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December 4, 2019
A Note from Sergio

I remember 2011 well. Winter in the small Ligurian town where I had moved my family was long, cold, damp and icy. Spring crept slowly. Summer hit like a hot sledgehammer, even on the Mediterranean, even with the sea breezes. The summer was hot, it got hotter, and it stayed hot. All over Italy, the summer of 2011 felt like a blanket had settled on our shoulders; neither no one nor nothing could remove it.

My winemaker friends nervously held their breaths throughout 2011. Pressed with heat and parched from dryness, a vineyard's microclimate, a producer's skill, even the possibility of rain, became crucial. Some producers triumphed; others faltered; and we wine-lovers ended up with a "sleeper" vintage. Years like 2011 stress the grapevines and stress their growers, but sometimes that stress leads to wines like Collemattoni's rich, powerful Brunello. This wine is just about ready to enjoy right now--especially from the 375ml bottles offered today. Whether you give this wine to someone else or drink it yourself, you'll warm someone's heart and make someone's day.

Finally, don't miss IWM's 2019 Gift Guide--it's 36 beautiful pages of wine gifts for the people you care about!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Only at IWM: To Give or to Drink, Collemattoni 2011 Brunello Splits
2. Wine Events: Upcoming December Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito
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Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino 2011 375ml
Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino 2011 375ml
Price: $49.99

Opulent, energetic, and finessed, this concentrated wine from Collemattoni might be the standout Brunello of the 2011 vintage. Reflecting its warm growing year, this is a brooding Brunello that bursts from the glass with a delicious perfume: sweet red and black fruits, toasted cigar wrapper, sun-warmed earth, licorice, potpourri and baking spices mingle seductively. Vibrant acidity keeps this rich wine nimble as it wraps the palate with a textured mouth-feel full of chewy tannins and builds to a very satisfying finish. Collemattoni handpicks its grapes and they undergo fermentation and maceration in stainless steel tanks for 30 days; the wine then ages in Slovenian oak casks for at least thirty months and in bottle for four months before release. A wine for enthusiasts who appreciate ripe, juicy Brunello, this ’11 Collemattoni bottling can be approachable now with decanting, but it’ll be even better a few years down the road. more info