A Note from Sergio
Anyone who goes to wine country--just about any wine country anywhere in the world--will notice the roses blooming at the ends of the rows of vines. Traditionally, winemakers would plant roses because they flourish under similar weather conditions as grapevines, and they're susceptible to the same diseases as grapevines, most specifically different kinds of mildew and rot. Before modern viticulture, vine growers would look to their roses as a kind of canary in the coal mine of their grape vines. When the roses got sick, they knew they had to treat the vines, but when the roses were healthy, all was good in their world.
These days, winemakers don't need roses to prognosticate. They just look really pretty when they punctuate the vines with their explosions of color. But they make a handy metaphor for wine. Just as roses would tell winemakers how well their vines were doing, so too does Rosso di Montalcino let us Brunello lovers how a vintage will be. We don't get to drink the 2012 Brunello for a couple of years, but we get to start drinking the 2012 Rosso di Montalcino this summer. And let me tell you, those roses are beautiful.
Today, I'm proud to debut the Validcava 2012 Rosso di Montalcino, and judging from this wine, we've got a lot to look forward to from the estate's '12 Brunello. This was a hot, dry, challenging vintage, but Vincenzo Abbruzzese's organic Valdicava estate sits in some of the coolest areas of the region, and this juicy, plush, balanced Rosso speaks volumes about Vincenzo's skill, his vineyards' terroir, and his commitment to his vines. Drink this Rosso this summer and you'll be even more anxious for the estate's Brunello.
Along with this debut, I'm delighted to present magnums of Valdicava's 2004 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva. These bottles were hard to get because this benchmark vintage is such a hit, but I managed to secure some more for my clients. Finally, I'm very happy to offer Pavelot Savigny-Les-Beaune Les Serpentiers 2010. Pavelot is the producer of note in Savigny-les-Beaune, and the domaine's tiny Les Serpentiers plot puts out simply breathtaking wines. This 2010 is a stunner.