February 24, 2015
A Note from Sergio
Montalcino is a magical place. Even during last weekend's Benvenuto Brunello event, when hordes of wine industry people wandered its cobblestone streets Brunello-dazed, canvas wine bag around their necks and wine glass clenched in their hands, Montalcino felt like magic.
There is a reason why Brunello has exploded, and that reason is Montalcino; it imbues everything it touches, as long as what it touches is real, authentic, and genuinely Tuscan. Montalcino is a singular area of rolling hills, myriad microclimates, dry summers, cold winters and mysterious soils. It's unlike anywhere else in Italy, and you can taste it in the food, smell it in the air, and when the Brunello is good, you can breathe it into your nose, hold it in your mouth and swallow it whole. The stones, the earth, the water, the sun, the cypress trees, the olive trees, the cinghiali--it's all there, in every whiff, in every sip, and this is what I look for in a Brunello.
We started rolling out the 2010 Brunello last month, and today I'm delighted to add another bottle to the list--this one from Capanna, an IWM favorite. While all the Brunelli I choose for IWM tell the story of Montalcino, each producer is different because each vineyard is different. Capanna makes traditional, earthy bottles of Brunello; they're delicious, structured gems, and this latest release is simply astounding.
Along with this new release, I'm pleased to present another--a cult bottling from Miani, its 2012 Friulano. Miani has no website; winemaker-owner Enzo Pontoni makes it hard for outsiders to find information about his extraordinary wines. These bottles are true cult gems, and this '12 Friulano is a master class in winemaking. Try it, and you too will become a member of the cult of Miani. Finally, I'm delighted to offer large format bottlings of Antinori's 2011 Cervaro della Sala. A wine this great deserves a big bottle, and your guests will thank you for your largess!
Today's Featured Sections Include:
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Under $55 Traditional Brunello from Capanna
2. Only At IWM:
Cult Miani Friulano from a Banner Vintage
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Antinori's Answer to Meursault--in Magnum!
4. Our Experts Suggest:
Celebrating Burgundy Week with Great Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne
5. Wine Events: February/March Wine Tastings