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New Release Valdicava Brunello and Rosso, Billecart-Salmon at $69, and Iconic Barolo in Magnum

February 6, 2013
A Note from Sergio

Lots of wineries put a lot of thought and attention into the way that the cantina looks. There are definite design elements in the cellar visuals of, say, Tenuta San Guido, Poggio di Sotto, or Fontodi. Other wineries like Mascarello, Castello dei Rampolla, and Valdicava place function over form. Valdicava's cellar is pure efficiency; it's almost Spartan in its bareness and utility. This aesthetic might be strange when you balance it against the estate's lush, evocative, multi-layered Brunello. However, when you see the vineyards, and all the work that Vincenzo Abbruzzese, Valdicava's owner, and his agronomist put into them, all the indigenous grasses growing between the rows, the tending of trees that line the vineyards, the careful placement of vines, it's not. These are some well-loved grapes. Vincenzo is passionate about making excellent wine, and it shows.


Today I'm delighted to offer the newest releases from Valdicava, the 2008 Brunello di Montalcino and the 2011 Rosso di Montalcino. This '08 Brunello is the tail of the recent vintage streak, and it's a finessed beauty. The '11 Rosso is exciting and unusual too; this vintage Vincenzo decided against bottling his Brunello, putting all of his grapes into his Rosso. It's like drinking a Valdicava Brunello at a fraction of the price.


I'm rounding out the offer with a sweet deal on Billecart-Salmon Rosé Brut, the first wine from outside of Italy that I ever offered all those years ago, and magnums of Enrico Scavino 2004 Bric del Fiasc, a cru Barolo with serious structure and a mystical palate. All great wines from great estates, and all crafted with passion.


Today's Featured Sections Include: 


1. Spotlight on Excellence: The Finessed 08' Valdicava Brunello and the Thrilling 11' Rosso

2. Only at IWM: Champagne Deal for Valentine's Day

3. Our Experts Suggest: Two Traditional Piemonte Selections

4. Time Sensitive Offer: Iconic Barolo from Paolo Scavino

5. Wine Events: Italy Meets Spain 


My Best, 



Sergio Esposito

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Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose 750ml
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose 750ml
Price: $96.99
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Racy, fresh, and structured, this non-vintage Rosé Champagne is a complete class act. Strawberries and cassis layer over brioche and roses in this medium-bodied, beautifully blush, quintessentially elegant wine. A blend of 45% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier, the wine is brisk on the attack and finishes soft with flavors of red berries, toasted nuts and a cleansing minerality. This traditional, classic Rosé Champagne is remarkably flexible, pairing with a wide array of dishes; it’s ideal to have on hand to celebrate your special moments. more info
Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2004 1.5L
Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2004 1.5L
Price: $299.99
Currently Unavailable.

It’s not only one of Piemonte’s most important single vineyards, it’s one of 2004’s standout performances and the most significant bottling in the Scavino portfolio. A subplot of the Fiasco cru, Bric del Fiasc characteristically carries the most formidable structure of Scavino’s Barolos, an austere sensibility coupled with imposing power. This state of profound tension is ameliorated only through an extended period of cellaring, which typically transpires over 20 years. In a rather unusual move, the ’04 privileges elegance over strength, creating a graceful, poised Bric del Fiasc. It achieves its power through subtle, compelling suggestion—a demeanor that becomes the vintage. more info