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Antonio Ferrari’s 60-Year-Old Puglian Gem
February 11, 2019
A Note from Sergio

Antonio Ferrari's wines are rarities. They're wild, sublime wines with a crazy story that defies explanation or logic. In the late 1940s, Antonio Ferrari, who was himself from Piemonte, made a trip to Puglia and fell in love with the region's wines and its grapes. He purchased grapes, trucked them up to his home in the Novara hills, set the wine in Slovenian casks for a decade, moved the juice to cement tanks, and let it sit. Then he did it again. And again. And there the various bottlings sat, for decades. Undiscovered, nearly untasted, entirely unsung, virtually unknown--until his children decided to bottle them in 2004 and to offer them to the public.

Today, I'm proud to present Ferrari's 1959 Solaria Jonica, a wine that was made the year that Gigi won the Oscar for Best Picture, the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series, the Guggenheim Museum opened its doors, and Alaska became the 49th U.S. state. More than being a piece of history, however, the '59 Solaria Jonica is an incredible wine. Ferrari's wines land in the territory somewhere between an old Amarone and a fine Madeira. You can drink them with a creamy dessert or cheese course but they're also incredible with game or roast pork. The Solaria Jonica is a wine that matches its origin story. It sits in a celestial sphere of its own. It's indescribable, unearthly, and astonishing--and you need to experience it at least once in your life.

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Only at IWM: 1959 Solaria Jonica, a Rare, Indescribable Gem from Antonio Ferrara
2. Wine Events: Upcoming February Wine Tasting Events

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Antonio Ferrari Solaria Jonica 1959 500ml
Antonio Ferrari Solaria Jonica 1959 500ml
Price: $159.00

The product of the hottest summer on record in Puglia, the skills of Piemonte-born Antonio Ferrari, and sheer luck, the ’59 Jonica lands somewhere between a Recioto and a Port, but it’s far more complex and surprising. Notes of plums, berries and cherries dance with chocolate, earth, tobacco, black walnuts, caramel, spice and licorice in this dizzyingly layered wine. Though the Jonica has about six decades of age, it remains remarkably vibrant and nervy, hanging its myriad flavors on a sturdy tannic spine and energizing its thick palate with bright acidity. Rich, luscious, concentrated and warm, this wine needs to be tasted to be believed and sipped slowly to be appreciated. A mono-varietal Primitivo grown on old vines, this wine matured in botti for a decade and refined in concrete for an additional 35 years before being bottled. more info