December 30, 2019
A Note from Sergio
"Wine is bottled poetry," said nineteenth-century British author Robert Louis Stevenson, but I think that wine is also bottled music. Like music, wine brings people together. Like music, wine reflects its time, yet like the best music, the best wine feels ageless. And like music, wine makes you dance, makes you sing, makes you feel, and may even make you fall in love. Certain Italian winemakers let their love of music be as foundational to their winemaking protocol as their botti. There's Le Marche's Terrazze, for example, whose Antonio Terni takes inspiration from Bob Dylan songs, making the wines "Visions of J" and "Planet Waves." And then there's Campania's Bruno De Conciliis, who takes it a step further.Today's Featured Sections Include:
Though Bruno named his estate's flagship wine Naima, which comes from a John Coltrane song, his love of music reaches further than just a wine name. Bruno also plays music to his wines as they age. Step down the stairs into his cantina, and the sinuous wail of a trumpet echoes off the walls, drums beat under your footsteps, and the darkness is made lighter yet more mysterious by the sound of Bruno's favorite music: Jazz. If you consider how much wine, a living thing, responds to vibrations, you can't dismiss the effect of the music on the maturing wines. They've got to feel it, and they've got to respond to the wild, strange, beautiful strains.
Two days from now, we ring in the New Year, 2020, and today, I'm proud to bring you a half-dozen De Conciliis wines to drink now and throughout all of 2020. You'll find De Conciliis' mysteriously beautiful Naima, but you'll also find two vintages of the estate's more accessible and affordable Donnaluna Aglianico--along with three whites made from indigenous Campanian grapes, Fiano, Falanghina and Greco. You can't go wrong with any of these six De Conciliis wines, but I suggest that you put all six in your cellar. Open a bottle for a friend, play your favorite music, and see what magic awaits.
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