March 5, 2015
A Note from Sergio
Drive a few kilometers away from Montalcino, and you'll find Sant'Angelo in Colle, one of those improbable tiny towns that sits perched at the top of hill in Toscana. It's a wide open flagstone square of gray-beige stone buildings, this horseshoe-shaped piazza of a giant church, a string of houses, and a final leg of restaurants, whose outdoor cafes face the church, the wide flagstone piazza in between. The third, open part of the "U" looks out on the rolling plains of Toscana, a dizzying drop below. I've stood pressed against the stone wall at Sant'Angelo in Colle and seen birds flying below me. It's very beautiful.
The Talenti estate sits at a wonderful site about 400 meters above sea level opposite the village of Sant'Angelo in Colle--you can't see it from the open side of the piazza because it's on the other side, but it's there, as it has been for decades. Founded by Pierluigi Talenti, one of the first guiding members of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino, Pierluigi was a guiding force in making Brunello what it is. These days, Riccardo Talenti carries on the tradition of making elegant, pure wines from that unusual site.
Today, I'm pleased to present the 2013 Rosso di Montalcino from Talenti. It's the first look at this vintage, and I think you're going to be in for a treat. Along with this delicious value wine, I'm very happy to offer one of my favorite new finds in the last year, Raffaele Palma's Amalfi Coast red, Montecorvo. I grew up in Napoli, and this wine tastes like home. Finally, spring is on its way, and we're getting ready by cleaning our temperature-controlled cellars, starting with back vintage Burgundies. This list is extraordinary, and if you're a Burgundy lover and don't find wines you want, you're not looking hard enough! Everything is 40% off, and there are so many amazing wines.
Today's Featured Sections Include:
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Under $25 Talenti Baby Brunello
2. Only At IWM:
Raffaele Palma's Windswept Organic Red, Montecorvo
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Spring Cleaning Back Vintage Burgundies!
4. Our Experts Suggest:
Two Vintage Sassicaia Bottles for Now--and Later!
5. Wine Events: March Wine Tastings