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Trio of Giacosa New Releases! The Prince’s Sémillon! And Our Favorite Warm Weather Red!
June 22, 2017
A Note from Sergio

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!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

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

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Valle Dell'Acate Il Frappato Vittoria 2015 750ml
Valle Dell'Acate Il Frappato Vittoria 2015 750ml
Price: $21.99
Currently Unavailable.

This charming warm-weather red marries its sweet red and brambly black fruits with savory minerals, peppery spices, underbrush, umami and rose petals. Sprightly yet silky, this ’15 Frappato dances across the palate, energized by bright acidity that lingers on the finish, refreshingly. Deriving from soils locally known as “Milaro,” a combination of calcareous limestone and clay, this wine is crafted from organic grapes using only indigenous yeast; this wine ferments and then ages in temperature-controlled stainless steel to preserve its terroir. A soft, lively red with a medium body, this wine is perfect to serve with hors d’oeuvres, lighter foods and soft cheeses.
Fiorano No. 47 Semillon 1994 750ml
Fiorano No. 47 Semillon 1994 750ml
Price: $124.00

This ‘94 Fiorano shows a golden yellow hue and offers a nose full of melon and honey tones followed by caramel mixed with apricots and kumquat. Airing the glass gives you baked green apples and slight tropical notes. The soft, creamy palate shimmers with a slight tangy acidic minerality and lingering sherry-like notes of almonds on a nice, soft, long, mineral-inflected finish. Compelling flavors and a bouquet that is endlessly intriguing make these vintage Sémillons true treats for the serious aficionado, and this organically grown wine will likely remind connoisseurs of drinking aged Bordeaux Blanc. The product of dedication and passion from Principe Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi and his Fiorano estate, whose avant-garde approach of organic agriculture and the use of a magical mold was way ahead of its time, this wine shows a rare ability to age.
Fiorano No. 48 Semillon 1995 750ml
Fiorano No. 48 Semillon 1995 750ml
Price: $124.00

Luscious honeyed fruit dances with rare herbs, bees wax, menthol and exotic spices in this ’95 Sémillon that almost bursts with acidic energy. At once racy and mature, this Sémillon unfurls on the palate to show a velvety texture, and its surprisingly youthful acidity propels it to a sustained, complex finish. This Fiorano Sémillon combines the characteristics and layers of a mature white Burgundy, the dried tropical fruit of a Sauternes, the texture and body of an Alsatian white, and the oxidative minerality of an aged Sherry, all together in one bottle. The product of dedication and passion from Principe Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi and his Fiorano estate, whose avant-garde approach of organic agriculture and the use of a magical mold was way ahead of its time, this wine shows a rare ability to age.
Fiorano No. 39 Semillon 1985 750ml
Fiorano No. 39 Semillon 1985 750ml
Price: $149.00

The wines of the late Prince Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi created a phenomenon for their ability to age. However, to ensure that his legacy would not be misrepresented, Ludovisi destroyed his vineyards, passing his private cellar to Italian food and wine critic Luigi Veronelli and entrusting him to find individuals who could keep his vision alive. This mission continues today, as the vintage wines have been left to Sergio by the late Veronelli.
Fiorano No. 22 Semillon 1993 750ml
Fiorano No. 22 Semillon 1993 750ml
Price: $149.00

Honeyed orchard and stone fruits are drizzled with honeycomb, dusted with spice, sprinkled with herbs and kissed with citrus in this bright, rich, and racy ’93 Sémillon. Remarkably weighty, this wine is also fresh with acidity, which keeps it nimble and light as it crosses the palate and builds to a powerful crescendo. Fiorano Sémillon combines the characteristics and layers of a mature white Burgundy, the dried tropical fruit of a Sauternes, the texture and body of an Alsatian white, and the oxidative but mineral side of an aged Sherry, all together in one bottle. Unlike most other vintage whites, this Semillon benefits from aeration, offering a wild, thrilling ride as it unfolds over hours, even days--paradoxically, it's wine that takes on younger characteristics with age.
Fiorano No. 47 Semillon 1988 750ml
Fiorano No. 47 Semillon 1988 750ml
Price: $149.00

This 1988 Semillon clearly illustrates the Prince’s  prediction that his wine would age for 20 or more years. It also shows how this decades old wine, drinks with remarkable youthfulness. From the vibrant gold hue to the rich-range of aromatics, it presents  an incredible complexity and a highly uncommon experience in the world of white wine as a whole. More candied fruits reach out on the bright palate, but so do earth components, like minerals and resin, evolving from sip to sip. The intense, golden Fiorano Semillions highlight the nutty, waxy side of the grape varietal, but these wines are yet more special. They seem to have found the elixir of youth, and their extreme age-ability finds a complement in their freshness and appears in their brocade-like texture, complexity, and unusual minerality and earthiness.
Fiorano No. 46 Semillon 1992 750ml
Fiorano No. 46 Semillon 1992 750ml
Price: $149.00

Crushed river rocks, warm baking spices, green tea, and dried white flowers frame the stone and orchard fruits in the beguiling ’92 Sémillon. Bright acidity and profound minerality keep this superb mature white nimble, and its brocade-like mouth-feel perfectly conveys its myriad notes. Building to a dry, lingering and mineral-inflected finish, this is an impressive wine. This Fiorano Sémillon combines the characteristics and layers of a mature white Burgundy, the dried tropical fruit of a Sauternes, the texture and body of an Alsatian white, and the oxidative but mineral side of an aged Sherry, all together in one bottle. The product of dedication and passion from Principe Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi and his Fiorano estate, whose avant-garde approach of organic agriculture and the use of a magical mold was way ahead of its time, this wine shows a rare ability to age.
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco 2014 750ml
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco 2014 750ml
Price: $159.99

While 2014 plagued Barolo with hail, the turbulent yet warm vintage faired much, much better in Barbaresco, and Giacosa’s ’14 Barbaresco shows a classic, muscular profile that borders on the austere. Silky yet taut, this wine frames its pure red fruits with pressed rose petals, warm chocolate, fresh earth, licorice, tobacco and tar. Firm, chewy tannins need some time to integrate, but give this wine a year or two of maturity to reveal its sweet fruit, conveyed on a vibrant, rich palate. Deriving from 15-year-old vines grown in a southwestern-facing plot with calcareous, sandy soils, grapes ferment for about three weeks in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for 18 months in botti, followed by eight months in bottle. Giacosa rarely produces its Barbaresco, whose grapes come mostly from the lower slopes of its Asili parcel blended with some grapes from Rabajà, and the fact that 2008 was its most recent appearance, makes this wine yet more special.
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Falletto 2013 750ml
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Falletto 2013 750ml
Price: $249.99
Currently Unavailable.

2013 is shaping up to be a benchmark year for Barolo, and Giacosa’s Barolo Rocche del Falletto embraces its excellent year in a wine that is complex, harmonious, and ethereal. Fistfuls of red and blue fruits layer with violet petals, warm baking spices, raspberry jam, cocoa, freshly tilled earth, cigar wrapper and orange zest in this radiant, balanced wine. A sweet inner perfume finds its complement in subdued brooding, meaty notes, while polished tannins meet their match in animated acidity. Upon release, this wine is taking its time to reveal its many layers, which suggests it has the stuffing for the long haul. Giacosa Le Rocche del Falletto derives from 40-year-old vines grown in Giacosa's Falletto cru; grapes ferment for about two weeks in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for 32 months in botti, followed by eight months in bottle.
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Falletto Riserva 2011 750ml
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche Falletto Riserva 2011 750ml
Price: $479.00

2011 was a warm year, and Giacosa excels in hot vintages. Therefore, it makes sense that the ’11 Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva is a knockout. Layers of notes burst from the glass--succulent red fruits, tarry earth, truffle, rose petals, sun-warmed loam, spices, and crushed minerals mingle in a heady profusion of scents. A powerhouse of a Barolo, this silky wine unspools on the palate to reveal intense minerality, chewy tannins, sweet fruit, and a brocade-like texture that lingers on the resonant, almost endless finish. It may be early to call this wine a masterpiece, but it has everything in place to be legendary. Deriving from just four rows of the oldest vines situated at the vineyard's apex, Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva's elegant profile is like no other. Crafted in only the best vintages, the grapes for Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva ferment for 20 days in temperature-controlled stainless steel, and the wine ages for 33 months in botti, followed by 27 months in bottle.