January 10, 2020
A Note from Sergio
One thing about Tuscan winemakers: they know how to grow international varietals while staying true to Italy's land, traditions, and history. Planted on Italian soil by Napoleon's army, as well as Florentine merchants, these so-called "international" grapes were adopted by Italian winemakers centuries ago and, over time, these producers made these varietals their own, and today, grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot are as much a part of the Tuscan landscape as Sangiovese or Malvasia.Today's Featured Sections Include:
Toscana's rolling hills and cooling Mediterranean breezes are perfect for growing the grapes used in Bordeaux-style blends. Even Toscana cuisine--thick slices of bruschetta lightly rubbed with garlic and topped with sweating pig's fat called lardo, vegetable and stale bread ribollita, pencil-thick pici pasta dressed in a boar ragu and the classic bistecca Fiorentina--fit not only the lush and savory Sangiovese but also the more tannic Cabernet Sauvignon, peppery Cabernet Franc or dark-fruited Merlot. For these reasons (and many more), Super Tuscans have won the hearts of fans across the globe.
Founded in the 1970s, Querciabella perfected its Chianti Classico before creating its Super-Tuscan Camartina. In 1999, Querciabella shifted Camartina's protocol, and the wine changed from being a lean, stern and powerful wine to a graceful, mature wine that brims with character. But even more to the point, Camartina drinks with the heart and the soul of its Tuscan lands--It's hard for me to drink Camartina and not feel like I'm drinking that ineffable light of Toscana itself. You open a bottle of Camartina and experience a glow, like the sun made tangible. Today, I'm delighted to offer a new allocation of magnum bottles of Querciabella's superb 2010 Camartina--drink one of these in winter, and you'll feel the sun on your shoulders and a light in your heart.
1. Only at IWM: Big, Beautiful Bottles of Querciabella's Superb 2010 Camartina
2. Wine Events: Upcoming January Wine Tasting Events