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Vintage Rinaldi Barolo, the Sassicaia of Patagonia, and 30 Under $30!
June 13, 2017
A Note from Sergio

The word "maverick" comes from nineteenth-century rancher Samuel Maverick who flew in the face of convention and didn't brand his cattle. Unbranded cattle were then called "mavericks," and the word has come to mean anyone who resists following the herd. Giuseppe Rinaldi, a winemaker who has devoted himself to bucking trends and blazing new trails, is an unlikely maverick. Beppe, as his friends call him, is a maverick by hewing close to the past. His wines inspire a cultish devotion, and, contrary to what the term usually means, Beppe's close adherence to traditional methods--not his embracing of modernity--that makes him a maverick.

The name of Rinaldi will bring a knowing smile to the faces of the few people lucky enough to drink his wines, for he produces extraordinarily low numbers every vintage. When you open one of Rinaldi's exquisite Barolos you're getting a glass brimming with tradition, skill and excellence. It's something that any independent-minded person can raise a glass to. Today, I'm proud to present a vintage bottling of Rinaldi's exquisite Barolos, the estate's 1994 Brunate-Le Coste. It's a rare offer, and it's one I'm able to make because of my friendship with Giuseppe and his two extraordinary daughters, Marta and Carlotta. This is an exceptional, time-worthy Barolo, and I can't wait to hear how much you loved it.

I think that cellars should be balanced, showing a variety of wines to suit all your moods and needs. There's a list of thirty wines, each under $30, that will help flesh out your cellar. Full of sparklers, whites, rosés and reds, this list has delicious wines that punch far above their price points--it's perfect for summertime when you never know when you'll need another bottle of wine! Finally, there's a singular bottle of Patagonian Pinot Noir from Sassicaia's maker, Piero Incisa della Rocchetta. It's got seven years on it now, and it is like drinking silk velvet.

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Perfect, Pristine 1994 Rinaldi Barolo Brunate-Le Coste
2. Only At IWM:
Old-Vine Pinot Noir from Sassicaia's Scion in Patagonia
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Thirty Wines Under $30!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming June Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
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