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