July 13, 2016

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Giacosa Barolo Riserva Returns! The Prince’s Singular Malvasia! Fichet’s Old Vine Beauty!
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

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Fiorano No. 47 Bianco 1992 750ml
Fiorano No. 47 Bianco 1992 750ml
Price: $124.00

A deep golden yellow, this ’92 Bianco bursts with aromas of white flowers, candied fruit, pear, spice and earthiness. On the palate, the flavors of spiced apples, pears and minerals are concentrated and complex, and the wine caresses the mouth with a rich texture, building to a long, balanced and harmonious finish. This mature white wine defies what we think we know about Italian whites, offering a tremendous drinking experience for wine connoisseurs; despite nearly three decades of maturity, this powerful, stable white opens with hours of aeration to show a kaleidoscopic palate. Fiorano Bianco, crafted from organically grown Malvasia di Candia, is an unusual, rare white that stands the test of time and offers a picture of meticulous, organic winemaking as it was practiced decades ago. more info
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Falletto Riserva 2008 750ml
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Falletto Riserva 2008 750ml
Price: $479.99

Intense yet ethereal, delicately aromatic yet massively structured, and rich yet finessed, the ’08 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva wafts with pure Nebbiolo fruit layered with rose and violet petals, licorice, forest floor, citrus zest, pipe tobacco and warm baking spices. A stunning wine with a soaring structure, this Barolo Riserva boasts chewy tannins that cling to the cheeks, a lingering, persistent finish, and a weightless, ethereal mouth-feel, characteristics that put it among the very best Barolos. Deriving from just four rows of the oldest vines situated at the vineyard's apex, Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva's elegant profile is like no other. Giacosa makes this Riserva from older vines and ages it for an additional time, to intensify, refine and elevate the drinking experience. The child of a classic, cool vintage, this ’08 Barolo Riserva is a wine that needs some patience in the cellar, but it’ll be gorgeous with time. more info