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Cerbaiona Brunello Vintage Quartet, Pelissero’s Great ‘01 Barbaresco Vanotu, and $35 Le Macchiole!
June 18, 2018
A Note from Sergio

To my thinking, the most fascinating thing about Brunello is its insane number of microclimates. A few yards up or down a hill can make monumental changes in a wine, and this variation means that if you love Brunello, you will never run out of new ways to explore it. Today's eLetter spotlights four vintages of Cerbiona's finely made Brunello, including the 2013, the most recent release. There's been a lot of buzz surrounding the 2013 Brunello vintage because it's a year when microclimates played a role that's even larger than usual. But the truth is that microclimate always makes a difference--you just don't often see microclimate divide great wines from okay wines, as happened in 2013.

I've chosen to offer Cerbaiona's 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013 Brunello wines today. This list is interesting not only because it gives you two shots at cooler, more classic vintages (2008 and 2013) as well as two ripe, opulent years (2009 and 2012), but also because these years span Cerbaiona's changing of the guard. Founder Diego Molinari sold the estate about five years ago to a crackerjack team of wine-loving investment brokers and talented winemakers, and the two earlier vintages come from Molinari's tenure, while the two earlier vintages come from the new owners. I think you'll enjoy them all. Cerbaiona earned its cult of fans for a very good reason: it makes intense, precise, utterly gorgeous wines, and you do not want to miss them.

2016 saw a spectacular growing year in Toscana, and this wine vintage is poised to be legendary. It's still way before you'll see the releases of premier Super Tuscans, but judging from Le Macchiole's 2016 Bolgheri Rosso, this year is going to make Super-Tuscan fans fall in love all over again. I'm delighted to give you a chance to enjoy the 2016 vintage with Le Macchiole's entry-level wine. This $35 Rosso packs a powerful punch! Finally, IWM will be hosting the Pelissero estate's owner-winemaker Giorgio Pelissero on Tuesday, when we'll pour his dazzling 2001 Barbaresco Vanotu. If you can't join us for this winemaker dinner, you can drink this beautiful Barbaresco at home!


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Four Breathtaking Cerbaiona Brunello Vintages!
2. Only At IWM: Vintage Pelissero Cru Barbaresco
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Le Macchiole's Elegant Entry-Level Rosso
4. Wine Events: Upcoming June Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito
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Cerbaiona Brunello di Montalcino 2009 750ml
Cerbaiona Brunello di Montalcino 2009 750ml
Price: $229.00

This sleek, elegant ’09 Brunello embodies its ripe vintage in its expressiveness, welcoming you with an explosive nose and a caressing palate, yet this wine retains a seductive balance that pulls you back to the glass. Dark and brooding, the ’09 tumbles juicy red and black fruits with tar, earth, and exotic spices in a silky wine that finishes with bitter almond, minerals and wildflowers. It’s a sophisticated wine that rewards serious Brunello lovers with myriad layers, sweet fruit, and delicious complexity. The cult producer Cerbaiona is the consummate traditionalist, aging its wines in botti for four years to create a concentrated, mineral-laden wine. Cerbaiona makes fewer than 1,000 cases of its brilliant, fresh, pure and ruby-hued Brunello yearly. more info