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Triumphant Return of ’06 Biondi-Santi Brunello, Vintage George Noellat and $18 Sparkler!
January 30, 2014
A Note from Sergio

Driving up to the Greppo estate, you find two neat rows of cypress trees border the driveway; they seem to usher your car both toward the estate and back in time. Driving up that road, you feel the modern world fall away like so many bytes and SIMS and drips of data. Modernity may be present at Biondi-Santi (they have reliable Wifi, for example), but it's hardly the point. It's there, but it's tolerated like the necessary evil it can be.
The yellow stone villa, its blooming flowerpots and trellises of vines, the surrounding grounds, all reiterate this emphasis on eternity. There's no place you can stand without your eye resting on a beautiful view. The stately trees, the house that sits as if it has always been there, the grape vines that stretch off into the Montalcino distance, even the dog kennel holds refined beauty. It is the land that time forgot, or if not forgot, at least pardoned. It's as if time itself visited Biondi-Santi and decided to let this one slide.
Franco Biondi-Santi, my friend and the legendary winemaker of Il Greppo, passed away last year at the age of 91. Like his beautiful estate, I expected that time wouldn't ever really touch him; the Gentleman of Montalcino seemed as eternal as his wines--and he left behind an intoxicating legacy. Today, I'm proud to announce a new allocation of the 2006 Biondi-Santi Brunello. If you're anything like the man who made them, you may decide to cellar it for decades, but if you're like me you'll want to open a bottle, pour out a glass, and let the bottle sit for a day before drinking. It's what Franco did, and what his father and grandfather did before him. In these wines you'll find the taste of eternity.

Along with this new allocation of Biondi-Santi, I'm proud to present George Noellat Vosne Romanee Les Beaux Monts 1990; it's a voluptuous Burgundy with years of life. I'm also delighted to offer an under $20 sparkling wine from Frecciarossa; you don't need an occasion to open it--you just need a friend.

Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Biondi-Santi 2006 Brunello, Legendary Producer and Benchmark Year      

2. Time Sensitive Offer:  Perfectly Mature, Impeccably Sourced George Noellat Vosne Romanee 

3. Our Experts Suggest: Burgundies to Warm the Bones

4. Only At IWM: Under $20 Artisanal Riesling Sparkler!

5. Wine Events: Spanish Treasures: An Exploration Rioja to Ribera del Duero And Beyond

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito