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Your New Go-To Red, Intense Drouhin-Laroze Clos de Beze, and Under $45 Cult Aglianico
May 13, 2014
A Note from Sergio

For years, many of Italy's most interesting wines rarely made it outside of Italy. This has changed, but for decades, it was tough to find wines like mono-varietal Aglianico, serious Verdicchio, or true Montepulciano d'Abruzzo here in the States. We'd get requests from clients who had visited Italy and clamored to enjoy the wines they'd drunk and loved on their travels here at home. No wonder why--Italy jealously guarded its secrets, but you can't keep great wines quiet forever.

Today, I'm delighted to present a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo that will reward the palate without fatiguing the palate, Quattro Mani Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012. While we've recently offered the highly collectable, amazingly complex Montepulciano wines from the late great Edoardo Valentini, known in Abruzzo as the "Lord of the Vines," this bottling from collective Quattro Mani lets you enjoy the Montepulciano grape in all its humble glory on any night of the week. Made by the great Attilio Pagli, this $14 bottle has nothing to hide; it's pure, easy-drinking deliciousness, and you'll want to stock up for the summer months.

Along with this go-to red, I'm delighted to present two more very different exceptional reds. The first is the kaleidoscopic Drouhin-Laroze 2010 Chambertin Clos de Beze, a beautifully balanced Burgundy that packs brambly fruit, serious spice and great minerality into a lingering, velvety glass. The second is De Conciliis Naima 2006, a jazz-inspired big red from my home region of Campania. This organic Aglianico deserves the cult it has gained, and one sip of it, you'll start singing its tune.



Today's Featured Sections Include: 


1. Spotlight on Excellence:  Easy-Drinking, Summer Red, Quattro Mani Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Palate-Staining Drouhin-Laroze 2010 Chambertin Clos de Beze 1er Cru
3. Our Experts Suggest: Two Perfect White Burgundies for Instant Summer Gratification 
4. Only At IWM: De Conciliis Naima 2006, a Gorgeous Under $45 Cult Aglianico
5. Wine Events: Bordeaux & Super Tuscans

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito