detailed, so rich, so nuanced and so textured--it's a layered Sangiovese and you want it. Finally, I managed to score some of Berta Distillerie's wildly cheering Grappa Elisi. Maybe you haven't loved grappa in the past--forget all those bottles. This Berta grappa is intense, visceral and beautifully made--it's irresistible.

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Hermitage to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône Wine Flash Sale!
2. Only At IWM: Antinori's Radiant Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Berta Distillerie's Classic, Collector Grappa Elisi
4. Wine Events: Upcoming January Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2009 750ml
Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2009 750ml
Price: $349.00

Deriving primarily from Le Meal and Les Bessards vineyards, with a touch of Les Roucoules fruit, this dark, inky, almost opaque ‘09 Hermitage oozes across the palate with notes of brambly dark fruit, au jus, exotic spices, smoke, umami and pencil lead. Silky, viscous, rich and opulent in the mouth, this La Chapelle nonetheless has outstanding structure, freshness and balance--simply put, it’s an exquisite Hermitage and it shows that winemaker-owner Caroline Frey is at the top of her game. The 2009 vintage clearly makes evident that Jaboulet is back on track with some dramatic changes; selections are stringent and yields have been significantly reduced from their typical 8,000-10,000 case production to a mere 2,000 in 2009. The results are more concentration, purer fruit and more structure--in fact, this may be the greatest La Chapelle since 1978. more info
Guigal Cote-Rotie La Turque 2011 750ml
Guigal Cote-Rotie La Turque 2011 750ml
Price: $349.00

Open, genial, inviting and seductive, the full-bodied, silky ’11 Turque shows a brooding, dark, meaty side of the “La”s. The wine’s name stands for “Turk,” which is fitting since this Côte Rôtie has subtle notes of Turkish coffee on the nose and palate. Debuted in 1985, younger vines grown in iron-rich soils produce the fruit for La Turque, leaving behind a wine full of blackberries, bitter chocolate, smoky trails, graphite and black pepper with some subtle floral notes from the added Viognier. more info
Guigal Cote-Rotie La Mouline 2011 750ml
Guigal Cote-Rotie La Mouline 2011 750ml
Price: $369.00

Exciting, vibrant, open-knit and deeply aromatic, this ’11 La Mouline bursts with wildflowers, red and black fruit, baking spices and vanilla; its silky, approachable palate of bright fruits and exotic spices coats the mouth with silky, lush tannins and myriad notes. A blend of Syrah and Viognier grown on 75-year-old vines, this wine derives from limestone-rich soil and ages for about 42 months in new oak. Unrestrained yet elegant, the ’11 La Mouline is in line with the vintage; showing early approachability, it nonetheless has the stuffing to age. more info
Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Hommage Perrin 2009 750ml
Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Hommage Perrin 2009 750ml
Price: $549.00

The inky purple color of this ’09 Hommage á Perrin offers an indication of the wine’s intensity and power, yet this Beaucastel is surprisingly weightless, even as it stains your palate with its myriad notes. Made only in exceptional vintages, Beaucastel Hommage á Jacques Perrin Châteauneuf-du-Pape honors the father of the Perrin family, Jacques; the wine derives primarily from old-vine Mourvèdre fruit, and in 2009, its blend was 70% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah and 10% each Grenache and Counoise. Concentrated, and rich with ripe black and blue fruit, dark gamey notes, fresh-cut herbs, incense and dried flowers, the 2009 Hommage á Perrin is a blockbuster wine whose structure and density belie its purity, lusciousness and kaleidoscopic intensity. It’s unquestionably a wine for the ages. more info
Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2009 1.5L
Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2009 1.5L
Price: $725.00

This dark, inky, almost opaque ‘09 Hermitage La Chapelle oozes across the palate with notes of brambly dark fruit, au jus, exotic spices, smoke, umami and pencil lead. Silky, viscous, rich and opulent in the mouth, this La Chapelle nonetheless has outstanding structure, freshness and balance--simply put, it’s an exquisite Hermitage and it shows that winemaker-owner Caroline Frey is at the top of her game. Deriving primarily from Le Meal and Les Bessards vineyards, with a touch of Les Roucoules fruit, the 2009 vintage clearly makes evident that Jaboulet is back on track with some dramatic changes; selections are stringent and yields have been significantly reduced from their typical 8,000-10,000 case production to a mere 2,000 in 2009. The results are more concentration, purer fruit and more structure--in fact, this may be the greatest La Chapelle since 1978. more info