July 5, 2016

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Giacosa’s “Legendary” 2011 Barbaresco Asili, the Prince’s Singular White, and Vintage Soldera!
July 5, 2016
A Note from Sergio

When I started IWM in 1999, the wine world was very different. It wasn't just that most people didn't know much about Italian wine beyond Chianti and a few Super Tuscans, although that was certainly true. And it wasn't just that those years--the late 1990s and early 2000s--were dominated by wines that were massive, bloated fruit-bombs, although this too was true. Finally, it wasn't that wine critics often grossly misunderstood Italian wines, expecting them to look, feel, and act like big, fruit-forward New World wines that people could drink without any food or much thought. It was, instead, a conspiring of all these factors--the relative obscurity of Italy's jewels, the fashion that dictated giant wines, and the failure of critics to appreciate leaner wines--that made IWM's first years so challenging and interesting.

IWM has done a lot to educate our clients about Italian wines, and now our clients can rattle off a list of their favorite Barolos, Barbarescos and even Aglianicos. Wine fashion has changed, and today's palates "get" wines that uncurl on the palate with subtlety and grace; at the same time, food culture has grown more sophisticated, and knowing how to match wine and food to create a perfect symphony is a prized skill. And even critics have wised up and begun to learn how to value wines that don't fit an easy mold; some have done enough homework to know Italy's traditions and its styles to properly understand what makes a traditionally styled Barolo, Barbaresco or Taurasi so unique and important.

Today, I'm very pleased to bring back Bruno Giacosa 2011 Barbaresco Asili Riserva. Bruno is one of Piemonte's great traditionalists, and this wine marries its warm vintage with Bruno's classic, patient philosophy to make a truly perfect union. It's a wine that's getting a lot of love in the press, and while it makes me happy to see that people love Giacosa's wine, I still don't put a lot of stock in critics' hot takes or their wine scores. A wine like this one from Bruno Giacosa deserves to be enjoyed on its own terms, free of the clamor of expectation or the flash of prose. It's a beautiful, beautiful Barbaresco, and it reminds me why I founded IWM almost two decades ago--so too do the vintage bottles from Fiorano and Gianfranco Soldera I've chosen to accompany the Giacosa. These are great Italian wines, and they'll bring love and light to your world, especially when you share them with friends and family.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Giacosa's "Legendary" 2011 Barbaresco Asili Riserva
2. Only At IWM:
One Singular Fairytale White from Fiorano
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Soldera's Sleeper 1994 Brunello
4. Wine Events: Upcoming July Wine Tasting Events

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Fiorano No. 25 Bianco 1986
Fiorano No. 25 Bianco 1986 750ml
Price: $149.00
Special Price: $99.99

This ‘86 Bianco gleams with an unfiltered copper glow, and the nose bends the spectrum, moving from earth to fruit, then with an interlude between sniffs, earth to spice. Tasting reveals layers of fruit, spice and earth all in harmony, with a balancing act of honeycomb, nuts, and spiced pears playing the lead. This mature white wine defies what we think we know about Italian whites, offering a tremendous drinking experience for wine connoisseurs; despite three decades of maturity, this powerful wine 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