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Paolo Scavino 2008 Barolo, New Cascina Francia in Magnum, Lombardia Value Wines

February 19, 2013
A Note from Sergio


Yesterday, I gave you two illustrations of the IWM difference. One was in bottles, the other in video. Yesterday's offer of vintage Quintarelli, wines that date back to 1969, is an embodiment of how we do things at IWM. We only sell wines that are delicious and with spotless provenance, no matter which way the market's turning. If you missed the video yesterday, I hope you'll watch it (and do it with the sound on--the music adds to the experience). If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth millions, and this one tells volumes about who I am, what I do, and how IWM is unique.


I'm following up yesterday's intense Quintarelli offer with some new releases from some favorite producers. Piemonte's Paolo Scavino isn't an estate that's easy to typify. Though it has a reputation for being modern, its current leaders, Enrico Scavino's daughters Enrica and Elisa, have been veering toward traditional Barolo practices, and the recent releases have been outstanding. Giacomo Conterno is always in a field by itself, and it's a delight to offer the estate's 2008 Cascina Francia in magnum, something very few retailers can offer, and at the very lowest pricing in the country. And finally, it's easy to overlook Lombardia, but Frecciarossa's value-oriented, painstaking bottlings deserve your attention--and a place at your table.


I choose all the wines IWM sells, from the very expensive to the eye-poppingly low cost. They're all wines that I think will make people happy. Because that's what wine should do, every time you open a bottle.


Today's Featured Sections Include: 


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Sassicaia Elegance in Patagonia

2. Time Sensitive Offer: A Big Barolo from a Sleeper Vintage

3. Our Experts Suggest: Two Wines for Winter Nights

4. Only at IWM: New Release 2011 from a Burgundy Master

5. Wine Events: Super Tuscans: An Exploration in the Wines That Changed Tuscany


My Best, 



Sergio Esposito

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Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2008 1.5L
Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 2008 1.5L
Price: $439.00

Cascina Francia, named for the superb 14-hectare vineyard that also provides grapes for Conterno’s masterful Monfortino, is arguably the one of the finest bottlings of Barolo and unquestionably epitome of a classic Barolo, an expression that presents “good body, alcohol, and tannins, plus that certain something that gives longevity”—elements that represent the pillars of a noble wine in the philosophy of Giacomo Conterno. Exquisite balance, trademark structure, fascinating complexity, along with ample fruit and a kaleidoscopic nose typify this quintessential Barolo. 2008’s long rainy season turned dry in August, something that benefitted the fussy Nebbiolo grape; warm late summer and early fall days were complemented by cool nights, working together to create a deeply aromatic Barolo of exceptional purity, great finesse and admirable class. more info