July 13, 2016
A Note from Sergio
When I pass through the Langhe Hills in autumn, I always stop in the village of La Morra just for its panoramic view. From its hilltop, you can see the patchwork quilt of land below--the fields of green and gold, the limestone soil, the trimmed vines, the trees shedding their red leaves. I often find myself at Ristorante Belvedere, where they serve classic Piemontese dishes: tartare di fassone con tartufo bianco d'Alba, ravioli del plin, brasato al Barolo. Of course, I drink the wine I consider to be the finest complement to the fall and winter, Barolo.
In recent years, I've changed my mind about Barolo's seasonality. I no longer think it's fair to classify Barolo as solely a cold weather wine, and apparently, I'm not alone. Conventional wisdom is being challenged, perhaps because wine drinkers are becoming more flexible, perhaps because the Langhe has been producing incredible wines, especially those from 1996 to 2001. Perhaps its that there's a perfect storm of producer greatness, terrific weather, and Italian wine magic. Maybe, when it comes to Nebbiolo from the Langhe, it's too hard to resist such greatness, even when it's hot outside.
On Monday, I was proud to offer Bruno Giacosa's outrageously good 2011 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto. Today, I'm equally pleased to present a new allocation of his 2008 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva. I used to think that wines this great came around only a few times in a lifetime, but Giacosa has caused me to reconsider that idea--that said, this '08 Barolo Riserva is a thing of understated, extraordinary beauty. It's too special to limit to a single season (although it's also a little too young to drink right now). Seasons bring their own pleasures, but great wine is timeless.
If whites are your summer thing, today's eLetter has two exceptional ones-a vintage Malvasia from Lazio's late, great Prince Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, and an old-vine Bourgogne from Jean-Philippe Fichet!
Today's Featured Sections Include:
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Classic, Collector Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva
2. Only At IWM:
One Fairytale White from Fiorano
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Jean-Philippe Fichet's Old Vine Bourgogne Blanc
4. Wine Events: Upcoming July Wine Tasting Events