December 4, 2017
A Note from Sergio
I don't have to tell you about the importance of Super-Tuscan great Tenuta dell'Ornellaia. Since its first bottling of its flagship wine in 1985, Ornellaia has been making history--rich, delicious history--and today's new release adds to Ornellaia's luster. One of the first estates to jump on the Bolgheri revolution started by Tenuta San Guido, Ornellaia is an aristocratic estate, both literally and metaphorically--founder Ludovico Antinori is both brother to Guado al Tasso's founder, Piero Antinori, and cousin to Tenuta San Guido's Nicolo Incisa della Rocchetta. Now owned for more than a decade by the Frescobaldi group, Ornellaia's wines are consistently effortless, elegant, and sophisticated.Today's Featured Sections Include:
Guided by Axel Heinz and his team, Ornellaia makes two of the finest Super-Tuscans on the market, its eponymous flagship wine and Masseto, its incredible and famous Merlot. Capitalizing on their first two wines, Ornellaia added to the stellar line-up with two secondary bottlings, Le Serre Nuove and Le Volte, wines that hew so closely to the originals that were they to come from any other winery, they'd be stars in their own right. Today, I'm proud to debut the 2015 Le Serre Nuove; it's a glorious bottle that radiates its classic growing season of the vintage. More than being an early opportunity to glimpse Ornellaia's flagship wine, this new Le Serre Nuove shows its individuality. Some wine-lovers may even prefer the Serre Nuove in 2015, and I wouldn't necessarily blame them--it's a terrific wine.
This new Le Serre Nuove release is coming in about two weeks, but the other two wines featured today are in stock and ready to ship. Clients who have been with IWM for a while know the story of Fiorano, how its eccentric owner, Prince Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi ripped out his vines a few years before his death, how he entrusted the contents of his cellar to renowned Italian wine critic Luigi Veronelli, and how Veronelli passed some of the bottles to me. Today's eLetter holds one of those rare, gem-like wines, Fiorano 1994 No. 46 Bianco. Not everyone is going to "get" the beauty of this mature Fiorano; not everyone should. Those who do will understand that this Malvasia is a treasure. Finally, I managed to score a very few bottles of Castello dei Rampolla's legendary 2001 Vigna d'Alceo--this Super Tuscan will blow you away!
1. Spotlight on Excellence: The Radiant 2015 Le Serre Nuove Debuts!
2. Only At IWM: A Rare White Diamond from the Prince's Cellar
3. Time Sensitive Offer: The "Legendary" 2001 Vigna d'Alceo!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming December Wine Tasting Events