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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

My Best,

Sergio Esposito
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Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 750ml
Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d'Alba 2015 750ml
Price: $29.99
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Child of a warm growing season, this ’16 Dolcetto drips with its red and black fruits, wildflower aromatics, exotic spices, and sun-warmed earth. But as you’d expect from sneaky Dolcetto, for all its sweet scents, this Dolcetto wine is dry, swaddling the palate with a velvety feel and suffusing the mouth with dry extract as it builds to a lingering finish marked by Dolcetto’s telltale almond notes. Fleshy yet elegant, this balanced ’15 Dolcetto is a perfect easy-drinking wine. Deriving from vineyards in Neive, Neviglie, Treiso and Alba, the grapes for this Dolcetto were grown by farmers that Giacosa has worked with for years; fermented and aged in stainless steel vats, this is classic Dolcetto. more info
Tenute Dettori Romangia Bianco 2016 750ml
Tenute Dettori Romangia Bianco 2016 750ml
Price: $31.99
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This is an unabashed, forceful and altogether stunning Vermentino bottling that will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew about the grape. A white with the aromatic intensity of a red, the ’16 Romangia Bianco explodes with scents of honeyed figs, dried apricots, smoky minerals, pressed herbs, and potpourri. While bone dry, this slightly amber-colored white gives the impression of salted caramel and dried fruits on its surprisingly textured, tannic palate. Concentrated yet precise, this mesmerizing Vermentino balances its elements with aplomb and finishes in a lingering, satisfying crescendo. Organically grown Vermentino grapes deriving from a single 7-acre stone and limestone vineyard ferment on the skins with only natural yeasts for about a week; the wine ages for about two years in cement tanks before bottling, unfiltered and unfined. more info
Tenute Dettori Romangia Cannonau Tenores 2013 750ml
Tenute Dettori Romangia Cannonau Tenores 2013 750ml
Price: $54.99
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The beautifully garnet ’13 Cannonau Tenores bursts with brambly berries and juicy cherries that layer with Mediterranean scrub, warm saddle leather, pressed wild herbs, cigar wrapper, baking spices and blood orange zest. This thrilling, complex wine seamlessly weaves together its sweet fruits, bright acidity, chewy tannins, sauvage elements and full-throttle power to create an elegant, compelling drink. Big as this wine is, this Cannonau holds its focus; drinkable now, it’ll age wonderfully for years, even decades. Organically grown Cannonau grapes from 80-year-old vines in the estate’s seven-acre stony, calcium-rich Tenores vineyard ferment on the skins with only natural yeasts for about ten days; the wine ages for about five years in cement tanks before bottling, unfiltered and unfined. more info
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