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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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Per Linda Trebbiano d’Abruzzo 2015 750ml
Per Linda Trebbiano d’Abruzzo 2015 750ml
Price: $12.99
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A bright straw color in the glass, this ’15 Trebbiano d’Abruzzo bursts with crushed white flowers, green plums, citrus and herbs--it’s a delicious, food-friendly white that will take you from appetizers to seafood entrees. Structured, nicely acidic and very fresh, this white is the ideal anytime sipper. Deriving from north-facing vineyards with sandy soil, this organically grown Trebbiano d’Abruzzo ferments with natural yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel; it ages for about five months before bottling. more info
Fantinel Prosecco Brut Extra Dry NV 750ml
Fantinel Prosecco Brut Extra Dry NV 750ml
Price: $16.00

This velvety, food-friend Prosecco matches elegant minerality and delicate tropical fruits with delightful floral aromas in a fresh, charming sparkler. Straw yellow in color, this classic Prosecco offers persistent perlage, bright acidity, and chalky minerals. Deriving from estate- grown Prosecco grapes (a varietal previously called Glera), this Prosecco is vinified in the in the charmat, or tank method, in which the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in bulk tanks and is bottled under pressure. This versatile, delicious Prosecco can serve as an aperitif, a complement to food, or a palate cleanser, making it one of IWM’s favorite go-to sparkling wines. more info
Domaine Laurens Marcillac Rose 2015 750ml
Domaine Laurens Marcillac Rose 2015 750ml
Price: $18.99

Bright pink in the glass, this ’15 bottling offers electric elegance, bursting with red berries and citrus fruits, spice and wildflowers. Dry and fleshy, this Marcillac rosé offers bitter cherry and raspberry flavors, making it perfect for wine-lovers looking for a fruit-driven wine reminiscent of a Pinot Noir rosé. This mono-varietal Fer Servadou, called “Mansois” locally, grows on steep terraces with red clay soils just west of Rodez in Languedoc, on a hillside terrace at 1,000-1,600 feet above sea level. Domaine Laurens, organic and family owned and operated, harvests its Fer Servadou by hand in early October, destemming, pressing, and using the saignée method to craft its deep cherry rosé. more info
Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Scalabrone Rosato 2015 750ml
Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Scalabrone Rosato 2015 750ml
Price: $18.99
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Rich cherries, succulent raspberries and fresh-cut herbs dance with crushed flower petals and a kiss of orange zest in this refreshing, aromatic ’15 Rosato Scalabrone. A rare Super-Tuscan rosato, this wine hails from Antinori’s Guado al Tasso, and it’s a food-friendly, genial introduction to this storied Bolgheri esate. Zingy acidity keeps this wine nimble, but it offers a delightful complexity that is sure to delight Antinori fans. A blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 30% Syrah, each grape varietal ferments separately in temperature-controlled stainless steel; after blending, the wine ages first in stainless steel and then rests in bottle before release. more info
Fantinel Brut Rose NV 750ml
Fantinel Brut Rose NV 750ml
Price: $19.80
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Dry yet seductive, Fantinel Brut Rosé shows a pale pink color in the glass, where it sparkles with a really nice perlage that warms the palate. A burst of acidity gives it a fresh mouth-feel and hints of berries follow in this bright, dry, refreshing yet rich Rosé sparkler. Fantinel makes this Rosé in the charmat, or tank method, in which the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in bulk tanks and is bottled under pressure. Crafted from Pinot Nero and Chardonnay, this wine is all about charm, cherries and berries, and nicely floral aromatics. Showing just the right balance and texture with an appealing lively long finish, this rosé sparkler makes appetizers, brunch or light fare sing. more info
Il Conventino Rosato 2016 750ml
Il Conventino Rosato 2016 750ml
Price: $19.99
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The product of a classic, ripe vintage in Toscana, this ’16 Rosato wafts with Sangiovese’s juicy cherries and berries, crushed wildflowers, fresh Tuscan earth, and kisses of baking spices, all conveyed in a sprightly, food-friendly palate. Unusually concentrated and perfumed, this wine is explosive yet dry, and quite a value at less than $20 a bottle! Located at approximately 1,150 feet above sea level between Val di Chiana and Val d'Orcia in Toscana, the Il Conventino winery was one of the first in the region to adopt the practice of organic farming. This rosato is 100% Sangiovese, which sits on its skins for just two days before the juice is removed to ferment and age in stainless steel for about six months before bottling. Il Conventino makes just 300 cases of its mono-varietal Sangiovese Rosato a year. more info
Col Vetoraz Prosecco Valdobbiadene NV 750ml
Col Vetoraz Prosecco Valdobbiadene NV 750ml
Price: $21.99

Classic, delicate, and refreshing, Col Vetoraz Prosecco urges you to pour it early and often--much as Italians do for their friends and family. Scents of ripe orchard and stone fruits lead to a dry, smooth and intense palate with subtle notes of white blossoms, citrus zest, and a touch of toasted bread; an elegant, fine perlage fills the mouth with creamy texture. Energetic and clean, Col Vetoraz Prosecco complements a wide variety of foods, making it ideal to pour with appetizers, salads, even brunch! Located in Cartizze, one of the prime areas of the Valdobbiadene region of the Veneto, Col Vetoraz grows its grapes organically at about 1,300 feet above sea level on very steep hills in vineyard sites where the Prosecco, or Glera, grape has grown since 1838. The grapes ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and wine enjoys a second fermentation in tank in the “Charmat” method. more info
Paul Pernot Bourgogne Aligote 2014 750ml
Paul Pernot Bourgogne Aligote 2014 750ml
Price: $21.99
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Vinified entirely in stainless steel, this ’14 Aligoté layers its juicy tropical and citrus fruits over wet river rocks and white wildflowers. It’s a fresh, charming wine for any night of the week, and it pulls you back to the glass with its vibrant acidity and cheek-piquing minerals. Aligoté is known as the “other white Burgundy” because, while it’s not Chardonnay, it still fits within the white Burgundy paradigm. Less expensive, leaner, and fresher, Aligoté holds the minerality of Chablis and the silkiness of Puligny-Montrachet, and this ’14 Bourgogne Aligoté from Paul Pernot might be your new go-to white Burgundy! more info
Frecciarossa Riesling Gli Orti 2012 750ml
Frecciarossa Riesling Gli Orti 2012 750ml
Price: $21.99
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This rich, intense, and satisfyingly tart white bursts with floral notes that frame its orchard and citrus fruits, and its palate complements these aromatics with earthy, mineral and herbaceous nuances. A brisk acidity makes this wine dance across the palate to a finish that’s accented with a bitter almond sharpness. Hints of apricots and tropical fruits, a streak of minerality, and fistfuls of herbs make this white food-friendly, especially for any cream-based dish. Deriving from mineral-rich vineyards located in the Oltrepò Pavese zone, the grapes ferment in temperature-controlled vats, and the wine ages for at least a year before release. more info
Collemattoni Rosso di Montalcino 2014 750ml
Collemattoni Rosso di Montalcino 2014 750ml
Price: $24.99
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Much has been made about the difficulty of the 2014 vintage, but you wouldn’t know it from this savory-sweet, brooding Rosso di Montalcino bottling. Succulent red and blue fruits play with olive tapenade, cedar, cigar wrapper, sweet baking spices and coffee in this nimble, satisfying wine. Wrapping its sweet fruit around a savory core, this Rosso holds you in delightful tension, and its sprightly, sophisticated mouth-feel completes the experience. Once the grapes are picked and gently pressed, the juice undergoes fermentation and maceration in stainless steel tanks for 30 days; the wine is then aged in Slovenian oaks casks for twelve months and aged in bottle for at least six months. Collemattoni was certified organic in 2012, ensuring transparent terroir while maintaining a commitment to the earth. more info