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Antinori’s Barolo Prowess! Quintarelli’s Timeless Amarone! And Springtime Rosato!
March 20, 2018
A Note from Sergio

Today is the first day of spring, and a winter storm is poised to slam the East Coast starting tonight. The one consistent thing about spring is that it's always weird--March, after all, comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb, and April is the cruelest month. Spring's inconsistency is its only reliable feature.

Annoying as it is, the up-and-down, cold-and-hot, sunny-and-not nature of spring lets you be capricious. Is it cold and snowy with the wind howling and the streets slushy? Hunker down with a bottle of Barolo and a beautiful stew. Is it bright and sunny with the birds chirping and the flowers unfurling? Throw open your patio doors and crack a bottle of rosé. Embrace what springtime throws your way, in other words, because spring is the most evanescent, mercurial season.

Today, I'm very proud to offer four wines that will make your spring (also your summer, fall and, for three of them, winter) gorgeous. First, there's a pair of recent Brunello releases from Prunotto, Antinori's outpost in Piemonte. You can drink the 2012 Barolo Bussia right away, and while you should cellar the 2011 Barolo Colonello Riserva, it'll be great next spring. Next, there's an eternal, majestic 1971 Amarone Riserva from Giuseppe Quintarelli, a wine that truly has no time. And finally, there's one high-performing, affordable Cerasuolo from Per Linda that you'll want to have on hand all spring and all summer long.

Enjoy this first day of spring, whatever it brings, but most of all, enjoy it with wine and with people you love!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Two Dazzling Prunotto Barolo Recent Releases!
2. Only At IWM: Timeless 1971 Quintarelli Amarone Riserva
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Your Go-To Springtime Blush Wine!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming March / April Wine Tasting Events

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Per Linda Cerasuolo 2015 750ml
Per Linda Cerasuolo 2015 750ml
Price: $12.99

Offering a vibrant cherry hue, this wine bursts with succulent vine-ripened blackberries, crisp orchard fruits, dew-laden roses and crushed saline minerals; it’s a treat for the senses! A gentle but persistent acidity complements the fruit-forward flavors of this ’15 Cerasuolo, and cheek-piquing minerals linger on the finish, making this charming wine very food-friendly. Grapes ferment in temperature-controlled steel for about two weeks, and the wine ages in stainless steel for six months before bottling. Cerasuolo, the Abbruzzese word for "rosé," shows us how delicious and practical a blush wine made from the Montepulciano grape can be; pair it with classic fish dishes of the Adriatic, as well as pizza and tomato-based pastas. more info
Prunotto Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello Riserva 2011 750ml
Prunotto Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonnello Riserva 2011 750ml
Price: $159.00

At once silky and tannic, juicy and tart, powerful and refined, the ’11 Barolo Colonello Riserva dwells in tantalizing opposites. Pure, sweet red and blue fruits unfurl with new leather, medicinal herbs, crushed rose petals, peppery spices and licorice in this bewitching Barolo. Matching its sweet inner perfume with sturdy, chewy tannins and a mineral bass line, this muscular, elegant Barolo has the structure for the long haul--and a finish that lingers with complexity. Deriving from the historic four-acre Colonello vineyard (Prunotto, owned by the Antinori family, has a 2.5-acre plot), the grapes for this wine don’t move far from their source. Antinori built a tiny winery and tasting room in the center of their vineyard, so these traditionally vinified Nebbiolo grapes never see a truck--an extraordinary move for an extraordinary wine. Grapes are partially destemmed, then ferment in temperature-controlled stainless steel; the wine ages in cask for two years, stainless steel for one year, and in bottle for an additional 30 months before release. more info
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1971 750ml
Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva 1971 750ml
Price: $1,599.00

Raisened red and blue fruits layer with melted chocolate, Christmas cake, tarry earth, medicinal herbs, black tea, and warm saddle leather in this wonderfully mature Amarone Riserva. Dense, seamless and lively, this ’71 Amarone Riserva is a treat for lovers of mature wines and fans of Quintarelli; tertiary notes and silky, integrated tannins show the wine’s age, yet it retains that telltale Quintarelli power and complexity. While Quintarelli produces its Amarone only in exceptional vintages, the estate restricts its Amarone Riserva to very great vintages; this decades-old wine now sits in the center of its drinking window. This collector Amarone Riserva is a proprietary blend of indigenous Corvina with Rondinella and traces of Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Croatina, and Sangiovese. more info