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Must-Have Canalicchio New Releases! And Collector Wines from Quintarelli and Chapoutier!
January 9, 2018
A Note from Sergio

When Primo Pacenti founded Canalicchio di Sopra in the 1960s, he was taking a big risk. Pacenti had worked as a peasant farmer until the abolition of the sharecropping system, and he didn't have much in the way of security. For one thing, Italian farmers weren't exactly rolling in the dough. For another, the Brunello boom was still a few decades down the road. Pacenti was staking his dream on making wine that reflected the land he loved, the traditions he knew, and the terroir that he smelled early every morning when he got out of bed--and every dark night when he climbed back into it. Pacenti gambled on making wines that glowed with the beauty of his high Montalcino hillsides--and he won.

Canalicchio di Sopra remains family-owned, and over the past few decades, the Pacenti family has demonstrated a remarkable ability in making Brunello wines that retains their traditional smell and feel, even as they let you enjoy them earlier in their life cycle. In their bewitching perfume, Canalicchio di Sopra's wines show their high altitude and their limited exposure to the Mediterranean influence--these wines could come from nowhere but Montalcino's northern zone, and they're beloved because of it. Today, I'm very proud to present a trio of new Canalicchio di Sopra releases--the superb 2016 Rosso di Montalcino, the fairytale 2013 Brunello, and the outrageous 2012 Brunello Riserva. If you love well-made Montalcino wines, you owe it to yourself to drink all three--and to thank Primo Pacenti, the farmer with a vision, when you do.

Along with these three new Canalicchio di Sopra releases, I'm proud to bring you three wines that aren't so new. There's a 2006 Ermitage duo from M. Chapoutier in magnum--and, trust me, these two wines are so big, so beautiful, so long aging, and so ridiculously seductive that they deserve their big bottles. Chapoutier's 2006 Ermitage Le Pavillon and Ermitage L'Ermite are contenders for wine of the vintage, and if you fiercely love Syrah, you do not want to miss these bottles. Finally, I managed to score a couple of bottles of Giuseppe Quintarelli's ethereal, ineffable 1971 Amarone Riserva. This is a wine of a lifetime, and you will be blessed to drink it.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Canalicchio di Sopra New Releases, a Trio of Must-Have Wines!
2. Only At IWM: Rare, Pristine 1971 Quintarelli Amarone Riserva
3. Time Sensitive Offer: M. Chapoutier 2006 Ermitage Duo, in Magnum!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming January Wine Tasting Events

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M. Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2006 1.5L
M. Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2006 1.5L
Price: $569.99

Upon release, the ’06 Ermitage L’Ermite garnered praise for its racy, chiseled profile that married intensity with focus. Now with more than a decade of age, this wine is softening its edges, layering its succulent, dense black and blue fruits with smoky minerals, gamy meats, crushed violets, pencil lead, and peppery spices. Aromatic and earthy, this wine crackles on the palate with energy, latching onto the palate with a fiercely tannic grip, and unfolding layers of mineral-laden notes. Poised on the edge of its drinking window, this powerhouse of a Syrah will drink for decades. Deriving from 80-year-old Syrah vines grown in granite-laden soils, the grapes ferment in temperature-controlled concrete tanks for about a month, and the wine ages for 18 to 20 months in barriques, one-third new. more info
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1971 750ml
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1971 750ml
Price: $1,599.00

Raisened red and blue fruits layer with melted chocolate, Christmas cake, tarry earth, medicinal herbs, black tea, and warm saddle leather in this wonderfully mature Amarone Riserva. Dense, seamless and lively, this ’71 Amarone Riserva is a treat for lovers of mature wines and fans of Quintarelli; tertiary notes and silky, integrated tannins show the wine’s age, yet it retains that telltale Quintarelli power and complexity. While Quintarelli produces its Amarone only in exceptional vintages, the estate restricts its Amarone Riserva to very great vintages; this decades-old wine now sits in the center of its drinking window. This collector Amarone Riserva is a proprietary blend of indigenous Corvina with Rondinella and traces of Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Croatina, and Sangiovese. more info