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Introducing Tenute Dettori's Stellar Wines! Terriccio Super Tuscan and Giacosa Dolcetto Return!
December 7, 2017
A Note from Sergio

Rocky, windy, sun-drenched, and dry, the island of Sardegna is a distinctive place. Perhaps nothing illustrates the uniqueness of Sardegna as much as its indigenous Cannonau grape. Once thought to be a clone of Spain's Ganarcha, the most recent DNA testing has suggested that Cannonau is its own entity--and it might just be the oldest grape varietal in the world. Even more, Cannonau isn't merely a very old grape, but it's also one of the healthiest for you, owing to its high levels of polyphenols that are natural antioxidants. And, for what it's worth, a well-wrought Cannonau is a beautiful wine.

Cannonau reigns supreme in Sardegna, and that's because places like Sardegna have retained their individuality, especially when it's fiercely tended. One of these fierce shepherds of Sardinian tradition is Tenute Dettori, an 80-acre estate sitting in Romangia, a place of incredible, unspoiled beauty and insane white-chalk soil that gleams like cream in the sun. Owner-winemaker Alessandro Dettori devotes himself to Sardegna's grapes, Sardegna's lands, and Sardegna's traditions, growing only indigenous varietals, doing it organically, and using only ancient protocol. Alessandro's wines bristle with life--from my very first sip, they blew me away!

Today's offer has two Tenute Dettori wines. There's a Vermentino that is so radically different, it'll teach you new things about the grape. You'd never think a Vermentino could be this complex and this alive. The other is, of course, a Cannonau, but unlike all the other Cannonau's you've drunk, this one is a cru, and it's outrageous. You'll smell, see, and taste Sardegna in every glass of these Dettori wines, and their maker wouldn't have it any other way!

Finally, don't miss Giacosa's outstanding $27 Dolcetto or Terriccio's 2008 flagship Super Tuscan--they'll make you (and your friends) very, very happy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
The Wild, Wonderful, Amazing Wines of Sardegna's Tenute Dettori
2. Only At IWM: Delicious Under-the-Radar Super Tuscan from Terriccio
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Giacosa's Way With Dolcetto, the "Little Sweet One"
4. Wine Events: Upcoming December Wine Tasting Events

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Terriccio Castello del Terriccio 2008 750ml
Terriccio Castello del Terriccio 2008 750ml
Price: $134.99

Incense, tapenade, cigar wrapper, sauvage underbrush, and potpourri frame the red and black fruits in the 2008 flagship wine from Castello del Terriccio. Balanced and vibrant, this wine almost shimmers with energy, coating the cheeks with round tannins and dry extract. This blend of 50% Syrah, 25% Petit Verdot and the remainder other red grape varieties ferments in temperature-controlled stainless steel for 18 days before undergoing malolactic fermentation for one month; the wine ages in French oak for about 22 months before bottling. Located in the Maremma, Castello del Terriccio builds on the legacies of Sassicaia, Ornellaia, and Il Macchiole, and this Super Tuscan will thrill wine-lovers who can't get enough of those iconic wines. more info