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Soldera 2008 Rosso Returns, Gravner’s 2006 Triumph, and Sassicaia in Patagonia!
July 14, 2016
A Note from Sergio

I remember going to dinner with Gianfranco Soldera in the fall of 2010. My family and I had recently moved from New York City to Italy, and I had arrived at Soldera's cantina during harvest, expecting to see chaos and disorder, something like the kitchen of a messy cook who used every pot and splashed the walls with sauce. Instead, I found it clean, spotless--pristine. Only the rich scent of amarena, or sour cherry, permeating the air testified to the recent harvest; the fermenting grapes, a lightly bubbling mass of ruby, alone showed me that Soldera had finished harvesting his grapes. Soldera gave a devilish grin; he knew what a supernatural feat it was to harvest and to leave no trace.

Despite being up since 5:00 a.m. Soldera insisted on going to Il Silene, a favorite restaurant about 45 minutes away on Monte Amiata. He brought a bottle of wine for us to drink, a 2004 Brunello. The waiter opened the bottle and rinsed the glasses. While the waiter prepared the decanter, I put the glass to my nose and instantly froze in delight. The first impression made me think it might just be the best wine I ever smelled; it smelled as I imagined heaven might. When the wine was poured and I put it in my mouth, that impression was grandly reinforced. The liquid was oily, rich, broad-shouldered, sweet, perfectly tannic, juicy and long with una bevibilità incredibile, an incredible drinkability. It's not just that you want to drink it; it compels you!

Today, I'm delighted to bring back the 2008 Rosso IGT from Soldera's Case Basse estate. Soldera left the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino a couple of years ago, so his wines no longer bear the Brunello name, but a rose is a rose is a rose, and there is nothing--nothing--like a Soldera Brunello, even if it's called something else. When you drink this 2008, as is fitting for all Soldera wines, try, as I did, to have as little wine as possible in the glass. And, try, just try, not to drink a few bottles, so you or your loved ones can enjoy them throughout your lives. That, in fact, I dare you!

Two great wines from two great Italian winemakers complete this offer--Josko Gravner's extraordinary 2006 Ribolla Gialla Anfora and Piero Incisa della Rocchetta's Bodega Chacra 2010 Treinta y Dos, an old-vine Pinot Noir from Patagonia. Don't miss them!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
A Brunello By Any Other Name, Case Basse Soldera 2008 Rosso
2. Only At IWM:
Rich, Textured Gravner 2006 Ribolla in Magnum!
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Old-Vine Pinot Noir from Sassicaia's Maker
4. Wine Events: Upcoming July Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Treinta y Dos 2010 750ml
Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Rio Negro Treinta y Dos 2010 750ml
Price: $119.00

The 2010 Pinot Noir Rio Negro Treinta y Dos is a perfect fit for Pinotphiles because of its purity, silky texture and lingering nuances of spice and earth, but it also offers classic Barolo enthusiasts a wine that privileges elegance and finesse over extraction and power. Savory herbs, warm earth, new leather and crushed rocks frame this wine’s sweet, lush red and blue fruits and its touches of melted chocolate, spice and cola. Grippy tannins, vivid acidity, and a sneaky spine of savory minerals offset the wine’s sweet fruits as it builds to a savory, dry crescendo. With an unprecedented alcohol level of less than 12%, the ’10 Treinta y Dos stands as its maker's favorite bottling to date. Planted in 1932, Treinta y Dos sports pebbly soils rich in clay and sand; biodynamically grown grapes ferment with natural yeasts in temperature-controlled tanks; the wine ages for two years in barriques (half new) before bottling without fining or filtration. more info
Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora 2006 1.5L
Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora 2006 1.5L
Price: $225.00
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Intense, tannic, powerful and singular, the Gravner’s Ribolla Gialla Anfora truly is a white that drinks like a red, and in the warm weather vintage of 2006, this wine is nothing short of extraordinary. Broad-shouldered and rich, this ’06 puts its honeyed apricots, smoke, cigar wrapper, warm spices and salinity front and center, conveying the kaleidoscopic palate with a velvety mouth-feel and a lingering finish. This amber wine is best served like a red, decanted and at cellar temperature; enjoy it with hearty fare--its palate of will stand up to it. Like Gravner’s Breg, a blend of white grapes, this mono-varietal Ribolla Gialla ferments on the skins for about a year in amphora and then ages for a year in cask before bottling. It’s an age-worthy experience in natural winemaking that could only come from the hand of Josko Gravner. more info
Case Basse di Soldera Rosso IGT 2008 750ml
Case Basse di Soldera Rosso IGT 2008 750ml
Price: $699.00

Dense yet surprisingly ethereal, this wine wafts with pure Sangiovese Grosso fruit, fresh-cut herbs, wildflowers, cypress trees and earth. This exquisite Rosso, which is essentially a Brunello, could come only from Gianfranco Soldera; its silky palate coats the palate with fine-grained tannins, releasing a complex inner perfume as it builds to a spice and mineral-inflected finish. Soldera had, since his first harvest in 1975, always vinified the same way--aging his wine traditionally in large Slavonian oak for five years and then an additional six to 12 months in bottle before release--but in 2008, Soldera shifted his protocol, aging partly in botti and finishing the wine’s aging in stainless steel before bottling. Although no longer called a Brunello, this ’08 Rosso IGT is a Soldera Brunello in everything but its name; it’s a powerful yet scintillating wine, and it belongs in the cellars of serious Brunello enthusiasts. more info