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2015 Le Serre Nuove Debut! Fiorano’s Malvasia Marvel! And Legendary 2001 Vigna d’Alceo!
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.

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!


Today's Featured Sections Include:

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

My Best,

Sergio Esposito
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Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia 2015 750ml
Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia 2015 750ml
Price: $79.99

The ’15 Le Serre Nuove reflects its almost textbook growing year with a profile that’s firm, structured, vibrant and age-worthy. Juicy red and blue fruits dance with crushed flower petals, pencil lead, baking spices, sun-warmed loam, and a kiss of toasted oak. Polished, sophisticated tannins stud the cheeks, filling the mouth with a satisfying, textured heft, but electric acidity keeps the wine nimble and lifted, and the subtly herbal inner perfume lingers into the sustained, harmonic finish. You’ll want to drink this aromatic wine right off the bat, but a couple years in the cellar will reward your patience. A blend that changes every vintage, the ‘15 Le Serre Nuove is a blend of 64% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Petit Verdot. The estate vinifies each vineyard block separately, fermenting the grapes in temperature-controlled stainless steel and aging the wines for about 15 months in barrique, one-quarter new, before assembling the final blend; after, the wine ages for another three months in barrel and six months in bottle before release. more info
Fiorano No. 46 Bianco 1994 750ml
Fiorano No. 46 Bianco 1994 750ml
Price: $165.00

While kissed with a patina of oxidation, this ’94 Bianco bursts with a nose of apricot and crushed stones mingled with melon and honey. With air, the wine opens up layers of herbal notes followed by soft peach and tropical fruits. The palate is crisp with a soft, balanced acidity that lingers nicely on a long, nutty, tangy finish that does not let go. This mature white wine defies what we think we know about Italian whites, offering a tremendous drinking experience for wine connoisseurs; despite three decades of maturity, this powerful, stable white opens with hours of aeration to show a kaleidoscopic palate. Fiorano Bianco, crafted from organically grown Malvasia di Candia, is an unusual, rare white that stands the test of time and offers a picture of meticulous, organic winemaking as it was practiced decades ago. more info
Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d'Alceo  2001 750ml
Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d'Alceo 2001 750ml
Price: $249.00

Upon its release, the ’01 Vigna d’Alceo was called one of the greatest vintages, lauded for its beauty, focus, breadth and aromatic; almost two decades later, this wine is proving the mettle of that praise. It’s rare to find a wine that can match its sheer power with unmistakable finesse, but the ’01 Vigna d’Alceo, for all its muscularity, glides with a boxer’s grace, melding its sweet red and blue fruits with tarry earth, warm spices, potpourri, grilled herbs, black tea and licorice. Surprisingly ethereal for a Super Tuscan, this wine seems to float in the mouth, yet it’s also remarkably dense and complex, unfolding myriad layers as it coasts to a lingering, structured finish. A Bordeaux-style blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% Petit Verdot, this biodynamic Super Tuscan ferments with only natural yeasts and ages for a year in barrique followed by 18 to 24 months in bottle before release. more info