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January 4, 2017
A Note from Sergio

The hills of Piemonte look as if God reached down and plunged his fingers in a lush green pie. Like the whorls of an extreme close-up of a fingerprint, every slope is lined like ruled paper with rows and rows of vines, each plot showing mathematical precision, fitting together like pieces of a laser-cut jigsaw puzzle. There's a dizzying sense in Barolo in particular. As you approach, it doesn't look as if it's so high, so round, or so confusing--but atop every hillside there's this tumbling sense of rolling down and falling.

Driving around Piemonte, I'm always struck with the same thought: If there was ever a landscape that looks like it should make great wines, Piemonte is it. If only in this one case, looks are not deceiving. Some of the world's greatest wines come from this region, and many of the world's greatest winemakers have gravitated there, pulled by the sheer force of its terroir, its challenges, its rewards, and its beauty. You don't really get Piemonte's magic of nature, impenetrable history and human ingenuity, until you visit, and the more you visit, the more it just floors you.

Piemonte is beautiful beyond words. So too are its wines, when crafted by the hands of a master. Today, I'm very happy to present fifteen wonderful wines from Piemonte, a beautiful roster of Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera and more, all from the warm 2012 vintage. As with yesterday's list of 2010 Brunello, this roster of 2012 Piemonte wines has something for every person who already loves the region's wines--and there's much for those new to these iconic bottles to discover. If your cellar is depleted, if your palate hankers for adventure, or if you just aren't ready to finish indulging, this offer is for you.

Finally, don't miss the rare Montalcino Super-Tuscan from Cerbaiona or Domaine Gallois' $90 Gevrey-Chambertin Combe aux Moines--they're really, really good!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
15 Luscious Piemonte Wines from 2012
2. Only At IWM:
Cerbaiona's Delectable Rosso IGT
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Domaine Gallois' Affordable, Sauvage 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin
4. Wine Events: Upcoming January Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito
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Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Vigna Romirasco 2012 750ml
Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Vigna Romirasco 2012 750ml
Price: $199.00

Rich, opulent and textured, the ’12 Barolo Romirasco unfurls on the palate with a tantalizing mouth-feel. Brooding red and blue fruits waft with grilled herbs, peppery spices, potpourri and licorice in this dense, full-bodied Romirasco bottling. Drinkable soon after release, this wine has the bright acidity and hefty tannins that suggest it’ll age beautifully. Aldo Conterno previously produced the Romirasco Barolo only in vintages without the ideal conditions necessary for the estate’s famed Granbussia, but this Barolo's incredible appeal and structure made it a yearly release. Crafted from fruit grown on vines aged 50 to 55 years old, this wine ages in Slavonian oak casks for thirty months before bottling. more info
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga 2012 750ml
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga 2012 750ml
Price: $264.99

2012 was an atypical growing year for Piemonte--a snowy winter led to a warm summer, but harvest saw cool temperatures--but this radiant Barolo from Bruno Giacosa embodies the grace of the vintage in its open-knit, aromatic profile. Grape yields were also down about a third in 2012, so this Barolo is extra intense and dense; however, it nonetheless conveys Giacosa’s extraordinary hand in its purity, structure and telltale Serralunga palate of bright red fruits, rose petals, scorched earth, and smoke. Balanced and sinuous, this ’12 Barolo belies its warm vintage with its fresh acidity and beautiful structure. One of the most iconic wines from one of the greatest masters of Barolo, Giacosa's Barolo Falletto di Serralunga derives from vineyards that reach 420 meters above sea level, making it an ideal site for warm vintage wines. Grapes for this Barolo ferment for 15 days in stainless steel, and the wine ages for 32 months in barrel, followed by eight months in bottle. more info