January 12, 2016
A Note from Sergio
Many Italian winemakers who know how to grow international varietals, all while staying true to their land. Planted on Italian soil by Napoleon's army, as well as by Florentine merchants, Italians made these grape varieties their own. Toscana's rolling hills and cooling Mediterranean breezes were perfect for growing these grapes, and swarms of English on holiday instantly recognized and sought out the easily recognizable international grapes. Even Tuscan cuisine--thick slices of bruschetta lightly rubbed with garlic and topped with 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.
With long roots in Toscana, Castello dei Rampolla perfected its Chianti Classico before venturing to make an internationally, appealing wine. Alceo di Napoli was in love with the Super-Tuscan classic Sassicaia, thus in 1980, he was inspired to create Sammarco, and after his death, his children created the blockbuster Vigna d'Alceo to honor him. These Super-Tuscan wines feature Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot along with Sangiovese, and they have attained cult status. Today, I'm very proud to present the 2011 vintage of Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo. These two wines are gorgeous, and they show how well Tuscan soils and Italian winemakers understand international grapes.
Along with these two Super Tuscans, I'm delighted to offer Antinori's sweet ending to your special meals, Castello della Sala 2007 Muffato della Sala, in magnum. It's ideal for your large gatherings. Finally, Burgheads can rejoice in today's Méo-Camuzet 2011 Corton-Perrières; it's a silky, sophisticated and brooding wine that gratifies the senses. Serious Burgundy lovers won't want to miss it.
Today's Featured Sections Include:
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Release of Castello dei Rampolla's 2011 Sammarco and Vigna d'Alceo
2. Only At IWM:
Antinori's Singular Dessert Wine, Muffato della Sala
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Collector Méo-Camuzet Corton-Perrières
4. Our Experts Suggest:
Paolo Bea and the Beauty of Old Vines
5. Wine Events: Upcoming January Wine Tasting Events