July, 2, 2013
A Note from Sergio
Let's take a moment to celebrate white wines. So much of Italy's wine reputation stems from its reds, the famous Amarones and Brunellos and Barolos and Super Tuscans, the indigenous Sangiovese and Aglianico and Sagrantino, the lesser known yet greatly beloved regional reds like Frappato, Teroldego, and Refosco. But Italy is home to great white wines. Great producers like Josko Gravner, Ales Kristancic, and Antinori have succeeded in recreating Italian white wine, making wines that redefine what you think of when you think of Italian whites.
Today, I'm delighted to highlight wines that rest on the opposite ends of the Italian white spectrum. From Le Marche's Sartarelli comes a pair of Verdicchio wines that are as fresh, pure and thrilling as you'd expect from a wine on the Adriatic coast. But these wines are unexpectedly complex too. The Castelli di Jesi Classico has that uncomplicated fresh-faced beauty but the estate's Tralivio gives rare complexity and an ethereal weightiness that you don't expect from a $20 wine. Complementing these two accessible Verdicchios, I'm proud to present Fiorano No. 47 Semillon 1988, a wine that is twenty-five years old, extraordinarily rare and fabled. Being honored with the former contents of the cellar of Fiorano, owned by the late, great and iconoclastic Prince Ludovisi, is one of the great achievements of my life. Read here for the whole story.
Along with these great Italian white wines, I'm happy to debut the 2011 releases from Burgundy great Chateau Maltroye. Jean Pierre Cornut's wines are game-changers, and the exceptional 2011 vintage only gave this man some serious raw material. We're offering a few of Maltroye's reds too, just because they're that compelling.
Finally, I want to remind you that the IWM family will be celebrating July 4th with their loved ones, so IWM will be closed Thursday the 4th, open limited hours the 5th from noon to 5:00 pm and resuming regular hours Saturday the 6th.
Today's Featured Sections Include:
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Sartarelli's Game-Changing Verdicchio
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Prince Ludovisi's 25-Year-Old Semillon 1988
3. Our Experts Suggest: Pick a Pair of Pinots
4. Only At IWM: Maltroye's Incredible, Intense Must-Have 2011 Wines
5. Wine Events: Indigenous Whites