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Antinori Brunello Debut, Antonio Ferrari's Fairytale Wines, '91 Super Tuscan for $40!

February 28, 2013
A Note from Sergio


Today's offer is filled with unexpected pleasures. Antinori is the force behind Super-Tuscan legends Guado al Tasso and Tignanello, but its work in Montalcino is just beginning to gain notice. I'm delighted to debut the release of the estate's 2007 Pian delle Vigne Brunello, an unqualified delight. Brunello is a wine you don't necessarily associate with Antinori, but this aristocratic family is as driven, hard-working and visionary as it is effortlessly elegant, and this most recent vintage of their Brunello is delicious today and will only become more delicious tomorrow.


I'm also proud to offer the fairytale wines of Antonio Ferrari. These really are fortuitous delights: rich, complex, heady, bewitching Primotivo wines that date back to 1949 and that came to me only by great cosmic luck combined with my hard-headed diligence. I wasn't going to let these wines go, and beyond the story of their having sat for decades in cement tanks because their maker--and then their maker's children--couldn't come to see them leave the family, I was wowed by their taste. If you've never had the pleasure of a fifty-year-old wine make you blush as you sipped it, you need to drink Antonio Ferrari.


And I'm equally as proud to offer Grattamacco Rosso from 1991--and to offer it for $50! Grattamacco is the unsung Super Tuscan, and this wine, coming with impeccable provenance, illustrates why I love my job. So too does this video, which you should watch with the sound because the music very much adds to the experience. Finally, I'd like to draw your attention to two upcoming events. This Saturday, IWM NYC is hosting a winemaker brunch with two producers, one of Cava and the other of Sherry, and on Monday, we're hosting a winemaker dinner with Château Lagrange, Saint-Julien--join us for either event. Or join us for both!


Unexpected pleasures, wherever and whenever you find them, give life joy. Share them with people you love.


Today's Featured Sections Include: 


1. Spotlight on Excellence:  Benchmark Brunello from a Legendary Estate

2. Time Sensitive Offer: The Best Old Wines You've Never Heard Of

3. Our Experts Suggest: A Song of Acidity in Two Great Wines

4. Only at IWM: 1991 Grattamacco Rosso for $40

5. Wine Events: A Winemaker Brunch Redefining The Table with Boutique Cava and Sherry


My Best, 



Sergio Esposito

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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