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Spring’s Essential Bandol Rosé, Vintage Gaja Barbaresco, and Gaia & Rey Splits
May 20, 2014
A Note from Sergio

You can't help but smile in the new spring sun. It's built into our DNA to unfurl and stretch, just as the trees do. This season of flowers blooming, of sun shining, of renewal, and of optimism calls for a special wine. That wine is rosé, and I'm delighted to offer Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé 2013, a classic Provence rosé that speaks volumes about its terrior in its sun-warmed fruit, bitter almonds and surprising tartness. This is a wine that requires grilled shrimp, sun-streamed sipping, and making plans for the summer ahead.

Along with this classic Bandol rosé, I'm proud to offer a selection of wines from Angelo Gaja. Maverick, visionary, rebel--call Gaja what you want, there's no denying that he changed the landscape of Italian wines forever. Today's offer gives you both a taste of his revolutionary ways and his continued honoring of tradition. First, I'm very happy to present a vintage Barbaresco from Gaja, the conventional straight-up cuvee Barbaresco that's made with only Gaja's carefully grown Nebbiolo. It's a wine Angelo's father would recognize, and today's 1999 bottling will take your breath away.

Second, I'm delighted to present three vintages of Angelo's Gaia & Rey, the Chardonnay wine he would deploy decades ago to seduce people who couldn't wrap their palates around traditional Piemonte wines. To this day, Gaia & Rey remains one of Italy's best whites, and this offering of half-bottles from 2008, 2009, and 2010 gives you a great chance to explore different vintages--or just to revel in the unmistakable artistry that is Gaja.


Today's Featured Sections Include: 


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Classic, Complex, Delicious Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé  
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Gaja 1999 Barbaresco, Fifteen Years of Beautiful Maturity
3. Our Experts Suggest: The Brilliance of Le Pergole Torte for Now or Later
4. Only At IWM: Angelo's Answer to White Burgundy, Gaia & Rey
5. Wine Events: Rosé & Sparkling

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito