It's unusual that I choose wines from France or Spain--or any region other than Italy--for the Spotlight section in these eLetter offers. Italy is in my blood and in this company's name, and it's very important to me to stay true to the traditions of Italian wine and the ideals that made me begin IWM almost two decades ago. Therefore, when I do choose to feature non-Italian wines, it's a good time to take notice.
Domaine Paul Pernot is both a large estate and a family affair, making it not unlike some beloved Italian producers like Rocche dei Manzoni, Antinori, or Angelo Gaja. Like these Italian winemakers, Paul Pernot makes wines that just about anyone will love, but the wines still could come from nowhere else but those vineyards in that part of the world. These are wines touched by the hands of a caring family who has lived on those lands for decades, and that loving touch shows in every sip. Today, I'm pleased to present three new 2014 releases from Domaine Paul Pernot. 2014 was a weird year for Burgundy's vignerons, but the family at Paul Pernot translated the strange weather into focused, detailed wines that you will love for years to come.
I'm pleased to round out this offer with two wines that are very Italian: Pian Delle Vigne 2009 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Ferrovia from Antinori's estate in Montalcino and Giuseppe Mascarello 2006 Barolo Monprivato Falletto, a classic Barolo that's just starting to drink right now. Share one of these bottles with some people you care about, and see how the wine you pour brings people together. This idea, after all, is why I started IWM in the first place; wine makes friends from strangers and family out of friends.