February 27, 2013
A Note from Sergio
Ever since Angelo Gaja took over his family estate in 1962, his products have divided wine enthusiasts into two impassioned camps. There are the Gaja lovers--those collectors who believe his wines constitute the DRC of Italy; who argue that the wines age beautifully and seemingly forever; who note that Gaja alone brought Barbaresco into public consciousness; and who point out that the prices keep climbing. And then there are the members of the anti-Gaja constituency--those who consider the drink too international; who prefer Bruno Giacosa's sensual wines; who think Gaja makes excessively linear, overly polished merchandise; and who point out that the prices keep climbing.
As I see it, neither side is right or wrong; your opinion of Gaja merely reflects what you value in wine. But one thing is for sure: Angelo Gaja is one of Italy's most successful winemakers. And there's no denying the fact that with his brilliant mind for business and marketing, he'll maintain this status for years to come. So today, I'm offering his three single-vineyard Barbarescos, the very wines that define Gaja as the iconoclast and maverick he is.You'll find wines from recent years, as well as some select vintage gems. These are gorgeous wines, and serious collectors likely know them on a first-name basis.
I'm also proud to offer some excellent pricing on a great vintage of Sassicaia, one that's going quickly and to reintroduce an old favorite, Aldo Conterno Barolo Riserva Granbussia 2005, a wine that we sell out of every time it crosses our shelves. Finally, I want to ask you to watch my new video, if you've not already seen it. It says much about how I pick the wines I pick, why I pick them, and why they deserve to be on your tables. It's kind of a love letter to my work, and passion sits at the heart of it.
Today's Featured Sections Include:
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Gaja's Grand Cru Barbaresco
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Last Chance for '09 Sassicaia Case
3. Our Experts Suggest: Two Champagnes for Celebrating Spring
4. Only at IWM: Aldo Conterno Granbussia Riserva
5. Wine Events: A Winemaker Brunch Redefining The Table with Boutique Cava and Sherry