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Paolo Bea’s Natural Beauty, François Gay 2013 Debut, and Valdicava Sale!
March 23, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

In the past couple of months, we've debuted two wines from Umbria's Paolo Bea: 2012 Santa Chiara, skin-contact white, and 2009 Rosso de Véo, the estate's calling card red. Today, I'm very pleased to bring back a favorite vintage of a beloved wine, the 2008 Montefalco Riserva Pipparello. It's like drinking velvet, and you will love it.

Paolo Bea bases its winemaking practices on the philosophy that "nature should be observed, heard, understood, not dominated." Watching the winemakers of Paulo Bea (though Paolo remains the head of the estate, day-to-day operations are in the hands of his sons Guiseppe and Giampiero) is like watching a very loving shepherd. The winemakers trust in nature to provide for their flock, and they taking care to treat nature with the highest possible. In this digital and mechanized day, it's an amazing thing to see people who do what they can in order to let nature do its thing. It's not surprising that the products of this non-interventionist approach are some serious, unusual and unutterably gorgeous wines.

Along with this great Umbrian wine, I'm very proud to debut a handful of 2013 bottlings from Burgundy's François Gay, and I'm happy to offer a benchmark Brunello from Valdicava. Like Paolo Bea, Gay makes wine that's natural and meticulous, working through challenging vintages to create bottles of stunning beauty. 2013 threw a lot at Burgundy's vignerons--hail, rain, and a long, cool vintage--but Gay rose to the challenge and the wines I present today are concentrated, classic Burgundies. It's very hard to find the wines of François Gay, and when you enjoy them, you'll see why. As for the Valdicava, you know and love it; this new allocation will let you know it better and love it more.


Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: The Velvety Big Red, Paolo Bea Pipparello 2008
2. Only At IWM: 
Debuting François Gay's Intense, Classic 2013 Burgundies
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Benchmark Valdicava Brunello on Sale!
4. Our Experts Suggest: 
Josko Gravner's Exceptional 2005 "Amber" Wines
5. Wine Events: March/April Wine Tastings
My Best, 



Sergio Esposito