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Sleek, Sophisticated Chianti Classico Duo, Under $45 Cru Barbaresco, and Classic André Clouet
March 8, 2017
A Note from Sergio

Today is International Women's Day, a day to recognize the importance that women hold in all the cultures around the globe and a day to remember how far women have to go to gain equality in every part of the world. As the father to two daughters, I feel a personal stake in International Woman's Day. I want my daughters to excel, to be free to achieve their dreams, and to have the same opportunity for success as my son does. Women winemakers give me heart. Wine used to be an old boys network in Italy, but that has been changing for years, with winemakers like Cinzia Merli, Maria Teresa Mascarello, Gaia Gaja, the three Antinori sisters, Allegra, Albiera and Alessia, and Silvia Imperato leading the way.

While La Sala has been owned by Francesco Rossi Ferrini since 2014, before that it was owned and operated by Laura Baronti, who sadly passed away the year Ferrini bought the estate. Laura and her team ushered La Sala into the modern age, crafting very low production, super high quality wines that taste of their history yet look forward to the future. Today, I'm very pleased to present a pair of wines that date from Laura's last years at La Sala, the estate's 2012 Chianti Classico Riserva and its 2013 Chianti Classico. You'll have a hard time finding La Sala's wine anywhere else--IWM is its main US retailer--but you'll be very glad we have it. These are no wines of meditation; these Chianti bottlings go for your gut and pull you by your ears. You'll be able to enjoy them for years to come, toasting to all the women who make the world a better place.

Along with these two new Chianti Classico releases, I'm delighted to offer a second new release from Ada Nada, the estate's cru '13 Barbaresco Valeirano. Yesterday's Barbaresco Elisa is graceful, but today's Barbaresco Valeirano is brooding. Both are from the benchmark 2013 vintage, and I'd urge you to enjoy them together, separately, and for years to come. Finally, I managed to score a few more bottles of André Clouet Cuvée 1911, an insanely good classic Champagne that blends multiple vintages together. Life is too short to not drink Champagne, and this is one of the best.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Two Beautiful Chianti Classico Releases from La Sala
2. Only At IWM:
Ada Nada's Brooding, Benchmark Cru Barbaresco
3. Time Sensitive Offer: André Clouet's Classic Way with Champagne
4. Wine Events: Upcoming March Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito
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Andre Clouet Champagne Cuvee 1911 NV
Andre Clouet Champagne Cuvee 1911 NV 750ml
Price: $99.99

Bursting with tropical and citrus fruits, toasted brioche, crushed roses, a kiss of spice and a sophisticated core of saline minerality, this Champagne marries power with finesse thanks to its mousse-like texture that’s backed with bracing acidity. This is a serious Champagne that begs to be sipped from a Burgundy glass, yet it’s so food-friendly that you can enjoy it from the meal’s beginning to its end. Cuvée 1911 respects an old Champagne tradition of blending multiple vintages that few houses practice these days; for this Champagne, Clouet blends multiple vintages; its current release uses a blend of half 2008 vintage with the remainder a solera blend of old reserve wines. Cuvée 1911 commemorates the year riots broke out in the Champagne region as the local farmers rebelled against the larger houses, as well as the number of bottles André Clouet makes each bottling. This mono-varietal Pinot Noir Champagne is a blend of the estate’s best reserve wines dating from 2001; the wine ages sur lie in bottle for about seven years before it receives a low 6-grams per liter dosage. more info