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June 4, 2018
A Note from Sergio

As much as my work is inextricable from wine, my life is yet more tangled up with wine, and that is a good thing. Every milestone, from my wedding, to the birth of my children, to my parents' most recent wedding anniversary, I have celebrated with wine, and that wine was usually Italian. When I scan a wine list at a restaurant, or even look at the bottles that line the shelves of my store, I find my mind instantly associates a specific moment-a private triumph, an intimate victory, a small jubilation-with that specific bottle. When I hold a small sip of certain wines in my mouth, I'll see a specific instant in my head. I hope that what I do for a living brings these associations to other people; it's deeply gratifying to think that it might.

All of that is a preamble to explain what makes this particular newsletter so special to me. When I look at these wines from Quintarelli, from Fiorano, from Franco Biondi-Santi, I see something personal, but I also see a trio of Italian winemaking titans. Giuseppe Quintarelli forever changed the Amarone game by pushing his traditionalism, refusing to release his wines on any schedule other than his own, and never compromising, even when he knew that his wine would sell. Prince Boncompagni Ludovisi was so attached to his wine that he ripped up his vines before his death, entrusting a renowned Italian critic to put Fiorano's bottles in the hands of people who would appreciate them. And Franco Biondi-Santi raised Brunello's profile through a one-two punch of mindful marketing and making wines so great they won hearts and minds.

Today, I feel especially proud to present wines from this trio of Italian icons. You'll find Quintarelli's 2008 Rosso del Bepi, a declassified Amarone that-amazing as it seems-didn't meet the estate's discriminating standards; you'll find almost 20 bottles of Fiorano's long-aging, mind-bending whites; and you'll find one remarkable benchmark Biondi-Santi Brunello, the towering 1997, which is only now beginning to hit its stride. I've had all these wines, and each one represents an intimate moment in my life, one I shared with people I cared about. It's my privilege to get to offer them to you so that you too can make memories, create peak experiences, and share bonds with the people you love.

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Quintarelli's 2008 Rosso del Bepi, a True "Baby Amarone"
2. Only At IWM: Fiorano Flash Sale, Special Pricing on the Prince's Wines
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Benchmark Biondi-Santi 1997 Brunello
4. Wine Events: Upcoming June Wine Tasting Events

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Fiorano No. 25 Bianco 1993 750ml
Fiorano No. 25 Bianco 1993 750ml
Price: $124.00

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. 26 Bianco 1992 750ml
Fiorano No. 26 Bianco 1992 750ml
Price: $124.00

A gorgeous amber in the glass, this ’92 Fiorano Bianco layers its rich stone and tropical fruits with citrus zest, crushed river rocks, butterscotch, fresh-cut herbs and honey, all conveyed in a luscious, viscous body that’s nonetheless vibrant. While this complex wine displays slight oxidation, it thrums with acidity, giving it a rare balance of maturity and freshness. This mature white wine defies what we think we know about Italian whites, offering a tremendous drinking experience for wine connoisseurs; despite three decades of maturity, this powerful, stable white opens with hours of aeration to show a kaleidoscopic palate. Fiorano Bianco, crafted from organically grown Malvasia di Candia, is an unusual, rare white that stands the test of time and offers a picture of meticulous, organic winemaking as it was practiced decades ago.
Fiorano No. 26 Bianco 1994
Fiorano No. 26 Bianco 1994 750ml
Price: $124.00

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. 32 Bianco 1993
Fiorano No. 32 Bianco 1993 750ml
Price: $124.00

Offering an intense, full bouquet spiked with white flowers, candied fruit, stone fruits, spice and earthiness, this ’93 is a concentrated, complex expression that envelops the palate with a rich texture and an indescribable palate of spiced fruits and minerals. Deep golden yellow, this ‘93 Fiorano Bianco shows youthfulness even with decades of age. Fiorano Bianco, crafted from organically grown Malvasia di Candia, offers a unique expression of its vintage, terroir, and even its aging barrel. This is an unusual, rare white that stands the test of time and offer a picture of meticulous, organic winemaking as it was practiced decades ago.
Fiorano No. 32 Bianco 1995 750ml
Fiorano No. 32 Bianco 1995 750ml
Price: $124.00

Racy and nervy, the No. 32 Bianco frames its succulent and dried orchard and stone fruits with potpourri, smoky minerals, and a “cidery” quality that’s reminiscent of Gravner’s amphora-aged amber wines. Textured and piquant, this ’95 Fiorano Bianco fills the mouth with a chewy tannin-like feel, making it a rare white that drinks very much like a red. This mature white wine defies what we think we know about Italian whites, offering a tremendous drinking experience for wine connoisseurs; despite three decades of maturity, this powerful, stable white opens with hours of aeration to show a kaleidoscopic palate. Fiorano Bianco, crafted from organically grown Malvasia di Candia, is an unusual, rare white that stands the test of time and offers a picture of meticulous, organic winemaking as it was practiced decades ago.
Fiorano No. 44 Bianco 1994
Fiorano No. 44 Bianco 1994 750ml
Price: $124.00

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. 45 Bianco 1995 750ml
Fiorano No. 45 Bianco 1995 750ml
Price: $124.00

Deep bright golden yellow, this Fiorano Bianco shows youthfulness even with decades of age. Offering an intense, full bouquet spiked with white flowers, candied fruit, stewed and fresh stone fruits, spice and earthiness, this ’95 Bianco is concentrated and complex. It envelops the mouth with a rich texture and an indescribable palate of spiced fruits and minerals. Fiorano Bianco, crafted from organically grown Malvasia di Candia, offers a unique expression of its vintage and its individual aging barrel; this is a rare, unusual white that stands the test of time and offers a picture of meticulous, organic winemaking as it was practiced decades ago.
Fiorano No. 47 Bianco 1992 750ml
Fiorano No. 47 Bianco 1992 750ml
Price: $124.00

A deep golden yellow, this ’92 Bianco bursts with aromas of white flowers, candied fruit, pear, spice and earthiness. On the palate, the flavors of spiced apples, pears and minerals are concentrated and complex, and the wine caresses the mouth with a rich texture, building to a long, balanced and harmonious finish. This mature white wine defies what we think we know about Italian whites, offering a tremendous drinking experience for wine connoisseurs; despite nearly three decades of maturity, this powerful, stable white opens with hours of aeration to show a kaleidoscopic palate. Fiorano Bianco, crafted from organically grown Malvasia di Candia, is an unusual, rare white that stands the test of time and offers a picture of meticulous, organic winemaking as it was practiced decades ago.
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.