June 22, 2017
A Note from Sergio
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Just as when you find a person who is extraordinary, when you discover a really extraordinary wine, you start engaging differently. An encounter with a special wine becomes less about the wine than it is about you. When you drink a really exceptional wine, you surrender yourself. It becomes a chase; it's about how you treat the wine, even how you treat the glass. How you swirl, when you taste, whether you decide to prolong the bottle and see the wine evolve, or drink it quickly in an exuberant burst--all these choices come into play. You do more than build a relationship with that bottle; you court it. Yet a truly outstanding bottle of wine will do even more. It'll seduce you. And that's exactly what the wines of Bruno Giacosa do. They start the engagement, they give the chase, and they demand your interest.
Today, I'm very proud to announce the debut of three Bruno Giacosa wines: 2014 Barbaresco, 2013 Barolo Rocche del Falletto, and 2011 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva, Bruno. Bruno, one of the great traditional Piemonte winemakers, doesn't make all of his bottles in any given year. He chooses to craft the best wines for that particular vintage, sacrificing some wines to make others better. He makes these choices by looking to the grapes to form the foundation of his wines, doing as little as possible as he can to get in the way of those grapes attaining their full potential as Giacosa wines. This new release trio is very exciting, particularly the 2011 Barolo Riserva, which only comes around a few times every decade. Every one of these Giacosa wines deserves your time, commands your attention, and rewards your engagement.
Since 2004, when the fabled wines of Fiorano first came to the shelves of IWM, they've been provocative. I was trusted by the late, great Italian wine critic Luigi Veronelli to find proper homes for these golden gems from Lazio's cult-making winemaker, Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, the Prince of Venosa. Today, I'm very proud to offer a lineup of ten Sémillon wines from Fiorano; these long-maturing whites defy explanation, description, or even easy understanding. People who "get" them, really get them. I take unutterable pleasure in drinking Fiorano's fine wines. They're more than a glass of wine--they're a glimpse into Italy's almost forgotten past, a trip to an almost mythic kingdom. They're romance in a bottle, and it's my honor to be able to bring them to you.
Finally, don't miss Valle d'Acate's delicious, nimble Frappato--it's just $22 and it might be your favorite warm weather red!
1. Spotlight on Excellence: New Barbaresco, Barolo and Barolo Riserva from Traditionalist Giacosa
2. Only At IWM:
Fiorano's Fairytale Sémillon
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Why This Sicilian Red is Your New Summertime Sipper
4. Wine Events: Upcoming June Wine Tasting Events