January 11, 2018
A Note from Sergio
Tuesday's eLetter surprised you with new Brunello releases from Canalicchio di Sopra; today, I'm proud to follow that offer up with three new lustrous releases from Valdicava. Like Canalicchio di Sopra, Valdicava sits north of the Montalcino subzone--it's located in Montosoli, which along with Canalicchio, Pianelli makes up the northern Brunello Region. Here, you see that the elevated hills of the central Brunello zone begin to flatten out, forming a kind of plane. This region lends an entirely different profile to Brunello--the wines are riper yet structured, elegant yet powerful, and aromatic yet often savory. These traits come from the microclimate; the northern zone gets less of the warm, dry Mediterranean climate and they're visited less by cooling winds. These slight differences in temperature, humidity, and elevation make for very interesting Brunello wines.Today's Featured Sections Include:
Talking about microclimates can feel picayune and overly detailed, but Montalcino is a crazy quilt of tiny, important differences--and in a weird growing year like 2013, these infinitesimal differences add up. Some 2013 will be okay; others will be really good; and still others, like the Valdicava offered today, will be lustrous, shining wines that you will be able to drink, and drink again, and still want more. Valdicava's Vincenzo Abbruzzese is an exacting producer who makes the wines he wants to make in the vintages he believes in. For these reasons, he didn't make any Brunello in 2011, and he made very little in 2012. Abbruzzese's wines are outrageous, high-quality bottles, and you want to jump on the 2013 Brunello, 2012 Brunello Riserva and 2015 Rosso di Montalcino below. We're going to sell out--fast!
Along with these new releases, I'm delighted to present a new allocation of two beloved IWM staples, La Sala's silky and electric 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva and Alfred Gratien's food-friendly, ebullient Rosé Brut. Wine cellars are like groups of friends--you need some that'll relax you, some that will energize you, some that make you want to go dancing, others that make you think, and still others that will keep you company on a chilly Tuesday night. This combination of traditional Chianti Classico and sophisticated Champagne may feel like an odd pair, but each wine serves a different purpose in your varied life, and both are terrific, affordable luxuries. Share, drink and feel the love!
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Stock Your Cellar with These Three Must-Have Valdicava Wines
2. Only At IWM: Silky, Electric La Sala Chianti Classico Riserva
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Signature IWM Rosé Champagne!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming January Wine Tasting Events